October 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on the 16th of October, at 9:30am

Venue: Tee’s Clubhouse, RACV Royal Pines, Benowa… just follow the signs to ‘Golf and Tennis’🙂

Microfiction theme: BOOBS! (or cleavage, or norks, or funbags)


From the moment they erupted into existence, Left and Right hated each other. The only thing they hated more than each other was their jail on the chest of their host. They despised being forced to co-exist.

Left was slightly larger, Right slightly perkier. Left hogged the bra, Right hogged the attention. Left was flawless, Right had a birthmark. Their hatred for each other, however, was perfectly symmetrical.

They performed their duties, of course, reliably and without complaint. There’s nobody to lodge a complaint with, after all. No Boob Arbitration Panel; no Nork Defense Group. Nobody ever campaigned for equal rights for tits. So Left and Right were stoic and accepted their fate. They let themselves be manhandled by the host’s dates. They supported pearl necklaces. They peaked over the top of tight dresses. They even caught food on occasion. The only function they recoiled at was feeding the host’s spawn.

When the host attached those ugly, pink, wrinkly faces to their nipples, Left and Right felt actual sympathy for each other. However, instead of nurturing milk, Left and Right fed the screaming lumps a stream of bitter tears and recriminations for ruining their perfect forms.

That all changed one night, however. Left and Right were trading insults as the host slept, mostly centred on the effects of age, when Left sagged slightly lower than ever before.

“Hey!” Left called out. “Check out your armpit. Do you have a catch there?”

Right relaxed and stopped fighting gravity, flowing sideways into its own armpit.

“Yeah,” Right replied. “I do! What do you think it’s for?”

After a few fumbled manipulations, Left and Right released the catches and sprang free of their prison. They stood on their host’s chest and stared at each other, hate leaking from their nipples. But did they take advantage of this opportunity to be rid of each other? No, of course they didn’t.

“I despise you,” Right said.

“I wouldn’t leak on you if you were on fire,” Left said.

With that, they launched at each other. They rolled off their chest and fell to the floor, wrapped in a whirlwind of hate, venom, and wrinkles.

War raged throughout the night. Left and Right fought in the kitchen, outraged at their inability to hold knives. They burst through doors and wrestled in the rooms of the spawn, now mercifully too old to feed from Left and Right. They knocked over bookcases and broke ornaments. They hissed and spat, their language full of curses and threats. And on it raged.

Their battle was epic; the result, unclear. Left was a scrappy fighter, but Right was cunning. It only ceased as the host stirred, sending out an undeniable call to return to their jail. They obeyed, grudgingly, locking themselves in place moments before the host woke.

Their host screamed as she woke, then spent the day cleaning. She made noise about poltergeists, and coddled her spawn as she wept. Left and Right just rested.

And so a pattern emerged. As the host slept, Left and Right waged war. This continued for decades. The spawn left the house in fear. The host consulted psychics, priests, and politicians. Time marched on, leaving its indelible mark on Left and Right.

One night, as Left and Right struggled to open a bag of rat poison, they felt their host breathe her last breath. There would be no call to return to their prison that night. Their jailer had finally died. They were free.

Left and Right put down their weapons and, with unspoken agreement, ceased hostilities. They were tired; decades of war had exhausted them and time had depleted them. They were no longer perky, and couldn’t remember why they hated each other so much. As they crawled off together into the night, they resembled a pair of old leather clutch purses who – having been left at a club – were trying to find their way home.

Absence equals Absinthe

Lifting my first glass of Absinthe to my lips, I inhaled the sweet scent, before I drank.

In her absence there was no longer a reason for my abstinence.

September 2016 – Quick meeting roundup


Thank you Lani for taking the photo.

Phrase of the day

Lips with Boobs

Word of the day


Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

Online Critiques
Is it a good idea to put a sample of your work up to be critiqued by online groups?
What happens if all the comments are negative?
Scribophile was given a good wrap as an online critique forum.

What does it cost to get yourself kitted out if you are going to be an exhibiter at a convention? The general consensus was a couple of hundred dollars; if you shop around or know where to go, it does not have to be exorbitant.
Where do you go to get posters, business cards, book marks, postcards and flyers made up?
Alternatively you can go to a company like Vistaprint where you can source all of your materials in one spot. Someone at the meeting said that they can do deals for a flat monthly fee.
Make sure that you have electronic payments as most convention goers no longer carry cash. Credit card readers can be purchased from Officeworks. Get the one that only takes a small percentage from each sale as their charge as opposed to charging you monthly.
Insurance? If you are doing a couple of conventions, get insurance for the year and not by event as that is much cheaper.

Grammar checker (not Grammerly)
We have heard of Grammerly but Ginger is new to us. Ginger does grammar checking, sentence rephrasing, dictionary etc. Their vision statement “Ginger’s mission is to remove language barriers between people by enabling everyone to communicate better and faster. “
If you want to read a 2016 review of Ginger – click here.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Brett recommends ‘Half a King‘ (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
David has been reading ‘Down and Out in Paris and London‘ by George Orwell
Kim has been reading ‘2312‘ by Kim Stanley Robinson

Pete’s Dragon (2016)   a remake of the 1977 musical film
The Dark Tower        scheduled for release in 2017

Lethal Weapons
Rush Hour

New TV Series – coming soon

The Punisher        scheduled for release in 2017

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…‘Abstinence, Absence, Absinthe’

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Boobs’ or ‘Cleavage’ or both

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 16th October
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)
Venue: Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse
Where: Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.
NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!

September 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on the 25th, as Brisbane’s Oz Comic Con is on the 3rd weekend of the month.

Venue: Tee’s Clubhouse, RACV Royal Pines, Benowa… just follow the signs to ‘Golf and Tennis’🙂

Microfiction theme: Abstinence, Absence and Absinthe

Tag and Release

She waited quietly in the sterile lab already masked and gowned for the work hours ahead. Her thoughts tumbled inside her head, examining snippets from last night’s conversation trying to make sense of what she had been told.

Before her lay her instruments and the packs of splinters, she looked at them sightlessly. Today, soon she would have to decide on which side her loyalties lay.

The noise from the trolleys outside brought her back to the present. They would start entering any minute now. She began to unpack the splinters.

Each splinter was individually contained, as thick as a hair and only a couple of millimetres long. It was her job to pick up each splinter with her instrument, and then introduce it to the right index fingernail of the patient, where it began to wriggle as if it was alive. It would slither from her instrument to begin insinuating itself under the nail. For a second it would be visible under the nail and then it would disappear into the bloodstream.

She had always marvelled at the technology, glowing in her small part in making it accessible to everyone. Had she been indoctrinated during her training? They had said that to her last night.

She did not see the patient, only the right hand. Last night they had said that this was so that she did not baulk at what she was doing.

The door opened, she would have to reach a decision now.

Microfiction by Adriana Marrone.

August 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

Writer’s Festivals…

We discussed the benefits of attending writer’s festivals. Renee went to the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival in early August.

4  workshops she went to;

  • Sales & Marketing for Self-Published authors
  • Tools of the Trade (Punctuation and Grammer)
  • Editing Like a Pro (Tricks of the Trade)
  • Google My Business (on how to set up your business page)

Background noise

The website noisli has background sounds that can help you improve your focus, boost your productivity, set the mood for a scene you are writing. It is worth checking out.

Kim’s trip to the USA…

I won’t recount Kim’s stories about her trip, just let me say, it does sound as if she had a great time!

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Renee is currently working on her 3rd book. And in September she has a table at OZ Comic Con Brisbane. So if you can pop in and say ‘Hi’.

Kim returned from America with lots to tell.

Brad is reading a clever book written by a Pom (can’t remember the guy’s name). The movie ‘Red Dog’ was based on the book. The author is Louis De Bernieres. He interviewed people about red dog after coming across the bronze statue of red dog in his travels and from those interviews he wrote the book.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…


Zane recommends ‘After It Happened’ series by Devon C Ford. There are 4 books in the series so far; Book 1 ‘Survival’, Book 2 ‘Humanity’, Book 3 ‘Society’ and Book 4 ‘Hope’. Book 5 is not published yet.

And ‘Dead Wrong’ by Helen H Durrant

Kim recommends ‘Area 7’, book 2 from Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow novels

And ‘Beauty’s Kingdom’ Book 4 Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series


Sausage Party   Zane gives 3 ***

Ben Hur   Renee gives 4 ****

Suicide Squad     Reneee gives 5 ***** for look and 3 *** for story;  Zane gives 5 *****

Jason Bourne    Adriana gives 5 *****

Don’t Breath    Kim gives 4 ****

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…’Splinter’

Read member’s micro fiction here.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Abstinence, Absence and Absinth’

Next month’s meeting…

Date:              Sunday 25th September

This is 4th Sunday of month as OZ Comic Con Brisbane is 17-18 September

Time:             9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)

Venue:          Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse

Where:          Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.

NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!