Oct 05

How is it October?

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This year = too fast. Way too fast.

Anyhoo, I got exciting contributor copies in the post yesterday! They’re both such wonderful publications, and I’m a little overwhelmed by the company O.o

“Tied to the Waste” is in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012

“Always a Price” is in Award Winning Australian Writing 2013!







In other reprint news “Sanaa’s Army” has found it’s way into a new ebook from FableCroft, called Focus 2012: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction.

The first of an annual series, the anthology collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards shortlisting. In creating this collection, we anticipate bringing international attention to the very best of Australian speculative fiction.

Isn’t that nice? There are some amazing names in this book and it’s an honour to be among them. It’d due for release in… well… October! So do check it out :)

Jun 28

Regular programming…


After a brief hiatus we now return to our regular, scheduled programming!

And what’s been going on? Well, let’s see…

“The Last Tiger” was published over at Daily SF! Actually, it’s still up there. So go check it out. It has tigers… and robots… but also tigers. You know you love tigers…

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories is available in ebook format all over the place! To celebrate, it got itself its own page on the website (optimistically titled ‘Collections‘) :)

‘Always a Price’ will be reprinted in the 2013 edition of Award Winning Australian Writing alongside some other amazing writers. I’m still a little amazed about that!

Oh, and I finished the second draft of The Bone Gardens earlier in the week! It actually looks like a book now. Which is nice.

May 09

On collaboration

The story behind ‘Sand and Seawater’, from One Small Step

I don’t play well with others. In school I would happily fake an injury to get out of team sports, and I was one of those irritating brats who would rather do the whole assignment by myself than work in a group. Just as well then, that writing is such a solitary pursuit? Right?

Well, this is what I’ve been telling myself for so long. But, you know, maybe I was wrong.

I’ve never really entertained the idea of collaborative writing, and have always been a little bit in awe and at the same time a little bit unsettled by the writers who do it. They couldn’t really enjoy all that sharing, could they?

When I first started taking this writing thing seriously, I knew I’d need to get feedback. Critique. So I joined the Online Writing Workship for SFF, and met a whole bunch of other writers. One of these was with an amazing writer named Rabia Gale. We read each other’s work. We shared critiques. We got chatting, outside of the OWW. Somehow, we just clicked. On different sides of the planet, with only our writing in common, we forged a strong professional connection and an even stronger friendship.

I didn’t even notice it happen, but writing wasn’t so solitary anymore. Yeah, we work on separate things (Rabia has this way of twisting fairytales that I wouldn’t ever even attempt) and our styles are quite different (I would kill for her kind of lyricism) but, somehow, we work well together.

Even so, the idea of collaboration felt alien. I even remember a conversation in which we discussed collaboration — how it was odd, and we could never do it. No sir. (Do you remember that, Rabia? :) ) And then Tehani Wessley from Fablecroft Publishing came along. Would we like to collaborate on a story for her One Small Step anthology? What do you say when an editor like Tehani invites you to write for her? You sure as hell say yes!

When it came right down to the actual work, to the plotting, writing, revising and editing of a story, collaborating with Rabia was entirely natural. It was like an extension of what we’d already been doing. We brainstormed ideas for a while but, you know, that wasn’t actually anything new. We’ve been helping each other grow and solidify our plots and characters for ages, and this was nothing different. I threw an interesting photo at her, she came back at me with a cool myth, we exchanged excited conversations full of “But what if…?” “And then that…?” and lots of “Oh CREEPY!”

And that, my friends, is how stories are born.

Sand and Seawater itself has two POVs, and we each wrote one, which made the mechanics of being in completely different time zones and rarely able to actually write at the same time much easier. It meant we were also able to grow the plot and the world together — Rabia’s character might mention something that would spark and idea for mine, and visa versa. At first I was a little worried that the story would feel fragmented — that there would be a discernable difference and even a disconnect between my sections and her sections, and it would suffer as a whole. But my fears were unfounded, and I think that’s because the story developed so organically, one layer after the other.

And when we finally had a draft, I gave Rabia a red pen and let her go nuts with it. Never stand between this woman and an unnecessary word.

Maybe it’s because we’ve spent so much time in each other’s worlds and heads? Maybe it’s because we already knew how to work together, we’d had practice over the years. Whatever it was, collaborating with Rabia on Sand and Seawater really worked. I hope readers will enjoy the story and think it worked too!

Hey, maybe we’ll be doing some more of this collaboration thing in the future? And maybe team sports aren’t so scary after all… as long as you get to pick your teammates!


Rabia talks about her side of the experience over here. As usual she’s way more organised than me :)

Apr 22

Best Ofs, reviews, articles…! General updatery

Commence random-ish updatery function :)

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories will be officially launched at Conflux on Friday (that’s 11am for anyone who can and wants to come!) but some more review copies have been floating around recently, and it seems to be going down well.

Like, say, over at Thirteen O’Clock.

The Bone Chime Song and other stories is a powerful and compelling debut collection from an author who is barely started on her journey and already producing work of incredible quality. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.

Or Tsana’s Reads.

I highly recommend this collection to spec fic fans who like their fantasy dark or who might want to venture out of their comfort zone and become a little more acquainted with dead things.

Over at Upcoming 4 Me I talk about the ‘story behind’ The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories. Mostly it’s me trying to work out why I have an apparent obsession with bones and rubbish. (*shrugs* I know, weird isn’t it? I didn’t even notice until I saw all these stories next to each other like this)

Oh, and one LAST TINY thing…

“Tied to the Waste” (which was originally published in Tales of the Talisman) has been selected for the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012!

Did you see what I did there? I lied! That’s not TINY at all!

The TOC looks absolutely amazing and it’s such a great honour to be on that list. Do check it out! The Years Best will be published in July, and can be preordered here.


So that’s it for the random updatery. Conflux on Thursday! Hooray! If you’re going, make sure you come say hi, won’t you? I’d better go get myself organised (and hopefully stop coughing by then!)

Mar 27

Ditmar om-noms!

So the ballot for the Ditmars have just been announced. It looks like a great list, but scariest of all is:


Best Novel
* Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
* Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)
* Suited (The Veiled Worlds 2), Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)
* Salvage, Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
* The Corpse-Rat King, Lee Battersby (Angry Robot)


Best Short Story
* “Sanaa’s Army”, Joanne Anderton, in Bloodstones (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Wisdom of Ants”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Clarkesworld 75
* “The Bone Chime Song”, Joanne Anderton, in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (Peggy Bright Books)
* “Oracle’s Tower”, Faith Mudge, in To Spin a Darker Stair (FableCroft


So… um… eep! Ooooh look at the other people on those lists… O.o

Double eep!

If you are eligible to vote for the Ditmars, then please do! There are so many wonderful people and great stories and damned good work on this list. Let’s vote for them (oh and my stories too if you want to) :)

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