Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Paul

Paul Haines is an extraordinarily gifted writer and a good friend. Cancer however is getting the upper hand in what has been a very long and painful battle and Paul has now announced the end of his writing career.

Paul has achieved more in his writing than many others I know, and I've been privileged to work with him on co-writing projects as well as commissioning, editing and publishing his work. You can find information about all his published works on his website. If you haven't read any yet, you should.

Next

Yes, the next thing for coeur de lion is to publish Adam Browne's Cyrano de Bergerac novel Pyrotechnicon. I've been circling this one for a while, as I wanted to do a novel next up and Adam's been looking for a home for his work. I remember critting an earlier version years ago at our first ever Serapeum. It's come a long way since then and it's very good - balancing the witty wordplay and wyrdness that Adam does so well with an engaging and pacey plot and great characters. All the info is in our press release.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Conflux Eight

I'm very honoured to be invited to be one of the guests of honour at Conflux Eight in Canberra on the weekend of September 29 and 30, 2012. I'll be there in my capacity of publisher with coeur de lion publishing, and we'll be making an announcement soon about something else we'll be doing at Conflux.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Festival!

What a brilliant day at the NSW Writers' Centre Speculative Fiction Festival. Kate Forsyth and Centre Staff did a fantastic job and the whole thing went smoothly, including the launch of Anywhere but Earth. Richard, Alan and Margo read to a quiet crowd on the sunny lawn and afterwards we sold mucho books.

I also really enjoyed the two panels I was on. The Publisher's Talk was a great cross section of indy and mainstream publishing, and thanks to Leigh Blackmore for this picture of the panel.

L to R: Russell Farr (Ticonderoga), Me, Claire Craig (PanMac), Zoe Walton (Random House), Stephanie Smith (HarperVoyager)







In the afternoon, it was time for the Small Press Panel with Russell, me, David Henley of Seizure Magazine, my old mate Stuart Mayne, and Alan Baxter of Blade Red Press. I think everyone enjoyed themselves as much as me.

Today I'm finally relaxing after that long climb to get ABE out. It's been worth it, the view up here is great, but it's time to smell the flowers for a while.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Se-wrap-eum

And of course I attended the Serapeum novel retreat a couple weeks back with fellow authors Rjurik Davidson, Andrew McCrae and Peter Hickman. Four days of intensive critting did just what I needed it too. Gave me some passion for the Kresh novel, made me question some key elements, and set me loose on a rewrite, which is going pretty well in terms of developing some real drive and momentum to character and plot. :)

Timeslip

Of course the reason I haven't posted for so long is due to moving house and... launching Anwhere but Earth. Yes, it's big and beautiful and for sale in a variety of 'p' and 'e' incarnations here. And the official launch is at the NSW Writers Centre tomorrow.

Thing 2

Woah! Where did the time go? I've seen that Rotten Tomatoes only gave The Thing 33% or thereabouts. Well for the lovers of the John Carpenter version, this The Thing was like a long overdue love letter. There may have been a couple of slow spots, but the majority of the movie recreated that fearful paranoia, expanded the alien backstory and created some beautiful set pieces which interlinked with key parts of the Carpenter movie in a way that brought a smile to my face. I'd give it 80%