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Hush now

This blog has been quiet for a while–because I’m busy writing. And somehow that leaves me with nothing much else to say. Meanwhile, I’ll be doing some functionality updates in the background. Results may be unpredictable. You can still mostly find me on Twitter. Follow @deborah_b

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 …

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 …

Blog aggregators

Does anyone have a recommendation on a blog aggregator? Trying out both Google Reader & Bloglines at the moment. Google Reader appears to be winning, on account of being easier to manage. Follow @deborah_b

Scattered thoughts II

Apartment Therapy recently had an article on ‘The Perfect Travel Bag‘. I thought, “Jezuz, who has time for *perfect* anymore??” OMG, John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?? For my next trick, let me wish up Idris Elba as James Bond! *fannish swoon* Everything …

Scattered thoughts

They’re remaking Total Recall? That terrifies me: just how long ago WAS Total Recall, & is it ironic I can’t actually remember? There’s a kind of sweet, bitter relief in reaching an age where your first response to unjust criticism is a kind of ‘who gives a fuck’, even if …

Where I’m at today

Today I’m at Angela Slatter’s fab blog, The bones remember everything, answering a drive-by round of questions. Also, Twelfth Planet Press has announced my short story suite, BAD POWER, as #4 in the Twelve Planets series. Sez the Press via Twitter, “Biancotti explores use & abuse of power. Hers are supernatural …

July, oh my

Hello! I know it’s not traditional to start a blog post with ‘hello’ & looking at it now, it looks just like spam. But it seemed such a long time since I’d posted that a greeting wouldn’t hurt, maybe even a re-introduction. (Though introductions are hard: the more I write, …

What I learned today

I learned that if you take a pizza box on public transport and then walk it the 15 minutes it takes to get from the station to your home, you get a lot more smiles than if you weren’t carrying a pizza box. Follow @deborah_b

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 …

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 …

Big

Hahaha, this Skribit business is already paying off, with a new suggestion received at other.blog today (thanks, Liz!). So: up next (soon-ish) will be Albert Camus. But first: Australia is BIG, people! See, I told you. Follow @deborah_b

Feeling social (media)

Have been filling my site with all kinds of social media widgets lately (I mean the site over at deborahbiancotti.net, with attendant wordpress blog, in case you’re reading this in lj — which I haven’t gotten around to updating yet). And so I’ve now borrowed Liz Argall‘s cool widget & …

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 …

Weeding your literary garden

If, like me, you have limited space in your life, then perhaps you, too, are looking for ways to eliminate those nasty little disease-carrying lurgies called BOOKS! The roomfordebate blog shows you how. Says author Chang-rae Lee, “Anthologies of fiction and poetry that have “greatest” in the title; “best” is …

Note to the Britain’s Got Talent team

Dear Britain’s Got Talent Team, I will totally buy this woman’s album. What a cheeky, modest, confident display of talent. And to think she got all the way to 47 (unemployed, ‘but I’m still looking’) without the kind of fame that is likely about to descend upon her. I may …

Flying just got less fun

Snakes on a plane — for real. (So they say. Who trusts the mainstream media anymore?) Fumigated the little devils to death. Wouldn’t you just love to be on THAT plane now, eh? *cough* *cough* *gasp for breath* Follow @deborah_b