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Musketeer Space Part 13 – Conspiracy is Bad For the Blood Pressure

August 13th, 2014

Happy Musketeer Day, Musketoons! I am not here. I am not even in Australia. I might not yet be in London yet, either. I am Schroedinger’s Author.

Of course, it would be THIS chapter that would go up while I’m away, wouldn’t it…

The Musketeers themselves are taking most of the next couple of weeks off. There is Other Plot that does not require their presence. But rest assured, they’re off causing trouble somewhere even when we don’t get to see what they’re up to.


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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana’s desire to be a Musketeer pilot in service to the Crown has led her to a few dodgy places over the last couple of months, but none dodgier than this – she’s stumbled across a conspiracy on the moon involving Aramis’ secret girlfriend, Aramis’ ex-girlfriend, and Aramis’ ship – not to mention the Prince Consort’s recently-kidnapped tailor, Conrad Su, who is also Dana’s landlady’s much younger husband, and far too hot for his own good. Just go with it. It’s all going to be fine.

NOW READ ON!

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Galactic Suburbia 106 Show Notes

August 11th, 2014

New episode ready for streaming or download!

In which the Galactic Suburbia crew discuss the future and present death of blogs, explore our personal relationships with social media (but mostly Twitter), and stage a memorial ceremony for the death of Livejournal. WE LOVED YOU, LIVEJOURNAL.


News


Patreon!
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Pet Topic

Future redundancy: The death of blogs?
What blogs do you still read? What blogs are the key places to find out about shiny new things?

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An August of Tansy

August 10th, 2014

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024Some bits and pieces of news to catch you all up to date before I leave for London.

My short story “Cookie Cutter Superhero” was just released in Kaleidoscope, a YA anthology of diverse teenage stories. I’m really delighted that so many people have been enjoying this story and the world – even if it does mean I am getting daily requests to turn it into a novel! There’s a lovely review of my story here at Brewing Tea and Books, and Eugene Myers wrote a nice review of the whole anthology at League of Extraordinary Writers.

Pozible supporters should have their copy of Kaleidoscope already; if you didn’t support the campaign, you can buy it right now in most countries though the official Australian release date is not until 1 October.

UPDATE: My story “The Raven and her Victory” has just been reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2014! This is my Edgar Allen Poe story, and I’m very pleased that it’s the final piece in this reprint anthology of lesbian-themed SFF.

Meanwhile, another book release! Tehani at Fablecroft has released an e-collection of my Pratchett’s Women essays, following the development of female characters across the Discworld novels. The book contains all nine Pratchett’s Women essays that have appeared here on the blog, starting with the original “The Boobs, the Bad and the Broomsticks” which remains by far the most viewed page ever published on this blog, at over 13,000 hits. All essays have been revised for this edition.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 11: Single Sex Spaceships Are For Girls Too

August 9th, 2014

escapemiriyaRobotech will be rewatched after these messages. This is the episode where humans (Micronians) figure out how to use this snogging thing strategically.

But more importantly, THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN!

You know how boring it is when any given alien race in a SF TV show are all played by male actors, not because of some grand statement about gender, but as a lazy default? Up until now it has looked very much as if the Zentraedi were an All Boys Outfit, but this is the episode where it all changes

Zentraedi women kick arse, in case you were wondering.

Episode 12 – The Big Escape

Thank goodness we have the narrator to explain the plot. This is what the aliens plan to do next:

1. Recover the SDF1 intact, with the hidden protoculture factory on board.
2. Destroy the earth
3. Figure out what protoculture is
4. Profit

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Snapshot: Ben McKenzie and John Richards

August 7th, 2014

Ben McKenzie is a Melbourne-based actor, comedian, writer, feminist, improviser, voiceover artist, presenter, game mechanic, scientician, rogue nerd and ginger. He’s also one of the organisers behind the recently crowdfunded Girls On Film Festival 2014. John Richards is writer of the acclaimed ABC1 comedy Outland, and former host of the iconic Melbourne-based TV podcast Boxcutters as well as a filmmaker, media journalist, and presenter. Check out John’s upcoming workshop on podcasting.

Together, they FIGHT CRIME. But more importantly, they make magic. In 2013, The Year of Doctor Who, Ben and John created Splendid Chaps, a Doctor Who live show podcasting event spread over 12 months. In 2014, they spun off from this project to run a successful Kickstarter campaign for Night Terrace, their very own comedy science fiction audio series, starring Susan from Neighbours and a house that travels in time and space.

It seemed appropriate to interview them together…

splendid chaps comedy festival

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Musketeer Space Part 12: An Assignation at the Mecha Graveyard

August 6th, 2014

Fleur de lis littleIt’s Musketeer day again! Conspiracies, mecha, romance and the spaceship equivalent of grand auto theft. Thanks so much for joining me on this wacky adventure. I’ll be away from the computer for the next two Wednesdays, but my trusty silent producer will do his best to keep the show on the road.

I still haven’t quite got over reaching my $200 milestone which means the festive Christmas prequel story is go. Next milestone, at the $300 mark, means I’ll be commissioning artwork, for here on the blog as well as the final ebook. I’m longing to have my Musketeers depicted in art, so that’s where we’re headed next.

And in the mean time…

SEE YOU IN LONDON, MUSKETOONS!


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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan is a Mecha cadet who longs to be a real Musketeer like her friends Athos, Aramis and Porthos – and that means getting into as much trouble as possible. Right now she’s tangled up in a Royal conspiracy, having just rescued the Prince Consort’s tailor and teammate Conrad from the Cardinal’s secret agent Rosnay Cho. And she stole a spaceship. Did I mention that Conrad is super pretty? It’s worth saying.


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Snapshot: Foz Meadows

August 5th, 2014

P1000733Foz Meadows is a bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality; she also writes fantasy novels, makes with the geeky criticism, and loiters with intent in the presence of cheese. An Australian expat, she now lives in Scotland with a philosopher and a Smallrus. Surprisingly, this is a good thing.

1. Congratulations on your Hugo nomination for Best Fan Writer! Your blog has formed a core part of your writer identity for so long – which piece of your “fan” critical writing are you most proud of?

Thank you! It’s still a bit weird to me that I have regular readers: in one form or another, I’ve been writing online since my early teens, but it’s only in the past year or two that I’ve actually started to develop an audience. Which inevitably colours how I now perceive my own work, because I can never tell how a given piece is going to be received, and that makes me a bit biased in favour of the stuff that gets less widely circulated. I still don’t have any one thing that I’m most proud of, but generally, if I come away from a post feeling like I managed to articulate something important in amidst all the ranting, then it goes in the win column.

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Mickey Mouse the Musketeer (2004)

August 4th, 2014

Mickey,_Donald,_Goofy_The_Three_Musketeers_DVD_CoverWords fail.

Or at least, they might if I wasn’t me. Because I can always find the words.

I didn’t have high expectations of this one, because – well, it’s Mickey Mouse. Come on! But for a Musketeer movie, even one aimed at children, there was so little actual Musketeerness in it that I did rather feel like I was wasting my time.

It didn’t help that thanks to a dodgy library DVD copy, I missed the first two minutes of the movie which explains the connection between the real Three Musketeers and the actual protagonists of the movie (assuming that the flat dog versions of the characters who rescue our orphan heroes in the comic book style opening sequence are Athos, Porthos and Aramis – Wikipedia says so, but there’s no narrative evidence of this). This is a bit like watching Life of Brian without that scene at the beginning that points out he is definitely not Jesus.

It also meant that we spent a lot of the movie trying to figure out which of the original Musketeers mapped onto Mickey, Donald or Goofy, when in fact we’re not supposed to think that at all. (Though I maintain that Pluto is D’Artagnan, while Raeli argued on the grounds that Daisy Duck is obviously meant to be Constance, so surely Donald is D’Artagnan, and I’m pretty sure the Mickey-Minnie romance means he is Aramis and oh my head HURTS)

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Snapshot: Amanda Rainey

August 3rd, 2014

headshot-arAmanda Rainey is a graphic designer from Perth who designs books for Twelfth Planet Press and FableCroft. When she’s not designing books she is either: working on a PhD looking at election campaigns, working as a freelance graphic designer for clients who have slightly more money than Australian small presses, or – most likely – talking nonsense on Twitter.

1. You designed the striking cover for Kaleidoscope, the brand new YA anthology about diverse characters that will shortly be released by Twelfth Planet Press after a crowdfunding campaign last year – what was your brief for the project, and how did you get to the final design?

Kaleidoscope was such an exciting/terrifying brief! It’s such an exciting book, and important too – a lot of people were (literally) invested in it so I really wanted to get it right. The brief was that they wanted something that would fit a truly diverse book, both in the sense of the characters, but also the themes and styles of each of the stories. So, quite a bit of (terrible) freedom…

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024It needed to appeal to YA readers, and stand out on a bookshelf next to other anthologies, so there’s always that question of how similar and how different you should be from all the other books!

The first thing I did was rule out using faces or people. It was kind of a gut instinct, but using faces just creates so many problems when you’re making a book about diverse characters. There’s a danger that you just end up treating faces as “paint chips”, which would have absolutely not been giving proper respect to the book’s purpose.

Finally I just channelled my 16 year old self, and tried to make something she would like. I started playing with the idea of “sugar and spice”, and how just in that concept, which seems to imply that all girls are the same, when really – spices! – there’s so much variety there, right in the phrase.

I messed with the colours to give it more of an alien feel in keeping with the SF/Fantasy themes. Plus, hello, it’s Twelfth Planet Press. It always had to be pink! Then I just spent 1298 hours aimlessly changing the proportions and the patterns until I was happy/the print deadline arrived.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 10 – Even Educated Fleas Do It

August 2nd, 2014

dolzaRobotech will be rewatched after these messages!

This is the one with some snogging in it.

Episode 11 – First Contact

According to the narrator, Lisa bravely volunteered for this mission – which does not dovetail at all with my recollection, that Captain Gloval pushed her into it. Then again, this episode seems to be working quite hard to reinvent the story slightly from the week before. It’s almost like they didn’t know that in the future DVD machines (and YouTube) would enable us to watch episodes over and over again!

For instance, Max Stirling is now clearly part of the small posse being beaten up by Breetai, though I’m sure he wasn’t in the scene in the last episode.

Also we are told that Lisa had a pilot on the Cat’s Eye who was killed in action, even though there was no sign of him last week – really, had the script-writer for this one even watched the previous episode?

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