Friday, October 31, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 09:42 On way 2 kids jazz concert @ syd opera house #
  • 18:47 Freeform writing 4 the first time in years. It's quite refreshing. #
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 09:13 In sydney. It's raining. #
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 19:49 Heading to Sydney tomorrow so updates will probably be few and far between. #
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 19:49 Heading to Sydney tomorrow so updates will probably be few and far between. #
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  • 19:36 writing a review of Saw V, then hoping to knock some rough edges off my OBMB story. #
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 05:38 catching up with an old friend via the face, and then I'll probably start writing my Saw V review #
  • 12:41 In toowoomba 4 morgie & matt's wedding #
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 06:02 Producing at ABC; looking forward to Saw V tonight and then... holidays! #
  • 11:42 counting down to hols #
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 05:26 producing for ABC News Online #
  • 08:52 DESPITE being shot twice during an ambush in Afghanistan, an SAS soldier lashed himself to the front of his patrol vehicle so he wouldn' ... #
  • 11:06 yes, I'm eating pizza with a knife and fork. Get over it. #
  • 14:34 kid wrangling #
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 09:38 Cutting up audio for the ABC #
  • 10:21 I love the line in this story about how the fighter pilot felt 'like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking competition' #
  • 12:50 Cutting up audio for The World Today #
  • 14:20 The Book Show talks about Espresso Book Machines #
  • 19:46 writing... can i really get my story done tonight? I think I can! #
  • 19:52 if a circle is 100km across, what's the circumference? 314ish? #
  • 20:12 talking with Derek on Skype #
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 06:59 Moderating UGC content for ABC #
  • 11:01 in the gents there's a jug of Janitor Supplies 'all over body wash' - it says if you get it in your eyes, flush for 15 minutes!! #
  • 12:33 Democracy in action... #
  • 20:11 hacking through emails in the hope of getting some writing done tonight #
  • 20:27 Sending some emails for Brains for Breakfast [] #
  • 21:01 time for bed #
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tweet digest

  • 18:56 paying bills... sigh #
  • 20:35 downloading skype #
  • 20:57 writing the final battle scene for my OBMB story. blood, guts, aliens, SACLOS munitions guided by mercs with X-Ray vision. It's all good #
  • 21:02 : anyone know how to get a Tweet Digest to appear on a [] blog? #
  • 06:59 Moderating UGC content for ABC #
  • 11:01 in the gents there's a jug of Janitor Supplies 'all over body wash' - it says if you get it in your eyes, flush for 15 minutes!! #
  • 12:33 Democracy in action... #
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tweet digest coming

I'm going to experiment with posting a daily digest of my Tweets.

Stand by for weirdness!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

World Zombie Day looms

World Zombie Day is looming - October 26.

If you're heading along to one of the events, I'd love to see your photos for possible inclusion in Brains for Breakfast.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dealing with the dead

I'm working on an article for Black magazine about people who deal with the dead - morticians, pathologists, police, ambulance workers etc.

The crux of the article is what is it like to have to deal with death on a daily basis? What are the coping strategies that people use to deal with it - especially those who have to deal with traumatic deaths?

If you would like to be interviewed for the article, or if you know someone who works in these kinds of areas, please email me: garykemble [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au or gary [at] brimstonepress [dot] com [dot] au.

'Dead Air': Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2009

Angela Challis emailed me yesterday to tell me that my zombie story "Dead Air" will be reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2009.

"Dead Air", first published in Zombies, tells the story of an undead freakout on-board a 747 en route from Los Angeles to Brisbane.

I'd like to thank Zombies editor Robert N Stephenson who, firstly, picked up the story and, secondly, gave it a kickarse ending.

As all emerging writers will know, feedback from editors is vital to honing your skills.

I'd also like to thank Robert Hood. I almost didn't write the story because I was worried it might be too similar to a film that was in production about the same time I had the idea.

Rob had some sage words of advice for me, which gave me the motivation to continue with the story.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Thrill the World

If you've always wanted to be one of those dancing zombies out of the Michael Jackson 'Thriller' film clip, now is your chance.

Thrill the World is taking place on October 25 and 26 all over the world, including Brisbane (4am on the 26th -- but hey, the good thing is that you don't have to worry too much about the make-up).

It's one of the events that I'd love to feature in Brains for Breakfast so, if you're going along, remember to take your camera and email me a couple of shots afterwards.

Taking part in Thrill the World means you get to: dress up as a zombie; dance like Michael Jackson; and raise money for Camp Quality. What more could you ask for?

Check out this page for more info on the Brisbane TTW event. But remember, there are events all over the world.

And get in fast -- rehearsals are already underway!

(Thanks to Cara for the tip-off!)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

YB Fantasy and Horror: honorable mention for 'Dead Air'

I just found out (although the information has been around for a while), that my short story 'Dead Air' received an honorable mention in the 21st Year's Best Fantasy and Horror!

It's a huge honour to be mentioned in an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link (even if it is only a passing mention).

You can check out 'Dead Air' in Zombies, edited by Robert N Stephenson.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Brains for breakfast

Brimstone Press (the publishers of Black magazine) liked my zombie walk feature (issue 2) so much that they've commissioned me to write/edit a hardcover coffee table book about the phenomenon, tentatively titled Brains for Breakfast! (Actually, it may be Braaaaaiiins for Breakfast)

It will be a snapshot of the zombie walk/lurch/shuffle scene in 2008, focussing on the events so far as well as World Zombie Day lurches and other zombie-themed events such as Thrill the World.

Brimstone is offering $50 or a copy of the book in exchange for photos chronicling the events.

The book is slated for an Easter 2009 release (drawing on the whole resurrection theme).

So, feel free to spread the word or, if you have photos you'd like considered for inclusion, please email me: garykemble [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Specfic: so hot right now

Had the pleasure of interviewing John Birmingham earlier this week, for a feature I'm writing for Black magazine about Without Warning.

The world may be going to hell in a handbasket but according to Birmo that's good news for fellow speculative fiction writers.

"I was actually at a booksellers conference the other day, I went down to talk to the managers of all the Borders stores in the country about Without Warning and we were having a chat before I got up to do my pimpin', and they were saying that escapist literature is very, very popular at the moment and they think the reason is people are just turning away from the world of real things because real things just aren't all that fun at the moment."

The You can check out the full article in issue 3 of Black magazine, available in all good newsagencies mid-November.