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Since it has been a few years since I was last here, time for an .

I am a freelance editor, specialising in SF/F. I review on my own blog (Earl Grey Editing) and for the Hugo-award-winning Nerds of a Feather.

I live in Australia, have two dogs and enjoy natural history. I'm in the middle of two tabletop campaigns: one of Blades in the Dark (smuggling crew) and one of Gloomhaven.

Welcome, July! May those of you looking for a new beginning find it today (or tomorrow, if you're further west. Or maybe today anyway).

Pity I couldn't find a gif of the spiders running away. πŸ˜‚

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Cleaning day always makes me feel a bit like Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle.

Perhaps that's a sad indictment of housekeeping, but the image makes me laugh.

Foz Meadows weaves a tale of healing and self-worth amid a political murder mystery in A Strange and Stubborn Endurance.

Check out my review on Nerds of a Feather.

nerds-feather.com/2022/06/micr

Foz Meadows weaves a tale of healing and self-worth amid a political murder mystery in A Strange and Stubborn Endurance.

Check out my review on Nerds of a Feather.

nerds-feather.com/2022/06/micr

Maybe this will put me ahead on Hugos reading for next year.

Also, I really must manage my library holds better 🌊 πŸ“š

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I miss Spring, but I have these beauties to tide me over and the bulbs in the garden are starting to sprout green.

And now I'm off to finish writing my review of This All Come Back Now, an anthology of Indigenous Australian speculative fiction edited by Mykaela Saunders.

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I've had to concede defeat and return two unread books to the library today.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is popular and will take a while to work its way back to me. I'd hoped to see if it lived up to the hype.

League of Liars is by Astrid Scholte, who is a local author. I like to keep tabs on the local SFF scene.

They'll both make their way back to me eventually. In the meantime, I've started Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer, a contender for this year's Lodestar Award.

Editing day.

Articles, Conjunctions and Prepositions, Oh My!: or the joys of title case.

I got to d&d late and found my party members and the GM in a heated debate over whether a toilet could be a divination focus for scrying.

So, it's solstice night, one hour from the darkest, and this is the northern sky. There's mist over this small lake.

Happy Solstice to all those celebrating it today. As usual, I'm marking the occasion with a manicure. Just ignore the ink stains πŸ˜…

The shortest day of the year started out with a peasoup fog and has settled into overcast weather. It makes me look forward to the return of the light all the more.

The demon looked around. There was a summoning sigil drawn in the ruddy sand, but nobody... It shifted its perception to the spiritual plane. Ah. A dust devil.
"Why hast thou-"
"A battery."
"A battery?" The demon looked around. "What need for a battery on Mars?"
"For our friend."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - Mary Oliver

White-tailed bumblebee close up photo 

taking a nice drink of nectar from an umbellifer flower

#photography #florespondence

pro tip: when you type "LB" to reference your last boost, go ahead and drop a link to the boosted post in there as well

some folks have boosts turned off, some folks have the collapse-y thing where multiple boosts of the same post only show up once, sometimes your LB post itself gets boosted - there's lots of ways for post to be separated from boost, and including the link saves folks a bit of confusion.

- Packbats πŸŽ’

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