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14th May 2014

11:30am: Updatery
Well, I guess it's about time for one of those posts where I apologise for not having posted in so long, do some rambling about work, and say I'll post more often, then vanish again for at least a few months.

Hi! Sorry I haven't posted in so long:) I'm reading, but mostly on my phone from work, and posting & commenting on the LJ app sucks.

Work stuff: Opera season again some more. Three shows down, the last one (Carmen) opens tomorrow. And I just landed a new gig; dressing on The King and I at the Princess Theatre, which is nearly three months solid work. It's musical theatre, which is a little bit of a complete pain in the arse usually, but it does help fill a rather large gap in my schedule, since next opera season's not until November, and I had nothing else booked! The ballet didn't call me for the last costume refurb, and the next one's coming up and I hadn't heard anything, so I think I'll assume they don't love me anymore.

I am Cold Sheeping this year - not buying any yarn all year. My one exemption is that I can buy more dishcloth cotton if I use up what I have. The goal is to use up some of the yarn I already have stockpiled, but it's going quite slowly since I don't have a lot of time to knit currently...I did make a very awesome hat though, and finish up some ancient projects.

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3rd September 2013

8:33pm: Random update

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20th August 2013

8:37pm: So, Hellblazer is over.
I've been reading Hellblazer longer than I've known some of my closest friends, so I'm not exactly thrilled by that. I actually put off reading the final issue - couldn't quite bring myself to admit it was done, so I started over as far back as my trades and back issues allow, and read up to the last issue.

There's a 'new' title though, part of DC's New 52 reboot, called Constantine. I just read the first six issues, and...fuck that. Seriously? John is:

1. Young and attractive.
2. Living in New York.
3. On a mission to 'protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe'.
4. Doesn't say fuck anymore.

Sod off DC, that's not John Constantine. That's not even a good imitation.

Oh, and since when does Papa Midnite dress like he's on the way to a fetish party and say things like "Battle's over, Papa Midnite's here!!"?

12th July 2013

11:58am: Hi
Hello, peoples.

I am reading all your posts, I promise, but I'm working a lot lately and mostly online in bits and pieces on my phone, and my LJ app sucks for commenting or posting. But I thought I'd say hello, I'm still here:)

That's it, really. Musical theatre is eating my life. We got a new mattress yesterday, that's about all the news I have...

13th April 2013

2:43pm: I made a hat!
I pretty much just made this exact post to my dreadlock community, but I thought you lot might like to see my hat too:)

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26th January 2013

9:55pm: Fireworks!
I forgot it was Australia Day until I heard the bangs just now. They were good ones!

31st October 2012

5:00pm: Opera!
I signed paperwork for a new job today. I'm dressing for Opera Australia's Spring season, starting next week and running until Dec 15. The bookshop has been fabulous about me basically deserting them for six weeks.

Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Salome. Blood and gore for everyone!

ETA: Oh, and in never-rains-but-it-pours fashion, I also got a call this afternoon asking me to dress on Warhorse. I turned them down, because it clashes with the end of opera season and Christmas trading for the bookshop, but it's a shame, that looks like an amazing show. Maybe they'll still need dressers in January:)

15th October 2012

6:49pm: 365, part the...oh, whatever.
I'm not doing the 365 thing anymore. I'd already missed a day, which takes a lot of the fun out of it for me, then I went to upload the week's photos last Tuesday & realised that I'd taken a few photos the first day, missed two more days, and several of the days I'd only taken one photo and it was a bad one. So...I'm over it. But here are some photos anyway:)

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2nd October 2012

9:23pm: 365 57 - 63
Only six actual 365 photos this time, because I was so focused on trying to get pictures to behave on Wednesday that I forgot to actually take one! I put a few extra in though, to make up for it:)

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26th September 2012

7:59pm: 365 43 - 56
Two weeks worth, because I didn't feel like posting last week. Was going to last night, but Flickr was being a pain in the arse; LJ is being similarly annoying tonight, but I'll give it a go.

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4th September 2012

10:05pm: Booklist 4: August 2012 - July 2013.
August: (7)

1. The Ascent of Rum Doodle, W.E. Bowman. Fiction, borrowed from Holly.
2. Portable Childhood, Ellen Klages. Fiction, short stories, library.
3. Welcome to Normal, Nick Earls. Fiction, short stories, library.
4. The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs. Fiction, bought second-hand, not kept.
5. The Red Tree, Caitlin R. Kiernan. Horror, library.
6. Hardwired, Walter Jon Williams. Science fiction, library.
7. Voice of the Whirlwind, Walter Jon Williams. Science fiction, library.

September: (9)

8. Humpty Dumpty in Oakland, Philip K. Dick. Fiction, library.
9. The Draco Tavern, Larry Niven. Science fiction, short stories, library.
10. Swiftly, Adam Roberts. Fantasy, library.
11. The Devil in Amber, Mark Gatiss. Crime/mystery, library.
12. Dictionary of Children's Clothes 1700s to present, Noreen Marshall. Non-fiction (reference), library. I didn't actually read this all in September, it's a reference book I read in bits over many trips to the library. Finished it in September though.
13. From the Dead, Mark Billingham. Crime/mystery, library.
14. Uncensored: Views and (Re)views, Joyce Carol Oates. Non-fiction (essays & reviews), library.
15. The Carhullan Army, Sarah Hall. Science fiction, library.
16. Misspent Youth, Peter F. Hamilton. Science fiction, library.

October: (15)

17. Cooking the Books, Kerry Greenwood. Crime/mystery, bought second-hand, re-read.
18. Railsea, China Mieville. Science fiction, bought new.
19. Bryant & May On The Loose, Christopher Fowler. Crime/mystery, bought new.
20. Bryant & May Off The Rails, Christopher Fowler. Crime/mystery, bought new.
21. Bryant & May And The Memory Of Blood, Christopher Fowler. Crime/mystery, bought new.
22. Bryant & May And The Invisible Code, Christopher Fowler. Crime/mystery, bought new.
23. Goodbye to Berlin, Christopher Isherwood. Fiction, short stories, gift.
24. The Wandering Icon, Kerry Greenwood. Crime/mystery (children's), bought second-hand.
25. Black Coffee Blues, Henry Rollins. Essays, bought second-hand.
26. The Road, Cormac McCarthy. Science fiction, library.
27. No one belongs here more than you, Miranda July. Fiction, short stories, library.
28. Invisible Writer: A biography of Joyce Carol Oates, Greg Johnson. Biography, bought second-hand.
29. The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano. Fiction, gift.
30. The Making of Modern Australia, William McInnes. Non-fiction, library.
31. The Museum of Dr Moses, Joyce Carol Oates. Crime/mystery, short stories, library.

November: (12)

32. Live? From Planet Earth, George Alec Effinger. Science fiction, short stories, library.
33. The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks. Science fiction, bought new.
34. The Victoria Vanishes, Christopher Fowler. Crime/mystery, bought new.
35. The Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
36. Three women of Liverpool, Helen Forrester. Fiction, owned, re-read.
37. Apocalypses & Apostrophes, John Barnes. Science fiction, short stories, owned, re-read.
38. Orbital Resonance, John Barnes. Science fiction, owned, re-read.
39. A Million Open Doors, John Barnes. Science fiction, owned, re-read.
40. The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross. Science fiction, bought new.
41. Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson. Non-fiction, (essays) bought new.
42. The Dead Place, Stephen Booth. Crime/mystery, borrowed from book shelf in Arts Centre Wardrobe.
43. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova. Horror, borrowed from Holly who borrowed it from Alicia.

December: (10)

44. Bold As Love, Gwyneth Jones. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
45. Castles made of Sand, Gwyneth Jones. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
46. Midnight Lamp, Gwyneth Jones. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
47. Band of Gypsys, Gwyneth Jones. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
48. Rainbow Bridge, Gwyneth Jones. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
49. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway. Fiction, short stories, owned, re-read.
50. The Margarets, Sheri S. Tepper. Science fiction, bought new.
51. The Pacific Book of Australian SF, edited by John Baxter. Science fiction, short stories, owned, re-read.
52. Transgressions, edited by Don Anderson. Fiction, short stories, owned, re-read.
53. Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlein. Science fiction, owned, re-read.

January: (18)

54. Market Forces, Richard Morgan. Science fiction, bought second-hand.
55. Kushiel's Justice, Jacqueline Carey. Fantasy, bought second-hand.
56. Dresses of Red and Gold, Robin Klein. Fiction, bought second-hand. (Gift for Renee)
57. The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan. Fiction, bought second-hand.
58. Helen Garner and the Meaning of Everything, Alex Jones. Fiction, bought second-hand.
59. The Diddakoi, Rumer Godden. Fiction, owned, re-read.
60. Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey. Non-fiction, gift.
61. A Candle for St Jude, Rumer Godden. Fiction, owned, re-read.
62. In La-La Land We Trust, Robert Campbell. Crime/Mystery, owned, re-read.
63. The Junkyard Dog, Robert Campbell. Crime/mystery, owned, re-read.
64. Pippa Passes, Rumer Godden. Fiction, owned, re-read.
65. Taman Shud, Kerry Greenwood. Non-fiction, crime/mystery, bought new.
66. Bell, Book and Murder, Rosemary Edghill. Crime/mystery, owned, re-read.
67. On Murder, edited by Kerry Greenwood. Crime/mystery, short stories, owned, re-read.
68. On Murder 2, edited by Kerry Greenwood. Crime/mystery, short stories, owned, re-read.
69. The Long Walk, Kerry Greenwood. Fiction, owned, re-read.
70. Journey to Eureka, Kerry Greenwood. Fiction, owned, re-read.
71. Walking Naked, Nina Bawden. Fiction, owned, re-read.

February (13)

72. Recipes for Crime, edited by Kerry Greenwood & Jenny Pausacker. Short stories, crime/mystery, owned, re-read.
73. Miss Happiness & Miss Flower, Rumer Godden. Fiction, bought 2nd-hand, re-read.
74. A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories, Joan Aiken. Fantasy, short stories, owned, re-read.
75. Someplace to be Flying, Charles de Lint. Fantasy, owned, re-read.
76. After Silence, Jonathan Carroll. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
77. The Ware Tetrology, Rudy Rucker. Science fiction, re-read, e-book.
78. Gypsy Boy, Mikey Walsh. Non-fiction (biography), library.
79. Good as Dead, Mark Billingham. Crime/mystery, library.
80. Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture, edited by Chelsea Cain. Non-fiction (biographies), e-book.
81. So Yesterday, Scott Westerfeld. Fiction (YA), owned, re-read.
82. Stonemouth, Iain Banks. Fiction, bought new.
83. The Gravedigger's Daughter, Joyce Carol Oates. Fiction, e-book.
84. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.

March: (17)

85. Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
86. Anne of the Island, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
87. Anne of Windy Poplars, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
88. Anne's House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
89. The Year's Best Science Fiction 28, edited by Gardner Dozois. Science fiction, short stories, bought new.
90. Anne of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, owned.
91. Rainbow Valley, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
92. The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi. Science fiction, bought new.
93. Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
94. May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Holmes. Fiction, borrowed from Holly.
95. Chronicles of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, short stories, re-read, e-book.
96. The Gold Coast, Kim Stanley Robinson. Science fiction, re-read, bought new.
97. Collected Stories, Lily Brett. Fiction, short stories, bought 2nd-hand.
98. Further Chronicles of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery. Fiction, short stories, re-read, e-book.
99. Whit, Iain Banks. Fiction, re-read, bought new.
100. Indian Dust, Rumer & Jon Godden. Fiction, short stories, re-read, bought 2nd-hand.
101. Mechanique, Genevieve Valentine. Science fiction, bought new.

April: (6)

102. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides. Fiction, e-book.
103. The Year's Best Science Fiction 29, edited by Gardner Dozois. Science fiction, short story anthology, bought new.
104. The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Charlie Huston. Crime/mystery, bought new.
105. The Treatment, Mo Hayder. Crime/mystery, re-read, e-book.
106. The Beach, Alex Garland. Fiction, re-read, e-book.
107. Little (grrl) Lost, Charles de Lint. Fantasy, bought 2nd-hand.

May: (7)

108. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman. Fantasy, e-book.
109. Poppet, Mo Hayder. Crime/mystery, bought new.
110. Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway. Fantasy, bought new.
111. The New Moon's Arms, Nalo Hopkinson. Fantasy, library.
112. The Weight, Andrew Vachss. Crime/mystery, library.
113. Slow River, Nicola Griffith. Science fiction, re-read, e-book.
114. The Man Who Japed, Philip K. Dick. Science fiction, re-read, e-book.

June: (8)

115. Halting State, Charles Stross. Science fiction, library.
116. The Student Chronicles, Alice Garner. Non-fiction (biography), library.
117. Horrible Man, Leonie Wallace. Non-fiction (true crime), library.
118. Hotel Du Lac, Anita Brookner. Fiction, Little Library.
119. The Man of my Dreams, Curtis Sittenfeld. Fiction, Little Library.
120. The Art of Mending, Elizabeth Berg. Fiction, bought 2nd-hand. Donated to Little Library.
121. Angels Flying Slowly, Jill Roe. Fiction, bought 2nd-hand, donated to Little Library.
122. Keep The Giraffe Burning, John Sladek. Science fiction, bought new, short stories.

July: (5)

123. Earthman, go home!, Harlan Ellison. Short stories, science fiction, owned, re-read.
124. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich. Non-fiction, owned, re-read.
125. When the city stopped, Joan Phipson. YA, Little Library.
126. Little Big Top, Fred Lord. Non-fiction, Little Library.
127. The Mirage, Matt Ruff. Science fiction, bought new.

Crime/mystery: 23
Fantasy: 14
Fiction: 46
Horror: 2
Non-fiction: 14
Science fiction: 29

Short story collection/anthology: 23

Borrowed from someone: 4
Borrowed from a library: 26
Borrowed from Little Library: 4
Bought new: 23
Bought second-hand: 16
Gift: 3
Owned: 32
E-book: 19

Re-read: 51
Donated to Little Library: 2
9:46pm: 365 29-35
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28th August 2012

8:21pm: 365 22-28
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22nd August 2012

6:21pm: 365 15-21 +bonus
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14th August 2012

9:57pm: 365 8-14
More pictures!

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7th August 2012

9:43pm: 365 1-7
So, last Wednesday was my birthday. And I started another 365 - let's see how long I keep it up this time:) Also, another birthday means I've recorded another year's worth of reading; I read 213 books in the last year.


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18th July 2012

6:53pm: I got a job!
Not a permanent one, but full-time until mid-September, and it's a job!

I'm working on costumes for the Australian Ballet. Because I am a very junior Junior Costumier, and was hired to do hand-sewing, this mostly means sewing on hooks and bars. So many hooks and bars. But hey, I'm back in a wardrobe department! Yay!

Also, our hot water heater is made of stupid. I am carefully following all the instructions printed on the side of it, I swear. But it won't light. Bah.

26th June 2012

3:35pm: Hi.
Long time no post. I have coffee, comics, and knitting. Life is good. Midwinter party on the weekend was excellent - thanks, as always, kitling!

Have some random photos:

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26th April 2012

12:38pm: Bleurgh.
I am not well.

1st April 2012

11:30am: Have you looked anything up on Google Maps today? Go look up something on Google Maps:)

7th March 2012

11:02am: :(
Squirrelmail hates me. I go to the login page, put in my username & password, (& yes, I'm sure I'm putting them in right) click 'login', and get "ERROR You must be logged in to access this page. Go to the login page". Lather, rinse, repeat.

Any suggestions? I've tried going to the vurt main page and accessing the login page from there, rather than going directly to my bookmark.

11th February 2012

11:27am: House, house, books.
Hello, I am still here.

We've moved house - did anyone not know that yet? The new place is good, and I'm enjoying living in Northcote, although it is rather full of hipsters. We're close to High St, so close to shops etc, the library is in walking distance as are two sorts of public transport (three if you count buses, but I don't) and we have an *amazing* view.

We're not done unpacking yet - all the vital stuff is done, kitchen stuff & clothes etc, and I'm about halfway through unpacking my books. I've been helping my sister out a lot lately though, minding the twins or entertaining Evie, and I do actually have to be home to unpack...

I went for a walk Thursday, looking for op-shops - found two, one of which was okay, but I was kind of expecting more - don't hipsters love op-shops? There are a lot of second-hand clothes shops, but they're not the same.

Going to see a circus show tomorrow, La Vie by Les 7 doigts de la main at the Famous Spiegeltent. I'm looking forward to it, Les 7 doigts de la main are supposed to be amazing.

Ok, that's about it for news.

21st November 2011

11:48pm: So, Melbourne people...
Does anyone have a ship in a bottle I can borrow? Suggestions for places to buy one cheap also welcome, but I only need it for a photo shoot, so I'd rather borrow one.

20th November 2011

1:51pm: Stupid thing.
I just asked the Viclink Journey Planner to plan me a route to Northcote train station; not because I actually need directions, but because I have the trip planner bookmarked, and thought it would be a quicker way to get to the relevant train timetable than navigating the site.

The planner offered me three different options, all involving some combination of walking, trams, and catching a bus. All of them.

What kind of stupid travel program, when asked how to get to a train station, doesn't have at least one option involving CATCHING A TRAIN?
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