Not dead!

It’s been fairly quiet around these parts (though pretty active over on the FableCroft site, for reasons which will become clear!), but I’m still alive, still banging on! There’s no way I can cover all the stuff that’s gone on in the past couple of months, but here’s a little roundup:

  • decluttered and thoroughly went through the entire house (this was planned for January, but we decided also to put our lovely house on the market *sigh* so was even more important!).
  • caught the Spirit of Tasmania and drove up to Canberra to start new job! (it’s fantastic, I love it, both the job and Canberra itself!).
  • started brilliant new job in lovely big boys’ school (was a bit intimidating at first, but the students, and the staff, are really nice).
  • applied for some Arts funding by way of forthcoming Pozible campaign for Cranky Ladies of History project (we find out tomorrow if we have the potential to succeed!).
  • worked on several FableCroft things, including Jo Anderton’s forthcoming novel, Insert Title Here slush wrangling, Cranky Ladies stuff, Hobart book launch for Tansy and Dirk’s books (March 9, Hobart Bookshop!) and loads more.
  • Started to meet up with Canberra friends at various times.
  • Flew home on weekends to hang out with the family (and friends in Tassie).
  • Finished initial CBCA reading for the Book of the Year awards, in anticipation of the judging conference in early April.
  • Probably about 8 million other things I now can’t remember!

So yes, it’s been a really busy time! I’ll try to keep up :)

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2014 Book Cull

The rules are:

1. Every book is $2 plus postage.

2. Books will be posted in Australia Post prepaid satchels (within Australia only, sorry): up to 500g = $8; up to 3kg = $13; up to 5kg = $16

3. First to email me at editormum75@gmail.com that they want a title gets it – I will strike them out here as they are spoken for, but my apologies in advance if you miss out on any you want because of timing.

4. Once you email me your list, I will figure out the weight and give you the total including postage.

5. Payment to be made by Paypal to editormum75@gmail.com within 24 hours or the books will be relisted.

6. I need to get these out of the house ASAP, so looking for super quick sales!

7. Books range from ex-library to well-read to good to excellent condition to completely unread, and are a mixture of paperbacks, trades and hardcovers. All are perfectly readable, no pages missing or the like. Most were collected to sate a completist urge I’m trying to get rid of… :)

And, GO!

DEAN KOONTZ

The Bad Place

From the corner of his eye

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Dragon Tears

Whispers

Phantoms

Intensity

The Mask

Cold Fire

Winter Moon

The Door to December

The Voice of the Night

The Key to Midnight

Life Expectancy

Velocity

Seize the Night

The Taking 

Odd Thomas

False Memory

One Door Away from Heaven

By the Light of the Moon

Dark Rivers of the Heart

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Watchers

The Vision

The Funhouse

Forever Odd

Night Chills

Darkness Comes

Twilight Eyes

Icebound

Strangers

Sole Survivor

Strange Highways

Hideaway

Chase

Ticktock

The Eyes of Darkness

Shattered

Demon Seed

Mr Murder

Fear Nothing

Shadowfires

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The Dean Koontz Companion

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STEPHEN KING

The Dead Zone

Pet Sematary

Omnibus: The Shining, Carrie, Misery

Bag of Bones

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Everything’s Eventual

Night Shift

Gerald’s Game

The Green Mile (set of six – original publication method)

‘Salem’s Lot

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RAYMOND FEIST

Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga 1)

Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga 2)

Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga 3)

Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga 4)

A Kingdom Besieged 

MISCELLANEOUS

A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley

Isaac Asimov’s Camelot

Isaac Asimov’s Vampires

Dogtales! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Bestiary! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Unicorns! edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

Robots!  edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

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Death of an Empire by MK Hume

The short second life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Lord of Lies by Sam Bowring

The Child of Hope by Gary Stowe

The Outcast Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

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White Cat by Holly Black

A hunger like no other by Kresley Cole

Prom Nights from Hell

Hotter than Hell by Jackie Kessler

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

A touch of dead by Charlaine Harris

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Om Shanti Babe by Helen Limon

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Hags, Sirens and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy edited by Denise Little

Familiars edited by Denise Little

Merlin’s Bones by Fred Saberhagen

Maiden, Matron, Crone edited by Kerrie Hughes & Martin H Greenberg

Crime Spells edited by Martin H Greenberg & Loren L Coleman

Other Earths edited by Nick Gevers & Jay Lake

Children of Magic edited by Martin H Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes

Dragon’s Eye edited by Christopher Stasheff

Swordplay edited by Denise Little

Ages of Wonder edited by Julie Czerneda & Rob St Martin

Hotel Andromeda edited by Jack L Chalker

Novel Ideas: Fantasy edited by Brian M Thomson

Magic Tales edited by Martin H Greenberg & Janet Pack

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The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook 2 edited by David S. Garnett

The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy edited by Mike Ashley

Dragons of Light edited by Orson Scott Card

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It’s like having a writer con that lasts for weeks!

I just farewelled the ever delightful Angela Slatter (and her also lovely other half) from a long lunch at our place. This was the culminating event of what I think I shall dub TasWriterCon, as in the past week I’ve also been gifted by extended visits with Tansy and family, Helen and family and Dirk and family, which means not only have I got to spend time with awesome brilliant people, but my creative brain has been completely overstimulated and is now bursting with must-do things! I’m very lucky to know the people I know :)

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What have we been doing?

ChristmasLunchAn AWFUL lot of socialising! We decided to host Christmas here in our lovely Launceston house, for Tassie friends who would otherwise be on their own – most of our friends here are also not originally FROM here, so we ended up with a good batch on Christmas Day, which was just lovely. I made one meat and one vegetarian lasagne, and with the marvellous contributions by visitors, we merrily ate all day while the kids enjoyed the pool, trampoline and new Chrissy pressies. We put the computers away on Christmas Eve and didn’t get them out until Boxing Day, which was a good move, I think!

Christmas night the big kids and I went with a couple of friends to another family’s property for a fantastic dinner and good company – husband stayed home after overindulging in desserts during the day and to put the little boys to bed early (Master Three was particularly in need of the sleep rather than social life!), but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.

Since Christmas we’ve had several play days, including a birthday party Miss Eight attended on Boxing Day, and chauffeuring children to various locations as well as receiving them here. On the weekend, Tansy, Finchy and the girls stayed over Saturday night and most of Sunday, when we were joined by the extended Flinthart clan for lunch and the afternoon – there are drawbacks to having creative friends, and the inspiration for new projects is one of them! We sent the Flinthart home with a story idea to write and I came away with even more things to do!

NYERemnantsNew Year’s Eve we again hosted a fairly impromptu get together with two other families – this time I said I wasn’t cooking but I ended up deciding my pizzas were nicer than Dominos so while we chatted and imbibed around the kitchen island I made and cooked several which were eaten with gusto by adults and kids alike, so I’ll call that a win. Given we had celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary at lunchtime with a meal at Hogs Breath (new to Launceston!), a lighter evening meal went down well. Oh, and it was certainly nice to relax with friends and watch the kids run riot, as Master Three had a spill off the trampoline (not jumping, but trying to drop the ladder off so the baby wouldn’t hurt himself climbing up!) and we spent a couple of hours in the morning at the Emergency room – a minorish break in the arm, requiring a half cast for a week. The resilience of youth is amazing, as he was literally bouncing after a meal and a nap!

We’re now awaiting the arrival of Helen, Stewart and J, for an overnight (and several day delayed, so we’re very excited!) visit, which will be followed on Friday by a catch up with mainlander Dr Slatter who is travelling about, and no doubt the next couple of weeks will continue to be hectic with child-wrangling in multiple forms. Gotta love a social school holidays!

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Tehani’s top books of 2013

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With the disclaimer that I can’t include any of the Australian YA or children’s books I have read as part of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards judging in this list (which means several hundred books are NOT considered, and also that I didn’t read nearly as many OTHER books as I usually would!), AND that I’ve not included FableCroft publications here, which of COURSE are five star (!), here are my favourite books of 2013! (in basically reverse reading order, thanks to Goodreads).

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Thankless in Death by JD Robb

Once Upon a Time: new fairytales edited by Paula Guran

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

How green this land, how blue this sea by Mira Grant

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Chicks Dig Comics edited by Lynne M Thomas & Sigrid Ellis

Parasite by Mira Grant

We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott

Caution: contains small parts by Kirstyn McDermott

Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer

Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Archie: Married Life (1, 2 & 3) by Paul Kupperberg et al

Hawkeye vol. 1, My life as a weapon by Matt Fraction et al

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

A Trifle Dead by Livia Day

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Fables vol. 18, Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham et al

Batwoman vol. 2, To drown the world by JH Williams III et al

She Hulk, vol. 1, Single Green Female by Dan Slott et al

Captain Marvel, vol. 1, In pursuit of flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Girl Genius 1-11 by Phil & Kaja Foglio

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Batgirl vol. 1, The darkest reflection by Gail Simone et al

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Soulless the manga vol. 2 by Gail Carriger et al

The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice by Andrew McGahan

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan et al

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Beauty’s Sister by Bradley James

Wow. Imagine if I hadn’t been CBCA reading! There are so many brilliant books! And if you really want to know EVERYTHING I’ve read (if not what I think of them), you can see my 2013 Year of Reading (368, apparently…) here!

 

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