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The under-rated subconscious

We have a routine in our house, where most mornings we grab the paper and do the quiz while we drink coffee and wake up. This morning I was doing the quiz and the question came up, “Name the author who wrote five books featuring Tom Ripley.” Total mental blank. I knew Ripley was a…

Hugo nominations are open

The CoNZealand email that popped into my mailbox last week mentioned that Hugo nominations were open. I can only nominate stories I have read and liked. Here are some novels I am thinking of nominating. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. This is one of those books I picked up, read a bit, flicked…

The Untamed

It’s hot It’s super-muggy here. We’ve just had a massive hailstorm (hail as big as golf balls) but the temperature didn’t drop so now it’s so muggy, and even the big hailstones are gone. The hail was so loud the first few landing on the roof sounded like gunshots. As more arrived it that changed…

Money as a stereotype

Today I paid cash for a notebook to write in. It’s the first time in six months I have paid cash for anything.  Tap and go is a boon for me. I no longer have to worry about finding an ATM, or always having to check if I’ve been to a bank before I go…

I have internet

I didn’t plan such a long blog silence, but I mucked up on the internet connections here and New Zealand, and refused to pay shipboard prices for more internet. Not only that, I forgot to download many of the books I planned to read onto my iPad. Arrgh. I have internet back now, and it…

One month to go

Only one month to the day Stars Beyond is published. We’re starting to get nervous. For those of you who have book money to spend after Christmas, we can recommend a good book. Lots of fun, adventure in space. Great characters. Why not give it a try. The book is out on 20 January.

Sydney

Flew into Sydney this morning to start our cruise. The sky was still hazy, but nowhere near as bad as it was a week ago.  Last week the harbour bridge was obscured with thick, black smoke.  This week you can see the bridge, even though the sky still looks smoggy. As a result, the setting…

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…