Hello, Amy the intern again. Last week we started off our 2013 Writing Races with a small, eager group of writers who worked on projects ranging from ghost stories to romance, from non-fiction to Australian speculative fiction. We were fortunate enough to be joined by Special Guest Mr Jason Fischer who sped us through the hour in the back of his Torana with drop bears hot on our heels.

Re-cap of the first race of 2013 with Mr Jason Fischer

As an eternally-curious intern I asked Jason about his latest project and what he would be working on during the race:

I will be working on “Everything is a Graveyard”, the title-piece to the collection of the same name (due out from Ticonderoga publications October 2013). It’s a tale of drop-bears, Toranas, and an Adelaide that stopped in 1976 (much like the real one). YES I LIVE HERE, I GET TO SAY IT :-)

Why exactly 1976?

It all came about as I tried to match up a story to my desired cover-art for the collection. As seen here http://jasonfischer.com.au/?p=784
I settled on 1976 as it matches the era of the LJ Torana, and I just love the idea of writing something in the era (Rundle Mall had just opened, pubs only recently open beyond 6 o clock, and awesome bands were touring). And then, DROP-BEARS.

Did I hear right? Drop bears?

Well, drop-bears because I’ve used just about every other Australian fauna in some sort of apocalypse. Undead camels, giant killer kangaroos, zombie-eating razorbacks…I’m kinda running out of animals to use!

…and  finally some advice offered to him earlier in the career:

I’ve actually got a quote from the infamous Gardner Dozois when he taught us at Clarion South (Peter was there, he can correct me if I mangle this).

“You might write something while thinking about your Uncle Bob, and worry that when he reads it, he might think there’s too much sex in your story, too many swear words. You know what? F**k Uncle Bob.”

Writing Race 6th March 2013

This week I’ll be heading the Writing Race solo, so I hope you will all join me to work on your projects.

We will gather at about 7:50pm (Queensland Time; 9pm for those of you enjoying daylight savings time down south, and 6pm for our Western Australian writers) and share our writing goals for the evening, then start the clock and keep working until 9pm. Inspiration, perspiration, and fun guaranteed!

Inspirational quotes will be provided as refreshment at half-time.

At the end of the hour feel free to share how you progressed over the evening and encourage your fellow writers in their pursuit of the craft.

Remember to use the ‘Quick Reply’ button to add your comments.

And, in case you need a little inspiration to get you in the mood for tonight’s race:

“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught.” –  WALT WHITMAN


Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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