Monthly Archives: August 2008

Damn the WA housing prices…

My husband is kicking my chair…

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It’s BlogDay!

August 31st is the fourth annual BlogDay apparently.

BlogDay posting instructions:

  1. Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
  2. Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008
  3. Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs
  4. Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
  5. Add the BlogDay tag using this link: and a link to the BlogDay web site at


Surprisingly, I’m not going to follow the exact rules, because I’m just that kinda girl. But here are my favourite blogs right now – it’s an eclectic bunch, but I guess that’s me… – Chris at Betchablog has shown me some fascinating and innovative ideas for transformation and change in modern education. He writes well, and with passion, and I find myself inspired by his use of technology and interpretations of current and new practice. – The Ja(y)nes read and review a wide variety of books that come under a broad umbrella of "romance". The style of reviewing they have adopted is clever and insightful, and the grades they give amuse me as a teacher. They are clearly prolific and knowledgable readers, and they have instigated and supported debate and controversy as well, making for great reading! – If you’re a fan of anything Joss Whedon has ever done, you should RSS this site. Rabid Fans blog any and every online reference to any and all actors, writers, Joss-related "stuff" on the internet. From minor mentions of cast in a webcast to breaking news about new projects, this is the place for Joss madness! – This one was a tough decision to include. I know Paul, and have published him, but his blog for the last year or so has been almost entirely devoted to a raw and personal chronicling of his battle with cancer. He doesn’t hold back on this description of procedure and treatment and emotion, and the posts can be very confronting, but very real. His posts frequently make me cry, and ache inside, but his honesty and forthrightness in detailing this journey is amazing. – Finally, another education related blog, this one aimed at teacher librarians. Clever hints and tips, new ideas, forthcoming events and books, it’s all here, and from an Australian perspective (although including information from all over the world). Very useful in my "real life" role.

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Melbourne a City of Literature

Apparently Melbourne is the world’s second City of Literature. I wonder if there’s anything to tap into there for Worldcon 2010???

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Cancer Art That Scares You finale…

So much awesome in our community. You guys rock.

A few people have been asking around the traps, so here’s the news: our official tally of bids is $4215. Now this may change slightly, or indeed be inaccurate (some of us were up very LATE last night tidying up loose ends) but that’s what we think it is. All in all, over 90 separate items sold, which is BEYOND AWESOME.

Assuming all bids are paid, that puts the Cancer is a Cunt fundraiser for paulhainesover the 20,000 goal we wanted to pay for his Avastin treatments. As said elsewhere, this means we can contribute a bit extra to Paul and his family to help them with their other expenses during this difficult time.

If you are paying for a winning item, please send your donation to the Paul Haines Paypal fund via a donate button and email with a copy of your receipt, your postal address and reference to which item you are paying for. The Paypal does not allow you to make any extra comments, which means that unless you email us, we might not know if your donation is connected to the auction.

Donators, hold tight – we’ll try to let you know who has paid for their items by the end of the weekend so you can have a frenzy of posting things out next week. We’ll contact you with addresses, etc. We have many, many people to contact, so please be patient with us.

This has been a brilliant project to be part of, and I think you’ll all have to agree it was a very fun way to raise some money! We even got a few last minute bidding wars happening in the last ten minutes which was very exciting.

I hope you all enjoy your gorgeous new acquisitions!



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Because I know I have zombie writer friends

via the Tor blog:

 of Nightshade Books is actively seeking non-sucky zombie novel manuscripts!

Night Shade Books is actively seeking zombie novels. Romeroesque end of the world zombie apocalypse novels.

If you have a completed zombie novel, and it doesn’t suck, please send it to with the Subject Line “Zombie Novel Submission.”

Please attached the FULL manuscript as an RTF or word file. In the body of the email, please include a SHORT cover letter covering your personal information and any relevant publication history. Do not give me a summary of your zombie novel. It’s a zombie novel. That’s all I need to know.

The open submission period for these zombie novels is the next 2 months… September and October of 2008. If it is passed October 31, 2008, please do NOT submit zombie novels to the above address. they will be ignored.

That is all. Please distribute this announcement to all the usual and relevant places, but please include the reading period date when doing so.

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