April 28th, 2010



I didn't get very much done last night and I hate it when that happens. I ran Post Office errands after work (but I do that every day) and then I stopped by at my Mother's to sign some paperwork. And then I raced home and recorded Galactic Suburbia with random_alex, cassiphone and aifin. And then aifin helped me install a bunch of software that was not on my laptop including iPhoto and Garage Band. And then it was already nearly 10pm! I made dinner, finished off the March quilting block thanks to termagent who had posted me extra fabric (got to me in a day!) and then read and went to bed.

And see, that's not nothing, I know. And I had a massive headache. But it's a lot less than I usually do in an evening. And at the moment I have a ridiculous workload for Twelfth Planet Press so not getting to work on any of it in an evening makes me feel angsty. That's ok though, there's always tonight.

I did though enjoy the fact that I seem to have broken my habit of watching episode after episode of one TV show, whilst sewing or knitting, right up until falling asleep. Now I seem to have found a balance between sewing and reading, with reading a chapter or two of something before bed. It's funny that in some ways I have to give up something (progress on sewing projects) to gain something else (reading - which is important in order to be able to talk about something on the Podcast!). I feel better completing lots of little things - part of a quilting project, editing a story and reading a chapter of a book rather than one big thing - say reading a whole book or finishing a larger part of a sewing project.


Galactic Suburbia Show Notes

Episode 5 of Galactic Suburbia is up! You can download it directly from the site, or find us through iTunes.

In this episode, we discuss:

Shirley Jackson Award nominees
New Aqueduct Line to be released at Wiscon
Locus Award shortlist

A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy -Edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace

Twelfth Planet Press Mother’s Day Sale – and watch this space for the upcoming TPP fiction podcast, on alternating weeks to Galactic Suburbia

Gene’s feedback on fanzines, e-readers, and Galactic Suburbia in general.

What have we been reading?
Alex: Octavia Butler, Adulthood Rites; Libba Bray, Going Bovine; David Eddings, The Diamond Throne; Terry Pratchett, Making Money; China Mieville, The City and The City
Alisa: Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer; Fables.
Tansy: The Tale of the Imaginary Detective by Karen Joy Fowler, Gladiatrix by Rhonda Roberts, The Guild comic #1

What have we been listening to?
Tansy: Blake’s 7 audio plays, Terry Frost’s PaleoCinema

Pet Subject: Gender disparity in Aust SF single author collections.

* Alisa is gathering a list of all single author spec fic collections, to compare those by women against those by men.
* Haven’t heard of as many as the female authors, males seem far more likely to self publish, no female flash collections. Publisher more likely to take a risk on a male author’s collection?
* Been really hard to gather information to complete this research – even curufea did a search for me at NLA and all I have discovered is that the meta data is not entered well enough to do this easily.
* Listeners, please comment to the blog post to add more works from either gender to the current list because I know it can’t be complete.
* Also interesting comment by Rob Hood about early Australian writers and the idea that Henry Lawson et al is where Aus specfic has grown from – the Australian Gothic – do we agree?
* Are female writers more likely to get YA collections published, or have collections labelled as YA. And are they less likely to be considered as part of the “zeitgeist”

Please send feedback, emails etc. to: galacticsuburbia@gmail.com


Announcing new podcast: TwelfthPlanetCast

As announced in last night's episode of Galactic Suburbia, Twelfth Planet Press will be releasing a second fortnightly podcast, starting next week.

TwelfthPlanetCast will preview forthcoming Twelfth Planet Press fiction for your listening pleasure, in alternate weeks to Galactic Suburbia.

Episode 1 features Nick Evans reading "One Saturday Night, With Angel" by Peter M Ball, which is to be published in the suburban anthology Sprawl later this year.

Watch this space for more details.

ball of yarn

March Quilting Block

This block took me ages to visualise but when I did get there, I really enjoyed it. It was very fiddly and I had to take a leap of faith with the fussy cutting but here it is:

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For termagent - whose brief was to try something to do with fussy cutting or tessellations. My Mum helped me with the pattern and I sneaked a peak at catundra's fussy cutting. And I yelled and sighed and got stuck a lot before taking the plunge.

I think this is the block I am most proud of so far.