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Oops - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
I seem to write too many journal entries that start with 'oops', but: sorry for the confusion around the storm entry, guys! I didn't take those photos, I just snapped them up from the Courier Mail's reader-supplied image gallery! Good lord, if I could take photos like that I'd consider a career change.

Weekend was quiet; we moved bookshelves, cleaned up most of the study and hung out at Hammond's making pancakes. Then we went and got fish and chips for lunch and lay about on a playground fort with him in the park, reading high-school graffiti and having our usual dorky science discussions. Also, I got an electric toothbrush which is extremely effective... ouch. Man the fuck up, gums!

Second draft of my short story for the Brisbane comp is finished! I was up 'til half past midnight doing it. It reads better now but it's still 800 words over the maximum limit... fuck. I'm going to get Joe to read it at home, Mark to read it at work (he's my writing-buddy!) and ask them both to attack it with a red pen. Bless.

Only two weeks left 'til due date!
9 have fought ~ fight the power!
phylos_fett From: phylos_fett Date: November 24th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
There is a short story comp?!?!

tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's the usual 'One Book Many Brisbanes' contest - they run it every year through the libraries. :) Short story, set in Brisbane, any theme/genre, length of 4k-6k.
phylos_fett From: phylos_fett Date: November 24th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanking you for the link - guess I better get some black on white...
phylos_fett From: phylos_fett Date: November 24th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I just hope I don't have to have another awkward chat with Nick Earls after I win :P
tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, have you won before?? Well done!

I too have had an awkward chat with Nick Earls, back in 1998 or so at a creative writing workshop. Back then he wasn't quite as well-known. He seemed nice enough though! I enjoyed Isabelle Carmody's talk more, but that's probably twofold: she writes my preferred genre, and she's an excellent verbal storyteller.

Also, I envy your confidence!
phylos_fett From: phylos_fett Date: November 24th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, no I have not won before.

I have had a few chats with Nick at several events, and a few times in Toowong - I once caught him checking out his own books in Angus & Robertson ;) After he was on Good News Week I ribbed him a bit - he never expected to get that call up. Oh, and we argued once about Veny - I think history proves me right on that score :P

Hey, there are a few places there - I am sure I'll be standing next to you.
tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, if I caught an author checking out his own books I'd give him such a hard time. ;) Reminds me of an amusing story I heard - Stephen King travelled through central Australia by motorcycle last year, and in Alice Springs he stopped in the local bookstore and started signing his own books, which is actually pretty nice and non-wanky, given that it raises the value of said books and the bookstore often auctions them off for charity.

In this case, the woman running the bookstore failed to recognise him... and so she called the police to deal with the 'vandal'. :D
phylos_fett From: phylos_fett Date: November 24th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I did give Nick a bit of a go, but then he said he preferred the UK cover, because it made him seem much cooler - he's kinda like the Ben Lee of Brisbane Writers (except he never dated Claire Danes ;))

I remember when Stephen King did that (the drive) - I still think he was mad! ;)

900 words on the pad now...
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: November 24th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, well, they're still fun photos to look at and is making me nostalgic for living someplace with storms. I grew up in New York City and we get some lulus of summer storms there. Seattle's flat, weather-wise, other than flooding.

Then again, since we're looking at immigrating to Oz unless we get filtered out on the health requirements, and since my most favored location at the moment is Brisbane, and since our secondary US choice is Austin, TX, I will probably have opportunity for storm photos in the future.
9 have fought ~ fight the power!