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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…

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.…