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
This year, I was going to the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, in New Zealand. (ConZealand) At one of the first cons I went to - Continuum in Melbourne - I became a voter in the site selection ballot, and hoped to attend the Con if NZ won. Being an Australian, I knew it would … Continue reading ConZealand is Coming!
This is a phrase commonly heard in our house. In fact, I thought it just now. I'm sure it's not commonly heard in most houses, because generally, socks don't make much noise. I suppose you could say that some socks make noises - if they're being worn inside you might possibly hear sliding type noises … Continue reading I Hear a Sock
I'm currently deep in editing the sequel to Amethyst Pledge. As I've been working my way through the story, I have been struck by how often I need to tighten the dialogue, the sentences and the structure. It's pretty normal stuff for a writer - reading back what you wrote, to discover that some of … Continue reading Writing Moments
This week Frontier Incursion went on sale. And for a brief moment, (well two days, actually). it was a number one bestseller on amazon.com.au and also Kobo. It was a very exciting moment, so I took a screenshot just to make sure I never forget. It's an exciting moment for an author, even if it's … Continue reading What A Week!
A week ago I wrote a post called It's Not About Me. This last week has been momentous - everywhere. While the global pandemic continues, the spotlight this week has been shifted to #BlackLivesMatter. The catalyst has been the death of George Floyd in the US. Here in Australia, we've seen protests as well - … Continue reading It’s About Us
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