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Meeting me

The question I am asked the most by readers (apart from when a given book will be out or where it is available) is when I’ll be visiting a given city. I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t want to do a newsletter. If you live in Dublin and I’m telling you all about Melbourne, …

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More on silencing

I wrote this on Twitter earlier today, and then put it up (typos mostly fixed) on Facebook. It’s a small update on a small aspect of my research. As part of my current research, I’ve been looking into how voices (women’s, minority culture, religious, and more) are passed over, what techniques writers use, intentionally or …

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On What Happened in Melbourne Yesterday

This is my new social media rant. I put it up on Facebook then I realised that some of you might want it here. I want less fear in all our lives. Now, please. All night I thought about a missing element from yesterday’s discussion about what happened on St Kilda beach: how Sudanese Australians …

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Happy New Year

After the last few years, I wasn’t expecting ‘normal’ to be a part of my life, but right now, it is. I have a novel to write and editing to finish, both in the next short while. I’ll post when I can, for I’m still researching. It’s like walking between the raindrops, however, and I …

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Chanukah present!

So many people I know are enjoying Star Wars. The present tonight is alternate universe Star Wars. It was the community open day for Canberra organisations. I was there being a writer and during my break (when I visited other stalls and gave bread to friends) this happened…

Thoughts and questions about research

I’ve finished the two-month round of conventions and a bunch of interesting things have happened. This post is about one of them. It’s on Patreon and on my blog. Where follow-up happens depends on response. If there’s no response, I’ll continue at my pace and there will be no news on this subject for years. …

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Friday Events at Conflux

At Conflux a couple of days ago, I had my Friday celebration of still being alive and of having a career despite all kinds of big things going wrong. There were a bunch of people there (which – in the middle of a work day – is not a given) and some books were bought …

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For my next trick in 2017

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been busy. Much of the work won’t emerge until later in the year, but now, at least, I can tell you most of where I’ll be and when. I’ll do updates as I know for certain about them. I’m speaking or teaching in all these places. In some of them …

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Gillian age almost-twelve

In a recent tidy of storage space, my mother found a box of my possessions. As well as quite a few short stories that I thought had gone missing forever, the box contained a strange mixture of papers from my past. Very little went back beyond university, but there was a scattering of work from …

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Open Question Time

This is open to anyone (you don’t have to know me) and you can ask anything. I won’t answer questions that require much research at my end – open question season is not a place for me to do significant amounts of research for others. If I don’t know an answer off the top of …

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