Archive for June, 2013

Continuum at Melbourne

June 11, 2013

Great time at Continuum, fun panels, dinners and lunches with friends, a night of dancing, successful second launch for Song of the Slums, all good. It was especially good that Lewis Morley, creator of my steampunk guitar, was there for the launch when I showed it off, plus Cathy Larsen, creator of the cover. Here’sCat Sparks doing the launch, improvising air-yodels to match my air-guitar!

Here’s Cathy –

– and little Ashleigh Barton, checking out the novel to see if her mum should get a copy (so cute!)

Here’s the view down one end of the table at Saturday night’s dinner –

From left – Michael Pryor, Russell Blackford and Jenny, Janeen Web and Kirstyn McDermott
And the other way –

20130611-214818.jpg Trudi Canavan on the right, then Paul Ewins, then Sue Bursztynski
And a final pic in the foyer at ether, with, left to right, me, Dirk Strasser, Bruce Gillespie and George Ivanoff

So many more people I wish I had photos of, and so many other events – oh well, next con.

To the Manor Born

June 6, 2013

Staying in Toorak Manor tonight – I chose it because I could get a cheap deal on it (there are ways!) and it’s the closest to tomorrow’s school, but it turns out to be a great place, like an old-fashioned B & B, tons of character, but modern free wifi too. Why is it that you get half the value with a hotel that’s twice the price? That’s my discovery about hotels and motels – the more you pay the less you get. Some piccies, plus the theatre at Mary MacKillop in Werribee, where I visited today.





Heading back to Melbourne

June 5, 2013

I’m working my way back to Melbourne today, after Ballarat and Geelong – today my school is Mary MacKillop in Werribee, then on to Melbourne Girls in the centre of Melbourne on Friday, then the Continuum convention in the CBD over the long weekend. I’m gargling rum to keep my throat functioning!
It’s cold weather by Illawarra standards, but I’ve hardly been rained on at all – lucky! Hope it stays that way! You can see my reaction to the cold in this photo with Rennai and Lee from the library at Belmont High – I’m the one in a million layers of clothing –

Here’s a couple more pics from Geelong, at Oberon High and at Western Heights College.



It Plays!

June 4, 2013

I was doing talks at Ballarat High School yesterday, and a student brought along an amp to a Q & A session with the Book Club – plugged in my steampunk guitar, and it played! I hadn’t tuned it, the amp sound was fixed to acoustic, not funky electrical, and I’m totally out of practice (never was that good anyway), but hey, it was wonderful to hear the sound coming out of it!

Staying in Ballarat over the weekend, I went to Sovereign Hill on Sunday – a recreation of a gold diggings and Ballarat in the gold boom days. Don’t know what I expected, something like the Old Sydney Town recreation that failed – but this was a million times better! So much detail, so convincing, I loved it. Here are the redcoats coming up the main street –