December 15th, 2008

2012

Watertight Lies, eh?

As 2012 approaches ... 2012 approaches

via deborahb - Man pleads guilty to killing neighbour over a water row: A man has admitted killing a neighbour whom he wrongly accused of ignoring water restrictions

Check out our brand new Twelfth Planet Website here where you can buy your own copy of the 2012 which also contains the Aurealis Awards shortlisted story "Fleshy" by Tansy Rayner Roberts.

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ASif! Podcast

So the mysterious 4 hour skyping on Saturday night was in aid of a new episode of the ASif! Podcast. We'd been talking about getting round to recording a new episode for oooh about a year now? And finally we got our act together. And it was so much fun that we plan to do these once a month and have been working on our programming schedule. It was so much fun that it makes me want to do as much reading prep work as I can over the next month to make sure I can keep up and play!

What's not fun about this? I got together with kathrynlinge and we called cassiphone and random_alex and then we talked about the works of a favourite author of ours. For two hours! kathrynlinge is producing this one and is currently editing it down to one hour. We'd each read different combinations of this author's books so we have different combinations of the four of us talking together at different points in the hour. There are moments that are very reminiscent of The View where we talk over each other in our enthusiasm - we'll work on that with the next one. And the sound quality is rough. And my mum calls me in the middle. But we want them to sound as much like an ASif! Book Club as possible. And I think we do get there.

We discuss all sorts of things including the books, young adult fiction, my love life, feminism in science fiction, changes in sf magazine publishing, reprints, gender and colour in science fiction. We have challenged each other to go away and read female science fiction writers and come back to talk about them in a later issue. I learned so much from listening to the others and as usual, came away with a to read list longer than my arm. I am enthused to read the rest of the works that I still have to go by this author.

The podcast should be uploaded over the coming weekend, hopefully. I'll let you know all the details as they come to hand!
Willow

Rudd Disappoints - AGAIN

THE Federal Government has ruled out a deep cut to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, believing the world will not get its act together on climate change soon.

The Government has set an absolute maximum cut to emissions of 15 per cent by 2020 - if the world signs an effective climate pact - in its greenhouse plan released today.

If no pact is signed, Australia will go with an unconditional 5 per cent cut in emissions.

These targets fly in the face of calls from scientists for countries to slash their emissions by 25 to 40 per cent to avert catastrophic climate change.

The Government says it's unlikely the world can forge a strong greenhouse agreement so its targets are realistic.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24801264-2,00.html

So, even though he campaigned strongly on this issue, the best he is offering is less than what is needed to avert catastrophic change. And then ... IF the rest of the world doesn't play, he is taking that deal off the table and offering 5%. Surely the point is to lead by example. Yet again the Australian PM is a disappointment. Where do we get these guys?! I want a refund!
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Twelfth Planet Press closing for the holidays

The Twelfth Planet Press offices will close for the holidays on December 23rd, 2008, and will re-open on January 5th, 2009.

Odd but true. I will be putting bounces on all the email accounts and I seriously will not be answering work emails, slushing, editing, proofing, posting out books or maintaining any of the websites.

I intend to catch up on reading books, catching up on reviews I owe and crafting. I am also going to be doing some house maintenance stuff and cooking. And catching up on movies I seem to have missed these last couple of years.

I'm taking a break. Course I'm working madly to be able to close up the office next Tuesday which is its own stress but there you go.

Willow

unexpectedness

That's what December is for me.

Oh and btw just found out I am having an interview this afternoon for my promotion. lalalalala.

ETA: It went well. It's to formally act in the role I have been doing and already interviewed for so as to gain experience in order to apply for this position in a more permanent basis, should that opportunity come up. Don't you love Government?

Willow

I'm BACK baby!

Heh. Earlier this year my sister and her husband bought a house. And they had to go on a budget. So there was much amusement and merriment over this fact. Then the bottom fell out of the world's finances and we got a ton of interest rate cuts and when we next saw my brother-in-law we asked him, how's the budget going and his reply was: "I'm BACK baby!"

So I've been stressing a bit cause I've had my own changes in finances with housing etc (And FOUR books for TPP). And so I've been talking a lot in person about budgeting and so on. I've been trying to balance my books for 2008 to figure out what I spent my money on to figure out what I think I can afford to spend money on in 2009 and what kind of budget I need to go on. Then I was out with my mum on the weekend and we were talking about some art or something that I wanted to buy and she was like, "but you're on a budget..." and I said, "Not with my promotion, I'm BACK baby!"

Heh, I think this is like some new family motto which my Dad will look at sternly and disapprovingly. Heh.

(And I'm still going on the budget! And continuing the yarn diet.)