A change is as good as a holiday and I really need to recharge my batteries!
I’m flying off to Melbourne on Sunday and won’t be back until after World Con. While I’m down there I’m going cold turkey on the Internet, no Twitter, no Facebook, and no Blogging (have scheduled posts for the Mad Genius Club because the others can answer) but there will be no posts here.
When I do get back I promise lots of interesting insights. Over on the ROR blog I’ve done a post about what will be happening while I’m in Melbourne.
On Saturday the 28th of August, I’m going to be at Logan North Library so drop by and say Hi.
I’ll be with the romantic by cynical Trent Jamieson, author of Death Most Definite, the pocket rocket Kylie Chan, author of the Dark Heaven series, the lovely Louise Cusack author and mentor, and Anthony Puttee author of the Johnny Marsh books.
We’ll be talking about promoting your books and this is all part of Logan North Library’s month of Speculative Fiction. So you are sure to see Darth Vader and a Storm Trouper or two!
If you are coming to World Con and you’d like to share a coffee with me, or any of the fabulous authors who are there, here is the link to the World Con KoffeeKlatsche page. It’s a chance to talk about books, the publishing industry, writing and anything that interests you.
Coffee makes the World go Around … the World go Around … sung to the tune of Money Makes the World go Around from Cabaret!
Okay, I should be preparing for my panels at World SF Con, but I am writing a blog post about Weird and Fascinating things.
I came across this – a Dutch photographer who finds glitches in computer games and turns them into art – in the sense that when you stop and look at them they are fascinating and they seem to say something about the human condition. His name is Robert Overweg.
Here is one of his photos from Grand Theft Auto, where he found a way to slide under the world and look up at it.
Here is an article on him and some of his work. There is a dreamlike quaility to his work. Since I find the world a fascinating place anyway, I love this kind of thing, a segue into surrealism!
Or how I clean the house when I get stuck in my current WIP (Work-in-Progress).
No, seriously, I did a post about the writing process and, among other things, how rewriting over a word document means we lose the record of the stages a book goes through as it evolves.
See The Writing Process here.
Over at the SOLARIS blog they are doing a give-away.
‘In honour of the releases of Paul Kearney‘s The Monarchies of God omnibuses (Hawkwood and the Kings, out now, and Century of the Soldier, due out next month) and Rowena Cory Daniells‘ The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin trilogy (The King’s Bastard and The Uncrowned King, out now, and The Usurper, due out next month), we’re holding an all-kings-themed competition.’
All you have to do is name your favourite king. So drop over and try your luck!
Or I could describe myself as a a small boat upon a stormy sea.
It is the end of trimester and I am entering the Long Dark Tunnel of Marking … cue dramatic music. I won’t be surfacing until it is all done as well as the Moderation. As we run an accelerated course there is a very short turn around time. So I will be ‘head down’ until I can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Not sure how often I’ll get to blog, as I also have to read the ROR books and write reports before dashing off to our workshop and World Con. All this is good, but a challenge. Just as well I am a mother of six, superwoman!
If you go to Overclockers.com.au once a week you’ll find a selection of funny pics from around the web. My pick for this week is a Starwars spoof.
Couldn’t resist. If you want to see all of the Overclockers pics go to this wiki file. Meanwhile, here are a couple more.
This one is from Overclockers, too. And this last one came through at work.
Don’t you love the internet?
Here we are at Trent’s book launch. That’s Marianne de Pierres on the left, Trent with his books, then I’m behind him in the pink beret (was having a bad hair day, the curls would not behave) and Kylie Chan.
It was a great evening over at Avid Reader in West End. The previous two days we’d have pouring rain then gale force winds. Everything settled down so the garden terrace was still and the night was clear. There was standing room only as Trent’s friends and family came to support him. Marianne and I have known Trent for fifteen years since the Vision Writers group started and he’s been part of ROR for the last 9.
Books and writers aren’t made over night. You put in a long apprenticeship and then once you are published the work gets harder!
Feeling very proud and happy for Trent.