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26 July 2016

Sigh, forecasters say this is the result of el nino and an unusually warm winter. I don’t care what causes them, I just wish they’d stop. Last Saturday night we had the worst to date.I woke to 16mms in the rain gauge, and bits of twig all over the lawn.
(Neighbours found a large very heavy flowerpot knocked over, still more twigs about, and the electric fence so flung about that all their sheep are currently where they aren’t supposed to be.)
However I’d gone to bed at 9.30 with ear plugs and two tramadol, (my damaged leg apparently doesn’t like the gales any more than I do) I slept peacefully until 7.30, and woke with a happy smile – to a cat wishing maladictions on my head, I should get up AT ONCE and feed him.
It’s eased off a little since then but is promising to return later this week. Luckily I managed to complete the novella on which I’ve been working, and have made inroads on a matching short story. But it doesn’t help my concentration when the wind sounds like a fire siren screaming around the place. However, right now it’s quiet, the fire is going, the cat is parked in front of that, and I’m catching up on my blog – as can be seen. Now if only things would stay that way all week, I’d be happy – but they won’t.

email from editor J.A. campbell of THE STORY EMPORIUM. Yes, I have a story – FOR LOVE OF MAXIE – in the second volume. Anyone who likes steampunk/weird westerns should take note.

Epitaph on a Politician
(The more things change the more they stay the same.)

Here lies John Jones, a polititian,
convincing constituents was his mission.
Of honour he’d little, of truth he’d nil.
Now in this cemetery he lies still.

4 July 2016

That is, temperatures for the start of July hit minus two here on the weekend. But considering we’re a month into winter that isn’t surprising. What is surprising is that it’s taken so long to drop that low and again, that after a day or so there, they went back up. Yes, we’re still getting warmer than usual temperatures, and while April was dryish, (and so was June,) with a fraction under seven inches for May, and – if we do get decent precipitation for July – we should still end up with better winter grass growth than any year before that I can recall. And as someone or another was saying on TV the other night, they consider global warming to be established fact. I always believed it, I just wish it wasn’t currently being proved – although my damaged leg approves the warmer weather, as does Thunder, my Ocicat, who at almost 13 now, feels the winter chill and doesn’t like it

Yes, AMY sold to UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES Anthology (Wolfsinger Pubs.) I’ve just okayed the galleys, and the anthology should be out any day now, while the cover, (based on my story) is fantastic!

I was recently reading some of (the site that debunks fake news items, urban myths, and odd rumours.) They had new item on an employee in Taco bell who frefused to accept a US $2 bill, claimning it had to be fake because they didn’t have a $2 bill. Yes, that’s a bit odd. But back in the early 1990s, I had a couple of odd events in the USA of similar type.
It also doesn’t help when you and the currency are genuinely foreign. Back in 1991 I was about to leave New Zealand for a holiday, staying initially with friends in New Jersey. As I was now a published author, my friend had alerted his local newspaper to my arrival and as my latest story had just appeared in MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, they planned to interview/photograph me. The night before the reporter rang diffidently to ask “She does speak English, doesn’t she?” A question that when relayed to me left me helpless with laughter. And yes, I do, as does pretty much everyone in New Zealand.
     Matters going on from there when I purchased a number of books from my host and paid in $50 NZ bills in a letter sent after my return. He took them to the bank which refused them on the spot as ‘trying to deposit monopoly money,” and “was he aware that passing fake cash is a crime.” It took him some time to convince the bank manager that New Zealand cash is both valid and worth real money with a regularly listed bank exchange rate. That story too when relayed to me left me giggling.