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Writing update and reflections on being in the writing zone

As of this morning, my latest story – tentatively titled ‘Two Turns of the Moon’ – is polished up and in the hands of some of my wonderful beta readers. That’s something I haven’t been able to say since – oh gods – July.

While I await their feedback, I’ll take another look at the story I was struggling with before writing this one. After a lengthy writing drought brought on by travel, job-hunting, and getting too caught up in expectations, I’ve been really pleased by my momentum over the last week, and I want to make every effort not to let that momentum drop.

Just a short post this week – some reflections on what it feels like to be back in the writing zone.
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Hear The Miller’s Daughter in audio – limited time only!

Words have failed me – never a good sign in a writer.

I have just listened to the audio of my story The Miller’s Daughter, as narrated for Remastered Words by the talented Diana Croft, and I’m in awe, plain and simple, over her ability to make words I thought I already knew delight me, surprise me, and even move me to tears. What is this strange magic?

The audio is now available online, along with an author interview in which I ramble on about inspiration, self-doubt, and fairytales, and apologise to no less than two different authors. The interview is there to stay, but the audio is only online for a limited time, after which if you want to listen you will have to purchase the 2018 audio anthology when it becomes available.

So what are you still doing here? Go have a listen!

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Writing updates: Mother of Invention available to the public & The Miller’s Daughter in audio form!

I’m having a long and nail-biting wait on a few different writing-related fronts at the moment, but at last one of them has borne fruit: this morning I woke up to the winners’ announcements for the 2018 Remastered Words Audio Anthology – and the thrilling news that The Miller’s Daughter has come second!

What does that mean? Only that my story’s going to become part of a professionally narrated audiobook!

This is super cool news, and I can’t wait to see (well, hear) how it turns out. The first step is for it to go off to the editor, so the version that gets recorded may differ a bit from the one on the website (which already differs greatly from the version that won the ASFF Amateur Writer’s Award – such is the evolution of a tale). I’ll let you know when the 2018 audio anthology comes out.

Meanwhile, I’m pleased to announce that Mother of Invention is now for sale to the general public in paperback and ebook forms. If you missed out before, this is your chance to get your eyeballs on it and find out why the final line of my story ‘Arguing With People on the Internet’ made Lauren E. Mitchell squeal with evil delight (I got to watch them read it live in my living room, and it was an absolute treat).

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Mother of Invention book cover, and first page of Arguing with People on the Internet

Mother of Invention: it’s here!

After a postal mishap and a full month of nigh-unbearable anticipation, Mother of Invention – the first really-truly actual book to carry a story of mine – is finally here in my hands, and I couldn’t be more excited!

The cover art by the super-talented Likhain is even more chock-full of glorious details seen up close; I swear everything she creates is like a song for my eyeballs. And I can still barely believe all the clever, talented, wonderful authors and spec fic superstars my first really truly published story is appearing alongside: Seanan McGuire, Cat Sparks, Bogi Takács (I am seriously in love with every story of eirs I read)Ambelin Kwaymullina, Nisi Shawl, Octavia Cade, Stephanie Lai, and so many more. I am thrilled and humbled and just a little bit terrified to be counted among them.

If you already have your own copy of Mother of Invention, I hope you’re enjoying it and I promise to stop frothing at the mouth with envy now. If you weren’t a Kickstarter backer and don’t have a copy of this fabulous book, it will be available to the general public in September. In the meantime, you can sign up on Twelfth Planet Press’s website to be notified when they open for preorders.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a couch to curl up on and some reading to do.

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Mother of Invention Australian launch party this Sunday!

In case you’re at a loose end in Melbourne this weekend, a reminder that 2pm this Sunday at Continuum Speculative Fiction Convention is the launch party for Mother of Invention, the anthology that includes my first professionally-published short story: ‘Arguing With People on the Internet’.

There will be cupcakes! There will be authors (including me)! There will be pre-orders available for both the paperback and ebook formats of the book!

Alas, you won’t be able to buy a copy of the book at the party; such is the nature of crowdfunded projects that the backer copies of the book are still in the process of being shipped (as well as the author copies – I can’t wait to get my hands on mine!), and the editors felt it would be inappropriate to be selling the books at the launch when the people who first supported the project don’t have them yet. I entirely support their decision on this – crowdfunded projects live or die by their backers, and it’s only fair to reward them for putting their faith in the anthology before it even existed.

The good news is that the book will go on general sale via the Twelfth Planet Press website on 1st September – and, as I said, you can pre-order at the launch party this Sunday to make sure you don’t miss out on the first print run.

Hope to see you there!

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Mother of Invention Australian launch date/time announced

Exciting news! The Australian book launch for Mother of Invention – which includes, you may recall, my first professionally-published short story, ‘Arguing with People on the Internet’ – has been scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 10th June at Continuum Speculative Fiction Convention in Melbourne.

If you want to attend, you will need to have at least a Continuum day membership (they offer a discount if this is your first time attending), but I highly recommend it – Continuum has been a mainstay of the Australian fantasy/sci-fi/horror community for over a decade, and it’s a great experience for writers, readers, media makers and consumers, and any spec fic fan looking to connect further with Melbourne/Australian fandom.

If you’re in the US, of course, you don’t have to wait until June – Mother of Invention is being launched there this very weekend at WisCon. But since I’m not in the US, I guess I’ll have to make do with attending the launch in my very own hometown, at a convention that had been close to my heart for a very long time.

Hope to see you at the launch of my first pro-published work!

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Update: Mother of Invention

I’ve now seen the proofs of my story Arguing with People on the Internet as it will appear in the upcoming Mother of Invention anthology – so exciting! It’s looking great, and I’m just stoked.

For people who didn’t back Mother of Invention on Kickstarter, the book will be available to the public in September. In the meantime, though, Twelfth Planet Press will be holding not one but two book launches. If any of you happen to be in Wisconsin at the end of May, their first launch will be at Wiscon (or, as the editors put it, FREAKING WISCON – I think they’re a bit excited about that ?).

The second book launch, which is the one I’ll be at (on account of it not being a great time to just hop a plane to Wisconsin), will be in Melbourne in June at Continuum, a convention that’s deeply close to my heart. It means a whole lot to me that Continuum will be the first place I get to hold my first really truly book-published work in my hands.

Hope to see some of you there!

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