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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation.

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as an e-book from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. Book one, The Dagger of Dresnia, is up on the usual bookselling web sites as an e-book, and I have a few hard copies to sell to those who prefer Real Paper. Book Two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available soon. The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook.

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Sunday, 6 January 2008

A Trojan Tale

This is a very quick post to explain why I'm not posting:-) On New Year's Eve I found I'd picked up the Peacomm trojan, a particularly nasty one that you can get just by looking at an infected web site! It can only reliably be eradicated by re-installing Windows. Fortunately my son Scott was visiting and he undertook to reformat the hard drive and start again from scratch. Just as fortunately, I didn't lose any information. What I did lose, of course, was time. I'm only just catching up on things now.

To add insult to injury, I was not sure where I'd picked up the trojan, and to be fair, my machine appeared to have been infected with something for several weeks, because it was running extremely slowly and some processes had become unreliable. However, I returned to the web site I'd been looking at when my AV notified me of the infection and to my horror I picked up - wait for it - two more trojans! The AV was on the job and has, I hope, eradicated both of them.

I had no idea trojans could be passed on in this way. I imagine the hackers have done something to the site's cookies. It's sad that such people can't turn what is obviously a fine talent for software development to something that might benefit the world.

This was not, my friends, the best possible start to the New Year. I hope yours was better! I'll try to blog during the week if I catch up with commitments - and don't meet any more wooden horses!

5 comments:

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima -- Good you could sort it out.
Marilyn

Satima Flavell said...

Let's hope all this year's problems last now longer and are no worse! And, of course, that we all find wonderful agents and publishers:-)

Bastet said...

Well, Satima. Jeff and I have been leaving you messages about how much better Macs are. You wouldn't have these problems with a Mac. Not like I'm a commercial, but I am a very satisfied customer.

RYC: Seventy is insane for January, but it was short lived. Today is in the 60s and then winter is supposed to return by the end of the week. I was all for a fast thaw, though. We had quite a bit of snow. Frankly, if we had a winter like this, I'd never complain, but it's sure to get cold again. Global warming? It's got to be the reason.
Lynn

Jody said...

Glad you got the trojan out of your life. My next computer will be a Mac. I don't want Vista and I'm tired of having to build a fort just to keep our computers safe.

Satima Flavell said...

I'm starting to agree that a Mac might be a good investment, but unfortunately I can't see myself affording one any time soon unless I win lotto, find a publisher or get an homest job, each of which seems equally unlikely:-)

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