The view looking back along the Busselton Jetty, taken last week.
The last few months I haven’t been great about keeping up here. I have been blogging elsewhere privately, but most of that has just been noting the day-to-days. Dealing with a kid who has night terrors and nightmares. Dealing with recent exacerbations of chronic illness, and potentially developing new chronic illness (hooray…or something). And in the midst of that, writing.
I’m hoping to get back into some kind of a schedule. Also getting back to posting my links again, because that actually forces me to keep up with my rss feeds.
In news of the good, we managed to actually get away for our first family holiday – first down to Busselton for a few days, and then down to Gracetown to stay with a bunch of friends for a few more days. And oh gods, I didn’t realise how much easier it was to be on holidays with other families. The kids entertain themselves! We actually got to relax!! Sleep, not so much, for me, since I don’t sleep well away from home anyway, and the kidlet has some spectacular night terrors due to ending up overtired and overstimulated. The end result is that I now have a tonne of photos to go through.
I have Plans for the next year. Moving on with the writing, but moving on with other things as well. My OBOD work, reading and reviewing more, getting back to making jewellery and toying with the idea of learning a new craft. I can’t believe that this year is almost over. It hasn’t been a bad one, but I feel like I should have accomplished more. Life with chronic illness, though. You don’t always get that choice. And I am acutely aware, writing that, that I am seriously privileged when it comes to my illness. I have a husband who supports me, I don’t have to work outside the home, and my mother helps with the kidlet so I can write.
Just wanted to highlight this awesome Kickstarter campaign: Losing Altitude: Raising Awareness Through Art, which I have contributed to.
In the interest of transparency, one of the artists contributing to this book is of my closest friends, Pia Ravenari.
I really hope this gets full funding, since I think the book is going to be amazing. Go forth and contribute!
Pasting from the description over at Kickstarter:
Birds are some of the most beautiful and interesting animals in the world. They live on every continent of the world and over the ages they have developed all kinds of interesting adaptations to life in all those different places. With such a huge variety of species, shapes, plumages and colors, birds have inspired artists from the world over. This art book will bring together more than 40 artists from around the globe to illustrate threatened and endangered birds ranging from the little Fairy Pitta to the mighty Javan Hawk Eagle.
The finished art book will be 8.5 x 11 inches and will come with your choice of a hard or soft cover. It will include over 100 pages of full-color illustrations and photographs of endangered and threatened birds from around the world, created by over 40 different artists. Each illustration will also include an infographic with information on the species pictured.
Feeding those starving artists
Since artists cannot create their art without the necessary funds, the profits of this book will be divided up among contributing artists. Artists will receive a portion of the profits based on their contributions. Furthermore, since part of the point of this project is to help support deserving artists, all participating artists reserve the rights to sell originals, prints, and merchandise (etc.) of their art.
Ticonderoga Publications urban fantasy anthology Bloodstones, featuring one of my stories, is now available!
As a reminder, the table of contents (In alphabetical order):
- Joanne Anderton, “Sanaa’s Army”
- Alan Baxter, “Cephalopoda Obsessia”
- Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”
- Vivian Caethe, “Skin”
- MD Curelas, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
- Thoraiya Dyer, “Surviving Film”
- Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull in Winter”
- Stephanie Gunn, “The Skin of the World”
- Richard Harland, “A Mother’s Love”
- Pete Kempshall, “Dead Inside”
- Penny Love, “A Small Bad Thing”
- Karen Maric, “Embracing the Invisible”
- Christine Morgan, “Ferreau’s Curse”
- Nicole Murphy, “Euryale”
- Kat Otis, “And the Dead Shall be Raised Incorruptible”
- Dan Rabarts, “The Bone Plate”
- Erin Underwood, “The Foam Born”
You can purchase from indiebooksonline in trade paperback or hardcover. It will also be available at Amazon shortly.