Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hmm, how’s that holiday list going?

Ah, yes, five days in and already feel like there’s NOT ENOUGH TIME!!! Why does time go so quickly when you’re on break?

  • Sort the garage – need to be able to get the car inside, and hopefully find space for some gym gear for husband.
  • Sort the kids clothes – pack up too smalls, find next size up hand-me-downs for Master Two, find the baby clothes! Have done Master Two’s drawers. I’ll take that as a start!
  • Sort my clothes – find the maternity clothes and see what will fit for the next few months.
  • Clean the house (it’s not too bad, but the bathrooms need a proper clean). It’s no messier than before – and all the folding is done and put away. Just ironing left to get on top of it!
  • Filing and preparation for tax – I won’t have time to do it at the end of July.
  • Mailout Epilogue and do the promo work for that. 

We had a freight snafu which saw the bulk of the boxes journey to Melbourne rather than Launceston! Pre-orders and author CC copies are sent, but there’s still some payment copies to be done! And you can win a copy of Epilogue at Goodreads!

  • Launch the 2012 Aurealis Awards entries (that’s a cheat – I don’t have to do much for that!). 

But I have finalised the judges’ bios for the website, and drafted the media release announcing the opening of the Awards for 2012 – waiting for approval and we’ll be rolling!

  • Visit friends! Went for a drive to Latrobe yesterday with one of Miss Six’s friends (and her mum & brother) – two birds with one stone, as we went somewhere new, with friends! And tomorrow we’re off to Hobart to visit Tansy & the family, via catching up with Em at a kid friendly location. And we had the Flintharts on Sunday. Not a bad start :)
  • Write a gazillion book reviews – I’ve already got a pile of 10 books read that need reviewing, and I’ve been devouring books lately (I called it drowning my sorrows in reading!) so want to get on top of it.

Yeah, so not so good. And yesterday I received word that I’ve picked up a 35 hour contract to do a job for a database supplier, which has to be complete by June 15. Bubye holidays!

Off to take Master Nine to soccer training shortly, then must get kids to be early as I’m doing a CBCA judge’s talk online tonight! All prepped at least!

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Win a copy of Epilogue on Goodreads

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Epilogue by Tehani Wessely

Epilogue

by Tehani Wessely

Giveaway ends June 08, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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So it’s HOLIDAYS!

I don’t know if I can properly express how much I’ve been looking forward to these three weeks off. It’s been a very long term (15 weeks, plus a week over Easter, which should mean I felt like it WASN’T a long term, but, well…) and of course, since January we have: moved interstate; started a new job; kids have started new school & new daycare; had a major scare with Mum; five interstate trips (three to QLD, one to Sydney for the Aurealis Awards and one to Adelaide for the CBCA judging conference); passed first trimester pregnancy; produced two new books. And probably some other stuff.

So it’s been kinda busy. It’s felt a lot like I’ve been running the whole time but not getting anywhere (in fact, feeling like I’m going backwards sometimes!). And I’ve been hanging out for this three week break like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve got so much to catch up on, which I will list here, but I also want to spend some time doing day trips around the place – we’ve seen so little of Tasmania since we got here, and I’d like to go to some of the places people talk about as being so lovely!

Anyway, the List!

  • Sort the garage – need to be able to get the car inside, and hopefully find space for some gym gear for husband.
  • Sort the kids clothes – pack up too smalls, find next size up hand-me-downs for Master Two, find the baby clothes!
  • Sort my clothes – find the maternity clothes and see what will fit for the next few months.
  • Clean the house (it’s not too bad, but the bathrooms need a proper clean).
  • Filing and preparation for tax – I won’t have time to do it at the end of July.
  • Mailout Epilogue and do the promo work for that.
  • Launch the 2012 Aurealis Awards entries (that’s a cheat – I don’t have to do much for that!).
  • Visit friends!
  • Write a gazillion book reviews – I’ve already got a pile of 10 books read that need reviewing, and I’ve been devouring books lately (I called it drowning my sorrows in reading!) so want to get on top of it.

And more I’m sure I’ll add to the list!

 

 

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Call for submissions – CSFG anthology “next”

Thought I’d share the guidelines to the new CSFG (Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild) anthology, to be published in April 2013:

Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild is delighted to announce:
Submissions for the next CSFG Publishing anthology, ‘next’, are welcome between 20 May and 15 October 2012.
Sequence. Succession. Cause and Effect.  Show us what happened.  next.
‘next’ will be edited by Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous. Stories may be any length up to 5,000 words. All approaches to the theme are welcome, as long as they are by nature speculative.
Payment will be a copy of the print version of the anthology plus $10 for stories under 1,500 words and $30 for all others based on published word count.
Submissions are encouraged from Australian writers of all levels of experience, with special encouragement given to CSFG members.
Multiple submissions (up to 3 per author) are OK; simultaneous submissions and reprints are not.
Submissions should be sent (as .rtf attachments only) to next.anthology@gmail.com
Please make sure that the following information is in the email proper:
Name

Address
Email address
Author’s name, as you would like it to be published
Name of Story
Word Count
Other contact information
If you wish to contribute to the interior artwork, please contact next.anthology@gmail.com
Small Print: If your story is selected, we will be seeking assignment of First English Anthology Rights, First World Anthology Rights, and First Electronic Rights, for its publication in the English language.  We’d like an exclusive licence to print, publish and sell your work (story or artwork) for one year from the date of first publication. We will use your work only in the print and e-book versions of the anthology and re-printings of it.
Visit the CSFG at csfg.wordpress.com

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New Who in Conversation: Blink (S03E10)

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 6 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all. We’re also joined today by guest viewer Joanne Anderton, who is also discovering New Who for the first time! We’re working our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, as our blogging points. Just for fun!

We would like to thank everyone who nominated our “New Who in Conversation” series for the William Atheling Jr Award – it’s a great honour to be on the ballot! Voting for the annual Ditmar Awards (which the Atheling is included in) is open to all members of Swancon 36 (2011 Natcon – Perth) and Craftinomicon (2012 Natcon – Melbourne), and can be done online.

“Blink” – Season three, episode ten

Sally Sparrow – Carey Mulligan

The Doctor – David Tennant

Martha Jones – Freema Agyeman

TEHANI:

We move straight from the excellence that is “Human Nature / The Family of Blood” into the completely different, but equally amazing, “Blink”. And I want to say it straight up – Sally Sparrow ROCKS. Carey Mulligan, who plays Sparrow, absolutely owns this episode – it’s pretty amazing, for a one off appearance.

She shares very little screen time with the Doctor, as this is a “Doctor-lite” episode, and I wonder if this lets us really embrace her – she IS the focus of the episode. While the Doctor is there, making things happen, he’s not THERE, onscreen, with his dazzling charisma – it’s all about Sally – ordinary Sally thrown into the strangest of events – who really gets the job done. I LOVE her!

Favourite line: “I’m clever, and I’m listening. And don’t patronise me, because people have died and I’m not happy.” Go Sally – Doctor smackdown!

And two episodes in a row we have a gorgeous, strong woman finding the Doctor, and passing him up. Poor Matron Redfern in the preceding episodes really had a hard job of it, but Sally did it splendidly – she recognised the Doctor for who and what he is, and it made her choice easy.

TANSY:

I think Sally Sparrow is the character most requested to return as a companion – and as Carey Mulligan’s star rises in Hollywood it becomes less and less likely. She is playing Daisy in the new Great Gatsby movie opposite Leo DiCaprio!

TEHANI:

Even more than Sophia Myles?? Wow, impressive! Continue reading

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