So what have you been up to? / Major life changes? Same old same old?
Oh, you know, work, sleep, watch TV, write.
I'm trying to get fitter and a bit healthier, on account of all the heart disease and DIABEETUS in my mother's family. To that end, I've invested in a Fitbit One, a bike pump and a key to the locked bike cages at the station three kilometres away. It's going well! I seem to have more energy, and I cracked 16km/hr on my bike last night. (Admittedly by taking a different route, one with fewer stop lights and more trucks, but, you know.)
I can't remember if I blogged about it here, but in April I moved out of my last sharehouse and into a tiny flat in the inner west. It is DELIGHTFUL, except that it's always my turn to clean, and for reasons I guess I'll discuss below, I did no cleaning at all last week, and have regretted it ever since. I'm basically procrastinating right now, before I start washing ALL THE DISHES. (Literally. All the dishes I own.)
ETA: I have washed all the dishes.What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
Legend of Korra
! Specifically the Lincentric part, because cranky middle-aged superheroines are love, and I still adore the complexity of the Beifong family's dysfunctions and the impact they had on Republic City. Where do you hang out online?
, and I'm still blogging about social justice, pop culture and auscore with yiduiqie
at No Award
.What are you reading?
I started The Dark Forest
, the second book in Li Cixin's Three-Body Problem trilogy, but the library's ePub is super buggy -- turning pages takes 15 seconds, and it loses my place every time I put my Kobo to sleep.
to try it on my iPad, but accidentally started reading The Disorderly Knights
by Dorothy Dunnett instead. Only a million years after everyone I knew in Harry Potter fandom was obsessed with Dunnett's books, I'm finally reading them myself. They are quite hard work! Rewarding, but also a challenge, especially if you're an instinctive speed reader like me. I really have to force myself to slow down and find the plot hidden in the dense prose.
Oh yeah, and I'm also reading A City Lost And Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne
, which is a combination of urban archaeology, local history and a working class-eye view of the twentieth century.
So, you know, just a few things. What are you watching?
I've been watching The X-Files! I'm into season 9, and ... look, I knew the last few seasons had a bad rep, but there was a point back in season 4 when I really looked forward to Mulder leaving.
I have regrets.
But I am determined to finish the damn series, and I really like Doggett, and Reyes has a lot of promise, although she feels like a much more nebulous character than any of the others. And I liked the bit in the season 8 finale where Skinner shot Krycek in the head. What are you making?
So the reason I cleaned nothing last weekend is because I needed to finish revising the novel I wrote and submit it for the Ampersand Prize
It is a middle-grade contemporary boarding school novel, which I started back in 2012 and kept having to put down because I was busy with other projects. I finished it a few months ago, knowing that it needed heavy revisions, and when I found out that the Ampersand Prize existed, I realised that I absolutely had to enter it.
You see, my original pitch to myself with this novel was "Malory Towers with a social media policy", only as it turns out, the school is co-ed and social media isn't really a factor in the story at all. And the Ampersand Prize is run by Hardie Grant Egmont, which publishes the Enid Blyton school stories that inspired me. This could work against me, but I figured that made it worth a shot.
Anyway, it was finished last week, and while I don't expect to win, long-listed titles often get editorial notes, which I would value a lot. I'm trying not to think about it too much until it's all over, though.
Now I'm tossing up three ideas for my next project, trying to decide which to write next. All require research, and I plan to use NaNo as a time to do a very rough first draft/outline/getting to know the story and figure out what it wants to be type of thing.
Since I'm equally excited about all three projects, I'm thinking that I'll go with the one that has the most international and commercial potential -- I guess I'll talk about it in more detail in a locked entry -- but it's hard to choose. What are you squeeing about today?
I'm honestly pretty excited that the bathroom is clean.
(Signs you may in fact be a grown up...)If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
has taken out a restraining order to make me stop recommending the Avatarverse to her. I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
This was a recurring theme at Continuum, and I'm speaking to the choir a bit here, everyone should read The Steerswoman
and sequels by Rosemary Kirstein. What else is on your mind?
Why do I have so many surfaces that require dusting?