This is a Now Page. It tells you what and how I’m doing, right now.
A Now Page is different to social media. It helps me give you a bigger picture about the projects I’m focused on, the things I’ve achieved, and what my goals are for the future.
LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 2021
I’ve been living in Aotearoa New Zealand with my husband and two children for over four years (since July 2017) and I can’t imagine living anywhere else now. In December 2020, after a nail-biting eighteen-month wait, my family and I were granted residency to this beautiful country, for which we are extremely thankful.
I split my time between teaching at home, working as a freelance writer and editor, and continuing to write my own stories. I try to take a walk every day, regardless of the weather, and I spend time every morning documenting the things that are important to me in a physical Life Journal. I recently discovered indoor rock climbing and bouldering which has done wonders for my physical and mental strength.
Good Stuff Worth Mentioning
I was shortlisted three times for the Australian Shadows awards and my essay exploring how menstruation is depicted in horror and dark fiction won the Nonfiction category.
My weird, “scalp-crawling”, body-horror short story ‘Little Teeth’ was accepted into the Sci-fi & Scary charity anthology Twisted Anatomy and released in February 2021. It has received a number of excellent, if slightly grossed-out, reviews!
I’ve had five poems accepted in various anthologies this year, which has been a tremendous surprise and something I hope to continue.
Last year my debut short story collection Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange was nominated and shortlisted for a Sir Julius Vogel Award in the Best Collected Work category. This year, I was a finalist in the Best Fan Writing category.
Recent Finished Projects
My most recent book release is a short poetry chapbook entitled Beach Glass and Old Bones featuring poetry which I wrote in 2020, all with a strong focus on mental health. It is, and always will be, free to download, either via Smashwords, or as a .pdf here on my blog. It was also accepted by Wellington City Libraries into their Zine catalogue and can be found at their Arapaki, Manners Street site.
June is Pride month and I have been actively supporting Pride in Horror with Divination Hollow Reviews. Last year I contributed a number of pieces for their archives, including an article on Queer Vampires in Modern Cinema, which was an AHWA finalist piece for nonfiction. This year I wrote a collaborative essay focusing on Content Warnings and writing horror responsibly.
My second quiet horror and dark speculative fiction collection — Seeds —- will be released in October
My third poetry collection — To Wish on Impossible Things — will be out at the beginning of December. These poems focus on moving to Aotearoa, my experiences as an immigrant, finding myself and making a new home.
I am spending a lot of time and energy on the Memento Vitae project, including putting together a publishing pitch and raising funds to pay writers to keep the project going. You can donate to the project via Ko-fi, here.