July Media

Jul. 30th, 2012 07:48 pm
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Books Read in July


  1. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • Jul 06: The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson, Novella, Asimov’s, Fantasy, With all the supernatural fluff, it is a story about choices and change
    • Jul 15: Ray of Light by Brad R. Torgersen, Novelette, Analog, SF,
      Submarine story
    • Jul 15: The Ice Owl by Carolyn Gilman, Novella, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, SF, A sad and anti-climatic tale of planet hopping
    • Jul 19: The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell, Novelette, Asimov's, SF, Alternate History Reletivity
    • Jul 19: What We Found By Geoff Ryman, Novelette, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, SF, Quantum Geneology
    • Jul 22: Countdown By Mira Grant, Novelella, Orbit, SF, A moving story, like Titanic
    • Jul 22: Outbound By Brad R. Torgersen, Novelette, Silent Forge Press, SF, interesting story, but I'm unsure of the ending
  2. Project Stories,
    • Jul 18: Bonding to Genji by David Brin, Novelette, 1992, Murasaki (Bantam Books), SF [R,S] Haste makes waste
    • Jul 27: Vintage Seasons by C.L. Moore, Novelette, 1946, Astounding Science Fiction, SF [S] A "forbidden fruit" time travel story
  3. Jul 14: Embassytown by China Miéville, 2011, Macmillan / Del Rey, SF [H]
      Some interesting ideas, but a slog to get to the end
  4. Jul 17: Soulless by Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate #1) 2009, Orbit (Hachette), Period Fantasy [G]
      Delightful Tongue-in-cheek Victorian Urban Fantasy
  5. Jul 30: Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Retrieval Artist #4) 2005, ROC (NAL), SF, Alien [S]
      Lots of POV's for a detective story. Possibly the best of the series

Podcasts in July

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. I Should be Writing #ISBW by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  3. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  4. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others

Vlogs in July

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Eternity Clock (Mini-Series) by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; Complete
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

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It turns out that not only do I enjoy reading genre fiction, I also enjoy writers talking about genre fiction. So even though I am not a writer, I currently listen to:

Writing Excuses Podcast by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson
I Should Be Writing Podcast #ISBW by Mur Lafferty
SF Squeecast by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison, and Brion Humphrey

The last one is the newest, starting just a couple of months ago, however they seem to be doing well bringing on interesting guest hosts, and having entertaining discussions. Tomorrow they interview Seanan Mcguire, and next Tuesday July 31st Seanan will be guest host as they brainstorm another author's story pitch.
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I have now submitted my Pegasus Nominations. Pegasus is an award for excellence in Filking. If you consider yourself a filker you are welcome to nominate.

Hugo Vote

Jul. 24th, 2012 12:18 am
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Is confirmed. I am done. In spite of minimal employment (and minimal budget) I have read 18 novels and over 36 shorter works published in 2011.

Now I plan to take a break from award reading till September. (I still get to make Hugo nominations next year) I already have over a dozen books published in 2012 recommended to me.

Projects

Jul. 16th, 2012 09:50 am
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I am a creative person. I draw, I paint, I write, I sing, I game, I organize. I am finding that lately I am committing to projects that spend my creative energy on things which aren't "My art". This is not a whine or a complaint it is an observation.

A major example this year has been "critical reading". I have read for entertainment/fun for most of my life, and still do. In the past couple of years I started Beta-Reading for writers. It lets me read stories, for free, before the rest of the world, and I get to contribute my opinion. That being said, being a beta-reader is not the same as reading for fun. I can't just fall into the immersive nature of the story, I have to pay attention in different ways.

I have also been reviewing Advanced Reading Copies on LibraryThing (dot com). Again Free Books. Again not the same as reading for fun. The big change this year is Hugo Award reading. This includes the "recently published binge" I did to come up with nominees, and reading the "Hugo Packet". At this point I have read (or listened to) about 70% of the nominated materials. It is all quality, but not necessarily stories I would normally read.

Another place my creative energy is going is Smoffing (Convention work). I loved helping to make ConCertino 2012 happen, but I am also glad it is over. 7Pi-Con is going to be amazing this year and you should all be there.

So now you know why I only posted once in the month of June.

My current project list:
Finish reading Hugo Novellas & Novelettes
Send in Hugo Ballot (next week)
Send in Pegasus Ballot (next week)
Write a review for "Tales From Super-Science Fiction"
7Pi-Con work
Post ConCertino Con Report
The "Sekrit Projikt"
Plan my trip to WorldCon

And after all that I can (I hope) get back to some painting.
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I had a marvelous time at ConCertino 2012 this year. I managed a good balance of “Enjoying the Con” and “Working at the Con”

Friday Morning I went grocery shopping for the Consuite with [livejournal.com profile] fiddledragon, then transported the groceries & [livejournal.com profile] orawnzva to the Hotel. From there the hugfest began.

I decided to start the weekend with a couple of traditions. When I first met Mich & Marilisa in 2007, it was early Friday afternoon, before FKO reg had opened, so to pass the time a group of us went out for dessert. I thought sweets before the con is worth being a tradition. The second tradition was the visit to the Burnside Fountain (a.k.a. the Turtle Boy Statue). Seanan enjoyed visiting it in 2006; Brooke went to see it in 2009; so I decided to continue the tradition.

As we were about to leave, the fire alarm went off. This delayed our trip as we tried to decide if we had everything we needed without heading back to the rooms. I took Mich, Marilisa, David, & Socrates in my rental car. Randy & Kira followed in Kira’s Volt. The group seemed sufficiently in awe of the Turtle Boy Statue, and the cupcakes at Sweets in Worcester were a big hit.

Back to the Hotel around 3:30, which gave me time to print up program grids, bring some merch to the Dealer’s room, bring in the soda for consuite and hug lots of people before the start of the con.

Then came the first real hurtle of the con. The hotel was also holding a wedding Friday night (this we knew). What we didn’t know was that with a wedding in the courtyard, the only way to get from the lobby to the con rooms was to walk half way around the hotel. There was a half hour from 6 pm to 6:30 pm (when many of our con attendees were arriving) where I stationed myself in the lobby to direct people around the wedding. After that the wedding ceremony shifted over to a reception, and they let us walk around the edge of the courtyard.

The Con birthday (20 years since the first ConCertino) was well attended (maybe a bit too well attended). While the consuite was a good size for a suite, it was not big enough to handle events being held in there.

The concerts on Friday were great, although I spent a lot the time bouncing from one place to another, so I didn’t see any complete concerts Friday. I often do that at cons, it is my attempt to be everywhere at once so I don’t miss anything. No, it doesn’t work, but I can’t seem to stop myself. I was also acting as gofer to consuite & dealer’s room.

I did go to the Memorial Circle, and I sang “307 Ale” for Alice Washburn. I don’t remember what I sang if anything in Open Filk on Friday night.
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In June of 2006 I attended my first ConCertino, (re)joined the filk community, and signed up on LJ all in the same weekend.

LJ was my first purely social network site (although I did become part of some social networks on gaming sites). Now six years later I'm on LJ, Facebook & +Google. I also read tumblr and twitter occasionally. On LJ I now read 185 journals regularly, and 157 people have chosen to be able to read mine.

Before June 2006, I only went to filk circles/concerts at general cons, and listened to tapes/cs at home. Since then I have attended house circles in 5 states, attended all 3 varieties of NEFilk, I've been to ConFlikt, FKO, GaFilk, & OVFF. This year I was on the concom for ConCertino 2012, I am the filk organizer for 7Pi-Con, and I am President of MASSFILC.

A lot has changed in those six years. Most of it things I never could have predicted.
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This is the Bankrupt your Pants disclaimer post. I have skimmed a bit, but any big new that came out after Wednesday June 27 I may have missed it.
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We held a con it was awesome,
my heart is full, my brain is tired

June Media

Jun. 30th, 2012 09:21 pm
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Books Read in June

  1. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • Jun 21: Marco and the Red Granny by Mur Lafferty, novella, The Hub, SF,
      They needed a cartoonist to compete in The Most Dangerous Game
    • Jun 24: Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue by John Scalzi, Short Story, TOR.com, Fantasy, An exercise in excessive irony
  2. Jun 23: Deadline by Mira Grant (Newsfleash #2) 2011, Orbit (Hachette), SF, Urban [H]
      Needs more suspects
  3. Jun 26: Tales From Super-Science Fiction Edited by Robert Silverberg, 2012, Haffner Press, SF [ARC] 1950's Pulp Short Stories, some have aged better than others

Podcasts in June

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; Season 1 Complete
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. I Should be Writing #ISBW by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  4. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  5. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others
  6. Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell (Tanyth Fairport #1), Narrated by Author, Fantasy; Complete
      Adventure of a 53 year old herbwoman. Second Listen, I'm looking forward to Book 2.

Vlogs in June

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

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I haven't been posting much this month, I've been writing in other places, about other things, which has lead to a shortage of posts here.

Things I have been involved with this month.

  • My grandfather's funeral (6/5)
  • Concertino 2012 (6/29 -7/1) Planning
  • 7Pi-Con Planning (8/17 - 8/19)
  • Part-Time Job at The Local Bookie (a used bookstore)
  • Second part-time job at boys camp (I start next week)
  • Hugo Reading (due by 7/31), I am up to:
    • 2.5 Novels read out of 5
    • 3.5 Novellas read out of 6
    • 2 Novelettes read out of 5
    • 4 Short Stories out of 5
  • Reading an ARC for LibraryThing Early Reviewers
  • Keeping up-to-date on various blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and webcomics

May Media

May. 31st, 2012 10:15 pm
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Books Read in May

  1. May 07: Robots The Recent A.I. Edited by Rich Horton & Sean Wallace; 2012, Prime Books, SF [N]
      A powerful collection, with 2 Hugo winning stories, 2 stories previously nominated for Hugos, and 2 stories currently nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.
  2. May 13: Soulbound by Heather Brewer (Legacy of Tril #1) 2012, Dial (Penguin Group), YA Fantasy/Romance [ARC]
      I can excuse "broad strokes" storytelling, but the lazy worldbuilding ruined it for me
  3. May 21: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, 2011, Orbit (Hachette), Space Opera [H]
      Heir to Downbelow Station
  4. Hugo Stories 2011 [H]
    • May 22: The Homecoming by Mike Resnick, Short Story, Asimov's, SF,
      Son's choices are very different from his father

Podcasts in May

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  4. SF SqueeCast (Season #2) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format
  5. The Roundtable Podcast by Dave Robison & Brion Humphrey (Season #1), Speculative Fiction Story Workshop; In Progress;
      A chance to learn about writing from the mistakes of others

Vlogs in May

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.

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This morning we got the call that my grandfather passed away. This was not a huge shock, he had been declining in health for about month now. His digestive and renal organs were slowly shutting down. The family got nearly a week's notice so we were able to contact people so they could come say goodby. He was still fully lucid up until the end (although he was sleeping a lot). He was 92 and had lived a full life. He was a printer and woodworker. He is survived by five children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren (of which I am the oldest), and four great-grandchildren.
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It looks like I may have a couple of days to finish a novel before the Hugo Packet is available, so I am wondering what to read next. Let's have a poll

[Poll #1840076]
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I have been derelict in my duties.

One of the things I have been doing with my time is being the publicity person for ConCertino 2012, the Northeast Filk Music Convention. Yet with all the "publicity" work I have done I haven't talked much about it in my own journal.

Some of you may be wondering "What is a Filk Convention?" I'm so glad you asked (please, just pretend you asked). It is a whole weekend of fannish music.

We will have workshops, we will have a dealer's room,
we will have concerts, (and we are importing talented people for the concerts).
We are bringing in people from England to perform!
We are bringing in people from Canada to perform!
We are bringing in people from Pittsburgh to perform!

ConCertino 2012 is June 29th to July 1st pre-reg is open till June 1st
more info at http://www.concertino.net/
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Today was my first day at my new part time job. I'm working for The Local Bookie.
(It is a used bookstore)

I'll only be getting 10 to 20 hours a week, but something is better than nothing.

This means I'll probably be able to afford to attend the 2 cons I am working for this summer.
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Books Read in April

  1. Apr 22: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #3) 2001, Roc (Penguin Group), Urban Fantasy [S]
      It had clever moments, but "Vampire Angst" was why I resisted this series in the first place. I'm done.
  2. Apr 30: Feed by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #1) 2010, Orbit (Hachette), SF, Urban [L]
      Well written and horrifying

Podcasts in April

  1. Writing Excuses (Season 7) by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, & Dan Wells; Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); In Progress
      I just like to listen to writers talking about writing
  2. The Points Between by Christopher Wright, read by author, Fantasy; In Progress
      In the style of old time radio thrillers
  3. Escape Pod Edited by Mur Lafferty (Anthology), science fiction
    • Episode 338: The Trojan Girl by N. K. Jemisin, read by Mur Lafferty
        Slightly transparent cyberpunk fable
    • Episode 339: ”Run,” Bakri Says by Ferrett Steinmetz, read by Mur Lafferty
        A darker look at the time loop story
    • Episode 340: Golubash (Wine-Blood-War-Story) by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Marguerite Croft
        A SF story about wine that MRK didn’t write
  4. I Should be Writing by Mur Lafferty, NonFiction; In Progress
      The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers
  5. Pay Me Bug! by Christopher Wright, read by author, Space Opera; Complete
      A good story, early episodes suffer a little from inexperience
  6. Matcher Rules by Mary Holland, read by author, SF; Complete
      Is Novi Colony the Utopia it appears?
  7. The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin, read by author, SF; Complete
      Illegal schools don't do background checks?
  8. SF SqueeCast (Season #1) by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, Panel, NonFiction (F/SF); Complete
      A fun fannish interest panel, suffers a bit from remote connectivity format

Vlogs in April

  1. MHS Hysteria Log: Season 2 by "Stagethane", Full Cast, Steampunk/Time Travel SF; In Progress
      A series of short (4-8 minute) tongue-in-cheek vignettes.
  2. Doodling in Math by Vi Hart, performed by author, Non-Fiction; In Progress
    • A series that shows that math is fun
  3. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart, performed by author, Comedy; In Progress
      She keeps getting better
  4. Megan Tonjes: Vlog Every Day in April by Megan Tonjes, Journal; Complete
      A Month in the life of a YouTube Singer/Songwriter

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I got into LJ to communicate with people I know or were interested in. Most were part of the filk community, but not all. It's coming up on six years, and I still check LJ on a daily basis to keep in touch with people. These days there are many social networks out there, and traffic on LJ has gone down, but a lot of what is missing is noise. There are fewer memes on LJ, spam traffic has gone down lately, LJ doesn't have games.

What seems to be left is people posting about their lives, which is what I joined LJ to read. Of the 180 journals I read 76 have posted this month, and another 28 posted last month. If it becomes any less popular they may stop trying to add new feature I don't want.
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For about 8 weeks this past winter I was reading for Hugo Nominees. Based on the ballot that came out today my reading was not in vein.

Best Novel
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor) [read, nominated]

Best Novella
“Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, Ken Liu (Panverse 3) [read, nominated]
Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA) [read, nominated]

Best Novelette
“Fields of Gold”, Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four) [read]
“Six Months, Three Days”, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com) [read]

Best Short Story
“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld) [read, nominated]
“Movement”, Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s) [read, nominated]
“The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction) [read, nominated]

Best Related Work
Wicked Girls (CD), Seanan McGuire [listened]
Writing Excuses, Season 6 (podcast series), Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson [listened]

Best Graphic Story
Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press) [read]
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation) [read, nominated]

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount) [watched, nominated]

Best Semiprozine
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams [read]

Best Fan Artist
Randall Munroe [nominated]


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Mur Lafferty [read, nominated]
E. Lily Yu [read]

While I am glad that so many things I know were nominated, I find I am also glad that there is more reading for me to do.
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As many of you have probably realized I am a big fan of podcasting, the quantity and quality of material out there is amazing. Since 2006 the award for podcasting excellence in the speculative fiction genre is the Parsec Award

Any fan or podcaster can nominate; nominations will open April 15th through June 1st.

I am already planning on nominating Second Shift, Season 2 for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

For podcasts of a non-syndicated nature: fiction stories, video or audio dramas, these works can only be nominated and judged for a single Parsec Award Year. When the broadcast/distribution window of a non-syndicated work extends across two or more Parsec Award Years, the work will be eligible during the year of completion.

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