For your viewing pleasure:
A is for Anachronisms and Agents
- Jennifer Fallon reminds writers to get the language right.
- Karen Miller has an article about getting agents.
- Ben Peek will be played by Jamie Hyneman.
B is for Book Trailers and Bad Books
- Jeremy Gordon examines their viability and effect on the reader.
- Glenda Larke on the CBCA speakers and the value of bad books (other notes on Lili Wilkinson’s blog and here).
C is for Casting
- Karen Miller suggests a cast list for Empress on My Book, The Movie.
- Last chance to cast Sabriel, which is heading for Hollywood.
- DragonKat takes to the screen with a video review of The Host.
- Jack Ryder announces Shorter & Sweeter is on the road. Now. Last chance to catch it in Queensland today and tomorrow.
D is for Deadlines and Divination
- Gillian Polack reminds us of the looming date for the Conflux short story competition.
- Horrorscope points out the closing date for the AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition and gives a last call for details for the Australian Dark Fiction Promotion Project.
- The Shiny short story competition has been cancelled.
- Tessa has a prediction about tomorrow.
E is for Effort
- Glenda Larke blogs on Tiptree and Gender and whether it was once easier.
F is for Formatting
- Jennifer Fallon lays out the basics on manuscript formatting.
- A hat-tip to Heroine Content whose hosting of the 21st Carnival of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans prompted the alphabetisation of this Carnival.
G is for Georgian
- Girlie Jones gives redirections to New Ceres.
- DragonKat and Girlie Jones and Horrorscope annouce New Ceres, The Anthology, is now open for submissions.
H is for Honours
- Justine Larbalestier points out some familiar names in the Locus Awards finalists lists.
- VoyagerOnline notes five Locus finalists from the New Space Opera anthology.
- DragonKat spots more Aussies at Locus.
- Jason Fischer celebrates David Kernot’s honourable mention from Writers of the Future.
- Karen Miller was nominated at Romantic Times and for the Tiptree.
- Gary Kemble wins One Book Many Brisbanes and is briefly interviewed by Jason Nahrung.
- Jonathan Strahan notes Shaun Tan and Ben Templesmith’s inclusion in the Eisner Awards nominations.
- Anita Bell (“as far as I know, that made it into any of the shortlists in any category”) and Simon Higgins (fantasy) win at the FAW National Literary Awards: PDF of announcement.
I is for Interrogation
- Kylie Chan is interviewed on the Voyager blog.
- At the Specusphere, Satima Flavell interviews Sean Williams.
- Glenda Larke posts her Orbit interview (second part here).
- Karen Miller gets interviewed by Grasping for the Wind and the Specusphere.
- Simon Haynes posts interviews with Kelly McCullough, Jenna Black, Tate Hallaway and Jeri Smith-Ready.
- Deb Biancotti is interviewed in Sweden.
J is for Jetpack Envy
- Jeremy Gordon notices a lack at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, and revealing comments in the Artistic Director’s address.
- Kate Eltham may have stumbled across the true reason.
- Jennifer Fallon (for VoyagerOnline) lists 51 Subgenres of Speculative Fiction.
K is for Kaiju and Kilogram
- Undead Backbrain hosts Kaiju Search-Robot Avery’s Top 20 Craziest Kaiju Countdown. See the parade here.
- There’s also a Kaiju contest where the correct guess of the craziest giant monster wins a King Komodo Poster III.
- Robert Hoge invites you to guess the weight of the World Fantasy Awards reading pile.
L is for Lift-off
- Simon Haynes issues an invitation to the Hal 4 Launch.
- Equilibrium Books announces a new subscription package for Studies in Australian Weird Fiction (Via HorrorScope).
- Brian Ross directs you to the fourth issue of Eclecticism.
- Horrorscope announces the premier of Dying Breed at Tribeca and also points you at the latest Infinitas Newsletter.
- Morrigan Books announces the line up for Voices.
- Jennifer Fallon has been unauthoritatively biographied.
- Whether or not the future is clothed, Margo Lanagan announces that the Starry Rift is out, the official page is here, and Jonathan Strahan got it onto Neil Gaiman’s blog.
- DragonKat announces Andromeda Spaceways 33 & 34.
M is for Masques and Madness
- Gillian Polack announces the opening of submissions for the next CSFG anthology.
- Justine Larbalestier says everyone else is crazy.
N is for Naturalisation
- Jennifer Fallon announces Russell Kirkpatrick to be both an honorary Australian and an honorary woman and also raises the question of why we vote for whom as favourites.
O is for Omnipotence and Open-Source
- Karen Miller blogs on The Megalomania of Writers.
- Fiona McIntosh discusses getting worlds right, freefalling and wounded men.
- Sean Williams kills but is not happy about it.
- Callisto Shampoo floats the Open Source Back Each Other Up project.
P is for Puzzled and Podcast
- Justine Larbalestier asks wherein lies the fascination with posting wordcounts, and gets answers.
- HorrorScope suggests you check out the transcontinental podcast Kryptographik.
Q is for Quest
R is for Recidivism
- Robert Hoge asks if prequels are always evil.
S is for Stew and Subjectivity and Shiny
- Gillian Polack guest blogs for Voyager on fantasy feasts and impossible stews.
- Jonathan Strahan wonders whether winning an award changes the nature of a book or only the reader’s perception.
- The Shiny Submission Guidelines have updated.
T is for Tales and Thanks
- Martin Living’s Tuesday Ten Minute Tales continue.
- Ben Payne takes a break from being curmudgeonly to wax lyrical about the “amorphous blobulous jelly of artistic miscellany” that is Last Short Story.
- Jonathan Strahan reminds you of the expanding Anthologies Page and ponders the effect on fiction.
- David Carroll reads 2012 and asks whether ideals have been met or limitations exceeded.
- Martin Livings received Alzheimers Australia acknowledgement of the Terry Tin.
- Robert Hoge thinks you should sell the stories not the guilt.
- Don’t forget to stop by Dog vs Sandwich weekly (if not more often) for new tales.
- Trent Jamieson muses on multiple short stories set in the same universe.
U is for Ueber Gletch
- Fiona McIntosh guest blogs for Voyager on The Moment of Inspiration.
V is for Vacuums
- You are not submitting into them – Girlie Jones (also, the importance of first paragraphs).
W is for Whetting, Appetites, for the purposes of
- Glenda Larke posts the prologue to the reprint of Shadow of Tyr.
X is for Crossroads.
Y is for You Missed One/Were Ungrammatical/Said Something You Shouldn’t Have/Revealed My Secret Identity
- Let me know in the comments, I’ll edit appropriately.
Z is for Zombies
- Jason Fischer offers an undead pug idea to the public domain.
- HorrorScope gives notice of the next Melbourne Zombie Shuffle.
- Chuck McKenzie continues to battle them.
- But the plague did not originate in Gippsland.