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Supanova Melb 2010_MDPThis flash fiction had to be 140 wds exactly and include Misha Collins, the Queen of England, and an elopus. It was written for the 2014 Team GISHWHES Loves Jack_Tar:

 

Falanges steered the Queen-of-England into the transit berth. His data-flow showed a dozen deep-space submarines ahead. As many behind. Right on the edge of the field though, the pulsing outline of a brigantine pushed up the queue.

‘Blasted line jumpers!’ He stretched a tentacle into the flow and activated the Queen’s turbine boosters, sending her rear-end sideways to block the chute.

‘Queen of England! Assume the correct alignment!’ bellowed the brigantine’s captain.

Falanges blew a rude noise from his trunk, spraying fluid about. ‘Trim your sails and take your turn, sail ship!’

‘I bring dangerous cargo. Need expedited entry,’ the captain insisted.

‘What? A Verian War Machine? A Glass Assassin?’

‘The Angel Misha Collins, Guardian of the Supernatural.’

Falanges quailed. Crossed his trembling tentacles. He let the Queen flatten against the dock’s fenders. ‘God speed, my man, and good luck!’

 

space submarine

spermship800 by Pierre Matter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo what have I been up to this past while?

Well, check the video below and you can see!

There’s also an interview up on the Writers’ Victoria site, ahead of my master classes there in September. Not too late to sign up for them! There will be a session in Melbourne and one in Geelong.

And I was delighted to see this mention of my Branding workshop in the Bayside Bulletin. The Macleay Island writers are a great bunch of people!

Probably my biggest news though, is that I received a scholarship to pursue my Masters of Philosophy (research–creative practice) at the University of Queensland next year. I’m terribly excited, and can’t wait to begin in January 2015. Never too old to be a student :)

GOTG-posterWell, yes it was fun! S’plosions, one liners, music (Cherry Bomb!), abs a-plenty, Groot (‘we are all groot!’ sob!), some good old fashioned heroics, and Rocket the smart-mouthed raccoon.

I watched the film trending on Twitter for days before I went to see it. In our immediacy-addicted world, that’s a lifetime of people talking about the movie.

While the story wasn’t particularly riveting, each member of the rag tag band made up for it with their charms. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was as understated as always and won my vote for the coolest blue/green chick ever. And Chris Pratt as Peter Quill was a wholesome hero. Rocket, however, stole the show. Not only did Bradley Cooper give enormous personality to the role, but Rocket’s Meerkat swagger was hilarious! And then there was Groot: perfect in every way.

So many comparisons have been made to Star Wars, and I don’t really see them as valid. GOTG is its own thing, complete with a winning soundtrack of 70′s and 80′s classics. Ooga Chaka! Let it be…

Awards

davitt-award  aurealis-award

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Sisters in Crime Australia -- 2009 Best Crime Novel

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
2010 Best Science Fiction Novel

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