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… numerically challenged, I managed to schedule 2 drive-bys simaltaneously. So, today, please enjoy the drive-by stylings of Kelly Link & Gavin Grant and Jason Fischer.


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Jason Fischer is a Writers of the Future winner, author of the imfamous Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh (in Jack Dann’s Dreaming Again), the Apocalyptic novella Gravesend (its follow-up is on the way – huzzah!), and he has just made his thirtieth sale. Oh, he is also a Clarion South survivor of 2007. And he’s a wacky punster; loves a pun more than life itself. He could also apparently take 26 Justin Biebers in a fight. He discusses the merits of frog cakes and Batman -v- Dracula.

1.  The story I most regret is…
Like many folks, I have a hideous fistful of regrets.  I used to regret my novel Tusk, the infamous “Planet of the Apes, but with telepathic elephants”.  It consumed one arts grant and 18 months of my life, and I can’t even open the file now without gagging.  Yikes.  Still, it was a valuable lesson in what not to do, and how to plan my time better.  But mostly, I regret a novella I wrote a few years ago.  It was the winning entry in a three-day novel race, a competition held as part of a local writing festival.  In 72 hours I cranked out about 30,000 words of sexed-up thinly veiled autobiography, with the names changed and some events greatly dramatised.  Part of the prize was meant to be publication, but perhaps due to the scatalogical nature of this painful Mary-Sue, this obligation was fulfilled as a PDF, buried somewhere on the relevant council’s website.  It was quietly purged after an arbitrary period of time, and maybe that’s for the best.  Apart from that, I can’t really complain about things!

2.  How bad was it getting serenaded with “Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh” sung to the tune of “Camptown Races” all through Conflux in 2008?
Ha!  It was actually quite awesome.  This impromptu hoe-down was first performed by Gardner Dozois (my long-lost dirty uncle) in the Clarion South crit-pit, and it was nice to have him at the book-launch of “Dreaming Again” in spirit, if nothing else.  It was a somewhat surreal moment that still makes me laugh, and I shall never forget it!  If ever my tale of zombie camels gets optioned, I will insist that this be the movie’s theme song (and ongoing leit motif).

3.  What should you always delete from any story you write?
Without question any and all puns, particularly if in the story title.  Delete 90% of your adjectives, and 90% of your cuss-words.  “Delete all dialogue tags except for said!” Jason railed.  And kill off any really bad black-out line, particularly if it’s a punch-line.  Don’t do any of these things.  I have died many times for your writing sins, so that you don’t have to.

4.  Batman v Dracula: discuss.
As far as court cases go, it was probably the most convoluted piece of litigation ever seen in Gotham’s Supreme Court, and set some precedents, particularly in international law.  According to the plaintiff, the Wayne fortune was partly financed by Transylvanian interests, and following the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, a contentious lien was enacted on behalf of one Voivode Dracula.  His claim against the estate was considered spurious by many, based in part on a verbal “bail-out” agreement issued during the Depression.  The case was eventually dismissed, and the plaintiff was widely referred to as a “greedy bloodsucker” [citation needed].

5.  Donuts or danishes?
Donuts make me go nuts.  Mmm, donuts [drool].  But they’re no frog-cake.

 Jason blogeth here.

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(snurched from Jason Fischer)

Looks like it’s time for Ditmar voting again. As this is the year of AussieCon4, it’s a great chance to showcase some antipodean talent.

Tehani Wessely is compiling a list, checking it twice, for eligible Aussies – it lives here https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AhAUWipZqrNWdFljalBZWmJwSnc1cTJVT2s0ZnlMLVE&hl=en_GB#gid=0

It also seems I have four stories eligible:

Light as Mist, Heavy as Hope
The Girl with No Hands

Other awesome eligibles include LL (Lisa Hannett), Jason Fischer, Peter Ball, Cat Sparks, Chris Greene, Deborah Biancotti, Felicity Dowker, Dirk Flinthart, Alan, Baxter, Garth Nix, Kirstyn McDermott, Gillian Polack, Kaaron Warren, Laura Goodin, Jenny Blackford, Lee Battersby, Kathleen Jennings, Lezli Robyn (also a Campbell nominee this year), Sean Williams, Steph Campisi, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Thoraiya Dyer, and Trent Jamieson.

Nominations can be made here http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2010/nominations.html and the rules live here http://wiki.sf.org.au/2010_Ditmar_eligibility_list

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CoverHuzzah! Queen of the Darkness, Ellen Datlow, has released her Best Horror of the Year, volume two, Honorable Mentions,

Sister, Sister got a mention (Strange Tales III from the glorious Tartarus Press). Peter M Ball’s Horn did too. And Jason Fischer got 3 – count ’em, three! Woooooot!

Other notables include Margo Lanagan, Tansy Rayner Roberts, RB Russell (co-ed of Tartarus Press), the awesome Robert Shearman, Cat Sparks, Brendan Carson, Deb Biancotti, Aliette de Bodard, Felicity Dowker, Paul Haines, Simon Stranzas, and Adam Golaski.

For the rest, go to http://ellen-datlow.livejournal.com/257207.html

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Courtesy of my fave Apocalpse advocate, Jason Fischer*. Nice to see no sign of Scrappy – reckon he would have made an excellent stew.

* Note: he also believes Puffins will soon take over the world.

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I did an interview with some of Australia’s up and coming writers, which is now up at IROSF (thank you Stacey Janssen). Funnily enough, the day we finished this was the day the dust storms started and the sun turned red – some of Deb Biancotti’s photos of the apocalypse are there too. Here’s a taste:

The Coming Dark
Australia, as everyone knows, is at the forefront of the coming environmental apocalypse—hell, we’re located almost directly beneath the hole in the ozone layer (which some of our politicians simply regard as a sunroof). Daily, our newspapers are reporting fires, droughts, floods, cyclones, whacked out weather patterns, soil degradation, desalination, excessive salination, koalas with STDs—you name it, we’ve got it. In short, the wide, brown land is getting wider and browner.

 Spec-fic writers tend towards the strange, the weird, the unpleasant—that’s their writing, not their personalities. We’ve had the apocalypse penciled in for a while now, so how are some of us going about documenting the coming dark? How is our changing, frayed environment affecting the writing of authors on our side of the literary divide?

A small chunk (really a thin, dietary slice) of these folk grudgingly agreed to answer some questions whilst waiting for the sun to burn and the moon to crash. So I locked them in a small room, put the kettle on and gave them some homemade biscuits to distract them. The subjects ranged across scary strangling vines, Mad Max, whether the environment really is out to get us, and the Age of the Puffin. The writers gromphing down the custard kisses and jam drops (and muttering about mandatory detention) are Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Peter Ball and Jason Fischer.


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A big shout-out to Jason Fischer, who’s just won first prize in the second quarter of the legendary Writers of the Future competition! Previous winners include the even more legendary Sean Williams and the high-impact and exceedingly talented Cat Sparks.

Let there be Snoopy Dancing!


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