Firstly, I pre-ordered (?) well not really pre-order since it was in Local Books website, they just had to deliver it to me once it was released. This is the first time I bought from them online so yeah.
I want to say this is pretty exciting. RECEIVING BOOKS (that I paid for) that is. The packaging is bright purple in real life and it’s super cheery.
I might buy more books this way just cause of the packaging cause it’s cute for specific hard to find titles in store. You guys should try it with Harris Bin Potter.
Oh and prices on that website haven’t added gst in. I would have wanted a “GST included” price, so no cheated feelings or something at the cart.
I chose for the free gift wrapping because November is a book day for a lot of reasons and the wrapping is pretty good. Hit that “gift wrapping” button if you are definitely gifting it to a friend, whoever is the wrapper, it is veeeery nice.
Oh and we get a tiny “Word Search” puzzle card which is a promo of some books available on their site.
You can click to embiggen to look see the other side of that word search puzzle. Anyway, I unwrapped it and BEHOLD.
It is The Phantom of Oxley Castle by Liana Gurung and Chloe Tong, illustrated by Anngee Neo.
My review is going to be as a book reader and not some political website trying to find hints and meaning more than me when watching the latest Taylor Swift video.
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PAX Australia was at the Melbourne Convention Centre and it’s so easy to get to from the airport.
Basically I took a Skybus to the city and from there you could either take a city hotel shuttle or pretty much just walk.
Anyway this was my first ever PAX! So yay.
It ran for three days and it’s purely a gaming convention with panels, competitions and well, gaming.
It’s very exciting if you like games, really. Also, the cosplay scene is much more ‘chill’ compared to Singapore but the gaming scene is more intense because this is like THE gaming convention event of the year.
From digital to analogue, it was pretty much play time or get gear for your gaming.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this even though it happens yearly! We had our kick off party, well we call it “gentle nudge” because it wasn’t November yet but had all the briefing and info for newbies to know what would happen for the National Novel Writing Month.
For us, we brought our own food, some people brought snacks to join in the “food pile” and also random prizes for random quiz questions related to Nanowrimo to get participants to remember facts like “What do you win for Nanowrimo? Answer: Nothing! YAY!!” basically things like that.
To remind them that they don’t win anything but their own first draft of their story and a digital badge and all those things.
Mainly, it’s a marathon for yourself to complete your story.
And after the ‘official’ announcements and the whole programme bit we usually have a bit of cake and whatever snacks we’ve pooled in together and talk to each other.
It’s not often you meet other writers who are doing this too.
Besides the kick-off we have write-ins which are just scheduled meet ups somewhere to just type away.
This year’s gear for me is my phone and a keyboard attached to it. Also, yay for bagels, I do have a fondness for those with cream cheese.
Anyway, it’s simple enough, you can still join Nanowrimo. The rest is pretty much up to you to keep on course for your novel! 50,000 words in November. That’s it really. All the rest is up on the official website with the FAQ.
It’s been a few weeks since Gamestart was over but this year, they held SEA SUMMIT at the Pixel Building and while it was free, you had to register for it. Mainly it had industry talks about gaming.
I went to the “last” day because it had more talks about esports and streaming. If I’m not making a game or in a company making or writing one, at least I can learn more about streaming it.
The keynote on that Friday was by Yoko Taro and he did give an insightful general theme of how characters for his games are made and the story.
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