Swancon

Some time ago Mary Victoria was sending me some lovely signed bookplates, discovered I live in Perth and asked if she’d be meeting me at Swancon. I’d never considered going – up until then. For pretty much the same reasons Glenda Larke quoted in this post on her blog. My first thought was: what am I going to do at something like that? After all, I’m not an author, I’m just a fan. A reader. Not a fan who gets involved in that type of thing. Just an enthusiastic reader.

I’ve been to other types of conventions before and had a great time but they’ve been conferences for industries I’ve worked in.

I mumbled an excuse to Mary along the lines that we’ll have visitors at the time. But the truth is that the visitor at that time will be my mum and she wouldn’t mind at all if I went off for a day and did my own thing. After all, I won’t have had a day to myself ‘doing my own thing’ for a month at that stage due to her visit and an overlapping visit by my mother-in-law prior to that.

I mentioned Mary’s question to my husband and his response was, “you should go, you know you’ll enjoy meeting the people.” Wonderful husband that I have 🙂

So, the thought has been there brewing and bubbling in the back of my mind. The bubbling became quite rapid when Glenda first made her post, but still I’ve done nothing about it. Now here I am with my thoughts and my conversations turning to Swancon; on full boil. It’s time I did something about it. So I ask you this: on which day should I plan to go?

Oz sci-fi, fantasy or horror…

Best wishes to Trudi Canavan, Glenda Larke and KE Mills, all finalists for ‘best fantasy novel’ in the Aurealis Awards. Good luck, too, to all the other finalists, but the above three Aussie ladies (expat in Glenda’s case) are amongst my favourites.

The Aurealis Awards “recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers“. The ceremony is being held in Brisbane and winners will be announced tonight (Jan 23, 2010)

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Congratulations to Trudi Canavan on her win for best fantasy novel. Well done, Trudi! Well done all other winners as well.
Aurealis winners list

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Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care…

Today we, in Western Australia, went to the polls to vote in a referendum for Daylight Savings. Daylight savings has a very chequered history in this state.

Here’s a government paper on the history of daylight savings in Australia

Late afternoon at Quinns Rocks Beach

Late afternoon at Quinns Rocks Beach


I was in high school 38 years ago when daylight savings was introduced in Victoria (and much of Australia). Since then I’ve lived in a lot of different places and the only place not to have DLS was Jabiru in the NT. I can understand Australia’s top end and the tropics not having DLS. There is no winter. There’s just hot and wet or hot and dry. The closer you are to the equater, the less the difference in the length of day and night.
I don’t understand why anyone in Western Australia wouldn’t want it. I guess I’ve lived with it for so much of my life, it’s normal for me. None of the arguments against daylight savings make sense to me.
As I write this it looks like there’s going to be an overwhelming NO vote. Polling closed 45 minutes ago and it’s 70% No, 30% Yes, so far. It’s so strange but not so unexpected. This is a state that has no Sunday trading, except for a few exceptions, and definitely no 24 hour trading. It’s apparently not so long ago that petrol stations were only open on a roster on Sundays. Many Western Australians, ‘specially those who’ve lived here all, or most, of their lives don’t seem to want much in the way of progress or change, or alignment with the trends of the rest of the country/world. I don’t say this with the intention of upsetting or offending any Western Australian’s. It’s just the way I see things – as someone who’s only lived here for less than 2 years.
I do wonder how many of the naysayers will realise next summer, after 3 years of DLS trial, just what they’ve lost, how good it was and will wish they had voted Yes.

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When polls closed last night with 71 per cent of the vote counted, the “No” vote maintained a 55.5 per cent to 44.5 cent lead over the “Yes” vote. Bye-bye daylight savings.
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You say tomarto, I say tomayto…

An amazing number of people stumble over the pronunciation or the spelling of my website and email address. Others who don’t have those same problems are simply curious as to why “faery” and not “fairy”

From Wikipedia:
“The word fairy derives from the term fae of medieval Western European (Old French) folklore and romance, one famous example being Morgan le Fay (‘Morgan of the Fae’). “Fae-ery” was therefore everything that appertains to the “fae”, and so the land of “fae”, all the “fae”. Finally the word replaced its original and one could speak of “a faery or fairy”, though the word fey is still used as an adjective. ‘Fae’ is the plural, ‘Faery’ is the singular.”

So faery is just an older form of fairy. You often also see it spelled “faerie”.