Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm going to KSC!

Last month, I submitted my name for one of NASA's #JourneyToMars promotions—specifically, the Orion Test Flight "Boarding Pass" shown above, where they'll etch your name into a computer chip that flies aboard the spacecraft.

While I was poking around the web site, I also registered for the associated NASA Social event, because why not?

And I got in.

So I'll be at Kennedy Space Center the week after Thanksgiving with a bunch of other folks from the Internet to watch the Orion launch and tour some NASA facilities and meet people working on the project and I don't know what else.

Even better, I'll be rooming and carpooling with my fabulous Clarion West classmate (and NASA Social veteran) Alison Wilgus! Follow us on Twitter if you dare. :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SnoutCast #211: Anna McCleary

Continuing our conversations with some of the women behind Puzzled Pint, this month we talk to Anna McCleary in Chicago! (Sorry about the audio weirdness toward the end of the show. I blame Skype and/or Microsoft.)

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Show length: 41:53
File size: 38.3MB

Stuff and things:

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Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "I Crush Everything" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn Anna

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn't write a blog post today.

Question: does writing a blog post about how you didn't write a blog post still count as a blog post? Discuss.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I am now an Associate Member of SFWA

That's the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to you:

(For the record, I'm glad Jim Kelly told me this summer to wait, and I'm glad Mary Robinette Kowal told me last week to go for it.)

But speaking of waiting, I'm also waiting until next week to celebrate properly. Why next week? Well, I'm glad you asked!

I will be one of the featured authors at this quarter's installment of the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series, along with Daniel H. Wilson and Django Wexler. (I am still a bit mystified at my invitation to this event, but I don't feel so bad now that I'm at least a SFWA member of some kind.)

Please join us at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub and Restaurant in Kirkland, WA on Tuesday, November 11th; or at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, OR on Wednesday, November 12th! It'll be great. You'll love it. Have a drink.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Survived My First Surrey International Writers' Conference #SiWC14

And the proof, as usual, is on Twitter:

Highlights included: finally meeting Stephanie and David in person, after many online writing Hangouts; seeing my VPXII classmate Katrina again and getting an autographed copy of her book; learning about book publishing contracts and romance novels from literary agent Lisa; and hearing the fabulous Diana Gabaldon read three different "wedding night" scenes aloud in a room of appreciative listeners (mostly women, natch).

If I can make my schedule and budget work for 2015, I'll definitely go back. And next time I'll wear the tux on Saturday. #nocontextforyou


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SnoutCast #210: Laura E. Hall and Mink Ette

This month, we talk to Laura E. Hall and Mink Ette, two of the six creators behind Spark of Resistance, Portland's first live, interactive room escape game! (No spoilers herein. You can see some mildly revealing photos of the room in the recent Oregonian write-up.)

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Show length: 53:50
File size: 49.2MB

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Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "A Talk with George" by Jonathan Coulton

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Curtis DeeAnn Laura Mink

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Am Not Canadian

I recently came across this post on Weibo, China's Twitter-like "microblogging" service:

What do you mean, you don't read Chinese? Fine. Here's Google's auto-translation:

To be fair, I can see how someone in China might be confused, since I do live in "Vancouver." Speaking of which, I keep meaning to pick up one of these t-shirts:

Anyway. In related news, two other bloggers also posted very nice reviews of "Zugzwang:"
"The story was excellently crafted. The plot had tension and several layers of things going on, yet no word seemed redundant and all of the sentences were simple-yet-varied."
 — Natso, "A Cool Sci-Fi Short Story, A Question That Sprouted From It," 20 Sep 2014

"This story could’ve been bleak, but instead it made me happy and hopeful."
 — Sara Norja, "Sunday recs: Fairytale, memory loss, alien chess," 28 Sep 2014
Finally: I'm going to be at #SiWC this weekend, along with at least two other VP alums. It's my first time attending this particular conference. Excitement!