To the Clarion West class of 2016


  To the Clarion West class of 2016, Herly shit, guys, you’re in week 2 already. It goes so fast. Doesn’t it go fast? I should know because my class was two years ago and I still can’t believe it’s over. Here’s some stuff I learned there, and some things I wish someone had told… 

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You can’t win ’em all


I’m not even sure if I mentioned it on here, but Welcome to Orphancorp was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award! And the ceremony was last night! …And I didn’t win! Alice Pung’s Laurinda took out the $30,000 Ethel Turner Prize. On travelling down to the ceremony, I thought maybe I’d not win, and sit there… 

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My dad passed away a few weeks ago. When I was up at his funeral everyone kept asking: ‘How are you?’ And I’d say, ‘Everything is great except for this.’ That’s how things are right now. Everything is going really well except my dad died. I wasn’t close to my dad. When we reconnected, both… 

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How do I even begin with Supanova?!? ARGH, IT WAS JUST SO GOOD. Supanova is a pop culture expo held all over Australia. It’s a must for cosplayers, fans, geeks and dorks of all kinds. There’s panels, stalls, art and celebrity guests, a whole bunch of guest authors – and this year I was asked to be one… 

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The Nerdvention: Contact 2016


I attended my first Natcon this year, Brisbane’s Contact. Not only did I get to attend, I got to participate as well, which is rad because watching stuff is fine, but doing stuff is way more fine, ya know? The weekend got off to a great start, because not only did my doctor actually listen… 

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The Structure Up at Slink Chunk Press


The Structure is up at Slink Chunk Press today.   This story is so many things: It took second place in the Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction awards. I wrote it way back in 2013, when I’d first and just dedicated myself to speculative fiction writing. It was one of my Clarion West application pieces…. 

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Hugo Eligibility

Hugo nominations are now open, and I’ve got stories that are eligible! Me, me! If you’re a member of MidAmeriCon II, you can nominate and vote for your favourite stories of the year, some of which are hopefully mine. Follow this link, and nom away. I’ll be at the Hugos this year, and I’d be… 

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Hanging Out With Writers


Hanging out with writers is the best. This weekend I went to the masquerade ball that served as the launch for Isobelle Carmody’s The Red Queen. Not only did I get to hang out with the biggest, most fancy and stellar bunch of dorks in the known universe, but I got to do by absolute favourite thing,… 

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