It must be said, social networks have completely ruined my blogging mojo! Having said that, the weekend just gone was too cool to not be noted down on the ole blog [blows away dust and cobwebs].
I was recently fortunate enough to rate a Finalist spot in this year’s Aurealis Awards for the zombie-tastic “After the World: Gravesend”. The good Mrs Fisch and I chootled on over to Sydney town, where we gawked at many things like the blissful Adelaide bumpkins that we are. Once we’d had our fill of skyscrapers, bridges and unfriendly rushing Sydney types, we frocked up and caught up with a bunch of Aussie SF people in the hotel, who were grabbing some tucker before the awards themselves kicked off. It was brilliant to catch up with so many folks (and meet some correspondents for the first time) and it felt like no time had passed since the last time we’d all caught up.
The awards themselves have just been handed on from Fantastic Queensland to the new caretakers, SpecFaction. Wow, what a brilliant job you folks did! A great awards ceremony that everyone seemed to enjoy, formal but relaxed, with lots of laughs and even some shoeless award recipients. Looking at you, Slatter! Was a real honour to share the Best Horror Novel category with Kirstyn McDermott and Trent Jamieson, and a great win for Kirstyn and her stunning breakout novel “Madigan Mine” [standing ovation]. Well done!
Was a great year for local genre fiction, and the full list of winners can be found here: http://www.aurealisawards.com/winners2010.pdf
Photos of the night can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42956650@N00/sets/72157626651871717/with/5745776642
In today’s exciting news, Ticonderoga Publications have just announced the forthcoming publication of my first short story collection. You cannot wipe the smile from my face! Here’s the official press release:
Ticonderoga Publications is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of a collection of stories by the writer of the future Jason Fischer.
Adelaide-based Fischer is a Clarion South graduate and recent winner of the Writers of the Future competition.
The collection is titled Everything is a Graveyard, and is scheduled for publication in late 2013.
The exact contents are still to be finalised.
The collection will revolve around Fischer’s critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic and zombie-themed work.
Everything is a Graveyard will also include new stories original to the collection.
“Jason Fischer taps into the darker sides of human nature like few other writers,” Ticonderoga Editor Russell B Farr said.
“His work blends raw emotion with an honest sense of mortality,” Farr added.
The collection is scheduled for publication in October 2013. The collection will be available in limited edition hardcover, ebook and trade editions.
Having been a luddite for some time, I’ve finally dragged myself into the 21st century, kicking and screaming (well, grumbling and shuffling). I…I should have done it sooner. It’s really not that scary, and all quite useful and informative. Given that my method of gaining most writer-type news was second hand or via the erstwhile LiveJournal, it’s nice to not be out of the loop on things.
I’m now twitting over at Twitter, and my handle is @jasonifischerio
I’m also at Facebook now, and can be found at http://www.facebook.com/jasonifischerio.
All going well, this post should port directly to Facebook, my luddite fingers are crossed. Couldn’t get the dratted thing to work, have kicked Networked Blogs app to the KERB.
Carry on! [dusts off his semaphore flags]