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Staying sane at writers’ conferences

We’re going to the Melbourne RWA conference next weekend. The person who recommended it to me so many years ago said, “It’s one of the most professional writers’ conferences I know,” and I’ve been meaning to go ever since.  Sherylyn went once, a couple of years ago, and said it was good, but I couldn’t…

Website changes

The website has been super slow recently. Slow as in five minutes to save a page slow, and a full minute to load a page slow. There’s something wrong, we need to work out what it is. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to trace it yet. Rather than pull the website down altogether, we’re trying…

Two views of the same city

Bourke Street, 4pm. East side The few completed buildings were tucked in amongst the rubble of the rest.  Flat, uniform, narrow grey shopfronts. Featureless and anonymous, and almost as drab as the building sites. Melbourne was a building site.  Black-painted or raw pine veneer hoardings took up half the footpaths, with huge industrial scaffolds crowding…

Bad writing

Deleted scenes We’re searching old manuscripts for deleted scenes for our July newsletter. Some of these scenes we liked, but we deleted because they didn’t fit the story any more.  Others were deleted simply because they were just bad. When you’re writing early drafts you allow your writing to be bad.  That’s what editing is…

What we’ve been doing

Continuum 15 I spent the week before last off work sick. I recovered just in time for our local speculative fiction convention here in Melbourne, Continuum. It was good, and I was over the bug, but everything passed in a haze. I was so exhausted post-bug, post-convention that I couldn’t even get the energy to…

Slave driver

We found this rather addictive app on the iPad called Merge Dragons.  It’s a game that allows you do exactly what it says.  Merge dragons. They have occasional weekend special games, where you get nice prizes if you go on and do the special event. The trick is to collect enough points to collect all…