Monthly Archives: October 2009


This is a Wordle from the (unedited) manuscript of the anthology "Worlds Next Door" (which had the working title of Spec Fic for Kids).

For those interested, we had a long list of possible titles, but the favourite of the authors in the collection came out as "Worlds Next Door" – "Far Out Fiction" was second place!


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7 Things

[info]girliejones tagged me, darn her!

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag “whoever wants to do it”.

1. I read anywhere it’s possible – bath, bed, brushing teeth & in the loo are habitual reading places…
2. Related to [1], I will frequently have multiple books on the go in different areas of the house, just in case.
3. I have three degrees, two and a half of which were completed externally – I also started a fourth, but haven’t had time to return to it, and have a Cert III in Office Administration.
4. I grew up in country WA and QLD, and never went to a school of more than 160 students.
5. I worked as a governess in the Northern Territory for a year when I was 17.
6. I have no idea what my natural hair colour is.
7. I have four tattoos.


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New Ceres Nights now available in e-format

I’m delighted to finally have New Ceres Nights available for electronic download over at Smash Words – it’s available in pretty much any e-format you could want, from PDF to Kindle, and everything in between. And it’s only $8.00US (awesome bargain in any dollars, but especially with the Aussie dollar being so high against the greenback right now!). We’ve also got some Twelfth Planet Press novellas (Horn, Siren Beat and Angel Rising) up at Smashwords for even BETTER prices!

Of course, all these books are still available in print from, if reading the hard copy is your preferred method – now you have options!


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Mini-Reviews #13

I haven’t felt like I’ve been on top of my reading at all in the last couple of weeks, but the spreadsheet belies that a bit. I think the main problem is I’m receiving many more books than I’m getting through! Not necessarily a bad thing, but some of them have deadlines (Aurealis judging, review deadlines, Last Short Story end of year looming…) – I think I’m keeping up okay though πŸ™‚

Swordplay, Denise Little (Ed), 311pp – Surprising amount of religiously inclined stories but some good yarns in here.

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40
, Simon Petrie (ed), 96pp – A good issue from ASIM, with standouts for me being Ian McHugh’s "Once a month, on a Sunday" and Darren Goossen’s "Kadinsky’s Mistakes"

Aurealis #42
, Stuart Mayne (ed), 142pp – High standard, with Jason Fischer’s "for want of a jesusman" top of my list (blogged at Last Short Story).

Gamer Fantastic
, Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes (eds), 307pp –  I enjoyed a surprising amount of stories here, with Jim C. Hines’ "Mightier than the sword" an absolute standout! Also liked Jody Lynn Nye’s "Roles we play" and Bill Fawcett’s "Mission from Hel" and awful lot.

Warrior Wisewomen 2,
Roby James (ed), 272pp – Fairly ordinary collection. No real standouts, and some stories that felt, to me, almost anti-feminist. That’s just my opinion, and it’s not the most learned one, but I simply couldn’t warm to most of the stories in this book.

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance,
Trisha Telep (ed.), 532pp – Some great paranormal authors, and some good solid stories in here. Nothing long enough to really sink your teeth into (pardon the pun), but some just left of centre which really appealed.

Batman Vampire – Found it very hard to put this down. An alternate Batman universe with characters I know and those I don’t, where Batman meets Dracula, and a kind of chaos ensues. Dark, depressing, sad and ultimately, totally cool!

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Carrie Vaughan, 282pp – Fast paced and catchy, I enjoyed this even though I’ve not read any of the preceding books of the series. Vaughan does a good job of making the reader feel they know the characters, and avoids the problems inherent with series works generally, including overpopulated cast and overly powerful protags. I also really liked the human aspects of the story, particularly Kitty’s family. Full review HERE

Grave Secret,
Charlaine Harris, 306pp – Definitely feels like a wrap up book, the fourth in the sequence, and seems like the loose ends are all tied. Not that a good end point ever stopped series writers, but anyway… Not a bad read, although I still don’t like the Tolliver/Harper thing – just didn’t seem to be handled quite right. A good read though. Full review HERE

AUREALIS AWARDS BOOKS – I’m not commenting on these, but my review of Jatta will appear in Fiction Focus next year.
Ranger’s Apprentice Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel, John Flanagan
Gotta B, Claire Carmichael
Jatta, Jenny Hale

I’m actually all caught up on books I’ve read and needed to review, but the TBR pile is getting scarily high. And I just ordered two more books this morning! Glutton/punishment… πŸ™‚


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One week down, nine to go…

Week 1 of term is over – nine to go before three terms of maternity leave!, and I know it’s going to absolutely fly by! My position will be advertised tomorrow in the West Australian, and hopefully we’ll get some good applicants. Exec decision was to advertise for a teacher librarian, even though I expressly said we’d be willing to take a teacher prepared to train, or a librarian with some experience, we just want to get the right PERSON, not necessarily the right QUALIFICATION, because we know all too well that degrees don’t equal awesome πŸ™‚ Exec wants someone they can timetable though, and I understand that, and even though they’ve made that decision, I do think they’ll be open to good applicants of any appropriate skillset, which is good. My immediate line manager is on the selection panel too, and she’ll be very keen to get someone *right*. I’m especially nervous, as it’s MY collection they’ll be overseeing, and MY staff, and MY kids! Possessive? Me?! πŸ™‚ And also, if things go to plan, I’ll be job sharing with this person from Term 4 onwards, so we want a good fit!

So this week has been pretty full on – getting the role description for the job retweaked, organising our first major textbook orders, getting the new term underway, preparing for the Year 12s finishing up and all that stuff. And at night, I’ve been working on getting the Twelfth Planet Press novellas up as e-books over at Smashwords, which has been fairly time consuming, but worth it! So far we’ve got Angel Rising, Siren Beat and Horn up – bargain price, and all the e-formats you could want!

So I’m pretty weary right now, and brain is not functioning all that well. Big weekend ahead too – Swancon36/Natcon50 meeting tomorrow, the Master Six starts cricket Sunday and Miss 4 has been invited to a birthday party (which I’ve lost the invite for! Wonder if I have a contact…). So we won’t even be home much for a rest. Ah well, maybe next weekend…

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