Canada

October 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I’m off to Canada for a week to attend a conference for work. I travel internationally a lot, and mostly for work, so I’ve got my routine down pat now. Everything’s packed, I’ve cleaned the house (I’m not a neat freak, but I really really hate coming home from overseas to a house that needs cleaning – the last thing I want to do when I get off a 14-hour flight is vacuum, let me tell you), so all that’s left to do now is have a shower and leave.

It’s meant to be rainy and cold in Canada next week, which makes it hard to leave sunny old New Zealand, especially since New Zealand is not sunny very often. But this time next week I’ll be back, so it’s a whirlwind tour.

I’ve got 200 books loaded onto my eReader for the in-transit time – what’s the bet that I’ll scroll through 20 pages of books and not be able to find a single thing to read?

Intangibleland does it again

October 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
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Once again I state for the record that I love Intangibleland, and also the 1970s. Once again, the intersection of these two things has given us comedy gold.

Observe

Art imitates life

October 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 26 Comments
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After the Christchurch earthquake, a lot of people in Auckland said things like, “We won’t have to deal with earthquakes up here, for us it’ll be lava/eruptions/a new volcano.”

This would invariably be followed by laughter, because lava is hilarious, don’t you know. Oh yes. HILARIOUS.

Couldn’t see the joke, myself. But I am fairly humourless when it comes to molten rock and poisonous ash clouds. Surprise!

Anyway. There is a mini-movie on TV tonight that is guaranteed to fuel my paranoia about Auckland volcanoes. It’s called ERUPTION.

Totally taping it. Obviously.

Reviews and a Top Pick readers poll

October 10, 2010 at 10:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Ugh, I’m sick. Finally all the viruses and colds that have been circulating the building at work have caught up with me. Typically, I’m sick on the weekend and not during the week when I could take sick leave. Annoying.

What’s not annoying is that Eyes Wide Shut has been getting some nice reviews around the place, and that makes me very happy.

At Reviews by Jessewave, Lynn gave it 4.25 out of 5, and said, “I enjoyed this well-written short, with two likable protags and secondary cast members with whom we spend time (Carol, Adam’s nurse, and Sally, an FRDS pilot). There’s quite a bit packed into the 28 pages— character development, smexxin, some action, angst — and I found the inclusion of the prejudices against the Australian Aborigines that still exist in that country interesting and sad, with a very minor sub-plot around Sally, who has an Aboriginal mother.”

Tam from Tam’s Reads, who’s reading all the charity sips this year, says about EWS, “Another nice story set in another location. I felt for Adam as he coped with being a dirty little secret.”

And finally, Penny from Blackraven’s Reviews rated EWS 5 ravens, and said, “Ms. Shayne has done a great job of making the characters in her story come to life and seem very real. It is easy to understand Chris’ reluctance to come out while working in the male dominated mining industry but it is also easy to see how this affects Adam too.”

I woke up this morning to find that because of its 5 ravens rating, Eyes Wide Shut is actually a Top Pick of the Week at Blackraven’s reviews, so yay to that. Readers actually get to choose their favourite book of the week from those Top Picks, so there’s a poll HERE where people can vote. Not that I’m suggesting that anyone go over and vote for EWS or anything, that would be crass of me and I am absolutely above that. *cough* 😉

Driving the bus today

September 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m hosting the LJ comm today. So far we’ve had a snippet from my latest, Eyes Wide Shut, and now we’re talking about my hate-on for Vegemite, and the floor is open for discussion of typical regional foods that you’re supposed to love but really hate (e.g., VEGEMITE, EW). I’ve got a couple more posts planned throughout the day, so come on over if you fancy a chat. Everyone who comments over there today goes into a draw to win a $5 Torquere gift voucher, so you’ve got to love that.

New release day: Charity Sip Blitz

September 16, 2010 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Today sees the release of the Charity Sip Blitz stories from Torquere Press. Every year during their birthday month, Torquere release a clutch of stories on a particular theme, benefitting a particular charity chosen by Torquere authors. All the royalties from the stories sold get donated, and Torquere match the donations as well. Past charities chosen for the Sip Blitz include the Matthew Shepard Foundation and various GLBT legal organisations. This year’s Blitz charity is Doctors Without Borders, and so the theme of this year’s Sips is Healing Hearts. 🙂

I’ve posted an unofficial blurb for my story, Eyes Wide Shut, before, but here’s the official one:

Adam Taylor liked working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He didn’t even mind the tiny outback town in Western Australia where he was based. If the downside was doing the regular clinic at the Mount Keith nickel mine where his mining engineer ex-boyfriend Chris Barker worked, well, he’d coped with worse. When a visit from Chris leads to an unexpected encounter, Adam can’t help but hope for things to get back on track.

If Chris couldn’t keep away from Adam, the least he could do was make sure that his redneck workmates never found out. It was better for everyone that way. At least, that’s what he’d thought, until Adam got caught in a mine cave in and Chris thought he was dead. After that, being outed didn’t seem so important anymore. Chris just hoped he’d get a chance to tell Adam that.

Now that it’s out, I can post an excerpt too

Tectonic plate shifts can bite me

September 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I have said before that I’m periodically disturbed by the fact that I live in a country that has such a high level of volcanic and earthquake activity. Unfortunate things tend to happen in New Zealand – whole cities get completely flattened by earthquakes, whole landscapes get destroyed by eruptions. This does not please me.

Yesterday morning at 4.30am there was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake just outside of Christchurch. Probably due to the time of the morning, no one was hurt (the Hawke’s Bay earthquake which flattened Napier happened at 10.30am, and killed 256 people), which was excellent, but apparently it was pretty scary. The very definition of a rude awakening.

Some of the pictures are really incredible.We’ve got lots of damaged buildings, some incredibly disturbing cracks in the road and ground, and bridges twisted beyond repair.

Mother nature is really incredible, and we are insignificant in comparison.

Charity Sip Blitz

August 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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I had an incredibly mediocre day at work today, but then I came home to discover that the story that I was talking about in this post was accepted by Torquere to be part of their Charity Sip Blitz in September. This year’s theme is a medical one, and the money raised by these stories will go to Doctors Without Borders, which is a worthy cause.

My story’s called Eyes Wide Shut – it’s set in Western Australia, and it tells the story of Adam Taylor, a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Chris Barker, a mining engineer working at the Mount Keith nickel mine. The utterly unofficial and unedited-by-anyone-but-me blurb gives you the gist of it:

Adam Taylor liked working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He liked helping people and saving lives, and he didn’t even mind the tiny outback town in Western Australia where he was based. If the downside was being rostered on to do the regular clinic at the Mount Keith nickel mine when you knew that your big, burly mining engineer ex-boyfriend Chris Barker would be there, well, that was hardly the fault of the RFDS. Anyway, he’d rescued people stranded down gorges and in the middle of the Gibson Desert, he could do one little clinic. He couldn’t have predicted that he’d end up fucking Chris against the clinic room door during his lunch hour, or that Chris would say he’d call, sending his hopes skyrocketing.

As for Chris, yeah, maybe he couldn’t keep away from Adam, and maybe he should have known better, but it was too late for that. If he couldn’t manage to keep it in his pants, at least he could make sure that his bigoted, narrow-minded, redneck workmates never found out about him and Adam. It wasn’t his fault that pissed Adam off; it was just the way it had to be. At least, that’s what he’d thought, until Adam got called away on an emergency. Until Adam got caught in a mine cave in and Chris thought he was dead. After that, redneck workmates and fears of being outed didn’t seem so important anymore. Chris just hoped he’d get a chance to tell Adam that.

That will probably never appear in public again, so you read it here first, folks.

In conclusion – the best possible end to a shitty day ever.

Tumblr

August 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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I browse Tumblr pretty much every day. Despite that, I’m not entirely sure what the point of it is. It seems to mainly be the posting of naked pictures/porn. Which is fine by me because, hey, whatever floats your boat, and I happen to quite like porn, so it’s all good.

Anyway. My point is that I like men, I enjoy looking at pictures of good looking men and if they’re naked too, well, so much the better. There is one Tumblr blog (are they even called blogs? I have no idea) that I’ve stumbled across recently called Intangibleland which tends to post more artistic-type shots, and a fair few vintage ones. Over the last few days they’ve been posting scans from 1970s Playgirl magazines, which I have found very entertaining, because oh, the Seventies! So much hair, so many moustaches! It’s been great. But a couple of days ago they posted a picture that absolutely made my day. I think I can safely say that it’s one of the greatest pictures I have ever seen in my life.

It’s safe for work, if your work doesn’t mind bare chests. No bits are showing.

A picture’s worth a thousand words…

August 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Recently, I’ve been writing a story set in and around this place:

Mt Keith nickel mine

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