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And just like that, the holidays are ending…

Two weeks pass like the blink of an eye. At least I didn’t lose most of the break to Teen Wolf like I did LAST break, but a full week of gardening apparently sucks your time just as much as an addictive TV show 🙂 The skip was absolutely chockers by the time it was picked up on Friday last week; I don’t reckon we could have fit even one more stick in! And the yard and gardens looked SO much better for it. But I don’t want to have to do that again – it’s just not my thing…

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In between the yard work we managed to sneak in some socialising – first up was a great get together (the deck warming!) at Donna and Matt’s place, which was just delightful. An ever-changing guest lineup as people came and went throughout the afternoon, with much excellent conversation and food! We also spent a morning with Karen and her kiddies, with lots of baby cuddles at last! Miss G had stroke clinic for swimming three days both weeks, and Master D had daycare, so it was just me and Master J and Master M for a lot of the time. Husband rolled in and out briefly, between work and Tassie trip, and Granna and Grandpop arrived around lunchtime Friday, just in time for me to head to Conflux!

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The view from the deck at the deck warming…

I was one of the guests of the Conflux 11 convention, so went in for the opening ceremony late afternoon. MC Laura Goodin did a lovely job opening proceedings, and I had a chance to catch up with a few people early on. I had a little car drama (mechanical issues) when I went to pick up Dirk Flinthart from the airport, but managed to not be too late to collect him! I then took advantage of my night alone at the hotel (was joined my Miss G for the rest of the weekend) and crashed out very early indeed – it had been a big week.

The convention saw me on a heap of panel items, but we started out on Saturday with the launch of Striking Fire by Dirk Flinthart – Dirk arranged at the last minute to have wine delivered and we managed plastic cups to serve it in, alongside the chocolate I had organised. We also had a prize draw of the Dirk books plus a tote bag and notebook, and it was a very convivial and fun launch!

Photo by Cat Sparks

Photo by Cat Sparks

After lunch I had an insane five panels in a row, and it was a bit like that for the whole weekend! Thank goodness for Elanor and Miss G, who took excellent care of the FableCroft sales table while I was not there. It was a wonderfully interesting program (thanks to Leife Shallcross) and I hope I didn’t repeat myself much! Luckily my fellow panelists were erudite and articulate and they all went pretty well, I think. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and though I didn’t do any of the evening socialising (except a brief sojourn at the banquet with Miss G), I still got lots of time to chat with friends, get to know new people, and be inspired by the writers and creators around me.

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Photo by Cat Sparks

SATURDAY
Short Story Markets
The Editor’s Diary
What about Who?
Cranky Ladies of History
The Appeal of the Superhero
SUNDAY
Guest of Honour Talk: Tehani Wessely (thank you SO MUCH to Cat Sparks for interviewing me for the GoH talk – she asked awesome questions!)
A Big Enough Audience
Paying for our passion – writing sacrifices
MONDAY
Alternate Publishing Options
Literary Awards and Judging
Book Promotion
Words of Wisdom
Closing Ceremony and Awards

See Cat Sparks’ fab photos of the convention at her Flickr, here!

Once the convention was over, we had the rest of the week for family sorts of things. This included Miss G turning 10 (where on earth has THAT decade gone?!) and an impromptu bowling party – she had swimming for four hours in the morning, so I sneakily arranged to pick up a couple of her school friends to join us for bowling. The look on her face when they popped up out from the back seat of the car when we picked her up was delightful 🙂

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Mum and I got some quality shopping time in, and Grandpop and the big boys variously got some fishing (although didn’t have much luck with the catching – not really the goal though, I reckon…) and we enjoyed just hanging out. Husband was home briefly and we managed to get the mechanical issues quickly sorted out for the car he drives back and forth several hundred kilometres per week, as well as duck in a find a new phone for him before he disappeared into the sunset again! Making the most of the short periods of time we have 🙂

And now it’s the last day of the holidays. Granna and Grandpop have gone off for a bit of a driving holiday on their way home, and I’m working through a few last holiday jobs and tidying up before back to school tomorrow. I think I’ll call this break a big success!

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It’s holidays again!

Time really does speed up as you get older, I’m sure of it. I mean, yes, I had two weeks off work post-appendectomy, but still, term 3 absolutely flew by and here we are again at school holidays. And if every day in the next fortnight is as productive as today, by gum I’ll be taking over the world!

The kids were up early (surprise surprise) but also happily did some tidying up and got ready in a timely manner so we could head out to drop off drycleaning, swing past the hardware store for some gardening equipment, then head to dentist appointments (which I managed to snag just yesterday!). On the way we dropped the car to the lovely Star Wash to be beautified while we were elsewhere (it was SO filthy!) and after our appointments (all good, though we’re looking down the barrel of some major orthodontics for at least two of the kids – and I booked in for wisdom teeth extraction in two weeks, eep!) we even took ourselves to lunch! 

Came home in our lovely clean car, put the little boys to bed, and who knows why but I started in on the gardens again. Master 12 hauled the pruning I started last week into the skip that got delivered Thursday, and I continued with my mission to tidy the darn yard and gardens. For two hours. I don’t even know who I AM anymore!! It’s starting to look a lot better, though I was very cross that the (admittedly cheap) spade I bought didn’t even get through one digging job before the handle snapped! Will be returning THAT tomorrow…

Spent a lovely hour after that colouring (don’t judge me, it’s very relaxing when you have no brain left) and watched the short web series Airlock, a fantastic Aussie scifi production – it was great! 

So what’s in store for the rest of the break? Miss 9 has some swimming commitments (and will become Miss 10 in the second week). Hoping to get Master 5 to some holiday gymnastics again. More garden tidying. A book or two to work on (and several to read). Mum & Dad visiting, which we’re really looking forward to, and flying visits from husband. And I’m guest at the Conflux convention here in Canberra on the middle weekend of the hols, so that should be great! One of the events is the launch of our latest book, Dirk Flinthart’s debut collection STRIKING FIRE – looking forward to sharing that one with people. (You can win a copy or preorder here!).



For now, I think I’m in for an early night – all that fresh air has worn me out!

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Australian Spec Fic Events Calendar

Thanks to hosting by [info]girliejones  over at ASif, we now have an Australian Spec Fic Events Calendar. I’ll be adding events as I run across them, but such a thing works best when folks send in details, so please do! Updates and new events welcome 🙂

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Conflux Roundup Part II

With sexy new Dr Horrible icon care of deepfishy– thanks!

I’m sure there will still be some words on Conflux to come from other attendees, but for those who need their fix of goss NOW, here ‘tis!

PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF ON SUNDAY…

http://molongloblogger.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/conflux-5-2008-day-3/
http://metamagician3000.blogspot.com/2008/10/checking-in-from-conflux-and-more.html
http://voyageronline.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/floricon-or-what-we-did-on-saturday-afternoon-and-sunday/
http://nyssa-p.livejournal.com/42942.html
http://tillianion.livejournal.com/55894.html
http://ashr501.livejournal.com/24687.html
http://edsed.livejournal.com/6163.html
http://voyageronline.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/dreaming-of-good-pictures-again/
http://benpayne.livejournal.com/361160.html
http://girliejones.livejournal.com/1103601.html
http://molongloblogger.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/conflux-5-last-day-retrospective/
http://amandapillar.livejournal.com/53145.html
http://lizargall.com/2008/10/conflux-is-over/
http://jasoni.livejournal.com/115983.html
http://catsparx.livejournal.com/101542.html
http://flinthart.livejournal.com/38787.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/429758.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/430071.html
http://voyageronline.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/conflux-5-%e2%80%93-the-alternative-brown-shades-of-sf-and-fantasy-by-tim-miller/

There were a couple of con-goers who made flocked posts about the con – if they are on your flist, then you’ve already seen them anyway 🙂 My favourite bit about reading all these posts is how most people come back (exhausted, but) all charged up with creative ideas. Cat Sparks said something about Conflux being a great con for readers, writers and publishers, rather than “fans”, and I think that’s perhaps why it gets the creative juices flowing. So many like minds with awesome knowledge, skills and experience, getting together in that synergistic way and planting the seeds of future great stuff!

Apparently (and highly coincidentally!) there was a Conflux held in Portland, Oregon, at the exact same time – I’ve done my best not to confuse the two… 

ETA: Fixed to point to Nyssa’s entry rather than the thief who stole it! Sorry Nyssa.

 

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Conflux roundup

Okay okay, you all know I wish I were there, so if I can’t be, well I’ll just obsessively scour the internets for blog posts by people who ARE! And round them up for you all 🙂

Hopefully fairly chronological, and I’ll do another round up after it’s over to get the details!

PREPARING

This was quite funny to do, because a lot of bloggers seemed to feel Conflux had crept up on them unexpectedly and jumped out from behind a door to scare them into realising that OMG It’s on in three, two, one…

http://useeachhead.blogspot.com/2008/09/diaper-cakes-com.html
http://ashr501.livejournal.com/24561.html
http://edsed.livejournal.com/5755.html
http://girliejones.livejournal.com/1100045.html
http://jasoni.livejournal.com/115697.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/427920.html

RANDOM ROUNDUPS

http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/428164.html
http://voyageronline.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/conflux-were-here/
http://searichcup.blogspot.com/2008/10/wile-coyote-anvil.html
http://amandapillar.livejournal.com/52329.html
http://molongloblogger.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/conflux-5-2008-now-in-progress-in-canberra/
http://metamagician3000.blogspot.com/2008/10/checking-in-from-conflux-and-more.html
http://griffins_eyrie.livejournal.com/8873.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/428297.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/428647.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/428852.html
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/429130.html
http://tallaudrey.livejournal.com/24436.html

This collection is interesting by the very absence of some of our more prolific blogifers… girliejones, catsparx, flinthart, tillianion, austspecfic, benpayne, chrisbarnes, i_ate_my_crusts, mortonhalland all the rest (by gum, I just realised exactly how MANY of my flist are actually in Canberra *sigh*). Presumably all the lucky buggers are having too much fun IN REAL LIFE to be bothered to blog about it. *double sigh* But still, now you can keep up with a little of what’s been a-happening, and I just know there’ll be some very detailed (perhaps slightly incoherent) posts early next week when they all start dribbling home…

Oooh! Random fangirl squeeeing – I can hear Captain Jack on the telly – bye now!

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