January 14th, 2009


Thank you!

Thank you to the kind anonymous person who gifted me an extension of 12 months to my paid livejournal account.

I'm humbled and sincerely touched.

Thank you.

this n that

I have decided not to go to the second yoga class for the week, which is at lunchtime. I really really want to want to go. But I don't. And I have a headache. And I'm going to the gym after work. So ... yeah.

Also. I just heard my promotion has FINALLY been signed off - wasn't the me getting the promotion that was the issue but the whether the job needs to be filled aspect - Dept trying to find cutbacks yadda yadda yadda. I hedged my bets and have been doing the work for it anyway so I guess that's a win and I'm not behind in the workload.

I'm finally starting to sleep better. I think it could be the increased hydration - though to be fair even with lots and lots of trying, I haven't been able to nudge my % up by anything at all noteworthy yet. It could also be the getting back into my exercise routine this week too.

I had a really odd dream though about the ex. He's been a bit on my mind this week. I finally am starting to see how that equation might work - that it takes like a third of the time you were together to get over someone? I am long over him emotionally but there's lots of fragments of things still to process, things to miss, things to balance - this was good here, but that was not, this I could live with, this I couldn't. That kind of thing. That might also be called "perspective". And that's a nice thing to get too - helps to get back to a balanced place and be less bitter and hurt about things.

Last night I didn't get much work done. (You can always tell where I'm at if you can see my status in gmail - that's the number of emails in my inbox, people often ask me, and it includes slush to read and stories and reviews to edit as well as emails to reply to) I had a bit of a chat with my date for Sunday night and he seems very lovely and I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be fun and casual. Just what I want. I also inhaled a lot of Heroes. I'm loving it still. Tonight I think is Chapter 18/19. It's a great show! I think Hiro and Ando are my favourite characters. Though, it is kind of a bit of a pain cause you have to read the subtitles so I have to put my sewing down whenever they are on.


Oh Barnaby

NATIONALS firebrand Barnaby Joyce has launched a fresh attack on emissions trading, drawing parallels between environmentalists and Nazis.

Senator Joyce warned of the rise of "eco-totalitarianism" and said he would not be "goosestepping" along with them.

-- snip--

Senator Joyce rejected a suggestion he was a climate change denier and drew a parallel with the Holocaust, the murder of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II.

"Climate change denier, like Holocaust denier, this is the sort of emotive language that has become stitched up in this (emissions trading) issue," he said.


Being both a Jewish person AND an environmentalist I feel ... commentary on this is unnecessary.

ETA: I should add that I didn't take his comments as anti-semetic but rather as a dated old man who should get with the program. As an environmentalist, I think we should spend time nutting out the best way forward with carbon emissions taxes (personally I'd like to see pollution taxes instead) but that they are inevitable and he should just get with the program already. He used to amuse me but now I just find him ... irritating.


Elsewhere in the news

-- they are running the cheerleader story I blogged last week. Proving that Aust really is about a week behind the rest of the world, or perhaps Aussie journos are a week behind my inbox

-- a man spent three weeks hacking into his girlfriend's Nintendo DS Game so that it finishes with a marriage proposal from him. The best bit of that story is the bit where she tells him she's getting tired of the game before she gets to the end. heh.

-- and last week a man proposed to his girlfriend via Twitter. That means it's only a matter of time before people are getting dumped by Twitter. And I spose Facebook status updates too.


Well that got some attention

An Olympic gold medallist from Switzerland and a sun-seeking teenager from England are among the 200 people who have applied for the "best job in the world" - caretaker of Hamilton Island.

Interest in the $150,000 job has been so intense that the website advertising the position crashed several times this morning.

-- snip --

Launched as a viral marketing ploy intended to draw attention to the state's holiday destinations, the campaign is expected to generate $70 million worth of publicity worldwide.

And it's already working, with more than 800,000 people flooding the job website in two days.




I need to get some friends, somewhere, who hanging out for drinks or coffee does not result in further ridiculous additions to my recommended reading list.

Or I need an extra set of eyes.

One of the two.


on that debate thing that happened some posts ago here

I just wanted to post that there is still discussion going on about women writers in SF/F in my posts from the weekend. And it's really cool to be able to say that pretty much most of the comments have been really well written, offering a wide range of perspectives and raising some really interesting points. There are some threads really worth wading down to where some really fascinating and deep discussion is going on.

There's a lot to read and a lot to consider and I feel very humbled by much of the discussion and how more thought out and eloquent these comments are than my original post. In other words, read the comments, they say it better than I did.

I spose now I have to go ahead and finish the research I was doing and actually write the piece up. I certainly feel that I owe it to the ongoing discussion. There were also some really great suggestions of how to go about trying to answer some of the additional questions which were raised. And I think it would be worth doing to build on what has been said and debated.

If you are a publisher and have statistics on gender of submissions to your market or know a publisher who may have these, please consider contributing them to the discussion or asking for others to do so. I can be contacted at twelfthplanetpress @ gmail dot com and am interested in any information that can be gathered, both in defense or contradictory to what I argued.

I will make available the information I gather so that it can be accessed, whether I write it up or not.

I send you now to cassiphone's round up of the whole discussion. I have to admit this bit really is the most interesting new part of it for me:

In this particular wave, I found that the reader perspectives were the most interesting, and I really enjoyed looking at the questions of - why men like to/don't like to read female stories or female authors, why women are more socialised to enjoy/understand/get male stories than vice versa, why some people don't think of gender in their fiction at all, why some people can't help but think about it all the time. These are awesome questions, and I'd love to see more discussion on them. Particularly positive discussion about authors and protagonists people really love, who provide them with a different gender perspective than their own.


Twelfth Planet Press Numbers

Numbers for Shiny Submissions:

129 Submissions
64 Female
61 Male
4 Unknown

Of these, we bought 5 by female writers and 1 by a male writer and as of this date, 9 remain unprocessed.

198 Submissions
94 Female
94 Male
10 unknown

Of these, we bought 7 by female writers and 2 by male (in this case same author)

In 2007, the editors of Shiny were me, Tansy and Ben. And we bought the stories that we thought were the best in the slush pile. We actually never fought about any and we didn't consider gender at any point.

Issue 1 - 66% female, 66% local content
Issue 2 - 66% female, 66% local content
Issue 3 - 100% female, 0% local content

In 2008, the editorial board changed, Tansy left early and I don't think had much to do with the buying of stories. Ben and I worked on it for a while, then Tehani came on board and then Ben left. I can't remember at which issue it became 100% female - editing of Issue 4 definitely but Ben might have helped choose some of those stories. I think Issue 5 is the first that is definitely 100% female editorship in terms of stories bought and edited.

Issue 4 - 66% female, 33% local content
Issue 5 - 100% female, 66% local content (and will be released in 2009)

Again, we only bought the stories that we thought were the best in the slushpile and never considered gender at any point.

Of note, Trent Jamieson's story "Cracks" has been reprinted in the local Year's Best (Volume 4) and is nominated for an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Fiction. Sue Isle's story "The Sun People" won a Tin Duck for Best WA Short Story.

I'm not sure what can be concluded from these results or whether they are relevant to the discussion since we have already noted that Young Adult is a female-heavy genre. I suppose what is of interest is that we have about parity at submission stage and which could be taken to mean that women are writing better young adult short stories, at least what we see at Shiny. And to be honest, for me, that is very much true. (And for some reason reminds me of the giant penis slush-story-from-hell as offer of evidence. Heh, I made Ben and Tansy read it just so I wasn't the only one who had. And I still feel a little bit sick)

I offer the following numbers by way of balance, though I feel they are not worth very much as they are probably not statistically significant.

For the Twelfth Planet Press Novella series:

21 Submissions
18 Male
3 Female

And I have bought 3 in total, all by male writers. And two remain unprocessed. In this case, women have not been submitting and one of these was not in line with submission guidelines as it was a full length novel.
Draw from these numbers what you will. Are my anthology stats of interest?