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Continuum Pics and Links

I’m still working on catching up on everything after Continuum and Australia, starting with getting my brain back from jet lag and con crud.

I had an absolute blast, both with the convention and sightseeing with my daughter for a few days after the con. I’m hoping to have a better write-up soon, but in the meantime, here are a few links and pics to keep you busy.

Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy: This is the story I chose for my reading. A few days later, it went live as a full-cast recording on Podcastle. The story is about a superhero with cancer. I originally wrote it for the humorous anthology Unidentified Funny Objects 2.

The Writer and the Critic invited me and fellow Guest of Honor Ambelin Kwaymullina to join them for their podcast. We talked about our books, then discussed The Curse of Chalion and The Lives of Tao.

Cover Pose-off: I was invited to help run and judge a cover pose-off, and Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter Zine has pics and commentary. It was … something.

My Guest of Honor Speech: For anyone who missed it yesterday.

I have a gallery of about 60 photos, both con-related and general sightseeing, over at Flickr. Photos are from Continuum, Phillip Island, Maru Koala & Animal Park, Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, and Carlton Gardens. Here are a few of my favorites.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



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Jun. 17th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
Something to consider to avoid con crud: you've probably heard of neti pots. One company that makes them, Neil Med, also makes squeeze bottles for doing sinus rinses. I call it power-washing my nose. The basic concept is that most pathogens enter through your nose and start attacking you, if you do a sinus flush every morning, it prevents them from gaining a foothold. The bottle is very small in terms of luggage space (6-8 cubic inches or so, just an ounce or two in weight), the salt packs take a truly negligible amount of space as they're wafer-thin (well, a thick wafer) and you can dump a dozen or so in to a snack bag and you won't notice. The only gotcha is you need to use distilled water, so you put it on your 'what I need for this convention' list that you send to the organizers: one gallon of distilled water, about a buck in most places.

I've been doing this for over two years now, in that time I have had zero colds. And half of my body's immune system left me six years ago. I do this every morning, and I freely admit that I hate it, and in the last two years I'll get a respiratory virus every winter, but that's it. I hate doing it, but I can't argue with the results. My wife does it any time she feels something knocking on her tonsils, and hasn't had a cold in that time either.

For a convention, I'd do it just before bed time to get rid of anything that you might have been exposed to during the day.
Jun. 19th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
Welcome back, Jim! :) I'm glad you and your daughter had so much fun. The photos are beautiful and adorable. I see that you have survived the drop bear menace!

The pose off link was hilarious. XD

*heads off to read Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy*

Jun. 19th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
I did survive. Fortunately, one of the locals was kind enough to share the secret of rubbing Vegemite behind the ears to ward off the drop-bears :-)
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