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I was disconnected again last night; still on an hour's wait plus for a call back, but fortunately it connected again about half an hour ago.  Definitely Iinet's prob, which I seriously hope they can fix sooooon and that I don't get another major drop out.  Needed to go out anyway, despite another hot day, to buy a new phone cable - wasn't causing the problem but very old and mouse-chomped, so preemptive maintenance - and hit the library to stop me buying more ebooks.  I'm also waiting for a book to come in from Book Depository.  It's called One Year Later, sequel to One Second Later by William Forstchen; one of the best 'emp attack destroys civilisation" books I ever read.  He's coauthored books with Newt Gingrich, who provided the foreword for the first novel.

I've mostly been on rereads so far this year, all 10 days of it, except for Joshua Guess's This Broken Veil, a zombie apoc with real characters!  I reread Simon Scarrow's Under the Eagle, which may possibly have been before New Year, and then the Timerider series by his brother Alex, who also borrows Simon's Roman military characters for one of those books :-)  It had been sufficiently long that I couldn't quite recall the ending of the Timerider series, so they could stand a reread.  So today, new books:  J.D. Robb's Apprentice in Death and a thing called The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello, which seems to feature Rasputin and also a modern day threat from a buried source of the 1918 flu in Antarctica.  Being a thriller and not an apocalypse novel, I can predict that the reawoken virus won't destroy the world, but one can hope :-)

This being summer; Perth is hot and crowded, particularly with children, since they haven't been safely locked up yet, so I headed home soon as I finished the cable shopping and library and rations gathering.

Good news; read a post by Mark Sheppard yesterday announcing that Supernatural had been renewed for a 13th season. 
For possible Supernatural season 12 spoilers )
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Two books I need to review, sitting on my desk:

Rachel Caine's Paper And Fire, second in the Great Library series. For anybody still outraged about the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, an alternate world where it survived and comes to rule the world.  I found it in the huge Brisbane Dymocks store, which was packed with shoppers that Sunday.  I had meant to check out the various other bookshops in Brisbane, particularly Pulp Fiction, but they were closed.

Also a book I picked up almost by accident at Stefen's Books, since the two I had been considering were not in the shop. Silver on the Road, by Laura Anne Gilman; another alternate world/magic exists story which is rather hard to classify, taking place in what the book's characters call the Devil's West.  The Devil himself runs a saloon, well, what else would he do in the American old west, or a version of it?  Perfect place to make bargains with his people.  Isobel has been living under his roof since she was a small child.  Now, at sixteen, it is time for her to choose her bargain.

 Anyway, I want to think about these two a bit more before I write a proper review, but they were very enjoyable.  Silver is quite possibly the better book.

In a week's time I go on leave and will then have time to consider books and do some proper writing, though I'm still going with the Nano novel, which did not get completed or even up to 50,000 words in November, but I sort of suspected that might happen.  November and December are killer months in the gulag.  I'm tired with the sort of weariness that has built up over the year and doesn't fade with a couple of days off.  People keep asking what I'm doing for Christmas, but since I will have been on leave only one day when that rolls around, the answer is still nothing.  

My mother is going to visit my brother and his family and presumably they'll do the whole Christmas thing.  Me, I'll wait till New Year's and the party I'll be heading to then.  That's the real celebration.
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This post is to introduce my revived Dreamwidth journal.


At the moment I have only a couple of friends on it, so this is a shout out to folks who might use Dreamwidth as their primary journal and only take a glance at Livejournal now and then, that I’m here and would like some more friends, please! Or people I’ve lost track of who only live on DW.

Leece and Chaosmanor, would you mind sharing this post on your DW journals to see if any of your friends would like to acquire me?

I'm a pet owner [ two delightful representatives of rattus norvegicus, Dario and Barnaby]
science fiction fan [Supernatural, space travel, zombies, apocalypse fiction, conventions, gaming]
writer [mostly in hiatus]
gamer [RPGs, board games, Scrabble nut]
court transcriber [tags:  the day job, the gulag]
transgender person
Greens voter
photographer [new hobby, shiny new camera]

About writing: My most recent creation is Nightsiders, a collection of stories set in a future Perth abandoned when climate change becomes too severe to tolerate in Western Australia.

I don't watch a lot of television but have adopted Netflix and Iview. My growing list of favourites includes Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Fringe, Helix, Lost Girl, I Zombie, The West Wing, Jessica Jones. Netflix is my friend, except when it gives me a hard time for using a VPN to access the US Netflix menu.


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