Catching Up on Reading and Other Stuff

Now that Frontier Defiant is finally launched and winging its way through the world, I've taken the opportunity to do a little more reading. Often when I'm editing or writing furiously, I read stuff that's familiar - old favourites, like Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey, or Brandon Sanderson. I like a good comfort read, rediscovering old … Continue reading Catching Up on Reading and Other Stuff

Thinking About All Kinds of Stuff

There are some weeks when I just think a lot. This week I've been thinking about all kinds of things. A lot of them have been Halloween related - for several reasons. The first reason is that I have a short story in the anthology The Cat the Crow and the Cauldron which is by a … Continue reading Thinking About All Kinds of Stuff

The New Star Wars Movie

I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars Movie. I was twelve when the first Star Wars movie was released. I remember going to the theatre with my brother, who was seven at the time, and being astounded by the special effects, and the sheer hugeness of what I was seeing on the … Continue reading The New Star Wars Movie

Hugo Awards Fallout

I've been watching the Hugo Awards Twitter Feed with avid interest today. In a previous post I wrote about my frustration with some of the nominated stories, and of course there's the massive controversy over slate voting. Twitter has been going off today (it's today in Australia, just to clarify things) with #HugoAwards trending vigorously. There … Continue reading Hugo Awards Fallout

Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

I'm in quite a number of groups on both Facebook and Goodreads. Some are writers groups, others are genre specific. I write speculative fiction, currently science fiction, and I've been pondering the myriad of sub-genres in the world of speculative fiction and the place of YA in current speculative fiction reading and writing. There are … Continue reading Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival

I headed off to the NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival yesterday. It was a chilly morning when we left the Upper Hunter at around 5am, but we made good time, and arrived just before the registration time of 9am. It's always a bit of a guessing game travelling to Sydney from here. On a … Continue reading NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival

Frustrated

It's been a frustrating week. This year, for the first time, I purchased a supporting membership to World Con. For those of you who might not be into science fiction and fantasy, World Con happens every year, somewhere in the world, and is the place where the Hugo Awards are awarded, and much science fiction and … Continue reading Frustrated

Back from Continuum 11 (Southern Skies)

I missed blog posting last week as I was at Continuum - Melbourne's Speculative Fiction Convention. It was a great weekend, catching up with people I met last year, and being on panels and attending panels. Cons are great fun. My biggest problem is making sure I don't panel myself to death. I love hearing … Continue reading Back from Continuum 11 (Southern Skies)

Swancon and the #c1blitz!

I've had a flat out week. It's been a real doozy. I went over to Swancon last week, and participated as a panellist and the paperback version of Frontier Resistance was officially released as well, and then this weekend has been the critique and winner reveals of Freshly Squeezed Reads #c1blitz. Swancon was great. I … Continue reading Swancon and the #c1blitz!