Things that bug me.

One of the things that get up my nose is having to re-boot/program/download (pick the correct technical term) my computer, because blinking Microsoft won’t let me open it. They stick a big warning sign on the screen telling me I can’t open up, because there’s some technical problem. When you click the “Tell me the problem” button, they say there’s no problem but they lie: THEY’RE THE PROBLEM! There’s no way to get rid of the darn thing, so we start all over again. I lose email contacts, I lose favourite games, I lose my STUFF. Dagnab the blighters! I’m getting really irritated with public figures who misquote other public figures and the false information gets picked up by the media and before you know it, the...

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Water World revisited

There have been numerous Aussie floods in my life-time, although I’ve never been in one. However, I’ve never before seen so much of Australia under water at the same time: 3/4s of Queensland, a good chunk of New South Wales, 1/3 of Victoria, the north-east corner of Tasmania, the Riverland and South-East (Coonawarra) of South Australia, and Western Australia just before Christmas. Even Broken Hill, out in the middle of the desert, has had flash-flooding! (If you’ve ever been there, you’d understand my astonishment.) I’ve been having flashbacks to Costner’s Water World. Lord help us when the snow in the Northern Hemisphere finally melts. I just hope gravity doesn’t suck it all down here. When I heard the harrowing stories...

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Tap tap tappity tap.

So, it’s January 8 and already it feels as if Christmas and New Year never happened. All that cleaning, planning, shopping, wrapping and anticipation and…blrrp!… it’s back to the same-old-same-old. (That’s right: still nothing from the agent.) I was right back into ‘busy’ mode two days into 2011. I had 4 books to read and review, and clients’ manuscripts waiting to be editted. It’s a little frustrating fixing up other people’s mss, that have already been accepted by a publisher, when mine is still searching for a home but what can you do?! I’m getting fairly steady work from a local publisher and it’s nice to have the income. Even though I still don’t earn enough to have to pay tax, I...

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A brand new year!

2011 is now 11 hours old. Awww…just a baby. But, already it’s covered in scars and has a nasty cough. People are still being tortured for their faith, or ethnicity, or for living on land that other people want. Young people are still being convinced that blowing themselves up will somehow help convert others to their religion, or achieve some sort of greater good. Techonology is taking us into the realm of science fiction at a speed faster than light, and is even threatening to race ahead of imagination itself, but the majority of the world’s population is still without a safe water supply, or enough food for their family, or even a decent toilet. Meanwhile, those of us who have the education; who have enough food, clothing and a decent place to...

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