Bio and a bit...
I started writing - and of that mostly Science Fiction with a side of Fantasy and Horror when I was a teenager. My dad used to leave a lot of Gollancz Yellow Hardbacks around the house (those champions of minimalist cover design!) By writing I mean, daydream incessantly. (Or lying, which I am also awesomely good at, but frowned on socially, despite its usefulness.)
We had a big cast iron Royal (EDIT: it was an Imperial 66) typewriter and occasionally would bang out some crappy stories on it. The keys were gummy and stuck together what with all the cat hair and dust in the world, so one had to apply max force and violence to even make an imprint on the ribbon. That has haunted my typing for decades afterwards and ruined so many computer keyboards (for example, I replaced the board on my last laptop 3 times before finally breaking the thing entirely). I am known as a very loud and brutal typist.
So anyway, stories were started and never finished due to physical exhaustion. I then went to the old mechanical pencil and ledger trick. I reckon most of those have faded like the Apocrypha Gospel of Judas right now.
My "starter novel" was written on an IBM XT which had a monochrome green screen and no hard drive. You physically had to load the word processing program (Wordstar, I think) onto it by putting in your 300K floppy and wandering off for half an hour. Fuggedabout spellcheck. Every word took about 30 seconds to check in the library, so one never bothered with such nonsense. Now they DID have mechanical keyboards which were excellent, all springs and clunk. Take one of them apart to clean it, and you would never put it back together ever again.
Somewhere in there - I don't know whether it was before or after the "No Computers In The House" edict by Luddite parents, a law which lasted for as long as it took me to buy a machine and bring it home regardless, I wrote on a Xerox Word-thingie. It was like a massive typewriter with a screen attached or some ghastly pre-microcomputer relic. An 820? Xerox 860? I think of them amazingly old, but back in 1993 they were only about 10 years, which nowadays is equivalent when the Dual Core PCs were coming out.
The bulk of my early stories were written on my next PC, a IBM 386 with a MASSIVE 100 meg of hard drive, 4 meg of RAM (and a colour screen!) I alternated writing with playing DOOM. Old-timers will know that the x86's revolutionised computer gaming and first person shooters in a way which young kids these days just don't understand. (Fondles cane. Whittles wood. Rocks chair).
But in this Garden of Eden a terrible demon lurked, and yes, all story submissions were still mostly done in hard copy. Most printers had paper on a continuous roll which had to be pulled apart manually. Single-paper feeds weren't that great either. Back in the old millennium, an inkjet printer generated massive amounts of heat, so woe betide any story greater than 20 A4 pages long, as by page 21 the paper would feed at a diagonal and the case would be melting. Lets not even get started on the babysitting horror that was printing out a full manuscript submission. (I suspect the "thirty page sub" of most publishers and agents might have been in response to the melting inkjet problem).
As it was, after years of tooling around on PCs, I got around to using laptops. I'm on a Lenovo right now, my favourite brand. They are heavy, mil spec machines, rated for going into space or breaking the backs of any fool who think they can carry them around for long. Lenovos are either loved or hated by anyone who has to use them all the time in public service or corporate environments. They push the boundaries of *portable*. My previous Toshiba used to wobble and flex alarmingly, as did the HP before it. I rarely have a laptop last for more than 2 years. The curse of destruction is upon me.
So that's where I am, sitting on my Think Pad, feeling my dimply mouse touchpad.
As of 2018 I am on my third Lenovo ThinkPad. This one I bought off eBay second hand, as I realise now that the Chicklet Keyboard was invented by Satan and as part of the New World Order all laptop keys are now Officially Awful.
(HOWEVER, the Bluetooth keyboards out now are progressively more magnificent. I bought a Penna keyboard off Indiegogo recently. It's all mechanical and nods to the Hermes Rocket Typewriter. Which I also own. I have 13 typewriters. But sadly, no Imperial 66)
MUSIC: Forbording French Horn
Publications and Awards From Back Then - Present
2017 - Ditmar Awards Best Short Story (Shortlisted) - “Mr Mycelium”
2018 - "The One Who Walks The Permanent Way" - A Hand Of Knaves Anthology, CSFG Publications
2017 - "Mr Mycelium" - Ecopunk! - Ticonderoga Press 2017
2017 - Aurealis Awards Best Short Science Fiction Story (Shortlisted) - “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live To Spring”
2017 - SCI FI LONDON 48 HR flash fiction Competition (2nd Place) - “Honour Is Everything”
2016 - “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live To Spring”, In Your Face - Fablecroft Publishing 2016
2016 - Aurealis Awards Best Short Science Fiction Story (Shortlisted) - “The Marriage of the Corn King”
2015 - “Yard”, Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014 (October 2015)
2015 - “The Marriage of the Corn King” - Cosmos Online, January 2015
2014 - “The 92”, Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 - Ticonderoga Press (November 2014)
2014 - “Yard” Use Only As Directed (Anthology) Peggy Bright Books June 2014
2013 - “Nocturne”, Cosmos, Issue 50, July 2013
2013 - “The 92”, NEXT (Anthology) Canberra Science Fiction Guild Publishing
2012 - Third Place,2012 Scarlet Stiletto Crime Fiction Awards for “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live To Spring”
2012 - Third Place, Conflux 8 Spec Fic Convention Writing Competition “The Last Beach” (also Published in Conflux 8 Convention Book)
2010 - “Dark and Secret Places”, Best of ORB #8 ed. Sarah Endacott
2008 - Ditmar Awards Best Fan Production (Shortlisted) @ Swancon “The Liminal - Directed by Claire McKenna”
2006 - “Warchalking” (with Paul Haines) - Doorways for the Dispossessed, short fiction by Paul Haines
2006 “The Liminal Project: The Making of a Film”, Orb : Speculative Fiction , no. 7 ;
2006 - Project Greenlight Australia Screenplay Competition - Top 20 Finalist - “The Liminal.”
2005 - The 2005 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Semi-Finalist - Science Fiction category, "The Liminal"
2005 - “The Third Who Walks With You” - Wicked Hollow Online, 2005
2005 - Clarion South Writer’s Workshop
2004 - “Warchalking” (with Paul Haines) - Agog! Smashing Stories : New Australian Speculative Fiction 2004
2004 - Writers Of The Future (September Quarter) Honorable Mention “The Liminal”
2004 - “Unreal City”, Borderlands , January no. 3 2004;
2004 - “Olive Reason”, Ideomancer Unbound 2003;
2003 - Ditmar Awards Best Short Science Fiction Story (Shortlisted) @ Convergence 2003 “Stealing Alice”
2003 -“Aum”, Fables and Reflections , August no. 5 2003;
2002 - Aurealis Awards Best Horror Short Story (Shortlisted) - “What the Tide Brings”
2002 - “Yakub's Children” Hacks to the Max 2002; (p. 60-64)
2002 - “Stealing Alice” Agog! Fantastic Fiction : 29 Tales of Fantasy, Imagination and Wonder 2002
2002 - “What the Tide Brings” Fables and Reflections , April no. 2 2002; (p. 10-19)
2002 - “Cilia-God”, Antipodean SF , April no. 49 2002;
2001 - Swancon Amateur Science Fiction Competition, Honorable Mention (Fiction Category) - “Yakub’s Law”
2001 - Swancon Amateur Science Fiction Competition, First Prize (Fiction Category) - “Olive Reason”
2001 - KSP Science Fiction/Fantasy Award (Kathleen Susanna Pritchard Literary Foundation) First Prize, “Stealing Alice”
2001 - KSP Science Fiction/Fantasy Award (Kathleen Susanna Pritchard Literary Foundation) Highly Commended, “Mutiny In Heaven”
2001 - “Bad Water”, Fables and Reflections , November no. 1 2001
2001 - “A Darker Ocean”, Fables and Reflections , November no. 1 2001
2001 - “Dark and Secret Places” : Orb : Speculative Fiction , no. 2 2001; (p. 59-84)
2000 - Shortlisted for the George Turner Novel Award. (Even though I didn't win, this is interesting for ther fact many of these at-the-time strangers are now friends!)
1999 - “A Darker Ocean” : Prisoners Of The Night, no. 11 1995, Asidiozines Press; (p. 5)
1998 - “WIld Humans” : Weird Stories , no. 17 1998; (p. 46)
1992-1998- I published several short stories during this pre-Internet period. I was garbage at record-keeping, so they have been lost to time...