Every year, I compile a list of the various forms of media I’ve consumed, along with a few other important details about the year in review. Previously, I’ve published this on Dreamwidth/Livejournal, but one thing I’ve come to realise this year is that those types of blogging are now firmly in my past. So here’s my 2018 in review: WordPress-style.

Books 2018

* Re-read


1. Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen: All-New X-Men: Yesterday’s X-Men

2. Nancy Armstrong: Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel

3. Michael Wilding: Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall: A Documentary

4. Patricia Stubbs: Women & Fiction: Feminism & the Novel 1880-1920

5. Philippa Gregory: Three Sisters, Three Queens

6. Lorna Read: Love Cheat

7. Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

8. Fergus Hume: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

9. Mary Fortune / Lucy Sussex (ed): The Fortunes of Mary Fortune

10. Cathy Hopkins: From Geek to Goddess

11. Martha Nell Smith: Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson


12. Ken Gelder & Rachael Weaver (eds): The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction

13. Carrie Fisher: The Princess Diarist

14. Angelique Richardson (ed): Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women 1890-1914

15. Emma Donoghue: Room


16. John Reid, John Chisolm & Max Harris: Ballaarat: Golden City

17. Weston Bate: Lucky City: The First Generation at Ballarat 1851-1901


18. Henry Gyles Turner: The Captive of Gippsland

19. Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt et al: D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide

20. James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb & Bruce R. Cordell: D&D Player’s Guide


21. Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe [100 books]

22. Jay Asher: Thirteen Reasons Why


23. Gary Corby: Death Ex Machina

24. Kay Daniels (ed): So Much Hard Work: Women and Prostitution in Australian History

25. Francine Pascal: Surprise! Surprise! *

26. Francine Pascal: Runaway Hamster *

27. Francine Pascal: The Twins’ Mystery Teacher

28. Francine Pascal: Elizabeth’s Valentine

29. Francine Pascal: Jessica’s Cat Trick


30. Francine Pascal: Jessica’s Big Mistake

31. Francine Pascal: Jessica’s Zoo Adventure

32. Francine Pascal: Elizabeth’s Super-Selling Lemonade

33. Francine Pascal: Sweet Valley Trick or Treat

34. Raelene Frances & Bruce Scates: Women at Work in Australia: From the Gold Rushes to World War II

35. Beverley Kingston (ed): The World Moves Slowly: A Documentary History of Australian Women

36. Francine Pascal: Crybaby Lois

37. Francine Pascal: Starring Winston Egbert

38. Francine Pascal: The Case of the Secret Santa

39. Francine Pascal: Jessica the Baby-Sitter

40. Francine Pascal: Jessica the TV Star

41. Kelly Gardiner: Goddess

42. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Epistemology of the Closet

43. Emma Donoghue: The Wonder


44. Michael Ryan: Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction

45. Gregory Castle: The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory

46. Rita Felski: Literature After Feminism

47. Judith Butler: Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

48. Noreen Giffney & Michael O’Rourke (eds): The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory

49. Diane Richardson, Janice McLaughlin & Mark E. Casey (eds): Intersections Between Feminist and Queer Theory

50. Judith Butler: Undoing Gender

51. Liane Merciel: Last Flight

52. Chiara Beccalossi: Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c. 1870-1920


53. Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

54. Orita: From Darkness Unto Light

55. Michel Foucault: The History of Sexuality, vol. 1: An Introduction

56. Michel Foucault: Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

57. Emma Donoghue: The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

58. Karen Hohne & Helen Wussow (eds): A Dialogue of Voices: Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin

59. Mikhail M. Bakhtin: The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays


60. Jo Baker: Longbourn

61. Francine Pascal: Lila’s Secret

61. Francine Pascal: The Twins and the Wild West

62. Francine Pascal: Fearless Elizabeth

63. Francine Pascal: Caroline’s Mystery Dolls

64. Francine Pascal: Bossy Steven

65. Francine Pascal: Jessica and the Jumbo Fish

66. Francine Pascal: The Twins Go to the Hospital

67. Francine Pascal: Jessica and the Spelling-Bee Surprise


68. Francine Pascal: Sweet Valley Slumber Party

69. Francine Pascal: Lila’s Haunted House Party

70. Emma Donoghue: Kissing the Witch

71. Francine Pascal: Cousin Kelly’s Family Secret

72. Francine Pascal: The Case of the Magic Christmas Bell

73. Francine Pascal: Left-Out Elizabeth

74. Francine Pascal: Jessica’s Snobby Club

75. Francine Pascal: The Sweet Valley Cleanup Team

76. Francine Pascal: Elizabeth Meets Her Hero


77. Jaclyn Moriarty: Feeling Sorry for Celia *

Short Stories 2018


1. John Lang: “The Ghost upon the Rail”

2. Marcus Clarke: “The Mystery of Major Molineux”

3. Mary Fortune: “Mystery and Murder” (from Memoirs of an Australian Police Officer, No. VI)

4. Ernest Favenc: “A Hunt of the Jinkarras (A Fearsome Story of Central Australia)”

5. Ernest Favenc: “Doomed”

6. Rosa Campbell Praed: “The Bunyip”

7. Francis Adams: “The Hut by the Tanks”

8. Henry Lawson: “The Bush Undertaker (or A Christmas in the Far West)

9. Price Warung: “The Pegging-Out of Overseer Franke”

10. Hume Nisbet: “The Haunted Station”

11. Guy Boothby: “With Three Phantoms”

12. Coo-ee (William Sylvester Walker): “The Evil of Yelcomorn Creek”

13. Mary Gaunt: “The Lost White Woman”

14. Oscar Wilde: “The Sphinx without a Secret”

15. Olive Schreiner: “The Buddhist Priest’s Wife”

16. Mona Caird: “The Yellow Drawing Room”

17. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper”

18. George Egerton: “A Cross Line”

19. Kate Chopin: Desiree’s Baby

20. Borgia Smudgiton: She-Notes

21. Kate Chopin: A Pair of Silk Stockings

22. Clarence Rook: The Stir Outside the Cafe Royal

23. Sarah Grand: When the Door Opened–

24. Kate Chopin: The Storm

25. Sarah Grand: A New Sensation

26. Kate Chopin: An Egyptian Cigarette

27. Pauline Hopkins: Talma Gordon

28. George Gissing: A Daughter of the Lodge

29. Zitkala-Sa: A Warrior’s Daughter

30. George Moore: The Wedding Feast

31. Edith Wharton: The Reckoning

32. Virginia Woolf: Phyllis and Rosamond

33. Katherine Mansfield: Leves Amores

34. Katherine Mansfield: The Tiredness of Rosabel

35. Evelyn Sharp: Filling the War Chest

36. Evelyn Sharp: The Game That Wasn’t Cricket

37. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Turned

38. Katherine Mansfield: The Advanced Lady

39. Gertrude Colmore: George Lloyd

40. Gertrude Colmore: The Woman in the Corner

41. Mary Samuel Daniel: Jimmy’s Afternoon

42. Saki: The Schartz-Metterklume Method

43. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: If I Were a Man


44. PAWQUAW: The Story of the Chimes

45. Simon Simple: A Lunatic’s Ball

46. Anonymous: Syringing the Lunatic

47. Anonymous: In the condemned cell of a northern gaol…

48. M.T. Caldor: Her Grandmother’s Brocade

49. Anonymous: An Opal Ring

50. M.A.H.: Haines’ Misfortunes

51. M.A.H.: The Widow Plummer

52. John Frederick Smith: Marianne, A Tale of the Temple

53. Anon: Fifteen—Fourteen—Thirteen

54. Anon: “Per C.”

55. Anon: The Bunch of Violets

56. A.N.P: An Acrobat’s Invention

57. Benet Saucy: A Story of Social Silence

58. Anon: A Rose of Sharon

59. Annie Robertson Nixon: Barbara

60. Anon: Bill Bowker’s Triumph

61. Anon: Faint Heart and Fair Lady


62. Robin Goodfellow: A Remarkable Adventure in Germany

63. X. X.: Mabel’s Honeymoon

64. Em. Quad: Forging the Chain

65. Anon: The Duel

66. Anon: A Really Good Case

67. Anon: The Runaway Ship

68. Anon: For Better or for Worse

69. Anon: The Cackle Affair


70. Anon: Her Rival

71. Anon: “Fire!”


72. Anon: “A Broken Heart”

73. John Baker Hopkins: “A Rogue of the Period”

74. Anon: “Taken by Storm”

75. Julian Hawthorne: “Mad Love”

76. Anon: “The Grewelthorpe Feud”

77. Mary Elizabeth: “One Midsummer Night”

78. R.G. Frasks: “The Emerald Ring”


79. Anon: “How Jervis Made His Fortune”

80. Smith Jones: “My Wife’s New Friend”


81. Orita: “Two of Our Girls”


82. Orita: “Fairy’s Gift”

83. Orita: “Regained!: A Story of Two Christmas Eves”

84. Orita: “Ivy Raynor’s Christmas”

85. Anon: “Departed This Life”


86. Mary Clarke: “Turned to Ice”

Plus 108 slush short stories for Luna.

Poetry 2018


1. Neanthes: In Articulo Mortis

2. Anon: A Drawing Room Ballad

3. S. Old: The Cup of Confession

4. Anon: The Newspaper Man

5. Neanthes: Faltering Affection

6. No.241: The Cabby’s Lament

7. Neanthes: A Voice from the Past

8. Thomas Patterson: Gippsland

9. A. Daptor: Bessie Brewed a Pot O’ Tea

10. Neanthes: Lost Love

11. Neanthes: My Christmas Gift

12. Neanthes: The Postman’s Plea

13. Icicle: The Flirtation

14. Justitia: The Shepherd and the Liberal Squatter

15. Anon: Papa, What Are Newspapers?

16. Icicle: Such is Life

17. Neanthes: Blighted Love

18. Icicle: Waiting

19. Bob Cattnach Jr: A Regular Doleful Ballad

20. Icicle: A Common Complaint

21. Neanthes: To My Love of Bygone Days

22. Neanthes: Thoughts on Marriage

23. Neanthes: Unrequited Love

24. M.E. Doig: The Universal Anthem

25. Anon: A Song For These Times

26. Neanthes: Yet Stay With Me My Own Sweet Treasure

27. Anon: A True Lover

28. Neanthes: A Pleasing Matinade

29. Neanthes: To Mary Ann

30. Neanthes: Love’s Comparisons

31. Neanthes: The Difficulty Solved

32. Neanthes: The Roving Tinker

33. Neanthes: A Serenade


34. Josephine Pollard: The Funny Story

35. Anon: An Old Story

36. Judy: An Epps-Ode


37. Mrs Emma Thornton: “Send a Message Often Home”


38. Orita: “Christmas Day”

39. Orita: “Chrismas”

40. Orita: “Memory’s Chimes”

41. Val Visor: “Mary Jane”


42. L.F.: “My Bob, or Innocence”

43. L.F.: “Jaco’s Death”

44. L.E.: “The Village Church”

45. L.E.: “The New Baby”

46. L.E.: “Marion, or The Master Wants the Best”

47. Anon: “The Blind Boy’s Dream”

48. Anon: “The Lovers”

49. Anon: “A Scene from London Life”

50. J.B.: “Bright’s Bright Idea”

51. Anon: “The Two Grenadiers”

Journal Articles, Essays and Academic Book Chapters 2018


1. Emily Turner: “Darwin, Photography, and the ‘Screaming Victorians’ of Anthony Rhys’s Visual Biofiction or; Whose Biofiction Is It Anyway?”

2. Judith Brett: “Preface”

3. Lucy Sussex: “What the Mischief Does a Bonnet Want Here?: An Introduction to Mary Fortune (Waif Wander)”

4. Mary Fortune: “Twenty-six Years Ago or The Diggings from ’55”

5. Mary Fortune: “Fourteen Days on the Road”

6. Mary Fortune: “Looking for Lodgings”

7. Mary Fortune: “How I Spent Christmas”

8. Mary Fortune: “Down Bourke Street”

9. Jil Larson: “Sexual Ethics in Fiction by Thomas Hardy and the New Woman Writers”


10. Ken Gelder & Rachael Weaver: “The Colonial Australian Gothic”

11. Angelique Richardson: “Introduction” to Women Who Did

12. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’


13. Kay Daniels: “Introduction”

14. Kay Daniels: “Prostitution in Tasmania during the transition from penal settlement to ‘civilized’ society”

15. Susan Horan: “More Sinned Against Than Sinning?: Prostitution in South Australia, 1836-1914”

16. Raymond Evans: “‘Soiled Doves’: Prostitution in Colonial Queensland”

17. Raelene Davidson: “Dealing with the ‘Social Evil’: Prostitution and the Police in Perth and on the Eastern Goldfields, 1895-1924.”

18. Judith Allen: “Dealing with the ‘Social Evil’: Prostitution and the Police in Perth and on the Eastern Goldfields, 1895-1924.”

19. Ann McGrath: “‘Black Velvet’: Aboriginal Women and Their Relations with White Men in the Northern Territory, 1910-40”      

20. Helen Mills: “Prostitution and the Law”

21. Anne Bickford: “‘Working’: An Interview with Betty N.”


22. Elizabeth M Coker: “Narrative Strategies in Medical Discourse: Constructing the Psychiatric “Case” in a Non-Western Setting”


23. Adrienne Rich: “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence”

24. Adrienne Rich: “Revisiting “Compulsory Heterosexuality””

25. Zoe Anderson: “Queer(ing) History: Queer Methodologies, Pedagogies and Interventions in the Discipline of History”

26. Judith M. Bennett: “‘Lesbian-Like’ and the Social History of Lesbianisms”

27. Oliver Penfold: “A Case of Man-Personification by a Woman”

28. Anon: “The Recent Case of Smith v. Iffla”

29. Anon: “The Recent Case of Smith v. Iffla (continued)”

30. Anon: “Hearing of Appeal”

31. J. De Burgh Griffith: “Puerperal Insanity:”

32. Anon: “Ordinary Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, September 5th, 1883”

33. Anon: “Lunatic Asylums and Their Administration”

34. Anon: “Hospitals for the Insane”

35. James V. McCreery: “Surgical Operations on the Insane”


37. W. Beattie Smith: “Case of Choreic Insanity”

38. James De Burgh Griffith: “Lunatics in Private Practice”

39. W. Moore: “Notes of a Visit to the Kew Asylum”

40. W. Balls-Headley: “Case of Chronic Puerperal Mania—Laceration & Granular Os—Trachelorhaphy—Immediate Recovery”

41. James Jamieson: “Sex in Health and Disease”

Movies 2018

* = cinema
+ = repeat viewing


1.Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

2. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

3. Jupiter Ascending (2015)

4. Tomorrowland (2015)


5. Urge (2016)


6. Extraterrestrial (2014)

7. The Way of the Wicked (2014)

8. Sound of My Voice (2011)

9. Black Panther (2018) *

10. Spy (2015)

11. Dark Places (2015)


12. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) +

13. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

14. Doctor Strange (2016)

15. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)

16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

17. Atomic Blonde (2017)

18. Sister Act (1992) +


19. Split (2016)

20. It (2017)

21. The Greatest Showman (2017)

22. The Queen (2006)


23. The Room

24. Cherry Falls +


25. Jurassic Park (1993) +

26. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

27. Get Out (2017)


28. Rough Night (2017)

29. The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

30. Carol (2015)

31. Eat Locals (2017)

32. Self/less (2015)

33. Viral (2016)


34. A Quiet Place (2018)

35. Emo the Musical (2016)

36. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)


37. Birdbox (2018)

Television 2018

Not a comprehensive list of all TV watched – I’ll probably have forgotten a few things.

>> 8 Out of 10 Cats

>> 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

>> Ally McBeal (s2)

>> American Horror Story (s4)

>> Bates Motel (s3)

>> The Big Painting Challenge

>> Border Security

>> Botched

>> Britain’s Next Top Model

>> Catfish (s1-5)

>> The Chase

>> Critical Role

>> Dad’s Army

>> Eggheads

>> Finding Prince Charming (s1)

>> First Dates

>> Friday Night Dinner

>> Fringe (s1)

>> Have I Got News For You

>> The IT Crowd (s3-4 & special)

>> Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier

>> Judge Judy

>> Masterchef Australia

>> Masterchef Netherlands

>> Masters of Sex

>> Mock the Week

>> Nailed It! (s1-2)

>> Parks and Recreation (s2)

>> Pointless

>> QI

>> Rick & Morty

>> Room 101

>> Ru Paul’s Drag Race (Allstars s3, s10)

>> Scream Queens (s1)

>> Skin Wars (s1-2)

>> Star Trek: The Next Generation

>> Taskmaster

>> Tattoo Fixers

>> UnREAL (s1)

>> Winter Olympics

>> World Cup

Games 2018

* Finished previously


1. PS3: Dragon Age 2 (full DLC) *


2. XB1: Mass Effect: Andromeda


3. 360: Mass Effect (full DLC) *

4. 360: Mass Effect 2 (full DLC) *


5. XB1: Dragon Age: Inquisition (full DLC) *


6. 360: Mass Effect 3 (full DLC) *

7. X-Box: Jade Empire


8. PS3: Dragon Age Origins (partial DLC) *

9. 360: Mass Effect 1 (full DLC) *

10. 360: Bioshock 2


11. X-Box: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Theatre 2018

1. 13th January – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Playhouse Theatre, Melbourne)

2. 3rd February – The Children (MTC)

3. 18th February – Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Regent Theatre, Melbourne)

4. 4th March – American Idiot (Comedy Theatre, Melbourne)

5. 17th March – Abigail’s Party (MTC, Melbourne)

6. 24th March – Bare (Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne)

7. 8th April – Violet (Fab Nobs Theatre, Bayswater)

8. 4th May – Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre, London)

9. 15th May – Blood Brothers (Palace Theatre, Manchester)

10. 20th May – The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre, London)

11. 21st May – Hamilton (Victoria Palace, London)

12. 22nd May – Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre, London)

13. 26th May – The House of Bernado Alba (Fairfax Studio, Melbourne)

14. 27th May – Oklahoma! (State Theatre, Melbourne)

15. 16th June – Bring It On (Athenaeum, Melbourne)

16. 14th July – On My Way (Essendon Masonic Hall, Melbourne)

17. 19th July – An Ideal Husband (MTC, Melbourne)

18. 11th August – A Doll’s House, Part 2 (MTC, Melbourne)

19. 12th August – The Boy From Oz (State Theatre, Melbourne)

20. 1st September – Mamma Mia (Princess Theatre, Melbourne)

21. 22nd September – Horror (Playhouse, Melbourne)

22. 29th September – Never Ending Night (Collingwood Car Park)

23. 14th October – Jekyll and Hyde (National Theatre, St Kilda)

24. 20th October – The Witches of Eastwick (Fab Nobs Theatre, Bayswater)

25. 4th November – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (State Theatre, Melbourne)

26. 12th November – Twelth Night (MTC, Melbourne)

27. 6th December – Evita (State Theatre, Melbourne)

Concerts 2018

1. 6th June – Extreme & Mr Big (Forum, Melbourne)

Comedy 2018

1. 29th March – Sophie Willan (Town Hall, Melbourne) 

2. 30th March – David O’Doherty (Forum, Melbourne)

3. 1st April – Lano & Woodley (Playhouse, Melbourne)

4. 30th October – Griff Rhys Jones (Athenaeum, Melbourne)

5. 21st November – Colin, Brad & Greg (Hamer Hall, Melbourne)

Important Dates 2018

17th March – Anne-Marie and Josee’s wedding

19th April to 4th May – Netherlands

21st April – Copenhagen

4th May to 24th May – UK

3rd July to 7th July – Canberra

8th September – Hails and Dianne’s wedding

24th October – PhD Confirmed

Publications 2018

1. January – “Ashes to Ashes” in Breath and Shadow

2. 19th June – “The Bomb Chaser” in Daily Science Fiction

3. 14th July – “Ashes” in Knee-Deep in Grit (reprint)

Places Visited 2018

International: Belgium, Denmark, England, Netherlands, Wales

National: Canberra, Sydney