What an enthusiastic group last night at the NSW Writers’ Centre! Thanks to all those who travelled through the darkness of a Sydney in autumn just to come and listen to me talk. Thanks too for all your comments on Twitter and Facebook afterwards – it was lovely to meet you too
I am shattered! After four days of panels, readings, workshops and writery social events – I’m exhausted yet inspired. Thank you, Conflux 9 / Natcon – for listening to me read, teach and comment, and for showing me a good time in the process! Read more about my four days here and here.
Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz has been kind enough to interview me over on her blog. There’s an excerpt of my novel there and the story of how I came to write it. Read that interview here.
Fantastic workshop group at the Society of Women Writers NSW today! What an interesting room full of clever women. Thank you for inviting me to your luncheon
Squee – I’ve just found out that I’m a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest (for this year’s 1st Quarter)! Feeling all warm and special that an internationally acclaimed speculative fiction writing competition likes my writing!! Squee!
Great class at Mosman Community College tonight – thanks for listening to me and for all your questions!
My agent just sent my novel to eight top Aussie publishers. Scared. Thrilled. Thanks @AlexAdsett #FeelingSick
Confirmed dates for my 2013 appearances are starting to arrive. They include workshops and seminars on creative writing and social media at the NSW Writers’ Centre and Mosman Community College. I can’t wait! Details here.
Yay! I was in the summer edition of Writers Voice, the quarterly magazine of the Fellowship of Australian Writers! Thank you, Beatrice Yell, the ex-president of FAW’s Manly branch for writing about my third consecutive win of the Manly branch’s annual short story competition.
As editor of the Conflux 9 Progress Reports, I’m pleased to have published the fourth issue. Members – watch your inbox for a copy!
So chuffed that my creative writing bootcamp went down so well at the Emerging Writers Festival this month. Held at the NSW Writers’ Centre, I aimed my course at helping writers to saturate their wordage with vividness and voice. One attendee said he learnt more from me in that hour than he had at the entire festival!! Read all about it here.
Appeared at the 2012 Sydney Freecon. After reading my story Trigger (CSFG, 2011) aloud to the entire convention(!), I joined the panel discussing “Is there more to life than writing speculative fiction?”. Later, I chatted with writers about their use of social media. Read all about the event here.
I was in the newspaper! On page 3! In celebration of my third consecutive win of a certain competition, I was photographed and interviewed, then made front page news – see here!
The NSW Writers’ Centre just interviewed me in advance of the Emerging Writers Festival this November, where I’ll be running a creative writing bootcamp. I was asked some really tough questions about discipline, distance and the dangers of being a copycat… Read the results here!
Listen here – to my radio interviews! I’ve just been sent the broadcast files for my two appearances earlier this month and in August. Now they’re here, awaiting your ears. Why not play them as you check your next email?!
Hat trick – I just won first place in the 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers Manly & Peninsula short story competition… for the third year in a row! I’m so chuffed right now!!!
Fantastic news – I just found out that my short story Deep received an Honourable Mention in the prestigious Writers of the Future contest (in Quarter 2, 2012). I’m really pleased to be recognised in this international speculative fiction writing competition. Squee!!
As editor of the Conflux 9 Progress Reports, I’m pleased to have published the third issue. Members – watch your inbox for a copy!
Winner! I just won first place in the 2012 Oberon Writing Competition with my short story A Knight Answers. Yay! See here for photos.
So excited – this week I was interviewed on the radio about my writing! If you’re near a radio at 10am (Sydney time) this Sunday 12th August, it will be broadcast on Radio Northern Beaches (87.7fm or 90.3fm). You can also listen LIVE via www.rnb.org.au/stream. The interview went so fast, I can’t even remember what I said! Photos here.
Thank you so much AK Andrew for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award! This is my third time as a recipient of the award, but that doesn’t make this award any less special According to the rules of this award, I have to share with my readers seven interesting things and nominate some fellow bloggers. I’ve done that here – let me know if what you read surprises you, or not really! Thanks too JB Rowley and Jeff Whelan for your awards, and to all my faithful readers who read my blog every fortnight.
Thank you Berkelouw Books, for shortlisting my story Finding My Way for the Pittwater Short Story Award!
What an honour! I’ve been interviewed as part of the 2012 Australian speculative fiction snapshot! The snapshot is a series of interviews designed to celebrate the breadth and depth of Australia’s speculative fiction scene and takes a dedicated team of bloggers to complete. How fantastic that I was included in their vision. Read my interview here.
Today I have the pleasure of being on Ebon Shores’ Wednesday Writers! Read it here.
Okay, so this is just getting crazy good – another international short story sale! It means that at the end of this year, I’ll be published (in print) in Australia, the UK and the States. Squee!!
Very excited to have made my first international short story sale. Watch out world! Details to follow soon
Thank you Parenting Express for publishing my short story A Dragon’s Back. Enjoy it here! Thanks also to my Twitter followers for saying it’s “a moving piece of writing” (Kirsten Krauth), “honest and thoughtful” and “brave” (Kirsten Alexander), and “as a mother they talked to me. Very powerful” (Kylie Scott). Your support means a lot to me
As editor of the Conflux 9 Progress Reports, I’m pleased to have published the second issue. Members – watch your inbox for a copy!
My author page at Stringybark Publishing is now up! Find it here. Those were some awesome questions you asked, Stringybark – so awesome one of them inspired me to ask various other writers and readers What does speculative fiction mean… to you?
I’m honoured to have my writing being studied at university by the gifted academic and innovator, Jessica Frawley, who has just been awarded the UTS Chancellor’s scholarship for doctoral research. In her award-winning thesis on understanding how increasingly visual and multimodal the semiotic landscape is becoming, she selected my story, The Voice, as published by mStories on their website, to prove that new literacies such as those created by mobile phones are reshaping and redefining our literary landscape. Thank you, Jessica! Read more about this here.
Thank you Sue Raines for your wonderful feature on my Sydney-based writing group, the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group, as published in February/March edition of the Partners in Crime (Sydney) Newsletter.
“For your blogging contribution to writing, including help and good advice for writers”
Read more about this award here.
Thank you Jacqui Dent for publishing my ‘member story’ in the New South Wales Writers’ Centre enews. It talks about how I set up the Northern Beaches’ Writers Group, based in Sydney, and what the constant critiquing has done for my writing. You can read the article here.
As editor of the Conflux 9 Progress Reports, I’m pleased to have published the first issue. Members – watch your inbox for a copy!
I’ve joined the blogging team at eMergent Publishing’s Write Anything site, so you can read new blog posts over there too now
A short journey in discomfort, my mini-story The Voice has been epublished by mStories on their website. Enjoy it here! You can also read about my involvement with the mStories project in this blog post.
So pleased that my short story From Here to There received a commendation as a ‘special entry’ at Conflux 7. Read more about Conflux 7 here.
Grinning, grinning, grinning – my short story Portrait of a Model has won first place in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Manly & Peninsula Short Story Competition. Yippee! Read about the awards night here.
I’m thrilled to announce that my short story Invisible Dirt has won first place in the Oberon Writing Competition. Yay! More details here.
It’s time for me to… start blogging! Read me over at zenashapter.com/blog Oh, wait… you’re already here
Fingers crossed – my short story Trigger has been shortlisted for inclusion in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine!
I’ve joined the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild’s online forum – what a friendly bunch of writers!
I’m thrilled to announce that my short story Fighting Off The Foxes has won first place in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Manly & Peninsula Short Story Competition. Judges’ comments: “A well-written and moving story that tackles a difficult topic with sensitivity and insight.” Wow!
My short story Once, Upon A Wattle has been awarded a commendation at the Fellowship of Australian Writers Manly & Peninsula Short Story Competition Awards Night. Thank you, judges!
After much online debating and organising, I’m very excited to announce that the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group will have its first official meeting this month. Can’t wait!
My short story just the way things are has received a commendation at the Fellowship of Australian Writers Manly & Peninsula Short Story Competition Awards Night. Thank you FAW!
After a month or so of planning, I am very excited to announce that I am starting up a new writers’ group – the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group, based in Manly, Sydney! I plan for it to be more of a critique group, than a writers’ group, and to be free. Yay, so excited!
I’m thrilled to say that my short story Diamonds in the Sea was shortlisted for inclusion in Page Seventeen magazine! My first writing acknowledgment. Yippee!