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A Final Farewell to 2012

2012 was a big year.

It was the year my first book was published. It was the year my fiancé and I moved into the first home that either of us had ever owned. And, on December 30, on our fifth anniversary, it was the year we got married.
Given that we’re both involved in publishing, our wedding had some bookish touches. Paperlovebuds provided bouquets and boutonnieres made from the pages of Pride & Prejudice
…while our cake topper was called “Love in the Library” and featured a title that readers of this website may be familiar with.

Yes, those books are made of cake.

Yes, those books are made of cake.

@philipsainsbury captured a familiar title amongst the pile of books.

@philipsainsbury captured a familiar title amongst the pile of books.

People don’t lie when they tell you how quickly your wedding day rushes by. It feels like it only happened yesterday but it was already over a week ago. And so far, this marriage thing is going swimmingly.

We’re planning to take a proper honeymoon later in the year, but in the meantime we settled for a week off, with a couple of nights spent in a hotel in South Yarra.

The summer heat lent itself well to seeing a few movies, which included The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Argo, and the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which proved to be a fascinating, emotional and inspiring look at the depiction of superheroines across pop culture, with a particular emphasis on Wonder Woman (of course). It’s been playing at ACMI here in Melbourne, but where ever you are I highly recommend checking it out.

And to add to my comic book geekery, I’ve also been reading Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, an engrossing and comprehensive history of the House of Ideas. If anyone out there knows a book that takes as detailed (and honest) a look at the story behind DC Comics, make sure to let me know!

So that’s it. 2012 is over. But there’s a lot to look forward to in 2013…including the release of Vanguard Prime: Wild Card in March! I can’t wait to get out and do some more events, as well as reveal more of the Knight of Wands’ history.

I’m also looking forward to finally getting a reliable Internet connection. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…

Happy New Year, everyone!

Weddings, Parties, Moving

At the start of the year, just as we were about to start the editing process for Vanguard Prime: Goldrush, I was asked if I’d be interested in doing a freelance copywriting job. I was a little concerned about biting off more than I could chew, given that in addition to editing Goldrush I also had Book 2 in the series to write, as well as a full-time job. But the opportunity was way too exciting to turn down, so I said ‘Yes’, and now Party! The Ultimate Kids’ Party Book has been released!

My contribution to the book was fairly minimal, though it turned out to be a lot of fun. I wrote the introduction to the book and for each section, where ideas are outlined for throwing the perfect kids’ party. Basically, I got the chance to see how many puns I could cram into a piece of writing before making the publisher’s head explode.

And speaking of the publisher, you can watch Mary avoiding Larry Emdur’s efforts to tape up the studio on The Morning Show with Larry and Kylie. Don’t worry, that’ll make sense when you see the clip (note: tried to embed video. Failed).


In addition to all this writing and working stuff, my fiance Simone and I have also been building a house. The original completion date was March 2013, but after speaking to the builder this week it’s looking more likely to be ready by mid-November. As in, eight weeks from now. We’re also getting married in December – which is never a stressful thing to organise in itself – so adding a house move into the mix seems like a genius idea. Not that I’m complaining, mind you! I swear I’m not the 1%! I’m 5%, tops!

Part of the excitement about the new house is the fact that I’ll be getting an office, where I’ll be able to display all my curios and memorabilia (read: toys) and indulge in quiet study and introspective work (write make-believe stories about people who can fly).

Ideally, I’m picturing this is what it’ll look like (plus toys);

Given my track record, however, it’ll end up looking like this (plus toys);



One of the best things about being engaged is that you get to rope your partner into helping you out when you do stuff, which means that Simone will be with me on Saturday for the Dymocks Southland event. Make sure to come by and provide us with any tips you can about hiring movers and packing up your belongings. Or, ya know, I could sign a book for you or something.

‘Til next time.