October 24th, 2008



Ooh I had a sexy dream last night about someone a bit inappropriate. I blame cassiphone and being about somewhere in the middle of Cafe La Femme and it's random snogging!!!

I think I might like Pink. Does that make me a music sellout?

I only read two short stories yesterday.

Big weekend! Yay! But ... how is it the weekend, already?!

Also, this advice from my horoscope today: The key to success in a long-term relationship is compatibility.


Friendslist status

A big wave hello to all the new people who come round these parts. Thanks so much for reading me and to those who have recently friended me.

Mostly I try to avoid using the friendslock option when posting. One of my aims here is to try and keep as real and accountable a daily journal as I can. Obviously it is always going to be somewhat skewed in that I can still choose what I do and do not blog (and how annoying to those of you in RL who have started proclaiming "You can't blog this!" *grump*!). I want this blog to always be open and honest and I hope to provide a voice on things that often go unsaid about what it's like to, I dunno, be a woman, an engineer, a chronic disease survivor, someone who grapples with the insanity of the world (and her head), a Jewess, an Australian, a science fiction lover ... I dunno ... a person?! I hope that in being a voice I can reach others and let them know that there is hope and understanding and compassion and friendship. And companionship. Too often we feel like we are walking through life on our own. And we don't have to be.

In any case, as my readership grows, I am faced with the issue of who I friend back. And that, I guess, has to do with why I have been friended, and what exactly I have in my friendslocked posts. Mostly I lock anything work related, though I very rarely blog about work directly. I also lock highly personal material. What? There's *more* personal stuff than what's in the open blog? There's not more personal stuff about me, but I do want to protect the privacy of others. So, I guess what I am saying is, if you are a writer and have come past and friended me, I figure you probably don't care about some post I make about the neighbours next door, or whatever, and that's why I haven't friended you back.

The other option, I spose, is to create an RL filter and only friend some people to that filter. It seems fiddly, but is a possibility. Anyone with thoughts on it?

We're in the process of building the Twelfth Planet Press website and I think much of the press-related material will end up over there, rather than here. It's kinda making me sad to think I will have to extricate the press from ... well, me. It actually feels in some way, like I am cutting a part out of myself. But in the future, the friendslist stuff may not end up being such an issue as writers will be able to find the sort of information like submission guidelines etc over there instead of here, and may not find the rest of me remotely interesting at all.

The question I find myself asking myself a lot lately is ... why do I always seem to go about things the hard way and dive in and think, "Oh well I can retroactivate that later"? Grrr!!!


And just to prove that I listen to noone ...

... I will contradict myself.

I finally got my work business cards - yay! Because my name is hard to spell and therefore so is my email address. When I got them to proof, I pointed out what looked like a typo, or mistake, which was half of the organisation's web address floating at the bottom of the card. I got them today and the very first thing I noticed was that they hadn't removed it, and it looks ridiculous. So I email the person who organised them and say that they haven't picked up the typo and I need the cards redone, cause they look stupid. And she says, "Do you mean the [half of the url], because that's standard and they can't take it off".

OMG. *headdesk* it looks ridiculous and it's not obvious that that's the main url because there is no www or http in front of it.

Working here feels like I am pushing the last 25 years of progress uphill with my pinky finger. Half the time you wonder why you bother and the rest of the time you have to explain that it's not *you* who is stupid, stubborn and not willing to listen to reason.


LSS Tally

To Read
Alisa: 623
Ben: 563
Tansy: 425
Alex: 691

Current total in Spreadsheet: 3572

LSS commentary.
Ben is on a brief hiatus. The only race to win is to zero left to read, since Ben already wins on stories read in total. I found some zeroing but also have been reading a bit. I bet the other two found the power of 0!

And it seems a total of 3 stories have mysteriously vanished from the total tally. The spreadsheet is so large and unstable now that I am not even going to pretend to look for them - also, at this stage, I don't much care.

And why yes, that was me tinkering around in the 2009 spreadsheet *grins*


New Ceres Issue 1 is free for download

Did you know that Issue 1 of the New Ceres ezine is free for download and always will be?

You can download it from here and it contains the first of the George Gordon stories by Dirk Flinthart.

The full table of contents:
"Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright" by Maxine McArthur
"Scandal at the Feast of Saturn" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"She Walks in Beauty" by Dirk Flinthart

From the New Ceres Papers
"Tale of the Veramaurs"
"Touring the Galaxy - A Guide - Vol 34, New Ceres"
"Biology of New Ceres"
"Lady C's Proper Composure in Society"
"Postcards from Georgiana"
"Planetary System"

The shared world of New Ceres (and surrounding system) is copyrighted under Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5, some rights reserved.

The writers and artists who contribute their works to New Ceres retain the copyrights to their individual works of art or writing, and must be approached individually for permission to reprint or otherwise use these works.

The standard contract for the New Ceres webzine requires all writers to release the original characters, worldbuilding details and history contained within their individual works into the shared world of New Ceres, for common use.

And some information on the project at large:

During the war that left Earth uninhabitable, refugees from the doomed planet fled to the outer colonies. Many of them found their way to New Ceres, a planet that embraced the Age of Enlightenment almost two hundred years ago, and has not yet let go.

The water may be green and spaceships may be landing on a regular basis, but New Ceres is a planet firmly entrenched in Eighteenth Century culture. Offworld technology is strictly forbidden to anyone outside the government, and powdered wigs are in fashion.

New Ceres initially appeared in 2006 with a second issue of the webzine following in 2007. The New Ceres project is set in a shared world where writers are free to play with genre, characters and worldbuilding. Tansy Rayner Roberts created the eyebrow-raising duo of La Duchesse and Pepin in her story “Scandal at the Feast of Saturn” in Issue 1 which Lucy Sussex picked up and ran with in her award-winning story “Mist and Murder” in Issue 2. This much-loved pair will be back for more scandal, this time in print in the upcoming New Ceres Anthology. Dirk Flinthart's George Gordon from “She Walks in Beauty” (Issue 1) will also reappear and in the meantime you can catch him in his new novella Angel Rising. Kaaron Warren brings some of the darker shades of New Ceres to light in her offering, “Tontine Mary”.

New Ceres isn't just about the characters we have grown to love. It's also about the undercurrent of dissent as an underclass is created through the mass absorption of refugees as seen in Stephen Dedman's “Sufficiently Advanced” (Issue 2) and Cat Sparks' “The Bride Price” (Issue 2). It's about the power and the glory of the Lumoscenti (Jay Lake's “Tower the Sun”, Issue 2) and it's about trying to control the unknown (Maxine McArthur's “Tyger Tyger”, Issue 1). For me, it's also about the coffee houses and the dresses (as seen in various pieces of 'nonfiction').

New Ceres is an exciting project. Each writer has stamped their own claim on pieces of this world and its story. Where will they take New Ceres next? Find out in New Ceres: the anthology! This book is scheduled to be released at Swancon 2009. A limited hard cover print run of 50 will accompany the standard print run.

OMG! I drink TWO cups a day, TWO

DRINKING just three cups of coffee a day can make women's breasts shrink, researchers say.

Nearly 300 women were surveyed about their bust measurements and how many cups of coffee they drank in an average day.

According to the Swedish researchers, three cups a day was enough to start making breasts shrink, with the effects increasing for every cup drunk.

and - phew:
Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight. They will get smaller, but the breasts aren't just going to disappear.



Finally. Our thunderstorm.


Have had lovely hot bath and relaxed with Cafe La Femme. Am all bendy and warm and snuggly now. And am *supposed* to be working!

Tomorrow I have three coffee outings! Gonna be buzzing by tomorrow night.


US Election

So, I'm going to be watching the counting of the votes etc of the US Election from 3pm on the Wednesday (that's two from now ie not next week but the week after) - I believe that's when the SBS coverage begins. Might check if one of the Foxtel news channels will be covering it more live than that.

I think the SBS coverage goes till 6pm so am assuming they are assuming the verdict will be in by then. If you are interested in watching it with others, feel free to drop past. RSVP and I will organise pizza ingredients or something similar ...