Archive for February, 2009

Half Man. Half Writer. Half Unicorn?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2009 by bloodandstardust

My guest blog- Naked in the Magic Chocolate River up at the Battersblog.

Lee Battersby was our week two tutor at Clarion South 2007. My world, meet ┬áLee Battersby. Lee Battersby, meet my world. Lee’s fiction has appeared in literaly every Australian spec-fic publication and with a recent appearance in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror he is poised to appear everywhere else ! ( That is if we can get him to stop his addiction to writing Ridley Scott’s Legend fan-fiction and other unicorn tales.)

From the start Lee was an incredibly motivated tutor. He brought us music. Writing exercises and articles. And cool gift bags with stuff designed to inspire. Mine had an awesome photo of a skull filled tomb ! Lee’s critiques were not only filled with tools of the craft, his crits were personal. He gave his personal opinion. He went out on a limb. And he meant it. He believed in our class and inspired our class to believe in ourselves. The power of belief is no small task and I credit Lee for this gift. Two years on he is still in close touch with us and still believing and still giving. Such as this opportunity to share his blog for which I am grateful.

Clarion South

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2009 by bloodandstardust

Thanks to Chris Lynch. Here is a bit about our Clarion South class.

A bit about Lee Battersby and my guest blog on the Battersblog coming down the pipe this week…

Disco Papa

Posted in Stardust, Stories I like on February 6, 2009 by bloodandstardust

Karen Russell author of the story collection “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” has an amazing piece in the lives section of this past sunday times.

Her writing is remarkable and has appeared in Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, Oxford American, and The New Yorker. Those who read LCRW know that she was published there first.


Where the Wild Things Are

Posted in Blood and Stardust on February 3, 2009 by bloodandstardust

Here are some images from the forthcoming Where the Wild Things Are Movie. I’m pleased with the designs and that the Wild Things appear to be costumed and textured and “real” as opposed to CGI, which even when it is good and state of the art, just never feels real. Here’s hoping this is done well and captures the feel and spirit of the book, unlike the blunderous treatment given to the Dr Suess live-action movies. I think my favorite image is the first one, the one where they are walking past the tree.

The Shirley Jackson Awards online “Lottery”

Posted in Putting the Pimp Hat On on February 2, 2009 by bloodandstardust

Pun intended.

Read about the Shirley Jackson awards and the great fundraiser going on.