Welcome to the latest incarnation of Thoraiya on the web.


FREE ONLINE FICTION:

Get sharks, creepy crawlies and betrayal in my award-winning SF story, The Wisdom of Ants at Clarkesworld.

Breeze through my shortest ever science fiction story, Complaints Department at Nature (Squee!)

Get your iceberg on at COSMOS with Breaking the Ice , or read Sleeping Beauty.

Answer the riddles of the Sphinx, if you can, in The Second Card of the Major Arcana at Apex Magazine.

Don't open the car door at Kaleidotrope with Tintookie.

Get thrown off the science fictional deep end HERE with White Lies at Redstone SF.

The War of the Gnome and the Mountain Devil is live at the (now sadly departed) Zahir! Click HERE to read!

Or, to listen to the free podcast of Aurealis Award-winning Yowie from the 2010 Locus-recommended TPP anthology Sprawl, click HERE. (Image of Procoptodon from National Geographic)

Jerbilliru, from Infinitas Bookshop's February 2011 Newsletter, download full PDF HERE.

Read a sample of Aurealis-shortlisted Australian fantasyNight Heron's Curse, from Australis Imaginarium, hosted by Ripping Ozzie Reads.

Interviews: Angela Slatter's Yowie Drive-by was great fun, as was answering the question of writing as art at Lee Battersby's place. Kaaron Warren asked me about refreshing creative wells over at her blog, and my Aurealis Interview went up on the web at Dark Matter Fanzine.

Here is where I guest blogged at Ebon Shores about my writer's cruise to the Bahamas, here is where I talked to Cosmos about being a stay-at-home mum, and here is where I talked to Alex from Galactic Suburbia about my collection, Asymmetry.

Read me on Authors and Social Media at Adventures of a Blogonaut, me on writing at WA writer's group Egoboo's website, or my 2012 or 2010 Snapshot interviews.



A note on pronounciation. Attention, please! "Thoraiya" must NOT rhyme with "Dyer" under any circumstances. Thoraiya (Lebanese name; means 'a cluster of stars', or, more specifically, the Pleiades) rhymes with Himalaya (thanks Leah and Kelly) while Dyer rhymes with fire. Now it's time for Raymond E. Feist (heist? feast?) and Neil Gaiman (gay-man? guy-man?) to put similar messages on their websites so that when I get famous and meet them, I don't sound like a complete wanker.


Visiting Tasmania? Volunteer with the Devil Facial Tumour Disease Team and help stop the Tasmanian Devil from going the same way as the Tassie Tiger.

Tabbouleh Man!


2nd February 2011 What I'm reading now: So the famous anti-social-networker (that would be me) has given in and joined GoodReads. It is just too easy and useful! Above/Below by Peek/Campisi, The Broken Kingdoms by Jemisin and Snow Crash by Stephenson have been recently much enjoyed, and I hope to start/finish Who Fears Death by Okorafor, Blackout/All Clear by Willis, Dervish House by McDonald and Shipbreaker by Bacigalupi before it comes time to Hugo nominate. On the wish list are Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan, Horns by Joe Hill, The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, Brightness Falls From The Air by Tiptree and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

2nd December 2010 What I'm reading now: Mostly storylines from the MMORPG Pirates of the Burning Sea by Jess Lebow and other Flying Lab Software writers whose names I don't know. It has gone free to play, and you can sign up HERE!. Yarr! Recent good reads: The Red Tree by Caitlin R Kiernan, short fiction by Sara Genge, Peter M Ball, Rachel Swirsky, Kij Johnston and Saladin Ahmed in various online places. Also have been enjoying Mur Lafferty's ISBW podcasts and an interview with Nancy Kress on Adventures in Scifi Publishing. Next on top of the pile is N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms which I hope to start soon. And did I mention that the outstanding Sprawl is my new favourite anthology ever?

27th October 2010 What I'm reading now: I surfaced at 3am this morning from the deep-sea dive that is Palimpsest by Cat Valente. It's beautifully written. I found some of the assumptions challenging. But thus do we learn. Earlier this month I devoured Kindling by Darren Groth (single father + autistic boy + bushfire = harrowing) and Black Water by David Metzenthen (lovely historical detail in an Australian coming of age) in single sessions. I tried to read Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark and realised I am not her natural audience; I am not...American...enough?

8th September 2010 What I'm reading now: It's too hard to decide what to read first from my Worldcon swag, not to mention I was just starting Guy Gavriel Kay's Sailing to Sarantium when I set off, so I'll stick with what I polished off beforehand: The gorgeous picture book Instructions, by Neil Gaiman, the beautifully written and rather profound The Monkey's Wrench, by Primo Levi and the informed and optimistic We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land by Jimmy Carter.

I noticed a Marcel Proust book in the new release section of the library and picked it up, hoping to edumacate myself, but maybe Finding Time Again was not the right book to start with or I didn't have the right peaceful moment or frame of mind in which to appreciate it, because I returned it mostly unread.

2nd July 2010 What I'm reading now: To be honest, I'm reading Foxmask again. It's really cold here and I needed something comforting to snuggle under a quilt with. Apart from that, I've read Tansy Roberts' fun and original Power and Majesty, John Scalzi's interesting military sci-fi sequel Ghost Brigades and my book club book, Anita Shreve's gripping yet thoughtful A Change In Altitude. I've also really enjoyed Felicity Dowker and Nathan Burrage's contributions to Aurealis #43

7th April 2010 What I'm reading now: Rare Unsigned Copy , a highly entertaining short fiction collection by Simon Petrie. Supposed to be reading The Time Traveller's Wife but I just can't get into it. I raided the bestseller shelf at Borders for once, and read The Lovely Bones in one sitting, and I was kind of hoping tTTW would be just as engaging and unputdownable...but I put it down after fifty pages or so, and instead devoured the enchanting and uplifting Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier, China Mieville's kooky and fascinating The City and the City and Andrew McGahan's absolute treasure of an Aurealis-winning book, Wonders of a Godless World.

On the wish list are various other books that have appeared on recent awards shortlists including Lifelode by Jo Walton and The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Books I am anticipating sometime in the near future include the as-yet-unnamed(?)-novels-in-progress by Saladin Ahmed, Christopher "Chapter Rage" Green and Jason Fischer, as well as Tansy Rayner Roberts' first Creature Court installment /The False Princess, forthcoming from Eilis O'Neal.

3rd January 2010 What I'm reading now: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood coming right after The Robber Bride which I thought was an absolute masterpiece. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Pamela Freeman's first Casting's Trilogy book, Blood Tide. It can be dangerous for an author to toot their own horn, but I am delighted to report that after Pamela discreetly mentioned at a workshop (prompted by some whining on my part, I must confess) that she thought/hoped her adult fantasy series was unique and original, it ACTUALLY IS! Hooray!

25th August 2009 What I'm reading now: The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas (souse me for a gurnet!) This follows on the heels of the wickedly clever Pirates of Pensacola by the ever hilarious Keith Thompson, and The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730 by Benerson Little. Yarrr!

Oh, and for a little inspiration, The Wave In The Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination by my idol, Ursula K. LeGuin.

26th April 2009 What I'm reading now: Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner, which is achingly beautiful and has swept me back to my time in Melrose, Scotland. Recently finished The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, which is awesome in a swashbuckling and rather ruthless kind of way, and Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, which is awesome in a piercingly intelligent and frighteningly well conceptualised way.

23rd February 2009 What I'm reading now: Devices and Desires by K J Parker, which is almost painful in its attention to medieval-type research but somehow still addictive. In the bedroom is Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes, which is simply divine (this is the first book of hers that I've read and I'll be keeping my eye out for more), and open on the couch is Medicine of Australian Mammals edited by Larry Vogelnest and Rupert Woods which is awesome and long overdue (where was this book the first time I was asked to age a koala by its teeth???)

On the wish list: Dying to get my hands on The Etched City by Karen Bishop and Daughters of Moab by Kim Westwood. Tim Flannery's Future Eaters and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five are also calling me - does anyone have battered copies to lend me?

Every time I go into Maclean's Bookshop, I surprise and horrify myself by walking out without buying Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book. Bunty Avieson's A Baby In A Backpack to Bhutan has also caught my eye.

And if any rich admirers want to spend $280 on me, Passlows Books in the 'Gong has a hardcover 1st ed of Michael Ende's Mirror in the Mirror .

Speaking of the 'Gong, Cat Sparks should have a Sammarynda novel ready to flog off sometime this year, which you will love if you liked The Lions of El Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay or the film Kingdom of Heaven .

Which I did. Enormously.


4th January 2009 What I'm reading now: The Company Of The Dead by David Kowalski. I'm not very far in, maybe 120 pages or so, and finding it a little difficult to follow because my grasp of the REAL history of the period is defective. There are so many little elbow-jabs in this book which are begging to be appreciated by someone like my Uncle Steve, the Modern History teacher, but which leave me feeling sad that I have missed out on the joke. Nevertheless, I am intrigued. I shall read on.


5th November 2008 What I'm reading now: The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. How can one man dream up so many awesome similes? How does it occur to him that somebody's voice can sound like an onion rolling in a bucket, or that they can have eyes as blue as watered down milk? Apart from the delicious language, this alternate history has a riveting plot and fully-fleshed characters. I'm really enjoying it.

On the wish list: Short story collections by Paul Haines and Geoffrey Maloney whose stories in ASIM and Canterbury 2100 respectively I was thrilled with. Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book and Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels. Something by Haruki Murakami or Chris Abani. Oh, and Baby Talk by Sally Ward has been strongly, naggingly (you know who you are!) recommended to me. I'll think about it.


13th October 2008 What I'm reading now: The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden. With only one hand free while nursing the baby, I was getting aching wrists from trying to read big, fat, heavy fantasy novels. I went through Peter Carey's Thirty Days in Sydney and Clive James's Unreliable Memoirs, both of which were utter genius, before turning to Stacey's bookshelf and pilfering the first couple of Marsden's Tomorrow series. Unfortunately, Stacey only stole the first two in the series from her High School, so I had to buy the third one from K-Mart when I was shopping for junk food to take to the cinema. The book is even more satisfying than lolly coke bottles. I promise.




Click HERE to begin your adventures in the world of Unravel, a Choose Your Own Adventure-style story (this always seemed to me to be the obvious use of the hyperlink). NOTE: Once I passworded it, I couldn't get it un-passworded. So please use:

Username: unravel

Password: scarecrow

Many thanks to Paul Haines, Dirk Flinthart, KJ Bishop, Stange Horizons and Ideomancer for their invaluable feedback. I promise the next hypertext story will have more choices and less "continue" buttons!

 

     
 
     

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Have you enjoyed my Indigenous-inspired short stories The Wisdom of Ants or Night Heron's Curse? Please don't stop there! Buy one of these amazing books by actual Indigenous authors: The Swan Book or Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Am I Black Enough For You by Anita Heiss, Rise of the Fallen by Teagan Chilcott, That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott, Me, Antman & Fleabag by Gayle Kennedy,Stradbroke Dreamtime by Oodgeroo or Dharawal by Les Bursill. Then stop by to donate at Wall of Hands if you can. Thank you!



"The combination of strange and familiar gives Dyer's fiction the power wielded by the best SF. The stories unerringly find the human inside the bizarre. These are unsettling, poignant, marvellous. Read them. You will be glad you did." - Nancy Kress, introduction to Asymmetry

ASYMMETRY, Volume 8 of the Twelve Planets, is OUT NOW from Twelfth Planet Press. ISBN (for those spreading the Bookshop Love) is 978-0-9872162-7-4, and the smashing cover design is by resident genius, Amanda Rainey. The four original stories in this collection are: After Hours, Zadie, Scythe of the West, Wish Me Luck and Seven Days in Paris.

Blurb:

An Australian Air Force base patrolled by werewolves. A planet where wages are paid in luck. A future where copies are made of criminals to interpret their dark dreams. A medieval cavalry of mothers who are only permitted to take as many lives as they have created.

In every world, an imbalance of power. Something terribly askew between women and men, humans and wolves, citizens and constructs, light and dark.

In every world, asymmetry.

SHIVER ME TIMBERS! The Company Articles of Edward Teach by Thoraiya Dyer/ The Angaelian Apocalypse by Matthew Chrulew is now available for purchase HERE from Twelfth Planet Press's online shop (e-book version also available).

Or visit such physical locations as Planet Books in Mt Lawley, WA, Infinitas in Parramatta, NSW and Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney.

IF you are in the Newcastle region, Maclean's Booksellers in Beaumont St, Hamilton, is giving purchasers of ET/AA the chance to win a swag of pirate loot including a flintlock knife and fork set, skull-topped cane that converts to a spyglass, and Blackbeard's flag. Prize winner to be drawn on February 28th! Get your copy now!

I'm not about to embed the trailer here, cos, you know. This column is too skinny. But you MUST click this link for piratey shadow puppet fun:

EXCITING EDWARD TEACH BOOK TRAILER!

You can find Matthew Chrulew, author of Angaelian Apocalypse, at his blog, HERE; he describes AA as a satire of Christian apocalypticism. Great fun was had at the 2010 Sydney Freecon on Friday, November 19th 2010, when we appeared at Bankstown Library for readings and discussion. For those who missed it, we hope to see you at next year's Freecon!




In anticipation of the release from Twelfth Planet Press of The Company Articles of Edward Teach by Thoraiya Dyer/ The Angaelian Apocalypse by Matthew Chrulew AND Robot War Espresso by Robert Hood, I hereby present:

10 Reasons Why Pirates Are Better Than Robots

(Compiled by me from suggestions by Peter M. Ball and Laura E. Goodin)

1. Pirates don't require you to learn binary if you want to use their slang. There are reasons Talk Like a Robot Day has never taken off.

2. Robots can't hold their grog.

3. Pirates are honest about dishonesty, promising to pillage your gold from the outset. Robots are subtle and sneaky about their evil, pretending to be all subservient before they rise up while you're sleeping.

4. Pirates very seldom rust. Except for the hooks, and that's manageable with conscientious care.

5. You can add "Space" to Pirates and they become even more awesome; if you add "Space" to "Robots" people look at you like you're funny. There is nothing cool or scary about Space Robots.

6. Hell, Pirates can be combined with zombies, ninjas and other such things to good effect; Robots versus Zombies kind of misses the point and ruins zombies for everyone.

7. It's no fun to maroon a robot. They just go on standby until the sequel is written.

8. Robots' tendency to short out in damp sea air can be quite a liability near the powder magazine.

9. Terminators totally ripped off the skull and crossbones to make themselves scary; Pirates never needed to rip off robots for anything.

10. It's easier to get a replacement wooden leg than a replacement plasma-positronic central processing unit.

Yarrrrr!

If you love pirates, check the TPP online shop for the availability of Edward Teach in October 2010. Pick up Dreaming Again, an anthology containing Peter Ball's Aurealis-shortlisted The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga from Amazon. Laura Goodin is in the process of drafting her YA novel, working title The Pirates, the Singing Turtles and the Dirtling Boy. And if you STILL think robots are better after all that, by all means invest in Robot War Espresso by Robert Hood, forthcoming from Twelfth Planet Press.




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24.07.2014

Hello, July! Hello galahs eating dandelion seeds in the cold morning fog, crazy birthday season drawing to a close and me screeching whenever the hot water system malfunctions.

Plenty has happened since March, short story-wise, but I've been toiling in the novel-mines with my latest irresistibly enmeshing projects, magical rainforest fantasy Canopy and alternate-history SF Age of Contagion. So, all this news is no longer news, really. Except for the Genius Loci thing. That is real, fresh news from this very morning, haha.

I managed to lose two potential Ditmar Awards for Asymmetry and Seven Days In Paris to Cat Sparks's excellent The Bride Price and Scarp respectively. Delighted for my friends Jo Anderton and Kaaron Warren, who won the two Aurealis Awards I was shortlisted for. I don't think I got honourably mentioned by anyone this year, but I'm extremely excited that The Second Card of the Major Arcana is being reprinted in The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women.

Acceptances for shiny new short stories include The Falcon Races, to be published in Insert Title Here, and Bahamut, to be published in Phantazein (both Fablecroft anthologies), A Shallow Grave of Orange Peel and Eggshells for Lethe Press' Daughters of Frankenstein anthology, and The Grudge for Ragnarok/Jaym Gates' Genius Loci anthology, Kickstarter forthcoming.

Speaking of kickstarters, diverse historical SFF antho Long Hidden has been released into the wild, as has Gold Coast anthology Undertow, with Hunter Valley spec fic anthology Novascapes and military SF anthology War Stories not far away! (Enter the giveaway on Goodreads!) I am in ALL THE CROWDFUNDED THINGS!

Everyone else is going to London soon for Worldcon, while I am here counting my beans, but that is OK, I have much to learn about Pagayurung and the Padri War before I venture into my next short story :)

30.03.2014

A very quick and guilty update to say: 24 hours left to support the Cranky Ladies of History crowdfunding on Pozible!

(I'm so sorry. I'm so slack!)

I've got a few irons in the fire. Next month, hopefully I'll have some news I can share about short story acceptances. I'm excited about the Aurealis Awards next week (eek!) in Canberra: Asymmetry is on the Best Collection shortlist and Seven Days In Paris made it onto the shortlist for Best Science Fiction Short Story, which is SO COOL (I've read the other works in both categories and they are quality). I have a story in the March issue of Clarkesworld, called Human Strandings and the Role of the Xenobiologist. It's a mashup of people so damaged by life that they can't recognise a paradise when they're in one, aliens and wildlife rehabilitation. Enjoy as text or audio!

20.01.2014

Happy New Year! I'm back from my trip to Victoria and Tasmania. Enjoyed catching up with both sides of the family tree. Now: Back to work!

Focus 2012 and the January Analog are out, both containing stories by yours truly, and very exciting Kickstarted anthologies Long Hidden (ZOMG, I'm in between Sofia Samatar and Tananarive Due, squee!) and War Stories are coming soon!

Oh, yes, and I've totally caved on the Twitter front. Here I am. Finally :)

26.09.2013

It's conclusive. You can give me the best rod and lure, stand me calf-deep in shimmering saltwater on the finest golden sands, provide evidence of ample stocks via glimpses of successful hunting dolphins, cormorants and the actual fish themselves, silver bodies gleaming as they leap up from under glittering bait balls, and I will still fail to land anything edible.

I am not the world's biggest fan of shellfish, but it's time to face facts. When the apocalypse comes, I will be eating this:

Preferably cooked in something tasty like coconut and chilli, but I don't think coconuts actually grow this far south. The point is that they can't get away.

Action Man suggested the apocalypse might be a good time for me to work out how to build a fish trap.

In publishing news, Fablecroft has announced forthcoming e-book Focus 2012, which is to contain The Wisdom of Ants along with many of my favourite brilliant stories from last year. My radioactive red centre story, Tintookie, has gone live at Kaleidotrope.

Finally, congratulations to Tansy Rayner Roberts for picking up the Best Fan Writer Hugo, and to Clarkesworld for winning Best Semiprozine. The Ustream footage made me cry - first tears of laughter at Paul Cornell's semiprozine cracks, then because of Neil Clarke's beautiful speech, and then tears of rage at the lost feed. Also huge congrats to Anna Tambour and Kaaron Warren for their World Fantasy Award shortlistings, and I wish their brilliant creations Crandolin and Sky the best of luck come October.

07.06.2013

A very brief update, for I have finished the first draft of the novel version of A Cradle of Absent Bones (that would be the role-reversed, science-fictional, Little Mermaid set in the same world as Wish Me Luck that I've blethered about in interviews) and now it is time to write ALL THE SHORT STORIES - I've been jotting down ideas and then ignoring them since February.

Brilliantly (and bittersweetly, as the Awards leave Sydney for Canberra), The Wisdom of Ants won the Aurealis Award for Best YA Short Story last month. Today, issue #51 of COSMOS is available in your local (Australian) newsagency or online, with, I understand, a really cool bonus for iPad readers. I've been name-checked for the first time in the UK Guardian newspaper in an awesome article on Aussie SFF (thanks, Cheryl!). I've explained to the Small One that the reason why we can't use dinner leftovers for catching fish is because it's Tuna Bake, not Tuna BAIT. So hopefully she won't tell her school teacher that I gave her fishbait for dinner. Also explained to her that the reason I don't play rugby league for the NSW State of Origin team is that I'm scared of getting hurt. (No other reason. Hahaha.) Oh, and Locus listed Asymmetry in its 'New and Notable' section; I've been getting some great reviews of my little collection on Goodreads.

Now excuse me while I go invent some sort of drool-worthy future sailing ship (thanks for ALREADY INVENTING ONE COOLER THAN MINE, PAOLO BACIGALUPI).

30.04.2013

So, Conflux 9. What a brilliant con. The highlights of our 5 days in Canberra might have included getting to be a steampunk samurai while the Small One flitted about in pink butterfly wings, or maybe accepting the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story for The Wisdom of Ants, the overwhelming feel was of an avalanche of intelligent and interesting people. While the media was preoccupied with bogans on buses, we were talking about the ethics of immortality, phototaxis in acidophilus bacteria, kudzu vines and ghost jails.

Wonderful. Just wonderful. I loved all the launches; books being born. I loved meeting pro writers and new writers, bloggers, artists, crafters and fans. Odd things like oak leaves or the scratch of a pen would catch my heart and make me feel that still others were present, from the distant to the dead. I felt connected, even when I had my samurai helmet on and could barely see.

Everyone involved with the organisation of the con deserves a medal, but especially Donna, Nicole and Deb Biancotti. I ate so well, from persimmons and pink, pomegranate-topped cupcakes (who made those??) to tabbouleh and Korean BBQ in Manuka. I smelled the sad, sweet decomposition of autumn. I was numbed by the cold fingers of Snowy Mountain air feeling their way into the city. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

12.04.2013

Lots of happy-making news since my last update. Asymmetry has been released, both as an ebook and in paperback, from Twelfth Planet. The Wisdom of Ants (Clarkesworld, Dec 2012) has been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for Best YA Short Story. It also appears on the Ditmar ballot for Best Short Story. I'm really excited to be going to both Conflux and the always-excellent Aurealis Awards night. Finally, my science fiction short story, Wine, Women and Stars has been accepted by Trevor Quachri for publication in Analog. Yes, Analog! I am so pleased.

15.02.2013

It's been a rip-roaring month so far. I've signed with the Ellenberg Literary Agency. Cosmos has accepted my story about virtual reality racing, Mandatory Speed, for print issue #51, and will reprint Sleeping Beauty, along with an interview, next Friday at Cosmos Online. Sleeping Beauty also appears, with Fablecroft's kind permission, in the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology put out by Bewildering Stories, alongside Breaking the Ice and the goose story from Nature, Complaints Department.

Also, I haven't mentioned yet here that The St George Hotel was accepted by Ticonderoga for their Dreaming of Djinn anthology, or that The Ships of Culwinna will appear soon in Fablecroft's latest, One Small Step.

To top it all off, the Small One has been given an award at her first ever school assembly, and I have two bush camping weekends as well as two fannish events (NSW Writer's Centre Spec Fic Festival and Conflux 2013) to get excited about. Yay!

06.01.2013

Happy New Year! May you conquer all your mountains in 2013.

I say "you," but I'm not exactly sure who comes here. Hopefully mostly people who have enjoyed my work, so I don't feel guilty mentioning that the 2013 Hugo Award nominations have been thrown wide open, and that 2012 was my second and final year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

The Campbell is not actually a Hugo, but it's voted on by this year and last year's worldcon members. Here is my official eligibility profile page, and if you can't remember what else I've published in the last two years that you might have read and enjoyed, you'll find it all listed on my writing page under 2011 and 2012. If you're not able to get to LoneStarCon 3, you can always pick up a supporting membership here!

The Wisdom of Ants is up at Clarkesworld and has garnered me some very kind comments. David McDonald kindly allowed me to blog about my Bahamas trip on his blog. Finally, the last Wheel of Time book comes out in a few days, which leads me to reflect nostalgically on a certain magic-hungry twelve year old who was drawn by the full moon on the cover of The Eye of the World to pull it out from under a stack of science fiction pulps in the dusty, overflowing library of a creaky-floorboarded Federation house.

Ah, how the wheel of time turns :) Thanks for setting my feet on this path, Mum.

29.11.2012

So. Tomorrow I'm off to the Magic City and then the Bahamas, to learn from legendary SF&F professionals and get my cultural horizons widened.

I know, right?

Action Man is way too good to me. The most supportive partner in the world. I salute him (as I listen to the Baha Men's Junkanoo!, read Hopkinson and Danticat, and drool at the thought of Tortuga Rum cakes).

It may be too early to announce this, but as I'm stepping on a plane shortly, I am heart-palpitatingly excited to tell you that my short SF story about genetically modified ants in a future Australia, The Wisdom of Ants, will, barring misfortune, appear in the December issue of Clarkesworld. And if my story isn't enough, fellow Australian woman Aurealis-winning writer, the World-Fantasy-Shortlisted Lisa Hannett will also be contributing. Clarkesworld is a top-quality magazine, and although it's free to read online, please subscribe or purchase the issue if you're able to. I promise you won't be disappointed.

I mention The Wisdom of Ants in a brief appearance on Kaaron Warren's blog in regards to refreshing creative wells, and my TPP collection, Asymmetry has been pushed back to early 2013, just in case anybody is hanging out for it.

See you after my trip with my wells all refreshed!

05.09.2012

Stupefying Stories #1.7, the pirates & dragons issue, is out, containing my story Corsairs of the Concrete Sea. It can be purchased for Kindle here at Amazon or for Nook at Barnes and Noble. The zine is a bit of fun that I'd recommend for fans of ASIM.

Since last update, I've been reliably informed that my Cosmos story, Breaking the Ice, was Honourably Mentioned by Dozois in his Year's Best SF anthology, and that my ASIM story The Bird, the Bees and Thylacine was mentioned in Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror anthology, so that's pretty cool and racks up more awesome firsts for me this year.

Aurealis-winner Fruit of the Pipal Tree looks like it might get another run in a special issue of Aurealis, so I'll keep you posted on that, while Kath Jennings and Lisa Hannett's nominations for World Fantasy Awards keeps the excitement alive after Galactic Suburbia was beaten by SF Squeecast in the race for the first Fancast Hugo Award. Come on Aussie, come on! (Small One during the Olympics: "Am I from a Land Down Under?")

I also can't help but post links to these two excellent short stories by non-Australian, Adam-Troy Castro, My Wife Hates Time Travel at Lightspeed and During the Pause at Apex. I can't stop turning them over in my mind. Which might be good if I wasn't supposed to be writing my own stuff right about now.

03.07.2012

The Small One will turn four years old next week, and I can't really believe it. Is it that long since I was pregnant and writing the short stories that would be my first published work? I solved plot problems in the pool while I swam slow, walrus-like laps, all the while being pummelled internally by little feet that had not yet learned to pedal a tricycle, grip the bark of a tree, or, wonder of wonders, tread water (four years of swimming lessons and she still hates putting her eyes in.)

Nociception is out in issue 2 of Nine, and the blurb reads: "Science fiction often explores the risks of artificial intelligence in terms of how AI might affect us, but Thoraiya Dyer's "Nociception" reminds us that intelligence and self-awareness come with a price for the machine as well."

Good blurb, right? I promise you, I write decent stories. But I can't write a blurb to save my life, so I get special pleasure from other people's blurbs of my work. The other stories in the issue are good, and the whole thing has an interesting, literary flavour that I think is worth sampling.

This week brings acceptances from Stupefying Stories and Kaleidotrope; more information after I've signed contracts etc.

I'm also pleased to report Surviving Film, my Sydney-set Louis Le Prince story, has been accepted for editor Amanda Pillar's urban fantasy anthology, Bloodstones, and should be pre-orderable soon from Ticonderoga's Online Shop.

17.05.2012

Yesterday, I sat staring at a manuscript that needed streamlining. My job was to cut away all the extraneous plot threads, remove unlikely coincidences and leave something stronger, swifter and more stirring behind.

I'm REALLY sick with a head cold and all the new words I added into the gaps were awkward or boring or plain misspelled (come to an "gareemnet", anyone ever done that?). Then I got to the end and discovered with horror that the word count hadn't come down at all. Instead, I'd inserted a different stupid extra plot thread to the stupid extra plot thread that was there before, and wasted my precious writing time in the Small One's absence.

I think the lesson there is to give yourself sick days, even if you hardly ever get to write in the first place.

Once I'd decided to stop torturing myself with attempts at actual work, I moved to my other, internet-connected computer and enjoyed reliving the Aurealis Awards in Sydney on Saturday night via Cat Sparks' Flickr set. That weekend, I was all set to enjoy such things as the Night Markets at Chinatown, the monorail (farewell, the ride that proved Sydney was a theme park!) the Etruscans exhibit at the Sydney University Nicholson Museum, fattoosh from heaven at AlMustafas in Glebe (hi, Iona!) and the fun of wearing my pink octopus necklace to the Independent Theatre and enjoying the Aurealis Awards from the audience.

(Here's me and Action Man sitting next to Richard Harland and Matt Chrulew.)

Incredibly, I won. Fruit of the Pipal Tree was, according to that particular Aurealis jury, the best Australian short fantasy story of 2011.

Wow. Thank you Geoffrey and Paul and Tehani. Sorry, audience, for my stupid and unprepared speech. Margo Lanagan, you understand? Four World Fantasy Awards and all of that? That's why I didn't write a speech. I will next time, I promise.

I will also be arsed to bring Bitter Greens down from the hotel room for Kate Forsyth to sign. Because even if she isn't the MC next year, I have no doubt that Bitter Greens will be duking it out with Sea Hearts over the Best Fantasy Novel of 2012 Aurealis. Thank you Juliet Marillier for blurbing Kate's new novel and thus forcing me to buy it. IT'S SO GOOD.

Also in the SO GOOD category, Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman and City of Lies by Lian Tanner, both well-deserved winners on Saturday night for Fantasy Novel and Children's respectively. This entry is turning into a bit of a ramble-fest, but I couldn't not say a huge congrats to both those talented women.

Finally, I have a little publishing news to report. My 4-story collection from Twelfth Planet Press has a name: Asymmetry, and can be prepurchased HERE as part of the Twelve Planets' Third Season, a full subscription or with a season pass (the next three titles due to be released are Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren, Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan and Asymmetry by me. I'm pretty sure mine's going to be the least terrifying of the three. ) I'll let you know when it's available for individual preorder.

My 9k-odd science fiction story Nociception will be published in the second ever issue of Nine: A Journal of Imaginative Fiction (they scored a Ken Liu story for their first issue. I've been reasurred that they do not have tentacles), a bargain at $5 for those with e-readers or who don't hate reading on a screen.

Also, did I mention that Breaking the Ice made it onto the short story ballot for the Ditmars?

Winners will be decided at Continuum 8: Craftonomicon sometime during June 8-11, 2012. Have fun, con-goers! I am saving up for Conflux 9 in 2013.

11.04.2012

Happy Birthday, Taariq! Oh, and there's some publishing news, too. My Lebanese Sphinx story, The Second Card of the Major Arcana, is out in the April issue of the stupendously excellent Apex Magazine, to read free on the web or subscribe to/purchase for those with e-readers. Added to White Lies, which appeared in the February issue of Redstone SF, and my earlier sales to Nature and Cosmos, this means I now qualify for active membership of Science Fiction Writers of America, which is pretty exciting. My short story Faet's Fire is due to appear in Peggy Bright antho Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear in time for Natcon, and Fablecroft has put After the Rain on sale to celebrate the Aurealis shortlisting of Fruit of the Pipal Tree. So life is good!

25.03.2012

It was with astonishment and gratitude that I saw Fruit of the Pipal Tree on the 2011 Aurealis Award shortlist in the Fantasy Short Story category. Aside from my beta-readers, and Fablecroft's decision to publish it in their After the Rain anthology, this is the first positive feedback the story has gotten. And there is it next to Into the Clouds on High, which was my second-favourite story from Margo Lanagan's Yellowcake. I will be attending the awards ceremony in Sydney and am looking forward to catching up with everyone.

07.03.2012

Feeling pretty sad about the loss of Paul Haines a couple of days ago. The internet has lost its shine, knowing he won't email or blog ever again. I was running on the beach with the Small One when he died. It's a beautiful thing, a carefree child, and there's one child who can now never be carefree the way that she used to be. I am so grateful for the time that Paul spared for me, knowing that his time was running out.

I'd like to be in the Blue Mountains for Claire Corbett's International Women's Day do tomorrow, but I have a do or two of my own to go to, having been selected as one of Singleton's 50 Fabulous Females on account of my Aurealis Award win last year. This place has been amazingly kind to me. It's starting to feel like my place. Sometimes I am suddenly overcome by a wild hunger for vivacious, salt-sprayed, sandstone Sydney, but the lucerne paddocks, the vineyards, the kicking thoroughbred foals and the long snakes of coal trains out of the Hunter Valley are irreversibly seeping into me, becoming a permanent piece of who I am.

02.02.2012

Thursdays. Now with added w00t. Breaking the Ice appears as one of 60-odd short stories on the Locus 2011 Recommended Reading List along with such fellow Aussie writers as Kaaron Warren, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Margo Lanagan, Lucy Sussex, Damien Broderick, Greg Egan, Kim Westwood, Alison Goodman, Jo Anderton, Ian McHugh and Peter M Ball. Yay, us!

18.01.2012

Am I only updating this because of the blackout? Maybe I AM and maybe I AINT! LOL

Back home from a camping trip to the beautiful Wollemi National Park. On the morning of the fourth day, I woke and slipped out of my sleeping bag, and the water in the weir was first stunningly still and then exploding with squabbling swamphens. There were reeds and ripples, silver and spilled ink, and I realised that despite its faults, I am living in a perfect time, or at least as perfect as times can get.

No doubt, after a week of catastrophic world news, the internet etc I will start doubting what it is that I felt: That the world isn't ending, because there are no endings, only change. If we destroy ourselves, there will still be glow-worms in the dark crevices of the mountains, and if there are no children to peer at them and giggle with delight, there will be, again, later, eventually, and everything will be OK so long as there is beauty and at least one person left alive to see it.

For now, 2012 continues to be kind to me. The Second Card of the Major Arcana has sold to Apex. White Lies has sold to Redstone SF. "John West" has selected four of the best for my TPP Twelve Planets collection. I have had some supremely gentle and encouraging novel rejections. I have read some excellent books. Other writers have been generous with their time and their critiquing eyes.

I am so lucky.

23.11.2011

Supposed to take the Small One to see the Christmas Light Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens tonight. Naturally, the monsoon-like rain is coming down hard enough to turn the display into a sizzling electrified death trap.

*sigh*

Consolation: I've had a story accepted into Pink Narcissus Press's Daughters of Icarus feminist science fiction anthology, which I'm really excited about. Again, submissions are still open so this will be contingent on geniuses not squeezing me out of my spot, but it is a wonderful, wonderful feeling when you set out to try and do something and a person twelve thousand kilometres away who you've never met thinks that you've been successful. Much gratitude to Cat Sparks for pointing me in the direction of the guidelines (looking forward to Ishtar!)

Fablecroft is moving from WA to TAS and having an empty-out-my-garage SALE, so if you've ever considered picking up Worlds Next Door, Australis Imaginarium or After The Rain (I have short stories in all 3 collections!) you can get all three delivered to your (Aussie) doorstep for just $35 or at bargain individual prices. Sale ends Dec 14th.

Also, Alisa WON that World Fantasy Award for Twelfth Planet Press (Tansy tells it best!) so you know what else to send your spec-fic loving family members for Christmas! (If you have money left to burn after all that, Anywhere But Earth would also make an excellent gift purchase.)

If anyone needs me, I'll be over here watching YouTube videos of Christmas lights with the dramatically sniffling Small One...

30.08.2011

Two more short story sales. Complaints Department is to appear in the Futures feature of respected scientific journal Nature, and near-future sci-fi Sleeping Beauty (provided a bunch of geniuses don't submit at the last minute and bump me out of my spot!) has been accepted by Fablecroft for anthology Apocalypse Hope.

Congratulations to Alisa Krasnostein for her well-deserved World Fantasy Award shortlisting for Twelfth Planet Press. I really, REALLY wish I could go!

23.05.2011

So. Apparently it DOES get better! Yowie tied with The February Dragon by L.L. Hannett and Angela Slatter to win Best Fantasy Short Story at the Aurealis Awards. W00t!

It was an amazing night. I love Sydney anyway, and the venue for the Awards ceremony was a gorgeous old theatre. Once again, it is the generosity and enthusiasm of the local spec fic scene that makes events like these, and the attendees did not disappoint any more than the organisers did. I got up early the next morning to go out for a day trip on Sydney Harbour in a 150-year-old, beautiful 3-masted sailing ship, the James Craig. It took the volunteer crew about an hour to set 18 of the 21 sails, what with all the heaving and ho-ing and "ahoy aloft!", but when they did, she glided so swiftly and silently through the waters of the Pacific, I thought I might cry.

In other words, I spent a big chunk of what was supposed to be my San Diego money, so I may not make it to World Fantasy Con after all.

There's no photo of the shiny award itself because my computer is yet to be repaired. Ah, mindlessly destructive Trojan (whose name I will not utter here). If only removing you was more like capturing a Spanish Treasure Ship on the high seas and less like picking paralysis ticks out of an Old English Sheepdog's scrotum with tweezers two sizes too small.

Apologies to anyone expecting correspondence. I hope to be back in business within the next few weeks!

12.05.2011

Have you been waiting impatiently for a copy of the technically excellent and uniquely imaginative Kathleen Jennings' very first magazine cover? Chunky Issue #51 of the newly quarterly ASIM is due out any day now, and will contain not only my love letter to Tasmania, The Bird, The Bees and Thylacine but sixteen other offerings for the bargain price of $12.95. I can't imagine an illustration more different, yet equal in awesome, to the drilling robot from COSMOS. Squeee!

27.04.2011

Back from attending the 50th annual Australian SF Convention in Perth. I could fill a book with everything that happened there; people met, things said, ideas had. After the long journey home, it's already becoming dreamlike, fading like the image burned into my retinas of my toddler's white sandals, made luminous by camera flashes, as she ran across the stage to accept my Best Novella Ditmar from a grinning, kneeling Ellen Datlow [7.05.11 EDIT: OMG, sorry Ellen. I know the difference between you and Ellen Kushner! Really! Obviously I need an editor for my website and not just my fiction].

To everyone who donated their glowsticks to the Small One, my eternal gratitude. To the organisers of the con, to everyone who voted me into the top spot for Best New Talent and Best Novella/Novelette for The Company Articles of Edward Teach, and to my friends and idols who came to congratulate me afterward, you made that night absolutely magical for me. Does it get better than this? Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.

26.03.2011
Exceedingly weary today but also exceedingly happy. Being up all night with the flu meant I was online when the 2011 Australian Ditmar ballot came out. Edward Teach is there in the Novella/Novelette category, which is just brilliant, and I once again have a chance at Best Talent...not that the path is clear, even with the over-talented Peter M Ball out of the way (no I didn't kill him, he won last year so he's ineligible this time). I recognise all those other names and (curses!) can think of at least one short story by each of them that I really liked.

In the 2010 Aurealis stakes, Yowie has made the shortlist in the Best Fantasy Short Story category and Sprawl in Best Anthology. Great to see Mammoth Guy get on the Science Fiction shortlist with Angaelien Apocalypse and also, for Fantasy novel, Juliet Marillier's wonderful Heart's Blood which spoke to my secret self back when I first read it; Death Most Definite and Power and Majesty being worthy opposition for it, and my two most-often-loaned books of the year.

Since last update, I've also joined SFWA as an Associate Member, thanks to Cosmos being a qualifying market, and discovered that Edward Teach / Angaelien Apocalypse reached #6 on the Newcastle Herald Independent Booksellers' Bestseller List over the weekend. Maybe the Newcastle Herald is not the NYT but WHO CARES, our ultra-cool novella double is now a Bestseller and nobody can tell me otherwise.

I am really excited about going to Perth for Swancon/Natcon in April, Sydney for the Aurealis Awards in May, and, if certain economic stars align, World Fantasy Con in San Diego in October.


20.02.2011

Twelfth Planet Press is giving away three copies of Edward Teach/Angaelien Apocalypse on Goodreads for free! You have 8 days left to sign up. Also...I'M READING A BOOK, MAN, I'M READING A BOOK! Hahaha!

02.02.2011

Happy Release Day for issue #37 of the gorgeous and intelligent COSMOS magazine, containing my science fiction story Breaking the Ice (Edit: Sorry for the error here before, Breaking the Ice is definitely the correct title). Get it in pretty much all Australian newsagents and no doubt some overseas ones, too. I am incredibly excited about it! Difficult to remember what other news I wanted to mention here.

Oh, right. Twelfth Planet Press has announced the authors of the Twelve Planets series, subscriptions available here, and the line-up is predictably fabulous; I am particularly terrified of comparison with Cat Sparks and Margo Lanagan, but they say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger! If YOU have a real job and love science fiction and fantasy, you could make a worse decision than signing up. I'll probably be getting them one at a time. Sue Isle's is first, Tansy's next. Keen to read them.

Third belated news item: the utterly selfless Tehani from Fablecroft has converted her imminent After the Rain print anthology to a Queensland floods (and maybe cyclones, too, after tonight?) fundraiser limited edition e-book. If you were going to donate anyway, why not pick up free fantastic fiction in the process? Clicketty clicketty HERE before Feb 15th.


02.12.2010

So I lost NanoWriMo, only making 27 000-odd words instead of 50 000. I plead whooping cough! But November was not a complete write-off (ha, did you like that one Petrie?); I had an absolute ball at the Sydney Freecon with Matt Chrulew, Jo Anderton and co.. The atomsphere was that of a dozen wild specimens of SF fan captured inside a specialty bookshop, and I appreciated all the hard work done by Garry Dalrymple in organising the event, and it was also nice to drop in to Infinitas for the first time and check it out.

Although production of words has dropped off as I hack, splutter and choke my way around the house, I am thrilled by the release of Edward Teach/Apocalypse which can be purchased HERE, the appearance of Yowie on the Last Short Story Recommended Reading List for 2010, and the impending release of Sheryl Tempchin's Zahir end of year print anthology which should be available on Amazon soon and will be a nice Christmas present for me.

Also, I don't think I've mentioned that my stories The Bird, the Bees and Thylacine and Fruit of the Pipal Tree have been accepted into ASIM #51 and Fablecroft anthology After the Rain respectively. Yipppppeeeee! Bring on 2011!


08.09.2010
Home from Aussiecon 4, a fantastic experience. I learned so much and met so many people. If you gave a panel or if I chatted with you at the con: HUZZAH! Thanks for the wild ride. Special thanks go to Juliet Marillier, Tehani Wessely, Terri Sellen, Alex Pierce and Helen Merrick + family for their kindness and generosity. Thanks Trent Jamieson, Peter Ball, Geoff Maloney, Dirk Flinthart, Cat Sparks and Rob Hood for keeping my husband entertained while I spent large chunks of the day in panels. Not to mention the Hugos. I can't count the times my head almost exploded from the awesomeness.

It was also almost impaled by Dirk's Jatz-as-shuriken. Watch out for him at your next con. He may be armed with Arnotts' Shapes and they are pointy.

Congrats to Peter Ball for winning the Best New Talent Ditmar and saving Simon Petrie from a whacking. Although I still need to beat Simon up for writing that pun-packed story in ASIM that had my husband singing zombie variations of Meatloaf songs for three days straight. Purchasers of #46 have been warned.


02.07.2010
Lots of news, because I have been slack. In no particular order, Zahir #23 is now live, and my story, "The War of the Gnome and the Mountain Devil" can be read HERE. I love the accompanying artwork and the magazine is always a refreshing read. Aurealis #43 is also now available, and can be purchased HERE. Even if you only buy it because of Geoff Maloney, I will still love you. Worlds Next Door is available for pre-purchase HERE, and you can find out more about reprint anthology Australis Imaginarium, which is set to include not only my "Night Heron's Curse" but Lee Battersby's "Claws of Native Ghosts" and other such delicious Australian treats, at the Fablecroft Publishing website. Stay tuned for SQUEEEEE when I get my hands on that Shaun Tan cover. Finally, "Yowie," my story due to appear in Sprawl, has been made into Episode three of the Twelfth Planet podcasts by fabulous Tansy Rayner Roberts and can be listened to HERE. Hooray!


07.04.2010
Busy busy! Typing like a madwoman to finish the Waltzing Mathilda first draft in time for my Snowy Mountains camping/caving/fishing/goldpanning holiday next week. Destination:Future has been released, containing my story "Ambassador"; it has earned a starred review by Publisher's Weekly and can be purched from Amazon HERE or from Borders, HERE . My favourite is Simon Petrie's story. Then again, I am not without bias. Go, purchase, enjoy!


03.01.2010
An awesome start to the New Year. Yesterday, Yowie was accepted for the Twelfth Planet Press suburban fantasy anthology, Sprawl, and today The War of the Gnome and the Mountain Devil was accepted for the July edition of newly electonicized magazine Zahir. Spec Fic For Kids has been renamed Worlds Next Door, and is still on track to be released this year, while I hope to see Aurealis #43 make its appearance soon. ASIM #41 came out in October and can be purchased HERE - and, look! New Ceres Nights has been shortlisted under best anthology in this year's Aurealis awards. Go, NCN, go!


24.08.2009
Writers Festivals? What Writers Festivals? If I fail to acknowledge their existence, I don't have to feel bad that I can't go. Anyway, who cares? I've made my first inroads into the US of A. A sci-fi short called Ambassador has sold to the very respectable Hadley Rille for an anthology called DESTINATION: FUTURE. Let us drain a goblet, clink cannikin and toss a pot to Destination:Future ...and curse all rovers who should ever give quarter to an Englishman!


26.04.2009
Doing the I Got Into Aurealis Magazine Dance this month. Death's Daughter and the Clockmaker has been accepted for issue #43. Meanwhile, NCN is out: You can purchase it (along with ASIM #37 and Canterbury 2100, making it a Dyer trifecta) from the online shop at Twelfth Planet Press.

23.02.2009
Belated update. Been crazily trying to finish TFT draft. Congratulations to Cat Sparks for taking out my category at the AAs. The awards night was hilarious and heartwarming - from Simon Higgins exhorting Sean Williams in an uncanny Yoda voice to write the 17 book adventures of Young Yoda, to the beautiful acceptance speeches of KA Bedford and Melina Marchetta. Fun to see so many admired and glamorously dolled-up writers in the flesh. Overflowing with gratitude towards Tehani, Alisa and Tansy for their immediate welcome, for being an enthusiastic and vocal cheer squad, and for being so nice about my story, The Widow's Seven Candles, due to appear in New Ceres Nights very soon.


04.01.2009
Exciting news. Not only has Night Heron's Curse been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, but The Platter of Palate's Pleasure has been accepted by ASIM for their May issue, #41. Is this vindication of Kevin J Anderson's Popcorn Theory? *dances around the room*


10.09.2008
The Brisbane Writer's Festival is almost here. They called today to say I'd made it into Jim Frenkel's Masterclass. Huzzah! I hope my cold goes away before it's time to hop on the plane.


16.06.2008
Looks like my short story about the giant eel, Night Heron's Curse, is going to be in the November (#37) issue of Andromeda Spaceways. Very exciting. Though I will probably blow the money on buying copies of the magazine. D'oh!


19.03.2008
The Peat-Digger's Tale has been accepted by Canterbury 2100. All hail the robot horse! (01.09.2008, Update: I was planning on sending a copy of the anthology to Stocky in Scotland to thank him for helping me with the Scots. Foiled again - the Scots has been edited out while the rest has been virtually untouched. This is all in the admirable interests of keeping the anthology as a whole consistent, but I think I will hold off on posting a copy to Mr Scottish Pride Incarnate.)

08.03.2008
Wentworth Falls are incredible. The tournament at Mountain Archers was great fun. We stayed at Wendover. If I lived in Blackheath I'd have a birch grove in my landscaped gardens, too. Plus lots of Japanese maples and ginkgos. Autumn colour is the best.



 
 
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