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March 9th, 2005

Ditmar Nominations

Ditmar nominations are up.

First is first, I picked up a best short story nomination for 'R' which appeared in Agog! Smashing Stories and a nomination for the William Atheling Jnr Award for criticism for my post on Haruki Murakami. Both of them are real nice. Thanks for those who read and nominated.

The Atheling nominations are going to cause a bit of a ruffle, I reckon. The people in charge of the award this year decided to bring the award nominations back for a specific piece of writing, which kind of fucked people who have been building a body of work in reviews, since that has been what has mostly gone on and what has previously been nominated. Hardcore criticism is dead in the local scene, so actually allowing for nominations based off a years work has, in my opinion, made the nominations stronger. It's not a slight upon the writers who are nominated (and I'm one of them) but this year does feel weaker, with Jason Nahrung up for 'Why Are Publishers Afraid of Horror' which was published in the Courier Mail in Queensland, Rob Hood up for his review of Weight of Water and and me for my bit on Murakami. Still, maybe it will inspire some more critical work this year, though where it would be published outside blogs and websites (where both Rob's piece and mine came from a site and blog) I don't know.

Anyhow, the full nominations are behind the cut.Collapse )

Street Conversations: None.

Nothing. There just aren't anymore thoughts.





Decided to skip a week on the Streets Conversation Project. Sickness made thinking coherently difficult, so rather than do something half baked in between coughing, sneezing, and leaving balls of snot everywhere, I figured I'd just skip. It's for the best, trust me. Next week will resume as usual.

If you're just dropping in and have no idea what this is about, I'm in the middle of an eight week fiction project called Street Conversations. The previous four updates are Wires, Jesus, Old Men, and Love. Check them out if you're curious.