AntiSF

I have a little quirky tale up at AntiopodeanSF.

http://www.antisf.com.au/the-stories/shifting

Story published in Cosmos!

Exciting news! My story, The Dragon, is now online at Cosmos.

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/fiction/6060/the-dragon

Scribophile contest

I just won a small flash fiction contest over at Scribophile. The contest prompt was to write a 500 word memoir about the most significant push someone has ever given you, but write it from the POV of the person giving your the push.

http://www.scribophile.com/contests/flash-500-push-challenge/

The link is only displayed in a member area, so you need to sign up to Scribophile if you want to read it. Otherwise, I might post it here sometime soon.

Third time’s a charm now online

I’m excited to announce my story ‘Third time’s a charm’ is now up on the Daily Science Fiction website.

http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/magic-and-wizardry/melanie-rees/third-times-a-charm

Doing happy dances!

I’ve been getting my weekly exercise with all the happy dances I’ve been doing recently.

I’ve just heard that my story ‘Third time’s a charm’ will be published next week at Daily Science Fiction. I’ll provide a link soon.

Also last week I received an acceptance for my story ‘The Dragon’ from Cosmos online. More details soon.

Article in Link Disability Magazine

I recently contributed some information on my kidney transplant experience to an article in the August edition of Link Disability Magazine.

http://www.linkonline.com.au/Link/article/427

The article talks about the Australian Transplant Games, which are a fantastic event for promoting organ donation and giving thanks to donor families.

Seven Sins now online

My story ‘Seven Sins’ is now online at DSF.

http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/fairy-tales/melanie-rees/seven-sins

Seven Sins published today

Great news. My story ‘Seven Sins’ has been published on Daily Science Fiction. It has been sent out via email today and should appear online in a week or so. I’ll provide a link when it’s on the website.

Silence Broken now in Bards and Sages Quarterly

My story, Silence Broken, is now available in Bards and Sages Quartlery.

Available at http://www.bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/bards_and_sages_quarterly

 

Doing a happy dance!

My story ‘Third time’s a charm’ has been accepted in Daily Science Fiction.

Hard Boiled

My flash fiction ‘Hard Boiled’ is now online at Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.
http://www.untiedshoelacesofthemind.com/Issue6/boiled.php

Another sale!!!

Exciting newss. I have sold my story, Seven Sins, to Daily Science Fiction. Unless the Mayan prophecy becomes a reality, 2012 looks like it will be a good year.

New year cheer!

It has been a happy new year so far with two of my stories accepted during the past week.

My story ‘Silence Broken’ will appear in Bards and Sages Quarterly in the April edition, and my flash fiction piece called ‘Hard Boiled’ will soon appear in Untied Shoelaces of the Mind.

A Time to Kill now online

A Time to Kill is now online at Daily Science Fiction

Shifting book launch

I just finished a very different project. A small group of Professional Writing students and Print Making students at the Adelaide College of the Arts were chosen to hand-make a book. The collaborative student-project has taken us almost a year, but we have finally finished making 20 books and we had the official launch last night.

This has certainly provided me with an appreciation of the “other side of the fence”. I never knew there was so much to know about paper and book binding. It has been a real insight.

My literary contribution was a one page poem called ‘the longest shift’ and is about ambulance shift workers. Poetry isn’t my “thing” but I’m really pleased with this poem so I am trying to get it published somewhere online so I can share it with everyone.

Rapunzel’s Daughters anthology reviews

Another positive review for Rapunzel’s Daughters from Library Journal.

http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprint/currentissue/890960-403/sffantasy_reviews_july_2011.html.csp

Rapunzel’s Daughters now available through Amazon

What happened after the happily ever after? This anthology has 31 stories that put a new spin on old tales.

Included in the Rapunze’ls Daughters anthologys is my short story, ‘Dr Zum: psychotherapist to the surreal’.

 

Shades of Sentience anthology now available for purchase

The Shades of Sentience anthology is now available to purchase online.
http://sentientonline.net/?p=1794

Praise for the Shades of Sentience Short Story Anthology
“Shades Of Sentience is an eclectic collection of twenty gripping yarns. From the flash vignette to the fantasy epic, from cutting edge sci-fi to disturbing horror, this is a gripping collection of great variety. So many different styles and voices are included here, with such a broad scope of tales, that it never gets boring. Well worth a read!”  Alan Baxter from Blade Red Press

 

‘Story’ accepted to Twisted Tongue magazine

My piece of flash fiction ‘Story’ has been accepted to issue 15 of Twisted Tongue Magazine, which is out now.

Shades of Sentience anthology launched

My story ‘Devil’s Dinner’ has been included in the Shades of Sentience short story anthology, which was launched at 2010 Brisbane Supernova in early April.

‘Devil’s Dinner’ a finalist in Shades of Sentience competition

My Story ‘Devil’s Dinner’ was a finalist is the Shades of Sentience short story competition and has been offered a place in a proposed anthology. If  the anthology proceeds I will post more details soon. http://sentientonline.net/

‘Holding’ will appear in ASIM

My short story ‘Holding’ will appear in issue 48 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (due out approximately October 2010).
I have been a long-term subscriber of ASIM and they always have some amusing and bizzare tales from the world of SF and Fantasy.
http://andromedaspaceways.com/

Night-time visitor

In the dark she sings,
She holds my hand tight in hers:
Limbs tender, voice soft.
Clouds part, the moon shines upon
Green skin, one too many arms.

The River Murray

She breathes from the hills
Opens her mouth to exhale
Tired she gasps for air

Haiku appearing at Riverbeats Live 09

World Transplant Games

During the recent World Transplant Games on the Gold Coast, our bus was delayed late one night. Cramming onto the last bus, a dozen of us had to stand during the thirty-minute trip back to our hotel. With sore feet and weary bodies from the sporting events, there were subsequently a few complaints.

I filled in the time taking in my surroundings. Like a carnival, lights tinted the faces of individuals: the bus driver turned blue, two ladies in front of me turned red and a young boy turned yellow as the bus passed under the neon lights of the Gold Coast’s  street lights.

Trying to stay awake, I listened in on someone else’s conversation (as all aspiring writers do). Two mothers sat with their respective daughter and son who were crammed into a seat sleeping. Conversations at the Transplant Games begin in the same way, not with ‘what do you do for a living’ and ‘where do you live’, rather ‘what transplant did you have’ and ‘what drugs do you take’.

“What transplant has your daughter had?” asked the mother of the young boy.

“Kidney.”

“And all is going well?”

The mother of the daughter nodded.

“And your son?”

“Liver,” she stroked her son’s head and then mouthed silently so he didn’t see, “but we are currently waiting for another one.”

As if knowing what she said the boy awoke stared up at the lady with a look that would have melted an ogre’s heart. He stared up with amber eyes; eyes a striking and sickening yellow. The boy’s complexion was still yellow. The neon lights had long since passed.

Comic depictions of aliens seldom pain eyes so yellow (it looks too surreal). Only a liver patient could relate to that yellowing that signals there is little time left.

It is small reminders like these, which reinforce that life is a blessing.

I was blessed not to have a seat on the bus – it reminded me that I can still stand.