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Rainie Zenith wins 2020 Monash WordFest Short Story Competition
So very excited to be announced as the winner of the 2020 Monash WordFest Short Story Competition. Wonderful to finish a downer of a year on a big high! Read my story ‘Ernie’ that took out the top gong, or view the full list of prizewinners.
Also, short story ‘White Christmas’ has been shortlisted in Crystal Lake Publishing’s ‘Scary Xmas’ competition, with the winner to be decided by a public vote in late December.
It’s November and Melbourne is emerging from a six month covid lockdown that has been tough on us all. I’m taking the month off to regroup and rejuvenate with a road trip, in preparation for a massive 2021 making up for all that lost time. See you in December folks!
Two of my short stories ‘Cemetery’ and ‘The House At 13 Payne Street’ will appear in Fantasia Divinity’s upcoming anthology Halloween Frights & Autumn Delights, due for publication in November.
Next month, my piece ‘A Dryad Can Have But One Love’ will be published in the anthology Earth of Oblivion, book #4 in Fantasia Divinity’s Elemental Drabbles series.
Meanwhile, the Tallarook market gig that was scheduled for November 2020 has been postponed until 2021 due to uncertainty around covid restrictions. New date TBC!
August 29th 2020 was the annual international Play Music On The Porch Day, and while my porch was too windy for music, I livestreamed a half hour concert from my living room with G-Chubb. It was a snappy little set, including new song Smithereens, and the first ever performance of Caffeine with a full backing track.
It’s July and I am…
… looking forward to the release of the 2020 Poetry Marathon anthology which will include one of my senryu poems.
… laughing at the entries to the Australian Writers Centre’s 23-word story challenge; mine was among the entries chosen for publication here on their website.
… celebrating my iso-birthday! Happy birthday to me…
June has been a month of triumphs!
Firstly, the publication of Burning Dreams, an Australian bushfires charity anthology from Fantasia Divinity featuring 45 stories from 27 authors including one from me.
Secondly, I was a winner in a limerick contest, read more here.
Thirdly, I took part in the international 2020 Poetry Marathon. Well actually, I entered the half-marathon, penning 12 poems in 12 hours. You can read the poems here.
Finally, I’ve begun the process of producing my songs with Craig from Paxus Productions which is supremely exciting!
With lockdown restrictions still in place and the weather turning too wet and windy, porch concerts turned into livestream concerts, starting with Live from the Loungeroom – check it out below! – followed by Live with a Language Warning.
Determined to keep live music in the world even under COVID-19 restrictions, April became the month of porch concerts. Setting up full amplification on our front porch, me and G-Chubb brought music to our neighbours ears whether they liked it or not. We’re pretty sure they did though 😉
Played the Vault Yarraville with G-Chubb on Monday 9th March – check out the video below of Man You’re Bad (But I Am Worse).
Also hopped up to play a few tunes at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival on March 14.
Promptly thereafter the COVID-19 restrictions came into place, nipping live performances in the bud for now…
Aah, February, a busy and exciting month! Thrilled to announce I’m going to be in the People’s Playhouse production of The Sound of Music in July!
In the world of writing, two drabbles were accepted for publication this month, including one for a bushfire charity anthology. More info here.
And it seems to have become a tradition for me to cover Australia’s Eurovision entry each year – here’s our 2020 entry Don’t Break Me by Montaigne. (check out my cover of our 2019 entry Zero Gravity by Kate Miller-Heidke over here.)
Kicked off the year 2020 with an appearance at the Lending a Hand for Bushfire Relief: The Variety Concert fundraiser show at Emerald. Played alongside bass extraordinaire G-Chubb in an eclectic line-up of fabulous local performers all donating their time and talents for a worthy cause.
I was also crazy lucky enough to be chosen as one of 20 artists to participate in a workshop with the awesome Amanda Palmer!
So a very positive and exciting start to the year and it’s only going to get exciting-er! Lots of awesome projects in the pipeline, including songs to be recorded, stories to be published, and shows to be played. Looking forward to sharing more music and stories in 2020, yeah!