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2018 Awards Eligibility

With 2018 almost done, awards season is once again gearing up. Which means it’s time for my obligatory eligibility post. Work I’ve Reviewed The Ditmar Awards The Ditmars are Australia’s popularly-voted awards for SFF. Traditionally, they’re presented at NatCon. In 2019 that will be Continuum 15, held in Melbourne 7-10 June. Works I’ve reviewed that […]

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Blogging Birthday: Four Years

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Earl Grey Editing’s blog. I was a bit more prepared this year and ordered some special chocolates from Mornington Peninsular Chocolates to celebrate. Pictured above (starting from the top and moving clockwise) are the raspberry ganache, French Earl Grey ganache, caramel swirl and chai ganache. Unsurprisingly, my favourite was […]

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Scaling Back

Last week I took a hiatus to get things back on track and to have a think about the future of the blog. As I mentioned there, I have been dealing with burnout for a while and it has become apparent to me that my current workload is unsustainable. Having given it some thought, I’m […]

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Gone Fishing

I have been struggling a lot with burnout this year. My word count has been shrinking each week and it has been taking me longer and longer to write my blog posts. The head start I had on them has been shrinking and it has been increasingly stressful to meet their deadlines. Last week I […]

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Loose-leaf Links #55

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi, fantasy and romance I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is China Pearls from Indulge Tea. It has a light, grassy flavour and stands up well to multiple brewings. Announcements I’m delighted to have […]

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Skiffy and Fanty’s Month of Joy

  January is traditionally a quiet month, as everyone recovers from the holidays and tries to avoid the blazing heat or the mounds of snow. It’s an excellent time to pause and take stock. Which is what The Skiffy and Fanty Show have been doing. They’ve been busy shifting over to their shiny new website […]

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New Berth in Mother of Invention

I’m delighted to announce I’ve sold a story to Twelfth Planet Press for their forthcoming anthology Mother of Invention. The book will be edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts and contains stories about gender, AI and robots. From their pitch on Kickstarter: From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of […]

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Conflux 13 Schedule

Conflux, Canberra’s annual convention for speculative fiction writers and fans, begins next week! This year it is taking place from Friday 29 September until Monday 2 October and the theme is Grimm Tales. Hugo-winning editor Ellen Datlow is the international Guest of Honour, and dark fantasy/horror author Angela Slatter is the Australian Guest of Honour. […]

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Three Years

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of Earl Grey Editing’s blog. I’m celebrating with Lamington cake: vanilla sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered in dessicated coconut, layered with jam and cream. It is delicious! So, three years. That sounds like such a short time and yet it feels like I’ve been doing this forever. I […]

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Ditmar shortlists

The Australian SFF awards season has been very kind to me this year. The preliminary shortlists for the Ditmar Awards were released yesterday and I was delighted to discover I’d made the ballot. Twice over. In the same category. The blog here at Earl Grey Editing has been nominated for Best Fan Publication in Any […]

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