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It's been a while...

Apr. 1st, 2012 | 02:20 pm

I started work full time last month. It involved an interstate move-my first time living independently, ever!-it has been hectic, but super awesome. Best decision ever! I've met some amazing people

The biggest lessons I've learned? Friendships don't miraculously happen. You have to proactively form friendships, move outside your comfort zone, learn some new sports/skills... go out on that lazy Sunday night when you really don't want to go out and you're tempted to cancel with some lame excuse DON'T. This does mean my Internet time (and writing time and reading time) has been whittled down to substantially less than last year, and all the ten years before that... but when you're young and independent, this is the moment to make memories, instead of living vicariously!

On the reading front, I have read some amazing books (in my spare time!) New-to-me oldies, but goodies, like Sharon Shinn's 'The Shape Changer's Wife' and Susan Vreeland's 'The Passion of Artemisia' and Ryu Murakami's 'Audition'. The translated version, of course. I haven't suddenly developed Japanese reading skills. I find horror easier to stomach in text. I barely managed to sit through the first ten minutes of the movie, even though all the horror stuff came in the last ten minutes...

On the writing front, it's been quiet. There's things I'm working on but nothing's near complete even if the fist draft stage.

It is the Easter Weekend soon... so Happy Easter to all! May your holidays be bountiful and beauteous :)

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Book Gush Roundup

Jan. 12th, 2012 | 12:07 pm

Recently I went back to re-read my old book gush posts, and it's interesting how my views on these books have shifted upon re-reads. But isn't that the wonderful thing about reading books - everyone will have a different opinion, and opinions can change, depending on where you are at life.

So here's a link summary on all the reviews I have written. In hindsight, they're a bit rambly. My favourite one is probably the review for The Forbidden Game. I read that and thought: NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews (October 2010)
Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore (October 2010)
The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn (November 2010)
The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith (November 2010)
The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins (February 2011)
The Golden Key by Kate Elliot, Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson (July 2011)
The Silver Devil by Teresa Denys (September 2011)

Up next: Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn

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Jan. 6th, 2012 | 07:27 pm

I finally got my hands on WORKING STIFF by RACHEL CAINE. ZOMG wrhasjkasdfkjhaskjhaksjhgalsdgj. I've only read five pages, but I can tell already I'm going to adore this book to pieces. My first foray into online book shopping was actually purchasing ILL WIND on Amazon, back in 2005, through a friend. Aaaannd never looked back. :D

I'm working my way through a mini writers' block right now. My two tactics so far have been to 1) Re-read my past favourite books (Finished RUINS OF AMBRAI, THE MAGEBORN TRAITOR, both by the amazing Melanie Rawn, and also THE GOLDEN KEY, by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott.) It was upon re-reading the Golden Key and revisiting the Melanie Rawn forums, I found out THE DIVINER, a prequel to the the Golden Key, was released late last year!

Tactic two of overcoming writers block is to re-read my existing WiPs, especially my favourite passages :) I have promised myself two of my WiPs are definitely going to get finished this year. Here's to crossing fingers that it happens!

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Dec. 22nd, 2011 | 06:44 pm


I can't believe I've had this journal for over a year! 2011 has been an... interesting year for me. Wonderful ups. Completely woeful, deplorable downs. But I'm ending the year with a bang (like a fireworks bang, not an elevator crashing to the end of a shaft bang) and that's all that matters!

I'm thinking hard about what I want to do with this journal for the next year, because it has been sadly underutilised, and I really do want to keep an online journal that actually reflects me. Which honestly, this journal in its current state ... does not.

So what does 2012 bring? A completely new beginning in more ways than one!

- I'm moving away from home. No, this isn't a plan, this is ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Scary times.
- I AM GOING TO BE A FULL TIME WORKING TAX PAYING CITIZEN! HECS debt begone! (Or partially begone...)
- I have been warned my new employers are internet savvy ninjas. Thus the ~ alter alias~ness~~~ shall truly begin. Studious hard working office worker by day, nerdy aspiring YA author by night, but not every night, because I must capitalise on my youth to be young!)

On the writing front...

I have three WiPs. WiP switcheroos have been happening crazily of late. All three have a long way to go to be complete. I'm aiming for at least a 2/3 completion rate by June. Crossing fingers and toes. :)

On the blogging front.


Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year! May you have more bling than this cute little pig!

(Image credit: Vogue Russia September 2010)
And yes, the HD picture reveals this little piggy is totally wearing some kind of eye makeup. Do not try this at home.

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Review: Moneyball

Nov. 29th, 2011 | 05:11 pm

I'll start off with a disclaimer - I'm not a baseball fan. Australians don't play baseball (unless you're an emigrant). I'm not even a sports fan. The only reason why I came to see Moneyball was because out of all the possible movies out in Australia right now, Moneyball had the best reviews.

Plus, the economics/statistics aspect of it sounded super cool. (I did get something out of completing my business degree!)

This movie came out around the world in what seems like an age ago... but Australia's kind of special in that we get most movies later than everyone else.

image credit to the Moneyball (film) wikipedia entry.

From imdb: Moneyball is the story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

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