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Poet Travels Sharp Edge of Science

REPULSION THRUST is on sale at Amazon now (just in time for Black Friday)! The book is less than $10 and makes a wonderful gift for poetry lovers, scientists, futurists, literary folk, and anyone who enjoys a bit of uniquely framed introspection. The beautiful cover is by NSW artist Scott Jackson, and I'd love to send you an autographed bookplate, customised to suit your recipient. Drop by:…


Added by Magdalena Ball on November 27, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Twitter as both social tool, and diary log

Just added a Twitter widget above, so now what I'm doing will always be current (saves the zillion cross postings). I know there are lots of social networks to keep up with, but what I like about Twitter is that it's really fast (you're very limited on text), which means you can just drop in and put in a very fast update before closing each evening. So I don't have to wait for big stuff -- I just pop in each little thing I've been doing (and sometimes I surprise myself with how much I actually… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on August 20, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Chats, poetry and superheroes

My week long LibraryThing chat is now finished, and boy, did I get some great questions. The chat is open for viewing to anyone (you don't need to sign up to LibraryThing, though it is a pretty cool promotional tool). Just drop by LibraryThing and check it out. I made a ridiculous offer there to anyone who dropped in, with the aim of allowing visitors to read my novel, but I'm holding that offer for book marketing… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on July 4, 2008 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Come talk to me

Hi everyone, I'll be doing a public chat on LibraryThing from the 23rd of June to the 4th of July and I'd love you to come and throw me your gnarliest questions! Go on -- there's nothing I won't answer (and if you don't believe me, just check out a few of my past interviews!), and I'd love to connect with you. Just drop by

on any day between the 23 and 4th, click on my link, and ask… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on June 7, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Quick Update - I'm in the Red Room!

Hi guys, I would love for you to visit me at my new online home, You can read about my books and enjoy multimedia content I've created such as blogs, photos, audio, and video.

Here's why you should check it out:

* Red Room is a social networking website dedicated to connecting authors, readers, and the literary community at large.

* Hundreds of successful authors—including Khaled Hosseini, Susan Orlean, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan, Tobias Wolff, Terry McMillan,… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on May 30, 2008 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

International Writing Award Honors Sleep Before Evening

15 May 2008 - Sleep Before Evening, a fast paced coming of age novel by Magdalena Ball, has been named as a Finalist in the the Regional Fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The heart-wrenching novel, released last July by BeWrite Books, tells the story of the teenager's struggle against a self-centred artist mother, a succession of drive-by stepfathers, her desperate escape into a… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on May 19, 2008 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Radio Shows!

The Compulsive Reader Talks has 2 new shows -- one with Julie Mars, author of Anybody Any Minute, and one with Aaron Lazar, author of Tremolo. Drop by and hear both authors read from and talk about their latest novels. Speaking of radio shows, I just had the opportunity to sit in the other chair, and was interviewed by David Ewan at… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on May 13, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Come talk to Magdalena at Today's Author

Hear author Magdalena Ball talk about her novel Sleep Before Evening, the book's creation, why anyone would want to write a novel, the book's hook, her next book, and lots more. The lines are also open for you to call in and speak to the author directly. Dial in anytime after 10:03pm EST (US time) on 646 478 5047, or drop by the site to listen anytime (live, or podcast) at… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on May 10, 2008 at 1:34am — No Comments

Writers helping writers

In a recent Publisher’s Weekly article, the notion of writers reviewing one another’s books, or supporting each other was dealt with as a negative thing. So when the good folks at Murder by 4 asked me to do a guest blog, I knew I had to write a counter piece on the value of writers supporting one another. The crux of the blog is that “without the support and community of like-minded authors, there’s… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on March 2, 2008 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Compulsive Listening, Ten Books to Change Your Life, and Planet X

Hello Readers, The Compulsive Reader Talks has a great new interview with author Lorraine Mace, who spoke about her book The ABC Checklist for New Writers and provided more than a few insider tips for listeners. Over at hubpages, I've listed ten books to change your life (not a single one of them is in the self-help genre) -- why not drop by and comment -- letting… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on February 17, 2008 at 2:19am — No Comments

Virtual promotion and ocean waves

Hello everyone and happy new year. This month on Compulsive Reader Talks, I’ve interviewed one of my favourite authors, Emily Ballou, who spoke about her new novel Aphelion. I also interviewed cartoonist Roland Harvey, who spoke about

his book In the City. Why not drop by and have a listen. You can

download the shows to your favourite MP3 player and listen to it when…


Added by Magdalena Ball on January 21, 2008 at 9:26pm — No Comments

The Great Big Show, Ten Random Facts, and Cricket

Hello readers. This month on Compulsive Reader Talks, I’ve interviewed Justin Lowe, who spoke about his verse novel The Great Big Show, about self-publishing, the power of verse and a lot more. Julie Ann Dawson

at Gather published Ten Random…


Added by Magdalena Ball on November 4, 2007 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Faction, Fiction and Virtual Reality

Hello readers. This month on Compulsive Reader Talks

I’ve interviewed
Helen Townsend, who spoke about her “faction” Under the Starry Frame (which always

makes me think of the Helen…

Added by Magdalena Ball on October 2, 2007 at 8:51pm — No Comments

More news from the Sleep Tour

Hello readers, as usual it has been a busy

month. The Sleep book launch was held

today, and was an enjoyable morning with a good turnout. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you

can check out a photo


Added by Magdalena Ball on September 2, 2007 at 10:47pm — 3 Comments

Notes from the Sleep Tour

Hi everyone, you are all cordially invited to the Sleep Before Evening book launch, Thurs 30th Aug, 11am, Angus & Robertson, Newcastle Mall, 147 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW (Australia). Now I know Australia is a long way for most of you, so won't be too hurt if you can't make it! But if any of you do happen to live in NSW, please do come and say hello. Most of what I do is virtual, and it would be lovely to bridge that gap and actually shake hands.


Added by Magdalena Ball on August 16, 2007 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment

Sleep has arrived

Hello everyone. I'm very pleased to announce that my novel Sleep Before Evening, is now available. You can get a copy as of today at the following places:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Or just go to your local Amazon and type…


Added by Magdalena Ball on August 16, 2007 at 4:22pm — No Comments

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