On the weekend I attended the second Australian Romance Readers Convention. At the awards dinner, I won the prize—chocolates from San Churro and some books—for the Readers Challenge. Books and chocolate—can there be a better combination?
NaNoWriMo is upon us once again, and this year I’m finally biting the bullet. Briefly, this is what NaNo is all about:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
If you want to be writing buddies, I’m here. I have no plot to speak of and a character I would vaguely describe as a Filipino Australian in her early 20s. How I’ll pull 50,000 words out of this, I have no idea. But there you go. Commitment is the first step. See you on the other side of November!
For most voters, the key dates for this year’s elections are:
Deadline to enrol to vote: 8pm on Monday, July 19
Deadline to update your electoral roll details (Close of rolls): 8pm on Thursday, July 22
Election day: Saturday, August 21
The deadline is tight, but enrolling is easy. All you have to do is complete the form online and return it to an AEC office in person, by fax or by email. The Australian Electoral Commission’s website also has a list of frequently asked questions about enrolling to vote.
If you have travel plans and won’t be in Australia for the elections or if you’ll be away from your electorate, you should fill in a postal vote form (PDF).
I firmly believe that voting is a right and a civic duty, and I urge you to make your vote count.
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Please bear with me as I post my previously published articles over the next few weeks. Before I do that, however, my next post will be a bit of bonus because it’s an unpublished review of Her Son, Jose Rizal—a community theatre performance I saw last month. After that I’ll post previously published work in order of first publication. I hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for following me over to my new online space!