America, land of the free-brave, Part 2

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My trip! It continues. Late in my trip to New York I met up with the lovely Jill Pantozzi from The Nerdy Bird who I met for the first time when she was a guest of honor at Contact Convention in Brisbane earlier this year. We talked work and tattoos and some feminism and nerdery… 

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The Nerdvention: Contact 2016

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I attended my first Natcon this year, Brisbane’s Contact. Not only did I get to attend, I got to participate as well, which is rad because watching stuff is fine, but doing stuff is way more fine, ya know? The weekend got off to a great start, because not only did my doctor actually listen… 

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Write Around The Murray & meeting my idols

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This weekend I got to experience something I hope to do far more in the future: my first writer’s festival. Early in the morning on Friday I slammed it on the V-line up to Albury for the Write Around the Murray festival, where a small launch had been organised for the two speculative Viva La… 

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The Beach at Sihanoukville and The End

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I didn’t picture Cambodia as having any of the typical tropical ‘holiday’ type areas, but when we got there, everyone told us take a few days in Sihanoukville to relax. After the bustle of Phnom Penh, this sounded ideal, so we boarded the bus ($12US) and took the five-hour trip to the beach. We’d been… 

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The Darker Side: The Killing Fields and S21

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If you travel in Cambodia, you must take the time to find out about what the country has been through. Their violent history is so recent, so present. I remember when Pol Pot died – and after seeing the reality of The Killing Fields and S-21, I felt enraged that he got the chance to… 

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The Boat to Phnom Penh & Bright Lights, Big City

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I don’t think I’ve been this disinclined to blog since I started. Who could have ever thought I’d not be in a mood to talk about myself? It actually helps that I have my trip to talk about to help take some of the focus away from me. You know that old thing about not… 

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Wonder, Dust and Sore Feet – The Temples of Siem Reap

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For a lifelong worry-wart and nervous organiser like me, this trip was a real step outside my comfort zone. Luckily for me (?!?) being kinda bleh filled me with a decided sense of ‘whatever’ that was actually very helpful. It allowed me to stop worrying and just relax and go with whatever came up. At… 

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Cambodia: Part One – Siem Reap

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I’m not sure how we came up with Cambodia: I’ve always wanted to see Angkor Wat and L had travelled to a bunch of surrounding South East Asian countries, but not into Cambodia. I think it was the Groupon Coupon for the three-day resort stay at the the Royal Angkor Resort and Spa that cemented… 

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