I have booked my trip to Perth for April, to attend the 50th National SF Convention/Swancon, where I am an invited guest. (Love the Natcon/Swancon organisers...)
I am writing The Masks of Yedron at the moment. It is progressing slowly. I need a contract to give me some impetus, I think...
And meanwhile, over in Australia: poor Queensland. A huge expanse of Australia is under water and looks like it will remain that way for quite a while. The good thing about this is that there is no way that an enormous disaster of this magnitude - an appalling drain on resources for a country which has vast distances and a small population - could ever lead to the horror that was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (I have recently read Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. While I might have some issues with the writing and the way Eggers told the story, I just cannot fathom how US authorities can have sunk so low at a time of such calamity and in the weeks that followed. I remember watching CNN International at the time with my jaw permanently sitting on my chest somewhere..)
I am proud to be Australian.