Posts Tagged "writing"

Thu, 04 April 2013 dangling

One of the aspects of being a writer that you have to come to terms with eventually is waiting.
You send off a story to a magazine, and then you wait to find out if they will take it. You send in your edits and then you wait to hear if they are acceptable. You pitch [...]

Tue, 02 April 2013 Journey Planet 15

The latest edition of the fanzine, Journey Planet, is online (issue 15). It’s edited by Hugo-Award-Winners Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon per usual, but half the issue is guest-edited by writer Lynda E. Rucker, and is termed ‘The Write Stuff’.

That section is devoted to conversations with writers about the ins and outs of their [...]

Sun, 17 June 2012 Clarion West Write-a-thon 2012

In 2006 I attended the residential writing workshop called Clarion West, and can attest to it being a force for good as well as instrumental in my progression as a writer.
This year’s workshop is now taking place in Seattle, and many of the CW alumni and teachers are setting writing goals for this period, and [...]

Mon, 23 April 2012 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards Short-list

For the past six months I’ve been serving on the jury of the Shirley Jackson Awards. It’s been time-consuming and far more work than I anticipated, but it’s also been richly rewarding. I’ve enjoyed reading extensively across the fields of dark fantasy and horror, I’ve discovered new authors, and developed a deeper appreciation for firm [...]

Tue, 11 October 2011 but women don’t want to write superhero comics…

I attended the British Fantasy Society’s annual conference, FantasyCon, in Brighton at the beginning of the month. The weather was glorious and everyone was in good form. Being able to eat outside every evening, like I was holidaying in Spain or Italy, added to my enjoyment of the event. Brighton is a cool city, and [...]

Wed, 21 September 2011 The Shirley Jackson Awards 2011

I’m pleased to be able to announce that I’ve been asked to be a member of the jury for The Shirley Jackson Awards 2011.
The Shirley Jackson Awards were established in 2007 to recognise outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic.
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting [...]

Tue, 02 August 2011 Womanthology

I’m sure many of you reading this blog have heard about the Womanthology project: it’s the brainchild of artist Renae De Liz, and is an all-woman anthology comic book that will be published by IDW Publishing this December, with all proceeds going to the charity, Global Giving Foundation. You can read a long interview at [...]

Tue, 21 June 2011 DC’s Mad Hatter tea party

News and reaction to DC’s reboot of 52 titles in its catalogue this September has been rumbling on since I blogged about it last week.
First I’d like to forefront a couple of repsonses that contain useful insight for the DC executives.
Comic Book Resources put up part of a fantastic discussion with Dan Harmon, the creator [...]

Thu, 02 June 2011 be part of the solution

It’s no surprise to any of my regular readers that I’ve considered myself a feminist from the moment I understood what it meant. Most importantly, I have always stated that fact without embarrassment or the need for a self-deprecating modifier (‘but I like men!’, ‘but I never burned a bra!’, etc. etc.).
Yet, for me it [...]

Thu, 26 May 2011 in the spotlight

The image on the right happened the night after I returned to my hotel room after the ZeBBie Awards in Dublin.
Perhaps there was a version of “I feel pretty” playing in my head, as I don’t get the opportunity to dress up often.
This started as a blurry picture of me without my glasses [...]

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