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A Few Assorted Things

Hey! Long time no blog right? I’ve been having a bit of a rough patch and everything is a tad hard right now. I’m in the final slog of my Post Grad Diploma (6 weeks to go!!! maybe less, I’m trying not to think about that too hard!). There isn’t an awful lot of the good writing stuff going on while I try to hold myself together and knock out final assignments, but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel and I can’t wait to get there!!!

So in the meantime, here are a couple things you might be interested in!

The lovely Leigh K. Hunt has Tijuana Nights, the first book in her Nights series, for free at Amazon right now! GO grab it quick because I think it closes really soon. 

Also, the Audio version of Baby Teeth is out now thanks to the awesome people at Dynamic Ram Audio Productions! If you have something creepy a kid has said to share, go comment on this post to have a chance to win your own copy!

And finally, I’m sharing a link for a post I’ve not read the entirety of, but it’s an interview with Beth Morey who is a very talented artist and writer. Her fierce determination to grow and become, and her passion for life are things I find really inspirational. Plus, she’s just a great person. 

I hope everyone else is doing great! I’m hoping to have some fun writing related stuff to share with you in the near future, but for now it’s back to the grindstone – hey, maybe I can finish these last assignments early? lol How can it almost be the end of August?? 

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42nd Parallel Launches

Yesterday, the first post went live on a new project I hinted at in my first post of the year – 42nd Parallel, a group blog about all things SFF, which will feature posts from a range of fantastic writers I know, both in NZ and Australia. You can check out the contributors page here.

So, what IS the 42nd Parallel? Here is the guts of it, straight from the about page:

Welcome to the 42nd Parallel. We’re a group of bloggers and authors who are passionate about science fiction and fantasy in all styles and forms. We’re particularly interested in promoting SFF from Australia and New Zealand as it tends to be lesser known and, we believe, different. We’re also interested in SFF that explores race, gender and locations that aren’t euro-centric.

Don’t get me wrong, we all grew up on Tolkien and Eddings and McCaffrey and other classics. But the world has grown and expanded, and we want to look further, to works that explore different cultures and viewpoints.

Coming from the culture that brought the world such seminal works as On The BeachMad Max and Under the Mountain, we believe there’s more to SFF than ancient kings and white men in space.

We want to build a community of passionate fans who love to explore new worlds and new ideas. So come and join us.  Have your say. You can even contribute to the blog with news or articles if you like.

The first entry is Sci-Fi in need of a good laugh? by the awesome Graham Storrs, and today my first post about Hearthstone will be going live. We’re going to be having a slew of posts in the first weeks, after which you can expect about 2 updates per week on a whole range of things – movies, games, books, anything sff.

Personally I’m very much looking forward to having a place where I can get all fangirl about whatever takes my fancy 😉

If you’re on facebook, come on over and give us a like!

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Calling Time-Out on Facebook

Recently I stopped logging into Facebook. It’s something I’ve been mulling over for awhile now but didn’t feel like I could make that step into actually doing something about it until the end of last week.

I like to see what everyone is up to. I love seeing pics of family and friends. I don’t post many status updates, but when I do, it’s often fun and I like hearing what people have to say.

The problem is that things happen on Facebook that suck my energy. In some ways I guess there is TOO much information. Too many posts there to hook me into thinking about things that are probably don’t need to be worrying about. And I, for one, am totally over having my energy diverted into such activities.

So, I’m off it for awhile, until I figure out what I want to do with it. I know that other people use it without getting caught up like I do, so the problem lies with the way I am using it, not the website. I’m hoping that this, along with other small changes, will help give me back some more mental space for writing – because SURELY not clicking onto Facebook twenty times a day has got to free up some time. The world will keep going without me knowing what everyone else is up to from one minute to the next.

At least, I think so… 😉

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Here and there

I’ve recently started expanding my net presence, and while I am still very much a newbie to all the ins and outs, rather than making life more difficult it seems to be making life easier!

While looking through Goodreads, I worked out that because I have stories in some anthologies that are on the site, I could become a Goodreads Author. Seems crazy on some levels, I’ve only had a few stories published, but hey, I’m not going to complain 🙂 It feeds my blog posts through to my goodreads page as well by the looks.

I now have a ‘page’ over on Facebook for my writer stuff. It feels a bit odd having my own page, but hey, it’s there now! I’ve discovered that when I post updates to it, it sends them through to twitter which is pretty neat – I can now be present both on FB as well as twitter, without too much hassle.

Until now I rarely used FB for anything other than checking in on family and friends, so it’s great that it can be useful for other stuff too. So far, my page isn’t very pretty or anything, but hopefully over time I’ll master it. Head over and *like* me if you’re on FB!

I’m using networked blogs as well, which auto posts any blog to my FB personal page as well as my writer page, and twitter as well.

It does feel odd, but it feels good as well. It wasn’t that I was hiding that I am a writer, but I wasn’t letting a good chunk of my friends and family know about it. Now I’m out there, being public with it. I certainly wouldn’t be doing things that made more work for me, but now when I post a blog it’s everywhere without me having to think about it, and when I write a message it’s on facebook and twitter. Who knew it could be this easy?

If you have a facebook page, let me know so I can like you back. And if I’m not connected with you on Goodreads, I’d love to be!

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Friday, woo!

Ended up not doing anything yesterday – other than spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook. I remember why I avoided it for so long now! Horrible horrible timesink… tempting little games and frivolity.

Anyways… today is Friday, end of the week, first time that Ivy is only down at daycare for half a day rather than a whole one on Fridays. We did some gardening (wish my camera wasn’t flat because Lauren was so beautifull dirt covered by the end of it! She’s going to be a great garden helper I think, if I can prevent her from pulling up the plants I want to keep…), pottered around and it’s almost time to drop her off. It’s been nice actually.

Oh, Ivy has just started to get ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – I think it’s because until now she’s happily watched her programmes on Playhouse Disney, but she’s old enough now to be getting bored with them and wanted to try out another channel. And the shows are so different, she said to me this morning – thats a bad guy, and thats the good guy – and I realized that until that point they had all just been people, some who make good decisions some who don’t.

It made me think back to the conversation we had about why the Phantom (of Phantom of the Opera, her fav movie until she saw the Labyrinth last year) was being so ‘mean’ to Raoul and Christine. We had a big talk about how sometimes when people are sad (in this instance because Christine loves Raoul) they get angry and do mean things, we had lots of really quite deep conversation about it, and related it to every day life, and she could see how sometimes when she is upset about something she gets mad. It all made sense. There were reasons why people behaved in the way they did, why they made the choices that they did.

And now it’s simply that some people are bad and some are good – there is no reasoning behind it.

It’s an interesting shift. I wonder how long it will last? I guess as long as the TV shows she watches portray some people as bad and some as good. I guess I find it a little disturbing, but I can’t put my finger on why exactly.