January 9th, 2008


ASif! Fairy

We had a bit of end of year fun at ASif! with some of us participating in an ASif! Fairy exchange.

I got visited last night by the ASif! Fairy by mail! I got a lovely card from the fairy herself, some yummy chockies and a beautiful piece of fabric! What a lovely gift! Thank you so much whoever was my fairy - so very thoughtful!


No internet. At home. Still. I hate Telstra. A lot. I could bore you with the details but ... you know... they are boring. So I should have it by Friday. I hope. But then. I have abandoned all hope with the whole thing so... kathrynlinge kindly came on Monday and set up all my wireless. So ... I really really hope I have internet by the weekend. I am so behind on LSS I cannot even bear to think about it.

Shiny 3 is in proofing stage which is cool (and on track).
2012 is in all sorts of various stages across the stories. It looks like a mess but soon some of the proofs will be finalised and get handed over to catsparx and reduce my to do list. Allowing me to get stuck into my e-normous ASif! To Do List.

In the interests of ... well... me!

So I was feeling rather low and miserable on Sunday and I didn't want to. I didn't want to feel weak and powerless so I decided to take control. I've been ruminating and wallowing just a tad (ha!) and well .. it's not healthy and it doesn't get me anywhere but sad and hurt. I caught Oprah one day this week and they were talking about how when you focus on something small you make it very big. So I was thinking ... how bout I spend January on detox from thinking about the ex? Why don't I work on letting it go? Cause .. it's gone. And I can't move on until I let it go and I can't be ready to meet new people until I let it go and I can't be happy until I let it go.

So I figured that the best thing to do was get myself a big ol' enormous to do list to concentrate on. It will keep my head busy so I can break bad thought habits and it will be productive so I will feel like I am getting somewhere and has the added bonus of massive achievement by the end of the month. Also, I thought I would address things on the list that I need to do to move on. Cause I've been kinda not doing some of them just yet. The hope is that by the end of January, I would feel ready to write a 2008 to do list because I would have put 2007 behind me. And for all this .. I also earn me some kind of reward (yet to be decided).

Here's my list:

1. Finish properly moving into my new place
2. Lose 2kg
3. Release Shiny Issue 3
4. Send 2012 to layout
5. Read 360 short stories for LSS 2008
6. Complete 2 Sea Rescue Shifts
7. Have a family housewarming afternoon tea
8. Plan a housewarming party
9. Watch and review 4 episodes of Buffy
10. Set a 2008 Budget and get it on track
11. Get a puppy of my own (thinking maybe this would be a cool bday gift)
12. Watch 2 movies out of my DVD collection
13. Finish blogging up all the 2007 LSS stories I liked
14. Write 4 reviews for ASif!
15. Read 2 books for fun
16. Put all my knitted baby goods up on my etsy store
17. Finish my Arc de Triomph cross stitch
18. Use up one of my body butters

So yeah it's a long list but each thing is there to work on an aspect of feeling better about myself and my life. I'm quite proud of it, looking at it now, especially if I get it done!!! Am working like mad currently on items 1 through 4. Tomorrow I start Pilates at work and next week I will be adding Yoga. And I have given up sugar in my coffee and soft drink (eep).

Because of budget issues and extravangant spending of the past (for which I am now sorely regretful for), 2008 is going to be about finishing things: projects, reading piles and things that I have already started. This should limit my spending in recreational areas without limiting activity and make me feel better about things as I get down when I look at all the books I have bought that I have not read and all the craft projects I have started and moved on with. It should end up being a really productive year, I think.

Ditmar Season

Oh lookee here is that time of year again. My apologies for not getting the short story list up yet on ASif - I ran out of time when I was online on the weekend. I still have 20 submitted reviews in my inbox to publish on ASif!

Anyway ... it's my favourite time of the year when I kick the Ditmar Administrator's butt because all the category definitions suck. I'm currently getting the annual ruling on which category we should nominate ASif! in.

However, I want to publicly protest against the stupid category for Fan Achievement which has the eligibility of ... stuff that's not eligible anywhere else.

Fan Production is "This award is for work in any medium first published, released, or made available for public viewing in the eligible calendar year. The author or artist must have received no payment." So assuming this does not mean fiction or nonfiction pieces or artwork ... then anything else that was produced or viewed fits in this category - so podcasts, blogs, review websites, performance art, launches or other events. Anything that was produced and viewed in other words. So ahh .. what then does that leave that's not eligible here for Fan Achievement?

And ...should blogs, review sites, podcasts, discussion forums and event launches all really go up against each other in one category?

NB I won the award for Best Fan Achievement in 2007.

ASif! Donation Drive Raffle Prize Winners!

New winners for the prize draw:

Stephanie Campisi, Thomas Bull, Anna Hepworth, idling, deborahb, frankwu, Devin J, Carol Ryles, Peter Ball, Kylie Seluka.

Contact me to choose your prize.

Donations made whilst there are still prizes to win are eligible for the draw.

Thank you for your support. The total raised as of today is $2070.

2 copies of Troy
2 copies of Fantastic Wonder Stories (multiple Aurealis Award nominations)
1 copy of The Workers Paradise
1 copy of Encounters
1 copy of Elsewhere
1 copy of Outcast
1 email tarot reading
1 phone tarot reading
1 interpretation of the personal planets of an astrology chart
1 reiki treatment(in person is best, but can do distance healing as well)
1 facial massage
1 copy The Mother, 1 copy Prismatic, 1 copy Carnies - choose an ex-judging copy
2 copies of Borderlands Issue 9
1 copy of Scale of Dragon, Tooth of Wolf by Sue Isle
1 copy of Wolf Children by Sue Isle
2 copies Flashspec Vol 2
2 copies of Backstreets by Robert Hood
1 set of the four Shades novels by Robert Hood
2 copies of Crosstown Traffic edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden & Robert Hood
1 signed copy of Fivefold by Nathan Burrage (due out in January)
1 copy of In Bad Dreams
1 copies of C0ck
2 copies of the Issue 1 of Henry & Gil vs the Infinity Engine by Grant Watson and Edward J. Grug III
1 copy of Polyphony 6
1 copy of Swans Over the Moon by Forrest Aguirre
5 copies of Fables and Reflections
2 copies of Bad Case of Loving You by Laney Cairo
4 copies of Shiny Issue 1
5 copies of New Ceres Issue 2
1 copy of Potato Monkey Issue 5 (the final issue!!)
1 copy of Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
1 copy of The Iron Grail, Book 2 of the Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock

Winners Alex Pierce (26 Lies, One Truth, Gastronomicon), Ian Mond (Angriest Video Clerk), Martin Livings (26 Lies, One Truth), Gary Kemble (Daikaiju 3), Robert Hook (surprise), Ben Payne (Dalek pack), Chris Barnes (Sea Castle, Polyphony), Cat Sparks (Dalek pack, Swans Over the Moon), Rachel Holkner (ASIM Subscription), Matthew Farrer (surprise), Garth Nix (Dalek pack), Bren MacDibble (The Worker’s Paradise), Thomas Bull (Fables and Reflections), Phill Berrie (Celtika), Tehani Wessely (C0ck)


ASif! Discussion Forum Coordinator Wanted

ASif! is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to facilitate the ASif! Discussion Forum series in 2008. The successful applicant should have guaranteed daily access to the internet, strong communication skills, be willing and able to facilitate online discussion about specfic (works and topics) as well as well-developed internet, computer and organisational skills.

The tasks will include:
- liasing with future guests
- introducing guests to the forum audience
- moderating discussion

Interested parties should contact the Executive Editor at girlie dot jones @ gmail dot com

New Twelfth Planet Press Pub

In case you hadn't already heard, Ben's new absurdist webzine Dog Versus Sandwich has launched. Check out the first story here. He plans to put out a new story each week.

Soon we shall have our Twelfth Planet Press website up and it will be less of an adventure trying to keep up with all our ongoing projects. I promise.

On my sister

I had this horrible dream last night that my sister died. It was a very distressing dream.* So I texted my sister to tell her that I love her and I had this horrible dream. Her response? "I hope it was not a premonition. I just bought new shoes"

Ah she cracks me up for so many reasons.

* In Jewish culture, we say that it is a good dream when you dream someone dies - it means that Gpd has added years to their life.