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December 31st, 2016

Where I'll be in 2016

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The list in progress!

January:

·      Arisia, Boston, MA. Jan. 15-18th. I’m moderating a panel on the Founding Mothers of SFF and helping with the Outer Alliance gathering on Sunday. Otherwise, hanging out and enjoying myself.

·      2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event – Jan. 21. I’ll be doing a post on things I have pondered while serving as an awards judge for various writing awards.

February:

·      DevFest MN 2016February 6th, Minneapolis. I’ll be doing a joint presentation on Accessibility and Aging in IT with Twin Cities Women in Tech founder Valerie Lockhart.

·      Inflagranti Delicto: Writing Good Sex Scenes – Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. February 13, 1-5PM. Class that I’m offering at the Loft; it will need to have 6 or more registrants to carry.

·      Lavender Ink: Writing and Selling LGBTQ Fiction - Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. February 27, 1-4PM. Class that I’m offering at the Loft; it will need to have 6 or more registrants to carry.

March:

Women Author's Event - Tretter Collection at the University of MN Libraries (joint event with Quatrefoil Library).March 26, 1-4PM. Featured authors include Jessie Chandler, Judith Katz, Pat Schmatz, MB Panichi, myself and possibly Rachel Gold.

April:

AlterConf Minneapolis - Lead Pages, Minneapolis, April 9, 11PM - 4PM. Tech conference focused on diversity issues in IT and gaming. Valerie Lockhart and I will be focusing on making IT-related workplaces more accessible on multiple levels.

May:

June:

·      Au Contraire! 2016 – Wellington, New Zealand. June 3-5th. No idea if I’ll be on programming but hoping to get on a panel or two. Besides, New Zealand! Whee!

CONvergence 2016 – Minneapolis, MN. June 30th- July 3rd. Panels, perhaps a reading. Cancelled due to illness.


July:

·      Diversicon 24 – Minneapolis, MN (new hotel likely). July 29th-31st. Jessica Amanda Salmonson is GOH this year. Panels, perhaps a reading.

August:

·      MidAmericanCon II – Kansas City, MN. August 17th-21st. Worldcon for 2016. Panels.

September:

October:

·      Gaylaxicon 2016Minneapolis, MN. October 7th-9th. Panels and perhaps a reading.

·      Arcana 46 – St. Paul, MN. October 21st-23rd. Panels.

November:

·      TeslaCon, hopefully. For the sheer joy of it. Madison, WI. November17th-20th

December:

August 22nd, 2016

So where I have I been for the last week and a half? Worldcon prep, and then Worldcon. Word to the wise: the Kansas City Convention Center is big. Like space and time big. Like walking forever big. My calves have not yet forgiven me.

I headed out to Kansas City with my pal, Jody Wurl (awesome fan and local librarian) at more or less the crack of dawn. Only later because there were cats to be wrangled and stuff. 6 or 7 hours of glorious chatting about everything and listening to music, we rolled into Kansas City (at rush hour, inevitably). Our hotel, the Aladdin, was all kinds of historical charming, including a tiny charming room with no space for the air mattress so we moved directly into the “first time road trip together to first time sharing a room to first time sharing a bed” phase of our friendship! Fortunately, neither of us is a night owl and we’re both relatively quiet sleepers so it worked out just fine. And author Martha Wells and her roomie Felicia were also in the same hotel, so we had amiable dining companions the first night.

Thursday arrived with a lively breakfast at the hotel restaurant, which featured sundry hijinks that were clearly the result of being short-staffed (it got better after this). But it also featured the amiable company of Martha, Felicia, Jody, Steven Gould and Heather Rose Jones, so that made up for the other issues. After breakfast, Jody and I headed over and got our registration stuff taken care of, then I was off to the Dealer’s Room to drop off books at the DreamHaven table and help Elise Matthesen set up her jewelry booth. I hung out there for a bit, generating good sales vibes (or so I’m told) before wandering the room. After that, I was off to meet up with Jody and my friend Muffie for lunch. Muffie is a writer pal who I met at Sirens last year and we had a grand time chatting and hanging out. Then I was off, more or less, with stops on the way, for my first panel of the weekend, "Knock on Wood, from Squirrel Girl to Lumberjanes."

You know, it was fun to do two YA panels at a con (I had an LGBT YA panel on Saturday too). I never get asked to do these, as a rule, so I hadn't given them much thought, but the discussions were lively and the panelists polite and enthusiastic. The audiences were pretty engaged too so the energy level was really good. For the comics one, we geeked about stuff we liked: Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, Courtney Crumrin, Bone, My Little Pony, Lumberjanes, Nimona and such. Good times! I don't think we broke any new ground, but it was a fun, energetic panel. After that, Jody and I joined Martha and Felicia and another friend of theirs for dinner, which was even more fun than the night before, what with everyone having slept in the interim and all.

Thursday morning was two panels in a row for me, "The Joys of Running a Small Press," followed by "Living in a Cyberpunk Society." The small press panel was arguably my least favorite of the weekend. The moderator hadn't checked in beforehand and didn't seem to quite know what to do with me (the press is still in start up mode, rather than running) so she tried skipping me a few times on questions, which didn't go over well. I snagged the mike and started talking, which put an end to that issue, but it was annoying to have to fight for the space. She also added someone from the audience since one publisher was later, which also cut into the remaining panelist time for everyone. And to add to that, I had to rush to get to the cyberpunk panel at the end because I was moderating and it was not close by and people wanted to ask questions (and I needed to pee) so it ended fairly abruptly for me. The other panelists were fine though, so I didn't think it was a complete loss.

As for the Cyberpunk panel, when I say Pat Cadigan was a panelist and she opened with, "I'm Pat Cadigan, bitches.", do I need to say more? :-) 
Panelists Lyda Morehouse, Allan Dyen-Shapiro and Professor  Takayuki Tatsumi also got in some good comments and thoughts (I need to go track down, Dr. Tatsumi's book on cyberpunk), but it was pretty much the P. Cadigan show everyone had come for. And it was a pretty entertaining one. It's easy to forget that when she and Gibson and Stirling and so forth were creating what we now think of as a subgenre, they were working largely independently of each other, without the benefits or burden of internet connections and so forth. She's also pretty funny so I recommend going to hear her if the opportunity presents itself.

I met with my former editor, Evan Peterson, and some of his Clarion classmates for lunch, then went to the Art Show, then cruised the Dealer's Room buying sundry books (Japanese sf in translation! Art books! Sundry stuff) before helping Monica Valentinelli do prep stuff for the Build A World show. Then I was off to dinner with editor and writer Julia Rios and her mom, where we were joined by one of Julia's former colleagues at Strange Horizons and her fiance. A jolly conversation about books and reading and Iowa and travel and stuff ensued before we had to to head back for evening programs. In my case, that was Build a World, the gameshow featuring writers attempting to do world building with audience participation. Unfortunately, we had been moved in both time and space and didn't draw a big crowd. But the folks who were there seemed to have fun, we had fun and we raised money for charity so a generally good time all around. We stopped by a few bid parties afterwards before crashing.

Given the scheduling, I missed both the Masquerade (which I was sorry to miss) and the Tor Party, which I was less bummed about skipping. We had done some bar conning the night before and it had been as fun as bar conning gets for me (I'm working up a post on what it's like to be a sober pro in con culture to follow this one) so I felt like I'd had that particular experience for the weekend. In any case, I was up the next morning for a surprise (as in unplanned) breakfast with author Jeannette Kathleen Cheney, who I'd met at Chicon, before going off to moderate the
"Complexity of Character: Coming Out in Teen SpecFic" panel. This was one of the two best panels of my con - great panelists, lively discussion, good suggestions, enthusiastic audience. In short, all a panel should be. Big thumbs up, all around.

After that, I got to meet up with Dr. Nick Wood, who's been doing some great critical and promotional work on African science fiction and fantasy as well as writing his own stories. Really enjoyed our lunch and hope to repeat it again at a future con. There followed a moment of truth in which I had to go sign at a table next to Pat Cadigan. That involved some thumb-twiddling to fill time, some chatting with friends, a spontaneous selfie with a friend of friends (sent as wedding congratulations - yay, Mark and Laurence! :-), the signing of the following: one poster, two book plates, three actual books, and some impromptu bonding with my table mate, Star Trek (and other works) author David Dvorkin and his amiable spouse. Pat also signed my copy of Patterns with a massive flourish, informing me that I was "cool." :-D

I went on to do a panel on Aging in SF/F with Connie Willis, James Patrick Kelly, Eleanor Arnason and Bud Sparhawk after that. This was my second favorite panel of the con, in part because the panelists, particularly Willis and Kelly, were entertaining, and Kelly was a good moderator. I mentioned my bibliography project briefly, as well as some of my other projects on aging in tech and so forth but I think those may have gotten lost in the shuffle.

But from there, Jody and I went off to catch the trolley and get barbecue at Jack Stack Barbecue, which was a fun trip off site. We wandered back and went to the SFWA Suite for the Hugos (which we ended up watching online anyway sicne it was too crowded to see the TV). Lots of cheering and enthusiasm for the various winners and speeches (particularly Nnedi, Nora and Michi), which was lovely. Then it was farewells at bar con and sleep.

Somewhere in there, I caught readings by Martha Wells, Amanda Downum and Rosemary Kirstein, talked to a bunch more people than I remembered to note above, briefly met Ken Liu and the folks from China organizing another Worldcon bid via the redoubtable Crystal Huff, chatted with Jason Sizemore of Apex. chatted with book dealers, artists and a number of total strangers, chatted with Jason Sanford, Naomi Kritzer and Pamela Dean and missed connecting with dozens of people I had hoped to see at the con. Overall, I had a fine time, though, and am glad I got to go, exhausting drive, lengthy walks, occasional weirdness and all!.

August 18th, 2016

MidAmericon 2...

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 is off to a nice start!
FYI, I just dropped my books and several copies of Queers Destroy Horror (includes essays by me, Sigrid Ellis and and a bunch of great fiction and nonfiction including Alyssa Wong's acclaimed and Nebula Award-winning story "Starving Daughters of Hungry Mothers" :-) at the DreamHaven table. I'll be autographing at 1PM on Saturday and will have bookplates to sign too.

August 3rd, 2016

Comics, aging, cyberpunk, small presses, queer YA, a game show and autographing! They're going to keep me hopping.

Knock on Wood. From Squirrel Girl to Lumberjanes
Thursday 5:00 PM, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
What the junk?! In the last couple of years we've seen the growth of comics that might superficially appear to be aimed at a YA audience, however these titles are hitting the mainstream with a vengeance. Marvel are leading the pack with Squirrel Girl, Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel, but there's also a vast amount of Indie work coming through such as Lumberjanes, Space Dumplin', Kaos Komics and Footloose. Our panel discuss why these titles are so popular, and what they have to offer both new and established audiences.
Tom Galloway, Jason Sanford, Adam Rakunas, Rebecca Schwarz (M), Catherine Lundoff


The Joys of Running a Small Press
Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 2205 - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)
The old joke is that the way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start out with a large fortune.  Small publishers fill an important niche in the world of science fiction, even in this era of self-publishing.  Some of the foremost small publishers talk about the trials and tribulations of finding their place and surviving.
Eric T. Reynolds, Catherine Lundoff, Beth Meacham (M), Mr Paul Starr, Jason Sizemore

Living in a Cyberpunk Society
Friday 11:00 - 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
We may not be able to jack in directly, but we are part of the Cyberfuture. When technology thrives but society decays, seemingly dystopic worlds arise. To what extent is our world a cyberpunk universe and what more can we expect to happen to take us there?
Ms Pat Cadigan, Lyda Morehouse, Allan Dyen-Shapiro, Takayuki Tatsumi, Catherine Lundoff (M)

The Build-A-World Game Show
Friday 9PM-10PM, 2503A - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)
The Build-a-World Game Show is a live action worldbuilding game designed and run by Monica Valentinelli. Two teams of panelists compete to build a fantastic world in under an hour for fun and prizes. The Build-a-World Game Show incorporates audience participation, takes place in three rounds, and results in a fan-voted winner! This year, Martha Wells, David McDonald, Catherine Lundoff, and Tex Thompson will be competing.
 Ms. Monica Valentinelli (M), Tex Thompson, Mr David McDonald, Martha Wells, Catherine Lundoff

Complexity of Character: Coming Out in Teen SpecFic
Saturday 10-11AM, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)
Young adult speculative fiction is doing a fairly good job of featuring a diverse and varied cast of characters, but books that feature LGBT, asexual, and nonbinary characters are still not always easy to find. Let’s talk about what books and characters are out there, and what themes and identities are still underrepresented in YA SF? What challenges do spec fic authors face when writing and publishing books about teen sexuality and love? Beyond the main characters, what roles do the secondary and tertiary characters play in helping to advance the conversation about teen sexuality?
Catherine Lundoff (M), Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff), Lyda Morehouse, Jaylee James

Autographing: Pat Cadigan, David Dvorkin, James Gunn, Catherine Lundoff, Megan O'Keefe, John Picacio
Saturday 1PM -2PM Kansas City Convention (Autographing Space)

Aging in Speculative Fiction
Saturday 3:00PM-4PM, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)
One day you wake up with a new ache, another day you notice you have more grey hairs than brown, another you realise people on the bus ask if you would like their seat. Despite all of this you are still 30 inside and just as lively as ever (well, almost). Is the process of aging ever covered in science fiction and fantasy or is it one of the last great taboos?
Eleanor Arnason, Catherine Lundoff, James Patrick Kelly (M), Connie Willis, Bud Sparhawk


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August 2nd, 2016

Give Out Day!

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It's Give Out Day today - give to your favorite LGBTQ+ nonprofits so they can grow and thrive (and be eligible for matching funds and such). The Give Out site is here. And I have a two part list of LGBTQ+ organizations, many of which are participating today, over here
Please boost and give what you can.

I just donated to LGBT Refugee Services, the Third Wave Fund (grants to young queer activists), PFund (upper Midwest arts and community grants to LGBTQ orgs) and Charis Circle (arts and community events and funding for queer women of color and other folks in Atlanta and surrounding region). I like to donate to funds to make my donations go further, but there's a bunch of other great options out there on the site and my list.

July 28th, 2016

Diversicon is upon us this weekend and I've had to scale back a bit due a sick cat (ruptured gland abcess so antibiotics a couple of times a day) and scheduling Mom visit, etc. But I'll be around and have a lively panel line up.


Diversicon 22 Programming Schedule

Friday, July 29, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: The Fairy Tale Renaissance
About the influence of the late 18th and19th century (fairy) tales on modern literature.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Michael Levy

2:00-2:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Panel: Women Warriors in Fact and Fiction
Hua Mulan, Grace O’Malley, the Rhani of Jhansi, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Red Sonja, Dark Agnes, Jirel of Joiry,Naomi and the list goes on. Real, women warriors are often deemed fictional when they were real, their deeds forgotten or diminished while the fictional kind are often presented as though they were unique and alone. What makes a woman a warrior? Who are some of our favorites, real or imaginary? What would you like to see more of? And Less of?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson

3:00-3:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Celebration of the Works of Shirley Jackson
Our Posthumous Guest (1916-1965) wrote novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and stories such as “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” and “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.” We’ll look at her life, work, and her influence on new generations of writers, horror And beyond.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry

5:00-5:25 pm — Railroad Lobby
Massive Autographing: Naomi Kritzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson Ruth Berman, Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, et al.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

1:00-1:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Haunted Hearths, Spectral Visions
Ghost Stories by Women Writers Many early writers of the fantastic were women and some of the best known female literary figures tried their hand at writing supernatural suspense, particularly ghost stories. Edith Wharton, E. Nesbit and Mrs. Oliphant were amongst the best known but there are many writers whose names are no longer as well known. What’s the appeal of the ghost story and why did it speak to so many women writers? What are some of our favorites? Writers who should be rediscovered? And whither the ghost story? Will it be making a comeback?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ruth Berman

July 26th, 2016

What I'm up to this week

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Soooo much stuff!

  • Tonight, I'm taking a friend to go hear Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner in history, speak at the Target Center.

  • Tomorrow night, I go listen to Salman Rushdie read from his latest at Macalester College, thanks to a generous friend with an extra ticket

  • Thursday night, Author/Editor and ghost story maven Jessica Amanda Salmonson will be reading at DreamHaven Books and Comics, along with local author Naomi Kritzer. They'll be kicking off Diversicon weekend.

What I'm doing at Diversicon (times to follow):

*”Haunted Hearths, Spectral Visions: Ghost Stories by Women Writers
Many early writers of the fantastic were women and some of the best known female literary figures tried their hand at writing supernatural suspense, particularly ghost stories. Edith Wharton, E. Nesbit and Mrs. Oliphant were amongst the best known but there are many writers whose names are no longer as well known. What's the appeal of the ghost story and why did it speak to so many women writers? What are some of our favorites? Writers who should be rediscovered? And whither the ghost story? Will it be making a comeback?

”Women Warriors in Fact and Fiction.”
Hua Mulan, Grace O'Malley, the Rhani of Jhansi, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Red Sonja, Dark Agnes, Jirel of Joiry, and the list goes on. Real, women warriors are often deemed fictional when they were real, their deeds forgotten or diminished while the fictional kind are often presented as though they were unique and alone. What makes a woman a warrior? Who are some of our favorites, real or imaginary? What would you like to see more of? And Less of? --Suggested by Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson

*Panel: ”Celebration of the Works of Shirley Jackson.” Our Posthumous Guest (1916-1965) wrote novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and stories such as “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” and “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.” We’ll look at her life, work, and her influence on new generations of writers, horror And beyond.--Suggested by Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry

 Panel or Discussion: LGBTQ SF/F You Should be Reading. What's new or just plain under-appreciated? Where can you find interesting queer sfnal sofk? What new directions is current LGBTQ SF taking? Catherine Lundoff, mod.

*Panel: The Fairy Tale Renaissance. About the influence of the late 18th and19th century (fairy) tales on modern literature. Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Michael Levy


So I'm reading a lot of Shirley Jackson, intermittantly watching the DNC feeds (yes, #ImwithHer), plotting my next moves and other good stuff.

July 23rd, 2016

Miscellaneous stuff

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Sekrit Project Edits turned in! Early! Now we sort of celebrate while we hope the migraine clears.

Also, added a new Queer Ya panel at World Con - see previous entry for description.

Cool things seen today. The Comic-Con Wonder Woman trailer. Though I wish it was set during World War II instead of World War 1 as a reminder that the Nazis were supposed to be bad guys.



For a real life Wonder Woman, check out this awesome
video and gif of American track and field champion Kendra Harrison breaking a world record in the 100m today.

And just because it makes me giggle every time. "There be no WiFi in Osgiliath"





So, my Worldcon schedule is so very full of awesome. Everything looks so interesting! Squirrel Girl! Build a World! A panel on aging! A panel on building a small press (and yes, starting to get back on track with stuff. Again)! And OMG, I'm moderating a panel on cyberpunk with Pat Cadigan on it. She's justifiably considered to be one of the great cyberpunk writers, for those just tuning in, and she's one of the GoHs this year. I'm going to be doing a fair amount of prep work for this con, that much is clear.

So who's going to be there?



Knock on Wood. From Squirrel Girl to Lumberjanes

Thursday 18:00 - 19:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

What the junk?! In the last couple of years we've seen the growth of comics that might superficially appear to be aimed at a YA audience, however these titles are hitting the mainstream with a vengeance. Marvel are leading the pack with Squirrel Girl, Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel, but there's also a vast amount of Indie work coming through such as Lumberjanes, Space Dumplin', Kaos Komics and Footloose. Our panel discuss why these titles are so popular, and what they have to offer both new and established audiences. 

Tom Galloway, Jason Sanford, Adam Rakunas, Rebecca Schwarz (M), Catherine Lundoff

The Joys of Running a Small Press

Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 2205 - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

The old joke is that the way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start out with a large fortune.  Small publishers fill an important niche in the world of science fiction, even in this era of self-publishing.  Some of the foremost small publishers talk about the trials and tribulations of finding their place and surviving.

Eric Reynolds, Catherine Lundoff, Beth Meacham (M), Mr Paul Starr, Jason Sizemore

 

Living in a Cyberpunk Society

Friday 11:00 - 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

We may not be able to jack in directly, but we are part of the Cyberfuture. When technology thrives but society decays, seemingly dystopic worlds arise. To what extent is our world a cyberpunk universe and what more can we expect to happen to take us there?

Ms Pat Cadigan, Lyda Morehouse, Allan Dyen-Shapiro, Takayuki Tatsumi, Catherine Lundoff (M)

The Build-A-World Game Show

Friday 21:00 - 22:00, 2503A - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

The Build-a-World Game Show is a live action worldbuilding game designed and run by Monica Valentinelli. Two teams of panelists compete to build a fantastic world in under an hour for fun and prizes. The Build-a-World Game Show incorporates audience participation, takes place in three rounds, and results in a fan-voted winner! This year, Martha Wells, David McDonald, Catherine Lundoff, and Tex Thompson will be competing.
 

Ms. Monica Valentinelli (M), Tex Thompson, Mr David McDonald, Martha Wells, Catherine Lundoff

Complexity of Character: Coming Out in Teen Spec Fic

Young adult speculative fiction is doing a fairly good job of featuring a diverse and varied cast of characters, but books that feature LGBT, asexual, and nonbinary characters are still not always easy to find. Let’s talk about what books and characters are out there, and what themes and identities are still underrepresented in YA SF? What challenges do spec fic authors face when writing and publishing books about teen sexuality and love? Beyond the main characters, what roles do the secondary and tertiary characters play in helping to advance the conversation about teen sexuality?

Saturday, 10:00 am. Catherine Lundoff (M) - last minute addition, will add panelists when I know who they are

Aging in Speculative Fiction

Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)

One day you wake up with a new ache, another day you notice you have more grey hairs than brown, another you realise people on the bus ask if you would like their seat. Despite all of this you are still 30 inside and just as lively as ever (well, almost). Is the process of aging ever covered in science fiction and fantasy or is it one of the last great taboos?

Eleanor Arnason, Catherine Lundoff, James Patrick Kelly (M), Connie Willis, Bud Sparhawk

July 20th, 2016

Several things make a post

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  • Progress made on Sekrit Project. I'm liking it much better on the third rewrite and I think I have my thaumaturgy issues resolved. No, I can't tell you what they are yet. Hoping to get it done and turned in early to the editor to see if she concurs.
  • Progress made on pulling together 4 short fiction collections, two for Emily L. Byrne (Other Me) and two for me. Hoping to get that pulled together in the next few weeks and follow up on the covers I optimistically selected months ago, thinking it wouldn't take that long.
  • Planning on getting back on to making progress with the Queen of Swords Press website. I've done some work on related stuff, but need to really dig in.
  • I just signed on to moderate a panel at Midamericon II on queer YA. This is not a core competency of mine but I'm a decent moderator so there we have it. Suggestions on blogs and titles welcome! For those keeping score at home, I'm now on 5 programming items barring changes: cyberpunk (suggestions also welcome), aging in SF/F, queer YA, indie comics (see note re: suggestions) and running a small press. Whee! It's cramming time!
  • Diversicon is coming up real soon now (a week and one half away), GOH is acclaimed and queer SFnal ground-breaking editor and author Jessica Amanda Salmonson. She is also one of the first transwomen to come out as trans in science fiction, fantasy or horror. Special Guest is multi-award nominated and winning author Naomi Kritzer. My tentative schedule there includes panels on Shirley Jackson, fairy tales, ghost stories and women warriors and perhaps some queer SF/F/H stuff. Should be interesting.
  • Still have giant gaping holes in the office wall with a stunning view of new copper plumbing. Hoping to get that fixed up before Kansas City.
  • Having hit a wall of sorts with a lot of things, am now engaged in a massive reorganization and cleanout of the house, possessions, backlog on stuff like will updates and watching a lot less telebvision and it's beginning to help. I think. Less clutter, more productivity.
Back to avoiding the RNC for as long as possible!
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