July 14th, 2008


Wastelands II Convention

(ahem .... if you check out the Draft Program you'll see there is a lovely spot set aside for a TPP book launch ... I'm still looking for the novella for that launch so ... send em to me at twelfthplanetpress@gmail.com)


Steampunk * Victoriana * Futurism

We're proud to announce WASTELANDS II, AGE OF IRON will be October 18, and 19th 2008 at the Good Earth Hotel in Perth, WA.

Wastelands II, Age of Iron is a two day convention focusing on the futures of yesterday, and the glories of tomorrows that never were. There will be two streams over two days. including workshops, panels, and presentations. Discounts for people dressed in theme. Elements covered will include Multimedia, Writing, Graphic Design, Art, Costuming and other areas. Events included will also cover other areas of interest not strictly tied to the "core" theme.

Our Guest of Honour is Nick Stathopoulous, multiple award winning, Hugo-nominated, and Archibald Award Finalist Artist and all round great guy. He is incredibly talented and one of the most sought after artists for book covers in Australia.

Our Local Guest of Honour is Alisa Krasnostein. Alisa is the CEO of Twelfth Planet Press and very active in the small press industry in Australia. She is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of Australian Specfic In Focus (ASiF!). Alisa's projects are too numerous to mention, including a goal to read over 5,000 short stories this year as well as run her own publishing company.

Fan Guest of Honour is Tommo Eitelhuber. Tommo has been very active in the fan community, and been endlessly helpful to a number of Swancon committees. He's also extremely passionate about music and his new wife.

Current draft program is up and it's just awesome! Please check it out, and if you would like to present a panel, show off something interesting, volunteer to be on one of the suggestions, or even just help out during the con, please let us know! We're getting excited around here, and we hope to see you there!

Farewell Istanbul

I'll likely not blog again till I am home - ahh, home sweet home.

I am packed. I have had my final dinner with D in Turkey. I have booked my shuttle to the airport tomorrow.

We have plans to meet up with P tomorrow at noonish to say final farewells and I plan to have my final Turkish coffee in these parts for this trip (more on coffee later ...)

Today was a bit moochy. I'll not say much about it. There was this hilarious moment though where D and I were waiting for the return shuttle back to our hotel and this American couple comes up to us and says "Where is Starbucks?" And D goes to give them directions which include: "There's this Pudding Shop ..." and the woman goes, "I know the pudding shop" and I just squealed with laughter (she lacked sense of humour and wasn't moved when I said, "it's our point of navigation") - it seems we weren't the only ones to use this shop to mark out Sultanahmet.

I have however done almost all the paperwork I brought with me and might try and mop up the rest after my internet time runs out. And I finished "First Amongst Sequels" which I thoroughly enjoyed. D wrote me a review for ASif and tried to submit it to me here .. ha! Am on hols, darling!!!

That's all sadly. I have very little left to report. There will be some final mop up posts when the others swap their photos with me and I will try and get one of my carpet when I unpack it at the other end - it's been so long I have forgotten what it looks like.

I am very much looking forward to getting home. Vaguely realise this includes going back to work at the end of this week (hi gals!!). Still - been missing everyone and my bed and my shower so ... it has been a fantastic trip and I am most definitely ready and enthused to throw myself back into my life at home.


I opened this to make a post and cannot for the life of me remember what it was going to be.

I can't believe my trip is over and it's all been done and blogged and I am going home. Did I really sit and have coffee with Z and E and everything? Already? Is it really over?

Bye bye Middle East!