Yesterday morning I got up and went outside to check the rain gauge. We'd had some rain forecast, and there had been a light sprinkle when we went to bed. It's been dry - really dry here. Total rain for 2018 - 120.8mm, compared to an average at this time of year of 395.6mm. Even … Continue reading Drought and Spiders
I'm currently doing a very hefty rewrite of the second book in a series. The first one will come out later this year, and I've seen some absolutely marvellous concept cover art from Jade at Steam Power Studios. I really can't wait to see the finished thing, but back to what I was wrestling with … Continue reading Asking the Big Questions
I live in rural NSW. Although I'm not a farmer, I know quite a number who are, both in my personal life and my professional life. As a town dweller, I can bemoan how dry the countryside is, but it doesn't have quite the same impact on me that it does on my farmer contacts. … Continue reading Drought, Governments, and City-Centric Focus
Over the last few weeks I've watched a number of movies and series. They include Jessica Jones (Netflix), Annihilation (Netflix), Red Sparrow (at the cinema), and Black Panther (at the cinema) I've been struck by the differences and similarities between them, and the way women are represented in each of them. The character of Jessica … Continue reading Comparisons
I thought long and hard about whether I'd join in on this hashtag, but in the end, I thought it was too important to let the opportunity pass by. Most of the time the header goes something like: "Me too... If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as … Continue reading #MeToo
The world can be a complicated place. Now in my fifties, I often think this. I suppose we all do to some extent. It's not thinking about 'the good old days' as such, but contemplating just how much our world has changed since I was born. Quite a few things have happened when I think … Continue reading Interconnectedness
My phone has an app attached to our national broadcaster, the ABC (or Australian Broadcasting Corporation), which sounded its familiar ABC breaking news music this morning. As normal, I looked down to see what was happening, to discover that there had been an explosion at a concert in the UK. We now know that over … Continue reading Why?
I was thinking quite a lot about being a woman today, probably because it's International Women's Day. I've just watched a short video about books, which demonstrates the relative proportions of books that 1) actually feature girls, 2) feature girls who speak and 3) feature girls who aren't princesses, waiting for their prince charming. The … Continue reading Ponderings
Here in Australia, 2016 saw the longest election campaign in history except for one. In 1954, Robert Menzies had a campaign that lasted ninety four days between calling the election and the actual election. Our elections are governed by some rather complex arrangements, but generally, an election occurs each three to four years into the … Continue reading Elections and Other Stuff
As I write, I'm sitting here in my pyjamas, trying not to fall asleep. It's Sunday evening, and I've spent today and yesterday helping to 'bump in' our local production of The Sound of Music. I still have paint under my fingernails, despite the shower, and I'm rather tired. However, I'm home, and some of … Continue reading Being Busy, Yet Again.