March 18th, 2012

Ditmars

It's that time of year - Australian fans need to nominate all their favourite works if their favourite works are going to be on the voting list for the Ditmars. The Ditmar wiki exists and contains lots of good stuff. It's here: http://wiki.sf.org.au/2012_Ditmar_eligibility_list It does not contain everything*, so if you have favourites that are not on it, don't forget to nominate them. You might also want to suggest to the listmakers that they put them on.

The only work I have this last year is non-fiction (the cookbook and all those essays and reviews - some of which are fan writing and some of which are criticism and some of which are both, because I'm Gillian and categories seldom fit me) and I never actually get nominated in those categories, so I won't give you a list of what I've done.

All natural members of Australian fandom are eligible to nominate works. The more nominations a given work receives, the more likely it is to be shortlisted. Everyone counts. Since you count, why not nominate your favourite work? No-one can have read everything this year. 2011 produced so much writing in this tiny little content. So what you read is as important as what someone else has read. Go ye and nominate! Time is short and lists are long and...

And now my eyes have had it (as opposed to the ayes having it, which is Ditmar voting) and I'm off the computer for a bit. It'll be a few weeks before I can work properly, but each day my right eye grudgingly permits me to do a bit more normal stuff, like this post.





*I can't see the history of the Conflux banquets, for instance, which is not even the beginning of the end of the world, since I wasn't expecting to see it

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Thanks to the kindness of the estimable Amy Brown (I warned her I would use her name!) I am the proud owner of A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court. It has a very pink cover, even brighter than my t-shirt, and said very pink cover is dominated by long sun-tanned legs wearing very short shorts. There is also a sword and a castle. If you wish to admire the beauty of this cover and envy me the ownership of the book, it's here: http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/A_Connecticut_Fashionista_in_King_Arthurs_Court/1741660556/

My little Arthuriana collection* is very content!


*a few hundred of the possible thousands of volumes

For Aussies - House of Reps marriage equality survey - IMPORTANT

Originally posted by drjon at House of Reps marriage equality survey
This one should be shared far and wide: the House of Representatives has a very short, very simple survey about marriage equality, ie, should we have it? Word is that it's so far been spammed by naysayers, so it would be cool if that could be turned around. The survey is here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=spla/bill%20marriage/index.htm (snarfed from lizbee)

Women's History Month - Trent Jamieson, guest blogger

Krissy Kneen Author of Triptych and Affection

Krissy Kneen* is my inspiration. I count her as a friend. I know a lot of writers, and, like the best of them, Krissy stands out in her absolute bravery, and her will for perfection. It terrifies and delights me.

She's a writer that you will be hearing about quite a bit in the next few years, and I suspect that she will be nominated for a few Aurealis Awards, too. She has already published two books with Text. Affection which was a frank discussion of sexuality through memoir, and Triptych a series of novellas looking at sexuality. There are few other writers that engage with the subject as beautifully and bravely. She's not frightened to be confronting.

Her prose is glorious, measured and challenging. She works hard, she struggles with everything, challenges everything - including her own beliefs - and manages to produce work that says so much. And she's prolific, without her prose reading as though it's forced or rushed. Expect to see at least three remarkable books from her in the next eighteen months.

She's a great writer, but Krissy has also been a tireless supporter of Australian writers for over a decade. Through Avid Reader (the bookshop where I work) she has launched more books than just about anybody in Australia.

Authors that pay it back to their fellow writers are fairly common (I think we all like to support other people who are struggling along just as much as we are) but there are few people who have done it to the degree that Krissy has. Our entire literary scene is richer as a result.

She is not only a wonderful person, she's damn talented, it keeps coming back to that. And, she keeps getting better. I say this without a hint of hyperbole, I think Krissy will be one of the major Australian writers of the next decade. Krissy doesn't need me to say this, of course, it's going to happen if the stars align and publishing doesn't collapse, but I wanted to get in early.

Krissy's the real deal, (like Margo Lanagan or Marianne de Pierres or Tansy Rayner Roberts or dozens of other brilliant writers) and we should count ourselves very lucky that we have her. It's a grand time to be a reader of Australian fiction and Krissy is one of the reasons.


*(pronounced Neen, the K is silent)

Trent Jamieson is the author of the Death Works Trilogy and the Nightbound Land Duology and can be found at http://www.trentjamieson.com