Congratulations are due to Will Elliott whose first published novel, The Pilo Family Circus, has won the Golden Aurealis award at the annual Australian awards for genre and young adult fiction, held this year in Brisbane. The Circus also tied for the Aurealis award for best horror title with Prismatic, written by three writers who pass collectively by the name of Edwina Grey.
The ABC and Telstra have joined the stampede to Second Life. Constance of LINT and Ruminations will be able to tell us if this is good news or not. New media services in both organisations will not be simply advertising, but will be building online facilities in this increasingly popular virtual community.
Germaine Greer talks up Ten Canoes for The Guardian, and does a great job of it in my opinion.
Susan Wyndham is blogging up a storm at the SMH, with 88 comments on this post on best sellers. This blog is a good source of Australian lit news, and Wyndham seems to have a better grip on developing a relationship with her readers than some other Australian newspaper bloggers (Tim Dunlop excepted, of course.) She has made a real effort to engage by starting an online book group, and has a good grasp of how to pitch to a book group readership. You will find plenty of interesting snippets and more than a bit of analysis here.
So, online collaboration on work documents getting you down and you'd rather write a book? NaNoWriMo looks a bit too much like hard work? Try the Penguin online writing project, A Million Penguins (which is a bit crowded to my way of thinking, but that's just me. Link from Australian Writers Online).