Yes, folks, it’s another blog round-up.  This month is proving to be a really tough one personally, so bear with me while I avoid writing any original new content (guest posts particularly welcome right now).

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By Spaicecowboi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAustralians love to win races, and get all pouty and sulky if they don’t.  But like Dan Haesler, I’m nowhere near convinced that competing in the Education Race against China is a desirable thing.
http://danhaesler.com/2012/09/03/how-australia-can-win-the-education-race/

Stephen Hise tells us how to decipher what those glowing Amazon reviews really mean.
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/09/06/breaking-the-code/#more-25161

You know you’ve annoyed Nerine Dorman when she is forced to say ‘shit’ eight times in one blog post.
http://nerinedorman.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/beware-of-editor-she-bites.html

A scholarly analysis of gender roles in zombie fiction.  Yes, I said “scholarly” and “zombie” in the same sentence.By iluvrhinestones from seattle, oceania, upload by Herrick (rampant) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
http://genderandgenre.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/theres-only-three-of-us-the-women-of-the-zombie-apocalypse/

Congratulations to Pierre Mare for his first story accepted for publication.  I’ve read a lot of zombie fiction, and this one I can honestly say offers something different from the standard fare.
http://www.talesofworldwarz.com/stories/2012/09/20/first-time-by-pierre-mare/

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