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Loose-leaf Links for October

I hadn’t intended to make signal boosts a regular part of this blog but I get too many tasty tidbits to resist. So welcome to Loose-leaf Links. Baggage If the gorgeous cover above looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen it in my portfolio. I was a sub-editor on the anthology and […]

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Bias and reviewing

While I was at Conflux, I heard a lot of talk about the importance of reviews. This wasn’t limited to the panel on reviewing, but cropped up at book launches, at other panels and in conversation. With the rise of e-publishing, competition is fierce and it is important to stand out from the crowd. Reviews […]

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Guest post: The Writing Life

I belong to a number of writing groups, including the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. One of the things I love most about the CSFG is the way it celebrates the achievements of its members… and they have a lot to celebrate. Fellow member and friend Donna Maree Hanson has just had two fantasy novels published […]

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Dewey’s read-a-thon

I’ve always been a bookworm and this weekend I got a chance to really indulge by participating in Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon. It started at 11pm local time. Not being masochistic enough to go for the full 24-hours, I made sure to get a good night’s sleep (really, it’s safer for everyone). My tweets tell the […]

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon preparation

With Conflux now well and truly over, I’ve been preparing for the next event on my calendar: Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon. I mentioned this event in my September signal boosts, but wanted to give it a bit more attention now that it is drawing closer. The read-a-thon is one of the few things that keeps Mt […]

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Convention report: Conflux 10

Earl Grey Editing took a bit of a break over the last week so I could recover from attending Conflux 10. As I have mentioned before, Conflux is a speculative fiction convention and this year it ran from Friday 3 October until Monday 6 October. While not exclusively aimed at authors, it does have a […]

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September Mt TBR segment

Mt TBR report: September 2014

A few years ago, I made an optimistic New Year’s resolution to finish the year with a smaller Mt TBR. If the overall total was less than it had been on 1 January–even if it was only by one book–I’d count myself successful. It’s a goal I’ve never managed to achieve, but I continue to […]

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Review: To Spin A Darker Stair edited by Tehani Wessely

To Spin A Darker Stair is a short chapbook that pairs two fairytale reworkings: A Delicate Architecture by Catherynne M Valente and The Oracle’s Tower by Faith Mudge. Valente’s story is a reprint, picked specifically to complement the story by Mudge. Thematically, the stories are well-matched. Both carry a strong fairytale atmosphere and give the […]

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September signal boosting

There are a lot of great events happening in the next few weeks. Below are a few I’m keeping on my radar. Dewey’s Read-a-thon As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I love books and may in fact be a bit of an addict. One of the very few things that stops my Mount To-Be-Read […]

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Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ashala Wolf is an Illegal: a human being with a special power in a world where such powers are outlawed. She is also leader of the Tribe, a group of runaway children who are likewise gifted. When one of them betrays her into the hands of a sadistic government official, she must fight with everything […]

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