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Because it has been too damn long since I picked up my camera.

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Busselton Jetty

The view looking back along the Busselton Jetty, taken last week.

The last few months I haven’t been great about keeping up here.  I have been blogging elsewhere privately, but most of that has just been noting the day-to-days.  Dealing with a kid who has night terrors and nightmares.  Dealing with recent exacerbations of chronic illness, and potentially developing new chronic illness (hooray…or something).  And in the midst of that, writing.

I’m hoping to get back into some kind of a schedule.  Also getting back to posting my links again, because that actually forces me to keep up with my rss feeds.

In news of the good, we managed to actually get away for our first family holiday – first down to Busselton for a few days, and then down to Gracetown to stay with a bunch of friends for a few more days.  And oh gods, I didn’t realise how much easier it was to be on holidays with other families.  The kids entertain themselves!  We actually got to relax!!  Sleep, not so much, for me, since I don’t sleep well away from home anyway, and the kidlet has some spectacular night terrors due to ending up overtired and overstimulated.  The end result is that I now have a tonne of photos to go through.

I have Plans for the next year.  Moving on with the writing, but moving on with other things as well.  My OBOD work, reading and reviewing more, getting back to making jewellery and toying with the idea of learning a new craft.  I can’t believe that this year is almost over.  It hasn’t been a bad one, but I feel like I should have accomplished more.  Life with chronic illness, though.  You don’t always get that choice.  And I am acutely aware, writing that, that I am seriously privileged when it comes to my illness.  I have a husband who supports me, I don’t have to work outside the home, and my mother helps with the kidlet so I can write.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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The rising sun on Winter Solstice

The sunrise on Midwinter Day

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To celebrate my birthday this week we decided to take the kidlet to the zoo for the first time on Saturday.

I think he was more enamoured of the fact that we went on a bus, train and ferry to get there, and of the other kids at the zoo, than the animals themselves ;)  But he did like the meerkats and some of the small monkeys and he seemed to love the nocturnal house.

And – so cute – on the way home he turned around and asked “Go zoo again?”.  Heh.

I took a bunch of photos that I need to spend some time processing, but here are a few:

 

Kangaroo

Kangaroo who thought it was a cat, sleeping in the pathway.

Cheetah

Cheetah

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Still loving my new camera.

Australian Raven

Australian Raven

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In the mail

In the mail yesterday, a copy of the Wild Wood Tarot (which is pretty and awesome, but I find myself a bit disappointed by the quality of the cardstock) and another Green Man.  I think I might be a Druid ;)

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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The rituals of the everyday

It’s the rituals of the everyday that hold us together like glue.

There can be magic in the simple things – making tea, hanging laundry, sweeping the floor.  You just need to find it.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Smoky sunset

It was looking slightly post-apocalyptic last night.

The setting sun turned red by a heavy layer of smoke from a bushfire that hung over the city all day.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Bees and dandelions

Bees having a party on the field of dandelions that have sprung up in our back lawn.

Bee and dandelion

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The bookcase I see directly to my right.

This photo reminds me that I still need to organise my books properly.  This shelf has become mostly anthologies and collections, many of which are part of my to-be-read pile/stack/mountain.  Books stacked in front are those I have to read for the various book clubs and podcasts I’m keeping up with.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Desk

Today.

Today I wrote poetry for the first time in well over a decade.  The lines are blurred out, because this poem is a gift for someone.  It’s simple, but I hope it will be a light.

You will also spot a new pile of Glamourkins that arrived today.  I am giving serious thought to using my stash as writing prompts for poetry over the next little while.

Beneath my poetry journal is the printout of the third draft of Ghosts.  I won’t be looking at the line edits until Monday, however.

I did also catch up on my slush reading.  I need to make a post about reading slush sometime soon.  The take home message from today is this: please, please make sure you use correct grammar in your first sentence.  I can forgive some grammar wobbliness if I’m immersed in the story, but right at the beginning it often puts me off from reading any further.

I finished reading Remnant Population, which I enjoyed immensely.  Next book will be We Have Always Lived in the Castle ahead of the next Writer and the Critic episode.  And then I really have to get to some reviewing.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Inspired by the amazing people in my writer’s group, today I purchased a journal expressly to begin to write poetry in again.  I used to write a lot of poetry, what feels like an age ago, though I have precious little of it remaining now.

Felled by one of the worst migraines of my life last night.  I did write yesterday, only 1,000 words.  I was feeling ill already then, my brain already misfiring from the oncoming migraine.  No writing today, as my head is in that weird post-migraine state of weirdness.  Tomorrow, there shall be writing.  Today was mostly lying down the kidlet, watching Skins and reading Firebird when I could concentrate on it.

Annoyingly, it is a lovely springlike day outside, and I would dearly have loved to go for a walk in it.  Still, there is tomorrow.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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To celebrate Alisa Krasnostein’s nomination for a World Fantasy Award for Twelfth Planet Press (full list of nominees here – special congratulations to Charles Tan and Angela Slatter, too!).

My Twelfth Planet Press books, all in a row.  I think this is all of them, my books are in an incomplete state of organisation.


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I have been very bad about blogging of late.  The good news is that I haven’t been blogging much because I have been writing a fair bit and reading a lot.

I have also, as mentioned on Twitter, migrated over to Google Plus.  So far, it seems like a decent competitor to Facebook – but with one important addition: Hangouts.

A good friend of mine has started livestreaming her art as she creates it through Hangouts, and I’ve been logging in every time I can to join her there.  There’s something about being in the company of artists (even virtually) which makes writing far less lonely.  Not that I often mind the loneliness, but it’s just nice to have that companionship.

I even brought my second monitor into my writing area, so I have the space to write and watch webcams at the same time :)  It works a treat, even though my desk does now look pretty cramped!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thunderstorms predicted today, and a glorious sunrise.

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Book mail!

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I may have squeed :)

And yeah, I couldn’t resist the 10th anniversary hardcover of American Gods.

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