So…… lot of weather we’ve been having lately, innit?……
All right, let’s talk serious shit. I’ve lost my way since our son Blake completed suicide back in September 2019. Of course it’s understandable — Luscious and I have been swallowed by grief, and anybody who can’t understand how that level of grief can affect you has my permission to stay quiet — but the ultimate end of that process is that my life has turned in upon itself and started eating its own tail. Everything that was supposed to be good about coming to Karratha — gaining fitness, writing more, lowering my stress levels, finding my post-50-year-old-future, etc etc and so forth — was destroyed, and what’s more, I didn’t care.
This can no longer be supported.
Continue reading “WELCOME TO THE BUNGLE. AGAIN.”
One of the things I’ve missed most since moving to Karratha is the opportunity to exhibit at my favourite annual arts exhibition, Bricktober. So much so, in fact, that recently I determined that I was going to pack myself into the car and drive down to Perth in 2021 for the sole purpose of doing just that.
Then a double dose of positive karma struck: Firstly, Luscious approved the plan, and second, my good pal (and head honcho of Bricktober) Stephen Kendall gently coughed in my Facebook feed and mentioned that a) due to Covid-19 restrictions, Bricktober was taking place in a fully online environment this year, and b) if I pulled my finger out and built something inside of a week, I could display something this year as well as next.
Continue reading “BRICKTOBER 2020 AND THANKS FOR 2000”
If you’ve ended up here because you were trying to get to my website and discovered the big Ain’t Nobody Here or Nuttin’ sign strung across the entrance, an apology: unfortunately, my hosting arrangement has come to an end, and I’m currently too skint to renew it.
Normal service will be resumed once I have some cash to spend on it.
Over at the website, I’ve added a couple of new items for your edification: the biblio page is now complete, and a couple of free stories have been added to the Free Lee! page– check out Decimated, from Shadowed Realms issue 8 as well as mu Aurealis-Award winning story Pater Familias from Shadowed Realms issue 3.
So to the big news:
I have websitage!
After much cocking things up and not-being-at-all-clever about hosts and doman names and stuff like that– really, I can’t escape the essential 19th Century level of my technological abilities– I can proudly announce the presence of leebattersby.com on the electronic landscape.
Come on down and have a look. Some of the pages are still under construction, but you’ll find stuff there about me, my writing and cartooning, the sorts of random falderal that amuse me…. in short, it’s a snapshot of the inside of my brain, only much easier to navigate.
And while you’re web-hopping, jump on over to Lyn’s new website as well, which is like a snapshot of the inside of her brain. Which means it’s prettier than mine, and much more elegant.
AND A VERY LONG POST IS FOLLOWED BY A VERY SHORT ONE
Short hiatus. Back soon.
THE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME BORED AS HELL BLUES
So my weekend plans all seem to revolve around the movement of large amounts of soil, as well as packaging the novel up for the new agent-of-choice.
Entertain me. Tell me your plans.
Song of the moment: Where in the Hell Did you Go with my Toothbrush? Rev. Horton Heat
Reading: Mojo- Conjure Stories, still.