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For the record: peanut butter soup is awesome.

2013 Update: I Need Your Help

If you’re reading this in your RSS feed, please let me know in the comments. It’d also be really helpful if you could let me know which RSS reader you’re using and/or which RSS for the site you’re following – it seems my attempts to spring-clean some old posts have resulted in said posts going out as if they’re new, and I’m trying to rectify the problem. 

Also, for the record, Laura Goodin’s Peanut Butter Soup Recipe is still awesome five years on, and she posted it on her blog a few years back.  I figured that, if anything, was sufficient reason to use an edit this post as a means of doing this test.

Thanks in advance, folks, and I now return you to the thoughts of Peter M. Ball from 2008…


Yesterday I thought I was meant to be at a QWC workshop, only to discover that I had the dates mixed up and the workshop is sitll a week away. Totally threw me, since I’d more-or-less planned my day around that. Hence yesterday was a terribly non-productive thing, full of out-of-the-house errands and wrestling sims and pizza-ordering sloth. Then, around eleven at night, it wasn’t. The not-writing was getting to me, so I decided to pull out the laptop and do some revision before bed. By the time I went to sleep I’d managed to revise myself about 1200 new words.

Today I have to go to the library and make peanut butter soup (recipe courtesy of Laura) to get rid of some sweet potato before it goes off. At some point I shall count some words.

My life, oh yes, the excitement 🙂

Morning.

There is a very peculiar quality to the light outside my study window today. Very white, a little too midday for this early morning hour, and it leaves the view (such as it is) a little bleached out. And although it’s cool and pleasant in my house there’s a very nifty heat-haze rising up off the corrugated iron roof of the neighbor’s place. Soon the cloud cover will shift a little and it’ll all disappear, but right now I’m amusing myself with looking out the window and taking notes.

Junked the Black Candy draft last night after long hours of debating its various merits against its various elements of wrongness. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom for new novel writers and will probably come back to haunt me in the near future, but I’m more-or-less convinced it was the right call – I have a novella that shows my love of The Big Sleep already, I don’t actually need an SF novel that shows the same love in the same way, albeit with different window dressing. Especially when the thing on the plan after this is another noir novella that draws influences from Raymond Chandler and talking cat stories.

Now I’m off to start over and validate last night’s decision by getting a lot of stuff done.

My Writing

Collections

1. Flotsam Trilogy Omnibus – Apocalypse Ink Productions (November, 2015)

Novellas

5. Crusade (Apocalypse Ink Productions, 2015)
4. Frost 
(Apocalypse Ink Productions, 2014)
3. Exile
(Apocalypse Ink Productions, 2014)
2. Bleed (Twelfth Planet Press, 2010)
1. Horn (Twelfth Planet Press, 2009)

Short Fiction

40. Counting Down – Daily Science Fiction (March 2017)

39. Hornets Attack Your Best Friend Victor and Other Things We Called The Band – at Speculate, Evil Girlfriend Media (Feb 2017)

38. Deadbeats – And Then: The Great Big Book of Adventure Tales, Vol 1. Clan Destine Press (December 2016)

37. The Things You Do When the War Breaks Out – Daily Science Fiction (December 2016)

36. On Discovering a Ghost in the Five Star – Daily Science Fiction (June 2016)

35. The Place Beyond the Brambles – Daily Science Fiction (November, 2015)

34. Rule 42 – Gods, Memes, and Monsters, Stoneskin Press (May, 2015)

33. Love is the Roar of a Chainsaw, Cutting Flesh in the Night – Cry Havoc Games (November, 2014)

32. The Seventeen Executions of Signore Don Vashta – Daily Science Fiction (February, 2014)

31. From Tuesday to Tuesday – Daily Science Fiction (November, 2013)

30. Tithes – Coins of Chaos (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, September, 2013)

29. On the Arrival of the Paddle-Steamer on the Docks of V—”  – Eclipse Online (February, 2013)

28. The Minotaur & The Signal Ghosts – The Lion & The Aardvark, Stone Skin Press (July, 2012)

27. Dying Young – Eclipse 4, ed. Jonathan Stahan (May, 2011)

  — Reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois, (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012)

26. Visitors – After the Rain (April, 2011)

25. The Last March of the Silent Militia – Weird Tales (Spring, 2011)

24. Say Zucchini, and Mean It – Daily Science Fiction (May 2011)

23. The Birdcage Heart – Daily Science Fiction (February, 2011)

22. Memories of Chalice – Electric Velocipede #21/22 (February, 2011)

21. Briar Day – Moonlight Tuber #2 (January, 2011)

20. The Mike and Carly Story, Without the Gossip – Shimmer #12 (October 2010)

19. L’esprit de L’Escaleir – Apex Magazine #16 (September 2010)

18. One Saturday Night, With Angel – Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press (August, 2010)

17. The Peanut Guy – Moonlight Tuber #1 (May, 2010)

16. The Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack Magi – Shimmer #11 (The Clockwork Junglebook) (January 2010)

15. Black Dog: A Biography – Interfictions II (November, 2009)

14. To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer’s Lament – Apex Magazine (October, 2009)

  — reprinted in DESCENDED FROM DARKNESS: APEX MAGAZINE VOL. 2, Apex Books

13. On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War Machines of the Merfolk – Strange Horizons (June, 2009)

  — reprinted in Years Best SF #15, ed. David Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, Eos Books

12. Clockwork, Patchwork, and Ravens – Apex Magazine (May, 2009)

  — Reprinted in DESCENDED FROM DARKNESS: APEX MAGAZINE VOL. I, Apex Books

  — Winner, Best Science Fiction Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2009

11. The Dragonkeeper’s Wife –  Black Dragon, White Dragon (December, 2008)

10. The Warhol-Sleeping Quartet – Dog Versus Sandwich (September, 2008)

9. The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga – Dreaming Again (August, 2008)

8. Scene From Café Retro – Dog Versus Sandwich (April, 2008)

7. On the Finding of Photographs of My Former Loves – Fantasy Magazine (June, 2008)

6. Avenue D: Prayer – Antipodean SF #117 (Feb-Mar, 2008)

5. Midnight on Avenue D – Dark Recesses #8 (January, 2008)

4. Avenue D: The Tankboy’s Ride –  Antipodean SF #107 (Apr-May, 2007)

3. The Year the Zombies Came for Christmas – Antipodean SF #105 (Feb-Mar, 2007)

2. Avenue D: The Normal Guy – Antipodean SF #102 (Nov-Dec, 2006)

1. Night, Morning, StoryIdeation, ed. S. Dennis, K. McMahon, A. Wechter, (October, 2002)

Serialized Fiction

1. Flotsam, Edge of Propinquity, 2011 (Read It Online)

Part 1: Paradise City, January 2011
Part 2: Warnings, February 2011
Part 3: Local Hero, March 2011
Part 4: Underpass, April 2011
Part 5: Sabbath, May 2011
Part 6: Crusade, June 2011
Part 7: Deals with the Devil, July 2011
Part 8: Destinies, August 2011
Part 9: Coil, September 2011
Part 10: Sunlight, October 2011
Part 11: Fimbulwinter, November 2011
Part 12: Aftermath, December 2011

Non-Fiction

  • “Al Snow’s Advice for SF Writers” in Apex Magazine
  • “Space and Cyberspace: Some Thoughts on Online Communities,” in Writing Queensland 188, September 2009

Poetry

  • “Argument,” Rave Young Writers Page, July 1999
  • “Beautiful” Poetrysuperhighway.com, December 1998
  • “Crazy Crabs” Poetrysuperhighway.com, December 1998
  • “Drowning Ephemeral,” Overland #163, Winter 2001
  • “Eyes Nailed Shut,” SideWalk #7/8, March 2001
  • “Gold Coast Postcards,” Overland #162, Autumn 2001
  • “Headspace,” Poetrysuperhighway.com, December 1998
  • “Johnston Street, Southport, 9:27 PM,” Redoubt #29, 2001
  • “Neon,” Papertiger: New World Poetry #1, 2001
  • “Only 19,” Verso/Time-Off, July 2000
  • “Argument,” Rave Young Writer’s Page, July 7, 1999

RPG Work

E-Books

  • EN Arsenal: Pistols, EN Publishing, 2005
  • Tournaments, Fairs and Taverns(Co-Authored with Ryan Nock, Russel Morrisey, and the Enworld Community); Natural 20 Press, 2002

Articles

  • “Spellcraft: Visions of Fear,” Dragon #333
  • “The Adventuer’s Guide ot Surviving Almost Anything 1-6,” Enworld Gamer/The Enworld Players Journal (co-authored with Ryan Nock)