This one’s a collaboration between my partner-in-crime, Lloyd Barrett, and myself. I wrote the poem first, and I heard him messing around with a piece he’d created a little later. I asked if we could combine the two elements and here we are. It’s up at the Australian Poetry Journal if you want to purchase the entire issue or you can click below to hear the poem directly online.

An Ending, A Beginning

You knew when it slipped
away, that moment
when the world ended
and your ammonite
heart tightly curled against
the winter winds bled
into a stranger’s arms
the weeping willow
of your hair away
and whispered
there, there.

bloom as clouds
burst and birth
and you are envious
of precipitous labour—
even the sky
what you do not.

As the snow thaws
rivulets trickle
and you accept his offering
clenched in sweaty palm:
a whorled fossil
optimistic, sutured
to your left ventricle.

heartbeat stretches
across your chest, tiny
fingerpaint smear marks
the spot.

Cephane Mashups

A couple of mashups using the State Library of Queensland’s archives on Flickr.

This one is created with View of sunset from Palm Island.


Silhouette. CC (non-commercial) S. G. Larner


For the next one, base photo is Fishing in Bundaberg district.


Fishing. CC (non-commercial) S. G. Larner

New arty creation: Cephane.

Drew this one a while back, finally got around to painting her today. Still rough around the edges, but I quite like her :).

Cephane © S. G. Larner 2015

Cephane © S. G. Larner 2015

I kissed my last uni assessment goodbye on Friday. So I’m finished for the year, and looking forward to the next few months to reset and re-balance. I looked at my list of things I wanted to get done this year and I was amazingly naive about the impact uni would have on my life, and in particular my writing.

I forgot to post about it, but Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 7 was announced, and while I didn’t make the ToC (not that I was expecting to) I did get a mention on her recommended reading list. “Chasing the Storm” is free to read at SQ Mag, if you haven’t already. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

I kind of lurked at the periphery of GenreCon this year, as I was 1) worried I wouldn’t get assignments finished in time and 2) a bit broke. We did manage to gather for some drinks last night and I mentioned that I didn’t particularly consider “Chasing the Storm” to be a horror story. Of course, it doesn’t really matter what the author’s intent is, if readers think it is horror then it is (and my issue wasn’t a dislike of the horror label, as I’m quite fine with other stories of mine being labelled horror). It took some reflection to realise what I worry about is people reading my story, thinking it isn’t horror (which is fine, they can think that!) and then deciding that I can’t write horror. And of course there’s this whole “women can’t write horror/sci-fi” thing that goes around and I get all :-/ about that and that’s why I feel a little anxious. So yeah, just read it without expecting it to be anything other than what it is, ok? ;)

frocto monster small

Oh and yeah, this was something I did about a month ago, but I didn’t get around to sharing. I haven’t done much with it yet though.

I’m on the final leg of second semester. 4 weeks to go, 3 major assessment items all due on Nov 1 (incidentally Genrecon weekend, gah). My brain is utterly occupied by SQL, MARC, collection organisation, information flows and sinks, designing programs and writing grant applications and referencing enquiries. But, there in the cracks, some story seeds are germinating. Even if those little sprouts wither and die I’m looking forward to the summer break, of immersing myself into the world of fictional words once more. And hopefully the submissions roundabout will be kind to me and I’ll sell some stories (oh what an unproductive year for me in selling original fiction!)


Photo by Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr

Found this excellent resource on the Library as Incubator Project page. American Flora v.3 set of photographs, under a creative commons licence. Thought I’d have a little play with a basic mashup, using Draakuil. The LaIP blog post links to a bunch of other cool resources too! Hoping to come back to this one to do some more (better) mashups.

The little story that could. “Kneaded” has picked up another Year’s Best berth!

Table of Contents:

  • Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk]
  • James Bradley, “The Changeling” [Fearsome Magics]
  • Imogen Cassidy, “Soul Partner” [Aurealis 74]
  • David Conyers & David Kernot, “The Bullet & The Flesh” [World War Cthulhu]
  • Terry Dowling, “The Corpse Rose” [Nightmare Carnival]
  • Thoraiya Dyer, “The Oud” [Long Hidden Anthology]
  • Jason Franks, “Metempsychosis” [SQ Mag]
  • Michelle Goldsmith, “Of Gold and Dust” [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
  • Michael Grey, “1884” [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
  • Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement” [Kisses by Clockwork]
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Vox” [The Female Factory]
  • Gerry Huntman, “Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” [Night Terrors III]
  • Rick Kennett, “Dolls for Another Day” [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
  • Charlotte Kieft, “Chiaroscuro” [Disquiet]
  • SG Larner, “Kneaded” [Phantazein]
  • Claire McKenna, “Yard” [Use Only As Directed]
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, “A Prayer for Lazarus” [Last Year, When We Were Young]
  • Faith Mudge, “Signature” [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
  • Jason Nahrung, “The Preservation Society” [Dimension6]
  • Emma Osbourne, “The Box Wife” [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
  • Angela Rega, “Shedding Skin” [Crossed Genres]
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Love Letters of Swans” [Phantazein]
  • Angela Slatter, “The Badger Bride” [Strange Tales IV]
  • Cat Sparks, “New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
  • Anna Tambour, “The Walking-stick Forest” [Tor.com]
  • Kyla Ward, “Necromancy” [Spectral Realms #1]
  • Kaaron Warren, “Bridge of Sighs” [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
  • Janeen Webb, “Lady of the Swamp” [Death at the Blue Elephant]

The anthology is scheduled for publication in late October. :) You can pre-order at Indie Books Online.


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