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Should I warn my parents about a possible auton attack…?

Yesterday while shopping at Target Geraldton I ran across a familiar figure acting as the door greeter.

Add a comment June 24, 2012

My Crazy Cupcake Adventure – Salvage

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Seeking to salvage their foundering marriage, Melanie and Richard retreat to an isolated beach house on a remote Queensland island.

Intrigued by a chance encounter with a stranger, Melanie begins to drift away from her husband and towards Helena, only to discover that Helena has her own demons, ageless and steeped in blood.

As Richard’s world and Helena’s collide, Melanie must choose which future she wants, before the dark tide pulls her under … forever.

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2 comments June 17, 2012

My Crazy Cupcake Adventure

This is one of those “It seemed like a good idea at the time” stories.

The Crazy Cupcake Adventure really began several weeks before Continuum 8, when Alisa and I were discussing what to do for the Twelfth Planet Press hour. In a moment of (insert adjective here)ness, I suggested themed cupcakes.

It was always going to be easier to make the cakes at home and transport them over frozen and unfrosted.

The challenge was going to be in decorating 300 cupcakes in a hotel room.

The tools I took:

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The tools I didn’t take:
EVERYTHING ELSE!

There were items I had packed, but when we reached the airport we discovered we were significantly overweight and had to do some quick and judicious culling, so in Melbourne I had to Make Do.

And of course, one of the tools I couldn’t take on the plane was my blowtorch. Fortunately Alex had recently acquired one so I was able to borrow that for some extreme cake decorating.

The day started at 7:30 when I went in search of Coles, which was hidden deep underground with no signage. So I, um, may have gotten a little lost. I procured most of my ingredients and Alisa later did a second foraging expedition to get the final ingredients, and some painkillers to knock a blossoming migraine on the head.

On top of operating with one solitary bowl, I had to find ways to soften butter and cream cheese to a temperature that wasn’t akin to a snowball on Mount Everest. I solved this by having the ingredients in my bowl and warming the bottom I the container with the hair dryer that the hotel supplied. it worked a treat! Except when I blasted the air into the bowl and ended up snorting a face full of icing sugar dust. I was tired and migrainey, okay!

Eleven and a half hours after starting, with ten minutes to spare, I finished. A quick shower and dress and I was able to swan into the party which was in full swing.

Nine minutes past seven I walked in and over half the cupcakes were gone! This is (one of) the reasons we don’t have many photos. And it is an awesome reason to not have many photos! 🙂

6 comments June 13, 2012

Continuum overview

So, Continuum was this weekend. No real lowlights, lots of highlights.

My biggest disappointment was not getting to the Melbourne Museum to see the Mesopotamia Exhibition. And that was because I was too busy having fun elsewhere.

My convention experience was pretty low key and relatively stress free. I had two main purposes for attending – to catch up with friends, and to help Alisa with Twelfth Planet. And I achieved most of that. I had hoped to be able to pop down to Launceston for a quick visit to Tehani but that didn’t happen, which was really disappointing.

My biggest day was always going to be Friday, when I embarked on my cupcake adventure but that deserves a post all on its own, and I’ll try and do that later tonight or tomorrow.

The rest of the time was spent either socialising, or looking after the TPP table where we employed the motto WWTD What Would Tehani Do? this seems to have been a successful tactic as we sold out of so many books! In fact, by the end we had none of the Twelve Planets left at all. This was a Good Thing, not least because we had been so overweight in our luggage coming over.

So for me there were lots of late (laaaaaate) nights, amazing people, and inspirational conversations.

1 comment June 12, 2012

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