BTW: Moomba, WriteOnCon, First Lines, Scents and Sighs
Hooray for public holidays! It’s Labour Day on Monday here in Victoria (that’s my state, for the non-Aussies reading along), which means a three day weekend. Woo! We’ll be spending the long weekend painting the house for the most part, though Husband’s carved out a few hours for a game of golf, and Meg and I intend on devoting that time to getting some words on the page. Hooray for that, too! It’s been a busy week, featuring an interstate trip (my book ran out before the plane trip did, horror!) and real developments on the house. We’re now watertight, we have a third of a fence and everything seems to be slotting into place. Just nobody mention the bills, okay? Okay.
This long weekend we’ll also be heading to the Moomba Festival. It’s Australia’s longest running community festival and is more or less just an excuse to get together and party. There’s a parade with floats, lots of carnival type games, bands and a birdman competition that usually features anything from hilarious to abysmal to not entirely ridiculous attempts to get airborne.
On the writing front, I’m totally psyched to have won this awesome competition over at Laura Pauling’s blog. I have told you she’s fab before and I will tell you again now–if you’re not following her, you’re missing out. I’m going to be getting to work whipping my WIP into shape so I can send her the first act. She’s totally going to save my cat, I know it.
Also on the writing front, I just wanted to cheer to you all about WriteOnCon again. For those who don’t know, WriteOnCon is the brainchild of a group of writers who thought that everybody should be able to attend writing conferences–including those whose work, finances or other demands don’t permit it. So they founded WriteOnCon, a competely free online festival that features a suite of authors, agents, editors and more over the course of three days. Get over there and check it out!
T: Things I Like
The annoyingly clever Nathan Bransford changed my mind. I thought I was tired of reading about eBooks and ePublishing, but he discussed Amanda Hocking, who’s made a million dollars self-publishing, and it was one of the most interesting articles on the subject I’ve read in ages.
The ever lovely Quita and Pam are holding an opening lines critique session. I’m in, hope you guys are too!
The fabulous Elena Solodow thinks we should wake up and smell the fiction. Unless you prefer the scent of Typeset For Men, of course.
W: What I’m Reading
THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan. Sigh. Oh, Rick Riordan, Husband is going to get jealous sooner or later. This is my sixth Rick Riordan book since the start of the year. For those who don’t know about the world of Camp Halfblood, the books are set in the present day USA and are about a group of halfbloods, or ‘heroes’–the sort you used to find in the ancient Greek myths. Except that the gods are still alive and kicking, and heading on a quest could involve taking the bus and hiding out in your Yankees cap of invisibility. Or, you know. Saving civilisation as we know it. This book is the first in a new series set after the conclusion of the Percy Jackson books, and features three new protagonists, any one of them alone a reason to fall in love with the story. The action rips along and drags you with it. Lots of fun!
So, broadcasting from a house that’s packed up into our bedrooms (seriously, I never have to leave mine, all the furniture’s in here…), that’s my news. What’s yours? Have a great weekend!