December 20th, 2006

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My Friend Gave Me Crack for Xmas

My Friend Gave Me Crack for Xmas - Last night, I headed over to J's, where, with him and M and G and D, we went out for dinner in the name of Xmas. We went to a Japanese/Jazz place, which was quite nice, actually, though for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of it. It's a block up from the Gaelic Club, if you're in Sydney. I've always been bad with the names of restaurants: they inevitably become That-Japanese-Place-Near-the-Gaelic-Club and That-Indian-Place-Near-the-Pizza-Place (which is That-Pizza-Place-is-Near-the-Train-Station) and so forth. At any rate, the restaurant was very white, tables and chairs and floors, and very sparse, with old jazz records in glass cases along the walls. I must say, I liked it. The food was nice, as well, so as all things good, it was a nice night. But before this, before we left J and M's place, before we got into D's car, before all of that, gifts were exchanged while J played that awful fucking CD of old crooner Christmas Songs he bought for a couple of bucks years ago and drags out, despite (or perhaps because of) our protests every year.

And there, there, with Frank Sinatra in the background and J with a smile on his face that said, finally, finally you have finished your PhD and have no excuses--

There he gave me a copy of The World of Warcraft.

Bastard.
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Aurealis Award Nominations, 2006

Below are the 2006 Aurealis Nominations, as released a moment ago by Ben Payne (benpayne).

For those of you curious, I will, again, be doing a review of the short fiction nominations across science fiction, fantasy, horror, and this year, young adult, sections. It'll be published over at ASif, since I think that's a more fitting venue for it, and I'll have more space, so I'll be able to give more time and swords to doing a critical piece of writing, which was my intention last year, but I never quite figured how big it would need to be to do it properly. Still, all up, the first time was all a bit too much fun, really, and you can't just do the fun things once.

Anyhow, for all of you who are curious, or haven't seen it, I give you:

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