Umm, excuse me ABC, don’t mean to be rude, but WE publish Australian sci-fi!


An article published recently by the ABC caught the attention of some of us at Odyssey. It’s about sci-fi’s representation by the Australian publishing industry, (you can find it here: Sarah L’Estrange writes that sadly Australian sci-fi authors often feel they’re “let down” by local publishes, and find they have to look overseas to get published. It outlines how difficult it can be as a sci-fi author and paints a pretty bleak picture for those trying to get published.

While the article is focused mainly on the big publishers and their refusal to represent authors, it’s tackling the issue of sci-fi publishing in Australia as a whole, and reading it from a small press perspective a little voice in my head kept asking, “what about us? What about all the small publishers?”

My question was briefly answered. L’Estrange writes that authors often “resort to self-publishing – or go to smaller publishers.” It seems a…

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Writing Update 8/3/17

Another quick one – got things to do tonight (finish a book that I’m sooo close to the end!)

Daily word count: 352

Total word count: 17,756

Today’s music soundtrack:

I’ll have more to discuss next post, I guarantee it!



Shit happens (if you sit down to make it happen)

And by shit, I mean the 430 words I crapped out tonight. That’s right

Words Happened

Ok, super brief update as I am running high from my amazing achievement of actually sitting down and dropping a load of words.

Daily word count: 430 words

Total word count: 17,404

A lot of what I did tonight was repetitive, recovering ground I’ve already written, but regardless it was some progress!

So what made me get down and get writing? This tweet:

I don’t recall having read any Octavia Butler (yet), but her ‘note to self’ is hella inspirational.

I’m going to log off now and watch some TV, and pat myself on the back.


On other topics, I’ve been reading some awesome books recently. I’ll try to write a review of one or two of them in the next few weeks…but not tonight.




Breaking, not broken

20 days off.


Now, I did plan for those first…7 days. Yay!

But then…Busy period at work. Then social engagements. Then Gastro. For 3 days of spewing and feeling awful, then 3 more days of general malaise. Not conductive for planning or writing. As I recovered, I watched TV.

And after I got better, I kept watching TV instead of writing. Stranger Things and Daredevil are very good – to watch. Not so good for the word count.

To be honest, I really enjoyed the time watching TV – it was great to get back into some good stories outside of a book. And it was good to sit down in the same room as my wife, instead of us both sitting alone. Kinda got the impression it was good for the marriage too separate interests are necessary, but you need to do SOME things together.

And so here we are – 20 days off writing, and time to get back into it.

Only I’ve left it too late tonight and I don’t think I’ll get much done. Oh well. Current plan is to write down my planning, and start working on shifting my plan from Scapple to Scrivener then reordering into something sensible.

So I expect to have a word count tomorrow. If I get a few words tonight, I will update this post. If not…its no big deal 🙂

Back into it baby!




Ubo – Steve Rasnic Tem

This book sounds cool as hell.
On the TBR list.

Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased

Every resident had a similar memory of the journey here: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects so like roaches or cicadas dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, and then hooking him with a spur through the base of the thumb, yanking him out of his life for a trip into the distant stars.

Steve Rasnic Tem is a formidable short-story writer, and it’s hard to find a collection of horror, supernatural, or weird fiction that doesn’t include one of his tales. Tem has made quite an impact on the weird fiction genre, having won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and most recently the 2015 Bram Stoker award (for his novel Blood Kin). His latest release, Ubo, is actually one of the earliest works Tem wrote: it started as a few paragraphs in 1968 when Tem was still in high school…

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Planning to fail (or something like that)

Super short update today – and posting before I write anything. Why? Because I’m not writing anything today.

Or tomorrow.

Or for the next week.

It’s no secret I’ve been a little frustrated with the writing process recently. So looking for a distraction on twitter I responded to a tweet by an author (Kate Elliot) I follow…

I suspect I came off a bit down about the whole thing (possibly for a reason…). Regardless the very friendly advice (FYI – it’s awesome when authors and creators reach out to their audience, and I always appreciate the effort and time) inspired me a bit, and I spent the rest of the bus trip thinking about what my real barrier was.

I concluded that my main issue is I don’t know where to go. My writing feels aimless. I’ve got some broad ideas, but I’m not sure how to make the link from one part to another. And (like the last time I found my self at the limits of my plans), I’ve found myself frustrated.

So time to plan. I’m going to sit down with Scapple, with Scrivener, with post it notes and paper, and I’m going to try and belt out a structure to this story. For a week.

Then at the end of the week (starting next Monday), I’ll head back in and start writing again.

That’s the plan anyway.

I’m not sure if I’ll blog over this period – if I do, they will either be very brief updates on how the planning is going, or possibly non-writing related.

So, off to plan!



Oh yeah, soundtrack…I had a hankering for some oldschool tunes the other day, and remembered an awesome mixed artist album called Sharks Patrol These Waters Best of Volume Part 2 – unfortunately there is no music list on youtube…yet. So, I’m building one, and I will post it once it’s done.

Anyway, here’s a great song from that album: