Monthly Archives: September 2007

ASIM #31 featuring Robin Hobb out now!

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is now available. Issue 31 features a never before seen interview with fantasy author Robin Hobb (who also writes as Megan Lindholm) alongside fantastic new fiction, poetry, art and non- fiction by new faces and some of our favourite authors gracing our pages once more.
Don’t miss the new instalment in the award winning Red Priest world, brought to you by Dirk Flinthart. Are you having Goblin withdrawal while waiting for Jim Hines latest Jig novel? Get your fix with The Haunting of Jig’s Ear! Delve into the dark depths of award winning author Shane Jiraiya Cummings’ mind in Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist, and check out a topical piece in Sonny Whitelaw’s The Promise. Whether it’s a chuckle, a shiver, a tear to your eye or just a darn good read you’re after, issue 31 will deliver!

Full Contents listing:

The Garden of the Djinn . . . Dirk Flinthart
Wicked View . . . Marie Alafaci
The Promise . . . Sonny Whitelaw
How I Learned to Keep Tidy . . . Matthew Chrulew
Reading the Lines . . . J J Irwin
The Haunting of Jig’s Ear . . . Jim C Hines
Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist . . . Shane Jiraiya Cummings
The Neighborly Thing . . . Suzanne Palmer
Sing . . . Mary O R Paddock
Getting the Curse . . . Susan Abel Sullivan


Wayfaring the Space-Time Continuum . . . Davina Aw

Special Features

Interview with Robin Hobb . . . Tehani Wessely
Interview with Alastair Reynolds . . . Edwina Harvey

Visit <> for more information and ways to order your copy in print or PDF. PDF subscriptions also available at a great price, or get your hands dirty (well, not really but paper does feel so nice!) with a print subscription!


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Home again…

… from a week away in which many visits were made and plans changed (as usual). Caught up with some good friends I hadn’t spent time with in a while, which was lovely. Miss Almost-Two (really, it’s her birthday in one week!) got to play with four babies so had a ball. This makes me a little sad because except for the quirks of fate she would have had a bubba of her own to cuddle in less than a month 😦 

Have come home to a stack of jobs a mile high but at least the house is tidy! Also have no children as after spending two days with them in the car was very pleased to leave them with their grandparents for a night or two. Husband is home (perhaps briefly) but not sure what the week ahead will bring. Only know that I HAVE to get tax done, magazine jobs up to date and units of work written! Oh, and have birthday party for missy on Friday – I am doing nothing except handing over money – much smart!

Am very jealous of the lucky buggers at Conflux. Want to be there. Want.

Came home to many many emails, lots of them ASIM sales which is wonderful – issue 31 was released at Conflux today (and subscribers should have their copies) although I haven’t seen the print one yet myself. Must write press releases. I’m so proud of this issue, I’m fit to bust over it. While I also edited issue 27 earlier this year, that issue was one I inherited from an ASIM-ite who had to leave us, and therefore my ownership of it was never total. This one I had from go to whoa, and I’m really really pleased with it. One of the stories is so powerful that it still makes me tear up even now, after editing and re-reading it so many times! And there’s a new Red Priest, an interview with Robin Hobb, a Jim Hines Jig the Goblin story, and heaps of other great reads, many of them from Australian authors! Well, what are you waiting for?? 

But really, I didn’t post for self-gratuitous promotional purposes only. No, I must also post this link:


I got issue one in my inbox today. This is good stuff people. And at a great price too!

And I’m really looking forward to picking up my mail tomorrow – many parcels apparently!  Books are bound to be among them, as, I imagine, are my ASIM 31s! Yay!

Oh, no kittehs yet. They are expected soon. Anyone want?

I’m now going to bed. Good to see the bad habits of staying up late are easy to fall back in to.


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Life and all that

It’s been a few days since I posted, which might suggest I’ve been busy. Busy, tired, weary, preoccupied, all of the above. Dot points is easiest, and they might be a bit random:

* Husband is being offered a lesser role with the company we had the original offer from. He cannot do the first role, as he has neither the certification nor the requisite underground mining length of experience required for the certification (a fact neither the employment agent nor the mine foreman picked up on in three weeks of negotiation *sigh*). New role still a good opportunity, and they’ve not only left the relocation to WA in the package, but will commit in writing to providing necessary training and job experience over the next couple of years to GET husband into the role originally offered. Still waiting on new letter of offer. Was supposed to be here Monday. Is now Friday *double sigh*

* I’ve got my transfer into my school. This means if we DON’T go, I have a permanent job here, in the school I’ve been working in, with a library load, and English and SOSE heads of department who apparently love me – both went out of their way to congratulate me on the transfer today and gush about how pleased they are to have me!!! My library co-workers are also really pleased (and that’s where I really want to be, naturally) but a bit more reserved because they know more about the situation that is going on outside of school. So it’s a yay with a guilty feeling.

*We went swimming for the first time this season last weekend (and will go again tomorrow). Kids had an absolute ball, and have been bugging to go back. Wish we had more time to go. See Miss Nearly Two in her new Dorothy togs 🙂

* It’s now school holidays and it doesn’t look like I’ll get much of a break. I have:
         ^*^ an assignment due now (will hand in by Sunday) and another in three weeks; 
         ^*^ a test (and associated revision sheets) to write, and four new units of work for next term; 
         ^*^ an excursion to plan;
         ^*^ Missy’s birthday party to organise;
         ^*^ ASIM layout, contracts, marketing and stuff to catch up on;
         ^*^ tax to send off;
         ^*^ house to get shipshape maintenance-wise for if we do move (and rent it out);
         ^*^ family and friends to visit;
         ^*^ jobs to apply for in WA (in case we go).
And I’m sure there’s more. Busy, anyway.

I’m sure other stuff has been happening, but I can’t think right now. I think I’d best go to bed now, and get a decent night’s sleep before attacking th huge list I have (no, that’s not all of it!). Having a few days with family in amongst everything, flitting about the countryside. See how the new old car handles the big trips.


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Australian Spec Fic Carnival

Hmmm. Hosted by a non-Aussie!

If you’ve had a busy month, it’s a good way to keep up to date with all the *stuff* happening in the OzSF community 🙂

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First meme in a while

Snurched from about half my Flist by the look!

1. Go to
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark
3. Take their “Career Matchmaker” questions.
4. Post the top fifteen results

1. Professor
2. Clergy
3. Motivational speaker
4. Addictions counsellor
5. Sport psychology consultant
6. ESL Teacher
7. Foreign Language Instructor
8. Psychologist
9. Art Director
10. Corporate Trainer
11. Desktop Publisher
12. Computer Trainer
13. Cartoonist / Comic illustrator
14. Animator
15. Advertising Copywriter

What’s really interesting about this (and the rest of my top 40) is that a) I have no interest in most of them, and b) I couldn’t do many of them even if I wanted to! Have no knowledge, talent or inclination! I think I’d better retake the test. *sigh*

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