Readers I have reached a milestone. Just yesterday a man told me he had seen me the day before, but he had not said hello. He asked me if I knew Sting. 'Not personally!' Oh, I was proud of that joke. He would like me to know that he thinks of me often and listens to Every Breath You Take. It was written for me, he tells me. Me! Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to announce that I have my first stalker, and have therefore reached the height of my own infamy. I will be building a panic room beneath the doomsday bunker at the ranch.
Seizure news for the rest of you plebs with no stalkers
Two amazing flashers for your reading pleasure! Speaking of doomsday, Doomsday by Bec Kavanagh puts a lo-fi spin on the end of the world, replacing the panic with a picnic. Falling by Emily Larkin takes us beneath the waves, where in dreams we may die.
Kate O'Donnell has written an excellent guide on how to edit your own work, including ways to trick your brain and keep it from forgetting to change through to thorough and ruining a perfectly good sentence. One day you will be rich and have a team of editors living in your doomsday bunker, but in the meantime take Kate's editorial advice.
Here is an introduction to Rebecca Slater on the very first video from Seizure TV! As previously mentioned, Rebecca will be accepting challenges from Alice Grundy over the next 6 months in order to challenge her writing. If you pause the video at 2:24, it looks like she's winking at you.
This Sunday, for your listening pleasure, our AltTxt guru Justin Wolfers will be co-hosting FBi Radio's new book club with Samantha Groth. Justin and Samantha will be discussing Zoe Norton Lodge's debut book, Almost Sincerely. You have until 9am Sunday to read Zoe's part-memoir, which according to Goodreads includes people who beat each other with colanders and cat-food sandwiches. If you're not quick enough, not to worry, the next book will be announced on air during the show.
If you are anywhere near Mudgee on Wednesday 8 July, head on down to Roth's Wine Bar for a special scifi edition of Bogan Comedy Games with The Mudgee Underground and Seizure's own comedy bogan, David Henley. There will be improv and storytelling fun, and a new story from David, who is still on the road promoting his Pierre Jnr trilogy, which is available at any respectable book retailer, and probably the non-respectable ones too. What will you do when the aliens invade? There is only room for one more in my panic room beneath the doomsday bunker and I already have a cat, so bad luck.
Lastly, Seizure's commissioning editor Emily Stewart has been shortlisted for the Overland NUW Fair Australia prize for her poem, Deep Creek. The winners will be announced in late July, check out the short-list here. Good luck Emily!
All the news that's news
Two pieces of news from our new friends at Fantastica Scifi! The application date for Fantastica Prose Shop has now been extended to the 26 July. If you are a Sydney-based writer of the strange in search of like-minded writers and editors, look no further. Fantastica Prose Shop will be held fortnightly from 6 August at Gleebooks, and will discuss everything you need to get your speculative fiction novel out into an unsuspecting world. To apply, send two examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is designed to help writers who are already working on a manuscript or are at the planning stage. Highlights include 12 hours of intensive workshopping, 10% off purchases of suggested reading titles in Gleebooks, and the rare appearance of my face in public. More information can be found here!
Now for speculative fiction writers Australia and New Zealand-wide, Fantastica is also taking submissions for their novella competition. Send your weirdest fiction of 20,000 to 50,000 words by midnight 1 October to be in the running to win a $500 prize and publication with Xoum publishing under the Fantastica imprint. Submission guidelines can be found here. Please, someone write a paranormal romance about a Leprechaun.
Some other news that is also news
Finch Publishing Sydney has announced the judging panel for their 2016 Memoir Prize. Debra Adelaide, Dominic Knight and Maggie Mackellar will decide whose memoirs are fit to print. For the chance to win $10,000, enter your 40-80,000 word manuscript along with this entry form. More details here.
For genre writers, Ogre Magazine is on the lookout for submissions.
In honour (I think) of the latest news in marriage equality, here is The Mary Sue's beginner's guide to LGBT romance.
For the quirky, symmetrical Wes Anderson lover in your life, here is a supercut of all the loving shots the director has given books throughout his films. And if you're looking for inspiration for Wes-like settings in your mind, check out MessyNessy Chic's selection of secret Paris filming locations. Pay particular attention to the libraries. I mean, le bibliotheques.
Have a nice friday wherever you are in the world! See you in two weeks.