Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'm In! Oh God.

Instead of taking of the first month I have
free in two years (i.e. no studying)
I'm doing NanoWrimo. Yay! : D

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Periphery Excerpt!

For your reading pleasure, Gwyneth Jones' short story
The Voyage Out
, included in Periphery has been
excerpted at Gay/Lesbian Fiction Excerpts.


So Fey Re-Released!

So Fey has just been re-released by Prime Books and is available for pre-order at Amazon.

This 320-page anthology features my story How Laura Left a Rotten Apple and Came Not to Regret the Cold of the Yukon, which was a recent Spectrum Award nominee. In fact, So Fey was a big presence at this year's Gaylaxion/Spectrum Awards, with several of the short stories included in the anthology garnering nominees in the short story category. The collection itself was up for Best Anthology (Editor, Steve Berman), and at the end of the night, altogether 3 stories from So Fey were fellow finalists for Best Short Story with the winner in that category being Josh Lewis's "Ever So Much More than Twenty" from the book. Congratulations Josh, and all the other wonderful authors in So Fey, and Steve for making it all happen.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

To Nano or not to Nano

I'm seriously thinking of tackling NaNoWriMo this year, since I have the whole of November off untill my summer paper starts December 1st...

More In October!

Wrote two final tests on the same day for two internally assessed university papers (God and The Poets and Antarctica: Unfreezing The Continent)

One more exam this Saturday: Children's Literature - A Special Topic. I have Philip Pullman, Ursula LeGuin, C.S. Lewis and Maurice Gee coming out of my ears.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Stalking Daylight - It's Official !

Press Release

Enchanter Options Rights to Multi-Award Nominated Author Marianne De Pierres & Lynne Jamneck’s Science Fiction Script Stalking Daylight

Sydney, October 1st, 2008: Enchanter has optioned Marianne De Pierres & Lynne Jamneck’s science fiction script Stalking Daylight, it was announced by Enchanter CEO Matt Carter.

Stalking Daylight tells the story of Dresher, a bright young gaming talent who is faced with some tough choices when her father contracts neuro-transmitter disease. The Earth has changed, and those inhabitants who worship technology are at odds with those who choose to live without it. Dresher must venture into Luddite territory to find the medication that her father needs to survive. But the cure comes at a terrible price.

“Marianne and Lynne have created a visually striking world, where technology is now the opiate of the masses and Dresher’s realizations, as she journeys to a place where technology is not worshipped, has a strong message to our society today and the choices we face,” said Carter.

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the multi award-nominated Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. More information about Marianne can be found at

Lynne Jamneck's writing has been published in numerous markets. Recently she edited the Periphery anthology for Lethe Press. She is currently studying a MA in Literature, and working on her first speculative novel. More information about Lynne can be found at

Matt Carter is an independent film producer and CEO of Enchanter Pty Ltd. He is a graduate from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School in 2005 with a Masters in Producing, and the New York Film Academy. He has produced over twenty short films, including drama, documentary, ads / promotions & DVD’s. His films have screened at over 60 film festivals worldwide, and include the success for Best Experimental Film at the Dendy Awards at the Sydney Film Festival in 2005.

About Enchanter

Enchanter Pty. Ltd. is a dynamic Sydney based film, television and media Production Company that specialises in the development and financing of Science Fiction & Fantasy Genre stories.

Our mission is to develop innovative and commercially successful genre projects for the worldwide market, utilising the depth of talent that is available locally. We aim to foster creative talent, international partnerships, economic growth and technological advancement.

Our target market is to appeal to global teen and young adults - the 18 to 24-year-old audiences, which is the largest demographic of the domestic and international movie-going public.

Contact: Matt Carter

Enchanter Pty Ltd

Phone: (02) 9699 4341

113/1 Marian Street


NSW 2016

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It's October, And What Have I Got To show For It?

You know how you get bogged down during the year with all the mundane efforts of life and then wake up one morning when the year is near an end and think "jeez, what have I really done this year?"

That's where I'm at.

So I decided a list was in order.

  1. Completely restructured a novel; initially called The First Virtue, now provisionally titled Book One of the Strickland Diaries.
  2. Published Periphery on Valentine's day, 2008.
  3. Created a concise, full and fleshed world in which said novel takes place. Drew maps. Fun.
  4. Wrote 12 essays for six university papers (Trimester one and two).
  5. Wrote one exam in trimester one on Contemporary Fiction and a final test on Biology of Religion.
  6. Wrote a 5 000 word short story called Magique which is set within the Strickland Universe (Read excerpt HERE). Didn't plan it, just happened. Currently under submission to Strange Horizons.
  7. Finalised contracts with Enchanter Productions in Sydney for co-writing a film treatment with Marianne de Pierres.
  8. Read 23 books/novels for 3 English Papers.
  9. Holding down part time job at Victoria University of Wellington.
  10. Entered the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition (NZ); awaiting results.
Ten outta ten ain't bad.

OMG The Eighties Are Back! (Finally!)

I've been waiting for someone to bring back the 80's in a stylish way and boy, does Ladyhawke do it magnificently. Currently a darling of the Brits, Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown) is a New Zealand musician currently best known for her single "Paris Is Burning". It's a great song, but personally I feel there are much stronger tracks on her debut album (and really, there's not one weak track among the list), such as Dusk Till Dawn and Back of the Van.

Ladyhawke is the love-child of Pat Benetar, Kim Wilde, Stevie Nicks and Blondie. I rarely get excited about new music these days; everything sounds the same. I might be entering that phase where I believe that I've already heard the best of my generation and tend to listen to artists I'm already familiar with. But even I like to be proven wrong every now and again.

For a review of Ladyhawke's debut album, click HERE