24 July, 2006


The panel at NSW Writers' Centre was good—heaps of people, a good mix of the silly and the serious. We really got that sex and swearing stuff done and dusted. And they do a good pie there, too. I promised I wouldn't buy any books, so instead I bought a picture of a dragon, by Gabriel Hooper, also a mini-man made by him.

The 18th birthday was a bit of a non-event for the terrible old daggy family. Peaceful, though. :) And Jack survived all his celebrating without injury, I'm happy to be able to report.

Saturday I dutifully lay on the bed and read—OK, I snoozed a bit, but only in preparation for watching the live telecast of the Tour de France. Anyway, I finished Scott Westerfeld's The Last Days, sequel to Peeps—very cool and understated vampires, and Scott almost, almost got past my ongoing doubtfulness about books that feature lots of music performances. I haven't read Peeps yet, so I kind of only had a fingernail-hold on these vampires and what caused them and what that worm was about, but that was very close to my ideal degree of ignorance-of-what's-happening, so that was good. A noice dark read.

Now I'm on to Kenneth Oppel's Airborn, which has a very Dinotopia feel, only it's got...some other kind of creature, instead of dinosaurs. Good fun with added hybrium.

Sunday was: A bike ride down to Captain Cook Bridge and back in cool but clear weather; a drive to Maroubra and 2 hours' work in the car while Harry and Max surfed; then several hours at Lynne's welcoming Jen back from Finland. Good fun.


Blogger delwyne said...

Hi Margo, excuse my ignorance but I'm not sure what you mean in your heading about 'all those ST's' - I'm kind of literal and it is probably obvious but I don't get it...I have a question. When you post a blog do you do it mainly for yourself or for the interest of who might be reading your blog? Do you see it as a marketing tool, or more as a kind of journaling? Just curious, my blog is a bit all over the place and I'm not sure where to set the boundaries...cheers, me again, delwyne

25 July, 2006 17:35  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Hi Margo, if you're interested in dark reads, I have a friend who writes this fictional blog... you might find it interesting if you're interested in what teenagers write about. The last one he wrote was a gothic fairytale about vampires. http://soullesswanderings.spaces.msn.com/
Anyway, I think he can write. Maybe that's enough to make you curious? Your life sounds very pleasant and full. If busy.

26 July, 2006 15:42  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Hi Delwyne, Sorry it took so long to respond. The STs are the letters on the end of amongST, amidST, whilST, of which I disapprove, and I urge anyone who asks for writing advice to use 'among', 'amid' and 'while' instead.

I mainly put up a blog entry to let people know I'm alive still. The entries I did over at 'Inside A Dog' while I was travelling earlier this year were more for myself - strangely, because as a guest blogger I should perhaps have been thinking more of my audience, but I was doing such unwriterly things they just came out that way. Now that I'm back, I try and keep it to more book-related things - although Jack's 18th birthday seemed like a milestone I should mark here!

Thanks, Eleanor, for the link. I've bookmarked it, being up to my ears in duty-reading at the moment.

09 August, 2006 18:33  

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