The weather is getting warmer.
There are Christmas decorations on the streets and in the shops.
Social calendars are filling up.
It must be time to get down to some serious planning...
It's not just Father Christmas who makes lists at this time of year. It is our feeling that you can't expect to get the most out of your summer if you don't carefully itemise what you intend to do.
Herewith the beginnings of a list...
1) Watch THIS MOVIE*
Charlize Theron plays a writer of young adult fiction? SOLD!
Also, did you know Diablo Cody is deep in development of a Sweet Valley High movie?? *squeals*
Will they cast real twins to play Jessica and Elizabeth? Or will they pull the starring-Hayley-Mills-and-Hayley-Mills routine, also known as the Winklevoss Ploy.
2) Go to TJUKURRTJANU - Origins of Western Desert Art at the Ian Potter.
3) Read ALL THE BOOKS.
A nice, gentle, easily achievable goal this one.
7) Watch trailers for the Hunger Games movie as they are released. Comment loudly to anyone who will listen about what we think are the likely pros and cons (based on 2.36 mins of footage and some magazine articles).***
8) Devise (and consume) literature-inspired cocktails.
2 parts Marilla's best current wine
1 part vodka
Garnish with carrot tops.
If you're going to set your friends drunk, you might as well do it in style.
The Margo Lanagan
1 part champagne
1 part Gosling's Black Seal Rum
Slice of lime or scattering of fresh sea wrack.
If you drink enough of them, you too will be seeing selkies.
The Fantasy shaker
1 flagon of mead (butterbeer will do in a pinch)
2 shots whisky
A dash of ichor
Serve with Lembas or whole suckling pig.
The Justine Larbalestier
Assemble a basic Manhattan.
Serve in a Vegemite glass in front of the cricket.****
Pour tomato juice over ice cubes.
As you drink, crunch the ice between your teeth to simulate Bella's cracking ribs.
Make sure you put the empty glass in the dishwasher before your best friend can imprint on it. Cos that would be awkward.
What's on your list of things to do over summer?
* NB Australian release dates may make this *ahem* seemingly impossible. But we're with the US Army Corp of Engineers on this.
** At least an hour after swimming.
*** Pros: Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, the look of the thing, the vibe of the thing, Prim, Rue, Effie, Katniss, Peter. Cons: Gale
**** Good work, Pat Cummins!