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Saturday, August 5th, 2006
6:04 pm
Lyn has left the building

So, after much deliberation, I've decided on the new name and location of my new LJ. 

So, (wait for it), let me introduce....


Now, if you'd all be so good as to flist me, I'd be very appreciative.

Don't come back here, there's nobody left. Ta-ra.

Why are you still here?

Seriously. We're gone.

Current Mood: nostalgic
8:25 am
Well, that's done then

Okay, so I've made up my new LJ. It's here.

Flist me if you want me to read your LJ. I'm not likely to use it much unless I'm going to have a flock-bitch. Otherwise read the Battersblog or the Battersblog feed.



Current Mood: indifferent
6:59 am
Appropriate time management

I have such a need to write now. A new idea has hit, I'm feeling fired up, the first 3 or 4 paragraphs are mentally written. I absolutely need to get it down.


I'm half way through a novel called Archangel by Sharon Shinn. This is my second attempt at reading it and this time I'm absolutely loving it. I resent having to put it down. I happily got up to Connor this morning because I knew that I could carry on. 

What to do? What to do?

Simple: Write LJ posts instead.

I so need to set goals.

As announced, Lee and I will be organising new LJs today. Can anyone tell me, in good Aussie Dollar value, how much they're spending per month for a paid site? I've seen some beautiful sites lately (eg transcendancing) and would like to do something a little fancier.

Current Mood: determined
6:54 am
I have just made an executive decision. As of nightfall, this will no longer be our default LJ address. Lee and I will give in to public demand and set up our own pages. 

If you would like to forward name suggestions for either or both of us, feel free.

Be inventive. Don't rely on Batt (unless your suggestion is too brilliant and creative to ignore :))

Current Mood: drained
Monday, July 17th, 2006
4:20 pm
On Sunday 13 August, the KSP Speculative Fiction Writers Group will host a mini-convention featuring panels, readings and refreshments. All free except lunch, which will set you back $5 per head. There will also be books for sale with several authors hanging around, pens in hand. Lyn and I will have copies of our stuff for sale, and if you ask nciely, we'll even take that horrible yucky old money off your hands in return for a book or two. Or three. Hey, take as many as you want...

This cosy event will be held in conjunction with the awards for the annual Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre Science Fiction Short Story Competition.

Featured panellists include Lyn Battersby, Sally Beasley, Angela Challis, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Stephen Dedman, Russell Farr, Dave Luckett, Elaine Kemp, Carol Ryles and Aiden Triffitt. Our MC (loud fanfare off) will be the one and only Lee Battersby. The day will conclude with the announcement of winners in the KSP Sci-Fi competition, which has become one of the country's most prestigous contests.

Where: KSP Writers Centre, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount

When: Sunday 13 August, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Help keep the scene alive between cons by favouring us with your presence:-) 

Any questions or enquiries can be shot to Satima Flavell Neist, but come on down: it should be a barrel of fun, and you'l get to the see the A-Boy finally come out as a fully fledged Oneofus!

Current Mood: tired
Friday, July 14th, 2006
4:00 pm

I've deleted this post as I've been told the information I delivered was incorrect. Sorry for any offence caused

Current Mood: distressed
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
3:12 pm
I decided to have a day off from my course today so I could get some serious study in. Tomorrow is my sports massage exam and, I have to say, the scariest so far. Up until now we've been pretty much spoon fed the answers/expectation but tomorrow we go live with absolutly no clue as to what to expect. This is the final exam. After that, I'm on my own.

So, I've spent the whole day studying the origins and insertions of the major muscles of the body and the actions they perform. Tonight I'll be performing the stretches on my beloved. Hopefully I will pass. 

This time next month I will be a fully certified Relaxation and Sports Massage Therapist.

I am so over this course and can't wait to practice in the real world.

For those of you who want to know, my rates are: 

$40 for mates (any one who is flisted on my LJ counts as a mate) If you're not flisted but think you should qualify as a mate, contact me and we'll see what we can do :) 
$45 if I come to your home
$55 for the general public if they come to my home clinic. (If you're a mate but you send your mum to me, that's how much she'll pay)
$65 for the general public if they want me to come to their home (that's how much I'll charge your mum if I go to her house in the metro area) 

I do offer an 11 for 10 deal. Prepay 10 sessions and you’ll receive the 11th for free.

Prepay five sessions and the sixth will be half-price. 

I also offer a discount for two massages done at the same time.

These rates are considered within industry standard.

Think of how much you spend on giving your car a service and tune up and then ask yourself whether you deserve the same consideration.

Oh, and one other thing. I'm good. I'm so good, I'm the person my class mates go to when they want a massage. I'm especially good at backs, necks and feet. I'm a totally whizz at feet.

On another note: Our school's clinic opens next week for three weeks. The price for a massage at the clinic is $20 but if you contact me with your snail mail address I can send you a voucher that gives you the first massage free. It's at the Australian Institute of Fitness St Georges Tce (Mercantile Lane to be exact) Perth. You can book in on 9423 1313. The clinic hours are 9am-3pm.

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
9:38 am
Ticonderoga Online issue 8 is online, and it features my story Fade. Go, read it, tell me how much you love me.

The issue also features a competition, wherein you can win one of two signed copies of my collection Through Soft Air. For those too slack to get over to TicON and read the details, here they are:

Win a signed copy of Lee Battersby's debut collection 
Through Soft Air

TiconderogaOnline has two copies of Through Soft Air to give away, signed and kindly donated by the aurthor.

To date, Lee Battersby has published three "Father Muerte" stories: "Father Muerte and the Theft", "Father Muerte and the Rain" and "Father Muerte and the Flesh".

Simply send in your suggestion for the title to an imaginary "Father Muerte and ..." story, following the same naming convention. All entries received before 1 August 2006 will be forwarded to Lee Battersby, who will pick the best two entries.

Conditions of entry

1. Closing date: midnight Western Australian time (GMT +0800) 31 July 2006.
2. Entries to be of the form: "Father Muerte and ..."
3. Entries to be emailed to: competitions@ticonderogaonline.org
4. Multiple entries are permitted.
5. The judge's decision is final.
6. By entering the competition you give TiconderogaOnline the right to publish your entry. 

So, what are you waiting for?

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
3:58 pm
Breaking news

Apparently John and Ashley have been 'escorted' from the Big Brother house for breaking the rules. According to the site we won't get to see any footage but it's now a matter for the police. All the forums have been shut down until further notice.

Did anybody see anything? I'm looking at you in particular lonewolf_23. You have Premium. Do you know what's going on?

Talk to me people. I need to know.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
1:10 pm
Today is my last day under the ASiF Forum spotlight, so if there's something you';ve always wanted to ask me, get in quick, because after today it's likely that I'll be taking a bit of a break from public view.

Current Mood: sore
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
7:47 pm
36 years and 363 days
I'm having a bad case of the Lucy Jordan's at the moment :(

Current Mood: anxious
12:05 pm

We've entered the second week of my interview over at the ASiF forum, and so far, it's been a blast. The great thing about being open to public interview is that anything you say can be taken up and commented upon or questioned by anybody, which means that I've got to think hard about what I'm saying, and justify what I mean. I'm enjoying the result, and having a ball discussing the world at large with those who have dropped in to say hello.

I'm there until the 27th, so get on over and contribute.


Coming up at the frabjous Ticonderoga Online: a competition to win one of two signed copies of Through Soft Air!

All you have to do is come up with the best title for an imaginary Father Muerte story, using the naming convention "Father Muerte And..."

More details once the good Ticfolks announce the competition properly, but get in early and start thinking of titles.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
1:00 pm
ASiF They'd Interview a Battersby...
As of this very afternoon, Lee is the subject of an ongoing interview at the Australian Reviewing webzine ASiF. For the next 2 weeks he'll be answering any and all questions put to him, so take advantage of his new resolution to be a lovely person at all times, get over there, and ask him anything the hell you've wanted to learn about him or his opinions.

Go here and get asking!

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, May 28th, 2006
5:05 pm
My turn

See Skeletor and Hordak from a woman's point of view 

Thanks to lonewolf23 for his kind assistance and guidance

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
7:04 pm
I've been organising the bookshelves in the reading room, and I've plucked some multiple copies of magazines and anthologies out to offer y'all for sale. We've received each of these through both Lyn and I being subscribers or getting multiple contributor's copies, so the copies I'm offering are as new, and not the ones we've flicked through with our greasy, spaghetti-sauce stained thumbs. All prices are plus postage, and I'm happy to organise drop offs, pick ups and otherwise. If you're going to be at Conflux, tell me and I'll bring your order with me.

To whit:

Through Soft Air ($24.95): My short story collection, containing 25 stories, including 6 never before seen and 1 you’ll only have seen if you read Serbian J. Includes the Aurealis Award winning “Pater Familias” and AA-nominated “Tales of Nireym”.

Aurealis 36 ($10) rrp: $12.95: Includes my Australian Shadows winning “Father Muerte & The Theft”, as well as Trent Jamieson’s AA-winning “Slow & Ache” and Kim Westwood’s AA-nominated “Terning Tha Weel”. I have multiple copies of this, as well as my collection—buy one of each for $32!

Writers of the Future Volume 18 ($12) rrp $16.95: Contains my story “Carrying The God”, the 1st western Australian winner in this competition.

Consensual 2 ($5): Contains my story “Moment”, as well as Claire McKenna, Robert Hood, Stephen Dedman, and others. This is a speculative fiction erotica anthology, so is not available unless you can prove you’re over 18 :)

Consensual 3 ($5): Contains my story “Love Me Electric”, as well as Deb Biancotti, Stephen Dedman, Sean Williams and others As above, a spec-fic erotica anthology.

Gynaezine 2 ($5): The journal of SF Feminism, usually only available as part of Gynaecon, the ‘hidden’ convention that runs underneath Swancon each year. Contains an article by myself and Lyn on “SF & The Single Parent”, as well as Lily Chrywenstrom, Stephen Dedman, Emma Hawkes and others

Word Thirst 2 ($9): A collection of writings by members of the KSP, contains my story “Pass The Parcel” and Lyn’s “Dolphins of Haven Bay”, as well as Andrew Burke, Alicia Sometimes, Kevin Gillam and others

Whispers From the Shattered Forum #11 ($4): US Small press horror magazine, this issue contains my story “Though I Be Stone”

Borderlands 1 ($8) rrp $10: Contains “Through Soft Air”, the title story of my collection, as well as Simon Brown, KJ Bishop, Stephen Dedman and others

Borderlands: The Worlds Within ($5): This is the members book for the 1st Borderlands convention and is unavailable any other way. Contains my story “A Star Is Born” as well as contributions from Chris Lawson, Tess Williams, KJ Bishop, Cat Sparks and others.

Encounters ($16) rrp $18.95: The third CSFG Anthology. Contains my story “Vortle”, as well as Trent Jamieson, Carol Ryles, Cat Sparks and others

All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories ($20) rrp: $24.95: Contains my story “Silk”, as well as Tobias Buckell, Howard Waldrop, Richard Lupoff, and others. Contains the Hugo-nominated “Biographical Notes to ‘A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-Planes’ by Benjamin Rosenbaum” by Benjamin Rosenbaum

Tales of the Unanticipated #25 ($8.50): US magazine, contains my story “Father Muerte & the Theft”, as well as Stephen Dedman, Judy Klass, Martha A Hood and others

ASIM 19:Contains an interview with myself and Lyn by Martin Livings, as well as fiction by Jay lake, Bryn Sparks, and others.
ASIM 16: Contains my story “Through The Window, Merrilee Dances”, as well as Tansy Rayner Roberts, Mikal Trimm and others.
ASIM 10: Contains my story “The Hobbyist”, as well as Ruth Nestvold, Mikal Trimm and others
ASIM 7: Contains Lyn’s story “Learned Instincts” as well as Tansy Rayner Roberts, Grant Watson, Juliet Marillier and others.
ASIM 6: Contains my story “Your Mother Likes Monkeys”, as well as Geoff Maloney, Simon Haynes, Dirk Flinthart and others.

All ASIMs are $5. In addition, we have the following issues of ASIM in which we don't appear: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, and 14.

Contact me if you're interested.

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
7:42 pm
Opinion time
Is it just me, or is Big Brother more boring this year? The characters are boring, the tasks are boring, and even the insider/hidden relationship is boring.

On the bright side, I'm getting a lot more work done in the evenings.

Current Mood: cheerful
7:42 pm
full on lip pout
My favourite dress has less than 24 hours to go on eBay. Up until this morning it had received no bids and I decided that if it didn't sell I would use it as incentive for losing weight.

Then, at about 10 am a bid arrived. $4.99 and the dress will sell just before tomorrow nights Big Brother. But it's my fave dress. I don't want it to sell for such a low price.

I want my old body back :(

BTW Look at the icon Martin made for me.

Current Mood: cheerful
7:37 pm
say that again
My beautiful boy has started to gather a few words into his vocabulary, none of which are mummy. Yesterday I spent a good five minutes trying to get him to say "mummy." Over and over I said it, trying to get him to repeat it, but, to no avail.

Finally I gave up and Lee and I started chatting. Lee's relating a story that features the word "shut up". Guess what Connor's new word is?

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
9:48 am
The answer to why I've been so depressed lately has just hit me in the face. Literally. Lee and I have been going through all my old clothes, deciding which ones we'll chuck and those we'll Ebay.

All these tiny little dresses, skirts and jeans sized 8-10, testament to "Lyn at a smaller time" hanging all around the house, from door frames, the fan, over the back of chairs. They're everywhere, taunting me, saying, "Go on, eat another chocolate. You'll never wear us again." I just walked into one, swinging idly from the fan, and nearly cried when I thought about it being too small for me. It's a little black dress, specially bought when I had Aiden because it has a breast-feeding strip in it. I loved that dress and wore it even after I finished breast feeding.It depresses me to know that a dress I wore post-birth is too small for me now.

I had so many gorgeous dresses when I was smaller. Now I live in jeans and tops. Once I finish my massage course and start earning again, I will be rectifying this.

Now I realise it, I can move on. Happy, shiny Lyn has reentered the building. Just as soon as I finish this Easter Egg.

In other news, Lee bought me a "Mah Jongg" game for my computer. I'm addicted!

Current Mood: relieved
8:14 am
The Find Lyn an Icon Competition!
Find and/or create the perfect icon for me, and you'll win not only my everlasting gratitude, but also an autographed copy of ASIM 7 with my story "Learned Instincts" in it!

Seriously, I've tried. I can't think of a damn thing that sums me up. It's easy for Cyberman Boy, but every 'Tomorrow People' picture I find has all sorts of copyright disclaimers all over it.

Current Mood: restless
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