Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Ticonderoga) - I left Adelaide mere hours before it commenced. I was on a more dangerous mission - a school trip with almost 60 teenagers. And I learned a number of things during the week.
1. Modern top 40 radio sucks. I spent the week listening to drivel without melody, or lyrics of any substance.
2. Autotune and computerised backing tracks do nothing to improve these so-called songs.
3. Teenage girls, singing (bellowing?) along have the uncanny ability to find those exact frequencies that will grate on your nerves the most.
4. Some people need to learn manners. I do not like rude people. The same applies to those people who lack respect for others, are dishonest, think they know everything, or are incompetent.
5. The kids on the trip from my school were fantastic.
6. I could get used to the feeling of buying a magazine simply to read, and to discover a review of an anthology I'm in. Even if my story wasn't mentioned. (Epilogue, reviewed by Cat Sparks in Cosmos #48)
7. Adelaide is a fun place with lots to do.
And yes, I had a wonderful week - despite one day of illness - and look forward to the opportunity of going again.