May 2023 — round-up of posts

Hand holding black paper form which enough detail has been cut to hint at a Queenslander high-set house

Here is a quick master list of the May 2023 blog posts (not including Patreon posts). Posts with an * have writing and/or illustration exercises.

For a teaser of what was on Patreon, see further below (and if you were wanting to get me something for the birthday I just had, support there or elsewhere is always lovely!)

Hand-written mockup and printed Australian Gothic Stories workbooks
Tiny sketch of a group in the green room, talking and making tea, with simple blue marker colour

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: rejected project sketches, adventures in book weight design, new art reference, analysis of blurb-writing, PDFs of workshop handouts, a PDF of the complete 2021 observation journal, a process post on the cover of Kindling, a story about a gentleman who did not know his house was full of spells, early access to the calendar, and additional colourways.

Hand holding inky lino-cut, with blurry image of lino-print matchbox behind

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April 2023 — round-up of posts

Here is a quick master list of the April 2023 blog posts (not including Patreon posts). Posts with an * have writing and illustration exercises.

Hand lifting a cut paper illustration of a spotted creature in a tree

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: butterfly gowns, obvservation journal pdfs, early access to the calendar, and additional colourways.

Tiny ballpoint sketch of a crow with a white feather in its beak


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March 2023 — round-up of posts

Drawing of candle — yellow and white on a black background

Here is a quick master list of the March 2023 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Close up of lino, sketch and blue printing
Pencil sketch and final scratchboard illustration of Dancing Jack shown together

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: sneak peeks at linocuts, details of a French cover, gallery wallpaper process posts, PDFs of obvservation journal weeks, early access to the calendar, and additional colourways.

Table and wall in art gallery covered with many small silhouette images of objects and scenes from paintings

February 2023 — round-up of posts

Sketch of five sisters of varying heights, in cloaks

Here is a quick master list of the February 2023 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Small fast digital sketches of multiple figures and costumes from Poker Face Season 1 Episode 4
Photo of swatches of fabric and wallpaper with carousel animals

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: a PDF book of last year’s TV sketches, sneak-peeks at a linocut project and a silhouette project in progress, the fully drawn (and therefore spoiler-free) first draft of a story coming out later this year, silhouette stationery borders, early access to the calendar, and additional colourways.

Screenshot of overlapping silhouettes — details unclear






January 2023 — round-up of posts

12 tiled fairytale patterns

Here is a quick master list of the January 2023 blog posts (not including Patreon posts).

Tiny handwritten notes listing very general and largely illegible types of lists
Small fast digital sketches of multiple characters and costumes from The Snoop Sisters

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: repeating illustrated bands for printing on stationery, a PDF colouring book of the 2022 calendar pages, sneak-peeks at a silhouette project in progress, project sketches, and trials for a style for yet another project, files provided by Batwrangler for printing miniature versions of several years of calendar colouring books, PDFs of observation journal pages, timelapse videos, a tiny story, advance access to the calendar, and additional colourways.

Black and blue drawing of skewed buildings, with some yellow lights showing at the windows

2022 in review: Workshops, Panels and Presentations

Mock-ups of a book of map making instructions

2022 was a year of quite a few workshops, presentations, and panels, after the relative quiet of the preceding years!

Workshops (writing, illustration, writing/illustration, creativity)

  • Creative writing workshop (three-mood short stories) for Global Change Scholars Program, University of Queensland, February
  • Observation Journal Workshop, Brisbane Writers Festival, May
  • Gothic writing workshop, Kelvin Grove State College, August
  • “Bad drawings, good stories”, Gympie LIbrary, September
  • “The Art of Illustration” guest lecture and workshop for WRIT7090 (Writing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults), University of Queensland, October
  • “The Three Mood Approach to Writing Short Fiction” (online), World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November
  • “Feeling for the Edges — a bouquet of techniques for recombining, rediscovering and writing with what you already know” — workshop for the Departing Radically in Academic Writing summer school, Brisbane, December
  • Map Illustration Workshop (one hour version):
    • LoveYA / Wordplay / Brisbane Writers Festival, May
    • Indooroopilly Library, December
    • West End Library, December
    • Banyo Library, December

Panels (as panellist and as moderator, which I very much enjoy)

  • “Writing the Familiar as Fantasy” panellist — OzComicCon, March
  • Brisbane Writers Festival, May:
    • “Debuting in a pandemic”, as chair, with panellists Jacqueline Maley, Sophie Overett and Lyndall Clipstone
    • “Sweet, sweet fantasy” panellist, with Lynette Noni, C.S. Pacat, and MC Samantha Baldry
  • “Fairytale and fantasy. The art of pinning magic to the page with Kathleen Jennings and Trent Jamieson” panellist, with Trent Jamieson and MC Jess Yates, Oz ComicCon, September
  • “Keynote: Australian Fairy Tales: Flesh or Fossil”, keynote panellist, with Alan Parsons, Jo Henwood and MC Bettina Nissen, Australian Fairy Tale Society conference, October
  • “How We Do the PhD Here: An International Roundtable of PhD Candidates”, panellist with Hannah Ascough, Ovie Jack Matilda Eyituoyo, Brisa Smith Flores, Iris van der Wulp, and MC Mathias Orhero, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies conference, (virtual, Montréal), November
  • “Combining Outlooks: Artists Who Are Authors”, MC/panellist, with panellists Akua Lezli Hope, Terri Windling, Iris Compiet and Ursula Vernon, World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November
  • “The Artist as Visual Storyteller”, MC/Panellist, with Irene Gallo, Nikki Rossignol, Iris Compiet, and Penelope Flynn, World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November

Papers, interviewing, and others

  • Q&A live (remote) for CRWR3001 (The Epic), Flinders University, Adelaide, April
  • Reading at VICFA (first Virtual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), October
  • Pulp Fiction/Brisbane Square Library, launch of Angela Slatter’s The Path of Thorns, in conversation with me
  • A Room of One’s Own: Trent Jamieson’s launch of The Stone Road, in conversation with me
  • Academic paper, “Three Moods — A Novel Approach to the Short Story”, Work in Progress Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, November
  • Reading at World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November


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2022 Art — an incomplete survey

Some Patreon stationery

This post is a non-exhaustive round-up of 2022’s art — mostly projects published, as there are of course also projects completed but which I can’t show or can only discuss indirectly, and so on. (For writing, see 2022 Writing Update.)

I’m almost entirely certain I have missed some significant milestones — I did lose a chunk of time and focus to being unwell. And I definitely have worked on a lot of other art that Has Not Yet Been Revealed.

This post is quite long, because of the images, so if you’re reading on the blog, the rest is below this cut:

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2022 Writing Update

Photo of hand holding tiny cut-paper forest

I have been writing (mostly editing) although my literary-creativity brain was largely offline for almost half of 2022, and I now have some catching up to do! However, some pieces I’m really pleased with were published.

Short fiction and adjacencies

  • Sold, coming out in 2023, and I’ll tell you more once tables of contents are announced:
    • “The Five Lazy Sisters”
    • “Catechism for Those Who Would Find Witches”
    • “Annie Coal”
  • Other:
    • Tiny illustrated stories for patrons: Between 11 and infinite, depending on how you count them. “Shrine”; “Memorial”; “Artist”; “The Tiger”; “The Girls in the House”; “Reputation”; “What a Terrible Situation” (multiple); “Visitor”; “The Lion and the Tortoise”; “The Bee and the Frog”; “The Mule and the Artichoke”. (I might have missed some.)
Black and grey pen drawing: A family of four figurines tied together and leaning against a milk jug.

Other Projects

Little leafy divider

Ongoing, WIP, and fate to be decided

  • Extensive reworking on a short novel! Which now has more edits. It’s the urban gothic previously alluded to.
  • The PhD project — the topic has changed to be about the observation journal, and the creative project is now the novel above. The original PhD manuscript is awaiting further edits, but “Merry in Time“, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this year, is connected.
  • Another full year of the observation journal.
  • “The Crescent Line”: another railway piece (in the spirit of Travelogues).
  • Two projects I’m excited about, based on existing work — I will tell you more once titles are confirmed!
  • Other things…
On the right, notes on scene placement in Cinderella, with some coloured sketches.

All the 2022 calendar pages

Every month (with the support of patrons) I make a printable (and colour-able) calendar page. (You, too, can support the calendar, receive the files early, and get occasional alternative colourways here:

Here are all the designs for 2022:

12 tiled fairytale patterns

To view the art larger, as a gallery/slideshow, click the images below.

Many of the designs had multiple colourways in the original posts (and a few extra for patrons). You can see those, and descriptions of the process, under the calendar tag or here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

I’ve also made a colouring book of the line-art for patrons at the stationery level.

A Year in Fairy Tales: 12 Colouring Pages from 2022

Note: Want to support the arts? This calendar is made possible by patrons, who get it a little bit early, along with other sneak-peeks and behind-the-scenes art (patron levels start at very low amounts!): It is also supported by those very kind people who throw a few dollars towards it via the tip jar: And many of these designs are available as prints, clothes, cases, etc on Redbubble, as fabrics and wallpaper on Spoonflower, and as prints in InPrnt

December 2022 — round-up of posts

Small fast digital sketches of multiple characters and costumes from My Life is Murder (including a long lilac trench-coat-ish jacket)

Here is a quick master list of the December 2022 blog posts (not including Patreon posts). Just a few since it was, well, December, and I was finishing edits on a very large manuscript (which I finished and sent off before midnight on Christmas Eve!).

Photo of stacked map zines and yellow envelopes stamped with mermaids

Posts over on Patreon at various tiers included: progress posts, early reveals, advance access to the calendar, along with a variety of alternative colour schemes, printable stationery and the tiniest of cat stories.

Cropped images, showing a frog on an ochre background and a tortoise on a green one

If you’d like to support the art and/or the artist, prints, clothes, cases and fabric, are available at on Redbubble and Spoonflower. Patron levels on starts at US$1/month (and include early art, sneak peeks and stories), and I also have a tip jar through through Ko-Fi:

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