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My name is Brett Coulstock. I’m a writer and designer from Western Australia

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Website – Albany Speculative Fiction Writers Group

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Yesterday I registered a DNS for the Albany Speculative Fiction Writers Group, and this evening I have put a quick webpage up with two downloadable flyers. Nothing lends an instant air of credibility than a nice website with a reasonable domain name.

Too bad I couldn’t get the “”, but it has strict rules. For a start, the organisation has to actually exist and also be registered, and I’m not at that point with this idea. The rules are designed people registering a domain name to simply promote some product or service, and I think they’re entirely reasonable. However, I needed to get something there quickly to keep the momentum I have, hence registering a .org which has basically no rules at all. I want to give this every chance to succeed!

I don’t think it’s a bad looking website for something that was just thrown together! Actually refreshing to do something so simple as a basic website with a few flyers. Although I’m a bit of a fraud in some ways — for the flyer’s I’ve reused the graphic from The Outpost and another from a piece of “fan art” I did a few months back :-)

I’ll probably move it over to be a Wordpress site later.

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June 4th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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Writers Group – First Meeting

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Well, today was the day I’d set for anyone who was interested in forming a Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group in Albany to meet at the Dome Cafe. One person — Tammy, who by chance had seen the notice in Angus and Robertson this very morning — turned up. So, that makes two of us to start with. I’ll persist and try and get a few more people, and assess if this idea has some promise in a few months. I really hope I (or we) can get it up and running.

It’s 2009 — many years since 2001: A Space Odyssey — and today I had my first every video call! My Dad who got a webcam for his birthday last week, called me up and we had a nice chat. Unfortunately, it was all a bit one-way as I don’t have a webcam myself! :-)

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May 30th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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Writers Workshop

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Went to a “Writers Workshop” on Wednesday evening at the Albany Dymocks on Wednesday afternoon, run by local author Elizabeth Newell, who recently won the BIC Australia Young Australian Writers Award for her short story Shaking off the Dust.

It was a fun, informative evening on characters and characterisation and general writing notes. Elizabeth showed us this photo and challenged us to write down who this character is, what he does, name and so on. I surprised myself by coming up with something promising. At the end, Elizabeth told us it was a picture of Joseph Stalin!

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May 21st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Writing Group

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Made the first move in my attempt to start a “Speculative Fiction Writers Group” in Albany. I’d been thinking about the idea some time before we left on holiday, but shied away from doing anything as leaving the district for a month would kill any momentum stone dead. So, yesterday I printed up some notices with my contact email, and have arranged to be in The Dome on Saturday 30th of May to meet anyone who might be interested.

Nothing may come of it — my brother is a member of the KSP Writers’ Centre Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, and he tells me that despite being in the general metropolitan area, it struggles for membership and interest. However, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”, and I have hopes.

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May 18th, 2009 at 5:10 pm