PAY ATTENTION: THIS IS IMPORTANT

Paul Haines is one of the good guys. One of the best. And for the past ten months, he and his family have suffered the toughest times of their lives: Paul has bowel cancer, and after all the pain and fear, and losing part of his bowel to it, he thought he’d conquered the bastard, only to find spots on his liver during the past week. He’s been blogging his experience, and frankly, it’s nothing you’d ever want to go through.

Paul’s a fighter, and he’s going to fight this with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system’s funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it. Money that he doesn’t have.

That’s where we come in. We’re a community, with all that implies: we’re going to do what we can to raise the money for his treatment.

And that’s where you come in. Because you can go here, like a lot of us have already done, and you can make a payment via Paypal. Or you can email me, and ask for bank details to make a direct deposit. Or you can click the button below, which (hopefully) will take you to the payment screen.

Either way, if you’ve ever enjoyed one of Paul’s stories, or one of mine; if you’re a friend of mine and you just want to give me a warmenfuzzie; or you want to make a difference, this is the way to do it. If you’ve bought a copy of my book, or a magazine with my story in it, I insist.

Paul’s one of the good ones, people, and he needs our help.

 

OH, IT’S GOING TO HURT TO SAY THIS

Okay, I’m as prepared as I’m going to be. Let’s get this over with. Kung Fu Panda…… urgh, aaaggghh…. for a….. movie…..ooomph…. with Jack….. aaaargggghhhh…. Jack Black….. oh, go, oh it hurts…… Jack Black in it……. ooohhhh, aaahhhh…….. doesn’t…… oh my goddd……. doesn’t suck.

There……… I said it. Can I go now?

DELIVERED

Alchymical Romance to Remix My Lit. Now to finish Comfort Ghost and send it to Hauntings, and finish Smuggler’s Moon for New Ceres, and I can spend the rest of the year bashing away at novel work.

Look for me to get really gloomy by about mid-November……

LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY JAMMY JAMMY LUCKY JAMMY………

Wanna know what Aiden’s been doing? Huh? Do ya?

Riding elephants, swimming with dolphins, skurfing, eating exotic fruits, shopping like a beyatch…. He’s on holiday, the lucky little bastich: his best friend invited him to travel to Singapore with his family, and that’s where he’s been ensconced in an umpteen-star resort on the coast for the last week.

I’m as jealous as hell, particularly as it’s been pretty much constant downpour here in exotic frikkin Clarkson since his departure. But he is, by all accounts, having the time of his life, and he deserves it– his school grades are excellent, he’s brilliant to have around the house, he’s a fantastic brother and son, and even with the 20+ year age gap I’d consider him one of my funniest and most articulate friends notwithstanding the special nature of our Bonus son/father relationship. He’s an amazing kid, and deserves an amazing adventure.

Of course, I’ve still turned all his furniture backwards in his room and hidden dead fish in his underwear drawer. Some things are traditional……

YER, COZ OI LOIKS TO LANCE…..A LOT! HUR HUR HUR…..

Your result for The Camelot Test…

Lancelot

Honourable and passionate. You never back down from a challenge. Your friends are very important to you. You believe in justice and duty far above your own personal security and comfort.

Congratulations! This was the most challenging result to get. You are one of a kind.

Take The Camelot Test at HelloQuizzy

Ah well, at least it didn’t tell me I was the sixth Doctor……

NOUN CONFUSION

ME: Did you have fun at Aunty Terri’s today?
CONNOR: Yep!
ME: Did you play with Shani?
CONNOR: Yep!
ME: And Darien?
CONNOR: Yep!
ME: And Gwen?
CONNOR: (long suffering) No, Daddy! She from Ben 10!

Ah. Yes. Silly me. Of course.

PRATCHETT’S SHORT CARROT

Like anybody who’s ever read his work, I’m a Terry Pratchett fan, and of his work, I’m particularly fond of the cycle of work involving the Night Watch of Ankh-Morpork. So I was a rather happy fellow today when I stumbled upon a previously-unknown-to-me short story today, featuring, as it does, Corporal Carrot, along with cameos from Captain Vimes, Nobby, and Sergeant Colon: you can read it here, too.

FOR REAL TRUTH, COUNT ON DINOSAURS

Oh, the writer’s life is a stoopid and accurately-mocked one.

And it always involves sequels somewhere along the line.

MICHAEL GREENHUT IN FANTASY

Free fiction, you ask? Wellllllllll, seeing as it’s you: Clarion South gradboy and member of an elite squad of risk-taking, pyrotechnical students I called my “jet-fighters”, the quite lunatic and fab Michael Greenhut has a new story up at Dark Fantasy magazine. Go and read it here.