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First, some book p0rn. Here’s my WFC stash:

From my con bag I kept The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle and Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. The top four books are from Charles Tan and are Philippine SF for me to bring home. I did some secondhand bookshopping with S, D and V and walked away with the Agatha Christie and the Andre Nortons. And the rest, I’m afraid, was dealer room shopping. I love the kind of bookshopping you do with friends. I’d told Jonathan and Ellen that I’m looking for old books written by women (the few I bought are the ones wrapped in plastic) and they both kept popping out at me from behind bookstacks to read me out crazy blurbs or first pages. And then when Ellen had been unsuccessful at nabbing Jonathan a copy of Delia’s book because they were quickly sold out at her book launch, we rushed off to the dealer’s room where rumour had it there were a few left. So I joined in and bought a copy too and then as the three of us were heading out of the centre in search of the bar or something, we bumped straight into Delia so we all promptly thrust our copies at her for signing. Much fun.

And then, *even though* I am starting to stress about things like “how will we afford children?” and “what if this is my very last year of fulltime paid work (and can no longer impulse buy yarn/fabric/books on the internet)?” I seem to be dealing with that by doing things like this, the books I have acquired *since* coming home from WFC:

And my to read bookcase, before the addition of the above:

And the worst of it? Those are all OLD books. The 2012 publishing year has already begun and I can be sure that on the next episode of Galactic Suburbia, Tansy is going to tell me about a bunch of books I should have read.

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  • By Sean the Bookonaut on 13 November 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I bought so much in Brisbane that I had an anxiety attack. You pile of books has made me feel much better

  • By Tansy Rayner Roberts on 13 November 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You will find that the time-poverty that comes with having kids more than compensates for any book-and-yarn poverty that may also come with it. If that helps at all.

    These days, though my personal income is tiny, all restraint I try to impose upon the purchasing of books, entertainment etc. is about the massive unread pile and the lack of time I have to tackle it, than anything financial.

  • By AlisaK on 13 November 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah the time poverty thing doesn’t help. It’s the other part of my freak out.

    And you read faster than me! We’ll have to see I guess.

  • By AlisaK on 13 November 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hahaha. Glad it made you feel better!

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