Hello, and welcome to another belated edition of… this blog!
First up, and most exciting: a major publisher has asked to see the full manuscript of my latest novel, based on their reading of the first chapter and synopsis! Another publisher’s also asked to read a novella manuscript based on a synopsis and character breakdown! Neither may pan out, of course, but it’s an encouraging sign nonetheless.
Petrified Punks, an anthology of flash fiction about punk/new wave/goth/’80s music from Oscillate Wildly Press that features my story “Colours That Flicker in Water”, is out now, and you can get a copy here. No longer coming soon, unfortunately, is the Semi-Colonic Irrigation charity anthology featuring “The Only Tale”, but that story will soon be popping up again elsewhere. Back to the positive side of things, and “Everything is Red in This World” will be appearing in Transmundane Press’s Transcendent anthology soon – here’s the cover:
Last month I attended my first proper fiction convention, Continuum 14, in Melbourne. I finally got to meet a number of writers and editors in person, including lovely folks like Steve Dillon, Claire Fitzpatrick, J.S. Breukelaar and Kirstyn McDermott, as well as a whole bunch of other delightful peeps. I enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to doing it again next year, hopefully with some panel appearances thrown in and some solo work to promote. I didn’t win the Shadows Award for which I was shortlisted, but that’s two years running I’ve been nominated for that particular honour – so surely it’s only a matter of time…
My partner and I are shooting the sleeve for my brother’s second album next weekend, which will involve a day trip to Port Broughton and ought to be a blast. (She’s the one doing the shooting, of course – I’m just the ideas and basic Photoshop assembly guy – and you can and totally should see more of her work on Facebook or Instagram.) I’ve been planning a new record myself, since it’s been so bloody long since I put out anything of my own, and I’ll keep you posted when that becomes more than a pipe dream! In the meantime, I’ve been sitting in on drum editing sessions for the next icecocoon album.
Be well. Look after each other. Don’t be dishonest or fearful or selfish. Trust me, it’s no good for anyone.