Wed 29 Aug 2012
It’s hard to get everything done in a day and I’m really starting to try to be ok with just getting one thing done on top of working the day job, cooking dinner, completing the day’s workout and whatever other small chores I need to get done in the day. Today I answered a few emails and I finished off the knitting for my niece’s baby surprise jacket. I just have to sew on the buttons and sew the seams which I’ll do tomorrow during Galactic Suburbia. So she’s all good to go ahead and be born now.
I *would* be going to Konga class tomorrow which has a new term starting but I can’t find any pants at all or by sneakers. See first sentence above.
Anyway, I wanted to post some photos from the speech the other night and maybe a few paragraphs of the speech. It’s kind of weird to talk about yourself and your achievements for 15 minutes. But sitting down to write a narrative about my publishing did help me nut out a few thoughts that I felt expressed a few things about Twelfth Planet Press.
This is me receiving the award.
And you know you’re in the right family when, during your speech, your uncle feels a need to document The Shoes getting an outing. And might I say, those shoes were very popular with the crowd. I picked the right fashion era
Some excerpts from the speech I gave:
I think what I appreciate most about this genre is the opportunity to interrogate the present through imagining an alternate reality. By placing people in extreme or alien scenarios, we can explore what it means to be human, what are our strengths and our weaknesses, who we are when it really counts. And in the best examples of this kind of fiction, advocate for change – in the way we think, what we value or the way we behave. For me, the true power of art comes from holding a mirror up to life to argue, suggest or demand that we, humanity, do better.
This desire to have women’s voices heard in the science fiction world powers my commitment and dedication to these ideals,
In this context my publishing company has grown and evolved. I’m driven by several objectives – the first and foremost is to publish fresh, original, well written work that seeks to interrogate, commentate, inspire or provoke thought. The second is to advocate for fiction written for, by or about women. To raise the awareness of women’s voices in science fiction and fantasy. And finally, to showcase and demonstrate the depth and breadth of Australian fiction and voice to the broader science fiction and fantasy scene.