North Richmond Street

North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when, after a daily seven-hour stretch of tedium, they finally let us loose. For the last hour us kids minded more the clock than the chalkboard. The yellow light of the sinking sun would warm our yawning faces, a signal to our brains to shut down; one old Mr Malone, droning on at the head of the class, was somehow insensate to.

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Cappuccino

“Medium cappuccino.”
The grinder released a small pile of grounds into the handle. Dan tamped the pile smooth, then jammed the handle into its socket. As the coffee trickled through he steamed the milk, tiny bubbles rising to froth. He poured a stream into the cup with the coffee and affixed a lid.
“Medium cappuccino!”  

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Skink

The lizard scrambled up the wall, toes seeking tiny ledges in the sandstone brick. At the top she basked briefly in warmth, bubbling up from the brick and beaming down from above. Her forked tongue flicked out. A pungent odor. Human. A shadow fell across her and she dove for cover in the greens beyond.

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New Wiki Article: Mrithi

The Vagarist, my correspondent from Verse 1.3.1, has posted an article on the Web of Worlds Wiki about Mrithi! Mrithi are the elephant descendants that, after human extinction in the early 22nd century, evolved to become Earth's second technological species. Recently, the species featured in my story Intro to House-Ape Studies. Click the link below to find out more.

The Quarry Issue #10 is live!

The Quarry Issue #10 is up and running! After all the blood, sweat and words put in by my class and the editorial team, it's good to go!

The Quarry is an annual journal put out by Macquarie University, to showcase work from the graduating class. I was on the editorial team this year, and I helped edit several of the pieces up there.

Things I had a more direct role in are the fiction editorial, which I had a minor hand in writing, and Intro to House-Ape Studies, which is a story I wrote!

A physical version is coming out in a few weeks, which you can buy here.

Cover art by Ailie MacKenzie, Design by Teresa Peni

Cover art by Ailie MacKenzie, Design by Teresa Peni

Valley

The rain was falling, but it wasn’t a sad rain. It was a cleansing rain. Birds flitted through the air, singing and ruffling their feathers at the welcome bath. Old trees greeted it with open branches: eucalypts, bark burnt to iron-black by bushfire, already sporting new growth. Fresh bright leaves sprouted into the clean air, from branches cleared for them by the fire. The ground below was already layered with crisp undergrowth, clamouring to fill the emptied spaces between. And below even that were the shoots of baby gums, germinated by flame.

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Web of Worlds Wiki

Today I'm launching the Web of Worlds Wiki, which is our new repository for information on a vast myriad of worlds - kindly provided by collaborators across multiple universes. We have started with an article on Planet Eaters, which you may recognise from my short story. The article (written by The Locksmith, my Verse 12 correspondent) presents some known details about their biology and behaviour. We plan to build on the Wiki for some time, with further information about the worlds in the stories on this site. Please enjoy! 

A Web of Worlds Wiki