June 1st, 2010



Last night I had a really fun hour meeting the editor of DotDotDash Magazine for an interview about Twelfth Planet Press for their upcoming speculative fiction issue. I had so much fun I wanted to put a plug out - DotDotDash is a Perth mag featuring fiction, non fiction and art. And chatting about all things publishing reminded me how much I love indie press and what it's all about. Check out their mag - I've seen it in Planet Books but here's a list of outlets. Issue 5 is open for submissions, with the theme of "feast".


Speakeasy, Next Twelfth Planet Press Anthology, Now Open to Submissions

Just a bit of a prompt that the submissions period for Speakeasy opens today and closes at the end of September.

Twelfth Planet Press is announcing a reading period for Speakeasy, a new anthology to be launched at Natcon50 in Perth, Western Australia 2011.

With Prohibition in full force in the US, speakeasies were all the rage, cocaine was still legal and the Charleston, the Shimmy and The Bunny Hog were in their heyday! Art deco influenced the faces of cities, jazz music was widely popular, eyeshadow was very heavy, the women's suffrage movement made major progress and movies got sound. The Roaring Twenties was the era of Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Albert Einstein, Greta Garbo and Niels Bohr. King George V was on the throne in the UK, Mussolini had power in Italy, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf and King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered.

Speakeasy is a roaring, lively and exciting new original anthology, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and published by Twelfth Planet Press. It will blend art deco with urban fantasy, the Charleston with the vampire and the flapper with the noir detective. It will be fast paced, action packed and well dressed. Stories in the vein of Dorothy Parker's "Flappers: A Hate Song" will also be considered.

Stories for Speakeasy should be original, unpublished fantasy stories of between 2,500 wds and 7,500 wds, set in the 1920s and fun.

How: send your submission in rtf attachment to submissions@twelfthplanetpress.com
Length: stories should be between 2 500 and 7 500 words
Submissions will open June 1 and close September 30, 2010.
Payment: AUS$50 per story

ball of yarn

Crafting update

I have been sewing away in any spare moment I can find. I suspect I look to craft when I feel stressed. It doesn't mean I eat any less chocolate or really get to any of the multitude of things that are stressing me out but I think I find it somewhat comforting to have my hands busy.

Anyway ... crafting posts are all about the show and tell, aren't they?

Here is the pile of fabric bundles I am sending out tomorrow to mostly Tasmania ... sneak peek for some since others have already seen this month's project:

And below are a couple of the finished blocks for the quilt project I am currently utterly engrossed in. I bought a jelly roll for a fabric line by Moda that I just loved - L'Amour, amusingly - which was mostly because of a pink and chocolate colour infatuation I am on. I was throwing ideas around with my mum (its basically for machine sewing and I thought i would get mine out and learn but I didn't) who eventually suggested just wading in and cutting it up like you would normally for a quilt block. I decided that since I had so many variations in the one fabric line, I would try a bunch of Jinny Beyer patterns and play around with light and dark and 3-dimensional looks.

Since i had the reverse, sort of, I tried this block in browns:

As I was make it up, I thought was totally not going to work, in terms of the 3D work, but did when I finally got it all done up.

And this one which frankly was a pain to make and I have no intention of sewing again:

I've got two other blocks close to being finished up and am also starting to sew the first frames round these finished blocks. Some will be in brown and some in red. And then I a m going to have sashing in white followed by another strip of colour (unyet decided if combination of brown and red or only one).


it's never enough, eh?

It's 11.10pm and I'm working hard but having to admit that it's probably time to start cajoling myself towards bedtime. I feel like I didn't get enough done today for TPP. Here's my list:

- edited and published 5 reviews on ASif
- emailed publishers to inform them of published reviews
- read half of Analog May Issue and started Phantom Queen
- sorted the final proofs with authors for two stories for Sprawl and forwarded one to layout and one to proofing
- sent out two contracts for Sprawl
- finalised two author bios for Sprawl
- worked on the final cover art for Glitter Rose (liaising with the artist, author and designer)
- discussed a printing option with a new printer
- promoted the submissions period for Speakeasy and emailed back and forth with a few authors relating to this project
- answered emails
- recorded the intros and outros for Twelfth Planet Cast episode 3 (and lost the entire thing)

It's not nothing but it's a bit less than a usual given day because I had an appointment after work and had a couple of other things to do.

Ugh. I am so behind and starting to stress about it. Onwards, onwards, ever onwards. All you can do is give it your best.