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Blog: “Your problem is, you’re too honest”

Ayup, it’s been a year of people “helping” me to be a better me. Which is nice, innit? Some kind of hilarious stars-out-of-alignment, anti-self-improvement, drone-filled ‘one of us’ years with the untested assumption on the part of those around me, ‘don’t you want to be more like me?’ Having hit …

Empathy is not Action

“These days empathy has become a shortcut. It has become a way to experience delicious moral emotions without confronting the weaknesses in our nature that prevent us from actually acting upon them. It has become a way to experience the illusion of moral progress without having to do the nasty …

December! 2010!

What. A. Year. It’s pretty much done: one more day of day-job, several weeks of resting AND writing, and then back for another round in 2011. January seems so long ago I can’t even remember what I wanted to get out of this year. Of course, I *should* have written …

What I’ve been doing

Shockingly beautiful day in Sydney today. Really. From the workday window it was all rippling blue loveliness and appalling picture-perfectness. It really ticked me off. Speaking of. Lately I’ve been busy working full time and writing. The full-time work — though not to be in any way encouraged (whoever thought …

It’s my birthday!

I love birthdays. Not as much as I used to, though. As I said to one friend this morning, ‘Nowdays the gifts are like a kind of compensation.’ On the bright side, I totally scored on the presents! Follow @deborah_b

Chocolate Friday

Today I had a chocolate bar. Which is not of interest in & of itself, except with relation to the fact that I rarely eat chocolate bars & don’t even remember the last time I ate a chocolate bar or what that chocolate bar might’ve been. But today I was …

Forward and back

Ahhhhh, January, welcome back. With the last precious few days of my holiday running out, I’m fighting off the organising-the-year blues (insurances, taxes, gym, house maintenance) & trying to make the most of what I gots while I gots it. “The measure of success is not whether you have a …

Because it’s just been that kind of year

It started with the life-threatening cut to the wrist that covered my kitchen in blood, but successfully missed all major arteries. (Wouldn’t think it to see the bloody mess we cleaned up at 3am.) It continued, with the home break-in that resulted in one smashed window ($400+, thank-you very much) …

Big realisations for the day

Realisation #1: there’s an event in the Great Unsaleable novel that I’ve had pegged as the end-of-act-1 event. Trouble is, of course, this means Act 1 is about 50,000 words long (if Scrivener is to be believed). I’ve tried shifting stuff out to the later acts, but a lot of …

Charles

Having Charlie Brown suddenly not there is like losing one of the landmarks that lets you know you’re home. One of my favourite Charles memories: fossicking in that library of his while he told me secrets about Gene Wolfe and Carter Brown. God damn. Follow @deborah_b

Lost & found

A moment of early-morning panic today when I couldn’t find my marvellous new phone (with the camera) — currently the only item I really love. But then I remembered: it was plugged into my computer. (What’s next, wireless technology?!) So I’ll still be able to take it on my daily …

Dawn of a new era

I’ve never been considered ‘an early adopter’, & so it’s only THIS year that I’ve gotten me one of them new-fangled phones with the cameras in them. (What’s next? Microwaves with clocks?!) It’s not a great camera, particularly in low light, but one thing it does have: portability. In today’s …

Tall glass of water

Typing has been slowed at chateau deborahb owing to an altercation with a glass of cold water over the weekend. It’s hard to say who won. Me, I ended up with five stitches in my wrist (& post-traumatic flashbacks to the moment I thought I was dead). The glass of …

Job lot

There’s something reassuring about being jobless in a sea of joblessness. Nobody asks you much about *why* you’re jobless. The same string of suspicious questions you usually face about your peripatetic approach to the day job don’t come up. Oh, sure, they still pose the usual ‘why did you leave …

And not a moment too soon

I have updated my website! A cobbler’s children are always the last to have new shoes, & seeing as I used to make websites, naturally I had a bulk of day-job distaste for the idea of re-designing my own site. But once I installed the WordPress blog, I realised a …

Links: Katrina

From body_impolitic: And then there’s the other truth: Racism has always been used to divide people from other people with common interests, and it’s a very useful tool. African-American poet and writer Audre Lorde, self-described “Black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” said, “The master’s tools will not dismantle the master’s house.” …

Burning Man Just Got Safer

Which is good, because strangedave & doctor_k_ will be there this year. Hinkamp, who works as a Burning Man volunteer, said he was riding his bike away from the crowd gathered for the torching of the tall wooden sculpture that marks the festival when he saw the clown coming toward …