Random Act of Fiction! The Egyptian Androsphinx

One of my high-end Patreon rewards is the Random Act of Fiction, where I will write a micro-story featuring your name and the mythological beast of your choice.

This month, I posted (snail mail!) the first of these out to Marina (Min) Anderson, who is one of the marvellous people who supports my Patreon at the Deluxe Super Special Queen-Emperor of Glorious Patronage Level, the very best of levels, including all the rewards of various other levels combined.

Min nominated the sphinx – particularly the Egyptian Androsphinx, for her pet story!

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 7 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 7 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 7, Sage’s Coffee Shop AU, it’s Sage vs the Skinny Goth Waiter, and Hebe, and the rest of the band. He’s got some life-changing wisdom to share, but drummer heal thyself!

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Coming Soon to a Pirate Ship Near You!

Fablecroft are repackaging my first 2 novels, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold, with a gorgeous omnibus cover by Tania Walker, who also provided the art for the release of Ink Black Magic, the third in the series. Yes, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold will be available again in print as well as e-book format!

This is particularly good news for Tansy completionists who have struggled to find copies of the ‘yes the print run was a lot shorter’ Liquid Gold paperback. And also good news for me, because PRETTY COVER.

The Mocklore Chronicles are funny, fast-paced fantasy adventure novels about Kassa Daggersharp, daughter of a pirate captain and a legendary witch, and her crew of scoundrels and traitors. The books contain magical environmental concerns, a flying pirate ship (and, completely separately, a flying pirate sheep), a bunch of ancient history jokes and some really great frocks. Oh, and killer canaries.

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Friday Links Provides the Recipe

bittyI’ve been mildly obsessed with pie-baking over the last few months (thanks largely to watching far too many seasons of Supernatural in a very short time frame, good thing I’m not also going around shooting ghosts with rock salt) – and fans of the Livia Day books will be pleased to know that Tabitha has been likewise engaged! Mmm, pie.

Our friend Alexis had a Game of Thrones Murder themed party for his 40th a few weeks ago, and I happily dived into the Game of Thrones themed cooking blog. I went looking for Sansa Stark’s lemon cakes and came out clutching a strawberry pie recipe to die for! I especially love the thyme in the pastry. For the party, I made these as mini pies with pastry hearts on top (it was Valentine’s Day!) and I think they worked even better than the full sized pie I tried a few days later – the combination of strawberries and lemon curd is VERY sweet, so little mouthfuls work better. But oh! *dreamy sigh*

Speaking of pie and emotions, there were some major developments in Check! Please this week, one of my favourite current webcomics. Year Two of the story of Bitty, a tiny gay pie-baking, vlogging-and-tweeting hockey player navigating the weird world of bros and frathouse living at a very LGBT-friendly college, finished up with three updates and Major Boy Kissing. Fansquee was probably heard from Mars. If you haven’t been reading this comic, now is a great time to get started!

Jim C Hines wrote a great article for Uncanny Magazine, Men of Their Times, which addresses the common refrain we hear when trying to point out the extreme racism (or other problematic behaviour) of historical figures such as Lovecraft who are held up as icons of our field. I love articles like this, which mean you no longer have to argue certain points when the topic comes up on the internet (in this case: that you can’t judge people from the past for their racism, or how they expressed it, because history is super racist), you can just post a link, drop the mic and get on with your day.

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This Month On The Blog: February 2016

Mary_Wollstonecraft_by_John_Opie_1797The two big Australian SF Awards released their shortlists this month! Thank you to everyone who nominated me for the Ditmars – I’m up for several categories, continuing my ongoing deep and meaningful relationship with the William Atheling in particular. I’m also delighted have “Fake Geek Girl” nominated in the novelette category. Over at the Aurealis Awards, they’ve put in some new short fiction categories, and launched the brand new Sara Douglass Book Series Award – which has my Creature Court trilogy on the shortlist!

Congrats to all the nominees, it’s always fun when award season comes around.

Friday Links has Fearless Optimism

SF Women of the 20th Century:
16. Anne McCaffrey & The Rowan

Great Ladies of History:
Mary Vindicated: The Life & Politics of Mary Wollstonecraft

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Issue #1: Spider-Man

Spider-Man_1_Cover-1Title: Spider-Man #1 (2016)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Sara Pichelli

The Buzz: The good news is that Secret Wars/Battleworld is finally over, and I don’t have to feel stupid about it, because NO ONE understood what was going on with that whole mess of an event. But now the much-discussed Ramifications have landed in the Marvel Universe – which, as far as I can make out, pretty much means we get Miles Morales, AKA the Ultimate Universe’s second Spider-Man, AKA the black Spider-Man, in the normal Marvel Universe now. And nothing else has changed, I think? (Spider-Gwen still gets to hang out in her own universe, as I assume does Gwenpool)

Another Big Deal about this particular title is that while Peter Parker is still around in the Revised Marvel Universe that we used to call 616, and is going to have his own comics to play in, Miles gets the official Spider-Man With No Qualifier title, which is a nice way of acknowledging his importance to the Marvel U – likewise Miles is part of the All-New, All-Different Avengers, which is probably a better option than having Peter Parker’s Spider-Man in every possible team book all at once. We all know that only Wolverine can use teleportation to multi-task appearing in so many books at once, right?

All You Need To Know: So there was this other universe called Ultimate that Marvel launched in 2000 as a more modern reboot of their classic characters – and the lynchpin title was Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man in which a hapless 15 year old Peter Parker got to suffer and experience his decades of epic storylines all over again. Finally the poor kid was killed off in a horrible, horrible sequence, only to be succeeded by Miles Morales, one of the most popular of the Ultimate universe’s creation. Now he’s here instead, and Peter Parker is alive too, and if you think this title will explain any of that, then you are reading the wrong comic.

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Galactic Suburbia 137 Show Notes

Young Talent Time!

Young Talent Time!

In which we welcome a new member of the Galactic Suburbia: Next Gen, and embrace the awards season.

Baby News: Happy birth to future feminist awesome little dude Samuel, and congrats to his parents, Alisa & Chris as well as newly minted big sister Mack!

Nebula ballot.

Aurealis shortlist

Ditmars shortlist

Norma! Shortlist.

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 6 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 6 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 6, Texts From Monday (in a super short update), Sage ditches band practice and Holly gives him a piece of her mind.

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 5 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 5 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated “Fake Geek Girl” for a Ditmar, and congratulations to all the nominees.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 5, Hebe and the Magical Fire Alarm Meet-Cute, we learn the specific problems that come with fire safety in magical share houses, and Hebe finally starts to figure out what Ferd’s deal is anyway.

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 4 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated “Fake Geek Girl” for a Ditmar, and congratulations to all the nominees.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

Part 4 is an excerpt from the Elegant and Articulate Diary of Miss Juniper Cresswell, Gentlewitch and Scholar, in which the lady muses on the hardships of her life, chronicles a certain disastrous share house dinner party, ignores her ongoing crush on Holly Hallow and her pretty hair, and embraces a brand new One True Pairing.

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