Documenting Our Lurve

Thanks to everyone for all the photos. You are all the bestest and most wondrous people EVER! As Jeff Fenech would say, “I love youse all!”

It was kind of weird to see how many photos there are of me and Scott I never knew existed. Eerie even . . .

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologise to my sister, Niki Bern, as well as my good friend, Cat Sparks. I’m sorry I’m always so recalcitrant about having my photo taken. You were both right that some day I would be happy you both insist on documenting everything.

That said, I now no longer need to have my photo taken ever again. Hallelujah! I shall keep intact what tiny bit of my soul is left.

Because some of you have expressed curiosity here is one photo for every year Scott and me have been together. Enjoy! We certainly have.

2001: Our wedding day. Upstate New York. (Photo by Phyllis Bobb.)

2002: On the Woomera Prohibited zone in South Australia to see a total eclipse. (Photo by Sean Williams.)

2003: Goofing around with Adrian Hobbs in Newtown back home in Sydney. (Photo by Olivia Rousset.)

2004: At the SFWA drinks night. (Thanks Liza Trombi and Locus for sending the photo.)

2005: With Andrew Woffinden and Lauren McLaughlin in London. (Photo by Niki Bern.)

2006: At the Lake Hills Library in Bellevue, Washington. (Photo by Shelly Clift. Thanks!)

2007: On our way to the National Book Awards.


  1. maureen johnson on #


    “Abracadabra! I am MAGIC SCOTT! And this is my lovely assistant, Miss Justine! I have pulled her from a hat! Now for my next trick . . . I will need a rabbit, an ordinary handkerchief, and the finger of one volunteer . . .”

  2. maureen johnson on #

    I know. I am in trouble already.

  3. cherie priest on #


    I have seen the cute, and it burns
    (In a good way!)

  4. marrije on #

    it is a lovely lurve. and maureen ftw! 🙂

  5. Patrick on #

    LOLScotts! I love em!

    Woomera photo:
    Stand behind me and block wind. K thanx

    Adrian Hobbs:
    I’ll take his girl while he catches popcorn in his mouth.

  6. rebecca on #

    scott westerfeld makes some awesome expressions. 2003 is especially fantastic. 😀

  7. Justine on #

    Maureen: I know. I am in trouble already.

    Not in the least. Lurve documenting should be mocked. It’s absurd!

    Sadly, it is a necessity for us at the moment—the documenting of our lurve, I mean, not the mocking. Though maybe the mocking is necessary too. You know, just to get us through . . .

  8. Lydia on #

    Aww, y’all are so cute!!

    I love your dress in that last picture! You look very nice.

  9. Danica on #

    Ahh! I can’t handle so much cute! My heart is exploding! Must. Cuddle Something. Furry. Now!

  10. Kadie-Wa on #

    Awwww!! You two are so cute togather!!

    so, is it true that YA authors arn’t allowed to have kids??

  11. Mike on #

    So what secret power is that keeps you guys from aging a single day? I think we should be told.

  12. cherie priest on #

    Mike: they feed on the blood of the living. Srsly.

  13. Mary Elizabeth S. on #

    Kadie-Wa, YA authors can have have all the kids they want. As long as they’re adopted kids. Or baby goats.


  14. emily on #

    mary elizabeth s., thanks for clearing that up! i was confused.
    also, the first one i so cute!!!! i’m gonna go cuddle something furry, too.

  15. shausto-la on #

    aww scott in all his crooked nosiness!

    and love documenting should never be mocked—-thou shall be placed in time out MJ. (c:

  16. Justine on #

    Mike: So what secret power is that keeps you guys from aging a single day? I think we should be told.


  17. kim on #

    awwwwww!!!!!!!!!! what a cute couple!!!!!!!! 🙂

  18. capt. cockatiel on #

    I feel that I need to say something creative, but all I can come up with is “awww.”
    So there you have it. XD

  19. Kadie-Wa on #

    But why do you have to adopt? I don’t get that part.

    Hmph. Me so confused!!

  20. Mary Elizabeth S. on #

    Because YA authors must set good examples to their readers be remaining completely chaste. There is also no drinking, smoking, or caffeine allowed. Cursing, however, is acceptable.

    Isn’t that so, Justine?


  21. Justine on #

    Spot on!

  22. Kenina-chan on #

    YA Authors should never age. Then they can write more books. Forever and ever! *cue evil laughter*

    Even though that would be pretty cool…

  23. Sharon on #

    Did you guys get married at Mohonk?!
    (Romantic sigh) That’s where me & mine got engaged, at the top of the lookout tower…my fingers were all swollen from the rock climb, and he couldn’t get the ring on me…

  24. Justine on #

    Sharon: Well spotted! Yup, we were married at Mohonk. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

  25. shelly rae on #

    You’re most welcome there Justine. I’ve always loved the way you wrinkle up your nose when you’re happy.

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