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2005 Blog Snapshot Over.

Image from gapingvoid. It's one of the finest blogs out there, and you should read it.

If you've seen anything here you'd like to buy, follow links (some of it can be a bitch to find, I know) or go to the fine Project Pulp and buy shit there.

And lastly, my name is Ben Peek and this is my blog. That means I'm responsible for the madness, and I get the last pimp. Firstly, you should go to Shadowed Realms, where my story, 'Johnny Cash (a tale in questionnaire results)' is now up. Special neat design things have been done with it and it's a little something extra now, which just goes to show you what fine people Angela and Shane are. I also have another story, 'Dream of the Russian Princess' up at TiconderogaOnline, and my Ditmar Award nominated story, 'R' is in the anthology Agog! Smashing Stories, while my Aurealis nominated story, 'Dr Who? (Or the Day I Learnt to Love Tom Baker)' is in Forever Shores and 'The Dreaming City' is in Leviathan 4: Cities. That story will also be reprinted in The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 2006, my novel, Black Sheep will appear. In the last couple of months, I ran a fiction project that you can also scope out for free. And yes, I am kind of like a virus, but once I infect you... well, you go see a doctor and you're just fine. Simple course of antibiotics should do it.

The 2005 Blog Snapshot (also known as Interview Week and Pimp Your Shit Week) is going to be put up on Tabula Rasa to be held forever and ever in cyberspace. If you took part in it, and you want to update your bio, give links, new pictures, or just throw your love at David Carroll, email him at davidc @ tabula-rasa.info or go to his blog, ashamel.

We're done.


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Apr. 17th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'd just like to thank you for doing all those interviews - they've been interesting reading all week, and I enjoyed them all.
Apr. 17th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
you're welcome.

to be honest, if i'd known it'd get to be so much work, and so wild and insane, i think i might not have done it. but that's life for you.
Apr. 17th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks Ben,

It's been a geat week of interviews - remind me to buy more of your stuff sometime :)
Apr. 17th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
next year, novel. buy novel for friends. buy as gift. it'll actually make a horrible gift, but buy it anyhow.

unless you mean my fiction, from a publishing point of view. well... you should buy that, too.

Apr. 17th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ben - Great job with the interviews or, as I like to think of them, Ben's Fun Book of Death. Cool stuff. - Jonathan
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)

you know, the interviews themself totalled over 40, 000 words. kinda insane, when you think about that. the killing was fun though--i think it was the whole reason margo did it. so she could die and talk to god.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
I think it was great. You did a terrific job. Maybe you should consider continuing it. I bet somewhere like SF Site or Locus: Online would love to have something similar featuring international writers.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
i figure there are plenty of other people who are capable (and much more so) than me to do it. there's a whole research time, which isn't much when you know the people and the scene they come from, but internationally, there are just huge holes of knowledge that i've got nothing on, and i'd go insane covering them.

that said, turning myself into the spec fic equivalent of the actor's studio question time does have a certain appeal...
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
you could do it all 'masterpiece theatre'
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
you know, i had to look that up. maybe i could get financing from mobil.
Apr. 17th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
it's been fun to read... and good to get a kind of snapshot of the scene... i'll look forward to reading them all when they're archived...

and if nothing else, people will have "something specific" to nominate you for for next year's atheling:)

Apr. 17th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
people just ought to kill the specific nomination thing. it's such a waste. but eh, whatever to awards. you know my feeling about them and their usability.

though i did find some interesting things about the scene through this. the first of them is that it's a real hassle to buy the stuff. there are places (orb and aurealis) that i don't even know where you can buy it. everything else is through the site they have, which is kind of silly, since you won't pick up random purchases or expand your consumer base with that kind of thing. what this scene really needs is to use places like project pulp, but also, to have an australian version of it or something, or use australian bookstores.

it's kinda ridiculous the way it is.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
This has been a great project, Ben, I've enjoyed seeing all these thoughts on writing and the local scene. Kudos to you for making it happen.

Re Orb: you can get that from Sarah's website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~kendacot/Orb/index.html
(though that address is going to change, I think). But I see your point. Distribution is still a major stumbling block for small press. Robert Stephenson put forward some ideas about that recently, I think. Solving the distribution problem - if that's possible - will be a big leap forward.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
ah. okay. the link to orb wasn't working yesterday when i tried it, and sarah gave me a different one that also didn't work. so i figured it was between sites.

no one is going to listen to stephenson's ideas about distribution. i don't say that maliciously or anything like that, it's a simple fact: no one in the scene works with him. no one wants too. he had two anthologies up for this year, but due to a lack of submissions, he combined them both. now, granted, he might have found nothing that suits him, but i know for a fact that many people did not submit to him. whether it's his own fault or not doesn't matter, the simple fact is no one will jump into an idea like that with him.
Apr. 18th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with you about Robert S. But it did seem in that eidolist discussion of several months (years?) ago that some people saw merit in his ideas about distribution. At least, that's how I remember it. There appeared to be a chance that *something* might happen out of that discussion, but these things take time and energy and someone to drive them, I guess.

I can't really claim to know anything about running a small press or distributing books, though, so perhaps more experienced voices might like to chime in here. Or not.

Apr. 18th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
it's not so much about running and distruting books, i think, so much as having one place where you can find everything and buy it. or just getting them into different online venues. i think part of Agog! Press' success is that it has done this.

there was never a chance something would happen with stephenson's idea. doesn't matter the quality of it, it came from him, and the people with small presses don't want to work with him. again, that's not a judgment on either side, it's just the fact.
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
what this scene really needs is to use places like project pulp, but also, to have an australian version of it or something, or use australian bookstores.

Donna Hanson is trying to set up a distribution thingummy for Aussie small SF presses at http://www.austspeculativefiction.com.au

At the moment, it's got the Agogs, the CSFG stuff (obviously), some Mirrordanse and Loranda titles, as well as authors Richard Harland, KA Bedford, Maxine McArthur, Gillian Polack...

Worth checking out. Probably worth providing feedback to Donna about, too.
Apr. 18th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
yeah, i know about donna's thing. i actually have quite a few reservations about it, the least of which is its poor design. the largest of these is that it appears to be a lot about donna herself--to the point that you can receive information about her when you sign up for membership. it makes it smell faintly fishy and amaturistic and also somewhat vanity motivated.

just my opinions, of course.

but i wouldn't buy through that site. that site looks like it was made by blind monks and that they'll steal my credit card information and never send me books. and when i say this, remember that i'm the kind of guy who purchases a fair bit online.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
I take your point, and I've got similar reservations about the design, but...

You were just saying that we need something like this.

Sure, it'd be *nice* if it looked good, too...

What's now going to happen is that, well, people will say what you did - blind monks, looks fishy, etc. etc. People will say, "I could do better than that," not support it. It'll die. And in three years, someone will prove that they *can* do it better. It'll be exactly the same, only better looking.

'cos, you know, that's the way it works.

I'm just saying.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
okay. i get what you mean.

i would get behind this if donna removed all the self promotion stuff she has about herself. that's my main stopping block. when i look at that site and everything go through there, i see a site designed to promote donna and her work first, the scene second. thus, everything that goes thru there, by its nature, works to promote donna--which is not a bad thing, since donna is by no means a bad person, but it creates an imbalance for any site designed to sell things.

that's what stops me from supporting that here at the blog.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'll pass that on. Feedback is good.

I think you're probably right, anyway. :)
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
it also needs to be redesigned :)
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
No comment.

Apr. 18th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
you already agreed with that point earlier, you know.
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
No further comment, then!
Apr. 18th, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)
Golf clap! Well done, sirrah. It was a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed both the chance to Q&A and the read.
Apr. 18th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
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