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I’ve had a few changes in my life so far this year. Some were little things, like adding more chickens to the mismatched flock who live in my backyard (pictured above is Speckles, the Barred Utility hen) and buying a purple ukelele with good intentions of learning to actually play the thing. Others were a bit more dramatic, like my first born starting school. This has freed up a bit more time for writing, so I have been working on a few short stories and some not fiction articles and will keep plugging away with the submissions. I’ve also created Femlitica, a feminist book blog where I post reviews of fiction and non fiction books written by, and about women. You can follow Femlitica on Facebook as well.

I’ve also had a short piece on nerdy parenting published on Whole Woman. I’ll try and be a bit more regular with these updates and hopefully I will have some more published bits and pieces to post about soon.

Tata for now,

Jenny

No, I have not been killed by aliens, but my poor blog has been neglected for quite some time. In the past ten months I finished studying (for the time being), started a new job, moved house, and had my first baby. It’s been an exciting time full of new experiences and challenges. Ironically, the more I have to write about, the less time I have for writing. Now I have once again resolved to make some time for it. No, ‘resolved’ is the wrong word. Resolutions get broken, and that brings guilt. Better just to say that I will try harder to make time for writing. My baby is starting to sleep a little more often, so I should be able to snatch a bit of time at the computer here and there. I will start working in earnest on some new short stories, and see about doing some book and zine reviews over the next few months.

Oh, and speaking of aliens, I hear there is to be a fifth Alien film. Please excuse me while I do a Happy Fangirl Dance. I’m very pleased that Ridley Scott will be back on board as the director. Much as I enjoyed James Cameron’s very different action/war movie sequel, Aliens (Ripley is one of the toughest mother figures in cinema, matched only by Sarah Connor in Terminator 2), and the strange, dreamlike vibe that Jean-Pierre Jeunet gave to Alien: Resurrection, bringing Scott back creates a satisfying sense of going back to the beginning. I don’t care if the critics hate it, I’m going to see this film, even I have have to bring the baby into the cinema with me.

For now, I’d better go and put on another load of nappies.
Signing off.
Come on, cat.

I’m woefully behind in my nanowrimo novel so far, and unlikely to finish. Ah well. I’m giving it my best shot. Sometimes life just gets in the way. In case anyone’s interested, my Nano screenname is Grand Moff Taco (yep, I like Star Wars a lot) and my novel, if I ever finish it, will be a detective story set right here in Brisbane. Good luck to my fellow travellers!

I’ve added Chris Reed’s blog to my blogroll, because I find it inspiring to see how many stories and submissions a person can actually get through if he or she doesn’t muck about and procrastinate as much as I do.

For anyone reading this who is also in or near Brisvegas, and is interested in writing or literature, the Brisbane Writers Festival is on soon. It runs from the 17th to the 21st of September, and they’re taking bookings now for ticketed events. I’ve just been looking through the program and there are some interesting panel discussions I want to get along to. I’m looking forward to it.

I know I promised more short stories soon, but I’ve been waiting to get something else published and it hasn’t happened yet. I have a couple of stories I’m waiting to hear back about at the moment, so for now I’ll just keep plugging away, trying to write something new and worth waiting for. In the meantime, have an inspirational quote.

The late Kurt Vonnegut on writing short stories:

Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer: Many people need desperately to receive this message: “I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don’t care about them. You are not alone.” (Timequake)

I just found this writing site:

A Content Creation Site and Writers Community

A Content Creation Site and Writers' Community

I’m in the process of reading through some of the fiction that’s up there. So far I’m really enjoying the Jake and Logan detective stories. I like the wry sense of humour and the quirkiness of them. The site also has a forum for writers, which looks to be pretty friendly and helpful. I reccomend checking it out.

This week I’m spending some time at Gen Con. It’s high time we had another big convention in Brisvegas. Yesterday I went to some very interesting panel discussions about writing with Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Marianne de Pierres.

I haven’t read anything by Ian Irvine or Marianne de Pierres before, but I’ve just picked up a copy of Nylon Angel, the first of her Parrish Plessis cyberpunk series, which is now teetering at the top of the enormous pile of soon-to-be-read books on my bedside table.

I’ve been a fan of Sean Williams for some years now, so it was exciting to meet him, and I found his ‘ten and a half commandments for writing’ very helpful. This morning I’ve been poking about on his website and found this, which also looks useful. By the way, is it just me, or does he look a bit like Simon Pegg?

I’m feeling very inspired right now. There will be some more short stories coming soon…

Khimairal Ink is a literary zine, specialising in stories featuring lesbian protagonists. It’s now
out quarterly (January, April, July and October). You can read Tupperware Stomp, as well as funny and touching stories by four other writers, here.

This one was my first romance story. It’s not a genre I read much of, but I wanted to challenge myself a little and try and write a romance story that was a little bit unconventional.

I enjoy writing short stories, and I have just begun to submit stories for publication. This will be the place where I’ll boast post about my achievements and try to be philosophical about my failures. Stay tuned to see whether I become a fabulous success or this optimism gets ground out of me. Either way it should be entertaining to watch.