Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever

November 1st, 2014

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THIS episode, people. THIS episode. Even knowing what happens, it blows me away every time. Of all the Robotech WTFery, and there’s a whole bunch of super uberWTFery still to come, this is the WTFest of them all.

And yet.

I ship it so hard.

Max and Miriya, you put the “whuh” in whirlwind romance and I love you to bits.

Episode 25 – Wedding Bells

Once Ms9 saw the title of this one, it was all I could do to make her watch it – and thanks to the spoilery Next Time announcement from last week’s episode, she knew whose wedding it was gonna be. Thanks for that, overly-invested and weirdly precognitive narrator. I only dragged her back to the show (words cannot describe how much she hates kissing and romancey stuff) with the promise of a knife fight.

Her eyes lit up. “With the happy couple?”


“Well all right then.”

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Musketeer Space Part 24: Hover-Chandeliers Are Forever

October 29th, 2014

OldDesignShop_FleurDeLisLaceNoPinAnother Musketeer Day!

This month’s Musketeer Media Monday post went up this week, with Musketeer in Pink (2009), a dip into Barbie’s complex work history. Remember that time Barbie was a Musketeer? She was great at it.

Over in the Robotech Rewatch, we just reached one of my favourite episodes – the one where Max tries to woo Miriya via video game pwnage and only manages to piss her off. Hell of a first date.

But on to this week’s installment – which brings the bling!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: It’s party time on Lunar Palais! Dana has successfully completed her interplanetary mission to bring back the diamond studs that the Prince Consort gave away to the Duchess of Buckingham. If only she hadn’t lost Athos, Porthos and Aramis along the way! Oh, and she met Milord De Winter on a train while pretending to be someone else. So that was awkward. Luckily she’s not important enough to come to his attention… yet.



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Musketeer in Pink (2009)

October 27th, 2014

It’s Musketeer Media Monday! This month, I’m reviewing Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009), a direct-to-DVD computer animated feature which was already on our shelf because Ms5 loves it kind of a lot.

I’m not even sorry.

Barbie_and_the_Three_MusketeersI have a ridiculously soft spot for this particular movie, because I watched it with my daughters multiple times before I started this whole Musketeer Media project, and once you’ve seen all the Barbie movies about princesses and fairies and surfer girls and so on, the idea of one that’s about swords and adventure feels pretty progressive.

Also, how can I complain about the movie that did gender-swapped Musketeers long before I started my story? Hell, this movie is the reason that the shops were full of Barbies with swords for a while there.

Corinne (daughter of D’Artagnan though she never uses a surname) is a fairly standard Barbie avatar – sweet and blonde and determined to succeed at whatever she tries her hand at. This time around, she opens the movie practicing her swordwork, and then convinces her mother to let her leave home to become a Musketeer. All we are missing is a surreal slow-mo fencing shot like in the opening to Musketeers Crack Me Up Seventies Style (1973).

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 22: Video Game Romance

October 25th, 2014

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We’re up to one of my favourite subplots, the Max-Miriya romance. In my head, it always takes a lot longer for the two of them to, uh, settle things between them. But this episode is one of my favourites, and the game duel between them may have inspired an early scene in Musketeer Space…

Team Miriya all the way!

Episode 24 – Showdown

Lisa is off on her secret mission to convince the top brass on Earth that it’s a good idea to let the Zentraedi deserters integrate with their own society. Sami is taking her temp gig seriously, and she’s on fire with new confidence – so much so that she ends up chiding Captain Gloval for interrupting her. It’s adorable the way he lets the bridge crew scold him.

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Musketeer Space Part 23: Something Political

October 22nd, 2014

flower452It’s Musketeer Day! I can’t tell you why I’m particularly excited about this chapter without spoiling the hell out of it, so just assume it’s part of my usual excitement about train transport. Trains are awesome.

I’ve been meaning to write a special post about my adventures in Perth last week, but apparently that’s not going to happen (time why do you DO this to me) so I want to give a shout out to Linda and the CrimesceneWA crew who made me so welcome at their convention. The concept of the con – combining crime fiction writers and readers with actual forensic and legal experts – is brilliant, and I hope we will see Crimescene back in some form in the future.

I loved getting to meet up with my Perth people and to meet so many new crime authors and readers. It was also ridiculously exciting to get to visit Stefen’s Books which I have heard so much about. Thanks everyone who came to meet me and especially those who joined us for a lovely drinks & dinner hangout afterwards. It was the perfect way to finish up my trip to Perth – and that day also included 2 affogatos, cuddles with baby-of-my-heart Mackenzie, watching Dawson’s Creek in person with one of my best friends in the world and watching Doctor Who in person with one of my other best friends in the world so honestly, it is RIDICULOUS how good that day was.

It was also exciting for me to see pre-release copies of Drowned Vanilla, my new murder mystery (under the Livia Day byline). Early orders will be filled shortly, and there is an e-edition coming soon. The book will be formally launched at the Hobart Bookshop on 20th November by my good friend and awesome YA writer Kate Gordon.

I posted earlier today about the #Fight4Raphael campaign, to help the daughter of a good friend attend a cancer trial in Melbourne. Please donate if you can.

Now, a little later in the day than usual but still absolutely present and correct: the continuing adventures of Dana in a dress!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan signed up for a mission to save the solar system by reclaiming a coat with diamond studs that the Prince Consort should never have given away to the Duchess of Buckingham. So far, Dana has lost her three best friends, crashed a spaceship, and helped a New Aristocrat drug herself into oblivion. Also she’s wearing a dress which is a thousand different kinds of wrong. This train trip she’s on, though, the people seem nice.



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October 22nd, 2014

This was going to be the preliminary ‘catch up on what Tansy’s doing’ message before today’s Musketeer chapter, but then that felt weird and tacky and there was too much to say. So I’m saying it here. The chapter will go up later this morning.

While I was away in Perth, my dear friend Rowena Cory Daniells sent our writing group an email with great news – her eldest daughter Raphael, a teacher and talented jazz singer who has been going through chemo all year for her advanced bowel cancer, was finally showing very positive signs of recovery just in time for her wedding. Rowena has been keeping us up to date regularly as she supports Raphael through all this, and I was so glad to hear things were finally looking bright.

Sadly within the week the situation went very rapidly downhill. Raphael’s cancer is no longer responding to current treatments, and her last hope is a medical trial of a new drug in Melbourne. Raphael’s partner Clint has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money towards the expenses of them relocating for the duration. The generosity of donators has been amazing so far, well beyond their expectations, and they have extended their target accordingly.

Rowena Cory Daniells is not only a wonderful fantasy writer but one of the kindest and most generous people in the Australian SF writing scene. So many of us have had our careers or our creative spark encouraged by her one way or another, over the last several decades. She is one of those people who always helps others above and beyond her own needs My heart hurts for what Rowena and her family have been going through all year, supporting Raphael through this battle. Please donate if you can.


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 21: Breaking into the Asylum

October 19th, 2014

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I think I just had my first day off in about three years, not counting that time I got pneumonia. And I shouldn’t count that, right?

Regardless, at a quarter to midnight I only just remembered my Robotech post should have gone up. Whoops! Here it is, better late than never.

Episode 23 – Reckless

The battle is still going on inside the ship, carried over from the previous episode.

To Khyron’s confusion, the pilots of his Battlepods all start fanboying about Minmei instead of concentrating on the opportunity to shoot Micronians. His own men stage a mass revolt against him, squeeing and waving their metaphorical autograph books.

My daughter Ms 5 (who doesn’t normally pay a lot of attention to what is going on in this show but is on Team Minmei) notes that the fleeing Battlepods look a lot like running chickens. She’s not wrong.

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Friday Links is a Small Business

October 17th, 2014

wonder-woman-aloneYes there will be a Wonder Woman movie. Still thinking through my thinks about this one. But it’s well overdue, so…

Hark! a Vagrant has updated this week with a great piece on the noir trope of the Femme Fatale.

Kameron Hurley has written some great pieces this week. Here, she talks about the importance for writers of treating themselves like a small business, and being cautious about the rights they sign away. She also addresses the recent Requires Hate controversy with a beautifully-constructed personal essay looking at the complexities and consequences of reinventing yourself on the internet.

Leigh Sales interviews Annabel Crabbe about her new book, The Wife Drought. It’s a lovely, casual piece between two women who obviously know each other very well and share strong feelings about how difficult it is to be a working mother. I particularly liked what Crabbe had to say about the different but equally unfair expectations placed upon men and women in the workforce once they start their families. I’ll be buying her book!

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Musketeer Space Part 22: The Making of Alix Charlemagne

October 15th, 2014

gateHome and safe just in time for Musketeer Day! I had an amazing and inspiring trip to Perth which I will write about more thoroughly when my jetlag has climbed off my back and stops punching me in the back of the head.

But here’s some Musketeers I prepared earlier.

REMINDER: If you read last week’s chapter super quickly, within the first 12 hours I posted it, chances are you missed a lot of dialogue because I did an HTML thing by accident. So it might be worth checking back to read what Dana and Athos were saying to each other while they were linked via the ship.

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana is almost at the end of her quest to reach the Duchess of Buckingham, collect the diamond studs and save the Prince Consort’s marriage, but along the way she has lost all three of her best friends, and crashed a spaceship. So it hasn’t been a GREAT day.



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ROBOTECH REWATCH 20: Old Songs For New

October 11th, 2014

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This is the one where the aliens think Kyle is magical, and Minmei sings a song.

Episode 22 – Battle Hymn

Dolza catches up on the Micronian kung fu movie via Netflix – and once again, Kyle’s magic powers and anti-gravitational kicking ability impress him. He’s a teeny bit concerned that all Micronians will have these skills. Meanwhile, the rest of the Zentraedi soldiers are melting at the heart about the tinny voice of the Minmei doll that Konda, Bron and Rico have been showing off behind the bike sheds.

Soldier: This singing really makes me feel funny.
Konda: Just wait until you hear the next song.
Soldier: Oh there’s another song?
My daughter: Nope.

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