Neuroticarium

tomorrow Sarah Jansen is launching her new quarterly zine, Neuroticarium issue 1! It’s a zine  that’s all about mental health and neuroses and all that kinda jazz.

I will be reading, and so will Jess Knight and Sharmini Kumar. Tomorrow (19th) from 2pm at The Burrow in Fitzroy. Snacks provided (very good) and also if youbuy a copy of the zine you get a lolly bag!

The event is on facebook if you want a reminder.

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YA lit fest

This Saturday at Doncaster Library there will be a whole bunch of cool YA stuff happening! Come and see Alice Pung, Rebecca Lim, Melissa Keil and me talk about ………. YA ……… stuff.

There will be food trucks and book signings and we can hang out! It’s free!

Aurealis awards

Ida has been shortlisted in the Aurealis awards!! (update from last post, Ida won the People’s Choice award at the Vic Prems awards!)

Alongside some of my fricken fav books, too!!!

The other shortlistees are:

In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Psynode by Marlee Jane Ward
The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

HOW COOL IS IT

the victorian premier’s lit awards

IDA IS NOMINATED!!!!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the young adult category (of course), alongside Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren and Because of You by Pip Harry which are both great. (!!!!)

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the other nominations you can see on the Wheeler Centre’s website here.

AND IDA’S ON THERE!!!!????

And, if you are so inclined, you can vote for Ida in the people’s choice award here. That would be real nice!!!

found family

This weekend I only ended up doing one of my Continuum panels, Queering Space, because I was sick. An audience member asked us the question: what do we look for in sci fi stories that isn’t necessarily explicit queer representation, but rather what themes resonate with us as queer people.

I thought about it for a bit because I wanted to say something positive, because I’m finding lately that I am speaking about what is hard about being queer, rather than what is good about it (of course these discussions are important, but I’m trying to shift my focus onto the positives).

I said found family. A lot of us are estranged, or not out, or our blood families just don’t quite get it. But our found families are safe places, we are loved there without any exception to do with our queerness. They see us for everything we are, and we see them, and there is so much love.

(The audience member then said I had to read Becky Chambers’ books and I’m planning on it.)

I feel like the queer community is a kind of family, and I know it has its flaws and is still not a safe place for everyone. But when there is suffering within that community, we see it, we recognise it, because it’s our own suffering, too. And it does bring us together.

And while the stories that do have the kind of found family vibe to them, may not explicitly be queer, there is a recognition there. The group of characters who have found each other, who love and care for each other in the vast emptiness of space, their ship is full of light and air.

 

PS. if you know books about queers in space that fit this theme, please let me know!

emerging writers festival + continuum con

hey friends, I’m doing some things soon and it’d be real nice if people came. First up is Continuum 13, a fan-run convention for all things nerdy and SFF.

It goes for four days, 9-12 of June. I’ll be there on the 11&12th, on Sunday I’ll be doing a panel about how pronouns other than he and she are used in spec fic. It’s gonna be great. On Monday I’m doing two panels, one on ZINES and another on queers in space. I mean. My favourite things. I’m super thrilled??!??!

For Emerging Writers fest I am doing a couple of things. The first is part of the YA Masterclass on the 15th. Look!!! at!!! my!!! company!!!!! I’m doing a session in the morning about the ~hows and whys~ of YA fiction. (The why is because it’s fucken GREAT)

And on the 17th, it’s school formal time babey!!!! (Again, look @ my company????!) We’re all going to read out some letters to our teenage selves and it’s going to be really embarassing and fun. Pls come and dance with us!

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.