2016 in writing

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This year, this year! While the world descends into a trash fire of head-shaking proportions, writing-wise I did pretty well this year. In January my first book, little Welcome To Orphancorp won the Victorian Premiers Award for YA Fiction. Winning that award totally shook my world. Not only was I just utterly surprised and delighted that… 

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You can’t win ’em all

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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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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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Victorian Premiers Literary Awards

Every time something good happens with Orphancorp I feel, for a moment, like some baffled, daffy uncle, bumbling around all like, ‘who me? My book? Really?’ Not because I don’t realise the book is good. It is! It’s fun and precisely written and emotional and current and tense. It’s all those things because I worked really hard to… 

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Write Around The Murray & meeting my idols

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This weekend I got to experience something I hope to do far more in the future: my first writer’s festival. Early in the morning on Friday I slammed it on the V-line up to Albury for the Write Around the Murray festival, where a small launch had been organised for the two speculative Viva La… 

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Welcome to Orphancorp

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Last June, while freaking out just before Clarion, wondering where all those stories I was supposed to write were gonna come from, I typed three words into my ideas file: Welcome To Orphancorp. The rest is history. Nah, the rest is a lot of work in cafes in three different cities (Seattle, Melbourne, Sydney and… 

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