2015: the halfway point

A woman seated behind a table with two bottles of champagne at a book launch

Rivqa Rafael at the launch of Hear Me Roar. Photo credit: Bracha Rafael.

We’re halfway through 2015, which is terrifying. On the plus side, I’ve just arrived home – energised, inspired and exhausted – from Continuum 11, which I enjoyed thoroughly and live-tweeted extensively, some of which I have immortalised here; photos from Cat Sparks are here.

One of the biggest highlights of the con was, of course, the launch of Hear Me Roar, a Ticonderoga Publications anthology that contains my first published work of fiction. Having my first launch in my hometown meant that my mother and sister were able to attend (+1 naches).

On another note, I’ve volunteered to judge the category of science fiction short stories for the Aurealis Awards. I’m excited to be part of the awards and am looking forward to discussing one of my favourite forms and genres extensively.

That said, I expect it will keep me quite busy, and (did I mention we’re halfway through 2015?) I’ve written nowhere near enough yet this year, so I’m planning to scale back on editing work and focus on writing and reading for the next few months. With that in mind, I will note that this blog, such as it is, will likely focus more on my fiction than editing or non-fiction, at least for now.

Hear Me Roar

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Image credit: Flavio Takemoto.

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story ‘Function A:save(target.Dawn)’ will appear in Ticonderoga Publications’ Hear Me Roar anthology, edited by the inimitable Liz Grzyb.

Preorders are available now for this June 2015 publication.

The Never Never Land

An art installation featuring multicoloured metal squares and diamonds.

Metal quilt art installation at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Hobart, Tasmania. Photo: Rivqa Rafael.

I’m very excited to (belatedly) announce my first fiction publication, in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild’s anthology, The Never Never Land. I’m honoured to be in such good company at such an early stage of this journey.

Publication details are forthcoming.

The state of flux

COSMOS fiction editor, Cat Sparks, launching her book at the Conflux 9 speculative fiction convention with COSMOS reviews editor Rivqa Rafael. Credit: Robert Hood

COSMOS fiction editor, Cat Sparks, launching her book at the Conflux 9 speculative fiction convention with
COSMOS reviews editor Rivqa Rafael. Credit: Robert Hood

This report was originally published on COSMOS Online.

The Australian speculative fiction (an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy and related genres) community is small but perfectly formed. At Conflux 9, writers, artists, editors, publishers and fans mingled on largely equal footing. It’s Australia’s 52nd such convention, and the ninth in Canberra. Held from 25 to 28 April 2013 with some 270 attendees, it offered insights into the hearts of the genre and its people.  Continue reading