Sunday, November 28, 2010

They're Here...

During morning tea on Friday, my copies of Festive Fear: Global Edition arrived. Of course my colleagues had a look and a few even asked about where to buy a copy. It is sold out, and so I had to advise them to look at a few overseas sellers who still have limited copies in stock.

I must say the book looks beautiful - fabulous artwork and layouts. Steve Clark at Tasmaniac has done a wonderful job. Congratulations on maintaining the already high standard and reputation Tasmaniac Publications holds.

It was a real thrill to open it and find my story inside. I now look forward to reading it, within the context of the stories surrounding it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Getting Warmer.

So I came home exhausted after spending the week at a school camp with 35 or so teenagers. The kids weren't the exhausting part - they were great - it was all those wonderful activities.  I abseiled, white water rafted, rode horses, clambered around high ropes courses, rogained - and a whole lot more.

And then I got home o spend the weekend working in the garden and around the house. At least I had fabulous weather for it all.

So here's five albums (in no particular order) to play on a very warm, pre-summer day.

1. English Settlement - XTC
2. Abbey Road - The Beatles
3. Larry Norman (Starstorm) - Larry Norman
4. Making God Smile (Beach Boys Tribute) - Various Artists
5. Gold - Ryan Adams

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I'm Gonna Be Round My Vegetables...

So here we are at the pointy end of the year. Classes are disappearing faster than food in the canteen, the weather is getting warmer and there's more and more work to do in the next month.

Work is still busy, despite the diminishing classes, and with my in-laws arriving from overseas in a few weeks, there's a lot of work that needs to be done at home also. I've been busy (between writing, of course) building and preparing garden beds. My wife is currently out planting vegies and with any luck we'll be munching on them in a month or so. Two years ago we did very well over the summer. Last year, apart from the chilis, the vegetables didn't do all that well. It's a good thing I make a mean chili sauce.

But this year has had quite a bit of rain along with the warmth, and so I'm expecting tomatoes the size of bowling balls. And juicy as can be.

All I have to do now is find a story in there. (But different to Tim Powers' tomato story)