storyrainthejournal: (catwhale)
This here is where and when I'll be:

Fr1600D Welcome to ArmadilloCon
Fri 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Ballroom D
Bobo, Burton, Juday*, Reisman

Fr2100E Classic Feminist SF
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom E
Johnson, Juday, Latner, Reed, Reisman*, Sarath

Sa1200B Reading
Sat Noon-12:30 PM Southpark B 
 - I will read from a forthcoming story called "The Demon of Russet Street," and luminous bit of flash that is supposed to be out in an Australian antho soonish

Sa2100E What Writers' Workshops Have Done for Me
Sat 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom E
Brust, Leicht, Melton, Reisman*, Thomas, Wagner

Su1100DR Autographing
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Dealers' Room
Marmell, Reisman, Rountree
- I will bring a couple of my last few copies of The Z Radiant for purchase at a low price
storyrainthejournal: (colette'shandw/cat)
This year’s ArmadilloCon has some fine guest action (Ian McDonald! Ted Chiang!) and looks like it will be fun.

You can find me…

Friday
5-6pm in the Dealer’s Room – Autographing…probably nothing much, but you can come talk to me. I’ll be one of the people next to Ian McDonald.

Saturday
10-11am in Room E – Panel: Watch Out for that Plothole! w/Simmons*, Acks, Bracken, Fung, Reisman –Tips and advice on fixing the plotholes in your works.

4-5pm in Southpark A – Reading, cage-match style, with Amanda Downum. There may be a betting pool. (There may not.)

Sunday
10-11am in Room F – Panel: Angels or Demons w/de Orive*, Faust, Leicht, Reisman, S. White – Which make the best antagonists?

2-3pm in Room F – Panel: Writing Pulp-Paced Stories w/Reisman*, Finn, Hardy, Johnson, Nevins – In which I moderate a discussion on writing fiction that has heft, depth and aspirations of greatness but the energy and pace of the adventure, mystery, horror, penny dreadful pulp story--a proposition I suggested, based on a Michael Swanwick quote.

...or find me in or near the bar. 
storyrainthejournal: (youwhat?)

ArmadilloCon was fun, but very very tiring. Long day teaching in the writing workshop, but seems like everyone was happy with the experience, so yay; then a long day of panels and people. Then another long but shorter day of same. This, for an introvert, exhausts not only body, but everything else. It was wonderful to talk to known and previously unknown peeps alike, and frer people came to my reading, and some people who aren't my close friends said truly lovely and gratifying things about my fiction--thank you! you know who you are.

But I'm back at the dayjob today and...I'm draggin'.

Some links:

The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck  (personally, I also get this feeling from something like watching elephants interact, kittens play, from the animal world in general)

Reporters Know What the 'Voter ID' Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So?

Kickstart Unstuck! We want it to stay around.

storyrainthejournal: (littleowl)
This weekend is ArmadilloCon. Friday I'll be teaching in the writing workshop all day; I'll be around in the evening, wherever there are drinks. The rest of my schedule looks like this:

Imagining a World without Fossil Fuels
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM San Antonio
E. Bear, A. Porter, J. Reisman, A. Simmons*, K. Stauber, F. Stanton
Discussing the implications of this all-too-plausible scenario.

Signing
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Dealers' Room
C. Brown, U. Fung, C. Neill, J. Reisman

Building a Fictional Society from the Ground Up
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Sabine
A. Bishop, A. Downum, A. Goldsmith, J. Mandala, J. Reisman*, M. Wells
A discussion of worldbuilding in sf/f.

Reading
Sun 10:30 AM-11:00 AM San Marcos   Come to my reading! It's on Sunday morning at 10:30! Ha!
Jessica Reisman

Workshopping to Success
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Sabine
M. Dimond, K. Jewell, S. Leicht*, M. Maresca, N. Moore, J. Reisman
What the ArmadilloCon / Clarion / Clarion West / Odyssey did for me (as a student or a teacher)

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--was fun. A good job was done on programming; the guests were all great; Mark Finn had a fab Tiki party; Bill Spencer showed a really swell short film, "A Child's Christmas in Texas," made of one of his short stories. 

I ended up getting to go to Emma Bull's reading after all, because the moderator of the Learning to Write - Recommended Books and Classes panel scrambled us to go to the reading when she saw there were only two people in it (I believe some folks stayed and had the panel anyway). Was very glad to get to hear her read, and read from CLAIM, the sequel to TERRITORY.

The one person in the original panel audience who had wanted to ask about grad programs in writing, which is one thing I can talk about, spoke with me after the reading, so that worked out.

The rest of my thoughts on that subject are these: Clarion West (or the other Clarion) is a damn good thing to do, classes-wise. Sixteen years later, I still remember and implement things the instructors said. For instance, Michael Swanwick said, "We want to write pulp-paced art, not art-paced pulp."

A grad school program is good mostly to giving you time to write, and, if there's a fellowship, money--but check on the faculty and what they're into, because a good number of grad school programs are not very friendly to spec fic, and that gets tiresome.

Best of the books, if you like writing books, are Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, Jon Gardner's The Art of Fiction, and, specific to spec fic, essays by Ursula Le Guin, which you can find as blog entries via her website, and her Steering the Craft; essays by C.J. Cherryh like “Writerisms and Other Sins: A Writer’s Shortcut to Stronger Writing” and others available through her website; these are the essays and writers I sought out—back when you had to find them in libraries—by writers I loved. You would seek out such work by writers you love.

However and otherwise, I am personally kind of leery of writing advice books and columns and the echo chamber of it on the internets—your writing has to come from in you; if you don’t have a voice that needs to be expressed in words and story, demands to be, and has and develops its own dictates, strictures, habits, and rhythms, then do something else with your energies. Seriously. No one, ultimately, can tell you how to write, some advice will resonate for you, but much won’t—and you can’t write out of advice and how tos; the best books and classes are to read fiction, read fiction, and read more fiction, and write it, over and over, dive down deep into your own fictions and find the wonder and quirk and sense of them. Living is also a pretty good class.

 

Finally, I was going to do a visual on the whiteboard, picked up from writer Rick Bass while I was in grad school. Here's a scribbled approximation:

 

 


storyrainthejournal: (bunny)
ArmadilloCon is this weekend. Some things anent this:

It will be swell to see people whom it will be swell to see.

Am a little bummed that I have a panel during Emma Bull's reading. Emma Bull is one of my favorite writers and I've never heard her read.

Not expecting much turnout for my own Sunday 10am reading (I believe the time and day give self-evident reason why), but I will bring some kind of Sunday breakfast goodie for any stalwarts who do show, and I will read my little heart out for them.

Having used every scrap of my time to go to the wilds of Downeast Maine, I can't take either Friday or my traditional Monday day after off. Next week may be a huge slog, but then, Labor Day, three day weekend, to the rescue.

Not really anent ArmadilloCon, but tangential, dayjob is punishingly busy this week.
storyrainthejournal: (bookgirl)
Back from Maine; some pictures later. Had an actual whole day of rain while there, and it was otherwise lush, a brilliant glittering wet sojourn in green paradise during the arid desert of this summer in Austin.


While traveling I read Jo Walton's Among Others. As many have said, awesome. Dear Jo Walton, thank you thank you thank you and thank you some more for writing this book. So many clear and on the nail echoes of my own experiences growing up reading SF & F in the 70s, not meshing with the concerns (or reading interests) of other girls my age, looking for my people. All of that and an interesting story threaded through with real magic. Go read this book right now. Really.


Before Among Others I finished Naomi Novik's most recent Temeraire book, Tongues of Serpents, and was very happy to have spent that time with Temeraire and Laurence, who are excellent company and always have engaging adventures. I'm looking forward to the next one.


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My ArmadilloCon schedule: (eta: I tried to fix this formatting, then tried to put it behind a cut, three times, no success; sorry)



Building a Fictional Society from the Ground Up
Fri 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Trinity

P. Bacigalupi, E. Bear*, A. Latner, A. Marmell, J. Reisman, M. Wells
A discussion of worldbuilding in sf/f.



Stump the Panel: Make Up an SF/F Use for an Everyday Object                
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM San Antonio

B. Foster, M. Muenzler, J. Nevins*, J. Reisman, F. Summers  
The audience supplies the items, and the panel provides the imagination.



Broad Universe Reading
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00  PM San Marcos

J. Cheney, M. Fletcher, P. Jones, A. Latner, N.Moore*, G. Oliver, C. Rambo, J. Reisman, J. Vanderhooft
A series of rapid-fire readings arranged by a prominent women writers organization.



Reading
Sun 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Pecos

Me, reading! There may be cupcakes. There may be a giveaway. There will definitely be me, reading.




Learning to Write: Recommended Books and Classes
Sun Noon-1:00 PM San Antonio

M. Cardin, W. Ledbetter, J. Mandala, J. Reisman, P. Sarath*, D. Webb
A look at formal and informal education for beginning writers or those who want to improve their craft. Panelists discuss the books and classes that made a difference to them.



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ArmadilloCon was fun; saw lots of folks I was glad to see, among them [livejournal.com profile] marthawells, [livejournal.com profile] j_cheney, [livejournal.com profile] amysisson  and husband Paul (in awesomely impressive NASA kit), plus local peeps galore (who I may see only a couple other times a year). Also got to meet the wonderful Michael Bishop in person, after knowing him through Steven Utley and email for a while. Many of these folks were kind enough to show up for my reading and the excerpt I read of "Nights at the Crimea" from the Bishop and Utley edited Passing for Human was well received. Best question: Are the Zohar movies real, can I go see one? Means I did my job in the story and made it real.

The Broad Universe reading was fun, with great bits from everyone, and a nice haul of giveaway books into the bargain.

Didn't get to as many readings as I wanted, since you always end up socializing and eating instead, but Nancy Kress and Martha Wells were both great (of course).

I took home two pieces of art and a t-shirt, and no books. Blasphemous, I know. But I'm headed to my local indie, Book People, tomorrow, for some book buying.

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Some more Intergalactic Nemesis links, articles and pics:

'Nemesis' returns home,  but has big ambitions
http://www.austin360.com/arts/nemesis-returns-home-but-has-big-ambitions-884604.html

Photo gallery:
http://galleries.austin360.com/gallery/intergalactic-nemesis/

Austin Chronicle preview:

'The Intergalactic Nemesis', Zygonian sludgies invade Dell Hall!
http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A1073581

and the Arts Eclectic preview on KUT:
http://kut.org/items/show/22259

If you're local and want tix, get 'em here:  http://thelongcenter.frontgatesolutions.com/choose.php?lid=42555

 


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My reading timeslot seems to have been changed (or I read it wrong the first time!). Rather than at 1:30pm on Saturday it is at 1:00pm on Saturday.

So, the correct schedule for finding me:

My schedule:

Links Between Fantasy and Horror -  Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Trinity
            G. Faust*, J. Reisman, S. White, M. Cardin, W. Spencer
            A discussion of the commonalities between dark fantasy and horror.

Reading - Sat 1:00 PM-1:30 PM Pecos 

Broad Universe Reading - Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Sabine             
             P. Kitanidis, K. Beutner, P. Jones, A. Latner, J. Cheney, J. Reisman, C. Berg, S. Leicht, G. Oliver, N. Moore

Spec Fic in Academia - Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Sabine 
K. Beutner*, J. Reisman, K. Kofmel, S. Wedel, G. Wilhite
How is speculative fiction treated in academia?

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For my ArmadilloCon reading, in honor of Michael Bishop being a special guest, I'm thinking of going with my story "Nights at the Crimea," from the Passing for Human anthology Michael and Steven Utley edited.

When my sister read "Nights at the Crimea" she said there were moments when she couldn't believe I'd written it, it was so good. ahem.

Please come! It's Saturday 1:30 to 2:00. We should have some sort of swanky prize giveaway.

*
Unless it comes after a yay, woohoo, or congratulations celebratory statement (or a please come! like that above, which is entirely sincere), when I use exclamation points it often indicates a lack of seriousness--that is, an element of joking, irony, or sarcasm.

Alas, I don't think this is always clear to people. The thing is, growing up, one of my family's main modes of casual communication (I'm not saying this was a good thing) was sarcasm. It's ingrained in my synaptic language thingy structures. Thingy.

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Some things to read:

Over on Best Thing Ever, A.M. Dellamonica waxes enthusiastic about Tana French; it's just fun to read.

Charlie Jane Anders' story at Tor.com, "The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model" is a great read.

This poem, “Schehirrazade,” by Amal El-Mohtar, over at Senses Five Press, is quite lovely.

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And, last but not least, please consider a small donation to Austin Pets Alive to help them outfit their new building; APA takes on the euthanasia list animals from Townlake and are doing great work. Also check out their amazing roster of wonderful cats and dogs needing adoptive homes.
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My schedule:

Links Between Fantasy and Horror -  Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Trinity
G. Faust*, J. Reisman, S. White, M. Cardin, W. Spencer
A discussion of the commonalities between dark fantasy and horror.

Reading - Sat 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Pecos 

Broad Universe Reading - Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Sabine             
             P. Kitanidis, K. Beutner, P. Jones, A. Latner, J. Cheney, J. Reisman, C. Berg, S. Leicht, G. Oliver, N. Moore

Spec Fic in Academia - Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Sabine 
K. Beutner*, J. Reisman, K. Kofmel, S. Wedel, G. Wilhite
How is speculative fiction treated in academia?

The Broad Universe rapid fire reading looks like it will be fun--and pretty rapid fire, given the number of participants. My own reading will be fantastic and awesome, I promise. And there may be a prize of some sort.

I keep telling them I want to do world building, city as character type of panels, but they never put me on them--I do a lot of world building, dudes!

That is all.
storyrainthejournal: (1926art)
These things are not related, except that they happened more or less over the same four-day weekend.

First--ArmadilloCon: a lot of fun. Many wonderful people. HIghlights included:
  • Seeing Joan Vinge and spending a little time with her; Joan was one of my Clarion teachers, mumblety years ago, and we took to each other like members of the same soul tribe (or something equally hoaky but awesome).
  • Having [livejournal.com profile] impatientape  and [livejournal.com profile] tacithydra to hang w/every day, along with [livejournal.com profile] carolineyoachim, and Elle Van Hensbergen on Saturday.
  • Dim Sum on Saturday with some of the above and also Chris Nakashima-Brown, Maureen McHugh, and Jayme Blaschke.
  • My reading had a larger crowd than I've ever had at ArmadilloCon and [livejournal.com profile] marthawells paid me the great complement of being moved to tears by the story; others said good things, and I was happy to get to read the story (The Vostrasovitch Clockwork Animal and Traveling Forest Show at the End of the World) to an appreciative audience.
  • Maureen McHugh hanging out with me to keep me company while I sat for the autographing hour (I signed a few things, but Maureen signed more, even though she wasn't there officially).
  • I enjoyed both my panels, but the best was the one on Academic Writing on SF/F--the other panelists, Nancy Hightower, Kim Kofmel, A.M. Thomas, and Mark Finn were all smart, articulate, and prepared, which produced an interesting, worthwhile discussion.
  • Seeing District 9 (okay, that was me and [livejournal.com profile] tacithydra ducking out of the con on Sunday afternoon to meet Maureen & Mr. Maureen for a matinee). Damn good movie. 
  • Dinner Sunday night with Joan and Jim, Maureen, and [livejournal.com profile] tacithydra at Curra's, which Joan had fond memories of from my taking them there the last time they came to ArmadilloCon.
Missed many things--chiefly readings I would have liked to make it to. But the two I went to, Maureen's and Chris N-B's, were very engaging and inspiring.

Overall, it was a great ArmadilloCon.
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The con was, of course, exhausticating. And Friday morning before we left for the day, a leak appeared in my bathroom, with an unclear source. Over the course of the weekend, I used every one of my towels, replacing them in the morning and late at night after returning. 

On top of this, when I got home Sunday afternoon, there was a notice on my door that the incursion into the loft portion of the construction would begin for my loft on Tuesday (tomorrow) (and run for 15 to 20 days) and I needed to have everything moved four feet away from my windows and balcony doors by then. So let's add that up:

642 sq. foot space, including balcony, which I've already cleared off, crowding plants and chairs inside
one and a half walls of the place are windows and balcony doors
Monday (today) was supposed to be my recover from the con day before going back to dayjob

=
ugh. But it's all moved; there's a note in big black letters on the front door saying please be careful of the cats!, and, oh yeah, the leak is fixed. I feel so rested...er...sigh.



storyrainthejournal: (renee french dog)
I'll be around for the whole thing, so come say hi!

My schedule:

Friday  5:00 PM-6:00 PM Robertson How Did You Think of That?
J. Lansdale, R. S. Rose, J. Reisman, S. Wade*, J. Rountree
Getting and using ideas in your writing.
Sat  11:00 AM-Noon Dealers' Room Autographing
Sat   8:30 PM-9:00 PM deWitt Reading
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM deWitt Academic Writing on SF/F
J. Reisman, M. Finn, K. Kofmel, N. Hightower*, A. M. Thomas
SF/F has become a subject of academic discourse. What does this mean for the genre?




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Personal highlights of ArmadilloCon '08:

~time spent with...
Steven Utley ([profile] impatientape)
Camille Alexa ([profile] camillealexa)
Mary Hobson ([personal profile] mkhobson)
Deborah Layne ([profile] wheatland_press)
Sheila Williams
[profile] carolineyoachim
[profile] tacithydra
[profile] ellevate

These folks in particular, for various reasons, made this a particularly good con for me. Thank you to all of them.

~seeing lots of other folks, albeit much too briefly.  (iwas kind of focused on the out of town visitors, to the sad neglect of a number of local people I like a lot and see too infrequently.) Though I missed a number of readings I would have liked to catch, I caught some good ones, including M.K. Hobson's, Steven Utley's, Caroline Spector's, and [personal profile] marthawells'.  Steven's story blew the whole audience away and will be out in the October/November F&SF ( I think; he'll correct me if I have that wrong, I hope). Caroline read from her story in the first book of the new Wild Cards trilogy, and it rocked. Mary read from her novel The Native Star, forthcoming in 2010 from Bantam Spectra, and Martha from her newest novel, The Cloud Roads, which better be coming out sometime in the not too far future, because I want to read both of these novels.

~the closing reading, which is traditionally Howard Waldrop. This year, the 30th Armadillocon, which finds Howard recovering from major surgery in the hospital, nine of us tag-team read "The Ugly Chickens," the story Howard read at the first Armadillocon. Howard read the final few paragraphs by phone, amplified for the hall. I felt privileged to be one of the readers ...and had my awe of Howard's particular and unique brand of brilliance renewed.

My own reading and panels, and the Broad Universe rapid fire reading (thanks to excellent moderation by Nancy Jane Moore)  all went very well, I think.

I've just taken Camille to the train station. It's been raining lightly off and on, which is lovely. Though I sincerely hope it pours a good deluge sometime soon. I have pages and pages of friends' posts to catch up on...it may take me awhile. Today is recovery, laundry, and a massage, however. Back to the regular grind tomorrow.
storyrainthejournal: (bookgirl)
So, women who write what might be called slipstream, new weird, fabulism, literary experimentalism...who comes to mind for you? Anyone you really like? (We can take Kelly Link as mentioned, I think.) Any answers are good.
storyrainthejournal: (bookship)
Sa1300R Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Robertson
Burton, Dimond, Eudaly, Henderson, Leicht, N. J. Moore*, Reisman, M. Wells
Come hear several good but short readings by members of one of our favorite writers' organizations. (There may well be treats and prizes!)
 
Sa1500DR Autographing
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dealers' Room
Denton, Fletcher, J. Haldeman, Latner, Reisman
 
Sa1600DW Crazy Grrlz: Slipstream Ain't Just for Boys
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM deWitt
N. J. Moore, Nakashima-Brown, Oliver, Reisman, Ward, Wheeler*
The guys writing hard-to-classify alternative fiction have gotten a lot of attention, and labels such as "Texas Weird." What about the women working this same vein?
 
Su1200R Reading
Sun Noon-12:30 PM Robertson
Jessica Reisman
Reisman will read from some of her amazing and wonderful fiction; there will be a prize copy of her beloved planet story novel, The Z Radiant, for some lucky shmoe, and treats, yes, treats!
 
Su1500DZ Dystopia in Anime and Animation
Sun 3:00 PM-4:00 PM deZavala
Anderson*, Kimbriel, Person, Reisman, Ward
From Akira to Wall-E, why is dystopia so prevalent in the animated form? Or is it just that the best films and series incorporate some elements of dystopia? Our panelists will discuss.
 
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Some of us won't be at Denvention, but our birthdays should be celebrated nonetheless. So, Worldcon goers, please raise a glass to me in absentia on Friday, August 8th. I'll raise one back to you.
storyrainthejournal: (colette'shandw/cat)
Second day of the 'con was great. I decided to read from "Flowertongue" to celebrate its acceptance; couldn't read the whole thing, but I left them wanting more. Had a respectable turnout, which was gratifying.

Lots of good conversation througout the day, had people bring me things to sign, still a novelty. The Hollywood and sf panel was fun, with (among others) William B. Spencer, who's always very funny and very delightful, and Debbie Smith, a spec writer and television writer (who's also on lj, but I don't know her handle.)

The women in sf/feminism panel was interesting. I was glad Sharyn November was there, she's awesome. I felt the discussion ranged into some not terribly pertinent places, and it's always interesting (and somewhat saddening) to hear a woman deride feminism (not naming names), but obviously, experiences vary.

There is such a very deep-set paradigm of attitudes, preferences, and tropes in sf, as in most else, that is inherently sexist, that male writers who are otherwise very intelligent, creative, great folks (and from whom I often expect better) have no clue they're failing to Get It. And, perhaps,  don't give a fig. Anyway, I'm still processing some of that panel; I think I said some things worth saying, and I'm glad I said them. Often, when I float a critique or analysis of something with my own particular feminist slant, everyone else in the discussion just kind of ignores it. (This was not the case on the panel, but the panel was all women) And I don't think it's because I'm not making sense or am off the mark.

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In other news, via Don Webb, robot learns traditional Japanese folk dance; this is a slowish load, but well worth the wait. Very cool. The related story is here.
storyrainthejournal: (colette'shandw/cat)
Yesterday was a long day; the writers' workshop went well. I taught with Patrice Sarath and I think the students all got good feedback, and there was some useful discussion. We had three auditors, which was odd, since it was, essentially, having an audience.

Saw people it was good to see, got a chair massage (I have the shoulders and neck of death lately--my muscles feel more like bone) ate dinner with [personal profile] marthawells and AT Campbell, saw more people, went to Maureen McHugh's and then [personal profile] jaylake's readings, which were both quite good (and I won a copy of Jay's hot off the Wheatland Press' story collection, The River Knows Its Own).

Came home late to an acceptance from Farrago's Wainscot of my story "Flowertongue," which pleases me greatly--I really love what Farrago's is doing.

I want to catch up on friends' posts, but I still haven't decided what I'm reading at 11:30 this morning.
storyrainthejournal: (yoruichi-light)

New and Improved ArmadilloCon schedule—Cleans, Brightens, and Gives You That All-Over Feeling of Well-Being!

Sat 11:30 AM-Noon Robertson - Reading

Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM DeWitt - Hollywood and Sci-Fi: The "Romance" Continues
Orive*, Barrett, Smith, Spencer, Wheeler, Reisman
Listen to our panelists as they wax poetic about how
Hollywood continues to ignore the sci-fi genre.

Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM de Zavala - What should you have read this year?
Klaw*, Siros, Crider, Lansdale, Mills, Reisman
Our experts will give you the low-down on the best
books in the genre that have come out in the past
year.

Sat 9:00 PM-10:00 PM de Zavala - Women in the SF field
PWells*, November, LMann, Mills, Oliver, Davis, Reisman
When did feminist become such a bad word in the SF
field? Who are some of the up-and-coming female
authors out there that you have to read?

I’ve been added to the Women in the SF field panel, 'cause I am one, and a member of Broad Universe, and I read a lot of SF by women, and I'm smart and stuff. (Actually, probably because they needed another panelist and I told the programmer I was game.)

 

I won’t be reading at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, which is Friday @ 6:00 pm in Robertson, since I have my own reading (just after the marvelous [info]marthawells--come for hers, stay for mine!), but I'll be there to enjoy and applaud my fellow Broads.
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And here’s some links:

In memoriam, a scene from Bergman’s The Seventh Seal on youtube:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyqg017aFrY&mode=related&search= 

(Watch it, really; it’s great.)

 

This year’s Bulwer-Lytton winners.

 

And a worthwhile (and demmed cute) PSA featuring Charley the cat on youtube: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQG6V1MOVY

 

storyrainthejournal: (contemplative)
Here is my ArmadilloCon schedule:
 
Friday Aug 10th - I'll be teaching in the writers' workshop again
 
Saturday the 11th, 11:30 AM - Reading (I'll probably read from the new novel...or maybe a story coming out soon)
 
Saturday the 11th, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM - Hollywood and Sci-Fi: The "Romance" Continues
Orive*, Barrett, Smith, Spencer, Wheeler, Reisman
 
Saturday 4:00 PM-5:00 PM - What should you have read this year?
Klaw*, Siros, Crider, Lansdale, Mills, Reisman
 
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Back to daily life and job as usual now that [profile] planetalyxis safely home and my vacation days are behind me. It was awfully swell to have the presence of a beloved friend in the loft, and to do those sorts of things I don’t do on my own in my home town. A fantastic two weeks, all considered. Thank you, Alyx.  
 
Now, I have the workshop stories to read and crit, a story to write, the novel to re-submerge in, birthdays and baby shower presents to see to, and, of course, a great towering bunch of jobwork editing to do.
And here’s an interesting quote from Edith Wharton (1862-1937):
 
“How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ‘American’ before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?”
 
Apparently a fairly long while.

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