Ad Astra convention schedule!

My final schedule for this year’s Ad Astra has fallen into my hands, and it is large and thorough and voila.

Friday, April 10

1:00 pm Writing Diversity Well

We need diverse books! (We do.) Diversity in both adult SFF—and genre YA—is a big conversation, and representing yourself, others, and your characters well deserves the extra attention.

Join author Leah Bobet for a two-hour workshop about resources, tools, processes to use—and the questions to ask yourself—to write diverse characters well, and what a diverse book means—and doesn’t mean—when it comes time to sell your work. This workshop is open to writers of any and all backgrounds, orientations, levels of physical ability or neurodiversity, or identifications. Come prepared for a respectful, open environment where we’ll learn from each other.

7:00 pm Deconstruction: What Happens When You Take Tropes Apart
Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Gail Z. Martin, KW Ramsey

Genre fiction thrives on tropes, from the stalwart hero, the damsel into distress, and all the way to the nefarious villain, but what happens when a show takes those tropes and turns them on their head. Join us as we discuss how and why to do this and examine when it’s done right and when it’s done wrong.

8:00 pm SF for a YA Audience
Leah Bobet, Charlene Challenger, E.K. Johnston, Jane Ann McLachlan

Young Adult novels are tricky things – Enders Games was about children and youth – but not for them. Fantasy has managed to get a solid grasp on what the readers want…But Sci-Fi doesn’t seem to be catching on. Why not?

Saturday, April 11

1:00 pm Reading: Leah Bobet and Max Turner
Leah Bobet, Max Turner

2:00 pm Signing Session (2 hours)
Ada Hoffmann, Adam Shaftoe, Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, David Nickle, Ed Greenwood, Gemma Files, Julie Czerneda, Karen Dales, Kelley Armstrong, Leah Bobet, Marie Bilodeau, MaryAnn Harris, Max Turner, Nancy Kilpatrick, Rio Youers, Sephera Giron, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church, Timothy Carter

4:00 pm How to Sell SF to General Readers as Literature
Charlotte Ashley, Derek Kunsken, Erik Mohr, Leah Bobet

It is nearly impossible to get a non-genre reader to even look at a book – much less read it – unless HBO has kidnapped it for a mini-series. So how do you prove that SF/F is more than pulpy star-ships and elves with perfect hair?

8:00 pm Cutting Contracts and Shaking Hands: Business Basics of Writing
Gail Z. Martin, Gregory Wilson, Leah Bobet, Monica Pacheco

How do you do? Would you like to read my work? Please sign this deal…The world is a scary place – especially when you are just learning how to put your work out there. Here is some helpful advice from seasoned pros in all areas of Writing and Editing.

9:00 pm In Defence of the Evil Empire, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big Brother
Charlene Challenger, David Blackwood, Leah Bobet, Simon McNeil

A key component of many genre stories, from dystopias through to fantasy stories is the rebellion narrative. Of course, having a hero struggling against an unequal and oppressive power provides an easy source of conflict and gives the protagonist the chance to grow as they overcome a seemingly unbeatable foe. Or as they fail to do so. But rebellion stories in genre are frequently very one-dimensional; the empire in Star Wars is overtly evil. How can we write better and more nuanced rebel stories? And what authors are doing so right now?

Sunday, April 12

12:00 pm Interactive Fiction: No Coding required!
Alice Black, Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Matthew Johnson

Thanks to tools like Storium and Twine, the ability to make interactive stories is now available to everyone. Find out how to get started without having to write a single line of code.

That is a big schedule — and one I’m very much looking forward to! See you there!

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AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES cover!

A lot of things have finalized as AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES trucks along to its publication date (last week of September in Canada! October 6 everywhere else!). So I’m really pleased this morning to be able to show you not just the front cover for AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES:

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–but also the absolutely gorgeous full jacket:

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Basically it is beautiful, that bird has no head, its headlessness is great, I have no idea how it caws, and I’m excited.

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Dropping in quickly to highlight a new development at Ad Astra, the local convention, which it’s a privilege to be part of: Friday workshops!

This year’s programming team has arranged a double handful of attendance-capped workshops for the Friday of the con (April 10th), and they cover a whole lot of ground: How to design games, prop weaponry that rocks, mold making, costumers’ makeup, and of course, writing workshops. Michael Matheson, Julie Czerneda, Ed Greenwood, and I are doing a really comprehensive track of writing workshops through the day, covering everything from the business side to worldbuilding to good self-editing strategies. It’s a tiny professional development conference in a jar.

The workshop I’m running? Writing Diversity Well.

We need diverse books! (We do.) Diversity in both adult SFF—and genre YA—is a big conversation, and representing yourself, others, and your characters well deserves the extra attention.

Join author Leah Bobet for a two-hour workshop about resources, tools, processes to use—and the questions to ask yourself—to write diverse characters well, and what a diverse book means—and doesn’t mean—when it comes time to sell your work. This workshop is open to writers of any and all backgrounds, orientations, levels of physical ability or neurodiversity, or identifications. Come prepared for a respectful, open environment where we’ll learn from each other.

It’s running at 1pm on Friday, April 10th, at the Ad Astra hotel space, and there’s a fee discount for con attendees (or vice versa: there’s a discount on badges for workshop attendees). The workshop signups are available only in advance, so if there’s something you like there, enroll early and often.

Hope to see you there — and hoping this is the first year of something really great!

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2014, An End To.

This year, or at least the first half of it, almost ended me.

At this age, I have a pretty good idea of my strength and its limits; what resiliency I have available to me. I also have a well-honed reflex, sometimes right, sometimes wrong, for knowing what is going to push me miles past those limits, and getting the hell away from it.

This year I learned precisely what means enough to me to walk directly into a proverbial ocean of trauma for, and keep on walking through, absolutely gracelessly and crying all the way, but still bringing the strength and planning and crisis management anyways.

I love my husband very much. And I love my messy friend-family, who showed up for us both so very persistently this year, and gave me room to show up for them.

Sometime in March, on a park bench in Christie Pits, Chandra and I looked at each other and said, "We have to find a way to take better care of each other, all of us." And so much of this year was doing that, culminating/beginning in moving four of us into our own genuine, for-serious Writer House (well, three writers, one artist). We litcrit CW shows, trade novels like candy, drink too much coffee, talk until three on the stairs; cook for and joke with and infuriate and care for each other. We puzzle the shit out of a lot of people who have definite ideas on what newlyweds should want. It is everything I could have ever asked for, and more. We are going to build some amazing shit together.

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I did not publish any fiction this year, or poetry. Some reprints came out in audio, and I had some firsts (Baby's First NPR Story! Above's first royalty cheque!), but largely this was a year for writing and refining, writing and refining.

We wrapped up Shadow Unit, which felt decidedly like the end of a certain part of my life. That project's been there so long, and so much has changed in the interim.

I finished On Roadstead Farm -- and together with both US editor Anne and Canadian editor Diane, found it the perfect publication title, An Inheritance of Ashes -- and it is a Real Book to the point that it has a release date, a Goodreads and an Amazon preorder page. I am making plans for the launch, idly, and for appearances in the year ahead.

I also finished and sold one piece of short fiction, "Mountaineering". It is very short. I am quite sure it is the best thing I have ever written, from a technical standpoint, and I cannot read it aloud without crying, or making other people cry. It will be part of Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Transmutations in the new year, or the one after.

It was a rocky year for Ideomancer: We simultaneously kept raising the bar on what we publish, and it gives me, ever, great pride, but it has become harder and harder to find that work at the rates we're paying. There are going to be some serious rethinks on how we run that magazine, what its goals are, and how best to accomplish them in the new year. I think, after six years of being its publisher, it's outgrown this particular phase in its life. We need to step up our game, and I have high hopes for doing so.

This was also the year I started playing with game design, both independently, dipping my toes into online tutorials and Dames Making Games talks, and as part of a Hand Eye Society incubator for writers. I'm kind of in love with the possibilities of the form, while being just as wary of actually working in it because of how much, bluntly, this industry hates women creators. But I have a Twine piece near finished--something bitterly affecting--and some better ones sketched out for Ren'Py and Adventure Game Studio. Philippe has said he'll make me art assets, when the time comes. I would like very much to finish something in 2015, either alone or together, and float it out there.

I also proved to myself, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that yes, I can make a supportable living as a freelancer. It's not riches. It's not even comfortable, by downtown Toronto standards, but: I paid my way with my wits this year, and that is a hell of a thing, to see in yourself more capacity than you ever thought possible.

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We got married. Two and a half months later, this is still sinking in.

I have never been so terrified in my life as I was the morning of that wedding (to be fair, I had identified a actually actionable logistics issue the night before and we had to call in emergency troops to fix it). I mostly sat in the styling chair and shook and decorously leaked tears, because something was obviously going to go wrong. I have kept the text message Philippe sent me, at the hair salon, from the hall on the morning of our wedding re: said logistics bottleneck: "People are here to help. Everything's going to be fine. We are loved."

Everything was fine. It went wonderfully. I have rarely, if ever, felt so loved.

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So, basically, between last December and this one, the whole shape of the Earth changed.

It...explains a lot about this year, when I think about it like that.

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As keeps happening through the past couple years, it's better to not keep the shadows. This morning we woke up slowly in the sun, made huevos rancheros with homemade pico de gallo and sausage for breakfast, ran a few last-minute errands, made art, and picked up what we'll need to have New Year's Eve dinner on the table by the time Chandra's flight gets in and she makes it home tonight. Alvvays has been on the speakers all day. We might do a few rounds of Ticket to Ride tonight. There's a bottle of champagne--good champagne, a wedding gift from our very lovely landlords--in the cupboard, put by.

The three of us are in the living room, typing and puttering and drawing and having snacks. It's dark outside. Inside, it's bright.

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope it is bigger, warmer, more generous, and gives you nothing but kindness.

2015′s First Convention Schedule!

Now that we’re past Christmas and looking right to 2015, my first convention of the year is coming up fast: ConFusion 2015 in Dearborn, MI! Just before the holidays I got my weekend schedule, and…voila.

Saturday, January 17

12:00 pm Diversity in _____________
Issues of race, class, gender, identity, orientation, generation and geography are among the most important conversations being had today both within and across in a broad range of fandoms (SFF, comics, gaming, cosplay, etc.). How do we navigate these discussions in a way that is useful and inclusive in increasingly diverse and global fandoms?

3:00 pm Mass Autograph Session

5:00 pm Effective Role Playing (TEEN FUSION)
How do you stay in character during a RPG so that the game progresses and you have fun at the same time?

6:00 pm What Should I Read Next?
Suggestions of what to read next, based on what you just read and loved

Sunday, January 18

10:00 am Post-Colonial SF
Can our world’s own colonization history help us write the stories of future colonizations? What were the pitfalls? And how can we avoid them? Or are we just doomed to repeat history…

2:00 pm Bobet/Sanford Reading

It’ll be my first ConFusion, and I’m pretty excited. Hope to see you there!

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So I did say, at one point, that I’d pass it on when I had more news on a street date for On Roadstead Farm. Well, I have more than that.

We always sort of knew On Roadstead Farm was a title that wouldn’t see print: It gives a little too much of the wrong impression about what this book is. So after a lot of serious and dedicated work here, at Clarion Books, and at Scholastic Canada, I give you the following:

My second novel’s official title will be An Inheritance of Ashes, and it’ll hit shelves in Fall 2015.

Booyah.

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Reprints!

It’s a pleasure to announce that “Six”, a short story about vertical gardens, intense brotherly hatelove, and dark scholars with a dark subway train, will be reprinted in The Humanity of Monsters, ed. Michael Matheson, out from ChiZine Publications in November 2015 — it originally appeared in Clockwork Phoenix 2.

Right now the rest of the table of contents is still a partial, but I’m really, really liking what I hear about who else will be there!

More when I have it, and Happy Monday!

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Going Out in Public, September edition

It’s fall, and all the literary events at once are on the calendar. Here’s a few places I’ll be!

  • The Friends of the Merrill Collection is hosting a roundtable discussion on
  • Diversity in SFF at the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library on September 27, 2014. I’ll be a panelist, alongside Léonicka Valcius and panelists will include Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, E.L. Chen, Malon Edwards, and Tonya Liburd.
  • The City of Vaughan, where I grew up, is having its first ever Bookfest on Sunday, September 28th from 1pm to 4pm! I’ll be there with a table to talk to readers, and will be giving a workshop on how an idea goes through the publishing process to become a book at 2pm.

Hope to see you there!

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A grants workshop!

Slightly to the side of publication news: Author and editor Michael Matheson and I are running a workshop next Sunday, at Bakka-Phoenix Books in Toronto, on how to write effective grant applications! If you’re a writer at any level, please come on down for a two-hour workshop on tips, best practices, and what grants are available for writers in Toronto!

Tickets are available here from EventBrite for $10, and you get a 10% discount on anything at Bakka-Phoenix Books on the same day for workshop attendance.

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Two! Two convention schedules!

Happy summer! As has been mentioned on the Appearances page, next week I’ll be heading down to the sunny Americas to attend both Readercon in Boston and DetCon in Detroit, with a small Boston chillout in between.

That means I bring you not one, but two (2) convention schedules today!

Readercon

Thursday, July 10

8:00 PM    F    Many Things Worry You, but Nothing Frightens You: Outgrowing Horror. Leah Bobet, Ellen Datlow, Elizabeth Hand (moderator), Kit Reed, Graham Sleight, Sonya Taaffe. In the Nightmare Magazine essay “The H Word: The Failure of Fear,” Dale Bailey wrote about enjoying horror despite no longer finding it horrifying. How does what scares us change as we age? How does horror written for children differ from horror written for adults? Can you outgrow horror, or are adults and children simply frightened by different things?

9:00 PM    CO    Where Is Clarion for Editors?. Leah Bobet, Ellen Datlow, Liz Gorinsky, Bart Leib, Julia Rios, Cecilia Tan (leader). The speculative fiction field has many workshops for writers, such as the various Clarions, Odyssey, and Viable Paradise, not to mention MFA programs like Stonecoast where one can do genre work. But where’s the “Clarion for Editors”? Some of the most vital work being done in our field is coming from web magazines, small publishers, digital publishers, and others who are largely forced to learn to edit “on the job.” This discussion, led by Cecilia Tan, will examine the need for a structured workshop for aspiring and established editors, and propose ways that such a workshop might be made to happen.

 

Friday, July 11

11:00 AM    G    This Whole Situation Is Monstrous!: Supernatural Excuses for Abusive Behavior. Leah Bobet (leader), Liz Gorinsky, Catt Kingsgrave, Natalie Luhrs, Veronica Schanoes, Peter Straub. Paranormal romance for adults and teens often provides supernatural excuses for abusive behavior. For example, in Cassandra Clare’s The City of Lost Souls, a character’s abusive behavior as a teenager stems from his confusion over being turned into a werewolf. Years later the teens reunite, explanations are given, and the boy’s redemption story briefly takes center stage in the narrative. Instead of focusing on abusers’ redemption through human aspects overcoming monstrous aspects, and obscuring the unpleasant truth that abuse is a very human behavior, is there a better way to use the supernatural to talk about abuse?

7:00 PM    ENL    Emotion, Archives, Interactive Fiction, and Linked Data . Leah Bobet (leader), Toni L.P. “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Sarah Smith, Walt Williams. In a 2013 blog post, archivist Mx A. Matienzo drew a line between the “linked data” of interactive fiction (IF) and the connections within an archive of materials and works. Matienzo suggested creating a hybrid of the two that would bolster the emotional impact of fiction with links to relevant factual information—or, from the other side, that would bolster the intellectual weight of nonfiction with more nebulous but equally important information about feelings, thoughts, and experiences.How else can archivists, authors, and others collaborate on hybrid storytelling that brings these disparate components together?

9:00 PM    E    Autographs. Leah Bobet, Rick Wilber.

 

Saturday, July 12

11:00 AM    CO    How to Write for a Living When You Can’t Live Off Your Fiction. Leah Bobet, Barbara Krasnoff (leader), Adam Lipkin. You’ve just been laid off from your staff job, you can’t live on the royalties from your fiction writing, and your significant other has taken a cut in pay. How do you pay the rent? Well, you can find freelance work writing articles, white papers, reviews, blogs, and other non-SFnal stuff. Despite today’s lean journalistic market, it’s still possible to make a living writing, editing, and/or publishing. Let’s talk about where and how you can sell yourself as a professional writer, whether blogging can be done for a living, and how else you can use your talent to keep the wolf from the door. Bring whatever ideas, sources, and contacts you have.

2:00 PM    F    Becoming a Better Reader. Marc Abrahams, Robert Jackson Bennett, Leah Bobet, Michael Dirda, Yoon Ha Lee, Resa Nelson (leader). In a 2013 Twitter comment, Caitlín R. Kiernan wrote, “Too often, the problem isn’t that an author needs to be a better writer, but that a reader needs to be a better reader.” As readers, we can sometimes tell whether we liked a book, but it’s much harder to step outside and evaluate ourselves as ideal readers and how our pleasure/displeasure in a work relates to what the author was trying to do. How can we become different readers, or better readers? What makes one reader better than another, in the context of a given work or in general? Is there even such a thing as a better reader, or are there only readers who are more or less prepared for a particular book?

 

Sunday, July 13
11:00 AM    CL    Kaffeeklatsch. Leah Bobet, James Morrow.

1:00 PM    EM    Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads “Mountaineering”, which is a short story forthcoming in Exile Editions’ Start A Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change.

DetCon1 (NasFic)

Friday, July 17

12:00 PM KaffeKlatsch 1  Kaffeklatsch: Leah Bobet.  A small group discussion led by author Leah Bobet. Your opportunity for a more informal discussion with one of our participants.

Saturday, July 18

12:00 PM Nicolet A  The State of the Science Fiction Magazine Market. Scott H. Andrews (moderator), Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke, Michael Haynes.  Our panelists give their views on the current state of the science fiction magazine market. Is this another golden age? What various business models are in play? How is digital transforming the field? This is a Detention-inspired panel. In 1959 the panelists included editors of Astounding Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Fantastic Universe.

1:00 PM Mackinac West  Sexuality and SFF.  Gregory Gadow (moderator), Mark Oshiro, Bernadette Bosky, Leah Bobet, Traci Castleberry, David Sklar.  Science fiction and fantasy are genres with great opportunities to explore ideas and concepts without the constraints of current reality. How have these genres explored the complex and multifaceted subject of human sexuality?

2:00 PM Mackinac East  Cross-Platform Narrative: Multimedia on Steroids. Forest Handford (moderator), Dan Berger, Leah Bobet, Tony Daniel, Marc Tassin.  Our panel discusses the pros and cons of integrating various forms of production/performance to deliver a narrative. Comics & music, web & stage, TV & video games—what combinations have we seen and what else could be tried? To what extent are large scale franchises that cross formats integrated cross-platform narratives? How can it be done on a smaller scale?

5:00 PM Ambassador Salon 1  Current Voices: YA Literature.  Aurora Celeste (moderator), Joshua Kronengold, Sarah Zettel, Leah Bobet.  What are the recent trends in YA SF and fantasy? Which writers are currently active in the field? What are the hot new titles? What works do our panelists particularly recommend?

Sunday, July 20

11:00 AM Joliet A  Reading: Acks/Bobet. Rachael Acks and Leah Bobet read from their work.


And that’s the ballgame! If you’ll be at either convention, I look forward to seeing you!</p>

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Things that pair.

1) "Soon Love Soon," Vienna Teng



2) Sonnet: Against Entropy, John M. Ford

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I will add to this list as time permits. And I would love to see what you'd add to it.

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An upcoming piece of fiction.

I’ve spent most of the winter and spring face down in novel revisions and the general logistics of day-to-day life, but:

It’s a pleasure to announce that, after a short fiction hiatus that’s lasted way too long, “Mountaineering”, a story about a boy and a ghost and the South Pole, will appear in Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change, an anthology from Exile Editions releasing in Spring 2015. The rest of the table of contents is absolutely stunning, and it’s a book I feel very privileged to be a part of.

I’ll post ordering information when I have it, and until then: Hi. Welcome back. I hope to be saying more, and have more to say, as the summer rolls in. :)

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Ideomancer is hiring!

Wanted!

Ideomancer is looking for two new junior editors for fiction only. Slush wrangler wannabes should be VERY familiar with our magazine and know the styles of fiction we publish. Our guidelines state:
Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.

We are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page.


In addition to reading slush weekly (usually fewer than eight stories per week), you may be asked to work with a writer to help polish his/her work. Editors also help out with publicity and funding initiatives, and occasional administrative tasks.

The position will require a 30-day commitment during an open reading period, at the end of which either of us (you or us) can opt out if we don't feel we're a good fit.

Please contact us via the publisher (at) ideomancer (dot) com address by Saturday, March 22, 2014 if you are interested in giving us a try. Tell us why you are interested in slushing for us in particular, and remember that our current editors' work is not eligible for publication in Ideomancer, nor is this a paying position.

Thanks, and look forward to your interest!

The Ideomancer Speculative Fiction team

Thud: Short Story

March 4, 2014 Progress Notes:

"The Good Fight"

Words today: 500.
Words total: 500.
Reason for stopping: Bedtime.

Darling du Jour: The toe is knobbed, bent crooked by a childhood of outgrowing shoes. Three hairs grow from it, coarse and brown, and its nail is scarred and somehow delicate: the kind of weathered thing you inexplicably want to comfort.

Mean Things: Body horror. The Internet.

Research Roundup: How long they were selling live chickens in Kensington Market.
Books in progress: Ross MacDonald, The Name is Archer.


My other genre is activist problem fiction. :p I'm not sure where the spec element will go in this, but adventure! Let's find out!

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Thud: Due North

February 13, 2014 Progress Notes:

"Due North"

Words today: 800.
Words total: 22,900.
Reason for stopping: Yahtzee!

Books in progress: Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement.


Draft delivered to the group, and...wow. End of an era, this. There are two more episodes after "Due North", but this is the last one assigned to me.

Goodnight, Charles Villette. Goodnight, Hafidha Gates. Goodnight, Esther Falkner. Goodnight, Solomon Todd and Nicolette Lau.

Thud: Due North

February 7-12, 2014 Progress Notes:

"Due North"

Words today: 3,500 all told over the past few days, and 1,400 this afternoon.
Words total: 22,100.
Reason for stopping: LEGO movie LEGO movie!

Books in progress: Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement.


I forget how Shadow Unit stories always, always run long. :p

In any case, less than one scene off the end, and just breaking because I have set plans. Back to this tonight, all's well etc. Couple hundred more words, and this will be a wrap.

Thud: Due North

February 5-6, 2014 Progress Notes:

"Due North"

Words today: 1,500 yesterday, 700 today.
Words total: 17,200.
Reason for stopping: Getting late, yo. And my hands hurt.

Books in progress: Patrick Ness, More Than This.


Not the kind of wordcount that I would have liked today, but I got hit with a wodge of freelance work and took the afternoon to turn it around. And now my arms have that high-volume typing ache, and we have put away the chili I made tonight for dinner, and there is tea.

Finishing this up tomorrow, maybe. Or Sunday afternoon.

Thud: Due North

February 4, 2014 Progress Notes:

"Due North"

Words today: 2,500.
Words total: 15,000.
Reason for stopping: It's past midnight, my hands hurt a bit, and I don't want to throw my schedule entirely off.

Books in progress: Patrick Ness, More Than This.


This is what I'm supposed to be writing, and have been in dribs and drabs for months now, between other deadlines. It's being mildly more tenacious than I expected, but today was good progress toward the end.

And otherwise: Currant-cornmeal muffins are just out of the oven, and a loaf of oregano and black pepper bread. It's cold, and I got the itch to bake when P. started dinner tonight. We're going to do a muffin each, play a round of Carcassonne, and hopefully be in bed before it gets too far into morning.

Jan. 29th, 2014

January 29, 2014 Progress Notes:

"The Wizard of Baldwin Street"

Words today: 1450.
Words total: 1450.
Reason for stopping: This is really not what I'm supposed to be writing right now, and I should get back to the project on the table.

Darling du Jour: He cupped his hand for the magic, rolled and resonated in the hollow of his guitar. He had been building it all morning, before the rooks arrived: from something the width of a fingernail into a lint ball, into a mound shaped like a blueberry.

Mean Things: Your magic sucks, guy. Also, his house has knob-and-tube wiring, which is a pain in the ass for anyone.

Research Roundup: Jackdaws and what they eat; Celtic associations for crows, grapevines, and a bunch of other things (and you can tell that's a nineties cultural obsession, because my god, the website design there); some physical features of Baldwin Village; what kind of pain meds they give out for broken fingers; whether rooks have eyelids; Arlo Guthrie lyrics.
Books in progress: Patrick Ness, More Than This.


Just a placeholder for the beginning of something atypical. Which, considering how nicely it came out, I should probably pursue.
Now that I'm off deadline, and have the mental RAM for this conversation? I've been hoping to get a bead on where other people are on this topic.

What is your feeling about people who have been banned from a convention for harassment still attending other area conventions?

Discuss?

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