Awakening (Monstress, Vol. 1 ) by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda| Book Review — The Awkward Book Blogger

“To quote the poets… we’re f***ed” Title: Awakening Series: Monstress, Vol. 1 Author: Marjorie M. Liu Artist: Sana Takeda Published: July 13, 2016 Genre: adult, graphic novel, horror, fantasy Pages: 202 My Rating: ★★★★☆ Goodreads page There are no spoilers in this review.

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Just Steampunk Magazine, Volume Ten | Featuring Beverly Holman Art — Beverly Holman Art

Below are the featured Beverly Holman Art images from Just Steampunk Magazine, Volume Ten. Contact me to inquire about purchases! Art pieces are subject to change, based on availability. You can purchase a copy of this volume here: Just Steampunk

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Link to an article about the anthology book launch.

Book Launch


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Random Images from Brisbane GenreCon 2017

Amanda Pillar

It might not be blood, but at least it is sparkling. Amanda Pillar as a non-sparkling vampire.

Alex Adsett

Alex as Godzilla – Tokyo would be happy to be attacked by this ‘monster’.


My beloved Megasaurus as Umbridge from Harry Potter.


Aiki Flintheart as a Mod. Gorgeous, as always.


A rare sighting of Sean Williams with hair.



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More Exciting Times


That is me on the left of the picture, in the hat.

This next week is going to be very exciting … and amazing, fabulous, and wonderful.

Tomorrow, it is the Christmas meeting for the Springfield Writers Group, but it won’t be the penultimate event for the year. Next Thursday, we will be launching our anthology.

Every writing group has its own dynamic. My group doesn’t ask anyone for member’s fees, but we do expect our members to actually participate in the group on some level. Not everyone can make it to meetings, of course. But sharing useful (or amusing) articles to the group page on Facebook counts as participation. Being available to beta-read a story or act as a cheering squad is participation. Helping out at the launch counts as participation!

I am very proud of the professional vibe you get from our anthology. If it was put on a shelf in a bookshop, it wouldn’t look amateur or out of place. The stories in it are all high quality, even if they are in handful of different genres. Every story has a professional level of editorial polish.

As well, my article came out in the Queensland Writers Centre magazine this week. I’m in good company with Nick Earls and Trent Jamieson.

This year, I have really ‘felt’ like a writer’. I am putting that down to treating the writing as a profession and a job. As well, I spent more time going to writing-related events, which meant I was mixing with more writers. The QWC Christmas party occurs on the night after the launch! Two big nights in a row, all about writers and books. Oh, how I will suffer…

So, the book launch is not just a celebration of our anthology. For me, it is a celebration of a year where I’ve had a great many small wins.


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The most important skill you’ll need as a career author

Good Advice. The real title for a writer should be rewriter.

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All career authors need to know how to write. Well, der, you didn’t pay good money to hear me say that.

But wait, let’s look more closely.

You need to know how to speak in public. You need to know how to work a Twitter account or a Facebook account or an Insta account or some other fun-times, social media account.

You need to know how to read a contract and, I don’t know, maybe you need to know how to lean forward when having your photo taken…


But the most important skill, the one you absolutely must have, the one that will help you stay in the game and forge ahead, is the ability to rewrite.

Not only that, you need to know how to rewrite under instruction, quickly and with competence.

I’ve seen it many times. A manuscript comes in, it’s from an unknown author but it shows…

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How Setting and Plot can affect Characterisation

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My main character of my Steampunk novel is a seventeen year old girl called Alice. She is a polymath, and finds it difficult to gain respect and recognition for her inventions and education in the male-dominated field of science in Britain, in the 1870s. How you build a character should link back to your setting and plot. I am going to run though how Professor Alice was developed.

When I first had my idea for the novel, I knew it was going to be about a woman fighting against the established patriarchal restrictions built into the scientific society of Victorian England. So the fact she was female was a given. And she had to be tough and resilient.

She also needed to be rich. Alas, but only the daughters of the wealthy usually had access to a proper scientific education. A poor girl would be lucky to scrape enough education…

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