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Editorial Anonymous

August 5th, 2009 (10:02 am)

Kirsten Thomas of Pubrants linked me to a blog I haven't seen before called Editorial Anonymous. It looks really interesting, another insight into the publishing world.


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damn and blast

July 19th, 2009 (10:11 pm)

I can't go to Ben's 21st and its really annoying. GRRRR!
Maybe I should organize with Steve and Andrew to become a casual, then I will be able to take days off work. But the frustrating thing is a week ago at Lucy's party i said to Ben
"I don't know what you have planned, but I'm begging you to not make it Saturday during the day"
and he replied with "No, I'm going to do a Sunday"
And now it is a Saturday and I can't go, even though I really wanted to!!!


I know, incredibly emo entry!

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Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

June 18th, 2009 (08:52 am)

Dull Boy arrived at work a week after it was released and I bought it straight away (thanks to Kynan’s birthday gift voucher!).
I couldn’t read it, until all of my assessment was done though! How terrible! But this weekend I had to go away to my grandparent’s farm, and my assessment was over. I needed something to distract me from the relatives so I grabbed Dull Boy from the top of my to-be-read pile of books, and off I went! My grandparents’ house was as irritating as expected, so some escapism was great! I wish I could have got a picture of me reading while grandma and granddad butchered one of their sheep, how cool would that have been? Our camera was out of batteries, so no such luck.
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In summery this picture:

Go Buy Dull Boy!

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June 8th, 2009 (07:00 pm)

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A real uni student

June 2nd, 2009 (07:23 pm)

I feel like a real uni student, I just spent two hours at the libray and actualy got somthing productive done! Woo! Go me! Now to go home and shower and then run to pubquiz.

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Assesment, assesment.....

May 27th, 2009 (10:13 pm)

current song: I'll make a man out of you -Mulan

Girl Underground and Tales From Outer Suburbia both subvert and perpetuate commonly held ideologies about suburban lifestyle in different ways and both have a positive effect on children’s development and respect of diversity.

That’s right.

I totally can do this Uni stuff.....

*goes and curls up at the bottom of wardrobe with Thy*

Ow! She scratched me! Back to the essay it is.

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The Demon's Lexicon

May 20th, 2009 (10:56 am)

It arrived in the post yesterday. I came home to get my laptop charger, checked the mail, and found a brown post bag. Was it something I ordered on eBay or something much, much better?

Much, much, much better

I called Amanda, Rhiannon, and I texted Louisa. To share the awesome news (and also gloat a little) It is sighed. With my name! Also theirs! How awesome!

And then I was worried. I read once, on the blurb of The Book of Lost Books a quote that rang true with me

“The lost book… becomes infinitely more alluring simply because it can be perfect only in the imagination”

Or in my words:
The best book is one you haven't read yet. It has all the promise, and wonder you have built it up in your mind to be. And actually reading it can make it disappointing compared to what you imagined

I was worried that I had built the Demons Lexicon up too much. Should I read it? Would I be disappointed?

Having read it the answer is No!

Sarah created a story that had wonderful three dimensional characters, and I don’t think there was every the risk of her people being bland. She had the perfect mix of showing us and telling us how the characters felt. I was not disappointed. It was shorter than I had thought.
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Because I did love the Demons Lexicon

In June you should all go out and buy it!

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

May 17th, 2009 (05:47 pm)

Neal Shusterman
As three teens from different walks of life become fugitives from the government who is determined to harvest them for body parts. I really like the different circumstances behind the three kid’s reasons for flight. Connor’s parents registered him to be unwound because he hasn’t done well at school and keeps getting into fights, the most common reason for kids being unwound. Risa has grown up in a state operated house her whole life, and now at the age of 16 they don’t think her chosen career of concert pianist is good enough. Lev knew he would be an unwind his whole life. His parents conceived him to be a donation to the greater good, a religious donation; he has spent his life looking forward to it.
I also really like the society’s view of unwinding. It’s not killing the unwanted children, as every part of them is used and kept alive; they are just moving on to be alive in another form. I also liked that the reason why unwinding was started because of a civil war in the US, between pro-life and pro-choice camps. They were both so absolute in their beliefs that they wouldn;t compromise, until unwinding begun. Unwanted children are not killed, (to satisfy pro-lifers) but they also don’t exist to be a burden on their parents (to satisfy the pro-choicers). There a few other interesting laws in this country. If you don’t want a child, once you give birth you can leave it on a door step, a tradition called storking. The new family legally have to keep the child, unless they catch the person leaving the baby.
I really enjoyed it; you don’t find many young adult sci-fis that are really well imagined.and carried through.

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My 21st

May 17th, 2009 (02:01 pm)

SO I turned 21 about a month ago, and I had a party, with lots of family and friends. It was in the courtyard of the church (because I felt weired having my party in the main church, it’s so big it would dwarf us. Unfortunately it was raining, but the court yard is (mostly) covered so no one got (too) wet.
We had purple and red helium balloons, in bunches around the edge, and tables with red table cloths, and purple table runners. I had wrangled some damaged books set to be chucked from work, and Dad drilled holes in them so they were candle holders.

It was a literary trivia night, and I asked everyone to come dressed as book characters.
I was Cherry Ames, a Nurse who solves crimes. The books were written around WWII (in fact Cherry was an army nurse for a while) Here is me

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And there was a bunch more of awesome costumes. It was great fun!

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May 8th, 2009 (05:54 pm)

So I enterd a compation to win a sighned copy of The Demons Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brenan AKA sarahtales, and i completely didn't expect to win, because posting to auratlia take extra effort than say, posting to England, but look! LOOK! I won!
Without lying too!
whoda thunk it?
I'm very excited, and the winner was picked by the lady herself *beams*