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Lovely weekend

I’m at the end of a lovely four day weekend. A couple of slow days that involved reading lots of books and not a lot else, quite a lot done for After the Rain including finalising the cover and contents and contracts sent (and contracts over coffee with the Battersbys!). A lovely trip up to Perth to meet up with the incredibly awesome Margo Lanagan with Alisa, a super productive day today involving many emails and actual phone calls (although I did apologise for a meeting today as I was really not up for it), and a nice dinner with the family. I’m typing this on the new iPad, accidentally purchased because the trip to see Madam Margo took me past the Apple store! I swear I didn’t know it was there but once I was in I was unable to maintain my resistance to purchase one, despite having held off this long! I had thought it would be a good way to get used to it, let the kids use it and I’d upgrade for me with either 2.0 or 3.0 at some point, but not sure now. I love my laptop and at home will do online stuff with that, and out and about, iPhone is far handier. The kids love it (read, are arguing over it!) and the main purpose I envisaged, reading comics, is indeed lovely. But let’s be realistic – how many comics am I really going to read this year, just because I can?? Not many I’m afraid. So while it is fun, and a nice “toy”, at this point I’m thinking it’s more for the kids than me.

Back to work tomorrow and full steam ahead on Swancon and the new professional journal I’m editing. Bring it on.

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Best Oscar win ever

My Twitter stream went nuts for Shaun Tan just now when he (and the creative team!) won the Oscar for Best Animated Short film for “The Lost Thing”. From small press beginnings to international superstardom, Shaun is a deserving winner and someone we here in Oz are so proud of. And you know what? He’s a lovely guy too! Good onya Shaun!

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Birthdays

My daughter turns five tomorrow, starting the roll of family birthdays off. In the next couple of months we have a 5th, 8th, 35th, 39th & 1st birthday, as well as our 6th wedding anniversary, my parents’ 37th anniversary, Christmas & New Year. And my nephew’s 6th birthday too – it’s a busy period, matched only by the Easter period where all the REST of the family birthdays are clustered!

But FIVE! How did that happen? Where have those years gone? Where has THIS year gone?? Tine really does start to speed up as you get older, yeah?

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Dreaming

Have been having some really vivid dreams lately. Not entirely sure why, but some have been very odd! Two nights in a row last night I had the “all your teeth fall out” one (woke up clenching my jaw and checking them!). On Saturday night I dreamed about Sean Williams telling me all about his new book series in some bar in a Middle Eastern country somewhere (!), and last night my dream ranged from a fling with Jethro from NCIS, to meeting up with my first love again (who was running a waterfront business of some kind with my cousin – they have never met in real life!), to spending time with my husband. WTF??!!

I used to dream really vividly when I lived in the NT, to the extent I didn’t get homesick because it was like I saw all my friends and family in my dreams each night! And when I’m pregnant I go through a vivid dream stage (can unequivocally say I’m not!), but I’ve no clue why I’m dreaming so wildly right now. Is weird (but kinda fun :) )

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Swancon 2010

So I ended up spending two full days at Swancon, despite only intending to attend on Sunday, for the 2011 launch and Tin Ducks on Sunday. The babysitter arrived about 9, and I ran her through the baby deal again (his first extended time without Mummy – he coped fine!). I then picked   up at the train station and after a short detour to pick up some champers for the launch, we headed to the con. First on the agenda was a committee discussion and launch run through. Then I had a look around with T, but it was a bit quiet, so we badgered   and   into going to lunch with us at the local Indian restaurant, where we later found Narrelle Harris about to eat alone so invited her to join us. It was very pleasant indeed.

After that, A & C went off to Borders for some reason, so T and I sat on the TPP table, selling and socialising for a couple of hours (and assisted   with a last minute awards presentation!) until suddenly it was launch time!   and I (with some specialist help) got the computer and audio set up while the rest of the committee wrangled rooms (again with specialist help – thanks Team 35!) and then plied the waiting crowd with coloured bubbly while we finished set up! I think the launch went pretty well, and it was a lot of fun to be the one who got to tell the big crowd all the cool stuff that’s planned for Swancon36/Natcon50 at Easter next year! (It’s at the Hyatt! Guests are Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams and fan guest Sarah Xu!).

After the launch I helped out with the earlybird registrations, doing the EFTPOS regos during the first rush. I then buggered off to the bar for a couple of quick drinks and socialising before it was Tin Ducks time. I got to present an award (Best WA Professional Artwork, won by our very own   for her design of the Siren Beat cover!), collect one with the rest of the New Ceres Nights ladies (Best WA Fan Production for our launch of New Ceres Nights at Swancon last year, with Liz’s gorgeous costumes, and cupcakes!), and watch a NCN story collect Best Short (congrats Stephen Dedman!) and   take out Best WA Professional Production for A Book of Endings!! Was fun :)

T & I left about 10.30, after I’d decided I would definitely come back the next day and arranged for T’s daughter to come with me to do some child wrangling. That meant a bit more prep before bed, then an early start in order to get up there in time for the WASFF AGM (4.5 hours!). Mostly a social day after that, showing off the bub and chatting. Didn’t do much, but I’m glad I went up for the second day :)

Oh! Not only did we have Tin Ducks this weekend, but the Hugo shortlists were released with four Aussies on them (yay Jonathan, Helen, Shaun & Lezli!) AND the Australian Shadows Awards were announced (all female winners! Congrats Deborah B, Kaaron & the Grants Pass editors!). Busy weekend in Oz SF :)

Now weary and about to go to bed!

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