Greetings from post-blizzard New York City! I've really been getting into writing flash fiction, or micro-fiction, lately. It's fun to try to give a strong impression of a scene, a story, in few words. And other people seem to like my super short pieces too. Seizure has just launched a flash fiction section of its website, Flashers, … Continue reading New flash fiction
Earlier this year I entered the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards in the Written Word category. I was highly commended, which was lovely—something to put on the CV—but now I have a chance at the People's Choice Award, which comes with a flight voucher (which would truly come in handy). If you're a fan of my writing, … Continue reading Qantas SOYA People’s Choice: love me love me love me
This Perfect Day is a dystopian sci-fi novel, published in 1970, in the vein of Brave New World and Logan’s Run. People are born into a happy (read: bland) unified society, ruled by UniComp, which is literally a giant computer. Over the generations heterogeneity has been genetically blended out, and every member of ‘The Family’ … Continue reading ’70s-style dystopia: This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
I'm very excited to announce that a little haiku I wrote one morning is the winner of Australian Poetry's haiPhone competition. It goes: Potential faces In steamy bathroom mirrors Residue of stars I've been invited to read it out as part of the Emerging Writers' Festival on 1 June at the Poetry Cafe. G told me … Continue reading I wrote a winning haiku
I've been in a lot of aeroplanes lately - flying out from Melbourne, flying in novels, and in dreams. Sometimes the ports look similar. Familiar, unfamiliar. My life is literature, is writing, is reading, and always passion, and there are good and bad things about being intertwined with fiction, about consistent imagining. It can be expansive, … Continue reading Countdown to Byron Bay Writers Festival
Thanks to the wonderful Victorian Writers' Centre, I received a fellowship which allows me three months in a studio in Glenfern, St Kilda - a gorgeous heritage house. Seventy percent of my Doctor of Creative Arts will be fiction, and so - I have begun the novel. As this is the first time since I was … Continue reading What I’m learning about my writing process
Frustration and inspiration. Sometimes one even bleeds into the other. I wrote a novel manuscript in a time of frustration, the first draft in just 12 weeks, as I saw it as a kind of 'golden ticket', a way through and out of my situation. Though it wasn't (a way out) in the end - the … Continue reading Frustration/inspiration
So… that ‘big announcement’ I’ve been banging on about! On 15 March I start a Doctor of Creative Arts through the University of Western Sydney. I’ll be working on fiction, more than likely a novel, alongside a great deal of reading and research (which will inform the fiction). I’ll give you a brief outline of … Continue reading Ehh *crunch, crunch* what’s up, doc?
* New short story of mine in The Lifted Brow 6: Atlas, being launched this Friday! My story 'Obsolescence' is a bit of a dark, modern fable set in Bergen, Norway, where my relatives are from. The issue is going to be awesome, with a piece of writing about every country in the world (not … Continue reading Brows will be lifted…
Recorded during the event 'See What I'm Talking About', Overload Poetry Festival 2009. Response to Andrew Watson's photograph (in background). Video by my lovely sister Sonja Meyer. Here's a review of the whole event by Simonne Michelle Wells on the Overland blog.