On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 the best...
Coming in at No. 10:
I've scored another Aurealis Award shortlisting! That makes my sixth. I think I shall give up the idea of ever winning as I doubt it will ever happen; it's much more fun to collect lots of "finalist" logos.
You can see the whole finalist list here. For the Best Fantasy Novel of 2010, Stormlord Rising is up against a book by previous multiple winner, Juliet Marillier.
And against a novel that has been nominated for TWO chances at an Aurealis, by Trent Jamieson.
And against a superb novel by Tansy Rayner Roberts which I absolutely loved and wouldn't mind losing out to.
And the fifth is by someone I'd never heard of -- but I sure have now. I rather think this is the first time a novel that has been so far entirely self-published has been listed for an Aurealis, so that's lots of kudos to Andrea K. Host for a start. Congratulations to everyone!
So one way or another I reckon I won't win this time either -- but who cares? I'm collecting those logos! Thanks to all the organisers and judges. I love you guys.
At Number 9:
Was sitting in my lounge room for half an hour putting the hooks back in washed curtains and counted the wild birds I could hear: Asian Koel, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Oriental Magpie Robin, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, White-vented Myna, Common Tailorbird and Red Junglefowl. Seven species in my garden in half an hour. Made a difference to a tedious job. (Ok, so the junglefowl is technically on the slope on the other side of my back fence...)
At number 8:
Hey they finally activated our smart card for the satellite TV decoder!! It only took 5 weeks. Or was it 6? I kid you not. It was so long, I can't even remember how long. So we now have TV again after...um...maybe 5 or 6 years. Can't say it worried me over much, but hubby was missing the news...
At Number 5:
My husband sent me an email with the subject line: "SexVideo". He's never done that before, so I scrambled to open it.....but alas, no video clip attached. Just news of more politician shenanigans that everyone is getting heartily sick of here. Sigh.
At Number 2:
|That's the top of the palm tree near the righthand archway. It's base was to the left behind those pots.|
At Number 1:
I still have not broadband connection. Of course, it's all my fault.
I forgot to pay the bill.
It's been paid now, but reconnection takes time. Dail up is soooooooooooooo slooooooooooow.
At Number 0.
|The occupied nest.|
Later on the male kept coming to the area with food, looking for them. Sob.
|The only photo of bird at the nest. The dark bits.|