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.

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

Queermance vol. one

Hey peeps, I have a new story out! How exciting. From the 21st to the 23rd of March, the very first Queermance writers conference was held and it was pretty fab.

There was also an anthology produced, which I was super lucky to be in!

My story, I Blame the Cat, was the first erotica I’d even attempted, and turns out I’m not too terrible at it which is nice! People even laughed at my jokes when I read it out at the launch on Friday!  (I have discovered that while doing readings is terrifying it’s also really lovely because I think writing is a very solitary practice and sharing your things to an immediate audience is just A+.)

In the anthology there’s also a story set in post-apocalyptic Brisbane, one featuring selkies, another featuring vampires, and there’s lots of humour and other cool things in there.

You can get the ebook from Clan Destine Press, Amazon or Smashwords if you like!

Scoff zine

scoffScoff is a zine about food! Put together by some peeps at RMIT, it’s got heaps of cute comics inside.

You can read it for free here.

And I’ve got a comic in there! (I am now officially, a published ~*~*CoMiCeRRrr, which I believe is the technical term.) Hommus Wife is my contribution, written because one of my friends just really likes hommus.

(Also, timecowboy‘s got a comic in there and he is one of my fav tumblr comic people, so it’s super exciting being in something with him!)

Some cool videos on creativity

We’re all scared – Hank Green
‘Postulate one: everyone creates. Postulate two: creating is terrifying. Logical conclusion then being that everyone is terrified.’

 

On being creative – Ira Glass
‘It’s going to take a while. It’s going to take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just gotta fight your way through that.’

 

Make good art – Neil Gaiman
‘When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing. This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not.’

 

Happy little cloud – Bob Ross (remix)

Issue #1 of Plunge Magazine

Plunge magazine is a new e-zine that publishes short genre fiction and poetry about queer women. Issue one’s theme is Women and Mythology. It’s available online for free, and you can find it here:

plungemagazine.com

This is the magazine that I won the competition for! My piece is in the flash fiction section and is called The Keepers.

My prize for winning the competition was the piece of art that’s on the same page as my story and isn’t it PRETTY. It’s the coolest thing to have someone read your work and then create something. I am still swooning.