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3 days to go!

Bloodlines has only 3 days to go for submissions! If you haven't emailed me your story, now is the time to do so!

Here's another link to the guidelines.

Remember, the story must revolve around blood - if you take the blood (blood, bloodlines, blood magic etc) away from the story and the story still works, then it isn't on theme.



While I've been catching up on the submissions for Bloodlines, I realised there's just under three weeks left!

Don't forget to get your stories in! Guidelines are here.


The exciting life

Well, you'd think being an archaeologist / writer / editor would be a glamorous life of travel, adventure, rolling boulders...maybe even some evildoers thrown into the mix.


However, lately is full of reading submissions for Bloodlines, plus a bit of work, cats and some knitting. While it's too soon to provide any comment on the Bloodlines stories (give me blood!) I can share my latest knitting project: a scarf for Tom! He requested the colour.


More knitting!

In between work, reading for Bloodlines, and everything else, I've been knitting like a crazy person. An average-level crazy person.

Yes, I'm addicted.

My newest scarf is more of a neck warmer (I ran out of wool and the shop didn't have any more when I checked) than a scarf. But improvisation is the mother of invention, or something like that...I have also started two more scarves (hey, they're straight and I don't have to change stitch numbers: one 2x2 ribbed and the other stocking stitch, on 6 mm needles  - larger than the recommended size - with a synthetic mohair. I'll post pics when they're more advanced.

Otherwise, my neck warmer/scarf!



Finished scarf!

So I finished my first scarf! It did get a lot neater towards the end. I also added some small embroidered flowers over a couple of the holes, and then just popped in a few more to make it look deliberate ;)



Bloodlines anthology call - OPEN

As many of you are aware, Bloodstones was the first volume in an annual dark fantasy series. While it has been a little over a year since Bloodstones was released, Bloodlines is now under way! Official website is here.

I am very excited to be working on this collection with Ticonderoga; it's been a long time coming. I have great expectations that this book will be brilliant; so authors, wow me!

Now, the business end...

Bloodlines call for submissions! OPEN NOW

Blood will tell... blood holds memory... blood is sacrifice... blood is thicker than water... blood is life.

Bloodlines will feature non-traditional horror stories, which take place in an urban fantasy setting. Give me stories about creatures that need blood to live, or blood to do magic, or whose blood is magic. Witches, shamans, faeries, ancient gods and humans can feature in this collection, so long as your story exudes magic and mystery. So long as you enchant me.

As for the nitty-gritties:

  •    No science fiction stories will be accepted;

  •    Romance is acceptable, as long as the story is dark and has horrific themes/elements;

  •    Do not send stories written in the second person;

  •    While vampire stories can be submitted, please note that it would be in your best interests to wow me with something other than vampires.

  •    Lastly, the story must be on theme and meet the above guidelines. It must have blood (its need, use, potency etc.) as a major focus. If it does not, your story will be rejected.

The anthology will be published by Ticonderoga Publications in late 2014/early 2015.

Submission guidelines:

Send me your best dark urban fantasy story.

  •    Story length 1,000 to 7,500 words.

  •    Original stories only: no reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions (please only submit one story).

  •    Stories may be submitted via email at

  •    Manuscript format: double spaced, large margins, Times New Roman font, Australian English spelling.

  •    The editor reserves the right to use their discretion in selecting stories.

  •    Submission period: 1 August 2014 to 15 October 2014

  •    Payment: 2 copies of anthology and Aus 2 cents/word (GST inc., maximum payment $150) on publication.



A quick update photo of my new scarf (as I had to unravel the old one). Over 60 cm long now. I'm aiming for about 1.4 m.

(Lily looks unimpressed).


Knitting V2.0

Hrm, so turns out I have an uncanny ability to add stitches, rather than drop them. I ended up doubling the length! Had to try again - with fewer initial stitches so it was easier to keep track. Last 'scarf' looked like a pectoral!

New scarf is about 20 cm long now.

My hands hurt.



Well, I've re-taken up knitting. Haven't done it since I was a kid! I've dropped a few stitches and decided to make the scarf way bigger than it needs to be - and I have sore fingers - but I'm getting there!!




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