Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Don't judge me (because I'll be judging you)

If you have not heard/received the marketing by now, I have been chosen as one of three judges to compile the shortlist for this year's Australian Shadows Awards, run by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA).

Shane Jiraiya Cummings is the Director this year, and has made the extremely sensible move to split the awards into three categories - Short Fiction, Long Fiction, and Edited Publication. This ensures a novel is not competing with a short story, etc, which I found to be rather bizarre in the past (but hey, maybe that's just me).

I can't wait to compile the list - I've already begun reading, obviously. It's wonderful to see the amount of work Australian writers are trying hard to put out there.

Time slips on by

Wow, I finally freed up some time to write on my blog and website, and realised how long it's been since I've done so. I apologise (to myself, really). So, in my last blog I stated that I would be heading to Adelaide for the Conjecture convention. Well, obviously I took said trip, had a blast (didn't win the Ditmar Award, but c'mon, I lost to the Aussie master of horror), and met lots of wonderful writers/editors/illustrators/fans. I could fill an entire blog post with their names, but you know who you are - thanks for making me feel welcome in my first full convention, in another State I had never been to, no less.

During the convention I capatilised on being unable to write too much for the better part of seven weeks (due to my teaching prac). If I wasn't at a panel, drinking with aforementioned people, or exploring Adelaide, I was sitting down writing (actually, I took a notebook around and wrote in numerous spots around Adelaide). And boy, did I write - six chapters! So if I appeared rude to anyone (sitting at the bar alone, scribbling away) it's 'cause I have had months-worth of plotline boiling away in my head, and it all needed to get out!

I am really enjoying this crime/suspense novel - my main character is slowly being forced (coerced?) to slip back into a life of crime he did everything to pull himself out of, and that just makes me tingle as I write out the progress. I'll keep you updated on the novel's progress - I'm probably only a quarter of the way there yet. In the meantime, I've been typing out and editing my draft for a young adult novel. I've passed the 11 000 word mark and counting (the draft is obviously longer). But that's a post for another day.