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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. 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. 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.

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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, 29 June 2008

Of dogs and cats and Specusphere

As I’ve largely been on web mail this last couple of weeks, blogging has had to take a back seat, especially as the new issue of The Specusphere goes live on Tuesday and I've been nose-down-tail-up with writing and editing. In this issue you’ll find over a dozen reviews, including one of Dreaming Down Under, a new anthology of Australian short spec-fic edited by the inimitable Jack Dann. There are interviews with several prominent spec-fic authors, too, including Glenda Larke, Alison Goodman and Alistair Reynolds.

I’m currently house-sitting for my friend Juliet, who has temporarily abandoned her lovely old cottage in Guildford (site of one of the earliest settlements in Western Australia) in favour of a tour of the Baltic countries. Now a suburb of Perth, Guildford snuggles within an elbow on the Swan River so it’s almost an island. Having so much water around has given the town its own micro-climate. Oak trees, for example, do not generally grow well in this part of the world, but I came across quite an impressive little stand of them while walking the dogs by the river.

Three dogs and a cat share this house with me. One dog is on loan from a pet rescue centre and I admire Juliet for taking on such a task. It is hard to have a temporary pet, knowing that if you send it back to the shelter it stands a pretty good chance of being put down. I don’t think anyone will be putting Sarah down, though. She’s a Bichon Frise; a fluffball with a cuteness factor that’s off the top of the scale. Being old and almost blind doesn’t stop her trying to lord it over the two resident dogs, both of whom are bigger than she is. In fact, she’s almost got Outlaw the Kelpie bluffed into giving up his bed for her when she growls.

All the dogs, however, give Sonia the Cat a wide berth. Sonia is a law unto herself and will take any bed she chooses, knowing that a smart swat on the nose will send any dog whimpering away. She’s a tortie-and-white long hair. They are not, in my experience, usually so pretty, but Sonia, being a lady of a certain age and an aristocrat to boot, knows that she needs to take care of herself properly. She seldom needs grooming because she does such a good job of it without assistance from human hands, and she sports a magnificent tri-colour ruff that would put Queen Elizabeth the First to shame. I’ll try to get a photo of Sonia for next time I post.

3 comments:

Jo said...

I had a cousin who did house sitting. Not sure I would feel at home in someone else's house although we did do it once.

Satima Flavell said...

When I'm house sitting, it's like camping in a farmer's field, only more comfortable:-) I live out of my suitcase and disturb the place as little as possible. It just takes a slight shift of the mind to think of home as wherever your suitcase is, rather than where I pay the rent. Of course, it's nice to know I do have somewhere to go back to - people ask why I don't give up my flat and save the rent, but then I'd feel completely rootless. Silly, eh?

Juliet said...

One of the first things I did here in London was walk around Hyde Park watching people and their dogs enjoying themselves on a sunny Sunday (yes, it's warm here!) Please let Outlaw, Gretel, Sonia and Sara know I'm missing them already. I hope all's well.

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