Monthly Archives: July 2013

Where does time go?

I’ve had trouble getting anything written here – I blame visitors, school holidays and the fact I’m blogging elsewhere! We’ve had a very social few weeks which has included multiple sleepovers, a Tansy & family overnight visit, a fishing day out, an Emma & B visit, a job won and lost for husband, Helen & J for two nights, a couple of movies, and LOADS of extra children and chauffeuring about of ours in their busy social schedules! I wanted to get lots more done than I did, but well, didn’t. I’m working now on unpacking the final boxes in the study, doing the filing/tax, and unpacking the boxes in Bub’s room and finishing the sorting of the clothes for keeping or handing on. There are still quite a few more stealth boxes in various hidey holes. At least a couple I can’t unpack until I get a lovely display cabinet. Almost all the books are unpacked. I think a couple more might be yet more clothes (probably mostly for discarding). And there’s a few jammed with toys (again, many of which can be passed on). What’s in the rest? It’s an adventure in unpacking, because I don’t know!

And time is running out. The marking will start to roll in soon, and then I’ll be turning over assignments and other uni work until at least November. Need to get a wriggle on!

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Cheating on my blog

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 11.46.29 AMI have not been posting a lot here, for several reasons. The first one is that I’m a bit busy, as usual, and blogging hasn’t been a priority. The main one though, is that I’ve been blogging over at Momentum Books, so I thought I’d better link those posts here!

My posts so far:

A Song of Waiting Patiently – how do you cope with an unfinished series?

Aurealis Shortlists 2012: SF Novel – I take a look at the SF Novel shortlist.

Playing Favourites – my favourite books (on a given day)

Aurealis Shortlists 2012: Fantasy Novel – I take a look at the Fantasy Novel shortlist.

Where are all the Women Writing Doctor Who? – my thoughts on the debate about the lack of female writers for Doctor Who.

Spoilers Sweetie – looking at the grumpiness of spoilers surrounding Game of Thrones.

Being Part of the Australian Spec Fic Scene – a brief look at science fiction conventions in Australia.




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New Who in Conversation: The End of Time

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 7 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all.

We are working our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, and sometimes a couple of extra episodes we love as our blogging points. Just for fun!

Doctor-Who-The-End-of-Time-doctor-who-9372278-800-600THE SPECIALS

The Doctor – David Tennant (and Matt Smith!)

Wilfred Mott – Bernard Cribbins 


*sniff* I had been determined not to become a Tennant fangirl, but I admit it, he really won me over, particularly in Season Four, and coming to the end of his run is a bit sad. I mainlined so much of him when I first watched these that I found myself adopting Tennant-esque speech patterns and idiosyncrasies (“What? What?!”), which could be rather embarrassing.

That said, I’m afraid so much of this story leaves me a bit cold after multiple watchings, and some of it REALLY doesn’t make sense! There’s a lot to like about it, but there are some absolutely bizarre elements as well. I don’t think it helps that it has come of the back of some really cinematic episodes in the specials, but feels somehow smaller again – maybe just me?


I agree that very little of this story makes sense, or bears any kind of critical viewing. Having said that, I’m a million times more fond of it than any of the other Specials. I can’t explain why! I think perhaps because it has more emotional resonance than the rest of them put together, and possibly I am still deeply affected by how damn exciting it was to watch the first episode pretty close to live (within 24 hours of it screening!) – so many interesting questions, revelations and set pieces in that first episode, even if OK VERY FEW OF THEM are paid off in any way, or followed up on.


Wow, I can see this is going to be an interesting discussion! I really enjoyed this one, and thought that, with a few exceptions which I am sure we will get to, was very strongly written throughout. And, I personally found it a lot bigger in scope than some of the other specials, and definitely thought it far more satisfying than the last Master appearance – the three part “Utopia/Sounds of Drums/Last of the Time Lords”. Continue reading


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2013 Aurealis Awards are open for entry!

I’m judging co-ordinator for the third year, and working with new management team Conflux Inc (Canberra)! Looking forward to a great year. Feel free to share the details below with your networks, and enter early!

Screen shot 2011-07-12 at 9.48.42 AM2013 Aurealis Awards open for entries

Conflux Inc. are delighted to announce that the 2013 Aurealis Awards are now open to entries.

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.

2013 Aurealis Awards convenor, Nicole Murphy, says, “In 2012 we received a record number of entries across thirteen categories, ranging across Illustrated Work, Children’s, Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. Speculative fiction in all its incarnations is alive and well in Australia, and we look forward to even more entries this year.”

“These awards are unique, in that each category is judged by a panel of judges. Our judges are drawn from a range of literary backgrounds and experience including; editors for both small and mainstream press, librarians, critics and published authors.”

“We’re delighted to be able to bring the Awards to Canberra for the first time,” Ms Murphy added.

“In 2013, we are accepting electronic submission of entries in all categories for the first time,” said judging co-ordinator Tehani Wessely. “We are strongly encouraging publishers and authors to enter all works published in the first half of the year immediately, and all new works as soon after publication as possible. Our judging teams appreciate having time to consider each entry carefully. It’s a huge job!”

“We have slightly revised the entry period to accommodate the new ceremony date for next year,” Ms Wessely said. “If works are received in a timely manner, every entry can be given the fairest of consideration.”

Entries close on 07 December 2013, and all entries must be physically received by 31 December 2013. Finalists will be announced in March 2014 and winners announced at a special presentation evening in Canberra in April 2014. For more information on the awards or to register your entry, visit the Aurealis Awards website at

For more information contact the Awards convenor, Nicole Murphy at  or judging co-ordinator Tehani Wessely at

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