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.

The Letter Project


I overlooked posting about this back when it was published, oops! I submitted a letter to The Letter Project and it’s available to read here: Dear Grandma…

You can also read my fellow Fury, and all-round awesome writer/editor/publisher Jodi Cleghorn’s letter.

About the publisher:

Transportation Press is an ambitious literary project that seeks to draw connections between writers from seemingly disparate locations.

Its premiere publication, Islands and Cities investigates links which have existed between Tasmania and London from the time of convict transportation to the present.

Seeking to explore deep historical influences within a contemporary context, each publication will present a collection of short stories, exposing cultural connections, contrast, contradictions and coincidence between two locations.

The Transportation Press project has brought together two editors from each end of the globe. Sean Preston is founder and editor of Open Pen literary magazine and the London based editor. Rachel Edwards, former editor of Island magazine, is this project’s Tasmanian based editor.

I’m studying a Masters of Info Science with a major in Library Practice (with the eventual aim of becoming a librarian or related information professional). Librarians tend to be stereotyped as boring, quiet, rules-stickler women (usually with a bun, glasses, and pursed lips). Actually, they’re delightfully subversive and not at all boring.

Cooking for Copyright is an initiative of ALIA FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) to push for copyright reform. From the website:

FAIR is campaigning for copyright law reform – it’s long overdue – and right now we’re focused on one thing in particular, the fact that in Australia, while copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator for published works, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever.

The idea is to cook an old, unpublished recipe and send your images to the Cooking for Copyright Facebook page or tweet with the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.

I baked the Raspberry Shortcake. There are plenty of other recipes on the website. Photos need to be up by August 7, so get cracking! I mean, cooking!

Looks a bit like the world's biggest iced vo-vo

Looks a bit like the world’s biggest iced vo-vo

So I read Day Boy by Trent Jamieson. I’m sure there will be far more eloquent reviews than mine, so I’m going to keep it raw and personal.

Day Boy is a vampire novel but it’s actually not really. It’s been called a coming of age story, a story about fathers and sons. The vampire context is crucial, but this is most definitely a “character-driven story”. It’s Mark’s point-of-view and Mark’s story, and everything we learn is filtered through him. We don’t get a full explanation of what has happened, just hints and glimpses that make us want to know more.

Stylistically the writing is hypnotic, establishing the cadence of Mark’s speech and thoughts from the very first sentence, and holding true to the last. There is a subtle musicality, that my restless mind resisted at first but then was drawn into. It’s been a long time since I had the attention span to read a novel, and I think the style was what made this so easy for me to sit and read. This isn’t a simple story. It packs a sizable gut punch or two or three, and isn’t easy to define. I was left rather speechless by the end, just thinking “wow”.

I loved it, and am hoping for more.

Oh yeah, this is addictive. Practicing a different kind of art.

Draakuil in the rainforest © S. G. Larner

Draakuil in the rainforest
© S. G. Larner

Arty Draakuil © S. G. Larner

Arty Draakuil
© S. G. Larner

Captured in the act  © S. G. Larner

Captured in the act
© S. G. Larner


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