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Almost at the end of #blogjune and I’m tired. I haven’t even been reading other people’s blogs, only trying to keep up with my own. I expect that once I slow down with the writing, I’ll start reading other things. I’m a bit like that though – all or nothing. I like to binge read people’s stuff.

If you’re reading this, I hope you’re well.

Maybe next year I’ll do #microblogjune.  😉

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Four people walking in the bush.Tonight I am off to the opening night of Hīkoi, Nancy Brunning’s award winning debut play. I saw a workshop performance of it last year. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

The theatre is also doing an audio described performance which I think is a fantastic thing to do.

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We’ve had a couple of earthquakes here today. A 4.9 this morning and a 4.8 this afternoon.  Neither of them was very close to Wellington, and neither were particularly nasty. This afternoon’s one was heralded by the slight shaking of the origami unicorn on my monitor. Nice to know I have an early warning system for distant quakes.

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Sarah Laing

I stumbled across Sarah Laing on Twitter (naturally). I was following a bunch of authors and it seemed like their books were coming out all around the same time. At Armageddon Auckland 2013 I picked up numbers 1&2 of her comic Let Me Be Frank. The stall had sold out of her novel. I got Let Me Be Frank 3&4 from the Pikitia Press website. Then when I was browsing the shelves at Unity I found a copy of her novel. I am very much looking forward to reading it.
My current favourite comic of hers is Dissatisfaction. I imagine its voice has a highpitched, English posh, Dalek inflected quality to it. It makes me laugh.

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My friend Donna and I send mail to each other irregularly. Mine are full of stuff and nonsense, hers are full of stories about exploring Christchurch with her daughter. They are stories of an ordinary suburban life – we went to the park, we fed the ducks etc. Against the backdrop of post-earthquake Christchurch they are something quite different.

She’s guest posted on the Ruminator this week with Ch-ch-ch-ch-anges.  Her personal blog is called Episode.

Donna is amazing like cake.

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The flat had some people around for brunch today. I made my standard coconut-milk pancakes and the visitors brought haloumi cheesecake (also from the Hungry and Frozen cookbook.) We ate the pancake-pikelets with lemon drizzled persimmon, lemon curd, and bacon, banana and maple syrup. The cheesecake was super savoury so I’ve just had another slice with crackers for dinner. Delicious.

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Friday nights

Have sent a very pleasant Friday night eating burgers, talking libraries & politics & babies, & drinking whisky. Almost forgot to blog. *tee hee* Welcome to the world babies Louis + Olivia.

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What we do in the shadows trailer


Trailer for What we do in the shadows, a vampire documentary based in Wellington.


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LIANZA Strategic planning day

I was at the LIANZA strategic planning day today. There were lots of things discussed including all the achievements over the past year. The two most interesting things (that I can talk about here) 1. Laurinda handing over the pounamu to Corin as the incoming president. She said the pounamu came with the knowledge of all the previous presidents who had worn it. 2. The number of individuals named by people during introductions as being influential on their professional career. (Apologies if those sentences are a bit confusing, we went out after the meeting…)

I can’t say too much else about the day* since it’s all work in progress. However I’m really excited to take up my President Elect role in July.


*Okay, one more.

During a discussion about ‘library’ as a career: “Where do librarians come from?”

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