Monthly Archives: April 2009

Snerk – cool ad

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Swine Flu

I’ve just done a little research, looking at the WHO website and CDC website, and I’m not sure if I’m missing something important about this swine flu outbreak? According to WHO:





Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines.


The viruses obtained from the recent human cases with swine influenza in the United States are sensitive to oselatmivir and zanamivir but resistant to amantadine and remantadine. 

That’s good, right? Most people recover fully WITHOUT TREATMENT and for those who go to the doctor, there are drugs that work. 

I’ll add that I haven’t seen the news in at least a week, so have missed any reportage on the details, but the facts don’t seem all that alarming to me. What am I missing?


Filed under Uncategorized

It’s definitely Awards season!

 Congratulations to   and   for their shortlistings in the Locus Awards!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Holidays are over again

 Why do they always go so quickly? These last few days have flown by, as we’ve had family friends (practically family really) visiting and have been out and about. So I didn’t get everything on the list done, but I got enough done to get by…

* Remove paint from back deck
* Apply for Access editor job (I know I said I wasn’t going to but they actually ASKED me to! It’s a night time extras thing…)
* Get WASLA newsletter done (waiting on some photos, but the laid out stuff is off at proofing, and it should be finished tomorrow night)
* Marking (one lot out of three done, but I can bluff the kids on the others 🙂 )
* Prep for school – poetry (started, enough to get me through the first week).
* Prepare spare bedroom for visitors (arriving Saturday)
* Find somewhere to live (offer made on property 23/4/09 – also got two weeks extra in current house approved ETA: Bank appointment Friday got things in motion – contract signed!)
* get kids ready for back to school (delayed til tomorrow night!)

Must be done soon:
* t-shirts for Adelaide?

First day back at work:
* Apply for unpaid leave to go to Adelaide – might not happen, but need to have it in case.
* Apply for PD days for ASLA Conference
* Take photos for WASLA article of revamped library

Coming soon:
* Clear out more crap – don’t want to move it! (ETA: Having a Great Book Giveaway next Sunday May 3rd to clear out a few boxes worth of books – if you live in my vicinity and want some free books and a cuppa or glass of wine, feel free to come along between 11am and 7pm!)
* write pending reviews for Scarecrow, Succubus in the City and The Forest of Hands and Teeth (ooh, that one will have to wait cos Kate’s got the book)
* Sort out Lightning Source account (technically could slide til later, but needs doing)
* get removalist quotes for big stuff
* Move (graaagh)
* Adelaide (hopefully)
* Judging writing competition
* Possible open reading period for Spec Fic for Kids anthology
* grant writing
* Great book giveaway!
* get together (with kids!) to farewell Matt Chrulew
* other editing commitments
* Aurealis judging starts (if they want me again 🙂 )

Things already achieved these holidays:
* Swancon & New Ceres Nights launch
* Gardens and lawns fixed up (okay, so I cheated and got Weeding Women out to do the gardens, but I still achieved it!)
* Clothes sorted and packed up 
* Rubbish in garage GONE.
* Lots of books read (does that count?)

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Tiptree Award Honours List

Check out the awesome Aussies! Both "The Two Pearls of Wisdom" and "Tender Morsels were shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards this year as well (with the Goodman taking out the Fantasy Novel gong). Yay Margo and Alison!

The Tiptree Award Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many readers as a recommended reading list for the rest of the year. This year’s Honor List is:
• Christopher Barzak, The Love We Share Without Knowing (Bantam, 2008)
• Jenny Davidson, The Explosionist (HarperTeen, 2008)
• Gregory Frost, Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet: A Shadowbridge Novel (both published by Del Rey, 2008)
• Alison Goodman, Two Pearls of Wisdom (HarperCollins Australia 2008), published in the United States as Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Viking 2008), also Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye in the United Kingdom
• John Kessel, “Pride or Prometheus” (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2008)
• Margo Lanagan, Tender Morsels (Knopf, 2008)
• Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia (Harcourt)
• John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In (Quercus (UK) 2007), original Swedish title Låt den rätte komma in (2004), first published in English as Let Me In, St. Martin’s Press (2007), Translated by Ebba Segerberg)
• Paul Park, A Princess of Roumania (Tor, 2005), The Tourmaline (Tor, 2006), The White Tyger (Tor, 2007), The Hidden World(Tor, 2008)
• Ekaterina Sedia, The Alchemy of Stone (Prime Books)
• Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy (Canongate U.S., 2007)
• Ysabeau S. Wilce, Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) (Harcourt, 2008)

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized