On Friday 6 March, 2015, I was privileged to speak at the CSIRO Staff Association’s International Women’s Day luncheon. When I was invited to be the guest, I have to admit I was a little intimidated – all the speakers in previous years had been women who seemed to me to be much more qualified and suitable to be part of such an event! But being me (and this may be more clear when you read what I spoke about), I jumped at the chance and spoke on Cranky Ladies and the International Women’s Day theme of “Making It Happen”. And this is, basically, what I said (with thanks to Tansy Rayner Roberts because I stole a bit of her introduction from Cranky Ladies of History – with permission):
My journey has been one of branches in the path. Ever since I was a teenager, I have loved the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken”, because even then, it seemed to me that that my life was about taking that less-travelled path, and I learned early on that coming back to the fork in the road is not an option. We moved around a lot when I was young – across the continent from Western Australia to Queensland and twice back again before I was 10 years old. In the olden days, before Facebook and Twitter, the letters exchanged with old friends petered out pretty quickly, and I became a dab hand at fitting in to new situations – it’s a skill that has served me well as an adult as much as it ever did as a child. People who know me will be aware that I’m rarely shy about speaking up, and I think I can thank my parents’ itchy feet for that.
But what has that got to do with “making it happen”? Well, I don’t think I would be here, making it all happen, without the journey I’ve travelled.
I wanted to show you this for some context of what I’m going to say next, but I need to note that the space I had to make it was limited, so it only shows the major moves and events – I went to nine different schools, and three universities, moved house more times than I can count as a child and a student, and we worked out that since we met, my husband and I have moved 12 times (not ALWAYS interstate…), which averages out at once per year… No wonder I’m tired!
I’m here today because of Cranky Ladies of History. This is the latest book from my boutique publishing house FableCroft Publishing, which I started in 2010. I co-edited the book with Tansy Rayner Roberts, and we did a crowdfunding campaign to finance it in March last year. It has been 18 months in the making, but it is the culmination of an even longer journey, which I’d like to share with you. Read the rest of this entry »
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And we’re so excited to be on them! It’s a fantastic list again this year, and I’m very proud to have been involved with so many great projects that have been recognised. Congratulations to all the shortlistees – a privilege to have FableCroft noted alongside you.
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- The Lascar’s Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette)
- Bound (Alex Caine 1), Alan Baxter (Voyager)
- Clariel, Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
- Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule 1), Trudi Canavan (Hachette Australia)
- The Godless (Children 1), Ben Peek (Tor UK)
Best Novella or Novelette
- “The Ghost of Hephaestus”, Charlotte Nash, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “The Legend Trap”, Sean Williams, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “The Darkness in Clara”, Alan Baxter, in SQ Mag 14 (IFWG Publishing Australia)
- “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls”, Angela Slatter, in Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3 (Review of Australian Fiction)
- “The Female Factory”, Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, in The Female Factory (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “Escapement”, Stephanie Gunn, in Kisses by Clockwork (Ticonderoga Publications)
Best Short Story
- “Bahamut”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “Vanilla”, Dirk Flinthart, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “Cookie Cutter Superhero”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
- “The Seventh Relic”, Cat Sparks, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- “Signature”, Faith Mudge, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
Best Collected Work
- Kaleidoscope, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (Twelfth Planet Press)
- The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Phantazein, Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
- Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in Black-Winged Angels (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, of Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
- Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press)
Best Fan Writer
- Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work
- Tsana Dolichva, for body of work
- Bruce Gillespie, for body of work
- Katharine Stubbs, for body of work
- Alexandra Pierce for body of work
- Grant Watson, for body of work
- Sean Wright, for body of work
Best Fan Artist
- Nalini Haynes, for body of work, including “Interstellar Park Ranger Bond, Jaime Bond”, “Gabba and Slave Lay-off: Star Wars explains Australian politics”, “The Driver”, and “Unmasked” in Dark Matter Zine
- Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including Fakecon art and Illustration Friday series
- Nick Stathopoulos, for movie poster of It Grows!
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
- Snapshot 2014, Tsana Dolichva, Nick Evans, Stephanie Gunn, Kathryn Linge, Elanor Matton-Johnson, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Jason Nahrung, Ben Payne, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, Tehani Wessely, and Sean Wright
- It Grows!, Nick Stathopoulos
- Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
- The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
- Galactic Chat, Sean Wright, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, Alexandra Pierce, Sarah Parker, and Mark Webb
Best New Talent
- Helen Stubbs
- Shauna O’Meara
- Michelle Goldsmith
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- Reviews in The Angriest, Grant Watson
- The Eddings Reread series, Tehani Wessely, Jo Anderton, and Alexandra Pierce, in A Conversational Life
- Reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut, Sean Wright
- “Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft?”, in Uncanny Magazine 1, Tansy Rayner Robert
- Reviews in FictionMachine, Grant Watson
- The Reviewing New Who series, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely
It’s that time of year when nominations begin to open for Awards for 2014-published work. Below is a list of the work we have that is eligible, and the categories generally applicable, should you be interested in nominating.
Guardian by Jo Anderton
“How the Jungle Got Its Spirit Guardian” by Vida Cruz, in Phantazein (Philippines) – 9000 words approx
“Sanction” by Dirk Flinthart – 8600 words approx
“The Ghost of Hephaestus” by Charlotte Nash, in Phantazein – 8000 words approx
“A Cold Day” by Nicole Murphy, in Phantazein
“Bahamut” by Thoraiya Dyer, in Phantazein
“Kneaded” by S.G. Larner, in Phantazein
“Rag and Bone Heart” by Suzanne J. Willis, in Phantazein
“The Lady of Wild Things” by Jenny Blackford, in Phantazein
“The Love Letters of Swans” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Phantazein
“The Nameless Seamstress” by Gitte Christensen, in Phantazein
“The Seventh Relic” by Cat Sparks, in Phantazein
“The Village of No Women” by Rabia Gale, in Phantazein (US)
“Twelfth” by Faith Mudge, in Phantazein
Focus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction, Tehani Wessely (ed.)
Phantazein, Tehani Wessely (ed.)
Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Phantazein
Other work we have been involved in includes:
- “Snapshot 2014″, Tsana Dolichva, Nick Evans, Stephanie Gunn, Kathryn Linge, Elanor Matton-Johnson, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Jason Nahrung, Ben Payne, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, Tehani Wessely, Sean Wright.
- Joanne Anderton, Alex Pierce and Tehani Wessely for the Eddings Reread review series.
- David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely, for the Reviewing New Who series
- Katharine Stubbs, Ventureadlaxre (Fan Writing)
You might also like to check out the Ditmar eligibility list for more amazing Australian work from 2014!
It’s that time of year when it seems a bunch of Year’s Best anthologies are announced, and we’re so pleased to see a number of our 2013-published stories recognised.
Our own Focus 2013, which collects award-recognised Australian stories, features DK Mok’s “Morning Star” (One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries) and Joanne Anderton’s “Mah Song” (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories).
Joanne Anderton’s story “Mah Song” will also appear in the inaugural Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction from Twelfth Planet Press, which has an astonishing international lineup, and Rowena Cory Daniells’ “The Ways of the Wyrding Women” (One Small Step) has made the table of contents for Ticonderoga’s Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
“By Blood and Incantation” (One Small Step) by Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter received honorable mentions in two anthologies, Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and Ellen Datlow’s, with Datlow also highlighting Kathleen Jennings’ “Ella and the Flame” (One Small Step), “Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton and Rabia Gale (One Small Step), and Joanne’s “Mah Song” and “Fencelines” from The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.
Barring unforeseen changes, I’ll participating in the following program items at Conflux:
SECRET TIME LORDS: Most Time Lords apparently perished in the Great Time War. Ah, but did they? Our panellists speculate on Time Lords hidden amongst us. 6pm Friday, Forest Room 2.
EDITING ANTHOLOGIES – TIPS FOR THE UNINITIATED: 11am Saturday, Forest Room 3.
PITCH SESSION (by advance booking only) – midday, location unknown!
BOOK LAUNCH – PHANTAZEIN EDITED BY TEHANI WESSELY: 5pm Saturday, Conflux Registration area.
THE DOCTOR’S JOURNEY – REVIEWING THE 11TH DOCTOR’S TRAVELS: Yes, we know there’s some debate about the numbering with John Hurt’s War Doctor, but we’re sticking with the published designations. 4.30am Sunday, Board Room 3.
CROWD FUNDED PUBLISHING – ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: 10am Monday, Forest Room 3.
THE SPOKEN JOURNEY: Podcasts, talking books, radio, audio journals: in a multi-media environment the writing market includes audio presentations. This panel explores audio as a medium and issues in accessibility, technology and performance. 1pm Monday, Forest Room 3.
I hope to also attend both guest of honour speeches, but the rest of the time, I’ll be hanging out in the dealer room! See you there?
Tsana at Tsana Reads and Reviews has lovely things to say about Guardian by Jo Anderton, including: I highly recommend it to fans of technological fantasy or just fantasy which differs from the mainstream. The worldbuilding is very original and one of the real strengths of the series. The magic is very structured; leading some to call the series science fiction. In that light, fans of slipstream and genre-bending fiction should find much to like here.
We’re delighted to see people talking about Tansy Rayner Roberts’ essay collections 50 Roman Mistresses and Pratchett’s Women, saying things like: “Thoughtful and entertaining“, “wonderfully useful and interestingly corrective“, and “makes learning history a fascinating experience“.
We’re counting down to the release of Phantazein, a new anthology of fantastical short stories (and poems), out in early October. We are launching the book in style at Conflux, the annual Canberra speculative fiction convention, 5.00pm Saturday 4 October. Come along if you can! What is Phantazein? Well, if you were one of those readers who enjoyed To Spin a Darker Stair but bemoaned the fact it was too short, Phantazein is TOTALLY the book for you!
Speaking of Conflux, FableCroft is hosting a pitching session for novels (also on Saturday, midday!) – we aren’t open to submissions, so it’s you’re only chance to hit us with your best book!
We really appreciate ratings and reviews on Goodreads and Amazon – a big thanks to our wonderful readers who share the love!
A couple of weeks ago we had some fun with the #FakeCon hashtag, which helped console us poor sods left behind while everyone else had fun at Worldcon in London. As part of that, we invited people to share their “FakeCon Photos”, and we have some winners to reward! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know which of our FableCroft ebooks you would like as your prize!
Let us know in the comments which #FakeConPhoto is your favourite!
Firstly, obviously Kathleen Jennings, who really started the ball rolling. She sketched some lovely funny pieces for #FakeCon, and we particularly enjoyed the meerkat concom
Next we chose Steph Bateman-Graham’s amazing Unicorn Hair for Masquerade – because that sort of hair takes COMMITMENT!
Meerkats became a theme of #FakeCon, and we thought Melina’s slightly embarrassed pair were just too cute!
And then we had some unusual fan pairings, with “Thoraiya” and Alex at the Hugo Losers panel and Andy Wrathall’s SpongeBob Squarepants caper!
On Friday night a little fun started on Twitter amongst us poor sad plebs (aka Team “Not At Loncon3″), with the hashtag #FakeCon getting some traffic. It’s certainly cheered ME up, and we’d like to spread the love! FableCroft (“official” sponsor of the #FakeCon Dealer Room…) is giving away FIVE FableCroft ebooks to the best (most fun) #FakeconPhotos you can come up with! You’ll be up against tough competition. Kathleen Jennings has already given us “photos” of the #FakeConCom…
To enter, just tweet your images with the hashtag #FakeConPhotos, or upload and tag as #FakeCon on Flickr!
#FakeCon is FREE to attend, so join in the conversation!
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