The comfort zone is so comfortable

I don’t watch that much TV but one show I’m really digging at the moment is Star Trek: Lower Decks. In an episode entitled Where Pleasant Fountains Lie, there’s a scene in which Rutherford is nervous about an assignment on an alien ship, away from his familiar surroundings.

“You need to get outside your comfort zone,” Tendi tells him.

“But I love my zone!” Rutherford replies.

I am definitely Rutherford, minus the cybernetic implant. Though I probs do have a cybernetic implant now that I’m double-vaxxed, it’s just not visible on my face. 😉

Anyway, Rutherford likes his zone and I like my zone because it’s just so damn comfortable. People say things like, “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.” But… room is good. I like my space.

I like familiarity. I live dangerously by taking afternoon naps (not during work days obviously) and then trying to fall asleep again at a reasonable hour at night. 😛 Having to (ew) market myself and talk about my book is definitely not within my favoured zone.

But I do generally feel good about myself after the fact when I push myself outside my comfort zone.

For instance, I decided to work in libraries even with the full understanding that it was essentially a customer service job (as opposed to a “sit amongst books and shush people” job). And the first few times I had to answer the phone and talk to clients, I was pretty flustered, but now I’m fine with it.

Recently, I did a beginner salsa class and it was actually fun. I probably wouldn’t do it again — I’m not a dancer and I don’t like all that unnecessary touching, haha. But I’m glad I tried it.

And then there’s Black and Blue. I sat on the manuscript for a long time, thinking that if I never published it, it would never have the opportunity to fail. Now it’s about to be unleashed upon the world and some of you are going to hate it, but that’s okay. I’m happy it’s getting out there.

Like Rutherford, I’m trying to forge ahead with the mission. And like Rutherford, (spoiler alert) I have not died.

And yes, I realise there was nothing particularly mind blowing about that snippet of conversation between Rutherford and Tendi, and I could’ve talked about stepping out of my comfort zone without bring it up at all. But I didn’t want to because Lower Decks is awesome. 🙂

Something in the wake of your smile

I don’t really know what “the wake of your smile” means, but it sounds cool and I don’t care. So this is me singing Roxette’s Listen to Your Heart in front of people at the most recent VocalTech student showcase.

“Listen to Your Heart”

I have fond memories of seeing Roxette in Perth so it was an honour to tackle one of their biggest hits… even though watching and listening to myself is hella embarrassing. And it definitely wasn’t perfect but hopefully Marie Fredriksson is not turning in her grave. ❤

Animal Farm review for Perth Walkabout

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

My thoughts on Van Badham’s contemporary adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm — presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company — are now online.

Read my Animal Farm review at Perth Walkabout.

Pre-order Black and Blue

So, I said in my previous post that my novel, Black and Blue, will be released on November 1. Well, it’s now officially available for pre-order. Huzzah!

You can find the eBook on Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Booktopia, Angus & Robertson, Barnes & Noble, Indigo and more.

Choose your preferred eBook retailer to pre-order Black and Blue.

The paperback listing has also popped up in a few places and I plan to offer direct sales of paperbacks soon. Anyone got any e-commerce tips? I mean, I could always go with some variation of “oi, message me and I’ll send you bank deets” but it would be nice to make it a little more formal. 😉

I also made a rough and ready book trailer, which might be a bit naff but whatevs.

Unfortunately, there’s no actual speech in the trailer, nor is it audio described — both of which would have required me to record some audio for it or find a super convincing synthetic voice — but in the interests of accessibility, here’s a text description of the video, presented as a list:

  • Trailer consists of black and white video and text with sad piano music playing in the background.
  • Scene: A young woman sits alone on stairs. 3 people can be seen chatting in the background.
  • Intertitle: ‘Jade wants to give up on life…’
  • Scene: Cuts back to woman on stairs. She looks off into the distance, then down to the floor.
  • Intertitle: ‘until she meets Rory…’
  • Scene: A man strums and tunes his acoustic guitar.
  • Intertitle: ‘but will Jade get what she needs?’
  • Scene: The woman clings to a net, looking out from behind.
  • Intertitle: A contemporary coming-of-age story about mental health, the power of music, and trying to find a place in the world.
  • Scene: The woman continues to look through the net at the camera, before looking off into the distance.
  • Video ends with an image of the front cover of Black and Blue by Lee-Ann Khoh.

Well… not long to go now. I’m excited but also really nervous.

The day after Halloween

We have locked in a release date for Black and Blue: November 1, 2021.

All Saints’ Day. The day after Halloween.

Neither of which has anything to do with why we landed on that date, but if you want to chow down some trick-or-treat candy while you read my book, I’m wholly supportive of that.

Speaking of supportive, I can’t speak highly enough of the support that VisAbility has given me over the past few years.

Check out the article about my upcoming book release on the VisAbility website — the results of a fun chat with a member of the marketing team, my publisher Ian, and me. Thanks for making me look and sound good. 😉

Anyway, the book’s coming out November 1, I’ve committed to the date, and I’ve just told everyone so I can’t back out now…

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