The lovely Andrea Johnson of Nerds of a Feather interviewed me about Flyaway, about which she also said, “There is so much art-thought behind Flyaway, that at times I have to talk about the novella as a piece of fiction, and at other times I have to talk about it as a piece of art that is separate from a plotline.” Which, as an artist, was lovely to hear. But she also said nice things about it as a book, too!
In it, with occasional external disruptions, we “discuss reading and working in the time of the pandemic, the comfort of regency romances, illustrating The Tallow Wife, watching Hamish Macbeth, her new short novel Flyaway, and much more.”
You can listen through that link, or on your preferred podcast app. We talked about books and projects old and new — and then kept on talking for quite a while afterwards. It’s been too long between running into each other in conventions.
There are lots (lots) of great interviews on Coode Street. I recommend checking them out.
As a reader, I’ve been developing a liking, lately, for reviews that are thoughtful appreciations —they are themselves often lovely pieces of writing, they deepen my liking for stories I’ve read, and frequently drive me to read others I might not have (and give me ideas). And as a writer it is of course gratifying to read a considered response to even such a short story.
Michael Mackenzie of ABC Radio National interviewed Kim Wilkins, Namila Benson and me about the curse of distraction. It was live (argh) but the edited podcast is now up online. The federal government leadership spill happened halfway through and I had a deer-in-the-headlights moment, but those have now been removed so you can pretend this all takes place in a calm and stable environment.
Lana: I enjoy trying to figure out shapes and patterns and new way to build forms. I spend a lot of time researching so it makes me feel like I am unwrapping mysteries. I started out as an illustrator so I still like to bring some narrative into the works as well.
K: Do you have an example?
Lana: Snake oil was a piece for an exhibit called Zealots Elixir at Modern Eden, It was my first attempt at a snake skeleton. Each vertebrae is 7 individual pieces of fabric so it is a pretty good example of translating the flat to the 3D.
Betsy: I think creating concept artwork for animation is particularly exciting because you see your ideas realized by other artists. It’s so rewarding to see a character or prop that I have designed translated into 3D by the modeling and surfacing departments. Animation is such a collaborative medium!
K: Do you have an example?
Betsy: This isn’t really a great example of what I’m talking about because it’s hard to show that, but I do really like this image. :).