‘Cause I can.

K I thought for a little longer and here are some of my answers to altering the 50 books you can’t put down for the 2012 Get Reading campaign

This one is Crime Fiction.

This one is called True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack

By Brenda Niall

And this one is a tad biographical.

That’s 3 books by women in a matter of moments. If I had a little longer I could probably make a list of 50 books you can’t put down ALL written by Female Aussie Authors.

What Aussie authors would you like to see on the books you can’t put down list in future???

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The campaign to Get Reading!

For those of us who LOVE reading, the Get Reading campaign has begun in Australia and will run until September 30th. This year all 50 books on the recommended reading list are Aussie authors. LINK!

After the hard facts Tara Moss put forward in her blog about gender inequality in the literary industry and since then Jane Sullivan’s article on A Woman’s Place in the publsihing industry, I wanted to break down this year’s list of books, and see just where we stood as a nation when it came to this year’s industry recommendations versus gender equality.

I made pie charts. YAY ME!

So lets look at the break down of what genre’s are on offer in 2012.

Now let us look at some of these segments a little closer.

This is the break down of Fiction. That is 7/12 in favour of Women.

Alright lets look at Romance, not that this should shock anyone.

*shrug* this was to be expected, but it would have been nice to have at least one guy here.

Now for a chart that had me scratching my head and wondering if women’s REAL voices are being ignored. I give you the chart for Biography Memoir.

Notice there are no biographies exclusively written by women on this chart ANYWHERE. Co-Authoring, sure; but I am POSITIVE there were more than 2 brilliant biographies written by women in the last 8 months.

Okay now we go to the all round gender gap for this year’s Get Reading campaign.

24 Men. 23 Women and 3 co-authorships.

Not terrible, but when you think about women being represented more for their fictional tale telling rather than their truth telling, I have to ask myself, “What’s up with that?”

There were no women with books in the Non-Fiction section, and it was 50/50 in Fantasy Fiction, Crime Fiction, Children’s Fiction and a notable 3 way tie in Children’s Picture books.

How do these stats make you feel?

Does it make you think men aren’t romantically inclined?

Does it make you think that men’s stories of survival and successes are more important than those of women’s?

Do you think this list is geared more towards getting men, or women interested in picking up a book?

Most importantly, does any of this make you want to go out there and BUY A BOOK????

Support your small local business… No seriously.

A few weeks ago Gympie started Sunday trading. *DUN DUN DUUUUUN* Now I realise not many of you who read my blogs are from rural or country towns. Some of you don’t even live in Australia. But I imagine there are still backwater towns everywhere, where a large chain of stores has moved in and the culture of the place changed. The question is, is the change a positive one?

I’m sure I was a teen when Sunday trading began in Brisbane’s surrounding areas. Gone were the massive Saturday afternoon mark downs on meat and bakery goods so they wouldn’t be left to rot on the shelves until Monday.

It was also when we no longer had to panic abut not having enough milk, because it didn’t matter what day of the week it was, you could just whip down to the shops and pick up what you needed.

However, at the time I lived in a building block country town, so it was the only option outside of small independently owned stores to get your groceries if you lived in say Kilcoy, Wamuran, Woodford etc. (the D’Aguilar Highway on rainy afternoons sucked even worse when you had to travel 20 minutes or more too and from to grab your weekly shopping) So the Sunday trading was beneficial *from a teenage point of view* to everyone. Because if you have to travel THAT far, you’d make a day of it and just leave the groceries and cold items until you were right ready to leave for the trip home.

This was back before the Morayfield shopping center. When the only major chains were Franklins and Coles. WOW I feel OOOOOLLLLDDDD! The majority of people would stick to the Coles supermarket because there was a Kmart as well, and there was underground parking. Not to mention to get home again you just came straight back out onto King Street and bloop you’re headed home.

But for Gympie, which is really away from EVERYTHING the small independent grocery stores were IT.  It had been that way since the 1800’s. Until August 6th when the rise of the giants like Woolworths and Aldi have driven locals to embrace this new Sunday trading thing.

But what of the independent shop owner? If people know they can get bread at 5:30pm from Woolies, will they bother walking 200 meters to the bread shop right before lunch?

Will the flea market stalls do as well if people can pop in and grab their jam at 9am rather than brave the cold to buy home made delights?

Only time will tell.

Please, remember to give your local small businesses your attention.

 

If you don’t use it you’ll lose it!

 

Over my dead body

Over at THE HOOPLA is a pov post by Wendy Harmer. (A very funny Aussie comedian and prolific author) In this post Wendy has her opinion on the tramp factor of girls clothing in Target stores across Australia; or at least the ones she shops at.

I want to broaden the focus to all stores and then have at it like a nasty dog munching on a bone.

Rewind to a few months ago when I was frantically trying to buy clothes for the kiddo to wear on camp. She had grown out of everything that would keep her warm and I was DESPERATE, frantic and when push come to shove, I had to just grimace and get on with it.

I don’t generally have hard and fast rules when clothes shopping for my daughter besides, ‘would a hooker wear this?‘ If the answer is a maybe or a yes, then the item of clothing stays on the rack. Which is great when you have all the time in the world because you have the wiggle room to take your sensible Mum mind and shop accordingly. When the school adds it’s guidelines to your shopping trip and you’re pushed for time, things get positively insane.

Shirts must have sleeves. ~my options of shirts with sleeves were, plain black ones (no thanks my kid has plenty of time to turn goth without my help), ones with lewd slogans (she is 10, I don’t necessarily want her wandering around with a shirt that reads ‘It’s all about ME!‘ on it), ones that may have had 2 sleeves… but one of them would never stay on her shoulder (Wham called they want their shit back).

black shirts it was *groan*

They were going to be doing high wire and ‘team building’ activities.

So NO SKIRTS. ~my options were Black 3/4 length leggings (black goes with everything, and the 80’s are back in style… okay I can mange this) –just don’t expect the kiddo to want to wear them– Jeans (these would be sensible and durable) –if only she’d wear them– and butt shorts (at these we both looked at each other and shook our heads. NO!)

black 3/4 leggings it was.

Then came the jumper debate. She has a football jacket that must have been brought up from the southern states, ’cause it’s properly warm. Not one of the regular Queensland winter jackets, ‘Oh you felt a breeze? Quick add a flannel shirt.‘ BS. We fought for 45 minutes to get that jacket put into the suitcase.

And the only ‘jumpers’ for sale in the stores were frigging ponchos. WTF! Seriously?

So if the big chain stores EVER had the guts to ask my opinion (HAHAHAHAHA!!! I know, I make me laugh too) I would tell them to think mix and match, think AGE APPROPRIATE and think about us poor bloody mothers trying to not turn our kids into tramps, hookers and 80’s rejects, and carry basic options as well as the trends, so we can have a choice to give our kids the childhood they should be getting, rather than this sexualised, paedophile driven crud they stock constantly now.

In an ideal world I would be able to walk into a store on any given day (or season) pick up some cute >whoops cute is a no no word< ahh… some “cool” grey track pants with a purple accent of a butterfly or a kitten or even a spider ~for those kids that aren’t into ‘cute’~  A matching shirt, and a zippered jacket to go with the track pants. Is it REALLY that hard to make kids not look like they’re mini adults?

I doubt it. I really truly do.

Vote with your purchases (when it’s possible) let these chains know that hoe chic is not okay.

And when push comes to shove, you have the last say.

OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!!

It’s my lucky day!

Checking my emails I was overjoyed to receive this blessing. *roll my eyes*

 

ATTENTION: *Blink Blink*

I am Lieutenant General Peter A. Blay (Chief of the Defense Staff (Ghana).
I am mailing you in respect, of the present development going on here in
my country GHANA. *Hiya Pete! I’m all ears.*

I decided to contact you, after much investigation which was carried out
by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the Ghana Police
Service, to make sure our country is free of these fraudulent
activities,which is going on here in Africa and for our country to bear a
good name. *You mean annoying emails asking for personal details. Sure, there’s none of that coming out of Ghana*

The Airport Authority detected some trunk boxes after been scanned the
authorities detected that the boxes contains funds on your name and email
that has been tempered on, they were been smuggled into the country by
foreign Personnel who were on transit from London. *I had a trunk smuggled from London? That is bloody amazing, since I don’t OWN any trunk boxes and have never been to London*

These men were trying to enter the country with the trunk boxes, when the
airport authority detected that these boxes contains, some huge amount of
United State Dollars. After much investigation we found out that these men
were among those men, spoiling the good name of Africa. *MORE amazing circumstances there because I have only ever owned american quarters, and I know exactly where they are. Want me to show them to you?*

They opened up to us that, they actually work with a Lotto company before
their dismissal and used the opportunity to perpetuate their crimes, they
told us that the funds inside the boxes was won by you, but now they
planned to turn back on you and decided to take the money all to
themselves out of the country.We later found out on the investigation that
was carried that, these men are truly members of a well established
organization to act on their criminal activities. *I’ve always wanted to win the lotto, and I’m just overjoyed I won the US lottery, especially since I didn’t even buy a ticket. WOW!*

As I write you this mail now, the three(3) men that were caught are now in
the custody of the Ghana Police Service over here in our country
Ghana,while we are trying to track the others left, because they have
proved to us that they belong to one organization. *Well maybe you need to give the men a piece of paper and pen, cause surely with their BS story they could write a best selling novel, not unlike E.L.James.*

That is why we have to reach you by your mail address and name that was
tagged the boxes, so we can make the arrangement on the transfer of the
funds to your designation. *Okay so this is where I hand over my bank details right?*

Your urgent response will be very much appreciated as soon as you have
received this email. *Yep let me get right on this. I just have to open a bank account in Sweden first.*

Thank you for your kind attention, for us to make sure our beloved country
Ghana, bears a good name. *Handing out bogus emails about imaginary lotto money is positively the best way to make Ghana bear a good name. By the way how’s Ghana doing in the Olympics?*

Please in your reply include your
A: FULL NAMES * I P Daily *
B: ADDRESS *Itchycoo Park *
C: DIRECT CONTACT PHONE NUMBER *555-bullshit*
D: SCANNED COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR ANY RELEVANT
IDENTIFICATION PASSPORT. *Well CRAP I don’t have a passport, guess this was all a waste of your time.*

As this information will be required, by the authorities in Ghana to draft
the new change of ownership in your name as the rightful owner of the
funds in our custody and also to verify the information given to us
because the documentations covering the boxes have been tampered on. *Heavens. How do you tamper on something? It is something like Tap Dancing, just without the danger of slipping into the sink?*

Regards,
General Peter A. Blay *Thanks Pete mate*

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