March 28th, 2009


Another thing DONE

I have just finished proofing the final version of New Ceres Nights!

Was determined to get that done before bed tonight - after a long day of working in the CBD instead of my office for a sudden, last minute arranged meeting this morning. Then some crazy deadlines to meet for the afternoon. Picking up the puppy. Having friends round for dinner tonight - though that's cheating cause I didn't actually end up cooking anything at all.

I've been reasonably quiet the last few days as I have been working pretty much nonstop or else doing stuff in person. I have forgotten that feeling of intense pressure as deadlines loom and the work still to be done to meet it seems to not get smaller. That panic and feeling sick sensation. But I also forgot the rush of handing in the task. That's the bit that is kinda addictive.

Looks like NCN will be at the printers before the end of the weekend. And I can resume non panicked work sessions, full of catching up on emails and other jobs that got dropped in order to finish taxes, NCN and the couple of other important deadlines this week.

I think that's a yay?!

new ceres nights

New Ceres Nights - now preselling

New Ceres Nights is now available for presale within Australia only.

New Ceres, a planet in the outer colonies, embraced the Age of Enlightenment nearly two hundred years ago and refused to let go. Refugees and opportunists come to New Ceres in search of new lives, escaping the conflicts of the interstellar war that has already destroyed Earth.

New Ceres Nights presents thirteen exciting stories of freedom, debauchery, decadence, subterfuge and murder set against the backdrop of powdered wigs, coffee houses, duels and balls.

Debutante — Dirk Flinthart
The Widow’s Seven Candles — Thoraiya Dyer
Code Duello — J C Hay
Murder in Laochan — Aliette de Bodard
Tontine Mary — Kaaron Warren
Fair Trade — Stephen Dedman
A Troublesome Day for Jacky Midnight — Matthew Farrer
Prosperine When It Sizzles — Tansy Rayner Roberts
Candle to the Devil — Sue Isle
Blessed Are the Dead That the Rain Falls Upon — Martin Livings
The Sharp Shooter — Sylvia Kelso
Smuggler’s Moon — Lee Battersby
The Piece of Ice in Miss Windermere’s Heart — Angela Slatter

New Ceres Nights



Am off to immerse myself in the French Film Festival - about 40 films over one week. I'm trying to get to about 6 which will be a stretch for the schedule methinks.

This afternoon I am seeing "Seraphine".



Facebook is evil. It really does make you privvy to information you really shouldn't know. Since I have been following a particular cousin of mine, I have been increasingly becoming aware that he is a complete tool. Tonight, I have realised he is an utter knobhead. Before FB, I just had suspicions. Now though, I have proof.


He's a climate change denier who uses one piece of conflicting information to argue his point. He hates Obama. And he refers to his wife as "our good lady". Surely I am not genetically linked to this specimen?


Twelfth Planet Press New Website

The unbelievably kind and generous Rob Hood spent much of his two weeks of leave, which was for writing, working on a new website for Twelfth Planet Press.

It can be found here
Soon there will be a redirection for so that it will all be operation systems normal. But far sleeker and easier to navigate.

I'll be popping a bit more info up on the website over the next couple of days too.

Also we have a forum that you can join up to as well:



I changed my hair colour.
I did a nice chunk of a manuscript assessment
Got "beautified"
Enjoyed a really beautiful French Film - Seraphine - about Seraphine Louis or Seraphine de Senlis, French painter.
Had a bath
Did a minimal amount of finances
Finished Season 1 BSG
Answered some emails