Archive for April, 2012

Steampunk at Supanova!

April 23, 2012

I had a ball at Supanova, signing Worldshakers and Liberators at the Dymocks stall, and doing a joint presentation on steampunk with fellow Australian steampunk author Michael Pryor. Huge event – I didn’t hear the final numbers, but on Saturday it was well on the way to being the biggest Supanova ever.

Best of all for me was to see so many steampunk costurmes there! In fact, there were more the second day than the first – because people had been buying steampunk gear from the stalls around.

Oh, yes, we’re arriving big time!

For some classy steampunk costuming, here are Michael (not the author), Angela and Cherie – plus me, not quite so classy because my shirt is hanging out. A real Victorian-era gentleman would probably die of shame if seen with his shirt hanging out.

I’m wearing my aviator helmet and goggles in that pic, but most of the time I wore my new steampunk hat. Cost me a lot of money, that hat – but, boy, did it attract a lot of attention! Here it is being modelled by a fan, Ruth. I’m wearing my ordinary black (but new) top hat.

I haven’t got a pic of all the authors at the signing table – sorry, Brandon (Sanderson – who’s completing Robert Jordan’s’s Wheel of Time series), Kylie (Chan) and Trent (Jamieson). Here’s the best I can do – with Michael Pryor, Keri Arthur and yours truly-

Back on blog!

April 18, 2012

I’ve been a hermit lately – a very productive hermit, finishing the next novel. (Steampunk, of course – same world as the juggernaut books, but a different time and different characters.) Now it’s time to get out and about again – starting this weekend with Supanova on the Gold Coast. I’ve been invited as a guest, and Michael Pryor and I will be doing a presentation on – of course – Steampunk! I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve never attended a Supanova before – but I hear the buzz is fantastic. I’ve just found an image of the hotel where I’ll be staying, the Hilton at Surfers –

How about that? I just hope it doesn’t topple over between now and Friday night.
Supanova itself is in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach. The authors’ gang includes Keri Arthur, Trent Jamison, Bevan McGuinness, Brandon Sanderson (the American author who’s continuing Robert Howard’s series) and, I think, Alison Croggan, as well as Michael and myself. The media stars are even more dazzling, but still, that’s quite a show of authors. It’s going to be grrrrreat!