Elizabeth Lhuede was kind enough to asking me to contribute to a guest post over at the Australian Women Writers blog. I am one of the small handful of male authors/bloggers participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012 and Elizabeth wanted a male participants perspective.
So head on over to Australian Women Writers and check out my words of wisdom:
One of the first male book bloggers to sign up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge was Sean Wright, well known as @SeanDBlogonaut on Twitter, and author of the blog Adventures of a Bookonaut. Sean kindly agreed to discuss why he signed up, his experience of gender bias and his journey with the challenge so far.
I am really enjoying being involved in the Australian Women’s Writing Challenge this year and appreciate the chance to speak to others interested in the challenge. I’ll discuss why I chose to join the challenge and what I have observed about women writing in Australian speculative fiction that might be different to men.
Why did I decide to enter?
It was a culmination of things. Last year I began listening to the wonderful feminist podcast Galactic Suburbia, three women, each with a unique place in the speculative fiction landscape - Alisa Krasnostein, a small press publisher from Western Australia, Tansy Rayner Roberts, an author from Tasmania and Alexandra Pierce, a reviewer from Victoria.
Their approach to promoting feminism (indirect and conversational) got me thinking about my own reading and resulted in me completing a…[read more]
And if you’re a bloke who reads Australian speculative fiction I challenge you to participate, rewarding the authors you love with a review here and there and countering gender bias at the same time.
Only 4 days left
I have been nominated to run in this years fan fund for the National Science Fiction Convention to be held in Melbourne.
If you appreciate the work that I do in Australian Speculative Fiction Fandom and you have a spare $5, you can vote for me here and help send me to the National Conference.