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!

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2019

I have two very big things coming out in 2019.

The first is Highway Bodies, a book about queer teens who have to rely upon each other to survive during a zombie apocalypse. It’s set in Australia, and there are three POV characters:

  • Jojo, a non binary DORK whose town goes into lockdown when some weird things start happening at the local hospital
  • Dee, the bi drummer in a band who has gone to a house in the bush for a weekend then discovers something in town is very wrong
  • a character who is mostly unnamed until the very end, she is a trans girl who lives in rural Australia, where the zombie infection first starts out

Highway Bodies is going to come out early 2019 with Echo Publishing and you can read the short story it started out being here.

 

The second thing is Kindred, an anthology of queer #loveozya stories by queer Australian authors. The other authors are:

  • Christos Tsiolkas
  • Benjamin Law
  • Jen Wilde
  • Ellen van Neerven
  • Marlee Jane Ward
  • Claire G. Coleman
  • Erin Gough
  • Nevo Zisin
  • Omar Sakr
  • Jax Jacki Brown
  • Michael Earp

My story is set in the near-future, where sea levels have risen and everyone lives close to, around, or in the sea. Marling goes out fishing one day, but an unexpected storm pings ver boat to somewhere ve’s never been before, where they meet New, an enby who lives in a cabin in a mangrove swamp.

Kindred will be coming out mid next year with Walker Books.

IDAHOBIT, Feminist Writers Festival and Continuum

Hey folks, I am doing a few things in the next four weeks and they’re all a bit different.

On May 17 for IDAHOBIT (international day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia) me and Katherine Back (Concrete Queers) and Erin Kyan (Love and Luck Podcast) are gonna talk about zines. It’s also the launch of a free zine created by locals around the area to celebrate IDAHOBIT. It starts at 4pm and is at Eltham Library, and there’s a Facebook event too.

On May 25 I’ll be helping kick off the start of the 2018 Feminist Writers Festival. With Evelyn Araluen, Alison Croggon, Foong Ling Kong, Ann-Marie Priest and Jamila Rizvi, we’re going to talk about Australian feminist texts. It’s at LOOP Bar and it’s gonna be a great night,and you can grab a ticket here!

At the start of June, I am one of the Guests of Honour (very fancy) at Continuum Convention. The program is yet to be announced but I know we’re gonna be talking about spec fic all long weekend so if that is your jam, consider coming along. You can check out their website here.

 

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

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!

reading matters

The Centre for Youth Literature run a conference called Reading Matters, which is all about children’s literature. It’s a biannual conference and it ran over the past four days. I was invited to speak there and it was The Best. (I could only attend on the Friday, which makes me eternally sad).

There were SO MANY cool people there and I had a blast, so here’s some word vomit.

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handy links for writing

OK so one of the things I’m very bad at is thinking of names for stuff. There is a cafe in my short story Wolfskin that is a central location in the story, the River and Wheel.

I got the name from this hipster business name generator. Basically it takes two random words and puts an “and” in the middle, gives you a nice font, it even generates a logo. And then you’ve got a business. This saves me a lot of time because I will spend AGES trying to name stuff, so if you see a “x and y” business in any of my stories, it’s probably from that website.

There’s also a floor plan generator that I have been meaning to use. I had previously been using the Sims, but then I’d get too distracted and would just play the game until 4am. Both are pretty useful in their own ways. Usually I try and sketch out rooms and places but then my sense of space can be pretty poor.

I don’t really have any stories (at the moment) planned that need a map, BUT if you needed some inspiration, there’s this fantasy world generator. You can choose your specs, like what percentage of water do you want, cities or no cities, how many rivers.

And if you need to find (and listen to) music from a certain time period, Radioooo is where you can go. You pick your country and pick your decade, as long as it’s between 1900 and now. You can also pick your mood: slow, fast, or weird. I feel like it works, cause I just picked Australia and 1990 and got AC/DC!!!

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.

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.