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It seems I am a NAFF candidate!

I unexpectedly became a NAFF candidate over the weekend, which was a fun trick! That Sarah Parker is a smooth talker :) If you care to vote, for me, the other candidate, or to hold over funds for next year’s race, please feel welcome to do so! Some details below:

Welcome to the NAFF race for 2014. The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership.

This year’s successful delegate will be attending Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls (the National SF Convention) in Melbourne over the weekend of 6th – 9th June, 2014. More information about the convention can be found at http://continuum.org.au/c10/

It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.All Australian fans are eligible to vote. The voting process contributes to the fundraising so each vote costs $5. You are more than welcome to donate more than this amount!

Votes are being collected by: Sarah Lee Parker, John Parker (WA) and the candidates. For more information please contact Sarah at callisto@gmail.com. Voting opens Friday 18th April, 2014 and concludes at Midnight (AEST) Sunday 11th May, 2014.

Please make all cheques payable to NAFF or National Australian Fan Fund. Contact Sarah if you wish to pay via Paypal. Direct deposits to: NAFF (NAB), BSB: 083 004, ACC #: 13 949 2150  Cash, in person, is welcome, but not through the mail! Postal address: NAFF, PO Box 249, Pascoe Vale South, VIC, 3044

VOTING FORM AND CANDIDATE INFORMATION

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Continuum 9

I got home from Continuum 9 in Melbourne last night, after a short overnighter trip I only decided to make about a week and a half ago! I’ve been to Melbourne cons before, but not Continuum. I’ve managed to make two cons and the Aurealis Awards this year, which is a change (there has to be a silver lining for husband’s redundancy from work!), and I’m glad I got to go.

photo 1 (1)Before I even arrived, David, Tansy and I had won a Chronos Award for our Doctor Who review series! I was very excited, because the Chronos trophies are so very pretty. We let David keep it though, because to be fair, it IS an award for Victorians, and we wouldn’t qualify without him!

While it is the first convention I think I’ve been to that I wasn’t almost exclusively chained to the Dealer Room, I only went to a couple of programmed items. To be honest, I mostly hung out with friends, old and new. I did a very short duty on the table for Justin of Slow Glass Books, who is so generous to us small press folk. I have to say though, that NK (Nora) Jemisin’s Guest of Honour speech was a definite highlight and I’m very glad I attended. She has posted it online to share with the world, and I think the world should read it. Really enjoyed the John Richards and Ben Mackenzie program items – disappointed I had to leave before the end of both (once for noisy baby, once to get to the airport on time for my flight home!). If you aren’t listening to the Splendid Chaps podcast, I highly recommend it! And I also had to leave the Writer and Critic recording because of noisy grumpy bubs, but at least I can listen to that one later too :) I’m very sad I missed the launch of Caution: contains small parts, Kirstyn McDermott’s Twelve Planets collection, as I had already left to come home, but I was lucky enough to sneak my subscriber copy beforehand!
The Splendid Chaps recording: John, Ben, Petra, George, Kirstyn.

The Splendid Chaps recording: John, Ben, Petra, George, Kirstyn.

I was asleep by 8.30 on Saturday night – babies are both a blessing and a curse… And I enjoyed breakfast with Cat and Rob at the hotel both mornings – and everyone was rather tolerant of the grumpy tired baby I had in tow!

WA-ish fans were relatively prolific – spent time with Ju and Sarah, chatted with PRK and Elaine, saw Michael and a couple of others. As always, there were people there I only saw very briefly in passing, and didn’t even get a chance to say hello to – sorry!

The venue was a bit disappointing. The location was excellent – a nice walk from Southern Cross station (from Skybus drop off), and right in the thick of shopping/cafes etc, with a HAIGHS in the hotel foyer! However, inside was a bit different. My room was great (I was upgraded to a Superior King room!), the staff service excellent (as always, in Melbourne), but there was no lift access to the convention rooms level (except by the freight elevator) and one of the two hotel lifts to the upper floors (including the breakfast restaurant) was out of action. Tricky with a pram, can’t imagine how difficult for people with mobility issues. There was no tea/coffee within the hotel (a number of people who attended Conflux recalled the strategically placed hotel coffee cart there with much fondness!), and sure, it’s not far away to get some, but once you leave the hotel, you tend to wander off for a while, which means it’s not very cohesive. Interestingly, there were also no baby change facilities within the hotel, which I thought was really unusual. And the panel rooms were too small! A lot of the panels were overflowing and people couldn’t come in.

Bubs and I with Kirstyn and the first copy of Kirstyn's new book, personally inscribed!

Bubs and I with Kirstyn and the first copy of Kirstyn’s new book, personally inscribed! Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks.

All that said, it was a pleasant congoing experience in general – the committee seemed on the ball and were helpful and friendly at every turn.

Glad I went and have to say, BRILLIANT GUEST – Nora was excellent.

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Australian Spec Fic Events Calendar

Thanks to hosting by [info]girliejones  over at ASif, we now have an Australian Spec Fic Events Calendar. I’ll be adding events as I run across them, but such a thing works best when folks send in details, so please do! Updates and new events welcome :)

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The Aussiecon 4 round up

It transpired that I was so flat out for the entire six days that I didn’t get much time to update anything – Twitter, Facebook and LJ all suffered, but it was to good purpose – too busy selling books and catching up with people to social network online? I call that a win!

So now it’s a matter of trying to remember what happened when! Not easy with lack of sleep and a blurring of days happening… But I’ll give it a go.

Very busy days below the cut! With photos…

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Tickets booked!

Tickets booked for Conjecture in Adelaide June 5 – 8, 2009! Very cheaply purchased for kids and self on Tiger Airways. Now to convince mum to fly down from Brissy that weekend… And figure out accommodation!

Also booked – accommodation in Brisbane for the Aurealis Awards weekend! FV4006 is the place if anyone’s looking for accommodation – 200m from the Judith Wright centre where the awards are being held and seems nice – self contained apartments. Their website looks like they are all booked out, but actually they haven’t opened their calendar for January yet.

Don’t tell my husband…

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