Last month, I posted exciting news about “Ashes” having been accepted by Grimdark Magazine. Today, I’m here to let you know that my issue of the magazine is now out, and also to show you the gorgeous cover art from Jason Deem.
You can buy issue #4 through Grimdark Magazine‘s website, or as part of a first year bundle that includes writing from such notables as Mark Lawrence and R. Scott Bakker. It’s also available on Amazon.
Back from the wilderness to make an exciting announcement. My piece “Ashes” will be in the next issue of the wonderful Grimdark Magazine, due out at the start of July. It’s a dark (Grimdark, even!) fantasy piece that looks at what comes after the Happily Ever After for Cinderella.
More once I have a cover to show you and links to purchase.
In other news, I have submitted my M.Litt thesis and am awaiting confirmation of passing that and completing the course. I’m also doing a lot of writing for Emerge Australia, an ME/CFS not-for-profit, and enjoying my Assistant Editor tasks for Luna Station Quarterly.
A bit of a mixed bag in 2014. I had a few publication credits, but I didn’t finish nearly as many pieces as I would have liked to, due in part to needing to focus on my Masters.
Pieces Completed in 2014:
- Footsteps (flash, horror)
- Shadows (one act, historical/science fiction)
- Um, I think that’s all. Awful, I know.
Published in 2014:
- Born to It (YA fantasy)
- Icarus (science fiction)
- Breath (historical ghost story)
Produced in 2014:
- Shadows (one act, historical/science fiction)
I also completed the first three drafts of my thesis piece, ‘The Starlight Circus’. The first half of 2015 will be focussed on completing that and the accompanying exegesis.
My play Shadows will be performed on five dates during the Monash University Container Festival 2014.
Directed by Ephiny Gale and starring Maria Roitman, Victoria Brown and Lauren O’Dwyer, Shadows was written to exploit the enclosed theatre spaces involved in the Container Festival. It examines the choices made by three women separated by time but linked by the eternal forces of love and death.
Wednesday 6th of August – 8:30pm
Friday 8th of August – 9:15pm
Monday 11th of August – 8:35pm
Tuesday 12th of August – 7:45pm
Friday 15th of August – 7:10pm
Due to the nature of the performance space, seating is limited, so pre-booking is encouraged. Details of how to do so can be found on the Facebook event page.
AKA: Finally, an update.
Firstly, Undertow is now officially launched and available for purchase on Amazon. My piece ‘Breath’, a historical ghost story, is one of twenty stories with links to the Gold Coast. I really like the cover art and am looking forward to getting my own copy so that I can read the other stories in the anthology.
Secondly, I have actually been doing some writing. Will wonders never, etc etc. It’s a short play of approximately 20-25 minutes, called ‘Shadows’. Comprising of three monologues about three women with three secrets, it was written to exploit the enclosed theatre spaces involved in The Container Festival at Monash University. Hopefully it’ll be produced there later this year under the direction of Ephiny Gale.
Aurealis 68 is officially out and available from Smashwords and Scribd. My piece, ‘Icarus’, is the first of two short stories, and there’s also an interview with Raymond E Feist. It’s nice to share publication space with one of the greats 🙂
A couple of pieces of news today.
Firstly, Suddenly Lost in Words 4 is now available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. It contains my piece “Born To It”, along with eight other short stories for young adults – and older adults as well! “Born To It” is a short fantasy piece about a girl who possesses the ability to see into the future, and the reactions of her peers to her strange talent.
I’ve not yet read any of the other pieces in the anthology, but am looking forward to doing so.
In addition, it looks like my science fiction story “Icarus” will be published in the March issue of Aurealis, so I’m looking forward to that. “Icarus” is one of my favourite pieces, so I’m glad it’s found a good home.
The first news for 2014 is that my short story “Born To It” will be appearing in the YA anthology Suddenly Lost in Words 4. I’m not yet aware of a publication date, but I’ll update once I know when it’s going to be available.
I’ve been awfully bad at updating my blog this year, due to all manner of health issues taking up all of my physical and mental energy. For the same reason, it hasn’t been a great year for writing.
Pieces Completed in 2013:
- Scrap Metal (approx 5k, science fiction/gothic horror)
- Ashes (approx 4k, dark fairy tale)
- Liberty (one act play, science fiction)
- Women’s Work (approx 5k, dystopian fiction)
- Breath (approx 2k, historical ghost story)
Published in 2013:
- Wound (flash, magic realism)
- The Silver Witch (flash, fantasy)
Additional Sales in 2013:
- Icarus (approx 5k, science fiction) – to Aurealis
- Breath (as above) – to Undertow (a print anthology of stories about the Gold Coast, due out in May 2014)
I’ve also completed the first of two years working on my Master of Letters (Creative Writing). I’ve been very pleased with my marks and have enjoyed the process of looking at my own writing through a different, more academic lens. Next year, I’ll be working on the thesis aspect of the course, which means writing a longer piece and an accompanying longer exegesis.
I’ve had some health stuff going on this past month, so there hasn’t been a lot of writing happening. I did, however, manage to finish a Australian ghost story, of around 2.5k words, so I was pleased about that, given everything that’s been happening.
My short story and play for my M.Litt are currently with my supervisor, so here’s hoping he’ll like them and I’ll be able to focus on the critical essays about them, instead of lots of re-drafting!
The biggest news this month is that my short story ‘Icarus’ was accepted for publication in Aurealis. I’ll update with an expected publication date once one is available.