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Well, the Tin Duck nominations for 2006 have now been announced. I wasn't expecting much this year, considering I spent it overseas and didn't really put out much content during 2006, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find I've been mentioned four times, twice for my fiction and twice more for more generic group activities. The details are here:

I'm up for the following categories...

Best WA Professional Long Written Work
Carnies, Martin Livings

Best WA Professional Short Work
‘Dwar7es’, Martin Livings, Ticonderoga Online Issue 9

Best WA Unpaid or Fan Production (any media)
The Horror Day Anthology, Martin Livings and Stephanie Gunn
Skeletor and Hordak, Martin Livings

Incidentally, that last one really ought to be "Grant Watson et al", considering he invented the damn strip. If it wins, [ profile] angriest, you're getting up on stage, as is [ profile] cheshirenoir, and [ profile] _fustian if he's there. And we're dedicating it to the only person really doing the strip lately, [ profile] dalekboy, who's an honorary West Australian. :)

Thanks to everyone and anyone who nominated me, I'm chuffed to be mentioned! I guess that's another panel I'll have to turn up to at Swancon now... and, of course, congrats to all those on my f-list who've also been nominated, especially [ profile] azhure, sharing the honours with me on the Horror Day nomination. She did most of the hard work on it, anyway!

EDIT - after writing this, I felt remiss not mentioning the people in my f-list who are also nominated. So big congrats to... *takes a deep breath* [ profile] battersblog, [ profile] stephen_dedman, [ profile] battblush, <[ profile] sjiraiyac, [ profile] punkrocker1991, [ profile] valeskah1, [ profile] nullspace_feed, [ profile] girliejones, [ profile] angriest and [ profile] mynxii, plus anyone else I may have inadvertently forgotten. Nice one, guys! It's win-win! :)


Oct. 15th, 2006 11:10 am
martinlivings: (Writing Good)
It's a little early for Thanksgiving, but it seems appropriate somehow.
  • Thanks to all who visited the Horror Day Anthology and made it such a huge success. And thanks to those who wrote to us and told us how much they liked it, it made it all worthwhile. Incidentally, in the 48 hours or so the site was up, it got over 650 hits, which is pretty bloody spectacular. In contrast, the web site for my novel Carnies has received around half that in five months or so!

  • Thanks to all those who publicised the anthology, the word really spread far and wide, an impressive achievement for something so short notice and, let's face it, half-arsed. ;)

  • Big thanks to the thirteen authors who so generously donated their stories, without whom it might have ended up being an unmitigated disaster, and probably deservedly so, considering how little thought and preparation went into it.

  • Special thanks to [ profile] azhure, who really did most of the work on it, and got precious little mention in the process. I don't think it would have happened without you, despite my grand intentions. Next time you can host it. ;)

  • Thanks to everyone who congratulated me on "finishing" a draft of Skinsongs. It's weird to look at it and think "I wrote this entire novel in London, from beginning to end". In fact, 99% of it was written sitting at this exact desk, looking out at the trees and terrace houses behind us. It's making me start to regret how soon we're coming home. But only a little.
That's about it, I think? If I've forgotten anything or anyone, let me know.

Next on the agenda - consistantising (???) Skinsongs for two weeks. And finishing off the story for Gastronomicon 2 (I have a draft, but it was twice as long as it was meant to be, so now I'm just cutting every second word out of it!).

And Dirk, if you're reading this, I haven't forgotten your project. In fact, I'm travelling to Canterbury next weekend to research it. :)
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Well, maybe not the news, but on the ABC's Articulate site, and by association, their news site. :) See:

It might not still be there, though, so to the left there's a small version, and click it to see the full one. It's great to be raising the profile of horror in this country, though why they felt my face was the most appropriate to show I have no idea. Hmm... my face... horror... my face... horror...

Hey! That's an insult!

Oh, and if you haven't gone there yet...
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Hi all!

Yes, it's Horror Day, Friday the 13th of October 2006. And to celebrate, Martin Livings and Stephanie Gunn have co-edited what could only be described as the literary equivalent of a flash mob, assembled in less than a day for your enjoyment!

So now, without further ado, the Horror Day Anthology is now available for viewing. It will be online from 12:01am on Friday the 13th of October, GMT+1200, until 11:59pm that same day, GMT-1200, a total of 48 hours, all of which is Horror Day... well, somewhere in the world! Fifteen stories from a wide variety of authors, all absolutely free to view, if only for a day or two.

The stories are:

-- "untitled", Brendan Carson
-- "Your Own Light-Hearted Friend", Stephen Dedman
-- "Daddy", Stephanie Gunn
-- "Inchoate: Night Memories", Robert Hood
-- "Silence", Martin Livings
-- "Chocolate", Robbie Matthews
-- "The New Religion", Brett McBean
-- "Chrysalis", Chuck McKenzie
-- "Nothing to Fear", Nigel Read
-- "Overheard on a train?", Rhidian Rhead
-- "Touched", David Schembri
-- "The Angler", Mark Smith
-- "The Ice Bride", Cat Sparks
-- "Skating on Thin Ice", Matthew Tait
-- "Dirty Washing", Marty Young

The anthology is located here:

Come and check them out. Tell your friends. Spread the word. And, most of all, enjoy!
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Hey everyone,

I just had a tiny brainstorm (appropriate for a tiny brain!). I'm putting a story online for Horror Day, and I know a lot of other writers aren't going to be able to take part personally, so what I thought I'd do is the world's fastest-compiled anthology.

Basically, if you'd like to participate, send me your short stories, one story each, preferably 1000 words maximum, along with maybe 25 words of bio, and I'll put as many as I can onto a web page and try and get it publicised a bit. The page will only be available on Friday the 13th, though thanks to time zones it'll be more than 24 hours of course! I'll need all the stories within the next 24 hours. The only rights I'd claim to the stories is for that 48 hour or so period of time. The only editing I'd do is basic grammar and spelling if necessary, due to the time constraints. And, of course, no payment!

I do wonder what we can throw together in such a short time? Send me your stories and we'll see. :)

Email stories to

EDIT - [ profile] azhure has just jumped on board to co-edit. In the words of C. Montgomery Burns... eeeeexcellent... :)
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From [ profile] planetfantastic et al...

It seems that Friday the 13th of October has been designated the Horror Day of Action. I'm not 100% certain what that entails [1], but it seems we should be encouraging people to read horror. Well duh. :)

At Fantastic Planet bookshop in Perth, they'll be having Horror Day Readings. Go to see Lyn and Lee Battersby, Carol Ryles, Stephen Dedman, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, and others, apparently. Not me, though. It's a bit too much of a commute, though I'd have dearly loved to be there.

What I might do instead is a virtual reading. No, not a podcast, the last time I tried one of those I ended up deleting with extreme prejudice, I hate my voice. But I'll post a link to an original horror short story here on Friday, just a tiny one. I'll only put it up for the day, and I'll remove it after that. Everyone should read it, even those who dislike horror (yes, [ profile] girliejones, I am looking at you!). That way, you can all claim to have done your part for the Horror Day of Action TM.

But I digress. If you're in Perth, get thy arse to Fantastic Planet in Shafto Lane on Friday, y'hear? Support your local horror writers. And buy my book while you're there. If you've already bought it, heck, buy another copy for a friend. :)

Propoganda ends. Peace out.

[1] I nearly typed "entrails" instead... there's a Freudian slip for you!


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