02 September, 2010

Pretty much the end of the crazy

The Literature Board met today and finished the assessment of the individual New Work grants, which is one part of the obligatory reading that's been taking up my every waking hour since late July. There's a little more business to take care of tomorrow, and then I'll have a weekend to come to grips with the next short story deadline off the rank; we'll see if I can switch hats quickly, from the bureaucrat's (kind of pork-pie-ish) to the writer's (something dreamed up by a crochet artist for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival (oh, go and look—there are some fabulous creations there, many of them extremely writerly!))

Spring is here. Jasmine, wattle, later magnolias and all-sorts-of-thing-I-don't-know-the-names-of are out, and the air is balmy. HSC trial exams are over. My 3-day-a-week job at UNSW has been extended to the end of the year. My novel and Yellowcake short story collection have sold in Australia and Allen & Unwin are making revision noises about the novel—when will I ever fit revisions in? Things are still being worked out in the US and UK for both books, but should be finalised soon. My impressive list of short-stories-owing still looks pretty darn impressive. However, I've written three of them and had all three accepted. I'd like to complete another two by the end of September, but there's the small matter of a week or so in Melbourne coming up. Still, with no grant applications to read, you never know...


Blogger The Scarlet Tree said...

So busy! I saw good review of Tende Morsels on Austar the other day. http://www.stvdio.com.au/series/307/the-book-show/

06 September, 2010 21:23  
Blogger Cipriano said...

I absolutely loved Tender Morsels, and told all my blogfriends about it:
-- Cipriano

10 September, 2010 14:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how long have you been working on your novel, and how many stories does it have? And how long do you think util your books come to the US, and the UK? if you would like to respond here is a link to my blog



16 September, 2010 10:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds very interesting, i recently read your short story "Singing My Sister Down" and my english class was a little bit confused with it. The class discussed what time period did the story take place? Why did you decide to write a story about somebodies death? was it inspired by a past a experience or what? Also how long have you been writing short stories, and how did you form your technique for writng short stories so additing? If you would like to respond to my questions then you can contact me on my blog at http://fablogs.org/mihfa14/!

16 September, 2010 11:37  

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