February 2017 – Quick meeting roundup

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Renee giving us all the ‘thumbs up’ on Sunday!

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

Reduced and Fair Costs for Australian Authors.

There is a petition to introduce fairer postal costs for Australian authors. Click on the link below and go SIGN THE PETITION.

https://www.change.org/p/australia-post-reduced-and-fair-costs-for-australian-authors

Getting your manuscript assessed:

Renee sent her first book to Manuscript Assessment Agency. They gave Renee 8 pages of recommended changes. Renee did 7 drafts on her first book and she believes that the feedback from the agency helped improve her writing through those drafts. Go through the book images on the website you’ll see the cover of Renee’s 1st book.

Bundles are the new buzz:

A couple of authors get together and produce a book which contains the first book from a series from each author. This book is priced at the cost of one book but the reader gets a couple of other books. They can then go on to purchase the rest of the books from whichever of the series they liked. Kim said that this was very popular last year. The ones she had seen had books from different genres. There was discussion that putting 3 books from the same genre would be more appealing to readers.

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Kasia has shelved her detective series for the moment and is currently working on a fantasy/sci fi idea. She is attempting to write book 1, 2 and 3 by June this year and publish by August. Just in time for Armageddon in Auckland :). Go Kasia!

 Kim had copies of the artwork she has received for the first chapter of her book. It was very impressive. She is also in the process of reworking book 1 from her Species Within series. Kim hopes to do this in time for Perth Oz Comic Con. We think you can too!

 Lani has shelved the manuscript she was working on previously to start on another idea that was in the back of her mind. She has written 35,000 words so far. Well done Lani!

 Renee has nearly finished the cover for her third book. She purchased an image she loves and has been tailoring this to suit. She is currently working on Book 3 and has some 20,000 words or 8 chapters under her belt along with some injuries from just living her life. Renee is going to Gold Coast Supanova. Seriously impressed with your dedication and your super sized thumb :).

There was no Micro Fiction this month.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Regeneration’.

Next month’s meeting…

Date:              Sunday 19th March

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.

See you there!

December 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

xmas-2016 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Thank you…

to all the staff at RACV for getting the table ready for our meetings every month and your friendly service. They made the table look very festive for our December meeting.

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This month’s Micro Fiction theme…‘Trumping yourself in the face’.

Two months in a row without any micro fiction. Hopefully next month’s theme will inspire some.

Our micro fiction is posted on the Scifantor website, just go to the Members menu and select the author’s name to read their micro fiction.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Armageddon’.

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 15th January 2017
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!

November 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Sad News

November’s meeting was really sad as it was the last meeting with Brett and David present in person.

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As this blog has been published late, they have already departed Australia and are living in the much cooler climes of Wellington, New Zealand. We wish you all the best and hope you don’t forget to visit us on your trips back to the Gold Coast.

At December’s meeting we may be able to use skype to get them to attend the meeting electronically. Well we will give it a go :).

Alternatively Brett and David might start the Wellington chapter of Scifantor.
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Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

 

Hootsuite – Manage all your social media in one place

Audio books becoming more and more popular…

Popular blogs put up space for ads to earn an income for the blog writers…

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…‘Cruising’.

We were all so busy cruising that there were no micro fictions written this month.

Our micro fiction is posted on the Scifantor website, just go to the Members menu and select the author’s name to read their micro fiction.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Trumping yourself in the face’.

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 18th December
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!

October 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Phrase of the day

Viagra Sausages

Acronym of the day

LARP

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

*** BIG NEWS ***

It is with much regret that Brett and David announced their move to Wellington, New Zealand in November. The Scifantor meeting on Sunday 20th November 2016 will be their last meeting with us until they come back for a visit once our viciously humid summer is over. We have yet to figure out a way to have Brett and David come to our meetings electronically but we are working on it.
Alternatively Brett and David might think about starting a chapter of Scifantor in Wellington .

Snippets of topics touched on.
• How the top Youtubers make their money through advertising. Subscribers must watch the complete video for the Youtube creators to be paid
• Facebook requires people to pay for a booster to get everyone following their page to view their posts. Shameless!
• Viagra sausages
• The science that is experimenting with cutting animal’s heads off in order to reattach them back to see if they can do it and the animal survive
• The unbelievable science rewiring nerves to prosthetics so that the injured person can ‘feel’ their new hand
• New contact lenses that give the wearer better than 20/20 vision

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Kaisa has started a new series and has written approximately 10,000. She is hoping the challenge of getting 50,000 words written during NaNoWriMo will move the series right along.

Zane has been listening to Casey Niestat. Neistat is a video blogger or vloger and is one of the 3 top youtubers. In October 2016, Neistat reached 5 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.

David has been thinking about plot lines for children’s books. Looking at Enid Blyton’s output throughout her career for example she sometimes produced fifty books in a year; David is looking at the challenge of NaNoWriMo and prodding Adriana to take up the challenge as well!

Brendan has had a hectic few months. He has had to rethink his life and businesses due to certain circumstances. All in all, he has spent the last little while rearranging his life. He started a new business and instead of shelving his ideas as a someday thing, he has started to move on them and is really happy with the way things are turning out. Currently he is making a Samurai tiger armor; can’t wait to see the photos.

Kim did manage to get her grant in by the deadline given that the original draft had to be cut down by 2/3rds. She should hear back within 12 weeks. But not willing to sit and wait, Kim is actively working on a ‘Plan B’ in case the grant is not forthcoming. One possibility is to format books for other authors.

Cherie has been seriously ill and today was the first time in 6 weeks that she has been out. Welcome back and we wish you good health and lots more Scifantor meetings to attend.

Brett has been writing but struggles to maintain focus due to the humidity. The climate in Wellington should improve Brett’s health and allow lots more lovely writing from him. Brett tweeted a link to his poem ‘You Hold My Heart’ to Joshua Sasse fiancée of Kylie Minogue. Joshua has starred in the 2 TV Series Rogue and Galavant. Joshua tweeted Brett back saying that Brett was doing good work! Way to go Brett.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Books
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Movies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

TV
iZombie (2015, 2016)
Poldark (2015)
Lucifer (2016)
Shades of Blue (2016)
Frequency (2016)
Timeless (2016)
The Exorcist (2016)
West World (2016)

New TV Series – coming soon
Midnight, Texas (based on book series by Charlaine Harris of Trueblood fame)

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…‘Boobs’ or ‘Cleavage’ or both.

Our micro fiction is posted on the Scifantor website, just go to the Members menu and select the author’s name to read their micro fiction.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Cruising’.

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 20th November
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!

March 2017 Meeting

March meeting will be held on the Sunday 19th of March, at 9:30am

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

Micro fiction theme: Regeneration

September 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

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Thank you Lani for taking the photo.
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Phrase of the day

Lips with Boobs

Word of the day

Hipwrecked

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.

Conventions
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…

Books
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

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

TV
Lethal Weapons
Rush Hour
MacGyver

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