Daily Archives: June 6th, 2007


I am ambivalent towards Wednesdays.

Wednesdays are usually quite nice at school – I have either three or four lessons on out of six, which is a good day. Every fortnight I have lunch yard duty, but with Marg and in a not very active (comparatively) area of the school, so it’s pretty painless. It’s also my second last day of school for the week, which is great.

But the next day is Thursday.

Thursday is good because it is my last day at work (this semester, anyway… don’t get me started on that). However, Thursday is bad because I have six on out of six, which is a very long day – for me, much longer than five out of six, quite disproportionately. On the other hand, it finishes with a double of Year 12, and while sometimes they are totally out of it and drive me nuts because they won’t do any work, their version of not doing work is much less painless and generally more fun than the year 8 version. Plus, if they really do no work, I feel bad but not too much: it’s their time, their scores, I’m busting my ass as much as I can and if they don’t put their bit in then they are adult enough (they’d/I’d like to think) that it’s not quite so much my problem. As you can tell from all my hedging, I haven’t entirely convinced myself of that last bit….

And because tomorrow is the last class we’re doing concentrating on Russia, I’ve made raspberry and white chocolate muffins. They were meant to be red but the colour has cooked out somewhat.

Did I mention NatCon? NatCon NatCon NatCon…

Doctor Who

I just saw an ad for Torchwood, which will be on Channel Ten… and a little while ago, I saw an ad for Doctor Who, on the ABC. It’s going to be a weird, weird season of TV.

Very weird.

But hey, on the flipside, being on Channel Ten might make it cooler for the young ‘uns and spark a revival/discovery of interest in Who. Which can only be good.

Two sleeps

NatCon NatCon NatCon.

Two sleeps to go!

NatCon NatCon NatCon…


So, sooo excited. Yet, at the same time, slightly apprehensive….

New Ceres

Not a review of mine, but of me! Amazing.

Yes, I have forgotten to mention that I have, amazingly, been published. In a fictional way. You should definitely go and have a look at New Ceres anyway, not just because of me, but I could be an additional incentive…. Of course, you have to pay – but $5 is, like, less that fish and chips. About the same as a block of Lindt chocolate. Easy!

The idea behind New Ceres is that it is a world, set a few hundred years in the future, where the people (the government? the people in charge?) have decided to keep the planet in the eighteenth century. Permanently. So there’s the groovy 18th century stuff – coffee house, manners, clothes – but you’ve got the possibility of illicit technology as well. Nice little combination, as far as I’m concerned. I have to say, I am more fond of issue 1 (which was/is free) – Tansy Rayner Roberts’ story of La Duchesse and Dirk Flinthart’s George Gordon and Dorian Wilde are simply sublime. But the stories in issue 2 are also very cool, and show how the community is meant to work – authors taking up characters suggested by others, which is a beautiful thing.

Go there. Buy a subscription. It’s very much worth it.