A very connish weekend

I had such a wonderful time in Melbourne over the weekend. Was fantastic to spend quality time with good friends and get to know some people some more. I could write a bunch of stuff, but there was a great back channel happening so I storified instead :)

Friday I attended #writingwhilefemale as part of the Emerging Writers Festival. The presentations were great, generally, and even better was the company (Alisa, Katharine, Helen & Jane, with bonus Alex at lunch!).

https://storify.com/editormum75/writingwhilefemale-melbourne-2015









And once that was over, we had Continuum 11! Sold books, hung out, was on some panels. Excellent programming and more great company!

https://storify.com/editormum75/my-continuum-11

Thanks to the organisers of both events for a fab weekend, a and to all the tweeters I pulled into the Storifys above. Also Katharine for room sharing and top table duties, as always, and to anyone who brought me tea & snacks through the weekend :) Was a blast!

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Blogging, what is it?

i had occasion today to take a trip down memory lane through the archives of this blog. Well, actually most of the archives were those transferred from WordPress a couple of years back, when LiveJournal was dying, but regardless of that, they are MY archives. It was a fascinating exercise in cringe (did I say THAT?!), memory loss (did I even WRITE that?!) and a little bit of chuffed (huh, THAT was actually pretty good…). The thing that struck me the most, though, was the sheer number of posts. I started blogging at LiveJournal in 2007 and for several years posted several times a week. There’s memes, book reviews, con reports, family posts, publishing stuff, everything. Now? The last time I updated this blog was April, at the end of the holidays. The FableCroft site gets more attention (that’s business), and the school sites I run get a little, but not a patch on those halcyon days of yesteryear. 



Why is that? I blame Twitter. Facebook to, to an extent, but i think it was after joining Twitter that I stopped blogging with any frequency. To be fair, the apparent death of LJ didn’t help, because blogging within LJ gave a different sense of community to WordPress, one that I think Twitter emulates in many ways. So a combination of those elements, I suppose. Add to that I now use Goodreads to record my reading/reviews, and Facebook to keep up with family and friends, blogging really doesn’t serve the same purpose anymore. Social media has moved on, and will, I’m sure, continue to do so. Twitter will no doubt be superceded some day, just as LJ was. Facebook will is under the weight of public disdain, as did MySpace. I wonder where we’ll be finding our communities in 10 years from now?

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Well, that was the holidays

While I know intellectually I’ve achieved a fair bit these holidays, at the same time it feels like the two weeks have absolutely flown by and I can’t quite believe I have to go back to work tomorrow. Luckily I love my job, so it’s not actually a huge hardship, but boyoboy, I needed that break!

IMG_9852So what HAVE we done? Well the holidays started out with a very social weekend thanks to the Aurealis Awards (I storified them here) and lots of catching up with visitors to town surrounding that. We then spent a lovely few hours on the first Monday having a barbecue with friends out at the Cotter Reserve, which we’d never been to before. But after that, other than (twice) daily swimming for the kids, I spent several days decompressing. For a while there, I just couldn’t focus on anything – I couldn’t finish a book, or even an episode of a tv show! I feel like it was a ridiculously busy term, and even though I enjoyed the work I was doing, what with finishing two books to bring out in March and April on top of everything else, plus Swancon over Easter (and a weekend work conference the week before that), I was just fried. I did very little during the first week but read books and hang out with the kids. I had really hoped to meet up with a few people for drinks, but I had trouble even dealing with emails for a few days, let alone real human interaction.

However, by the beginning of the second week, I started feeling a bit more normal. I went to see Cinderella with Miss 9 (it was, hmm, nice. Yep, that’s about it) on the Monday when husband was (far to briefly) home. Master 2 was at daycare each day still, and Master 5 had daily swimming lessons for the holidays, which got us out of the house nice and early each day. He had a teacher to himself too, which was great! M9 had regular squad the first week each afternoon, but three half day stroke clinics Tues/Wed/Thurs of the second week, so we spent a fair bit of time shuttling back and forth to the pool.

I had some goals for the break, and I’m actually pretty pleased with what I got done.

  • cleaned bathroom ceiling (took about half an hour after I put it off for several months!)
  • cleaned bathrooms
  • cleaned out and sorted all the kids’ cupboards
  • cleaned up kids’ bedrooms
  • sorted out bookcases and displayed pewter and crystal at last
  • completely finished washing/folding/ironing AND putting everything away
  • organised 2013-2014 tax for accountant (at LAST)
  • sent out a bunch of books to purchasers and reviewers etc
  • set the ball rolling for some new publishing projects
  • facilitated playdates for children
  • watched an AWFUL lot of “television”
  • saw Avengers: Age of Ultron (with the bigger kids)
  • rebuilt the FableCroft website
  • read a bunch of books
  • started the process to call for judges for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, and worked on a few things behind the scenes
  • spend an awful lot of time on Twitter and Facebook
  • hung out with the kids

There was probably more, but that’s what I can remember!

IMG_9804And now I’m back to work for what will probably be another busy term (they always are!) but should be lots of fun too. I have a staff retreat the second week back, which will hopefully keep my batteries charged. Once more unto the breach!

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My NAFF Journey to Swancon 40 (Natcon 54)

I was very excited to win the NAFF race this year, which allowed me to attend Natcon 54 (Swancon 40). I’d thrown my hat in the ring for the 2014 race but lost by one vote to Matt Lindus, who came over from Perth to the Melbourne Natcon at Continuum. This year it was a bigger race, with four great candidates (you can find more information here, and I was very chuffed to be declared the winner. While I had been to Swancon before, of course (I was even on the organising committee in 2011!), I hadn’t been back since we left Western Australia the following year.

Due to work and family commitments, I could only attend the convention Friday through to Sunday night, leaving Canberra very early on Good Friday to catch my first flight. While I had reading material and my own viewing on my device, I somehow got sucked into watching Orange is the New Black on my flight from Melbourne to Perth – compelling and engaging and just a bit confronting. I can see why it’s so popular! Continue reading

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Things that I’ve been up to!

16128954254_e8d78d7a86_bIn lieu of an actual post about all the things I’ve been doing, here is a list of links to them!

Last Friday I spoke at the CSIRO Staff Association’s International Women’s Day luncheon. You can read (basically) what I said here.

On Sunday we launched Cranky Ladies of History out into the world! Photos and launch report here.

We’re running a series of guest blogs by our wonderful contributors about their Cranky Ladies stories to celebrate Women’s History Month and the book. Check them out at the FableCroft site here.

I’m running for NAFF, a fan fund to get fans to the annual Natcon (this year it is Swancon in Perth) — information and voting here.

On top of that, I had Tansy to visit on the weekend and we managed not to commit projects while she was here, despite lots of talking about things! And we’re now in week 6 at work and the term is half over and how does that even happen?!

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