Clementine Ford: It’s 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Clementine Ford It's 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Clementine Ford: It’s 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

Interesting recent article that I’m sharing on here because it was inspired by a publishing company’s new policy. Clementine Ford is an Australian journalist and feminist.

The article was inspired by one publishing house in Ireland that has started tossing all queries and submissions made out to “Dear Sir” without even looking at them. Why? Because the people who run the business are women.

I admit: we’re still conditioned to think like this. I caught myself making a sexist assumption the other day, and was appalled. It takes time to change (hell, most of us still default to calling all animals “he”!), but I think that you could at least do that much research when submitting a manuscript.

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The Week: 9th – 15th October

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Spring Flowers Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 10th October 2017 Pink Garden Nature 2

Spring in Canberra this week.

It seems this was the week the Christmas ads started on television. Maybe not for the US  or Canada, with Halloween and Thanksgiving and all of that, but they did here!

This week marked a month since I returned from Spain. However, on Monday we booked a trip for next year: to Ireland and England, so I’m planning again!

We’ll take advantage of Qatar Airways’ new flights out of Canberra and fly into Dublin (where I lived and worked for a little while), and then travel up to Belfast and spend a few weeks in Northern Ireland. My surname is 100% Northern Irish. Even though I’ve only ever seen Northern Ireland in dreary late-November, I remember it as gorgeous.

After that we’ll fly to Leeds (in England) and then spend a few weeks in the Peak District and Yorkshire before flying home from Manchester. My dream Pride and Prejudice adventure…

The plans were changing for weeks. I still “have” to do a more extensive trip around Wales, and spend more time in Scotland. I also want to visit Cornwall, Devon etc. – I’ve seen quite a lot of the south over the years, but not that part. For a small place, there’s too much to see!

Interview: Rachel Brimble

My review of Pursued for the Viscount’s Vengeance by Sarah Mallory

My review of Ethan’s Daughter: Templeton Cove Stories (Templeton Cove #7) by Rachel Brimble

My review of A Baby for Christmas (Sweet Home Montana Book 2) by Joan Kilby

A Baby for Christmas (Sweet Home Montana Book 2) by Joan Kilby

Britain’s Libraries Week

Romance Books Category Romance

The Week: 2nd – 8th October

Floriade in Canberra over the weekend.

Canberra Australia Blue Sky Sunshine Sunny Afternoon Sonya Heaney Spring 2nd October 2017 Pink Flower Garden Nature

Monday sunshine for Labour Day in Canberra.

Well. What an awful week in the news.

The rest of the world looks on in horror at America’s out-of-control gun problem, and shakes their heads in bewilderment at why nobody will do anything about it.

My review of Montana Bride by Christmas (Montana Cowboys #4) by Linda Ford

My review of Christmas Amnesia (Callahan Confidential #3) by Laura Scott

Mills and Boon Woos New Readers

The Overwhelming Gender Bias in “New York Times Book Reviews

Trump and Romance Book Sales

 

The Week: 25th September – 1st October

Blue Sky Sunny Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Eucalyptus Trees Garden Gum Trees Nature Hot Sonya Heaney 27th September 2017Sunny, warm Canberra on Wednesday – the national news said it was raining here (they always say that)!

Another week, another struggle to get my reading up to date! I have about forty review books I’m behind on. Hmm…

Coming Up for Mary Balogh

My review of A Talent for Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

My review of The Reunion by Sara Portman

Harlequin’s Free Reads

The Latest Romance Genre Insult

Family and Community Day

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Today in the Australian Capital Territory is the totally random public holiday: Family and Community Day. I’ve been told it replaces a November holiday that used to fall around the time of the Melbourne Cup.

And apparently Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday today (we did it back in June; her actual birthday is in April – there is actually a reason for all these weird dates!).

Whatever it is, it’s a day off. Maybe I can catch up on some books!