Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Review

     "The dark stretches long; the dawn is still far away."
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (2015) is a beautiful anthology of speculative fiction and fantasy writings and illustrations. A collaborative writing project featuring twenty Australian and Indian writers and artists-including Australian favourites Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody and Kirsty Murray-this project was in response to brutal attacks on women in both regions. Artists were challenged to articulate and inspire in the aftermath-'reimagine the world' as stated in the introduction.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Transparent (Amazon)
I recently started watching Transparent and  I'm conflicted. The Pfefferman family are not unlikeable, just not likeable. They're inherently selfish and self-centred, but have their redeemable moments and you still want them to win. It's well-written, well-cast, and beautifully shot.

What's challenging is that for all it's promo, and it's title, the conflict stems centrally from family history, not from Maura's transition. It is a story about change and identity and growing up, and Maura's story is a narrative framework for exploring family history and historical grievances and relationship dynamics. There's little depiction of broader trans issues, and most of the conflict stems from their family history. The series is semi-autobiographical, so speaks to a specific experience, and no series will be entirely representative, but there's more conflict in their personalities than in Maura's transition itself.

I've only just started season two and am looking forward to more depth as the series progresses.

Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
I started reading Kamala Khan last year in a fit of comic buying, and love it. I've been forcing myself to slow-read the series to savour the experience, but binge-read the current series over the past week, and fell in love again.

Here is a teenage superhero I can get behind. Along with new Spiderman and Moon Girl, the new Ms. Marvel is a teen discovering herself in very strange times. Raised in a world where superpowers and aliens are everyday, her transition to hero is almost the least of her worries. The only daughter of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, Kamala is a beautiful balance of teenage angst, coupling the challenges of first-generation children with burgeoning awareness and responsibilities, to be a superhero representative of modern America. She's also funny, smart, and a giant fangirl. Her family and friends challenge and support her, and are a credit to their creators in displaying such shades of personality and perspective.

G.Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona have done a fantastic job in creating a fully-realised world, with a non-typical perspective; an arse-kicking, nerdy teenage girl-hero, and I'm loving this series hard.

If anyone could identify this for me,
that would be swell
Spring time love-in

I love Brisbane Spring. It's a fantastic blend of warm days and cool nights, with the occasional storm or rain session thrown in for good measure. But what I love, with a giant  L and hard urrrrrvvvveee, is the wildlife. Spring brings the first smash of tropical colour from both flora and fauna, and all those obnoxious baby bird-squawks (feeeeeeeed meeeeee) become coherent bird-squawks and flashes of sky-bound colour.
My new digs are home to a fantastic array of native birds, Rainbow Lorikeets, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Noisy Miners, Laughing Kookaburras, Magpies and Pied Butcherbirds (to name a few confirmed sightings), and some psychedelic flowers and bloomage. It's a beautiful time of year, and I'm holding out for a few more weeks of this outside-friendly weather.

What are you loving this week?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hunted Down and Other Tales

In much exciting news, Hunted Down and Other Tales is a finalist in the Australian Graphic Design Association's AGDA Awards for 2016.
Conceived by Simon Groth and published by if:book Australia, this little project featured as one of three publications as part of Rumours of My Death, a remix project showcasing early Australian authors and works and thrusting them into the the 21st century (more info available over on the Projects page or on the if:book Australia website)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lady Parts Episode 2.02: Bridget Jones's Baby

"Can't go back and keep making same mistakes when I can make new ones."
What to do when your typically static lovelife takes on a new lease in life, and leads to an unexpected life choice? For Britain's favourite hapless single, Bridget Jones, there is never a simple answer.
Bridget is 15 years older and still unlucky in love, but gloriously is wiser and more supportive of her own needs, both in a relationship and career.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Not-A-Snapshot Interview

I was extremely chuffed to be invited to participate in the 2016 Australia SF Snapshot Project, but, life being what it is of late, I managed to miss my deadline! *sad face
But my interviewer was generous enough to post the interview on her website, and being the extremely awesome Tehani Croft that is a grand honour indeed.
Check out my interview here, and don't miss all the great artists featured in the 2016 Snapshot!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Top Picks for Brisbane Writers Festival

When  the last of the winter wind makes an appearance and spring valiantly attempts to be sprung, it's time for Brisbane Writers Festival. For readers and writers and thinkers and talkers, BWF is five days of ideas and books and story, and one of my favourite festivals. So here are some of the sessions I'm most excited by this year.

Monday, July 11, 2016

So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

After over seven years and some 1100 events, it's with #allthefeels that I will be leaving Queensland Writers Centre at the end of July. It has been a critical and pivotal part of my creative practice, professional development, and, truth be told, my identity, and I'll be sad to say goodbye. So this is some self-indulgent naff as I take a step out of the arts world for a time.