The magical realist novel, The City of Quartz, was published in may 2016 and is the first of a five book series that will also feature a range of other offerings across various platforms. The second book in the series – The Isle of Ruins – is progressing well, and various musical, non-fiction, performance, poetic, QR code related, etc. dimensions to the overall project are at various stages of development. NOTE: The City of Quartz contains around ten pages of QR codes near the end, that link to various media associated with the project.
A short synopsis for the book that launches the project and the series ends this post [Note: the book can be purchased from various online booksellers e.g. Amazon.com, and Book Depository (UK) for international buyers, and Booktopia, for Australian buyers. starting at around $15 US]. See also Fishpond (free postage in Australia as at Oct. 2016) and Angus and Robertson (Bookworld).Prices range from $15US plus postage to $28 Australian (though some sellers list it in the $30-40 Aust. range). Remember to take a close look at postage costs. Abe books also offers various options. Ebook version coming soon!]
GENERAL PROJECT NEWS: As at New Year’s Day 2017, the story of the unfolding of the Songs of the Interstitium project between 1997 and 2020 is slowly gathering pace across various media platforms. Updates on recent developments to the overall story follow:
1st January 2017: Steady progress throughout December 2016 in writing the second book of the series, i.e. The Isle of Ruins. Also the ebook version of the first book of the series is not far off and a talk on the project, and more specifically on The City of Quartz, is booked in for early May 2017 at the Bendigo Goldfields Library for members of the Bendigo Writers Council. Reader responses to the first book have been highly positive – and intriguing in many cases!
Mid-November 2016: A short Appendix to Book 5 of the series, i.e. The Orpheus Plague, has appeared in Painted Words 2016 (submitted by the Zoetics Instititue – Transmedia Publishing wing). Tracking the piece down, however, will require a bit of detective work on the part of readers!
Early November 2016: The City of Quartz available internationally as a print book. Posters (see right) featuring QR encoded links have started to appear across central and northern Victoria. The book has also been submitted to a number of Australian speculative fiction competitions and the project website has been listed/archived by TROVE/National Library of Australia (the book can be borrowed from 3 Australian libraries at present) and Austlit.
SPECIAL THANKS to PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED FURTHER THE PROJECT SO FAR (in this ‘reality’/’timeline’): Thanks to Sue Kingsmith., John Charalambous, Ev Charalambous, Peter Wiseman (and Media Australia), Win Kingsmith and John McNab in ‘this reality’ for structural and copyediting editing suggestions for the first book of the series. Many thanks also to Ev Charalambous and Kara Irvine-Kingsmith, for their work on the 12 songs ‘translated’/ ‘recreated’ from quantum traces emanating from two parallel universes linked to the alt. rock/alt universe band Interstitium. Thanks also to various ‘early bird readers’ for feedback, on the first novel: Robyn M, Steve L, Tru D, Marcus Estrin, Kathryn C, Gordon and Jo R, Bruce and Barb, John and Cath H, Emani C (Josh), Simon C, Tom A, Jan B, Emma B-G, Adam L and Simon W. Special thanks also, to the following people and organisations that have promoted/reviewed/published/tweeted about, or given me ‘gigs’ talking about or performing, aspects of the project: Robin Ouzman Hislop and Amparo Perez Arrospide (of Motherbird/Artvilla/Poetry Life and Times); Sarah Russell (of Poetry Life Times blogsite),; the Painted Words 2016 project management team (for publishing part of the 5th novel); the Bendigo Writers Council (for an upcoming gig about the first book of the project); the organisers of Philosophy in the Library (for 3 gigs from 2012-16 dealing with New Science, SF and ancient Egyptian tropes fundamental to the project); the organisers of Write on the Fringe 2014 – part of the 2014 Bendigo Writers Festival (for a gig at the festival discussing ‘transmedia storytelling’); Marion Drummond – organiser of the Central Victorian Young Writers Association (for a gig in 2016 discussing ‘transmedia storytelling); G.N.Brawn and the staff of Cohesion Press [Australia] (for a gig at the Aradale Creativity Retreat 2014); the members of Scribblers Writers Group; and the library staff of Bendigo Kangan Institute and the Bendigo Goldfields Library. Of course, the story continues into 2017 …
“Try to remember … we are all, every day, living some sort of story …”