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Interview Week.

I've an idea. A stupid idea, most likely, but I never seem to let that stop me. Starting on Sunday will begin Interview Week for Australian Speculative Fiction people and whatever else an Australian has.

Granted, this might not work. It might be that it turns shit, never happens, only gets a couple of people, but I'm willing to do it and use my little world here. It gets a bit of traffic--nothing huge--but given the size of the scene, and the promotional elements out there, it's something. It's my way of giving a bit of support and also having a one week throw up of everything going and, lets be honest, I'm curious, so why not?

Basically, it works like this: If you're a local and you've something to pimp, be it stories out there, a collection, a novel, a magazine, non fiction work, role playing stuff, something that can be bought and purchased, go to the previous post, and leave an option to be interviewed. State you want to be part of the Week of Whoring and you'll get five questions. When you answer them, supply me with an image of your work, or some odd little image of yourself or just something quirky and weird--and not too big--and I'll post it up on the blog as an entry.* If you've nothing to pimp you won't become an entry,  simple, but you got friends who got stuff, send them over.

So, you got some shit to pimp... bring it on.

EDIT: Looks like there'll be some web space given to this, too, so at the end a large archive of it will exist for people to go to and paw through. Space is being offered by David Carroll at Tabula Rasa.




* If you want to email it to me, or contact me thru email about this, use benpeek at livejournal.com

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ashamel
Apr. 8th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
If you want a more stable place to put this project, we'll host it on the Tabula Rasa website.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
hey, that's cool. You wanna do both? I'll run it through here, and then, at the end, you can keep host them in the one place? i got no idea how big or small it'll be, mind you. could be no one goes for it.
ashamel
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Let's see how things go. You've got some pretty interesting ones so far.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's what i thought. hopefully the ones answered will go for it, too, and we can get a nice stream. but we'll see.
ashamel
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
You should put an invite out on the various email lists for Australian writers (if you haven't already). Southern Horror for one, and all sorts of other ones I know little about.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
yeah, probably. i've contacted a few people about it personal like, which is cool, but maybe i do have to do the lists. i'm only on a couple though: visions, csfg, and eidolist, which are all basically the same people. but i think i'll wait until tomorrow to see what kind of response i get... i don't want to go looking too insane and going everywhere with it and then it never happens.
benpeek
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
okay. i tossed it at the visionslist, which means it should get round a bit. i got a starter point for us on sunday and maybe a few more. we'll see how it goes from tomorrow.
robinpen
Apr. 9th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
Interview Deb, interview Deb! Whore Deb! Whore Deb!

Phew, I need a shower.
benpeek
Apr. 9th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
i hear the call to whore deb all the time.

anyhow: you want to be whored too, don't you? you got a collection ofbig squishy things.
robinpen
Apr. 9th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, alright. What do I do again?
benpeek
Apr. 10th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
you get five questions and you answer them :) (i'll nick a small image of the anthology from cat's site.)

q's:

1) It's been a while since Australia has seen something as substantial as DAIKAIJU! emerge with Robin Pen's name on it. Does this signal an active return writing (assuming your absence has been by choice), or is it more of a one off project?

2)What kind of issues are raised in producing an anthology that is born from a sub-genre of movies and literature that many might not be familar with?

3) You've been connected to the Australian scene for a while now. What do you think it has enough of, and what do you think it needs tokeep growing?

4) You're dead. It happened in a really, really, really *tiny* toilet. Not many people came to your funeral. Anyhow, you're dead: you go to Heaven (assuming you believe, blah blah) and you see God. What do you say?

5) Favourite swear word?
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Great idea!
Ben,
Thank you. Every year I ask Bill Congreve to update me on the horror scene in Australia and he usually gets me the info a bit later in the year. This is perfect. I can see who is doing what and beg copies of the collections and anthologies NOW--when I will actually have time to read them.
Good luck to everyone and alert me to your new books and magazines. I don't have time to read novels so usually don't request them. I haven't posted to the authors who have books coming out in the US-like Prime--as I'm already in touch with Sean Wallace.
Ellen Datlow
benpeek
Apr. 13th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Great idea!
hey ellen--

thanks, i'm glad it's been helpful for you. be sure to send anyone else this way if you reckon they'll find it the same way. just so you know, lee battersby's book is from prime, too, so you'll probably be able to snag a copy of that from sean wallace.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
Good idea!
I'll let Kelly & Gavin know they should trundle their way over here.
Ellen
catvalente
Apr. 16th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Ah, to be Australian! Alas. ;)
benpeek
Apr. 16th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
you could get citizenship...

of course, if i have to ask another person five questions, i think i might just die.
catvalente
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Ha! This is why I can't do those memes. The list of people asking to be interviewed would be endless.

I'm still upset we got gypped out of an Australia port call last year...I've never been.
benpeek
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
yeah, i bet. your friendslist is somewhat five times mine--and pretty much 80% of the people here didn't come from it. but still, people tell me they learnt stuff about the scene, so s'okay. oddly enough raised my profile a bit, which was strange.

well, while you've never been to australia, i've never left it. it's even somewhere along the line ;)
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