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Simone Clare Bailey's Blog – September 2010 Archive (8)

Launching a book; God bless her and all who read her!

Oh the joys of organising a book launch. It's not as difficult or politically fraught as organising a wedding, say, but it's not without hassles. I'm in the process of organsing the launch of my second novel, and I'm liaising with my local libraries, and the art gallery. The library is being refurbished, so that's out as a venue. However, they are interested in helping me, and have approached the local art gallery. All good. But then I found out tht the curator's assistant has pencilled in…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 28, 2010 at 4:51am — No Comments

'....sucks like an imploding black hole...'

Is it just me, or does it really SUCK to be a financially strapped author? I think impercuniosity just sucks like an imploding black hole. I have a few hours paid work scheduled for tomorrow (I work casually as a law clerk), because tragically (for me) my writing won't pay my bills. If I did have lots of money, I'd pay my bills on time and get my mortgage paid off. I wouldn't be hoovering Bolivian marching powder up my hooter, that's for sure. Still, it seems people with trust funds like the…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 21, 2010 at 5:31am — No Comments

Of radio shows, and reference to sheep sphincters

Has been a fiendish few days, and I've finally worked out why. Let's put it this way: I've been shouting at my kids more than usual and craving chocolate. Ladies, you know what I'm getting at. So I've been unwinding by You Tube-ing daggy old music clips. For those of you in the US, who may be not au fait with the term 'daggy', it's an Australian colloquialism referring to things that are uncool, or perhaps cheesy. The noun is 'dag'. A 'dag' is also the dried excrement adhering to the wool…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 18, 2010 at 5:35am — No Comments

A knock back can feel like a knock in the face at times

Today one door opened, and another shut in my face. The open door was an idea by a library in a nearby city to have me attend some local high schools and discuss 'Abernethy' when it's back from the printer. The one that shut was in the form of an email received from a regional newspaper I contacted to ask would they consider doing a review and an interview (to be conducted by telephone). I live in regional New South Wales. The newspaper I contacted was in a nearby region. The person to whom…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 14, 2010 at 4:58am — No Comments

Publicising the book

I don't know if this has made news in the US, but the Australian Prime Minister's de facto stepdaughter (that's the best way the relationship can be described) has been in the news here because she's decided to pose for a lad's magazine. It would be a bikini shoot. Of course, the hoo-hah is silly because the woman is 31 years old, and can make her own mind up. It won't effect Gillard's governing style.

But it got me thinking (and this can be dangerous). Should I perhaps pose…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 9, 2010 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Jim Croce summed it up for me today...

Gaaaaaahhh! Just spent ages online, and on the telephone, organsing PR and a possible launch date for 'Abernethy'. It's frustrating, depressing, and yet exciting all at the same time, isn't it? I had to take a breather, so I decided to You Tube some Jim Croce, and I listened to 'I Got A Name'. It's been almost thirty years since his death. At the risk of sounding arty-farty, I feel like that song reached me today. It summed up how I'm feeling at the moment. Especially when he sang, 'Like the…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 7, 2010 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Books that changed me

This is my second post tonight; just feel like posting. Give me five minutes - my six year old wants me to read him a bedtime story - glad he likes reading and books - by the way, I'm in Australia, and it's 8.28pm here as I type this, so please don't think I keep my kids up to ungodly hours.

In one of the Sunday newspapers here in the book review section, they ask a reviewed author to list five books that 'changed' them. I often dream up my answer for when they interview me!…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 5, 2010 at 4:43am — No Comments

Slightly Maudlin Musings from a very sleepy writer

Have just watched a movie - 'Kids' from 1995. Very confronting, and deals with underage sexual activity. One of the characters is diagnosed HIV positive. This is the most depressing movie I have seen since 'Hunger'. But I don't mind a depressing movie occasionally. Life is not all beer and skittles. But right now I'm ready to go and stick my head in the toilet.

Could be just that I'm exhausted. My other half and I baby sat three kids last night, along with our two, as well as…

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Added by Simone Clare Bailey on September 5, 2010 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

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