July 29th, 2008


2008 Eisner Awards

... were awarded at Comicon (July 24-17)

Best Short Story: “Mr. Wonderful,” by Dan Clowes, serialized in New York Times Sunday Magazine

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Justice League of America #11: “Walls,” by Brad Meltzer and Gene Ha (DC)

Best Continuing Series: Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Vertigo/DC)

Best Limited Series:The Umbrella Academy, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse)

Best New Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty, and Andy Owens (Dark Horse)

... check out the website for the rest.

New Moon

... ooops!!! I stayed up till 1am this morning and finished it. Am very tired now but feel very accomplished.

I must say that I am probably the last of the Last Short Story crew to figure this out but ... it's so lovely to read a novel. Again. It's been a ridiculously long time since I have read one fiction novel from beginning to end, and nothing else. Just picked it up in any spare moment and felt completely absorbed in the story till it was done. The experience reminds me how much I love reading and how fantastic it is to get lost in a good book.

Sigh. Yes. I have thousands of shorts stories in my inbox to be read. I need though, I think, to balance my reading a bit better than I have. 30 books a year is not enough.

On the other hand, thanks to LSS, I do read much much faster than I used to. And that can only be a good thing.


Now - vampires v werewolves

Probably there will be discussion of plot about Stephenie Meyer's books in the comments - I've not read Book 3 so pleeease don't spoil it for me!!!

I'm very much thinking about vampires versus werewolves. And it seems lots of you about the place are kinda going werewolves. Maybe that's cause of the set up in these books but, me? I've always been a vampire kinda gal. I'm all for the dark and the brooding. And the forever young and beautiful (you never see vamps over 30). And then of course the sexy neck biting - which has always been sexy, and used as a euphemism for all kinds of forbidden sexual acts.

But a werewolf? I don't get it. Sure they're strong and powerful and can run fast. But they get hairy when the moon is full. They dribble at the mouth like dogs. And they rip their prey to pieces with their teeth. Where's the attraction in that??

Curious minds want to know.


STARBUCKS' 980 local employees are in the dark about their jobs today, with the coffee chain staying mum on rumours it will close some of its local stores or even exit Australia altogether.

Starbucks stores around the country are shutting early while managers meet company executives and staff are spoken to.

A Starbucks spokesman would not comment on speculation of cutbacks.

The company will issue a statement at 5pm (AEST) today.

Now who's laughing about the mug collection?

Art That Scares You


Ever read a short story by Paul Haines? Chances are that afterwards you needed a strong drink, strong cup of coffee, or a long shower. Paul is well known in the Australian speculative fiction community for writing the creepy stuff, the scary shit, the story that makes you go 'whoa' or 'aargh' or 'ewwwwww.' And we love him for it, because he does it so damn well.

Right now, Paul and his family are dealing with some scary shit of their own. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it. Money that he doesn't have.

The ART THAT SCARES YOU auction will be going live from artscaresyou from 14-28 August. Want to contribute?

This is a call to arms for artists, writers, craftspeople, publishers, and anyone who has weird freaky things living in their attic that they want to share. We are currently looking for pledged donations of art, craft, books, baking and other items or services - they don't have to match our ART THAT SCARES YOU theme but we'd love it if they did.

Email artscaresyou@gmail.com to let us know what you would like to contribute to the auction, and we will let you know what to do next.

Or just visit artscaresyou from 14-28 August to bid in the auctions, nab some great stuff and help out a really great guy.

In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation via paypal click here:


Warning for Wednesday

Just a quick heads up that I am at a work planning day all day tomorrow and won't be online till afterwards ... 6pmish. This will, of course, be harder for me than for you but just wanted to let y'all know that's the go in case you send me an urgent email and I take a while to reply.

Normal programming will resume tomorrow night.


Apparently the trick to feeling calm and prepared about doing something you don't really want to do, is to actually spend a serious amount of time ... preparing for it.

If I only I didn't insist on doing things the *hard* way.