Monthly Archives: February 2013

Saturday driving

Loaded up all the kids (plus bonus Flinthart offspring) yesterday morning and hoyed ourselves off down to Hobart. Dream run down (after 10 minutes by the roadside just after we left, when I realised all the podcasts and music were missing from my phone!) with no stops (no crying baby! no urgent toilet breaks!) to enjoy a lovely four or five hours with Tansy, Finchy & the girls. Far too many ideas now racing through my brain! I love having such creative friends. Not quite as good a trip home, but kids were generally pretty good. Was a lovely day, in all!

Spending today working on the very long list of completely and utterly urgent jobs that can no longer be put off. So much to do!

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I’m a once per week blogger

Another week zooms by. I’ve been frantically trying to catch up on my emails, while trying to keep up with the kids’ school and extra-curricular activities, and get two books to print. And I DID get the books done, woo! But still a lot to do before they come out at Conflux – making the book is just the start! (If you’d like to pre-order at a special early bird price, see the FableCroft blog).

We had some news today that is very exciting but also kind of draining – more when I can properly announce. 🙂

I rewarded myself for the massive moving effort and the book finishing with a lovely facial at the local beauty salon yesterday (husband kid-wrangled – my longest time apart from bub to date, I think!) and hair treatment today. I enjoyed these things very much! Can’t remember the last time I had a facial; it was delightful. Think I’ll go back for a mani/pedi soon!

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What I’ve been listening to

I don’t get an awful lot of time to listen to podcasts or audiobooks anymore. I don’t do huge chunks of driving as often as I used to, and when I do, it’s almost always with kids in the car. However, when I DO get the chance, I try to catch up on my local spec fic podcasters.

Here’s something you should know about me: I’m relatively intelligent, but the thing is, my spec fic circle friends are all WAY smarter and better read and cooler about EVERYTHING than me! And my spec fic friends feature in all the podcasts I enjoy listening to, because I’m okay with being the least smart person in a room and live to learn 🙂

For my sins, my favourite podcast at the moment is the irreverent, completely un-politically correct, yet smart, interesting and absolutely hilarious Shooting the Poo. I know Mondy & Mitch in real life, and listening to those two, and Dave (with occasional commentary from the awesome Kirstyn McDermott) is a hoot, as well as being surprisingly educational! At times I shake my head in disbelief at what they say, but the breadth of their knowledge is quite fascinating. And they make me laugh.

Kirstyn and Mondy create another favourite, The Writer and the Critic. I don’t mind spoilers, so I listen to all their podcast-y reviews, and have bought and read a number of the books they recommended. Smart, thoughtful and diverse dissection of a broad range of books, with bonus banter!

Could hardly talk about podcasts without talking about the one that helped kickstart the others. The Hugo-nominated Galactic Suburbia is made up of three friends of mine, Alisa, Alex and Tansy. GS chats range far and wide in content, but their perspectives and depth of discussion is fascinating and view-changing.

I also really enjoy Grant Watson’s Bad Film Diaries, and hope he will start recording them again soon. Grant’s insights into and encyclopedic knowledge about film is amazing, and I thoroughly enjoy listening to his manic delivery!

And those are the only ones I currently keep up with! I have got a couple of new ones I’m keen to get into: Verity! and Splendid Chaps both sound great. I also hope to catch up on the Podmentum, Last Short Story, Galactic Chat and Adventures of a Bookonaut podcasts real soon!

So, what are YOU listening to?

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Ditmar nominations are now open

via Jeremy G. Byrne

Ditmar Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2013 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) awards are now open
and will remain open until one minute before midnight Canberra time on
Wednesday, 20th of March, 2013 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10). Likewise, postal
nominations must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, 20th March, 2013.

The current rules, including Award categories can be found at:

You must include your name with any nomination. Nominations will be
accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or
supporting members of Conflux 9, the 2013 Australian National SF
Convention. Where a nominator may not be known to the Ditmar
subcommittee, the nominator should provide the name of someone known to
the subcommittee who can vouch for the nominator’s eligibility.
Convention attendance or membership of an SF club are among the criteria
which qualify a person as “active in fandom”, but are not the only
qualifying criteria. If in doubt, nominate and mention your qualifying
criteria. If you received this email directly, you almost certainly qualify.

You may nominate as many times in as many Award categories as you like,
although you may only nominate a particular person, work or achievement
once. The Ditmar subcommittee, which is organised under the auspices the
Standing Committee of the Natcon Business Meeting, will rule on
situations where eligibility is unclear. A partial and unofficial
eligibility list, to which everyone is encouraged to add, can be found here:

While online nominations are preferred, nominations can be made in a
number of ways:

1. online, via this form:

2. via email to; or

3. by post to:

6 Florence Road

And a reminder from me about FableCroft’s eligible works 🙂

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Could I borrow a cup of motivation, please?

It’s been two weeks since my last update and I’ve lost all motivation to do things! We’ve moved, I’ve handed the keys back on the old house (after a number of annoying issues with the removalists and exit stuff, but anyway, moving on) and now I’m supposed to be unpacking. I’m procrastinating on this by working on publishing (which, if you’re going to procrastinate, is a good compromise) and actually getting through some reading again, for the first time in months. Heck, I even did some applying/sounding out for some employment today, that’s how much in avoidance mode I am! I have finally managed to finish in the kitchen, and the living area is basically habitable now. There are no built-ins in two of the three kids’ rooms upstairs, so their clothes are not getting unpacked until I manage to source some sort of wardrobe/drawer arrangement and they just have school uniforms and a couple of other things and I’m washing daily! Ditto for me, with just a couple of outfits, as I haven’t yet mustered the enthusiasm to tackle our bedroom. And the home internet is not yet working; if it’s not on by midday tomorrow, I have to get back on the phone to Telstra, which is always enjoyable. *sigh* I think I’m mostly worried that we won’t really be here for long, and I don’t want to settle in and get everything unpacked just to turn around and have to repack it all again! Don’t ask…

But otherwise, things are going well. The kids are settled back into school, and the extra-curricular activities are starting to flow. More chauffeuring around for me, but great for them, with lots of opportunities. Master Three is really enjoying his two half days at pre-kindy at YMCA, though I’m not loving the hours, so not sure we’ll keep that up. He waved me off very happily from daycare today though, for the first time in six months, so might suck it up and pay a couple of days a week for that instead. If I get some work, I’ll need some time sans active little man, though Bub is getting more interested in doing things now, so will be interesting to see how we manage that!

The 12WBT started properly this week and I’ve been absolutely shocking since last week. Need to re-find the willpower I found so easily in January! I think I’m in a moving funk now. I will be fine soon!

Anyway, might head off for another early night with a good book, and hopefully, things are easier tomorrow. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Here, have a cute baby photo 🙂

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