Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Continuum 9 Report

Friday:
I finished the polish of Thief’s Magic, including a search and destroy of certain words and phrases I have a habit of overusing (just, only, a moment later, etc.) and a spell check and name check, just in time to head into the convention for the cocktail party. We had a great time catching up with and meeting people, but didn’t stay long as all the deadline chasing had left me tired and with a sore back (which bugged me all weekend so we didn’t have any late nights this con).

Saturday:
We arrived in time for Nora Jemesin’s Guest of Honour speech, which you can read here. It was as fabulous in delivery as in content and received a big round of applause. Afterwards I helped celebrate the launch of George Ivanoff’s Gamers Rebellion, the third in a trilogy published by the other Guest of Honour, Paul Collins. Next I took advantage of Nora being in my home town to get all her books signed. Finally I set about booking a restaurant for Paul Collins for that night’s dinner, eventually finding Dion, a greek restaurant that proved a winner.

Sunday:
My first panel for the con was Plot 101. After two room changes – one because we had an audience two to three times the size the room could contain, the other to the foyer because the second room was on a schedule half an hour different to our panel. David, the moderator, did a fine job of wrangling both room changes and us panelists, and we had a lot of fun comparing our plotting methods.

After a quick lunch with Nora, I hung out in the foyer for a while, then got to see my first panel: a Doctor Who non-fiction panel called “Silence in the Library”. There was time for a cuppa before my next event, the “We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It” one where several people with an expertise in something make themselves available to be questioned by authors. I’d brought in some weaving looms to demonstrate and give people the chance to try it.

We then attended the launch of Caution: Contains Small Parts, an anthology by Kirstyn McDermott, then slipped away to have an early dinner before hanging out in the bar with Russell and Jenny Blackford for a while.

Monday:
We took it easy and arrived at midday in time to see the “Misappropriations” panel. After lunch with friends we returned to catch “F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in On”, which was about, well, fantasy cliches. It was the last panel slot of the convention and everyone was a bit worn out and ready for the next event, the Closing Ceremony with the usual thanks and congratulations.

Afterwards we headed to Grill Steak Seafood, a restaurant I’d found the night before that promised to fulfil Nora’s wish to try kangaroo while she was in Australia, and ours to demonstrate to more people that roo is delicious. Which it did very, very well.

Overall there was a great positive vibe at the convention. I didn’t take any blog-worthy photos, unfortunately. The few I took at the con had terrible lighting, and I suffered a bout of camnesia every time I was outside the con, at restaurants and such. But I have many good memories and maybe some new writerly/fannish friends. Oh, and the new Jo Spurrier book, Black Sun Light My Way, which I’ve been looking forward to since late last year.

Continuum 9: Contraindicators

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Next weekend I’ll be attending the local Melbourne convention. Since I’m very busy polishing up Thief’s Magic, I probably won’t make it to the whole convention. But I am doing a panel…

Plot 101 – Sunday 11:00 until Sunday 12:00
Tangled in your own story? Plotting can be a challenge even for the most experienced author. Learn some tricks and tips from the professionals here.

… and bringing some weaving looms in for…

We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It – Sunday 16:00 until Sunday 17:00
What does a park ranger actually do? How do traditional handcrafts actually feel? What’s it like to cross swords?

… and I’ll be following the International Guest of Honour, Nora Jemesin, around like a fan girl, because she’s awesome.

Fearsome Journeys

This arrived in the mail last week:

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And today is the official release date! Woohoo!

Fearsome Journeys, edited by the lovely Jonathan Strahan, contains a story that I had simmering away in my mind for many years about a particular kind of parasitic magic. A couple of years ago, while I was weaving on my loom and letting my mind wander, the first line popped into my head out of nowhere and suddenly I knew how to write the entire story.

It often happens like that with me and short stories. The idea floats around for years until suddenly it’s ready to be written.

As you can see, my story enjoys some fine company:

“The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats”, Scott Lynch
“Amethyst, Shadow, and Light”, Saladin Ahmed
“Camp Follower”, Trudi Canavan
“The Dragonslayer of Merebarton”, K J Parker
“leaf and branch and grass and vine”, Kate Eliot
“Spirits of Salt: A Tale of the Coral Heart”, Jeffrey Ford
“Forever People”, Robert V S Redick
“Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl”, Ellen Klages
“Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story”, Glen Cook
“The Ghost Makers”, Elizabeth Bear
“One Last, Great Adventure”, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce
“The High King Dreaming”, Daniel Abraham

I love that you can buy it from the publisher or follow the retailer links on that page. Easy peasy.

Wax On; Wax Off

I’m busy polishing Thief’s Magic, making that book shine and sparkle, so I may be a bit quiet here for a while. I’ll be Tweeting my progress, though, along with the usual Twitter silliness.

Conflux9 – Junkyard Cathedral

Aaand the final Conflux post:

On the Saturday night Conflux9 held a Masquerade, which is kind of a non-compulsary dress-up party and disco with a theme. This years theme was Junkyard Cathedral, which was about recycling trash into gothic glamour.

Well, I went more for trash than glamour, converting a Royal Mail post bag into a dress and a bubblewrap satchel into a clutch:

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Plenty of others got into the spirit of the theme, with torn up, trashy, recycled steampunk and gothy costumes. Here’s selection:

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We danced to cheesy 80s and 90s dance music until the hotel curfew, then mingled in the bar for a few hours more. A very enjoyable night!