Then off we went into the countryside, up north via Whangarei to the Bay of Islands, then around the top, via Kerikeri and Mangonui, for the famous fish and chips, to Kaitaia and Omapere. Down the west coast through the kauri forests to Wellsford, then we zoomed southeast back through Auckland to Hamilton, Cambridge and Rotorua, where we spent 2 nights wandering the steamy streets, soaking in the Polynesian Spa, exploring the museum and trying to make up our minds which restaurant to patronise next. It's a hard life.
In the lobby on Sunday morning, I learned that 'A Thousand Flowers', my unicorn story for Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier's anthology Zombies vs Unicorns, had the previous night taken out the Aurealis Award for best Young Adult Short Story. Fellow ROR-workshoppers Tansy Rayner Roberts, Richard Harland and Marianne de Pierres also won, and Dirk Flinthart and Trent Jamieson came close; we are a force to be reckoned with, to be sure.
Flew home last night, up and to work this morning, not on that selkie novel, which still requires some tweaks and is late, eep!, but on the dayjob. New Zealand immediately retreated into dreamland behind a cloud of HTML, usernames and passwords. Still, more dreaming coming up with the Clarion West trip. No need to panic and whine.