Tag Archives: Swancon


I was planning a detailed Worldcon roundup today, but my planned writing time on the plane did not happen thanks to the gentleman in front of me. But, the good news is that I am Perth which means I get to see a lot of the people I met at Swancon (which has a special place in my heart because of them making my first Con so amazing AND some of the Aussie BwBers – plus I get to go yachting! Oh, and I am meant to do some work lol

This being a jetsetting writer is a tough gig…

Continuum 7 is coming!

Time for a very overdue update. I do have excuses this time around, honest. I have been rather busy with work, and more importantly, writing. At the moment I have five stories out in the wild (including entries in the AHWA Short Story and Flash competition) and I am busily working towards deadlines for two more.

I have also been fortunate to do a fair bit of travelling of late, I have been to Perth and Sydney, and I started writing this at Adelaide airport.

Perth was amazing. I had gone over ostensibly to attend Swancon, but to be perfectly honest I had expected something small and that I would spend most of my time with my friends from the BWB. Instead I experienced a truly great convention, for which the organisers deserve a huge amount credit. I do have a comprehensive report half written, so despite the fact it is hardly topical anymore I will finish it, if only for my sake.

Swancon gave me a taste for further panels, so I am happy to report that I am appearing on three different ones at the upcoming Continuum 7, which is Melbourne spec fic’s pride and joy. It starts this Friday, and runs through to Monday.

Even if you don’t get to see me, I would encourage you to go…it looks like it will be a great event!

Friday in the Sun room

19:00 Continuum 101

Everything you wanted to know about fan conventions and con-going – an ideal starting point for anyone relatively new to conventions. Learn the secrets from those who have been around long enough to know better (now with special guest first-time con-goer!).

Danny Oz, Hespa, David McDonald

Saturday in the Sun room

11:30 Continuum 101

Everything you wanted to know about fan conventions and con-going – an ideal starting point for anyone relatively new to conventions. Learn the secrets from those who have been around long enough to knowbetter (now with special guest first-timecon-goer!).

Danny Oz, Hespa, David McDonald

Sunday in the Earth room

11:00 Adapting Philip K. Dick – From Paper To Celluloid

Although Philip K. Dick never saw his work translated into film, since his death he has become one of the most sought after sources for Hollywood to mine. And there’s much more on the way. What worked, what didn’t and why?

Steve Cameron, Bruce Gillespie, David McDonald

Monday in the Sun room

12: 00 Goodbye Sarah Jane

For a whole generation of Doctor Who fans, she defined what a Companion should be. Join us as we share our favourite moments, discuss what made Sarah Jane Smith so memorable and say goodbye to the incomparable Elisabeth Sladen.

David McDonald, Ben McKenzie, Ian Mond, Danny Oz, Candice Schilder

I am really excited to be involved, it is always a privilege to get these sort of opportunities.

My other exciting news is in the following post!

Swancon 36 – My first panel

Not much longer now! I fly over to Perth on Thursday, and I am looking forward to catching up with some old friends, and hopefully making some new ones.

I am also very excited that I have been given a great opportunity to be involved in a  panel discussion. This will be my first time on the other side of the table, and I am equal parts thrilled and nervous. Looking at the other panellists it should be a fascinating discussion. They are all much further along in the writing game than I am, but  hopefully I will be able to find something to contribute as well.

I would love to see you there, so feel free to come and say hello.

Religion creation in fantasy

with Alex Pierce, Jenny Blackford, Juliet Marillier, David McDonald, Satima Flavell (moderator)

It is rare for a fantasy novel to exist in a non-theist world. Indeed, it is the norm that religion, be it magical or philosophical, resides in the universe of the fantasy novel and in most cases it is a creation unique to that world. So how does a writer go about creating a feasible, even believable religion for their character to seek faith in or rally against.

Sunday 11:30am Plaza 1