March 7th, 2010


you know how it is

Is it possible I actually have so much on that I don't have time to blog it anymore? Could that have actually happened to me? I've currently got so much on that I am working on X so that I can get it done in order to work on Y. It's pretty hectic, with little downtime.

Also, at the moment, I seem to be mostly in reactive mode - got sick, couldn't do anything but deal with that. Then had a ton of backlog to deal with because I didn't work for 4 days. And then it's just be one thing after the other. For example, last night I cooked dinner for friends in the dark because the kitchen light globe blew days before, and when I went to replace the bulb, I bought the wrong size. And then whilst I was cooking, I opened a cupboard door and it came off in my hand. Yesterday I got my car serviced. This morning I was driving to my hair appointment and had a flat tyre. This kind of thing.

The way I've found to cope with all this stuff is to do things that I have been putting off for a really long time. The really white white noise that makes you feel bad and guilty even when you don't think about it. And so now, I've kinda gotten a thing where I do one task that I have been putting off for forever, each day. These have included finally getting some extra bedsheet sets, bin for my bathroom, kickstarting a new project that's been on the drawing board for months. Yesterday it was the car service. Today it was setting up my personal budget. Tomorrow ... who knows! It's oddly freeing and addictive. And I'm visualising a time when all these chores are done and I live in a time of just doing the things as they come up. Could happen.


Sprawl: Suburban Tales of Fantasy

Australia is a nation for the 21st century. Twenty one million people crowded into seven major cities; a modern technologically advanced society that sits perched on the perimeter of a vast dry interior.

Sprawl is an exciting new original anthology, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and published by Twelfth Planet Press, that will give readers from around the world a unique glimpse into the strange, dark, and often wondrous magics that fill the days and nights of Australia’s dreaming cities and towns, homes and parks, and most of all, it’s endlessly stretching suburbs.

Things are starting to need to move along now. I've bought a 10 000 word story from Paul Haines for this anthology.

Table of Contents:

Liz Argall/Matt Huynh - Seed Dreams (comic)
Peter Ball - One Saturday Night, With Angel
Deborah Biancotti - Never Going Home
Simon Brown - Sweep
Stephanie Campisi - How to Select a Durian at Footscray Market
Thoraiya Dyer - Yowie
Dirk Flinthart - Walker
Paul Haines - Her Gallant Needs
L L Hannett - Weightless
Pete Kempshall - Signature Walk
Ben Peek - White Crocodile Jazz
Tansy Rayner Roberts - Relentless Adaptations
Barbara Robson - Neighbourhood Watch
Angela Slatter - Brisneyland by Night
Cat Sparks - All The Love in the World
Anna Tambour - Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of Paradise
Kaaron Warren - Loss
Sean Williams - Parched (poem)

Amanda Rainey has designed the cover and it's nearly complete. I'm hoping to get stuck into the editing next week.

Note: This has been edited after TPP was made aware of language used which may cause offense to Indigenous Australians. This was not our intention and we apologise unreservedly for any hurt caused.


Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres

I've been working on Glitter Rose the last couple of weeks and I realised that I haven't really written much about this book other than to say it will be a boutique, single author collection. The Glitter Rose Collection will feature 5 short stories by Marianne de Pierres - 4 previously published and 1 new story for this book.

The Glitter Rose stories are set against the background of Carmine Island (an island reminiscent of Stradbroke Island, Queensland) where a decade ago spores from deep in the ocean blew in, in a freak of nature, and settled on the island. These spores bring fierce allergies to the inhabitants of the island. And maybe other, more sinister effects. As we follow Tinashi's journey of moving to and settling into island life, we get a clearer picture of just what is happening on Carmine Island.

Glitter Rose is named after the glitter-rose dusks that happen at certain tides on the island - when the last of sunset has fallen, a strange phosphorescence can be seen on the sands of the beaches. Colourless at first, it rapidly changes to a "carpet of tiny, shining, rose-coloured grains".

Glitter Rose will be available at Aussiecon 4.


Galactic Suburbia Episode 1

We've been talking about doing this for a while so it was awesome that last week cassiphone, random_alex, aifin and I finally got the skype happening, the sound better than it was when we started and the whole thing hooked up and going and we recorded the very first episode of our new fortnightly podcast:

Galactic Suburbia - Alisa, Alex and Tansy bring you speculative fiction news, reading notes and chat from the galactic suburbs of Australia. Produced by Andrew Finch.

You can find Episode 1 here, and soon via iTunes and the Twelfth Planet Press website.

In this episode we talk about Hugo voting, Cyberpunk, the Aussie snapshot, Jewish fantasy writers, what we are reading and Johnny Weir (we were onetracked last week)

Or as Tansy says:
The title came from all the reading of and about Joanna Russ we’ve been doing lately – it was a term used to deride the science fiction women wrote which was a bit too feminine in subject as well as style. All three of us are researching/reading about feminist SF right now, and while that isn’t directly the theme of the podcast… who are we kidding? It’s us. There’s going to be feminist discussion in there along with the spaceships and flash fiction rants.