Do you get disconcerted when characters you know in one setting move away from their familiar spheres?
Like when Kate Ruggles, who usually resides at Number 1, One End Street, spends a whole book on holiday at the Dew Drop Inn.
Or instead of returning to the Lake District, the Swallows and Amazons relocate to Hamford Water.
Or when the characters in Friends appear somewhere other than their apartments or Central Perk.
Well, hang on to your hats, because in this episode of Alien Onion, we leave The House behind and take a trip to Sydney...
Last week we attended our annual Editorial Conference where we recharge our editorial batteries, are apprised of new and exciting publishing industry items, and spend time with the wonderful
Onions who inhabit the Mothership.
Garth Nix gave a fabulous talk about telling stories and writing
fantasy. (And he also gave us chocolates, so he's invited back any
We participated in excellent discussions on copyediting and structural editing with Nan McNab.
Nicola O'Shea shared very useful thoughts on editing onscreen.
We talked ebooks, and discount department stores, and pathways to becoming a publisher.
And then, ladies and gentleman, we ate delicious food in front of this view:
Thank you, AH, for organising such a terrific day of listening and learning and talking... and eating, lots of lovely eating.
And thank you, Sydney - the jacarandas were blooming, the air was soft,
the views were spectacular and the people friendly. We can't wait to
But for now you'll find us happily back at the House - our One End Street, our Wildcat Island, our Central Perk.
Where, of course, there is cake.