December 23, 2014
Australian literary legend (and good friend), Nick Earls, recently blogged a section of his marvellous 2014 novel, Analogue Men, that was binned during editing. Whilst enjoying this tasty morsel trimmed from the published main meal, I thought: “Let’s cook up some leftovers, too!” In Are You Seeing Me?, I had one I’d prepared earlier.
Pasted below is a long-removed, never-read, never-seen-apart-from-a-select-few section of AYSM. It wasn’t surrendered during the publisher’s edit or the final draft. It wasn’t canned as a condition of the book’s contract.
It was cut from the ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT!
And, although I liked the original very much, the cut wasn’t unkind. Quite the opposite.
It helped turn a homeless tale into a Random House resident and, ultimately, a Booktopia 2014 Book of the Year.
October 31, 2014
Lament no more: just like Just Jeans and Pez in the novel, AYSM is coming to Canada and the US of A!
Renowned West Coast publisher, Orca, has acquired AYSM’s North American rights. The book is targeted for release in Fall 2015 and will hit the shelves in hardback.
Excited? I bloody am!
Time for a celebratory drink…
August 26, 2014
Yesterday, my nephew Greg Hutton tagged me in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Being an author, and figuring videos had now been done to death, I wanted to come up with a “novel” way to bring awareness (and donations) to the fight against this terrible disease.
So, instead of a few seconds of icy water, here’s a flash flood of fictional words: