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I’m still only slowly emerging from my writer’s block. Writer’s block sucks, and I’ve been struck down by it for almost 6 months now! Bleurgh. Luckily though, that doesn’t matter when you run your own business. And books have been happening which is awesome But I am remiss in not having talked about them here.

At the moment, we are midst of our second crowdfunding campaign. This time to publish the Defying Doomsday project. Stories already acquired include authors John Chu, Seanan McGuire, Janet Edwards and Corinne Duyvis. And they’re brilliant!

City overlooking desolate desert landscape with cracked earth

“We love apocalypse fiction, but we rarely find characters with disability, chronic illness and other impairments in these stories. When they do appear, they usually die early on, or are secondary characters undeveloped into anything more than a burden to the protagonist. We believe that disabled characters have a far more interesting story to tell in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, and we want to create an anthology sharing those stories.

Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters, which will be edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and published by Twelfth Planet Press in mid 2016.”

We’re 9 days away from the end of the campaign and are looking today to boost the tally up over the $10k mark. Pledges tallying $751 would take Defying Doomsday to the $10k mark. Do you think we could do that today? Is that a big ask? What if I threw something in to tempt you?
How about – for every pledge today, backers will get an extra ebook novel from the list ie there are 4, if you back the Triple Ebook Deluxe, you now get ALL FOUR. Everyone else gets an extra one of their choice.
Already backed? Help us out today through signal boosting – share a Defying Doomsday post on Facebook, tweet/retweet on Twitter, hey we’d even love a blog post or Google+ shout out etc. Just send us a link (defyingdoomsday@twelfthplanetpress.com) to where you boosted our signal and we’ll get an ebook to you!
(N.B. Pledges already made today still count!) More information about the project is here: http://www.pozible.com/project/188146

We’re offering some supercool rewards. Though I have to warn you, there is only 1 mini hamper, which includes a knitted tea cosy or fingerless gloves from me, left.

Our submissions guidelines for the book have also just been released – should the Pozible campaign fully fund, Tsana and Holly will be reading from May 1.

And more on other recent TPP projects in the next post update!



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Episode 17: Not so much with the finishing of things

Orixa by Andrea Rangel

 

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  Hitofude Here is the yarn that arrived just as I finished recording – the darkest skeins are for the Hitofude, the other two were because you can get a discount after a certain $ amount ordered :)

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Episode 16: At least we’ve got cushions now?

The cushion covers came from Sunburst Outdoor Living

David Allen’s Getting Things Done has free online tools.

 

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Episode 15: Stash acquisitions and tea cosy knitting days

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Fifi’s Fabricology

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Farmer’s Wife Quilt – my Pinterest board

Baby Sweater – Fisherman’s Pullover in 60 Quick Baby Knits by Sixth and Spring Books.

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Loani Prior Tea Cosy books:
How Tea Cosies Changed the World
Pretty Funny Tea Cosies
Wild Tea Cosies
Really Wild Tea Cosies

My finished Tea Cosy:

 

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Episode 14: Garden parties and updates

Been off at science fiction conventions so just a quick update on a rainy day.

 

 



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Episode 13: Castitonitis, Baby Sweater, Mini Skeins are go!

Loop – 15 Camden Passage, Islington
(The coffee shop I mention is – The Coffeeworks Project and was my best cup of coffee in London – 96-98 Islington High Street)

Fisherman’s Pullover from 60 Quick Baby Knits – I’m using Cascade 220 Superwash

Space Cadet Creations Mini Skeins Club

Space Cadet Creations Mini Skeins Pinterest

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Episode 12: Indoor Plants and The Tulip Bulb Project

Tulips in glass jar – Pinterest

Tesselaar

Star Fish Lily

 

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Episode 116: 18 March 2015

Our special 2014 Galactic Suburbia Award episode! Listen to find out our winner and shortlist for our award to honour activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction.

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Haven S5, Tempest’s Reading Challenge

Alex: Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, and The Other Wind, Ursula le Guin; Jupiter Ascending; Waistcoats and Weaponry, Gail Carriger.

Tansy: D’Artanyan i tri Mushketyora (1979); New Avengers: Breakout prose novel by Alisa Kwitney; New Avengers: Breakout, by Brian Michael Bendis; Curb Stomp #1 – Ryan Ferrier (writer), Devaki Neogi (artist); Princess Leia #1 – Mark Waid (writer) Terry & Rachel Dodson (artists).

NEXT TIME: tune in for our Ursula Le Guin essay spoilerific. We will be covering: “The Space Crone” & “Is Gender Necessary? (Redux)” (both in Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, and Places) and “Science Fiction and Mrs Brown”(in The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction).

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!



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Episode 11: The Scones Fiasco plus JAM

Ash’s Scones Recipe:
5 cups of SRF
1.5 cups cream
1.5 cups lemonade.

I baked them at 220 degrees C for about 10 minutes.
Lots of advice on touching the dough for the minimal time possible. Don’t overwork it.

Jam from Just Add Moonshine –  justaddmoonshine.wordpress.com – check out the tasting notes

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Mothers group spread – scones, Tim Tam bites, biscotti

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Jam and cream!



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Feedback Friday March 20

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Episode 10: Meditation, positive outlook and baby up the garden path

 

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Episode 9: An angsty meander through knitted shawl patterns of future past

Downton Abbey shawl is the MKAL by Jimmy Beans Wool hosted through Ravelry

Mini sweater pattern from greensandjeans.blogspot.com

Artisan Corner: Peppermint Bay shawl by Mitenae at knitty.com

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Episode 8: Frogs, birds and new growth

 

The Silver Princess

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Finally the first new growth

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The paperbark regreening

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Episode 7: Unboxed Yarnbox and the Edith’s Secret Shawl

Yarnbox Luxe

 

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Edith’s Secret Lorna Laces YarnJimmy Beans Wool

My version on Ravelry

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Episode 6: And there was lawn

 

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Episode 5: Just Your Average Mini Skein Obsession

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Bears Rainbow Blanket

KnitCrate Mini Skeins

Space Cadet Mini Skeins Suggestions Pinterest Board

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Feedback Friday episode:

Champagne and Socks Group on Ravelry

Building Blocks Project

Heidi’s Currently Creating

Space Cadet Creations – sign up for the newsletter on the front page (lower right hand corner)

Yarnbox

JAM – Just Add Moonshine – justaddmoonshine@gmail.com and @justaddmoon on Twitter

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Episode 4: Up the Garden Path

No lawn installation but a completed garden path!

 

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Episode 3: Dream in Color Shrug

New finished object

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My blog posts from 2014 about New Years resolutions and craft organisation:
The List 2015
Planning And Meltdown Panic Freakout
Craft Space Organised
An Unexpected Lesson

Yarn Clubs and Subscriptions services mentioned:

Rocking Sock Club
The Cookie A Sock Club
Space Cadet Creations
Mad Tosh Sweater Club
KnitCrate
Yarnbox

Dream in Color Shrug – Ravelry

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Feedback Friday Episode

Thank you for your emails, comments, Tweets and pics.

I mention Elizabeth Gilbert appearing at the Perth Writer’s Festival. You can view her TED talks here:

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