I've been dipping into the anthology Best American Short Stories of the Century, which has some pretty phenomenal pieces in it. My favourites so far are "A City of Churches" by Donald Barthelme and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates, which I'd read before but which inspired me in a whole new way this time.
I spent a week at Airey's Inlet, Vic, on a writing retreat with three amazing writerly friends. I wrote 2.5 stories (inspired by the stories above), submitted an essay, and watched a lot of logs burn in the potbelly stove. Did I mention there was wine? These retreats are priceless.
I am so excited to announce that I've accepted an offer with one of my all-time FAVOURITE publishers -- Allen & Unwin! The Breeding Season will be edited by Jane Palfreyman and will hit bookstores mid-next year!!
This month, my novel The Breeding Season is in the hands of prospective publishers! I hope they love love love it. I want this book to meet the world.
"I don’t want to put distance between myself and my work, or between my work and the public. I want to show that the questions these animals face are universal." My latest essay, out in Nature now.
On Thursday the 19th (6:30pm) I read in a salon of emerging writers alongside the smart, eloquent Gail Jones at Avid Reader in West End. This time, an excerpt from my unpublished novel, The Breeding Season.
My 10yo daughter and I also read this month at Wild Readings at the Mu'ooz Eritrean restaurant in West End on Tuesday the 17th at 6:30pm. Mine was new story about bones and flying. Hers is a retelling of a famous folk tale. I love this kid of mine.
One of the first short stories I wrote, in my first fiction class back in 2013, will soon be published at The Writer! "Eclipse" has changed a lot since that first version, but I'm happy it found a home (and a 2nd place prize) eventually. Moral of the story? If you can't let it go, there's probably a good reason. KEEP REVISING. In my case, I had to find the right voice/perspective, and everything fell into place!
I did my first reading from the novel this week, amidst Picasso's Vollard Suite at the Queensland Art Gallery as part of Krissy Kneen's talk on Picasso and sex. (Though when she talks about it, it's all-caps SEX.)
My skin-chair-divorce story "Love for Love's Sake" is out now in NOON Annual. The edition is seriously corporeal. Love every page.
IT'S DONE! I finished a draft of The Breeding Season and am now planning revisions with my ASA Mentor, Krissy Kneen. I love that she is reading my words. I can't wait for the world to.
Thanks to a slow postal delivery to Australia and an envelope that was used as a notepad by my daughter, I just discovered that AGNI nominated my essay "Breakup Tips" for The Pushcart Prize ! If you haven't read the piece, it's online here.
Holidays down the coast, in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and back up again. I'm posting pictures on my Instagram feed here.
All through 2018, I'll be mentored by Brisbane writer Krissy Kneen as part of the ASA Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Program (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund). Krissy is going to help me make my novel The Breeding Season into the best book it can be! I can't wait, she's AMAZING. (Read this story NOW).
Breeding Season is now available to read online at Overland.
I did a workshop on Science and Fiction at SLSA with one of my favourite writers, Matt Bell. If you haven't read his work, check out this incredible novella. PHENOMENAL.
I presented a talk on science and creative writing* at the annual conference for the SLSA - Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Tempe, AZ, and then, on the morning of November 10th, I read "Pluripotent." (That later became this)
I'm excited to share that the editors at Creative Nonfiction have nominated my essay "Pluripotent" for a Pushcart Prize! I wrote that story of my PhD and cancer and motherhood in so many different ways over so many years, until a class with Lidia Yuknavitch broke everything open. And the answer was stem cells, of course.
On October 18th, I read an excerpt from "Pluripotent" at the monthly Wild Readings session at Mu'ooz in West End. My first reading! Details about the group are on the WR Facebook page.
I just got my hard copy of the latest Creative Nonfiction. It's one of my absolute favourite literary magazines -- always beautifully curated and thought provoking -- and I'm so happy my words are part of it! Editor Hattie Fletcher was encouraging and insightful, and the whole process was a lot more fun than editing academic manuscripts ...
The MONA was the most wonderful and intense museum experience I've ever had -- especially since I was seeing it both in my own perspective and that of my novel's characters. My brain was literally leaking out my ears! Luckily, I had a glass or three of local pinot noir to catch it in :)