Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Some days you get more exciting news than you could possibly expect, and then, well, you can't tell anyone about it, so you start referring to it tangentially, which is better than nothing. 

This was one of those days, so, well, crikey.  If something like this were to happen tomorrow I wouldn't believe it. I actually checked the calendar to make sure.

The moment I can say something official I will, but I am excited in a rambling and non-specific way.

Think I might take the dogs for a walk.

And, yes, Okkervil River is touring next month. 

Monday, March 30, 2009


you work on a project that just seems to take up so much mental space that you end up feeling like you're under a cloud every single day, a low black cloud that has you hunched over - much as I am hunched over the keyboard now - and frowning. 

Which isn't to say that it isn't fun as well, but jeez Iron Temple has taken a lot out of me, and I think I've learnt as much how not to write a novella as how to write one, and that next time I get the chance to - if there is a next time - I'll work on something a little less complex - maybe my boy and his monster idea (set around the Gunnedah golf course) or maybe something with only one POV character.

I just wanted to do something very different for X6, and I don't know if it's worked or not.  To be honest I'm so close to it that I'll never really be able to judge, but at the moment it's clunky and glorious, and difficult, and stupid and glimmering. All of which I kind of wanted it to be. And it may just suck - which I certainly don't want - but you'll get the chance to see in a few months when it comes out.  And if it doesn't work, no loss to you, dear reader, there's five other wonderful novellas in there.

Of course, my ego will be somewhat bruised if it is awful. But the amount I've bled over this, and the stuff I've learnt, well maybe that doesn't matter. If it's a failure, then it's an ambitious one - that's got to mean something, right?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

In Which

I beg your pardon for a less than frequent bloggerly presence, but rest assured there are some writings afoot.

It seems that Summer is not my friend, last two years I have been visited over January to March, with the worst sort of fatiguey virus, which has made everything a wee (well a great honking) bit of a struggle. But, now Brisbane has entered a slightly more temperate period, I'm starting to feel much better.

Iron Temple is almost re-writ - and this time I believe it makes a sort of sense. I've longer projects ahead and shorter, and I am suddenly starting to feel that I might finish them all.

Life is good.

And when life is good the words follow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

X6 the cover Exists

Well, check out this cover for the X6 novella anthology.
If you're interested in seeing the development of the design check it out here. Must say that I've loved working with Keith, he's an editor that really drags the best stuff out of you.

I'm busily engaged in rewrites of Iron Temple, and expect to have it finished next week - I promise, Keith. This has certainly given my enthusiasm a shot in the arm. I'm quite proud of what I've done, and as I iron (hee hee) out the clunkiness I think it might be rather good.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ROR and Back Again

Back from a wonderful weekend of critiquing, catching up with friends, and eating some damn fine food, thanks to Mr. Flinthart's cooking. My critiques were vague and rambling, more so than usual this time, but I now know how to kick my novel into shape, and where I was being lazy and where I wasn't.

I'm already missing everyone terribly, and 2011 is far, far too far away. This Ror, I predict, is going to see some very wonderful novels move into print, and I'm proud to say that I've gotten to read them first.

On the plus side, this blog should start rambling and shambling again. You thought it was dead, didn't you? Well, it wasn't. It's been watching you.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Clarion South Needs a Hand

This hasn't been the bloggiest blog of late, though I expect that to change in the near future. This entry isn't about me.

Clarion South needs a hand. Having taught at Clarion South, I can say what a wonderful job they do. It's professionaly and passionately run, and just a hell of a good workshop.

I just received this from Kate Eltham:

You probably heard on the grapevine - and our most recent students experienced it first hand - that we encountered a few challenges indelivering the latest Clarion South workshop. Not only was our contractwith our original venue at Griffith University cancelled at shortnotice, requiring us to find a new and more expensive home, but we hadnot one but three (!) unexpected tutor cancellations.

We're proud of the way we handled these challenges to deliver anothersuccessful workshop in 2009, but financially it wiped us clean. We'dlove your help and support to refill the coffers so that we can plan forour future workshops and put Clarion South on a more stable financialfooting.Australia is fortunate to have a thriving, supportive community of speculative fiction writers.

We're grateful for the enthusiasm and support you've shown to Fantastic Queensland and Clarion South in the past. We appreciate any small token of support you canprovide at this time. There are a few ways you can help...

1. Donate to our Fundraising AppealSimply go to http://www.clarionsouth.org/donate.htm to make a PayPaldonation directly to Clarion South. We know it's not the best time belaunching an appeal, just after Christmas, during a global financial meltdown, and during some very real human crises such as the Victorian Bushfires. You have our heartfelt appreciation for even very small donations, and if you are not in a position to give, that is perfectlyokay.

2. Spread the wordEven if you can't donate to the Appeal we would love your support tospread the word about our fundraising drive. By the end of March we are hoping to raise $4,000 for Clarion South. If you know any friends whoare sympathetic to the aims and activities of Clarion South, please letthem know - via Facebook, MySpace, your blog or any other means.We'll have a Facebook group up shortly, but in the meantime, please feelfree to direct people to our website at http://www.clarionsouth.org

Thank you in advance for your love and support. We're incrediblypassionate about Clarion South and would like to see it thrive andcontinue into the future.

Your contribution can help make this a reality.If you have any questions at all, or can think of any other suggestions,we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to call me direct on 0407 695 950 at any time, or email us at info@clarionsouth.org.

Best wishes,Kate Eltham, Robert Hoge, Robert Dobson and Heather Gammage.