Oct 23

And now for something completely different…

Coming March 2018 from the National Library of Australia… The Flying Optometrist!

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The Flying Optometrist travels in his little red aeroplane from his practice in the city to a remote outback town. Lots of people are waiting for him! Young Stephanie can’t wait for him to arrive as she has broken her glasses and can’t join in games of cricket and have fun with her friends – she can’t see the ball! Hurry up Flying Optometrist! Where is he? Is he lost?

 

Oct 11

PodCastle!

In super exciting news, my Aurealis award-winning short story ‘Bullets’ is now up at PodCastle for your listening pleasure! Okay so it’s a horror story, and it’s pretty dark, so maybe pleasure isn’t the right word?

Check it out here!

Dec 03

Year

It’s been a Year, hasn’t it. I mean, not since my last post (although close enough) I mean a Year. With a capital Y. One where things happen, and some of them suck. I’m still feeling a bit of a sense of dread, because it’s not over yet. But there’s also a bit of sense of hope, because maybe next year won’t need that cap Y.

I’m not the only one who’s had a Year. And I’m not about to sit here and recap. Instead, I’m going to lean into that hope with two photos.

One of trophies and demon dudes and bone chimes to remind us to work hard at the things we love, and share them with others who just might love them too. Including two new additions: the long awaited 2012 Best New Talent Ditmar (I thought you’d never arrive!) and the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story, for ‘Bullets’.

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Next, a very old one I found earlier this Year, while cleaning out stuff that needed cleaning. Sara Douglass, signing Pilgrim for me, to remind us of the moments and the people who inspire us.

Sara DouglassI think this must be late 1990s. I do have a lot of hair.

It’s December already. Here’s to another Year.

 

Feb 24

Awards! Stories! Huzzah!

So I’m a little bit behind with this, but am super excited to have a couple of stories up for awards this year! ‘2B’, from Insert Title Here has been shortlisted for a Ditmar and an Aurealis Award! And ‘Bullets’ from In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep has been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award too!

If you’re a Ditmar voter and want to read ‘2B’, Fablecroft have kindly made it available for free here! So check it out if you want to, and enjoy! :)

The full shortlist for the Aurealis Awards is here, and for the Ditmars here. There are so many wonderful writers and publications on these lists, it’s an absolute honour to be among them.

 

Jan 14

In Your Face

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When Tehani from Fablecroft Publishing approached me for a provocative story for her In Your Face anthology I immediately knew what I wanted to write. But oddly enough that wasn’t the story I ended up writing. My original idea was a story I’d wanted to write for a while. It dealt with racism and class in Australia, it explored the divide between the city and the bush, and it’s still a story I want to write and do justice to.

But then I listened to the radio in the car on the way home from a trip to Canberra, and everything changed. It was a devastating interview with a woman who had lost her son to suicide. Her story and the way she told it was absolutely heartbreaking and made it a difficult to drive — tearing up at 110k/hr might be considered a little unsafe. But it also summoned memories of my own teenage years.

I remember a time in my life when self-harm and suicide were…present. Not, thankfully, in a tragic way. Rather, they were I guess what you would call tools. They were discussed, openly and in whispers, and used to bully with, or worn as a badge of honour, or a way of identifying with others. I guess you could say they were a way to assert control at a time when you have little control over your life and body.

When I was a teenager the world wasn’t as connected as it is now. I can’t help but wonder what that would have been like in a world of smart phones, and the ever-presence and pressure of social media in all its forms. I am also keenly aware that we were for the most part white, middle class girls attending a private high school, with all the privileges that brings with it.

So this is what my story in In Your Face explores. ‘A pain that must be suffered’ is about young people, self-harm and suicide in a highly connected world, about entrenched bullying you just can’t escape from, and the difference class makes to all of this.

Fablecroft are running a crowdfunding campaign for the book here.

And if you want to read more about the stories in this amazing looking anthology, check out the blog tour here.

 

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