It's Sunday night, and I have 'been in' New Zealand most of the past week at ConZealand, this year's WorldCon. By 'being in' New Zealand, I was of course referring to being at the convention 'virtually.' This has been the very first completely online WorldCon, courtesy of COVID-19. As everyone has been fond of saying … Continue reading Well, That Was An Interesting Week…
The COVID situation in Australia has become a bit precarious. Today, Victoria clocked up 459 cases and 10 deaths. NSW managed another 14 cases. From what seems to be a catastrophic failure of hotel quarantine, coupled with a variety of other factors, some places in our country stand at a tipping point. You can follow … Continue reading Responsibilities
In times like this, when we're experiencing the first global pandemic in living history, the digital world is both a blessing and a curse. I live in NSW, Australia. My aged parents live in Western Australia, as does my sister and her family, our son, our niece, my sister in law, and much more of … Continue reading It’s Not About ‘Me’
It's been a year like no other so far. From drought, to fires and extreme heat, to a global pandemic, it feels sometimes like Australia is working its way through the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Slowly Australia is reducing restrictions due to COVID-19, but for some it's too slow, and some it's too fast. … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Things
Here is Australia, so far we've been incredibly fortunate in terms of coronavirus infection and mortality. Thankfully, our government instituted some fairly hard distancing measures soon enough with vigorous contact tracing and quarantining. We're also a very large island, so we've been able to shut down our borders very effectively. This is a great site … Continue reading Football and COVID-19
I've been thinking about how our language has suddenly changed in the last few months. Not so much individual words, but how we put them together. As a writer, language always interests me, and sometimes the way we change things annoys me. As an Australian who is now in her fifties, I much prefer the … Continue reading Language Shifts in a Global Pandemic
Social media and online connectedness is both a blessing and a curse at this time in history. It's a blessing in that I can video call my parents, who are in their 80s and 90s and are thousands of kilometres away. I can also keep in touch with our kids, who are also thousands of … Continue reading The Perils of Social Media During a Pandemic
This morning I had the weirdest shopping experience of my life. We were out of cat litter (we have three cats), and we needed both cat and dog (two dogs) food. Cat and dog spam below.... Boots Socks (Yes I know, but it wasn't deliberate.) Nosey Diva (small dog in big bed) and Jace (bigger … Continue reading A Letter To Our City Brethren
Everything's in flux. Things are currently changing daily, seemingly hour by hour. We're being slammed with all kinds of information, via media, government releases, and of course the Facebook meme. People are frightened, I understand that. This is the unknown menace, a fearful spectre of history, or a fanciful movie theme, and now it's here, … Continue reading Surely We Can Be Better Than This?
A few months ago, Australia was burning. We saw incredible scenes, from dramatic escapes and heroic actions by firefighters and other emergency services personnel to walls of flame moving faster than anyone could ever believe. We also saw incredible generosity - of finances, goods, and more than anything else, of spirit. We banded together as … Continue reading How to Respond?