Friday, January 31, 2014

Star Trekkin'

Yes, it's been quiet around here but, hey, it's summer and it's been very, very hot. So to entertain you while I try to energise myself again I'm cheating and giving you some links that amused me.

First this Star Trekkin', a novelty song released by The Firm in 1987 which came up on my Facebook newsfeed via my mate Lee Battersby a couple of days ago. It's years since I'd heard it and now I can't get it out of my head. Yes, it's an earworm song but in a good way.

Then there is this also via Facebook but this time from my fellow Egoboo WA writer friend, Laura E. Goodin. I've been trying to think of how to describe it but I have no words so just enjoy it.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Year in Review: 2013

Well, nothing went as I thought it would, with the exception of the on-going delights of a small grandchild and a delightful visit to Conflux with good friends.

January brought a death - not unexpected but that didn't make it any easier to deal with - and all the cleaning up and clearing out that entails, which took much longer than we anticipated.

I didn't get as much writing done as I would have liked. There were reasons but I will be making a more diligent effort this year, not least because I feel so much better when I'm doing something creative.

I did manage to do some reviews - you can find some at the Australian Women Writers Challenge Review Listing website - the main website is here - and also on Goodreads  and Amazon - a nice way to enjoy guilt free reading. I might have read quite a few more books as well.

Health issues plagued either Pisces and me - and not infrequently both of us at once. I'd like say they were all sorted but they're not and showing little sign of improvement in the near future. The only good part is that they are not life threatening, just preventing us from enjoying life. I had to pull out of the World Fantasy Convention 2013 in Brighton among other things.

Work and the endless house renovations all suffered as a result so we're living in a house that is depressing in the extreme and with little prospect of improvement for some time. It's been made worse by the shortage of tradesmen here due to the call of well paid work on the mines in the north of the state. It's not uncommon to ring 10-12 tradies of whom maybe one will consent to make an appointment to give a quote. This, of course, doesn't mean he or she will actually turn up and then the whole round starts again.

So my wishes for the New Year? Health to return to us both and a rush of tradesmen ready and willing to rescue us from our dreary mess of a dwelling.

My fingers are crossed. I hope yours are too.

Happy New Year!