Saturday, May 16, 2009

Info Dumping

As you might have guessed, I've been a bit busy.

Unfortunately not all of the things that have drained away my time over the last month have been particularly exciting. Topping the "Bleeding from the Eyeballs" charts is my tax return, involving the usual agonising trawl through receipts and bills that would undoubtedly be easier if I actually organised them as I went along instead of relying on my haphazard piling system ... harumph.

But let's stick with the interesting stuff. As I might have mentioned, I'm now a member of a story critiquing consortium for the Australian Horror Writers Association, offering my (sometimes shonky) advice to fellow writers in return for their feedback on mine. It beats working in a vacuum, which is an ever-present peril for writers, and has had the additional benefit of imposing deadlines on my unsolicited work. Knowing I can only submit to the group once a fortnight has spurred me to have something ready for the start of each submission period, and that's done wonders for my productivity. Hooray!

(I say that, but of course this last fortnight has been so filled with Other Concerns I missed my own deadline ... )

A belated thanks is also due to AHWA member Amanda Spedding, who provided me with exactly the information I needed about decomposition in human corpses within moments of my mentioning it. It's a worry that she had it to hand like that, but in recognition of her help I've not alerted the authorities ...

Meanwhile I've been chipping away at a couple of pitches for publishers, one that's involved hitting the books for research and another that's involved ... well, sitting about and waiting for the right idea to bubble to the surface. Reckon I've cracked both now, so it's all about finding the time to sit down and actually write the things.

The promotional machine has now ground into action for August's release of the Grants Pass anthology. Morrigan Books' electronic arm, Three Crow Press, has released a couple of teaser tales to give you all a taste of what to expect from the post-apocalyptic anthology. Just click on the links to read Snake Oil by David Priebe and Warlord of Rhode Island by Rick Silva.

(Incidentally, Amanda Pillar has been nominated for a Ditmar Award for her work as co-editor on Grants and Voices - congrats to her, and don't forget to sling her a vote if you're one of the few people eligible to do so!)

And lastly Big Finish's Short Trips range is now on sale pending the wrapping up and deletion of the series. You can now grab my stories in The History of Christmas and Transmissions for around AU$19 - cracking value for hardback books when you consider what a paperback costs these days. Again, click on the links and then spend freely.


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