So pretty darn exciting, kiddies. My novella The Stranger has been shortlisted in the Melbourne Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards. There are five categories to the awards, poetry, short story, graphic story, narrative non-fiction and, of course, novella. And seeing as I can't write anything short (sub-3000w is practically flash fiction in my world), novella was definitely my thing. See, there aren't too many awards or competitions which actually cater for the novella, so it's marvelous that one as excellent as the Melbourne Lord Mayor's awards does so.
Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has posted her long list for the Year's Best Horror vol 5 and it's filled with some excellent reading suggestions so you should all just go see it. And yes, I was over-the-top excited to have an appearance in there, for my tale 'The Stuff of Stories' from Surviving the End. It's awesome company to be in. So get reading, kiddies. Find something to blow your minds: http://ellen-datlow.livejournal.com/408100.htmlRead More
As a lover of the horror genre, I have one serious drawback: I have a decidedly weak stomach. Seriously, I keeled over in a first aid course once. We weren’t doing anything but talking about the kind of wounds a first-aider might encounter at the time. No pictures, no graphics, not even pretend make-up wounds or anything. Just a lecture. There was the instructor standing up front, merrily telling us all about gashed-up arms with bits of glass sticking out of them, and there I was heading straight down, falling off my chair in a faint at the mere mention of nasty bloody injuries.Read More
Two years and six days ago today, dearly beloved and I popped on down to the local IVF clinic and picked up our first big green bag of goodies. It contained a lot of needles, a lot of instructions and a whole host of emotional turmoil. And, of course, I decided to blog the entire experience. Here, go have a read: www.funwithivf.wordpress.comRead More
I have never known any mother who does not do her absolute best to be as discrete as humanly possible about breastfeeding in public. Not a single one. Yet as this article in The Conversation shows, one of the biggest reasons woman stop breastfeeding so much earlier than modern medical advice is because of the feelings of shame and discomfort over breastfeeding in public. This is why opinions publicly aired matter. This is why nurse-ins matter when negative opinions are aired, to show public breastfeeding is normal, healthy and perfectly fine. This is why this is still an issue.Read More
Right, you lot, Midnight Echo volume 8 is out and I have a story in it, so you need to go check it out now. Here, I’ll even provide the link for you: http://midnightechomagazine.com/products-page/midnight_echo/issue-8/ My tale is one about a troublesome tooth and is called, yes, ‘Tooth’. It was inspired, I’m sure you’ll be all unsurprised to know, by a trip to the dentist. Yes, it’s amazing where the fodder for short, sharp horror tales can be derived, isn’t it? I did have excellent fun writing the sequence about the drilling, you know, whizzzzzz..... Now, there's a hell of a tale that lies behind the tale in Midnight Echo. A back-story of epic proportions. And I'm going to tell it to you...Read More