but when can i buy it?

As the official publication date draws nearer, the question is arising more frequently: When will it actually be on the shelves in my local bookstore? The short and apparently-contradictory answer is: 1) 1 January 2009 and 2) I don't know.1 The longer answer is that the official publication date is 1 January 2009. This is […]

honest to goodness news

An email from my publisher today tells me that the mass market paperback version of Shadow Queen should be available for purchase before the end of the year. This means those of you who hate and loathe the trade paperback format, or don't hate it so much as think it's simply too expensive, will have […]

but two miles more and then we rest!

News from the powers that be at Allen & Unwin is that the publication date of Pledged, aka Matilde #2, aka the sequel to Shadow Queen, aka That Book I Have Been Studiously Pretending Does Not Exist, will now be May 2010, not March 2010. There's a few reasons for the change in schedule, not […]

she has a face!

Yesterday I suffered from sponge-brain caused by a criminal lack of sleep which, I don't mind telling you, is entirely Tripod's fault, for scheduling their show so late.1 (Although when I pointed this out to them, what did they go and do but thank me for making the effort to turn up! Who thanks people […]

and yet another weekend goes by without ironing

I have 98 AA batteries for the trip to Mongolia. They may well take up the majority of my baggage weight allowance. The perils of trying to calculate how many batteries you'll need to see you through 3 weeks of a potentially avid photography spree. I've also spent the weekend collating all the medicinal and […]


ASIM 55, which features my short story "First They Came…", is apparently now in the wild, in a variety of formats. Talk about squeaking in a 2012 publication date, eh? It's a (not quite so) little story which turned out to be both longer and angrier than I anticipated, featuring Melbourne (specifically some of my […]

amazing things of amazement

Last week (or a bit more now? Time's been slippery, of late), I saw the introduction Kate Elliott1 wrote for Cherry Crow Children, and it utterly took my breath away. A snippet: Lovingly described landscapes turn out to be full of deadly treasures. [Kalin's] exquisite turns of phrase lull the reader, who then gets undercut […]