Monthly Archives: November 2010

Well, what do you know?

Surprisingly, I’ve had quite a productive day (and it’s only mid-afternoon!). Considering that at about 8am I had no energy whatsoever, I’m stunned at how much I’ve achieved. I think because I had such a lack of energy, I decided to sit down and veg at the computer, which then led to me actually catching up on a bunch of jobs I needed to do! And my energy kicked in too!

Today I have:

* Organised tax paperwork and spreadsheet to send to accountant. Finally!
* Written two reports for the WASLA AGM next week. 
* Organised the mailing of FableCroft orders from the past couple of days.
* Slushed a little and sent a story off for an expert eye AND received feedback from said expert. Awesome! 
* Made publishable two uni assignments and sent off for web publication.
* Requested articles for newsletter for 2011.
* Made email enquiries regarding three payroll issues for husband and self.
* Started cooking dinner.
* Spent time with family.

Am feeling most virtuous and good! I think I might do a spot more slushing now 🙂

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Today I took Miss Five in to get her hair cut. Not a trim. A major cut, because I’m sick of the arguments about combing her (very fine, tangly fly away) hair every day, which get worse in summer because the amount of time she spends swimming. I’ve been trying to talk her into this for a long time, but she didn’t want to look like a boy – I think I finally found the right arguments with "It’ll make swimming easier!" and "You’ll look just like Tinkerbell!" Heh. I was quite nervous about the cut myself, but am extremely pleased with the result. She looks more grown up, and her hair instantly looked healthier and thicker. It’s lovely! She didn’t like it at first, but by the end of the day she was very happy with it. Win!

After that we came home and hung out for a while, while making the day’s arrangements. We ended up dropping M5 off for a play date with her mate J, then I took the boys up to Mt Lawley to hang out at a cafe with  , who I hadn’t caught up with since she returned from her travels. Was very pleasant, as usual! Wish she wasn’t so busy that it doesn’t happen more often 🙂

Hubby home tonight from his Tassie trip; tomorrow is cricket in the morning and then we take M8 to a choir performance at a local fair. Should be fun!

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And thus 10 days disappear!

Ten days since last proper content. Sigh. Will try to do better but this time of year is insane. So, in dot points, since last proper update:

* Master Seven became Master Eight (henceforth referred to as M8). To celebrate he had a friend stayover on the Saturday night. We went to Sizzler for dinner (his choice) and went "fishing" at the fish farm (was hot, with sticky flies and not a single sign there were fish in any of the ponds – disappointing). He got a replacement for the DS he lost when travelling unaccompanied last holidays (second-hand from the US, which meant some running around to find a new charger!), books, lego and cash (which he used to buy new DS games).
* This week M8 also became a real reader, finishing – over a series of nights – Matilda by Roald Dahl. Love it.
* Our patio is finished, as is the fencing (at last). Looks great, although now I really want hubby to redo the gardens and new pavers would be good… 🙂 
* On Thursday we had   (with G and baby in tow!),  ,   and   to visit, which was lovely. We persevered outside in the new patio in the heat for some time, but eventually admitted defeat and came in to enjoy the aircon (for the first time this summer). Was so nice to catch up with S & J who I don’t see enough, and of course L & T, who I do see a bit of, but would always like to see more!
* Have been catching up at work – arguing with textbook publishers actually does achieve results with perseverance, although I’m still not happy. And this week I’ve proofread the school diary (urk) and the Yearbook. Among other things 🙂
* Baby is now quite active and mobile. He’s not crawling, but rolls with intent! Is really getting a personality happening, and turning into quite a cheeky little bugger!
* Miss Five is going today to get a big haircut – she’s such a fish and wants to swim all the time and we’re fighting over brushing her hair all the time. I’ve convinced her to get it cut off for summer so she’ll be able to wash and brush it herself. That’s the theory anyway! Seems like since I’ve gone back to work she’s not getting to see as much of her friends as before, which makes her sad, but we’re working on it. 
* I finished my uni marking on time and actually really enjoyed the last assignment – some very creative and interesting future librarians out there! Have replaced that with hooking into my Aurealis reading and finally getting to the After the Rain slushing. Ah, and the tax.
* Hubby has jaunted off to Tassie again – should be the last trip for a while. Is also on holidays, so home until a weekish before Christmas, work for a week, then home Christmas Eve, to have his first Christmas at home with us in at least four years. Yay! 
* Having good things happen on the FableCroft front – some great reviews of Worlds Next Door in the last couple of weeks and queries from bookstores all over the country. Am very pleased. 

Um, I think that’s it! Lots of other stuff happening I’m sure, but I can’t think of it now!


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Aurealis Awards Auction!

* Note, FableCroft contributed to this! Check out the Short Stories lot and the Fantasy Novels for All Ages lot!

From the SpecFaction NSW team:

Thanks to the amazing generosity of many of our local spec fiction community – we’re hosting an Ebay auction of some fine pieces of autographed speculative fiction and a wonderful print from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan.

The eBay auction kicks off on Tuesday. I’ve attached a copy of the press release we’ll be putting out. If any of you were willing to put this information up on your blogs or facebook pages to help spread the word virally, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your support – and happy eBaying!

Susan Wardle (on behalf of)
SpecFaction NSW Inc.

Signed Speculative Fiction on Sale!

Some of the biggest names in Australian speculative fiction have cleared out their cupboards and the contents are being sold on eBay!

Where else can you buy an original print from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld or a bundle of autographed fantasy, science fiction or horror novels from a huge list of Aussie authors including; Sara Douglass, Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Traci Harding, Karen Miller, Stephen Irwin, Nathan Burrage, Richard Harland, Marianne De Pierres, Angela Slatter, Kate Forsyth, Isabel Merlin, Sophie Masson, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Kirstyn McDermott?

The autographed books are being auctioned off in five book bundles. For a complete description of the contents of each bundle or to bid on one of these great items refer to the list of eBay item numbers below and make sure you place our bid between 16 and 25 November, 2010.

* Signed short story collections including an unpublished story by Sean Williams: Item Number: 200542551759
* New and signed fantasy novels: Item Number: 200542236233
* New and signed fantasy novels for all ages: Item Number: 200542554272
* New and signed science fiction novels: Item Number: 200542552834
* New and signed dark fantasy, horror, and historical novels: Item Number: 200542556121
* Print from Scott Westerfeld’s novel, Leviathan, signed by the artist: Item Number: 200542561373

The auction is being held by SpecFaction NSW Inc., hosts of the 2010 Aurealis Awards. Funds raised will go towards holding the awards night and helping create a range of NSW based events and activities for readers and writers of speculative fiction. SpecFaction NSW is a not for profit group.

For more information on the 2010 Aurealis Awards go to

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Get stuffed Channel 7

Here’s the thing Channel 7. I work. I have three kids. I need to try to get to bed no later than 10.30pm, 11pm at the absolute latest. If you’re going to insist on not even STARTING the shows that are supposed to be on your Sunday night lineup until 10pm, I’m going to stop watching. I’m going to tell you to fuck right off, and I’m going to buy me the DVD sets of the shows I love, that you are supposed to be showing from 8.30pm on Sunday nights. Or at least, no later than 9pm. It’s nearly 10pm now, and the stupid fucking X-Factor isn’t nearly finished. 

So get stuffed Channel 7. I’m going to bed and tomorrow, I’m buying box sets of Bones and Castle. I wonder who will get the money from that? I’m pretty sure it’s not you.

No love.


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