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A new poetry anthology is out now and it features my poem “Heat, Flies and Cane Toads”, which was originally published in Tincture Journal #7. There are some amazing poems in there all themed around the notion of place.

There is a giveaway on Goodreads you can enter, it closes soon though!

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Click on the cover image above to find links to places to buy, it’s available in ebook and print book. Look, proof of print!

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Print copy is pretty!

There are a few updates I need to do but I’ll start with this one.

18 months ago Jodi Cleghorn pitched an idea for several writers to “reply” to her collection of vignettes, titled No Need to Reply. I put my hand up to write a response. The project stalled for quite some time, partly because Jodi had asked me to do the cover art, and I got completely overwhelmed with university work and just couldn’t do it. When I tried to create some art to what she had in mind it really didn’t work that well… so I asked if I could try doing it a bit differently.

Jodi let me have free rein creatively and I painted a map of the heart. She loved it, thankfully, and having a cover kicked things back into gear. I’m so happy she was patient enough to wait, and I’m super excited to have a cover art credit, finally!

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Here be heartache…

The chapbook is scheduled for release at the end of May. You can still read the original chapbook, No Need to Reply. I’ll post more details when The Heart is an Echo Chamber is released.

Contact 2016

I was hoping I’d be able to get back into study mode easily after the long weekend but seems not. So I shall write out my impressions of the weekend first and hopefully that will help me re-assimilate into everyday life.

Contact! I suck, because I barely took any photos. I think my anxiety got in the way there, and I also know I’m not in too many photos either. So sorry for the text-heavy post.

The main thing I got out of Contact is that I still love to write and I miss having the time-space to write and be writerly and all. I still have lots to say about writing (I really should have been on some panels, oops) and lots to learn. And I still have lots of stories to tell. This weekend has shown me that sacrificing my artistic pursuits so I can do well at uni is not really the answer to my crammed schedule. I don’t want to finish uni and be so out of the habit of writing and making art that I let go of it completely. So I need to find some way to fit it in, even though my brain melts down by the end of semester.

The other thing I learned is that I need to just go up and introduce myself to people more. There are so many people that I should have met by now, that I just hadn’t because I was afraid to put myself forward. I had some absolutely lovely, funny, fantastic and thoughtful conversations with people I wanted to meet and did, and people I wasn’t expecting to meet and did. I know I can’t just turn myself into an extravert but I can fake it pretty well and also writers are really good at knowing that people get peopled out so it was ok to say “yeah running out of social steam” because I wasn’t the only one!

There were things I thought would happen that didn’t, and things I didn’t expect that happened. It was a little hard having so many friends on the committee and volunteering, because I missed hanging out with them, but the benefit was it forced me to get out of my comfort zone and socialise with people I didn’t know as well.

My favourite panels were the Australian Gothic panel, Cosplay, and Access All Channels. Every panel I went to was entertaining and/or informative, those ones just stood out for me for different reasons. Dressing up for the banquet after the cosplay panel was excellent fun😉. I do wish more people had dressed up though!

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Attentive plant-human hybrid

 

I got some excellent loot from the trader’s room and have some new places to check out for birthday gifts now.

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Twas a fabulous long weekend.

This is what I came home to.

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Silly selfies

The end.

Audio poem: “White Pill”

Usually when I compose an audio poem I use the poem itself as the backbone and layer the musical sounds to support it. With this poem I wanted to layer sounds with my voice, and use a melodic line on the flute as a counterpoint to the poem. A little experimental and a very different sound to my other poems. I decided to use “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert as the melody, because it’s recognisable and evokes a certain mood.

With thanks again to Lloyd for production work.

Words by me, flute performance by me, score by Franz Schubert.

Flyhorse

A little bit of painting fun has been had. I was inspired to paint the mushrooms by a photo posted by a fungus photographer on Facebook and then created little flyhorse to go with them. The painting is acrylic on canvas, only 5″ x 7″, and obviously I had a play in Photoshop.

I’ve been roughly composing the music for this in my head for about a week now (after my first attempt at recording lead to some hilarious background crashes, yells and wails from the 4yr old). I got some time alone today to lay down the tracks and experiment with different sounds.

Credits:

This poem was originally published at Apex magazine, and was inspired by Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts.

Words, flute, Tibetan bowl, and thunder drum by me, using Loopy and Garageband.

Lloyd helped me with editing the final track in Logic.

Image credit: pixabay

Intentions for 2016

I’m not going to repeat the mistake of writing a ridiculous list of goals for this year. I tend to get a bit carried away, and in previous (non-university) years my goals tended to be pretty attainable. Now I have more of an idea of how uni affects my life I can be more realistic.

So, to my university goals:

  • Complete 6 subjects, to the best of my ability
  • Do at least half of my fieldwork
  • Apply for mentor program

Creative goals:

  • Submit EOI for QPF (and if accepted, perform at QPF in August)
  • Record more audio poems
  • Finish art poem (“Crow Speaks”)
  • Edit “The Forgotten Children of Zurat”
  • Sell 2 stories

Self goals:

  • Keep up with the rockclimbing
  • Keep running
  • Attend Contact
  • Embrace fun

Family goals:

  • Find therapists for Goo boy
  • Find a high school for Eldest and a primary school for Goo boy (OMG)
  • Encourage the budding drummer
  • More board game sessions

That all seems much more reasonable!

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Contemplating 2016 with Goo

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