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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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Sunday, 13 July 2008

New SF sites

I have found two rather new Speculative Fiction web sites this week. I've been wishing there was a Fantasy web site - just fantasy, not hard SF or horror - and thanks to Simon Haynes's eagle eye I've found one, It's new, and it's British, and it's called Wonderlands. You sign up just like Facebook or My Space and have your own page. You can join in discussions and exchange messages with other members. Check it out here.

Another newish site is called A Boy Goes on a Journey and it also looks very promising. There are articles on writing, discussions and the opportunity to exchange critiques. My crit buddy Phill Berrie is one of a keen team of organisers. There's loads of potential here: it just needs a bit of support to see it turn into something really worthwhile.

8 comments:

hrugaar said...

Unfortunately the title A Boy goes on a Journey makes me think of a gay coming-of-age novel ... a misconception briefly sustained when the first thing I saw on the page there was a banner saying 'The Phantom Queen Awakes...'

Bad Ru, bad.

Satima Flavell said...

Yes, down boy! Bad Rottweiler...

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Sounds like something interesting. Hrugaar's right though ...
Marilyn

Satima Flavell said...

Ah well, chac'un a son double-entendre:-)

gynie said...

thank's for the funny test ^^
'Lancelot speaking'

Anonymous said...

Or if you know about writing in spec fic, you'd recognise that A boy goes on a journey is actually one of two basic plotlines that someone said every novel follows. Either A boy goes on a journey or A stranger comes to town.

Mark Deniz said...

Felt I needed to jump in here and comment on hrugaar's comment, especially as my company gets a mention here.

As the anonymous person mentioned, the A boy goes on a journey title relates to one of two plotlines in a novel(I seem to remember it used in a review of Le Guin's Earthsea books).

I find the comments as coming-of-age gay novel to be a little unwarranted and also offensive.

My main concern though is that someone who thinks they have travelled to a gay website feels their narrow-minded viewpoint sustained by seeing The Phantom Queen Awakes.

Satima Flavell said...

The internet is a fantastic tool for contacting like-minded people and learning about what's going on in the world, and doing it almost instantaneously. The problem with this instant communication is that we tend to make off-the-cuff comments, generally intended as flippant jokes, which would go down OK in conversation but can cause offence in writing because we don't have the added meaning imparted by tone of voice, facial expression and body language. Linguists seem to think that these three things account for up to 90% of the meaning we extract from spoken comments. It does behove us, therefore, to think twice before posting and to re-read our posts to make certain there is minimal chance of misinterpretation, but this is a council of perfection and I have been as guilty as anyone of not following my own advice.

The flip side, of course, is that we must try to give our electronic friends the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure Hrugaar's comment was intended as a joke. That's certainly how I chose to interpret it, and I hope other bloggers will, too.

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