18 October, 2005

Big news

Today I'm allowed to tell you that I've been awarded a two-year Fellowship by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, to write the next two novels I'm planning.

This means that for 2 years from February 2006, I'll be a full-time writer. Having been a full-time writer before (but, like, a really, really poor one) I know that this is not necessarily a perfectly wonderful lifestyle; but I'm hoping that I can do it better this time and make sure I exercise, eat and drink right, and regularly interact with real people so that I don't blow either myself or my family apart.

I am very, very pleased.

14 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

That's not small! That's huuuuuge!

Congratulations, and well-deserved!

18 October, 2005 09:24  
Blogger damselfly said...

congratulations! that's wonderful news. good luck with getting the balance right.

18 October, 2005 11:45  
Blogger Perry Middlemiss said...

Well done indeed! Must be a load off your mind.

18 October, 2005 12:12  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thank you, Dave and Deb and Perry. It will be very nice to kiss the gas company goodbye, bless 'em.

Actually, this blog wasn't going to happen until I landed the grant - it was one of the things I put in my application about how I would document and promote the books I said I'd write. And then I thought, 'It takes FIVE MINUTES to set up a blog; what are you waiting for?' Plus, Justine Larbalestier was jumping up and down in my peripheral vision saying 'Youshouldblog, youshouldblog, youshouldblog', so I started. I'll have to mark the beginning of the Arts-Council sponsored blog with a logo. (Or an animated popping-champagne-bottle.)

18 October, 2005 15:18  
Blogger Tessa said...

woooooot! Make sure you buy decent socks for bumming around the house in.

Er, I mean, creating artistic artsies in.

18 October, 2005 19:13  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

My totally hot chef and personal trainer Steven says I should tell you that I'm now rich enough to buy INdecent socks.

But I think that might be for erotic artsies, not YA. And the letter says very definitely "Young adult litricha".

18 October, 2005 19:17  
Blogger Farah said...

Oh well done! Any chance you'll visit the UK? I'll happily contribute bed and board to the Margo Lanagan fellowship.

(I live four underground stops from the British Library).

18 October, 2005 23:30  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Great news! I can't wait to read the fruits of your focused labours.

And I'm sure you'll make time for yourself. Scheule it in, like lunch and tea.

19 October, 2005 04:17  
Blogger Justine Larbalestier said...

Wow, Margo, that's wonderful. Much champagne will be drunk! (I vote for the champers icon).

Oh, oh, oh! This means we can hang out all day when I get back to Sydney. You have no stupid day job anymore! Yay!

19 October, 2005 06:06  
Blogger gwenda said...

Wow -- this is fantastic news! Congratulations.

19 October, 2005 07:10  
Blogger Susan said...

Congratulations Margo - I'm green with envy. Just think you'll be able to go for whole days at a time without needing to get out of your pyjamas! How wonderful.

20 October, 2005 12:30  
Blogger chance said...

Congratulations and well deserved. :)

20 October, 2005 22:38  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Farah, you temptress-with-a-Tube-station! It's entirely possible I will be over in your hemisphere next year, but it's likely I'll have a partner and child with me, so we might not fit with you. However, I hope we'll get to meet.

Suzanne, Justine, Gwenda, Susan, Chance - thank you!

*adds SOCKS (decent and indecent), DISCIPLINE, CHAMPAGNE, PYJAMAS, R-T-W PLANE TICKET to shopping list*

21 October, 2005 14:26  
Blogger Farah said...

Partner and child could certainly be accomodated for a week, assuming that all are cat friendly. Possibly longer depending on the timing.

24 October, 2005 16:41  

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