Author Archives: Karen

Walking to New Zealand

Next week it’s cruise time. If you read this blog you’ll know that both Sherylyn and I enjoy cruising. There’s something about being on the water that is magic. Not having to cook or clean is nice, too. I love New Zealand. We cruised there last year, and we’re going back mid-year to WorldCon. We…

The Shreader

Another GenreCon has been and gone. It was a lot of fun, with some stand-out sessions. The conference was two weeks after Sherylyn and I ran an editing session down here in Melbourne, and some sessions particularly made an impact because I was still thinking about the course. The Shreader One session I want to…

A wasted Halloween opportunity

I went to see the ophthalmologist today, got another injection in my eye.  It sounds worse than it is. Modern medicine is wonderful.  Except for a few hours discomfort while the pupil dilation goes down (from the tests they run prior) and a slightly aching eyeball for a day, it’s quite painless, really. The results,…

Workshop completed

Yesterday we ran a workshop at Vic Writers on editing.  Today I am sore. Standing up for six hours is more than I’m used to. I’ve always had sympathies for anyone who worked in retail, and nurses, and people like that, but now I’m extending that sympathy to teachers, too. How do they do it?…

Oops

Our October newsletter scraped it into October by a bat’s wing (had to use a Halloween reference here) on 31 October.  For we Australians it was 12:30am on All Hallows Eve.  Maybe we should have waited till later in the day, for there’s a mistake in it. Three mistakes actually and they’re all the same.…

Our book covers

Today, I want to talk about book covers.  There’s a lot written about how traditionally published authors don’t have control over their book covers. We have never disliked one of our covers, so we wouldn’t know but we are realistic enough to know that design of the cover is mostly out of our control, and…

Writers gotta write

Daylight saving started on the weekend.  I love it, but it takes a week to get used to.  Suddenly it’s midnight and you’re not in bed, even though you have to get up at six to get ready for work.  To make matters worse, I wake up this morning at five.  Urgh.  I know from…

Another Road Giveaway

Over at Ace Books they’re giving away not just a copy of Stars Beyond, but also a copy of Stars Uncharted. If you’re interested, and you live in the US, pop across to their site and enter the Another Road sweepstakes. I love the way they’ve named it Another Road, by the way. That’s the…