Back from Readercon

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:21 pm
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I got to meet and talk with Rosemary Kirstein at Readercon! I love her Steerswoman series. She read from a YA novel she’s working on that’s set in the Steerswoman universe, and I very much want to read that novel now (after books 5 and 6 in the main series, of course). If all goes well, book 5 may be completed in the next 12 months! Unless the writing turns out to be on the wrong track, she said, in which case who knows? But when book 5 is done, she thinks book 6 will be completed the year after that (she thought at first it was going to be book 5, so a good chunk of it is written already). She talked a bit about her process: she knows the first and last line of a book, and then she writes from one to the other. I’m always fascinated to hear about different writing methods. She also brought the hand-drawn and color-coded map of her world, which we all excitedly photographed.

Naomi Novik read from the novel she’s working on now, Spinning Silver, which grew from a short story published in the anthology The Starlit Wood. I very much want to read this novel now, too! She said she’s trying to move more to stand-alone novels rather than long series like Temeraire. I attended some of the panels she was on (she was on a lot of panels, wow), and she’s great at articulating complex ideas. I admire people who are both good writers and good public speakers—not every writer does well in front of crowds.

Nnedi Okorafor was an awesome guest of honor, too, and also great at speaking in front of crowds (she’s a university professor as well as a writer). I’ve read both her Binti novellas, and read Akata Witch right before the convention, and now I want to read everything she’s ever written. Though Who Fears Death sounds like heavy going, so I should probably brace myself for that one.

During one of the panels, someone commented on how cold and ruthless they felt the teachers/adults were towards the children/students in Akata Witch. I don’t think it was any more cold or ruthless than how Dumbledore used Harry Potter, though. And the adults in Akata Witch respect the children enough to tell them what’s going on, not just lead them around blindly. Anyway, I am so happy that Akata Warrior is coming out soon.

I don’t think I’ll attend Readercon every year—my friend and I are talking about going to Wiscon next time we get together—but I’m very glad I had the experience this year.

Anticipations.

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:56 pm
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Just about packed for the con tomorrow; what's not yet set aside is recorded on a checklist and waiting to be collected. The MP3 player gets loaded up last.

Today at work I learned all over again just how different I am from my coworkers: they never looked inside some of the filing cabinets in the office when they got there. They've been working there much longer than I have, and today was the first day those cabinets got a proper investigation and a full cleaning. They were stuffed with all sorts of office detritus: loose envelopes with office letterhead, computer cables, takeout leftovers like salt packets and napkins, delivery menus, pens, block of staples, post-it notes, lost clothes, medical records that can't yet be thrown out because of federal regulations, shower gel, candy, perfume samples, rubber bands, paper clips...stuff, mostly. Lots of stuff. That I would've cleaned out in days of arrival if I'd been able to, because I would've gone looking to see what's around and figured out what to do with it all. Like, for example, throwing away old delivery menus.

I recognize a fair amount of inertia behind a closed cabinet door in an office where things are always busy. I also wonder why they never raided those cabinets for pens, when pens are a valuable commodity in basically any office environment.

Next week, I'm taking the clothes back with me, washing them, and then dropping them off at an appropriate fabric recycling program. I figure it's the best option available.
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Don't mind me, just slowly making my way through my episodic notes...

Extremis )

The Pyramid at the End of the World )

The Lie of the Land )

Sink into the bay.

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:24 am
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Waking up without any major responsibilities or outstanding obligations is a rare pleasure. I finished my classwork yesterday afternoon, and I don't have work today, so the most I should get done is to pack and prepare for the con this weekend. Which won't take long. I could've gone to the movies, but since I'm all done with classes for a good few weeks, I'll do that later - since Spider-Man will be playing for a while, but the cherries in the fridge won't last nearly that long.

Baking, cleaning, exercising, packing, and if time allows, writing. I wouldn't want to do this every day, but once in a while, it's nice to luxuriate.

Meet Bonbon the Tiny Mustang

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:14 pm
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In the last year I've participated in a few fundraisers for a horse rescue ranch in my area. Last fall, they took in several wild Mustang mares who had nowhere else to go. One turned out to be in foal, and the baby -- this adorable filly -- was born just over a week ago. On Friday night I went out and got some photos of her. I used a fairly small image size to spare your browser; click to enlarge.

Cuteness overload, under the cut! )Save
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It's kinda weird because this the first time that they're announcing a new Doctor and I'm actually interested about who's cast instead of being paralysed with not caring. Tennant was announced before I'd even seen the show, Smith was announced when I had been stuck somewhere around mid season 2 for almost three years, and Capaldi was announced when I had quit watching the show again because of the boringness of Eleven/Clara era.

(this is also the first time I'm actually sad to see the current Doctor go, instead of thinking "Maybe I'll like the next one better")

Also, if in 2013 my reaction was "Was it a woman? No? Okay then. " now it's "Please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman"

I'm not saying that I'll automatically like the next Doctor if it's a woman, but the odds are much better considering that Doctor Who is the only current show with a male lead that I even watch anymore. But storywise as well, I think it would be quite an anticlimax if Twelve went through all the trouble of fighting the regeneration only to end up looking like Kris Marshall. What a tragic ending that would be.

(For the record, I really liked Kris Marshal in My Life in Film and My Family, but I just think he'd be such a boring choice for the Doctor)

eta: And it's Jodie Whitaker. I kinda suspected it might be her ever since I heard that she'd suddenly risen in the betting lists this week - the same happened with Capaldi as well. Not my first choice, but I approve. Now, hopefully the new Doctor's personalilty will be more like Nine or Twelve than Ten or Eleven to avoid making the Doctor into a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl. And please let her have clothes that you could actually fight daleks in.
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