To YA or Not to YA, That is the Question

After much deep and profound brain things inside my head, as King Julien would say, I have come to the conclusion that what I really need here is your opinions. As many of them as possible, in fact, although ideally not more than one each. (Unless you can support them with reference to the text, as my first-year Shakespeare lecturer would say.)

Lemur catta 3
The brain-thing which is currently circulating inside my head is this question: what constitutes a Young Adult novel? More specifically, was I mistaken in not classifying Restoration Day as a YA novel?

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Restoration Day is OUT – Again!

It’s been over a year since I published Restoration Day, and I am delighted to announce that it is now – at last! – available to the world in ebook form via something rather more book-oriented than a crowdfunding donation site. It is available, in fact, at Smashwords – and soon via Smashwords’ distribution networks.


This means that not only can you buy an epub, mobi, pdf, txt, html or lrf version from Smashwords here, it will shortly also be available in such places as Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Scribd, Kobo etc etc. Not to mention that libraries using a library aggregator service such as OverDrive or Axis360 will also be able to buy copies (at a reduced price) to loan to their patrons.

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It’s Too Darn Hot

It’s been 27 degrees C (80.6F) every day this year. This may not seem hot to you (particularly if you live with air conditioning) but it’s all a matter of what you’re used to, and this climate has conditioned me to mostly dwell in the teens.

Pris Cat cooling herself in the Brisbane heat
Unfortunately, my to do list for summer projects includes things like “clear out woodshed” and “stack cord of firewood” (that’s 3.6 cubic metres/130 cubic feet, by hand), and “dig drainage ditch”.

Due to our proximity to the longest day, the sun pours down for about fifteen hours at a stretch. Fifteen hours and three minutes, if you want to get precise about today. This means that it gets cool enough to go outside and get to work on the garden about ten minutes before it gets dark enough that you can no longer see the garden – about half an hour before bedtime.

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