Finally switched over to my new host. Finally got all of my data over to said new host. New host restored WordPress databases! Love new host to death so far. DNS propagation went smoothly, yay! Upgrade to WordPress 2.5 went smoothly, yay! The WP future post function now finally woks for the first time evar, yay, yay, yay! Put in a bunch of new plugins so I can pretend to be as awesome as Mary Robinette, yay! Completely forgot that the crossposter doesn’t work with WP 2.5, boo. So no one on LJ saw this post from yesterday, boo. This will be my first test of the upgrade, yay! My comments now have avatars, yay! I decided to upload my own avatars for that, so went with people of color from SF TV shows and movies. I think I got everyone from the TV shows I watch, and I have Will Smith + some Matrix people. But I need more! Suggestions? In the comments, yay! Which can now be threaded, yay! WordPress is awesome, yay!
This weekend is full of many writerly goings on, including a reading at KGB bar that isn’t the Fantastic Fiction one. On Saturday (February 9) three members of my writing group, Altered Fluid, will read as part of a special night of speculative fiction in Duct.org’s monthly Trumpet Fiction series. Eugene Myers, Matt Kressel, and Alaya Dawn Johnson are all terrific writers and you should come hear them be terrific.
WHEN: Saturday, February 9 @ 7:00pm
WHERE: KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003
Afterwards we’re going out for food and drinks and all in attendance are welcome to come.
Next week author (and my good friend) Catherynne Valente will be in town for the last stop on the Three Wishes Tour to promote her new book The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice. Tuesday, December 4th, the NYRSF reading will morph into an exhibition of art, jewelry, and music in celebration of the Orphan’s Tales. If you’re free that night, you should definitely come.
I have a piece in the show called Sigrid’s Prayer of which I am very proud. Come see it in person (and read the little story that goes along with it). Also, read the new book (and the first one, if you haven’t already).
I am a little late with this, sorry. Also, I don’t do much in the way of detailed con reports. Not only because I’m lazy, but I’m convinced people don’t really experience the con vicariously through them. Overall, the con was really great for me. Got to see many people I haven’t seen in a long time, met some fabulous folks, was able to get things done, and I came away feeling like I have some of the most wonderful friends in the universe.
The one thing I did not do was go to any panels. I only attended two readings, and I only did that because I wanted to support those friends and didn’t happen to have something already scheduled or those times. I’m not a particular fan of readings. I think this is because I can rarely sink into fiction being read to me the way I can if I’m reading it myself. Also, not everyone is a terrific reader. Further, one of the points of going to readings for some is to meet the author in question. More often then not I find other ways to meet authors I really like.
Still, the readings I attended were good. Not like some others I heard about… goodness.
I spent a little time in the dealer’s room behind the Prime Books table, but only a little. During the day I tried to get things done, like writing or freelance work, and in the evenings I partied! There were several memorable dinners with the Prime Books crew and assorted special guests. I also got to eat with fabulous award winning and nominated Catherynne Valente and her entourage of sexy, sexy men. There was lunch with Scott from LaunchPad, whom I did not see enough of, and much running around with Alaya Dawn Johnson, Carol Burrell, Nina (Nivair H. Gabriel), and Evonne Tsang.
I met David Anthony Durham in the flesh for the first time. He’s an incredibly nice guy and I made sure to gush about his book to everyone. Mike Kabongo and I had to break the sad, sad news to him that there were, indeed, only about 8 black people at the con. I think he eventually met all of them.
I met a lot of other people for the first time, but at the risk of leaving someone out, I won’t go into a long list of names. Let’s just say that there were plenty of cool people running around and I got the chance to touch them, which is all I really want.
There were almost 1200 people there this year, which meant I kept missing people or sometimes saw them exactly once before they had to go. I’m particularly sad I didn’t get to spend more time with Karin Lowachee, whom I haven’t seen in years and years, and Steve Perry, same years and years deal. There were many OWW people there whom I haven’t seen in a while. Charlie Finley snubbed me! Is that any way to treat a cousin? Humph.
All the people I saw most I saw at parties. And there were some great ones.
The Paper Cities/Secret History of Moscow party was really, really great. I know we stayed up far too late at that one talking about all kinds of crazy stuff. If you do not have a copy of Ekaterina Sedia’s book, go to your local indie bookstore and buy it right this instant. It is seriously fabulous. She is a great person to hang around with and I couldn’t be happier for all her success so far. I’m also most pleased that Matt Kressel’s first foray into anthology publishing is shaping up. The book looks great, there’s a great roster of authors in it, and I think it will do well.
That night Nina and I decided to start writing at 3am. Somehow, words did not flow freely as we thought they would. We resisted Liz Gorinsky’s siren call to “breakfast” at the diner opening up at 3am, though.
Other memorable parties – the Abyss & Apex party, the Electric Velocipede High Tea, the Tor Party, after it calmed down a bit, the Aussie party, where Garth Nix served me wine, the Weird Tales party, which I could only be at for a little while, and other, secret soirées.
I brought many wonderful shirts with me to cons, as I am determined to be known for having awesome shirts. But none of the shirts I brought could top the one John Klima had waiting for me:
It reads: tempest says read electric velocipede or she’ll come to your house and smack you around.
And, you know, I totally will. Because that zine is pretty damn great. I had the pleasure of seeing that t-shirt on several people over the weekend. And I know David Anthony Durham, Matt Kressel and Nina all have one. I hope they wear them to the next con.
There was a very interesting progression of shirts over those first few days. They got more and more threatening. Day 1 I was in a posse, Day 2 I was going to smack you around, and Day 3 I was tired of slitting throats. I felt the need to buy a shirt with a fist coming out of it for Day 4.
What else… several editors said, “Send me a story!” which I love to hear. (And I did send two of them, just two more to go.) An agent said, “Hey, when am I going to see a submission from you?” which also makes me happy. I pitched a non-fiction book to a publisher and, when I told others about said book, several people encouraged me to put the proposal together and try to get it in front of a major press. I shall not ignore such advice.
And just to round out the business dealings, I asked some people about doing interviews and artist profiles for Fantasy magazine, and all said yes. A productive weekend to be sure.
Sunday night, when most folks were gone and things were winding down, I had a nice (slightly drunken) conversation with Jetse de Vries about being cool, asked Jim Minz his opinion on some agents, and talked with Holly Black about “beavage”. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that word means. Apparently the conversation that gave birth to that unholy (but incredibly awesome) word was about the subject discussed in this post. When I told Holly that I had written said post, she exclaimed, “That was you? Oh my god, that post is legendary!” which I was not aware of. Nice! At least I do not have cause to write another one like it this year.
I’m glad I got a chance to see so many people and sad that I missed so many others. But it was a good con, I had many great conversations, things got done, and I came away feeling like an awesome person for knowing so many awesome people. I’m not suffering too much post-con depression, but I’m chalking that up to the fact that I am surrounded by a sizable chunk of those very awesome people here in my regular life. I don’t have to go far to be with my people. If only everyone was so lucky!
A couple of newish projects to announce. Firstly, I’ll be writing reviews for The Fix online, the revival of TTA Press’ short fiction review magazine. I am only one of many, though, and if you’re looking for some insightful reviews across the scope of short speculative fiction, The Fix is the place to go.
Also this week, Fantasy magazine relaunches online (I sense a theme) with yours truly as the non-fiction editor. Right now there’s an interview up with the fabulous Catherynne Valente and soon there will be a spotlight on a young artist who bowled me over with her talent. There will be new fiction, non-fiction and reviews up every week.
Finally, by the time you see this I will be at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY and probably having a fabulous time. No readings or panels scheduled, thank goodness. I’m spending the day working and the evenings partying.
Interfictions is a one-of-a-kind anthology published by the Interstitial Arts Foundation and Small Beer Press. Between its covers, nineteen writers dig into the imaginative spaces between conventional genres — realistic and fantastical, scholarly and poetic, personal and political. This evening at McNally Robinson, three of those writers join editor Delia Sherman to read from their boundary-crossing stories. K. Tempest Bradford is a widely published author of fantastical short stories and a prolific blogger. Matt Cheney is a fiction writer and critic who maintains the blog The Mumpsimus, focused on reviews and interviews with authors in science fiction genres. Veronica Schanoes’ work has appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Trunk Stories, and Jabberwocky. Join us for an evening of unclassifiable fiction.
(McNally Robinson events page)
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 7.00 PM.
Where: McNally Robinson
52 Prince St.
(between Lafayette and Mulberry)
New York, NY 10012
I’ll read from Black Feather again and see if I can’t come up with an interesting way to read it this time. If you’re going to be in NYC on the 30th, drop by!
I reached my week 3 goal! Go me. It was difficult with ReaderCon impinging on my weekend writing time, but I had a lot of fun and it was worth it. I didn’t end up taking any pictures, so unfortunately you’ll have to do without.The con itself was great. I ended up not going to many panels. I think that I completely paneled myself out at WisCon and felt more like relaxing and talking with friends. I spent a lot of time in the dealer’s room behind the Wildside Press table. Lots of people hang out in the ReaderCon dealer’s room, though, so I was sure not to miss anyone standing around in there.
I finalized all the details of my new position as Fantasy Magazine’s non-fiction editor. I know now exactly what I need to do and when. I already have my first interview in the bag and I’m ready to start on at least three more. I’m very excited about this job! I get to have conversations with awesome people about fantasy and writing and literature. How cool is that?
This next week is all about getting stuff done before I go to the LaunchPad workshop (and still having to write a story). I may also have a small surprise.
I’m pleased to announce that I reached my Week 2 goal of writing a new story! It’s short (under 2K) and has no title yet, but it exists.
The next piece I’m going to work on isn’t a story, exactly. It’s a combination of prose and graphic novel script for a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-type book. A friend of mine asked if I could produce a short novel for them in less than a month. Might as well use the Write-a-thon to get the first draft done! It’ll be about the same length as a short story.
My Tuckerization auction earned Clarion West about $51! I hear the other auctions went even better than that, so at least $200 raised, but probably more. I think I will Tuckerize the winner in next week’s project.
I’m also going to Readercon next weekend. Doing another Interfictions reading. I’ll post pictures and a con report next Sunday.
Write-a-thon Update Week 1
I reached my Week 1 goal of revising a story! I revised Imperative, which I will now send out to some suitable publication. Excitement :)
To everyone who is sponsoring me, a big Thank You. I hope to keep up this momentum for the next five weeks.
Though I was very, very nervous, the reading at KGB went well. All of the readers and stories were awesome. And I was excited to meet Matthew Cheney for the first time.
photos by matt kressel
KGB Fantastic Fiction Series, presented by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant (KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St, New York, NY) hosts a reading from Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing.
Readers: K. Tempest Bradford, Rachel Pollack, Veronica Schanoes, and Catherynne M. Valente.
Date: 20 June, 7:00 pm