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Sunday Spotlight: Beware Bloggers Bearing Gifts!

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger this week – no new content since Wednesday! What’s up with that? Well, the reason I haven’t been blogging is twofold:

(i) I’ve been busy, away at the Au Contraire Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Wellington this weekend.

(ii) Because of this, I’ve been staying in a hotel and thus have had pretty minimal internet access for, like, EVER. Okay, so it was only two days. Shut up. Two days is forever when you’re as addicted to the ‘net as I am. Do you know how hard it is to navigate Opera on an ancient cell phone? This is what I was reduced to! It was terrible!

I had a great time at the Con and learned a great deal, although unfortunately I was sick on the third day (today) and decided to head home early, which meant I missed out on some great stuff and some great people. However! I have the internet again! Which has at least cured me of my withdrawal symptoms. And I still have a whole load of fantastic experiences to share with you guys which I’ll be writing up and posting over the next week or so. The first of which is today. For this week’s Sunday Spotlight, let me share with you some of the amazing people and pages I’ve encountered over the past couple of days.

  1. Introducing SpecFicNZ! I’ve talked about this before, I think, but now it has officially launched: NZ’s go-to organisation for Speculative Fiction. If you read, write, publish or are otherwise involved in the production of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and anything in-between, then do join up! Membership is pretty cheap and the organisation sounds like it’s going to be fantastic once it gets off the ground. Plus, I was at the launch and met some of those who have put it together (maybe this makes me a little biased, but this is my blog, so deal with it) and they are all very dedicated and creative people with some awesome ideas and I want to help them work towards the fulfillment of those ideas as much as I can.
  2. Nicholas Chrustowski’s blog, Storyteller. I met Nick at the Convention (hi!) and learned that he had self published his own anthology of short stories called Dreams and Nightmares, which has since been nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work 2010. The Sir Julius Vogels have been voted on and will be awarded tonight at Au Contraire, so good luck, Nick! Stop by and check out what he has to say about writing.
  3. Russell Kirkpatrick’s site. Technically, I was never introduced to Mr. Kirkpatrick, but I attended his seminar on Worldbuilding and it was one of the highlights of the convention. FYI, Mr. Kirkpatrick, if you ever read this: I was the one who made the comment about fairytales having a certain loose rule structure. I had a great time and learned heaps, thank you! Ahem. So, anyway. I will be posting more about that later, but in the meantime, check out some of his fantasy novels on his website!
  4. Juliet Marillier’s site. Again, I attended Ms.(?) Marillier’s writing workshop (this one on Voice) rather than talk to her much in person, but I enjoyed that a great deal too. Check out what she’s been writing and if you can catch her at WorldCon later in the year, I highly recommend it!
  5. Last but not least, Writer Unboxed, a gorgeous site about writers and writing to which Juliet Marillier contributes (and through whom I obtained the link). Another blog for the favourites list!

Anyway, I had such fun and I’m sad it’s over, particularly as I didn’t get to see the grand finale. Maybe next year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy exploring these links as much as I enjoyed meeting the people and finding out about them.

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

I’ve been having a great week this week – lots of interesting online discoveries!

  1. Kill Your Darlings, a wonderfully-named Australian publication for fresh and inventive storytellers.
  2. I found the above through another website, as they are contributing to the Melbourne Writers Festival that some of y’all down under might find interesting to attend. You can find out more about it here.
  3. Last week, Deepali from Reads Everything emailed me a lovely compliment on my blog, so I thought I’d return the favour by linking y’all over there in this week’s Spotlight. It’s a great new blog I’m sure you will enjoy reading!
  4. A friend of mine studying Film sent me this interesting link to a site on Queer Folk in Cinema. It has some great movie reviews!
  5. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on Feminism, mostly by accident, and came across this wonderful internet community called Shakesville. This post in particular struck a chord with me; it’s old (just about a year to the day) but it’s still as relevant as ever.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

Wow, Sunday sure came around fast. Here’s some of the sites I’ve been bookmarking this week:

  1. Part of learning to live in modern society is learning to understand the inherent biases and prejudices within our current social structure and how to deal with them. The more multicultural things get, the higher the chances that you’re going to hear something racist. If you’re like me, you have no idea what to say when that happens. Well, this video might help: How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist.
  2. I came across this one by accident through another site. It’s very funny and has some insightful things to say about America today, which I thought appropriate in light of the recent issues regarding Prop 8: That’s Gay!
  3. There’s been talk in the book-blogosphere recently about infidelity – to books, that is. Do you read one at a time, or do you and your books share an open relationship? Personally, I always have a couple of books on the side. I just can’t stand being tied down, you know?
  4. Need a bit of a confidence booster? A Fat Rant Blog is all about shining for who you are, and regardless of size, shape or anything in-between it’s bound to make you smile.
  5. I’m not entirely sure what this is, but it sounds completely fascinating. “New forms of story designed specifically for the internet”? Yes please. Check it out here at We Tell Stories.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

Oh, internets. I love you so. And here’s why:

  1. This lj community called little_details. Specifically designed to help writers help each other track down information that is otherwise inaccessible about pretty much anything under the sun. New favourite site? I think so!
  2. I’ve always considered myself a feminist, but I’ve still been learning a great deal from Finally Feminism 101. I encourage anyone who has ever called themselves a feminist (or an “I’m-not-a-feminist-but…”) to check it out.
  3. I confess, I have a weakness for badly written fiction. I belong to a couple of online communities which actively MST3K the more poorly written works in existence, and came across this recording on one of them which is quite possibly the most hilarious thing I’ve ever heard. Warning: NSFW and definitely rated R.
  4. In much the same spirit – you’ve all heard of NaNo, I’m sure. You might not have heard of NaNoisms, those delightful little mistakes that are the inevitable product of too little time and too much coffee. You can find some fantastically hilarious examples here.
  5. And lastly, if you’re a Dr. Who fan and you’ve been watching the latest series, you might be interested to know that there really is a crack in the universe.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

I’ve been a bit busy with my presentation to fully explore the net this week, but here are a few of the things I’ve run across:

  1. Love science? Love music? On this awesome site, the two come together in surprising and beautiful ways: Symphony of Science.
  2. I was particularly interested to find this Feminist Law Professors blog, since I will shortly be going into law myself. It makes for fascinating reading.
  3. The Bookshop Blog elaborates on some Common Misconceptions About Rare Books that I found worthwhile reading, as I’m something of an amateur collector myself.
  4. If you’re a film buff, you might enjoy Overthinking It, which is an extremely entertaining review site (among other things).
  5. And, finally, Masters of Horror and SyFy, for all you horror fans out there.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

This week, I have been exploring a number of New Zealand and Australian blogs and sites of interest. With the exception of the Terry Pratchett Awards, here’s some of the local colour I’ve been soaking up recently:

  1. Stuck for characters? Want an excuse to people-watch that doesn’t involve being arrested for stalking? Not Enough Words recommends playing some of these character-creating games.
  2. Every year, the NZ Sunday Star Times runs a short story competition. I was looking through past winners, and found the 2007 first place winner Necropolis. I highly recommend it.
  3. Guess what? New Zealand has a Sci Fi/Fantasy Association. I’m shocked too.
  4. I swear, I’m not being paid for the number of times I’ve promoted Elizabeth Knox’s work on this blog. But I did happen to notice that she participated in a discussion about the Supernatural in fiction for Women on Air that you can find here. It’s actually a pretty kick-ass website for women, so check it out!
  5. And finally, another author whom I am totally not stalking: Sir Terry Pratchett has announced the first annual(?) Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Awards for aspiring novelists of speculative fiction. Can you imagine winning that? Talk about kick starting your career. If you fancy your chances, the details are here.

Enjoy!

Sunday Spotlight

Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!

  1. Now that I’ve started the second draft of my SoCNoC novel, I’ve been thinking about writing on a pretty minute level, and it can be quite exhausting. The devil’s in the details! Fortunately, C. Patrick Schulze has a very helpful article on How to Write a Scene that breaks things down nicely.
  2. I’ve also been considering downloading this wonderful writing tool, OmmWriter, which is an unutterably peaceful writing programme that looks extremely restful and conducive to daydreaming – ahem, I mean writing.
  3. Proving that I can actually think about things other than books and writing, I have created a Social Network for NZ and Australian Book Bloggers called Books Down Under. If you live in either of those countries or are an overseas ex-pat and you blog about books (in any way, shape or form) or writing (ditto), then sign up – we’d love to have you! Our ultimate goal is to get organized to the point where we can have conventions and such similar to those in the US, although that’s a long way away yet!
  4. A couple of sites to whom I’ve passed on the Lovely Blog Award are: Writehanded.
  5. And Born to a Red-Headed Woman. Both excellent places to find great books and/or writing!

Hope you’ve had a great week. Enjoy!