Monthly Archives: August 2010

MEME: 34 things you might not know about me…

Pinched from Kate Gordon –  here are 34 (cos that’s how old I am) things you don’t know about me:

  1. In 2009 I read around 200 novels. I’ve already passed 230 in 2010.
  2. I never thought I’d have kids, until I met my husband.
  3. I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in Year 2.
  4. The library was my favourite place to hang out all through school.
  5. I used to collect rocks when I was a kid. I would clean them and sort them regularly, and I think my parents still have some of my "collection"!
  6. It took me three weeks to read The Hobbit when I was at university. I never got past the first five chapters of The Lord of the Rings.
  7. I’m really good at retail and hospitality work.
  8. I have three university degrees.
  9. I once ran an indoor sports centre with my husband and a country pub with my husband.
  10. I visited Stonehenge twice when I went to the UK for my brother’s wedding.
  11. I’m very interested in family history, because there are lots of skeletons in my family closet.
  12. I was the lead in my high school musical "Doctor Pimples"!
  13. I was the vice-captain of my high school. I was the school captain of my primary school.
  14. I’ve been doing public speaking since Year 5, when my principal asked me to emcee our school Christmas concert. I don’t get nervous when I speak to crowds.
  15. My most overused word is “awesome”.
  16. I’m an excellent backstroke swimmer.
  17. I’m a National Councillor for the Australian School Library Association. I’ve no idea how that happened.
  18. I once had a story shortlisted in a national short story competition. I still think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written.
  19. I wrote a romance novel when I was 16. 
  20. I have four tattoos (although one covers another): my first was a flying unicorn, when I was 18. I also have a phoenix and a celtic ankle band (which covers a really crappy band of starbursts.
  21. I have three earrings in each ear, but I used to have three in one and one in the other.
  22. I’ve loved cats my whole life, but now I have kids, I only like them.
  23. I’m allergic to most dogs. And horses. 
  24. Despite that, I ride tolerably well.
  25. I have excellent blood pressure – three pregnancies worth of doctors tell me so 🙂
  26. I attended four different primary schools, in two different states, which resulted in my atrocious handwriting (different styles in formative years).
  27. When my daughter became interested in Barbie dolls, I was able to give her a suitcase full of my old dolls and accessories, still in pretty good nick. 
  28. I became involved in the Australian spec fic scene because of Simon Brown’s book "Inheritance" – it’s a long story, but a good one! This means Simon is the one responsible for many of the friendships I have today – thanks Simon!
  29. I broke my right wrist tripping over a low brick wall onto very soft lawn. I broke my left wrist falling off monkey bars. 
  30. I’ve never been hospitalised for injury or illness (only babies).
  31. I’ve lived in WA, QLD, NT and NSW, and have visited every other Australian state except Tasmania.
  32. I lived in the Northern Territory for a year when I was 17, working as a governess, but never visited Alice Springs or Darwin.
  33. I hate coffee, and anything coffee-flavoured.
  34. I bake excellent muffins but am terrible at biscuits.

So, what about you? What’s your age? Tell us that many things about yourself.

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I keep forgetting to blog…

Not entirely true, as I’ve blogged at FableCroft, Worlds Next Door, and have Facebooked and Twittered pretty much every day, but I do forget to be here in more than meme form! 

Things have been pretty busy though. Once the WND launch was over, my focus switched to Worldcon (well, the focus has kind of been there all along, but now it’s getting REAL close!), and getting stuff organised for that. That’s included a couple of trips up to  ‘ place to brainstorm and work on things that have to be organised prior to Melbourne. And FableCroft stuff doesn’t stop either – have received around 30 submissions to After the Rain, which is exciting as there’s still two months before the call closes. And I’ve been marketing and selling and distributing Worlds Next Door and Australis Imaginarium, or preparing ground for later marketing, as well.

And of course, home front is never dull. My kids are total socialites these days, which makes it lucky I get along well with their friends’ parents! We’re out and about with them a lot, or having people here (although not so much in the last week or so, cos the house has been a bombshell! Am working on that…). I’ve also been starting some clearing out, which desperately needs doing (AGAIN! Where does all the clutter come from?!) and really need to get into the shed (AGAIN!), so that’s on the cards for after Worldcon too. Although time is starting to run out – I go back to work in early October, part-time. Where has the year gone?

I’ve been musing this week on the fact that we are really settled in here. It feels like we’re more settled than we’ve ever been as a family, perhaps even more settled than I’ve ever been, really. My family moved a lot when I was a kid, and while we had some multiple stops at some places, moving once every couple of years was an interesting experience. I think it made me pretty good at meeting people and getting to know them pretty quickly, but I think it also made me a little ADD about things – as in, once I get to know the routines and processes of a job, I tend to get bored and want to move on (which is not an issue in my job now, because every day is different!). And since I met my husband, we’ve moved houses and/or towns nine times. The last time was mid 2009, so that meant nine moves in seven and a half years. This is the longest I’ve lived in one place (suburb, not house, cos we bought and moved from the rental we were in, but only a kilometre up the road!), since high school. And it’s an interesting experience. I have friends. Husband has friends. Kids have friends. We have babysitters, doctors, hairdressers, dentists, schools, jobs, professional networks, contacts, people who can pick the kids up from school, people we pop round and visit for a cuppa… And it’s the first time in a long time that’s been true for ALL of us. It’s kinda nice. Why am I musing? Because my husband wants me to apply for a job in Tasmania. It’s a great job, an awesome career opportunity, for sure. But I’m really happy HERE. 

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30 Days of Books: Day 15

Day 15 – Your “comfort” book

Ooh, tough one. It probably has to be something like the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton, or the In Death series from JD Robb. Those books tend to migrate to the top of my TBR pile/s and are the books I turn too when I’m overloaded on a particular genre (even when that genre is paranormal romance!!). I can read them anywhere, anytime.

Halfway!

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30 Days of Books: Day 14

 Day 14 – Favourite character in a book (of any sex or gender)

Hmmm. Not easy. Doing the Belgariad re-read with Alex has made me fall in love with Polgara all over again, and remind me of how much I love Sparhawk. But I’m also a massive fan of Surreal in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series (along with pretty much all the other characters) and of Phedre & Joscelin from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel books. What can I say, I’m a character whore! 🙂

Nearly halfway…

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30 Days of Books: Day 13

 Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

Heh. Black Beauty? It’s my first book memory, and one that influence my reading for many years, with horse books being my food of choice for a long time. After I outgrew horse stories though, I kind of skipped YA fiction and went straight to Mills and Boon, Harlequin Historicals, Virginia Andrews and Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I’ve read more YA targetted fiction in the past few years than I ever did as a teen. Probably Flowers in the Attic was my favourite then, and Lightning by Dean Koontz in late high school (ooh, which qualifies for the read more than five times day!). I did read the Alanna books from Tamora Pierce back then, which are still made of win, and were one of my early forays into fantasy.

More recently, I adored Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series, and love Liar by Justine Larbalestier. And lots more, thanks to all my YA reading for judging in the past two years!
Am I halfway yet? No? Oh.

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