For those of you who haven’t heard yet

Dawn Meehan is moving to Florida this week and as a final hora for her life in Chicago she made a most spectacular clip on youtube, where she walks a mile in her kids shoes.

WARNING!!! Do not consume liquids while watching this clip. They will come out your nose.

I wish Dawn and her family a safe and event free trip, and a pleasant relocation with home, school, and job.  May your new neighbours be beautiful and understanding.

Don’t forget you can read Dawn’s blog Here!

Have a great day all!

You may not want to tangle with Virgin.

I am so proud to help promote the new work to be released by my good friend, Marianne de Pierres.

Peacemaker, looks to be the next big thing in webcomics. Actually, no, it’s going to be epic. It is illistrated by Brigitte Sutherland, who does a beyond amazing job, and as far as I am concerned it’s going to put a boot into the pants of the comics that aren’t quite making the grade.

It’s a surreal mix of Futuristic Australia, the Outback and the paranormal.

“Peacemaker introduces readers to park ranger, Virgin Jackson, and US cowboy, Nate Sixkiller. Dead bodies, missing spiritualists, an imaginary eagle and a wholly psychotic businessman, Joachim Spears, are just some of the things that force the two into an uneasy alliance to save Park Western from being closed. Trapped in the heart of a sprawling Australian super city, Park Western is the only piece of natural landscape left in the entire country, and Virgin will do anything to preserve it.”

A little background of Brigitte… her award-winning comic art has featured in numerous anthologies across the world. Brigitte recently released her first creator-owned graphic novel, The Adventures of a Homunculus. Peacemaker allows UK–based Sutherland to share the beauty of the land she  grew up in while indulging in high adventures starring a sassy heroine!

Issue one is 99¢ AUD available from here…

So if that doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, you’re either weird, or dead.

Technical Help! HA!

I had my once yearly run in with my tech help net person for IPrimus (AOL) today. Well it seems like a once yearly occurrence anyway. Apparently the 5 days of no net finished at 1pm yesterday. Right!

Hang on let me lay down on the couch; because I’m gonna treat this as a form of therapy.

They ask you a bunch of crap questions, like your birthdate, your address, and the dreaded password.  The password that my darling husband *gritted teeth* made up over 2 years ago, that even he’s forgotten. They then ask you what your download limit is… what plan you’re on… what was the amount of the last bill… when really the only questions that should be asked is my name and the customer number. OY! VEY!

I’m sure they’re tapping on their keyboards, IM’img one another about what a Hag I am, and what to do to REALLY push my buttons. Like “Oh start the wind down spiel about needing her husband to ring us back’ or the classic ‘Ask her to email you some ID.’ I’m sure they sit back and giggle like a bunch of school girls picking on the weak one.

This has got to be the MOST painful part about ringing tech help of ANY sort if your name is not on the bill. My name was put on ‘THE LIST’ to be able to deal with technical stuff through this company 2 and a bit years ago, maybe more, when they completely deleted our account, and then wouldn’t let me do a damned thing to get it back up and running. I had a two and a half month running battle with them over this BS.

It’s not that I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, it is more to the fact that it is easier for me to change phone plans, electricity providers and probably the hair dressers appointment for EVERY person in my street than it is for me to get anywhere with IPrimus without resistance.

I understand there are privacy laws in place for all this crap, but seriously if my name is on ‘THE LIST’  I can recite to you my name, my address, my birthdate, and the customer number, obviously I am the person who is okay to speak with. UGH!

Why is it that they only want to get picky, when you need them to just get the damn job done?

I probably have a red flag against my name for being rude to the customer service people, and I probably shouldn’t get so worked up, but bleeping heck, if I HAD net access I wouldn’t need to call tech help now would I?

If I HAD net access on Wednesday last week, and I currently DON’T have net access and haven’t had said access through no fault of my own for 5 bleeping days, don’t you think the smarter thing to do would be to just get the net back up and running with as little fuss as possible? Apparently NOT!

If I had the money I would be calling through to Telstra and switching ISP’s, but unfortunately even their sales people bug the crap out of me; but I’ll save that rant for another session.

Hand me my big stick

So As of Thursday last week I have had no net access from home. I have sat at Mac Donalds, I have used my Local Library’s connection and I have been living on the edge ‘borrowing’ my neighbour’s WIFI.

This keeps me sane, but what of my net?

Well according to IPrimus aka AOL, it is a Telstra issue. No time frame, no we’re sorry, no alternate (unless you class dial up an option).

I WILL be asking for this time to be taken off the bill, and if they refuse they’d better be ready for a fight. No product, no pay as far as I am concerned.

Let’s see what they have to offer me in the way of explanations today. *Roll my eyes*

K I’m off to go see if they’ve answered my FB Query.

Out and about

Right may I just say here and now I LOVE Brisbane City Council!


They have Free WIFI in their Libraries (with power points available) and since it appears that some pain in my backside has cut a vital cable, effectively rendering parts of Brisbane ‘Net free, I am taking advantage of my library membership by posting on here.

I’m not sure when I’ll be free to surf again in my lounge room, but this isn’t so bad.

When I’ not here I’ve been at Mac Donalds. YAY to them as well for having free WIFI!


So though Brisbane is still classed as a sleepy little city, we’re still up there with some great net.


Will let you all know when things are back to normal.


The old man is snoring

Well okay, hubby is awake still and luckily for me he grinds his teeth and doesn’t snore at all; but it is raining.

It’s been freaking cold here the last few days. I bought myself a pair of snow shoes and bobbly wool to make a scarf. The shoes rock and the wool, which I thought I was sooooo smart and bought it in bulk, is a flaming nightmare… speaking of flaming… Thursday, I was given an amazing opportunity to photograph the first Smoking ceremony to be preformed in an Aussie school.

The traditional owners of the land my kiddo’s school is built on had bad energy after the governments building scheme was completed earlier this year. They decided to appease the energies and so the smoking ceremony was organised.

The Aunties and Uncles just about held every kiddo in the palms of their hands. I must admit it was difficult to not get totally swept up in the magic of it all. The photos I took are amazing. Most of them I can not post because I don’t have permission from the parents to do so.

I will post the best of the ones I can.

It was difficult to remember to take pictures, and not just get swept up in the moment. Auntie Peggy told all the kids they would sleep well on Thursday evening, but it wasn’t just the children, I slept SO well the last 2 nights. I have felt at peace, and that is one of the very necessary things to sleeping well.

So I also have a blog up over at Burn Bright on surviving cold, rainy days. I have a feeling we’ll need this, well us Aussies on the East Coast, anyway.



That’s powerful stuff

Tasny Rayner Roberts is an author I knew of, but had never read before.

I took a punt on a competition over at Rowena Cory Daniells’ website to win book 1 of The Creature Court series, Power and Majesty. I was pleased to win and over the moon to receive the book in the mail.

I’m one of those poopie-head people that allows the cover of the book to colour what I think of the works inside. A good cover gives me a head start, so though it’s not everything, it is part of the allure. The cover of Power and Majesty is one of those artistic creations you notice new things in each time you take the time to inspect it.

I started the book on May 2nd and I was delighted to be turning the pages, trying to pick which era, which country, which moral code Tansy was fitting her book into.

Truth be told, it is a magnificently schizophrenic mix of flapper dresses, modern language, Tuscan village, and yesteryear chivalry.

There is a whole nocturnal world the ‘normal’ people of Aufleur are unable to see. The night sky is attacking the city, and the only people who know of, and take part in this secret war, are those within the The Creature Court. Velody has an encounter with a young man on her first night in the city that will set in motion a juicy adventure well worth your time.

Now I usually judge how good a book is by how long it takes me to finish it. Generally anything that takes more than a week is a flop. This is NOT the case for Power and Majesty. I have had an extremely busy month and been thwarted with migraines and prior commitments. I was able to get through the book in 20 minute snatches and finally completed reading on June 5th.

The beauty of Tansy’s writing style is you’re able to pick up where you left off with ease, and her characters speak so well for themselves that getting them muddled is virtually impossible.

I’m sure Tansy can now relate to how important a book like this can be to busy people. She wrote about how to fit reading and writing into motherhood over at  Ripping Ozzie Reads.

And to Tansy, Yes darl, the frocks you write about in Power and Majesty are to my taste.

I look forward to book 2 in The Creature Court series The Shattered City.

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