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Thanking the Ditmar Crew!

Life is funny. Sometimes it hands you opportunities you never considered would come your way. Opportunities that seem to exist in another realm, for other people. People who probably do this kinda thing all the time, or at the very least have some kinda background in it. But instead the …

Continuum panel wrap: Writing diversely

I was lucky enough to convene the Continuum panel on Writing Diverse Genders, Sexualities and Cultures with Trudi Canavan, Louise Cusack & Gillian Polack. Chatting to some audience members later in the bar, we agreed we probably needed something more like 4 hours than 1. So to cover off all …

Continuum schedule

Like many of you, I’ll be at Continuum in Melbourne this week: Writing Different Genders, Sexualities And Cultures Friday 18:00 until Friday 19:00 (60 Minutes) Twelfth Planet Press Hour Friday 19:00 until Friday 20:00 (60 Minutes) I Don’t Get It! Friday 21:00 until Friday 22:00 (60 Minutes) Book Launch: Ishtar, …

Blog: In my absence, much happened

I’m back! WFC was great, Peter Beagle was absolutely charming, & the Mexican food was exceptional – especially at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where I was lucky enough to spend an evening with editor Danel Olson & some of the writers from TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GOTHIC. AND bunch of stuff happened back …

Off to WFC, for me

Thanks for paying attention during the Burnout series. I enjoyed that so much I’m already devising questions for another Blog Briefs tour. That ‘one paragraph’ mandate made for some great reading – & inspired writing. Don’t yer love when a constraint becomes a creative coup? Tomorrow I travel back in …

Oh, yeah, there was a WorldCon

I’ve never successfully managed a con report that did the con any justice, & this will be no exception. But I do want to list some of the highlights of a busy Melbourne weekend: * Best highlight ever #1: after not really thinking through the consequence of volunteering for a …

AussieCon

Next week in Melbourne, apart from copious eating of Melbourne food & some drinking (less so on the drinking; my liver is lonely without my gallbladder), I’ll be wandering about WorldCon trying not to think about how much time has passed since the LAST AussieCon in Melbourne’s Southbank Convention area. …

Bagged

Am in the eye of the storm on teh novel (aka BROKEN). Have just finished the BIGGEST edit so far, but I know it’s not the last. So I’m trying to relax & giving myself a few days off writing entirely. The effect of not-writing is to make me feel …

Conflux 2011

Is there anyone out there who is or might be involved with next year’s Conflux? Would you mind emailing me at deborahb AT livejournal DOT com? Tah! Edit: got it, thanks. :) Follow @deborah_b

Culturally worthwhile day

Body didn’t know, last night, if it was sleepy or awake. So alternated between the two states at random, testing them out. Asleep at 11pm, awake at 1am, 2am, 3am, 4… asleep at 9am, 10am… You see the pattern. Spent the night going to the window, burningly alert, staring out …

Arrival: SF (‘Frisco, that is)

Seriously, San Francisco is in good shape. The weather is perfect (I thought I was being optimistic packing t-shirts, but no. Turns out I was being pessimistic packing jeans). The Mexican is superb, especially from Hair of the Dog Cantina. The wander through Columbus Avenue, into City Lights Bookstore & …

My WFC schedule

On Saturday, 10am, I’ll be chairing this panel at the World Fantasy Convention: Why Steampunk Now? Steampunk is not only hugely popular right now but it is also a bit of an oddity in that it is simultaneously a literary sub-genre, a style of fashion, and a social movement. What …

Upside (the head, mostly)

On a day which can only be described as ‘on the cruddier side of cruddy’, I discovered that Dexter Season 4 is even darker than previous seasons. It unnerved me so much that at least one point I had to stop eating my dinner. … Hurrah! I also discovered, in …

Confluxing

While I think of it, I’ll partly be at Conflux this weekend, but have only signed up for the Mass Book Signing so far (in case anyone wants A Book of Endings signed! I mean, remember: they’re easier to eBay without the signature, right?). Working part-time has limited my financial …

Soooooooo….

An update! Firstly, my program items for Continuum include just one confirmed very cool, event: Reading with Sean Williams! Sunday 2.00pm Sun Sphere Yes, reading WITH Sean, who graciously agreed to my cunning plan to avoid reading my own stuff. The idea was planted in my head years back by …

And then

Continuum 3. Hilarity ensued. Neil Gaiman said he’d been lucky to have worked in comics, because ‘people mistook a form for a genre’, and so — in comics — he could get away with doing anything he wanted & nobody noticed (& Jack Dann threw in, ‘yeah, nobody noticed, and …

Do do that voodoo that you do so well

Conflux 2 (Conflux Redux, to its friends) was excellent, as usual. ;) Its big brother, Conflux 1, is still my absolute favourite con ever, & there were only 2 things that made this year’s con not quite on par with last year’s: 1. food poisoning. I got food poisoning & …