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I've been sitting on this since Tuesday but the embargo has finally lifted and I'm now allowed to blurt to the world that I am one of the lucky recipients of an Australia Council Emerging Writer's grant! OMG $25k to cover 'living expenses' while I write a novel next year. I am also permitted to use some of the $$ to travel to Key West, Florida to attend this workshop, The Time Machine Doorway, which is tutored by Margaret Atwood, one of my all time favourite writers. The workshop is attached to the annual Key West Literary seminar so I'll be going to that too, especially as this year's theme is Yet Another World - literature of the future and it features speakers such as William Gibson and China Mieville!

But that's not all. My parents kicked in some cash so I'll also be popping up to Tallahassee to visit the Vandermeers, then across to London to hang out with my sister for a week. Then, flying home through the US, I'll be... wait for it because what follows is the kind of throwaway line a writer waits their whole life to be able to drop... I'll be popping in to NYC to have lunch with my agent.

Thanks are due to several people who helped me with getting the wording of my grant application right: Kate E, Gary K, Tansy R, Jane TG and Selena Q. You folks completely rock!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC), dave_gallaher commented:
Congratulations! Very well deserved!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Thanks Dave!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC), murasaki_1966 commented:
Congratulations!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Ta! Will I see you & Iain at Conflux?
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On September 29th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC), murasaki_1966 replied:
Yep. I'm even on a panel. Also, if you check my blog, there will be a couple of my glasswork pieces in the auction. All proceeds to the Eneit Press legal fund.
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On September 29th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC), murasaki_1966 replied:
Also, we're taking Kyla home. Just get her there for us.
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On September 29th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Cool nanas!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC), murasaki_1966 replied:
See you there. However, you will be too fabulous for the likes of us now :)
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On September 29th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC), karenmiller commented:
Excellent!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Hell yeah!
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On September 29th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC), jack_ryder commented:
Fantastic news! Well done!
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On September 29th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC), cassiphone commented:
LUNCH WITH AGENT!!!

Hope you have a ball, jetsetter.
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On September 29th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Yeah. I know. Hilarious!
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On September 29th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC), jennyblackford commented:
Well done! Congrats!
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On September 30th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC), chocolatetrudi commented:
Fabulous! Well done!
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On September 30th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC), kathrynlinge commented:
Eeee! Exciting!

What will you be writing?
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On September 30th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC), baby_elvis replied:
I read this as "What will you be wearing?" which is almost as important.

So, wonderful news, Cat!
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On September 30th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC), Gary Kemble commented:
Fantastic!
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On September 30th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC), nick_kaufmann commented:
Wow, big congrats!
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On September 30th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC), martianmooncrab commented:
your life is made of awesome! That is the most wonderful news, and I am looking forwards to that novel.
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On September 30th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC), stephbg commented:
This is great news! I saw the announcement on Twitter but the details are ever so much more exciting. You'll be fab and I look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours and my tax dollars.
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On October 1st, 2011 03:24 am (UTC), macdibble commented:
That's so incredibly awesome! That's like a writer's dream trip! Except you need a butler. I'll be your butler. You shouldn't have to carry your own bags on a trip like that. Congratulations!
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On October 1st, 2011 08:09 am (UTC), chrisbarnes commented:
How wonderful! I'm very pleased for you, Cat.
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On October 5th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC), lyndarama commented:
Yaaaaaayyyyy! This is very cool news.
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On October 5th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
Ta!
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