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Here’s another great initiative to support Canterbury.  Anna Caro and J.C. Hart have put together a short story anthology – Tales for Canterbury – with stories donated by international and New Zealand writers.  Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Sean Williams, Jay Lake, Tim Jones, Tina Makereti, Helen Lowe and me.  It’s being published by Random Static Press in both print and ebook forms and all profits will go to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.  For more information and to watch the promo video, visit talesforcanterbury.wordpress.com

Isn’t the cover beautiful?  The anthology is expected to be available by late April, but you can pre-order now.  ($12 for the ebook and $24.95 for the print version – I’ve ordered my copy already).  As of this morning, the editors had raised $880 towards their target of $5000.

Thoughts and hopes for everyone affected by the Christchurch earthquake, especially those who have lost loved ones and those still waiting for news. Kia kaha.

For updated information about the quake: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/

To donate to Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate

Lilium rubescens - image by John Game, Wikimedia Commons

We’ve just got back from a trip to Greymouth and Christchurch (booked well before the earthquake). We took the Tranz-scenic over the southern alps with a small group of friends and had a great time.  On the way over, everything was frosted with snow

that strange halo effect is my camera lens reflected in the train window

and on the way back the next day, much of it had melted

 

Magic.  Greymouth has some great little cafes, like dp one (by the river) with its retro Formica tables and Frank’s (on the main drag), which often has live music (just not on the night we were there).

It was fun being snowed on on the way back, when they let us out for 5 minutes at Arthur’s Pass.

Arthur's Pass

Then it was back to Christchurch.  The centre of the city seemed in better shape than we had feared – the occasional pile of rubble, closed-off street or taped-off building, but overall, Christchurch is open for business and no doubt the retailers would be happy to see you.  But some of the outer suburbs are apparently in far worse shape, with thousands of homes expected to be demolished.  Clearly, the after-effects will ripple on for a long time to come.

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