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Yay! My sampler has been published!

I have been remiss - and my publisher is not at all happy with me. Oh dear!

In my defence, I have been extraordinarily busy - more on that soon.


I have been so excited to get this one out. This is - as the cover says - a sampler of my family flashes, which I wrote for the PhD artifact. I am still working on the larger project, which will be a novel containing the remainder of the flashes I wrote in the past 3.5 years - with a number of added flashes aimed at bringing the existing work together. Obviously, these aren't germane to the larger project. 
This is where you can buy the book, there are three options; soft cover, hard cover, and hard cover with a dust jacket (for those people who love classics). Please feel free to spread the word because, you know, I'm a really good writer (hey, seriously, you keep coming back to this blog and my life is not that exciting, so you know I'm a good writer - make sure you tell everyone how great I am).
The flashes are based on family …

Green Ladies v. Equal Pay for Women...

Unless you were on some sort of transcendental journey of self-exploration or on a technology free kick - and seriously, who has time for either of those these days? - you wouldn't have missed the fact that a couple of days ago was International Women's Day. This is a day which had to be created so great swaths of women could be treated on equal footing with men around the world. Now, I don't subscribe to the 'every woman is oppressed by the patriarchy' point of view. I believe if you don't actually feel oppressed, then you aren't, and that no one else has the right to insist that you are, only because they themselves feel disempowered. I see many empowered women in cultures which might otherwise be considered by outsiders to be oppressive, but in many ways are less oppressive than far more prosperous or educated populations (assuming prosperity is about money and education is about literacy and numeracy).
On International Women's Day in Australia, the…

Hope...

How cool is my kid? So cool, that's how cool he is. It is amazing to watch him come into his own. I have great hope of him realising his dreams because he is so dedicated to his music - and he has tons of talent to go with that dedication
Another thing I have hope of as of today, is finally having work in my chosen field; teaching. I have worked so hard for so long, and so much of that effort seems to have gone unrecognised, and certainly under-utilised. I've studied for 25 years and had so much hope of the PhD being an avenue for networking and building my skills, but the predatory attitude of the University (getting people in and out asap so as to reap Government income), meant I was never offered the same opportunities my able bodied peers were offered, despite having proven capable of the work.
But today, I received words of great encouragement from the facilitator of the pre-employment course I'm doing right now. She had already identified my strengths and the issues…

Walking the walk...

You know, I keep meaning to keep this blog completely up to date. And then life happens and when I do think of blogging I'm wiped out. Anyway, this last week has been full on with activity so first up, I thought I'd give you a brief overview of my week, which will lead into the main point of this post (just so you don't all think I'm just rambling on as per usual - you know, like right now).

Monday:

This was a very busy day. I actually managed to triple book my day. I usually have braille on Monday afternoons, but as well as that I'd made an appointment with Vision Australia Kensington's volunteer co-ordinator to submit the police check and working with children card applications. Then, on top of that, I accidentally promised to attend a monthly meeting of women at Guide Dogs Victoria support group for women. I'd been wanting to join this group for a couple of months, so when I got a call from the co-ordinator, I promised to come along before checking my di…