Pretty and Sick

cover‘You’re pretty young to be an assassin.’

‘You don’t need to be old.’ She laughs. ‘Though, assassin isn’t really the right word. I’m more of a … jack of all trades.’

‘Some kind of killing renaissance lady, if you will.’

‘Exactly.’

Sera meets Aimee in a nightclub. Aimee’s going to blow up the nightclub. Pretty and Sick is 10k words of them running, kissing each other and killing people. Available now for pay what you want (including $0) on gumroad!

(some NSFW content)

Ida

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that I have signed a contract with Echo Publishing for my novel IDA, to be released in Jan 2017. I wrote the first draft in 2011, if you’ve been following me on twitter then you’ve probably seen me talk about it BUT I thought I would post something here as well.

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Ida is a figuring out what to do with her life. This is complicated by the fact that she has the ability to live out the alternatives to the choices she makes, by travelling between parallel universes. This has never really been a problem until one day when she sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. Is Ida actually in control of her ability? And how far will she stray from her original path before she realises there are no choices left?

This is an intelligent and entertaining novel that explores love and loss, and speaks to the contemporary condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, possibilities.

So it’s a very fun book, lots of MYSTERY and whatnot. (And of course there are many queers in it because why wouldn’t there be. Also a fun fact: there are six main charcaters and four of them are trans, something I’m noting because 1. it is important for trans characters to be present and 2. it is trans day of visibility!)

review plans

I’m starting my PhD in YA lit next month and so my plan is to read a book a month that is relevant to my topic. My thesis is focusing on non-binary gender, bisexual identities and coming out so I guess my reviews are going to mostly focus on these aspects of the books. It’s also (hopefully) going to serve as a catalogue for my own research, but it might be useful for other people so here we are.

I’m gonna read books where any MC/major character is any kind of queer though, so not all of them will have either nb or bi characters. I am also probably going to include some NA books, too.

Aaaand if you have any reccs, pls let me know either on twitter or email me at alisonevanssmith at gmail dot com. I also have a list of books I’m planning to read (or have previously read) over on goodreads.

Sticky Institute’s one millionth photocopy party

next friday (the 27th of nov) Sticky Institute are having a SUPER MEGA FUN AWESOME zine launch of many many zines because they just passed their millionth photocopy since they opened in 2011.

There are so many excellent peeps launching stuff, some of whom are very dear friends o mine: Alison Evans  (it me!) ~ Andy Wear ~ Astrid ~ Audrey El-Osta ~ Bloomurder ~ Carla Adams ~ Frank Candiloro ~ Gemma Flack ~ Heard ~ John Stevens ~ Kate Greenaway ~ Katherine Pigott ~ Li-Kim Chuah ~ Luke You ~ Richard Pilkington ~ Samantha Riegl ~ Shane Jesse Christmas ~ Sophie Benjamin ~ Steven J Finch ~ Tegan Webb ~ Thomas Blatchford ~ Tim Ungaro …and more.

… and it’ll be great. If you’re in Melbourne you should definitely come check it out! It’ll be at Sticky, which is in the Degraves subway. you check out the facebook event or their tumblr for more info!!!!

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concrete queers #2

I co-edit a zine called Concrete Queers and our second issue is being launched on Saturday the 8th! Issue #2 is the comedy issue so it’s got has got comedians talking about their craft, people talking about what comedy means to them, as well as queers just bein’ plain darn funny and producing fabulous artwork.

cq2For the first issue, we asked our friends to help us out with submissions and it was amazing. This issue, we opened up a general submissions call and we got some AMAZING stuff from people we haven’t met!!! and now we get to show it all off.

The launch is at the ever-perfect Sticky Institute in the Degraves Subway in Melbourne on the 8th of August from 3-5pm. The Facebook event is here.

Cover image by Mitucami Mituca, design by Tiffany Street.

wolfskin

Wolfskin is a short story I started writing while travelling, then finished at home. It’s about a girl who has no heart who finds a girl who is also a wolf in the middle of Fitzroy.

Below are the first 4 pages, if you like them you can get a PDF of the whole thing for whatever price you want (even free! neat!!!) over at gumroad, or get a physical copy in my etsy shop.

(Pls note there is a tiny bit of nsfw content!)

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updates: interviews, zines and a new book coming

EXCITING TIMES, FRIENDS

  • a while back I was interviewed in Wordly magazine about LM+M, you can read it on issuu
  • Concrete Queers, the super fun queer zine I am co-editor of now has a funky fresh facebook page
  • I also opened an etsy shop for all your queer, navel-gazey zine needs
  • AND I signed a contract for We Go Forward with LT3 Press. Their Solitary Travellers collection is a bunch of rad stories about asexual and/or aromantic characters. We Go Forward is about a girl called Christie who meets a girl called Roslyn in Berlin while they’re both travelling. Set in Berlin, Prague, Munich and Salzberg, this one’s pretty neat and it’s about my favourite topic: cities. LT3 are a romance press but for this call specifically the romance factor was waived, so this ain’t a romance. BUT IT’S FAB, trust.

Long macchiatos and monsters

geekoutSo I have a book coming out today! how neat! It’s part of a collection by Less Than Three Press called Geek Out. Every story is about geeky trans people so naturally it is literally the best collection ever probably.

My story, Long Macchiatos and Monsters, is about Jalen, who is a cute non-binary person who really really likes bad sci-fi movies and is our narrator. They meet P, a too-attractive-for-his-own-good trans man, in a cafe one day after deciding whether or not to skip uni.

The whole story is secretly a love letter to Melbourne.

Melbourne is basically one giant cafe. You leave one cafe and then after a few minutes walking, you stumble into another one. This is why my two main characters meet in a cafe, because there are legit no other places in Melbourne. Everything is a cafe.

lmmb8We in Melbourne are obsessed with coffee for reasons I don’t quite understand, but I am very thankful because it means the coffee is generally great. Even if you don’t drink coffee, you are probably an expert if you live in Melbourne.

A long macchiato here is two shots of espresso with a circle of frothed milk on the top. I also work as a barista, and this is my least favourite kind of coffee to make.

P’s coffee order is a long macchiato because he is a pretentious asshole (In a good way. I do love him). Jalen’s order is a plain an’ simple latte, because they’re not a jerk.

“Can I try it?” I ask.

He raises an eyebrow, grins. “If you’re brave enough.”

We swap coffees and I smell his. Bitter, warm. I take a
sip and oh, god, this was a mistake. It barely touches my tongue before the taste is everywhere. I scrunch up my mouth and we swap back.

“You’re disgusting,” I choke out before  drinking some of mine to wash down the taste.

“You can talk, you milk-drinking pleb.”

We are very serious about coffee here.

You can buy Long Macchiatos and Monsters right [here] if you would like! Less than three dollary dos for a story about super cute hilarious trans cuties kissing that is all secretly about my love of coffee and Melbourne.

ps. Cecil Wilde’s story in the collection, Defying Convention is legit super cute.

Australian women writers challenge 2014 wrapup

IMG_20141227_210711so I only wrote one review this whole year for the AWW challenge, but I read a whole lot of neat books by Australian women. Here are some that are pretty neat:

Danklands by Holly Childs
Sprawl ed. Alisa Krasnostein
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
The Service of Clouds by Delia Falconer
Close Call by Eloise March
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
All of Us by Mary Lawson
Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
The Loud Earth by Elisabeth Murray
No Limit by Holly Childs
Cracked by Clare Strahan
Ink by Isabelle Rowan