Seems to have been a productive week. gave me a shock about deadlines so I kicked Australis Imaginarium into gear and have now got the lineup almost finalised. Waiting on a couple of responses, still making a decision on two or three stories, have eight laid out and almost completely proofed. I think my artist fell off the world, which is sad (I had a whole bunch of gorgeous landscapes paintings lined up…) but not the end of the world. After all, I have a beautiful Shaun Tan cover, which delights me 🙂 I’ve also powered through a bunch of my judging books, and am down to my last handful of YA books. Quite a lot of kids ones left, but they take less time and intensity! I worked a half day on Wednesday, and am booked for Monday too. I had a meeting with my principal and have a really good resolution about my return to work when my leave ends in Term 4 (five days a fortnight in Term 4 then three days per week as of Term 1 next year with late starts to accommodate kid drop offs at school – my school ROCKS).
Master Seven got his report for his first semester of guitar this week, and he’s doing okay. He needs to practice more 🙂 Miss Four is now going to ballet on her own as her little buddy quit, and while she whinges about this a bit beforehand, she is actually doing much better in class (which doesn’t surprise me). Bub is getting better with his hands and has started picking up toys from his chest and wriggling them about in front of him. He’s not been sleeping all that well, but I think that’s the cold more than anything.
Today was the day of blogging – uploaded a guest blog post by Paul Collins about his story in Worlds Next Door, "A Wizard in Trouble". I then formatted and uploaded some more teaching materials to the Worlds Next Door site, and did a special blog I’ve been sitting on for a while (was submitted to an external site as a guest blog post but they’ve not responded to queries and I didn’t want to waste it!) about book covers.
Oh, and Ditmar nominations opened this week! Nominate nominate nominate! Anyone active in fandom can nominate (only members of last year’s Natcon and this year’s – called Dudcon – can vote on the final shortlists though), so go do it! To help you out, I’ve created a spreadsheet of eligible works – please email me more stuff that’s eligible if you know of it, particularly in the Special and Fan categories, and also any errors!
We went to see Shrek Forever After (in 3D for lack of choice) at the cinema this afternoon which everyone, including the bubba, really enjoyed! He’s very good in movies. He watched from his pram for ages, fell asleep, woke up for a bottle, then watched the rest (quite interactively!) on my knee 🙂
This weekend I’m attending a Tupperware party on Sunday and then we’re going to one of hubby’s work mate’s houses for dinner. Think I’d better scoot down to Mandurah tomorrow to drop some Tupperware off too, and hubby and Master Seven are off to the Rugby League in the city tomorrow night. Not TOO full up…
Still a lot to do, but working on it 🙂