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My name is Brett Coulstock. I’m a writer and designer from Western Australia

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Porongorups – Nancy Peak Circuit

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Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Brett on the peak, leaning nochalantly against a rock

Out and about again on Sunday; this time returning to the Porongurups (small mountain range between Albany and the Stirling Range), and doing the Nancy Peak circuit. You can go either direction; this time we opted to start in the East-ish side, which climbs into forest with tall trees and healthy looking regrowth since a fire a few years ago. There were strong gusty winds on the the peak, which has the common granite boulders typical of the area. We enjoyed a cup of tea and watched twin banks of heavy cloud roll over the Albany township to the South, and the Stirling Ranges to the North. Then we were off again, down again and around onto a wide track large enough to accomodate vehicles. Walk took about two hours.

Quite a lot of fungi about, but didn’t go mad photographing them this time … sometimes it is nice just to walk!

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June 29th, 2009 at 9:23 am

Little Grove to Sandpatch Loop

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Brett and a fungusStaying at home during severe weather and enjoying hot chocolate while relaxing in front of a heater would be the sensible thing to do, so we decided to venture out and revisit the Little Grove to Sandpatch walk we did in June of last year (the write up is yet another victim of the Server Crash of ‘09).

The walk takes us round from Little Grove (on the harbour) across the Torndirrup Peninsula to Sandpatch (the location of the Albany wind farm), and around in a loop. Most of it is comprised of the Bibbulumun track, which is well signposted and maintained. We started the walk at 10:00 and finished about 14:30; and it’s about 20 km all told.

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June 26th, 2009 at 11:50 am

Kalgan River

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The Kalgan RiverOn Saturday we decided to do the Luke Pen Walk along the Kalgan River. Every time I’ve been to the Kalgan, I’ve been struck by how beautiful it is. The water is often clear and very reflective, and the bushland appears relatively unspoiled (bar some weed encroachment from neighboring farmland).

April and June are fantastic if you’re interested in fungi. Last year I uploaded photographs of Honey Fungus, Scotsmans Beard, a violet bolete, and some small fungi with bright red caps. One of those photographs placed in the Albany Show in the “plants” category. Unfortunately, the server crash in February wiped that post. However, the Kalgan River once again did not dissapoint, and we chanced across some interesting specimens …

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Artwork – Sword Kvetch

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Sword Kvetch - Cover Another cover for 19 Nocturne Boulevard, and onto Swords’n'Sorcery! Julie described the main character Cael in Sword Kvetch as an Amazon so I immediately thought of Boris Vallejo / Julie Bell style artwork, but once I listened to the play, that idea just evaporated. It’s a nice, light-hearted fantasy piece and plate-armour bikinis don’t really work with it — thank goodness! It would have been very difficult to accomplish.

A similar problem occured with the “Evil Wizard” Mazurin. I could have run up an evil wizard pretty easily, but his character in the play was not the stereotype, and finding an photo that correlated with my mental image of him proved impossible, so I left him off. Instead we have Gigli the long-suffering hobgoblin!

This was a quite complex cover to build and I think the only element not made up of more than one source photographs was the Castle. But it was a great deal of fun.

Sword Kvetch is scheduled to be released on 10th July, 2009.

Licencing and Attribution

I used a number of Creative Commons licenced photograpic elements, sourced from Flickr and here’s the attributions:

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June 6th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Website – Albany Speculative Fiction Writers Group

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Yesterday I registered a DNS for the Albany Speculative Fiction Writers Group, and this evening I have put a quick webpage up with two downloadable flyers. Nothing lends an instant air of credibility than a nice website with a reasonable domain name.

Too bad I couldn’t get the “.org.au”, but it has strict rules. For a start, the organisation has to actually exist and also be registered, and I’m not at that point with this idea. The rules are designed people registering a .org.au domain name to simply promote some product or service, and I think they’re entirely reasonable. However, I needed to get something there quickly to keep the momentum I have, hence registering a .org which has basically no rules at all. I want to give this every chance to succeed!

I don’t think it’s a bad looking website for something that was just thrown together! Actually refreshing to do something so simple as a basic website with a few flyers. Although I’m a bit of a fraud in some ways — for the flyer’s I’ve reused the graphic from The Outpost and another from a piece of “fan art” I did a few months back :-)

I’ll probably move it over to be a Wordpress site later.

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June 4th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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