gillpolack (gillpolack) wrote,
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Today I'm posting as a link in a blogchain that connects a bunch of writers round the world. I'll paste the whole chain in another post so that you can explore their blogs: there are some interesting people in there. Whenever I poke my head out of the speculative fiction community I am reminded how diverse writers are as individuals and how fascinating their thoughts can be.

The writer before me in the chain was Tiffany (from the Bahamas). She had the fortuitousness of a brother's birthday to keep her on topic. I don't. At least, I don't think I do. The male side of the family only does weddings and graduations: I have no idea when my brothers' birthdays are. I tend to give them presents when I see them, just to be safe. I know when my sisters' birthdays are (long family story behind why I know some and not others), but they don't like celebrating either. Am I the only birthday-loving person out of seven of us? I give them presents when I see them, too. Mostly on Jewish holidays. Which are coming up. Eek! Lots and lots of presents to be bought.

I have already bought my mother's present. She seldom expresses an interest in particular things and keeps telling us "I don't need presents", but she *did* fall in love with Donna Maree Hanson's "Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview." Donna stayed with her for a few days this time last year because I decided that Donna and she would be soulmates - the best present one can give anyone is a new friend. I was right about the soulmates bit. I would come down in the morning and find Mum and Donna conversing very happily over breakfast. They looked up at me with such innocent faces that I knew exactly what they were talking about, too. I am a bit nervous as to how Donna will sign the copy of her book for Mum, but I guess I will just have to grin and bear it.

Mum loves that book - when she met my copy she kept opening it and saying "Oh, I like that author" and "Don't want to read that one" and "I pictured him looking quite different."

Meeting authors can be a fun thing. What's even more fun is sharing the excitement of someone else discovering new writers and more books by favourite writers. Your next new writer is Liv - she follows me in the blogchain. Give her a little time to put a post up, then enjoy!
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Anonymous

July 22 2006, 11:42:12 UTC 11 years ago

Great post, Gillian. Did you change your format, too? I like the look. http://www.livs-life.blogspot.com
It looks different when my style is applied to when the generic LJ style is applied. I'm not sure when one style gets preference above another though.

I liked your post BTW. I caught a mild dose of much-needed snark from it.

Hi there

Anonymous

July 24 2006, 14:01:45 UTC 11 years ago

Cool new format Gillian! It reminded me of the story I wrote about my mom. I even had it done up like a book for her. Thankfully, I had it finished in time for her to read it just weeks before she passed away.

Simran
http://everythingindian.blogspot.com/
Almost no one in my family ever remembers my birthday. One brother, every five years or so, will splurge on a really nice, expensive present just to make up for it, but never on my actual birthday. :)

Laurie at http://www.lmashton.com

Anonymous

July 27 2006, 14:25:17 UTC 11 years ago

In our family, it's not really a birthday if you don't have a book as a present! Sounds like you found exactly the right one for your Mom.

Wendelynn from AWBlogchian 3
http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com

Anonymous

July 27 2006, 14:26:30 UTC 11 years ago

In our family, it's not really a birthday if you don't have a book as a present! Sounds like you found exactly the right one for your Mom.

Wendelynn from AW Blogchian 3
http://flyingshoes.blogspot.com

Anonymous

July 28 2006, 07:55:18 UTC 11 years ago

Very few members of my family and friends remember my birthday, but it's better than nothing. Great post!

Andrea (sthrnwriter)
http://southern21.blogspot.com
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