Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gnus: WORD Christchurch, two anthos, and a narration walk into a blogpost

Me, with green hair, crewing the signing table
with Dame Anne Salmond at work.
Photo Credit: Official Word Photographer

  • The Word Christchurch Writers And Readers Festival weekend was an absolute delight! I spent a hectic three and a half days sharing my time between performance, volunteering, attending, and hanging out with some awesome people. And got to sleep in my own bed every night! There was a fantastic buzz around the whole event, people saying it was the best yet. Rachel King, special program director Tusiata Avia, and all the Word team put together a fabulous event that I enjoyed every minute of.

    My small part in the plot was reading at the New Regent Street Pop Up Festival on the Thursday night with Ted Chiang, Karen Healey, and surprise guest Juno Dawson. I read two segments from my Clarkesworld story "Logistics". Our three sets were recorded for podcast by Plains FM and are available to listen on download now. Thanks to Ted, Karen, and Juno, and to everyone who came along to listen. Moata Tamaira also did a neat write up here for the Christchurch City Libraries blog.

    I spent the majority of Friday volunteering at The Piano, which I would do again in a heartbeat. Everyone, volunteers and attendees, were in such good spirits. I got a bit of an education in artist communication just being able to quietly watch authors at work on the signing table.
  • "Battling In All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders" from Mad Scientist Journal will be released on October 16, is now available for pre-order. It includes my story "There Is Only The War". You can see the cover and ToC at the link.

    I also did an interview with MSJ, which you can read at this link.
  • "Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)" from Queen of Swords Press is coming in December, and includes my Cinrak the Dapper story "Search For The Heart of the Ocean". You can see the cover and ToC at the link.
  • A narration by me is up in the latest issue of Glittership. I read Megan Arkenberg's "The City of Kites and Crows".