Monday, January 30, 2012

More from our Xmas trip to Perlis State Park

Fungi and Leaves
Bracket Fungi on a tree trunk
Fungi growing on leaf litter
Fungi on a fallen log
Fungi on a tree
Fungi on a fallen branch
"Autumn"(? )leaves in the rainforest at Xmas...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why I haven't posted much lately

Yeah, I know. I haven't been posting lately. We are sorting out our house, throwing away things, deciding what it going to end up with the kids, and what we will take to Australia when we go, and what will stay here for my husband, who will -- we assume -- still be working here for a while yet. The house, however, will go up for sale soon.

This is the kind of life-change that many people have to make after the kids have left home. Do we really what to rattle around in a HUGE house, large garden, with all the expenses of upkeep, the large amount of housework that the tropics loves to give me to do? We've decided that we don't.  

Yesterday I gave away 188 SF/F and crime books. This week I will be going through the more literary-type fiction. My husband has been disposing of outdated papers and files...

The manuscript has been put away for the time being after the completion of the "first" full draft. I always do this, as I find that there's nothing like separating myself from it for a while, then coming back to it. The mistakes tend to leap off the page.

If you know anyone who wants a 5 bedrm/3bathrm single-storey house and garden/orchard complete with mature rambutan, sukun (breadfruit), avocado, pink guava (jambu), and longan trees, markisa (passionfruit) vines in Bandar Baru Bangi... It'll be up for viewing around the end of February.

Friday, January 13, 2012

In search of oneself

This was the Four-lined Tree-Frog in my kitchen this morning. I tried to catch him and put him out, and he managed to disappear, only to reappear (see second photo)...
Yes, that's him on the book case, reading the titles of the books. He's darkened himself to match the cover of my husband's honours thesis on pregnancy urine. For those of you who remember that they used to use frogs to determine if a woman was pregnant, that might seem so wrong on so many levels, but I assure you, he's obviously looking for the book on the far right, titled "Frogs and Toads of the World."

Told you he could read.

Friday, January 06, 2012

New book, new cover...

Marvellous what you find on the internet when you are looking for something a book by yourself (and your translator!) I have no idea who the cover artist is, but the translator is Susanne Gerold and the publisher is Blanvalet. It is due for publication in September.

And for those who don't speak German, from the cover, 
what's the book?

The literal translation is "The Federation of Illusionists" -- Whispering Sand

Monday, January 02, 2012

More from my Xmas trip to Perlis State Park

Christmas dinner -- lovely fresh seafood -- was eaten at sunset in Kuala Perlis beside the Andaman Sea, looking out towards Langkawi Islands. Unfortunately, the haze was bad so you really have to strain your eyes to see the islands, and the photo doesn't show them at all!

A bus-stop in Perlis, along a country road
Sugar Cane fields
Rice fields
Nakawan Range, bordering Thailand--a 36km continuous limestone hill
Where we had a quite delicious Xmas dinner