On Fallow Periods

A writer who doesn’t write: on fallow periods.   I’m not so writey at the moment. In fact, I’m staring at the cursor for this article, waiting for the right words to come. I’m in a bit of a creative fallow period right now – a miserable time where I spend more time scrolling through… 

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To the Clarion West class of 2016

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  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

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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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The Structure Up at Slink Chunk Press

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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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Viva La Novella – The Results

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This Friday the results of Seizure’s Viva La Novella prize are announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival. You might remember my novella Welcome To Orphancorp is shortlisted for this prize, so if you’re in Melbourne, come along! You might get to see me win a thing! You might get to buy me a celebratory vodka,… 

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The Walking Thing

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I grew up in a small town. Mine hugged the ocean, but they can be anywhere. Small towns are like islands. The roads in and out, like life rafts. When you grow up in a small town and everyone knows everyone, it’s really hard to get away with anything. Once, at sixteen, I lit a cigarette and… 

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Shit Gets Real

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Who is this magnificent beast? What’s that she’s holding? That delicious jumble of black shapes up there is the first lot of words I’ve ever been able to swindle into print. How exciting! And I was in the right place at the right time (that is, in Melbourne and not working) to attend the sneak-preview launch at… 

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Hear Me Roar

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Hey there, lovelies. Just a quick humblebrag to let you know that one of my Clarion application pieces, Clara’s, is coming out in Ticonderoga Publications Hear Me Roar Anthology. This collection is about kick-ass women doing kick-ass shit. Clara’s is a tale of adventure, escape and powdered eggs in a lonely diner on a post-apocalyptic… 

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Stuff by my friends: Inter-Exo by Julie Steinbacher

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From our first frank conversation about the kind of women we were, I knew Julie and I would be friends. She’s a beautiful writer, and amazing person and I am so glad that we continue to be friends at such a distance. You’re the best, Julieface! Today, her story from Week 5 at Clarion West… 

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