Because I work full-time in a day job that isn’t related to writing, I like to track cool milestones in my writing career. Below are the best ones so far:
I participate in my first online event: the Animal Crossing New Horizons livestream for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival. On 21 November I participate in a promo stream, and on 28 November I do a live reading for the 12 hour Gala Stream.
My short story “Metronomy” is shortlisted for the 2020 Apollo Bay WordFest Short Story Award! Apollo Bay WordFest is a literary event held annually on the last weekend of July.
By 2019 I have been published by some very cool places (including Writers Bloc and Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging). In November 2019 I get to add another feather to my cap, this time being published online by renowned travel authority Lonely Planet and credited as “Emma Michelle: Lonely…Read More
In September 2018 it is announced that I have been awarded the inaugural Freefall Writing Freedom to Write Scholarship. The Scholarship supports fledgling writers by providing access to a week-long immersive and generative writing workshop, and in early October I attending the Daylesford Writing Retreat to start a new project…Read More
Through some swift Googling, I discover that my first ever published article (discussing J. D. Salinger’s work and his experiences at war) is being used as a teaching resource in a high school Literary Studies lesson plan. Cool!
Okay, this one is a bit silly, but in April 2018 I send an invoice to Dymocks Tuggeranong for copies of my book Watching Cartoons with Boys that they have sold in their store. Having worked there for about 3 years before moving to Melbourne, it is a surreal and…Read More
An article I wrote is published in Issue 1/2018 of Farrago Magazine. This represents the first time my work appears in a printed magazine (later that year I am also published in Orenda Magazine).
Following the publication of my book, I do my first ever in-person interview. Despite feeling anxious (and my responses being typed out verbatim!) I manage not to disappear into the ground and (hopefully) not sound like a total idiot. This is counted as a win.
My self-published book Watching Cartoons with Boys is officially launched at Brunswick Bound bookstore in Melbourne. At the launch I am able to thank all of the people who helped with getting the book finished, including friends who were there to write alongside me at the library/pub/cafe, or who even…Read More
Underground Writers zine review my upcoming self-published book Watching Cartoons with Boys, calling it “nostalgic, clever and funny… a reminder of all the ways that cartoons intersect with and reflect our own lives.” This is the first published review of my work I have ever received, so naturally I am…Read More
Birdcatcher Books publish the short stories that were longlisted for their 2016 short story competition in an anthology called Crossroads. My story “Like Siamese” appears inside, and this represents the first time that my writing appears in print.
My short story “Like Siamese” is longlisted for the 2016 Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. This is the first short story I have submitted to any competition, so I am very proud!
After building a small portfolio of published articles, my article “‘Don’t let me disappear’: Trauma narrative in The Catcher in the Rye” is published online by Kill Your Darlings. This is both my first paid gig as a writer, and first article to appear in a renowned Australian literary journal.
When I was nineteen I wrote an 80,000 word… document. After 7 years and about 1000 re-writes, it became the first draft of a novel that was ready to send to an editor.
Following another article published online by The Conversation, I am invited to speak with Dominic Knight on ABC Local Radio. During this interview, I am very proud to be introduced as and referred to as “a Melbourne writer.” I. Have. Arrived.
An article that I co-wrote with A/Prof Elizabeth Maxwell for The Conversation (“Six years on: the enduring influence of J. D. Salinger”) is republished online by The New Zealand Herald. In print, The New Zealand Herald has the largest circulation of all newspapers in New Zealand.
Following the online publication of my first article I am invited to do my first ever radio interview. I speak to Nakkiah Lui (who is now one of my writing idols) on the Evenings program of ABC Local Radio. The interview is broadcast across Sydney, Canberra, and NSW state-wide.
“J. D. Salinger: the little-known legacy of one of the world’s most-read authors,” co-written with A/Prof Elizabeth Maxwell, is published online by The Conversation. It is the 4th most-read article associated with The University of Melbourne that month, attracting 30,000+ clicks through republishing on sites like Scroll.in and Digg.