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?

My year in books…

Here’s my 2010 reading list. It’s a bit shorter than my 2009 list and almost all of the books listed are fantasy novels. I think everything is here, though there is a chance that I’ve missed adding a couple, especially non-fiction that I read alongside the fiction.
14 fantasy authors and 28 books including a book of 11 short stories by Australian fantasy legends.

The Dark Mirror – Juliet Marillier (Book 1 of The Bridei Chronicles)
Child of the Prophecy – Juliet Marillier (Book 3 of The Sevenwaters Trilogy)
Son of the Shadows – Juliet Marillier (Book 2 of The Sevenwaters Trilogy)
Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier (Book 1 of The Sevenwaters Trilogy)
The Heir of Night – Helen Lowe – (Book 1 of The Wall of Night)
Tymon’s Flight – Mary Victoria – (Book 1 of the Chroncles of the Tree)
King’s Wrath – Fiona McIntosh – (Book 3 of the Valisar Trilogy)
Legends of Australian Fantasy – Jack Dann and Johnathan Strahan
Shalador’s Lady – Anne Bishop (A Black Jewels novel)
The Reluctant Mage – Karen Miller (Book 2 of Fisherman’s Children)
The Infinity Gate – Sara Douglass (Book 3 of Darkglass Mountain)
The Twisted Citadel – Sara Douglass (Book 2 of Darkglass Mountain)
Hell to Heaven – Kylie Chan (Book 2 of Journey to Wudang)
The Serpent Bride – Sara Douglass (Book 1 of Darkglass Mountain)
The Ambassador’s Mission – Trudi Canavan (Book 1 of The Traitor Spy)
Strange Attractors – Kim Falconer (Book 3 of Quantum Enchantment)
Arrows of Time – Kim Falconer (Book 2 of Quantum Enchantment)
Earth to Hell – Kylie Chan (Book 1 of Journey to Wudang)
Stormlord Rising – Glenda Larke (Book 2 of Watergivers)
Cold Magic – Kate Elliott (Book 1 of Spirit Walker)
The Spell of Rosette – Kim Falconer (Book 1 of Quantum Enchantment)
The Dukan Diet – Dr Pierre Dukan
Blue Dragon – Kylie Chan (Book 3 of Dark Heavens)
Red Phoenix – Kylie Chan (Book 2 of Dark Heavens)
Wizard Squared – K E Mills (Book 3 of Rogue Agent)
White Tiger – Kylie Chan (Book 1 of Dark Heavens)
At the Gates of Darkness – Raymond Feist (Book 2 of The Demonwar Saga)
Crown of Stars – Kate Elliott (Book 7 of Crown of Stars)

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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