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Girl Reporter: the story so far.

So Girl Reporter was released on 19 December, which is not traditionally a great time to have a book released, but I was delighted with how many people bought it, read it and talked about it in that week.

If you haven’t heard about Girl Reporter yet, it’s this:

From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel

In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them–displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.

This time, Tina Valentina has ventured too far.

Alongside Australia’s greatest superheroes–including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory–Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, and getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)

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Let Sleeping Princes Lie Part 12

Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 12, Ablutions.


Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming


Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches
Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed
Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel
Part 10, Snakes in a Tower
Part 11, Read All About It

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available to buy now, as ebook and paperback.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

The Truth Has Got Her Boots On (revised)

So this week I put up a revised edition of my Pratchett’s Women collection on Amazon, both Kindle & paperback. And it occurred to me as I was working through the essays that this particular one made a nice crossover with all the other “women & newspapers” themed essays I’ve been putting up to promote my new novella, Girl Reporter.

So here it is! Women who love men who love newspapers! (Who would have thought there were so many pop culture examples of threesome romances between two people and their newspaper?)


The Truth (2000)

I almost wasn’t going to write a Pratchett’s Women piece for The Truth. Like Night Watch, it’s a marvellous book, but I never thought of it as one that had much to say about women or gender. The Truth is a love letter to moveable type, and a fun take on the history of the printing press, with the usual Discworld layers of humour and cleverness, and a rich cast of characters. It’s easily forgiven it for the ensemble being so overwhelmingly male. This was the book that brought me back to the Discworld after losing interest somewhere in its middle years.

I wasn’t alone in that. The Truth was a huge success for Terry Pratchett, and is one of the books that helped to cement his ‘legend’ status among mainstream readers as well as diehard fans. He had previously written other novels with a similar formula (standalone male character deals with the Discworld’s crazy version of an industrial development borrowed from our own history, and chaos ensues) but there was something about this book, and its maturity, that made it special. This is also a story that features fewer overt fantasy elements than any previous Discworld novel—it’s certainly not a story about magic gone wrong and trying to kill you, which sets it apart from the series. Instead, this is a story of PEOPLE gone wrong and trying to kill you, and how societal change can be every bit as terrifying and dangerous as anything from the Dungeon Dimensions.

Did I mention? This novel is magnificent.

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Da Boss: Lynda Day and her Boy Reporter

Another essay on inspirations for my novella Girl Reporter. This one is about Press Gang, an essential TV show from my childhood, about teenagers running a newspaper.

KENNY: 8:30, I was trying to tell you.
LYNDA: Have we done three hours already? (Stands up for announcement) All right everyone, pack up and get out. It’s 8:30. Time for school.

I recently risked the wrath of the suck fairy by starting a rewatch of Press Gang along with my kids. I adored this show as a teenager. I imprinted on it like a baby duckling. I loved the banter, the friendship, the snark, the romance, and most of all, the work ethic.

Press Gang (1989-1993) written by then-newcomer Steven Moffat, is a show about teenagers given the chance to be treated like adults: to run their own newspaper, with the distant support and safety net of adult mentors. I was a thirteen year old writing novels in my bedroom: like Lynda and Sarah, I was getting a head start on the career that I wanted.

Lynda Day was my hero. She wasn’t nice to people (which to a teenage girl is a power fantasy and a half). She gave 150% and expected the same of everyone around her. She was smart, sharp-edged and sarcastic. She was a goddamned professional.

She was also heart-breakingly vulnerable and real — the same “dragon” who rages through the newsroom, breaking hearts and crushing souls, is also the sixteen-year-old girl who admits her insecurities to Chrissy, one of their mentors. “What do I know about editing a newspaper?

By the end of Season 2, Lynda and her team had not only lost their training wheels, they had set fire to them — the cliffhanger to that season was not her will-they-won’t-they relationship with Spike, it was whether or not the Junior Gazette would get the go-ahead to reinvent itself as a “real” newspaper instead of an educational program with an expiry date.

Along the way they learned hard lessons about journalistic ethics, financial pressure, and how to juggle the commitments of a full time job on top of schoolwork and exams. They fought for social justice issues, they fell in love, they solved mysteries and they dealt with overwhelming grief.

They didn’t always win.
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Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 11, Read All About It

Get the new episode here!


Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming
Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches
Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed
Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel
Part 10, Snakes in a Tower

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available to buy now, as ebook and paperback.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

2017 in review

Wow, that was a year, wasn’t it? Like, the longest year in the history of everything.

I went through a month of radiotherapy in June, I saw my eldest kid through the first year of high school, and was team manager on my youngest kid’s soccer team. The Silent Producer and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a trip to the Continuum convention. (also in June, June was BUSY) I also got to go to Genrecon in November, sharing an apartment with Rivqa and Tehani which was so much fun.

I wrote 180,000 words of fiction, and nearly 50,000 words of non-fiction.

But what did I get DONE this year? Here’s some highlights.

1. Girl Reporter

This superhero novella about snarky millennial vlogger Friday Valentina and her quest to rescue her mother is my most recent release! Girl Reporter is available in paperback, on Kindle, on Kobo, on Smashwords and more.

Also check out the awesome Girl Reporter GoodReads page with so many reviews, ratings and lovely grab quotes. I particularly like the way one reviewer describes the book as being “a snarky eclair.” #goals

“Truly, the hashtag is the epic poem of the 21st century.”

2. Stories in Uncanny
I love Uncanny Magazine so much, they are publishing some of the crunchiest, most diverse & progressive SFF short fiction these days, so I was delighted to be in the rare position of having two stories published with them in 2017. “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows,” released for Valentine’s day, is a sexy, sarcastic tale of speed dating when Greek heroes and gods are the only men on offer.

More recently, “How to Survive An Epic Journey,” my Atalanta + Medea = BFFs story, is also about Greek heroes and the women who have to put up with them, but this one is more of a contemporary voiced retelling of the voyage of the Argonauts. I love it to bits.

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The Best Days of Twelve

We’ve been rewatching the Peter Capaldi episodes of the last 3 seasons of Doctor Who, leading up to the super exciting regeneration episode that’s coming tomorrow.

Australians only get to celebrate Doctor Who Christmas on Boxing Day because of the inconvenience of living in the future. So to get a little Doctor Who into my Christmas Day… recovering from a virus combined with my kids enjoying a new game system means that I have nothing to do this afternoon but blogging or napping… here’s my top 12 Twelfth Doctor episodes!

Deep Breath
A fantastic action-and-humour fling with Madame Vastra doing a lot of the emotional heavy lifting, a sharper soft-reboot for Clara’s characterisation, and a giant dinosaur in Victorian London. But mostly for the Doctor himself, all fierce personality and Scottish sleepy ranting. This was his Robot; his Spearhead from Space. It set up the Twelfth Doctor as an uncompromising grump with a sharp wit, but did so in a more entertaining way than many of the episodes that followed in the same season.

Flatline
Trapping the Doctor in his own TARDIS and letting Clara play him in an adventure of her own made for a fun rapport and was less frantic than some of the other attempts at letting this ferocious Twelfth Doctor be funny in Season 8. His acid relationship with Rigsy was a lot less unpleasant than his unpleasant dynamic with Danny in the same season, and there’s actually nothing more entertaining than Capaldi entertaining in a box, so.

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Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel

Get the new episode here!


Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming
Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches
Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available for pre-order on Amazon now. Drops on December 19!

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed

Get the episode here

Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming
Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

Galactic Suburbia Episode 179 Show Notes

Get the new episode here.

It’s our Holiday Gift Recs Extravaganza! Prepare to do some serious online shopping while you listen to our recs.

WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT THIS WEEK?

Alex moonlighted on Paleo Cinema Podcast with a Disaster Movie special episode!

We look at a list of the 33 Best SFF books by women (hooray for lists with more than one)

Kate Gordon’s new novel raising funds for White Ribbon Australia against domestic violence – 25 Memories of Viggo McDuff

Holiday gift recs!

For cooks: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
Tiptree cookbook: The Bakery Men Don’t See, now available in shiny new edition.
Nerd Girl Yarns
Fiction: The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins; Persepolis Rising, James SA Corey
For children & lovers of great children’s fiction: The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Give a novella: Ellen Klages – Passing Strange, Martha Wells – All Systems Red, The Murderbot Diaries.

Movie money
Book Bath Box & other subscription boxes
Chocolate!
Gin
Coffee 3000 Thieves
Whiskey
stationery

From our listeners:

Ellen recs Ideal Bookshelf on Etsy for adorable book pins such as this version of A Wrinkle in Time.

Elizabeth recs Femmecraft on Etsy (the Fight Like a Girl Squirrel Girl piece we mention specifically is already sold out, wah). Elizabeth also points us at Raven’s Dreaming, the Perth-based artist who did the cover for Juliet Marillier’s collection Prickle Moon.

For young readers and their parents, Mel recommends Rocket Science for Babies by Chris Ferrie, and for the slightly older readers – Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty.

Kathryn L pointed us at this Kickstarter.

OUR STUFF:
Luminescent Threads
Tara Sharp
Musketeer Space & Joyeux by Tansy

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts
Alex: The Red Queen; Thor: Ragnarok; On Joanna Russ; Girl Reporter; Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks; The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins
Tansy: Killjoys, Choices: The Crown & the Flame, #ThorryNotThorry, the Avengers Infinity War trailer, Dragonette (Jam by Kate/Just Add Moonshine)

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon – which now includes access to the ever so exclusive GS Slack – and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!