Giveth and taketh away

Such a strange, strange day.

On the downside, it turns out I won’t be a spin doctor for the Department of Justice, which is a major bummer.

However, on the upside, aside from a fortunate yet bizarre (my word of the moment: bizarre) and unexpected twist in a negotiation matter, I’ve found out my story Revision is Murder received an Honourable Mention in the Aurealis Awards horror short story category. Revision is Murder was published in Simulacrum #11.

Simulacrum #11 cover
In other good news, Martin Livings’ disturbing Shadowed Realms #5 story ‘In Nomine Patris’ also received an honourable mention in the same category.

This news was announced today as an addendum to yesterday’s shortlistings, as it seems the horror honourable mentions were accidentally omitted. As they say, better late than never! 🙂

Now don’t get me wrong, I feel honoured for the recognition, and encouraged – especially as I know my best work is yet to come, but it does show how perceptions differ. Of the entered works, I personally felt others of mine may have appealed more (like ‘Ian’ in Ticonderoga Online #5). However, Ange reminded me ‘Revision is Murder’ painted a pciture of a fairly vivid alternate reality and did end on a rather melancholy tone. Either way, it’s all good. Snakes on a plane.

I’ll be fascinated to look back in twelve months time from now to see what sort of writer I become in comparison.

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