Awards and Publications

Fiction

Games and Interactive Media

Enthymema
Jury Award (Winner)
Audience Award (Honourable Mention)
Serenity Forge Game Jam

Killing Time at Lightspeed
Gritfish
Minor writing contribution

More game releases available here.


Traditional creative writing

'Rumours'
The Lane of Unusual Traders (Stage Two)
Tiny Owl Workshop
Flash fiction

'Familial Loaf'
The Bechamel Test Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'If Only'
The Three Drafts You're In Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'John the Pharmacist’
Contest Fiction | Blog, Rest, and Play
Flash fiction

'For Sale'
Clarissa's Hemingway Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Guilty'
The Mystery of the Cellar Door Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Hope’
SLQ Young Writers Award 2014 (Long-Listed)
State Library of Queensland
Short fiction

'Night Terrors'
Lost and Found Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Summer Holiday'
Climate Fiction Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Fixed and Forever'
Forever Ending Story Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Stolen Property'
Great Barrier Award (First Place)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'A Drop in the Ocean'
Rosalie Goes Bopping Award (Short-Listed)
Needle in the Hay
Short fiction

'Coin of Fate'
Kaleidoscope
University of the Sunshine Coast
Flash fiction

'Waiting in the Wings'
Showcase
University of the Sunshine Coast
Short fiction

'Standing Up'
Love Story: A Collection of Short Stories
Queensland Weekender
Short fiction


Academic and Non-Fiction

Papers

'Moving beyond the self: How blog posts can inspire narratives of representation'
Authorised Theft: Refereed conference papers of the 21st Annual AAWP Conference

'Using Twine as a Therapeutic Writing Tool
for Creating Serious Games
'
with Katryna Starks and Dakoda Barker
Serious Games
Springer International Publishing

'Does Nature Writing Successfully Breach the
Nature Culture Divide?
'
University of the Sunshine Coast Journal of Arts and Business
Volume Two, Issue Two


Conferences and lectures

'Queer Representation in Videogames' guest lecture
SGD202 Video Game Analysis, University of the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast, Australia | September 2017

'Representations of Queer Identity in Games from 2013–2015'
with Adrienne Shaw and Jessica Zammit
Digital Games Research Association Conference (Program)
Melbourne, Australia | July, 2017

'Impossible Identities: The Limitations of Character Creation Systems'
with Dakoda Barker and Jessica Zammit
Digital Games Research Association Conference (Program)
Melbourne, Australia | July, 2017

'Making the LGBTQ Game Archive and Queerly Represent Me Database'
with Adrienne Shaw, Evan Lauteria, and Christopher Persaud
The Queerness and Games Conference
Los Angeles (via distance) | April, 2017

'Moving Beyond the Self:
How Blog Posts Can Inspire Narratives of Representation
'
Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Canberra, Australia | November 2016

'I Exist: Improving the Representation of Queer
Perspectives in Videogames
'
Digital Games Research Association of Australia Conference (Program)
Melbourne, Australia | November 2016
Also featured on PlayNicePlayNow (PN2)

'Using Twine as a Therapeutic Writing Tool
for Creating Serious Games
'
with Katryna Starks and Dakoda Barker
Joint Conference on Serious Games (Program)
Brisbane, Australia | September 2016

'Queer Representation in Videogames' guest lecture
SGD202 Video Game Analysis, University of the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast, Australia | September 2016


Games writing

'PewDiePie proves that videogame culture is still as toxic as ever'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Why non-binary player-characters are important, and you should support them'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Games and art and games as art'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Tacoma'
Hyper Online
Review

'Dungeons & Dragons & roleplaying on Neopets'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator'
Hyper Online
Review

'Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles'
Hyper Online
Review

'Apparently there are games on Netflix now'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Pokémon Go: Does accessibility need to be the ultimate goal of game design?'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Dress up games - my new favourite thing EVER'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Horizon Zero Dawn was made for me'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Old Man’s Journey'
Hyper Online
Review

'LawBreakers: How it differs from other hero shooters and hopes to avoid a toxic game community'
Hyper Online
Feature

'GX Australia: The celebration and the call to action'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Yooka-Laylee: A lizard, a bat, a Lombax, and a robot walk into a bar'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Yooka-Laylee'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Romancing the alien: Queer identity in video games'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Profile: Gio Coutinho, Rigging Artist at Rooster Teeth'
Clever Game Pun
Interview

'An Interview with Rooster Teeth Rigging Artist Gio Coutinho'
FemHype
Interview

'Gio Coutinho Interview (Rooster Teeth)'
Impulse Gamer
Interview

'Conversations from the 'Final Fantasy XV' Locker Room'
FemHype
Feature

'Hey, Pokémon - we need to talk'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Mallow Drops'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Queer representation in games:
Heroes Like Us at PAX Australia 2016
'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Stardew Valley is still my life'
PlayWrite
Feature
(Also featured on Remeshed)

'Horizon Zero Dawn at EB Expo 2016'
Clever Game Pun
Preview
Reposted on PlayWrite

'Dishonored 2 (EB Expo 2016)'
Impulse Gamer
Preview

'Couch Play at EB Expo 2016'
Impulse Gamer
Feature

'PlayStation VR (EB Expo 2016)'
Impulse Gamer
Preview

'Queer Identity & Diversity: The Winners of Rainbow Jam ’16'
FemHype
Feature

'The Case for Serious Games:
A Response to the JCSG2016 Keynote Panel
'
PlayWrite
Paper

'ReCore'
Clever Game Pun
Review
(Also featured on Remeshed)

'Pokemon GO is Seriously Important'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Character Ecology: A Daunting Task'
GameCareerGuide
Blog repost

'Overcooked'
Impulse Gamer
Preview

'Women in games - Sexuality, empowerment, and... vaginas'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Ratchet and Clank'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Exchanging Marriage Plows:
Gender and Sexuality in Stardew Valley
'
FemHype
Feature

'Melody's Escape'
Clever Game Pun
Review

'Wordcast: Stardew Valley'
Cold Takes
Wordcast

'Reflections on 'Game Changers'
(with thoughts from Dan Golding and Leena van Deventer)
'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Train Valley'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Designing Diversity: Making Fairy Tale'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Stardew Valley'
Clever Game Pun
Review

'Stardew Valley is my life now'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Block'hood'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Gremlins, Inc.'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'In defense of the unreliable narrator'
Hyper Online
Feature

'Firewatch: The (re)view from my lookout'
PlayWrite
Review

'His Apocalypse: Normativity in Fallout 4'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'The Beginner's Guide and Walls'
PlayWrite
Review / Feature

'Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star'
Impulse Gamer
Review

'Sick Heroes at PAX 2015'
PlayWrite
Summary

'Welcome Home: My First PAX Aus Experience'
PlayWrite
Feature

'Viridi'
PlayWrite
Review

'Guitar Hero Live (EB Expo 2015 Hands On)'
Impulse Gamer
Preview

'Some Journeys are worth coming back to'
Hyper Online
Feature

'The Curious Case of Roach'
Hyper Online
Feature

'On Being a 'Girl Gamer''
The Android's Closet
Feature




Film, television, and book reviews

Dan Golding and Lenna van Deventer's Game Changers
MDP web

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale
MDP web

Eliza Henry Jones's In the Quiet
MDP web

Far from the Madding Crowd
MDP web

Sense8
MDP web

Mad Max: Fury Road
MDP web

Fast and Furious 7
MDP web

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane
MDP web

Andrew J McKiernan's Last Year, Last Year, When We Were Young
MDP web

Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready
MDP web


Feminist features

'How I reclaimed my wedding dress after my divorce'
Offbeat Bride

'My Liberation'
Parallel Magazine


Writing craft articles

'A Guide to Editing'
Transitions (ebook)
Needle in the Hay

'Another way index cards can help your writing'
Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge blog

'Reasons to triple your daily word count commitment with NaNoWriMo'
Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge blog


Recipes

Bacon and Onion Muffins on Burn Bright

Mini Bread Cup Quiches on Burn Bright

Chocolate Mug Cake on Burn Bright

Rocky Road on Burn Bright


About me

Podcasts

Regular host of System Links Podcast.

Special guest on Episode 58 of Game Hugs, with Jason Imms.

Special guest on Episode 0 of Queerly Represent Me's 'Book' Club podcast.


Panels and presentations

Queerly Represent Me and the Underrepresented
with Jess Zammit, Charlie Francis Cassidy, Saf Wander, and David Hollingworth
GX Australia 2017
Summary available here
Video available here

Building Better Gamers
with Ashton McAllan, Adam Koebel, Tanya DePass, Dr Jennifer Hazel, and Mavis Chan
GX Australia 2017
Video available here

'How to Queerly Rep it in your game'
#ResistJam workshop
Online | February, 2017
Text version

Nanojam 2.0: Live Game Design
with Jason Imms, Maize Wallin, Leonie Yue, Rami Ismail, and Kris Straub
PAX Aus 2016
Twitch stream (2:46:20)

Heroes Like Us: Representation of Queer Identity in Games
with Wren Brier, David Hollingworth, Ashton McAllan, and Jess Zammit
PAX Aus 2016
Summary on Hyper Online

Redefining Games: Prepare for Unforeseen Consequences
with Steven O'Donnell (Bajo), Dakoda Barker, and Mic Black
Epic Diem 2015

Sick Heroes: Exploring Representations of Illness in Games
with Jennifer Hazel, Jane Cocks, Katryna Starks, and Dakoda Barker
PAX Aus 2015
Summary on PlayWrite

Rocket League: Community Building in Competitive Games
with Stacia Grooby, Dakoda Barker, and Ben Rolfe
PAX Aus 2015


Interviews

Interviews regarding the Queerly Represent Me database can be found here.

Interviewed for the Contours exhibition in Melbourne, August 2017.

Interview in Broadly about Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator and queerness in games. Available here.

Interview with Eva Lantsoght regarding doctoral work and processes for PhD Talk. Available here.

Interviewed by Jack Crinji for Queer Radio on 4ZZZ.

USC media release includes an interview about Enthymema and the Serenity Forge Game Jam. Available here. Also published by My Sunshine Coast and Noosa Today.

Interview with Al Rosenberg for Women Write About Comics about my work in the games industry. Available here.

Interview with Rebecca Douglas, writer in residence for the South Australian Writer's Centre 2015/2016, about my work in the games industry. Available here.

Spotlight on me and my work at MDP Web. Available here.

Interview with Martin at 'Needle in the Hay' about my writing and current projects. Available here.


Awards

Nominated for the University of the Sunshine Coast's 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards.

Nominated for Hero Award, the Journalism Award, and the Student / LGBTI Rising Star Award in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2018.

Finalist for the 'Campaigner' award in the 2017 Women in Games awards, presented by Xbox.

Finalist for the 'Trail Blazer' award in the 2017 Women in Games awards, presented by Xbox.

Featured on the 2017 MCV Women in Games list, 'The Gamechangers', with a profile available here.

Featured on the 2016 MCV 30 under 30 list.

Won the 'Bending the Blending' award (with course coordinator Colleen Stieler-Hunt) for blended teaching techniques in SGD100 at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Awarded #25 on the LOTL Powerlist 2016.

Nominated for Journalist of the Year in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017.

Won the Jury Award and received an honourable mention for the Audience Award in the Serenity Forge game jam with Enthymema. See Enthymema's press page for more information.

Won the USC Advance Award for Advancing the Student Experience as part of the Student Success Team at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Awarded a Faculty Commendation for Academic Excellence upon graduating from undergraduate study in 2015.


Miscellaneous

Media features regarding the Queerly Represent Me database can be found here.

Member of Girl Geek Academy.

Mentor of #Tasjam in January 2017. Read about my adventures in Hobart here.

Curated @TwkLGBTQ rotation twitter account from 1 January 2017 to 7 January 2017.

SelfCare_Bot (a Twitter bot I designed to tweet self-care tips and affirmations every hour) was mentioned by Brie Code in this Killscreen article, in an article on CheckPoint, and on Remeshed. The bot was also discussed during an episode of Jupi Plays Indie Games (8:10).

Judge of #RainbowJam16 game jam, with profile available here.

My work with USC Serious Games organising a 'Poke-walk' was published by the Sunshine Coast Daily, Noosa News, and on the USC news exchange.

My game Fairy Tale was discussed in Unconsoleable episode 45 (at approximately 52min 30sec).

Recommended by Alexander Ocias on his website.

Led the #NovWritingChallenge on Twitter as part of the http://writingchallenge.org team. Bio available here: http://writingchallenge.org/our-writers/

Featured author in Myk Pilgrim's 'League of Imaginary Friends'

Featured in the 'Milestones' section of WQ Magazine

Summary

My work—creative and non-fiction, serious and silly—can be found in various locations online and in print. Some of my work has won or been short-listed for awards. I have also been spotlighted and interviewed on occasion. On this page, you can find information about all of this and more.


Key facts



Access my job titles, key projects, education, and bios on my About page.

Check out my press kits here.


Featured work

Dungeons & Dragons & roleplaying on Neopets

Feature published on Hyper Online.

Horizon Zero Dawn was made for me

Feature published on Hyper Online.

GX Australia: The celebration and the call to action

Feature published on Hyper Online.

Conversations from the 'Final Fantasy XV' Locker Room

Feature published on FemHype.

Women in games - Sexuality, empowerment, and... vaginas

Feature published on Hyper Online.

Exchanging Marriage Plows: Gender and Sexuality in Stardew Valley

Feature published on FemHype.

Reflections on 'Game Changers'

Feature published on PlayWrite.

His Apocalypse: Normativity in Fallout 4

Feature published on PlayWrite.

Some Journeys are worth coming back to

Feature published on Hyper Online.

Rumours

Flash fiction to be published in stage two of The Lane of Unusual Traders.

The Curious Case of Roach

Feature published on Hyper Online.