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Just last night I was reminded of just how bad it had gotten

So, did everybody on my reading list have an August 1 deadline? Or does it just seem that way?

What is that, six or seven of you?

Progress notes for 31 July 2006:

A Companion to Wolves (seven thousandth edit pass)

Deadline: September 1
Reason for stopping: Done with my editing pass. Off it goes to truepenny.

The post-novel ennui is gonna hit like a motherfucker any day now.

Stimulants:  jasmine tea
Exercise: Gym, ski machine, weights
Mammalian assistance: Mebd does not understand this concept of "too hot to sit on my lap, you little furry freak."
Mail: Locus! With a picture of the Genre car.

A livejournal user whom I am losing on the transitions.

SFRevu likes The Chains that You Refuse. Although, as usual, the stories that I like best are not the ones anybody else likes. *g*

Muire has another fan, though, I hope that bodes well for All the Windwracked Stars.

Today's words Word don't know: holmgang
Words I'm surprised Word do know: mulct, skald.

Mean Things: A whole lot of quasiconsensual sex, several maimings, a broken collarbone, and some second-dregree facial burns. Also, heaps of dead people.
Jerry-rigging: Shoehorned a little more Vethulf in wherever I could fit it. Also, I had to take out the same piece of character exposition like three times, because we kept introducing this one character earlier in the narrative.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Isolfr is in fact capable of picking a pointless fight. Who knew?

Books in progress: Barbara Hambly, Days of the Dead
The glamour!: Gah. Hot.

Also, I have a Worldcon Schedule. Which looks like this:



Panel 1:  Thu 8/24 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes. 
Title: WHY CYBERPUNK IS DEAD

John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear (M), K. A. Bedford, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark von Schlegell

Precis:    Twenty years ago, Cyberpunk was "it" in science fiction. It was bold, exciting, full of new ideas. What happened? Or is it still with us in different clothes?

Panel 2:  Thu 8/24  2:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: POST-APOCALYPTIC SF

Elizabeth Bear(M), Ed Green, John G. Hemry, Nick Sagan, Takayuki Tatsumi,

Precis:    John Varley said "We all love after-the-bomb stories. If we didn't, why would there be so many of them?" Why do we all love them? During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation was very real; today, the world is a different place, but the threat of annihilation is once again very real. Has the sub-genre changed? How are 21st Century post-apocalyptic stories different from those written during the Cold War era?


Panel 3:  Fri 8/25  4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: AUTOGRAPHING: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear



Panel 4:  Fri 8/25  5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: WHY IS SCIENCE FICTION SO WHITE?

Elizabeth Bear (M), James Frenkel, Fiona Patton, Alan Rodgers

Precis:    An exploration of minorities in Science Fiction, both the writers and their characters.

...yes, as far as I know, everybody on this panel is at least nominally Caucasian. So I expect hecklers. Just saying it now.


Panel 5:  Sat 8/26  1:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: KAFFEKLATSCH: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear

Panel 6:  Sat 8/26  5:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: READING: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear



Drat. I really wanted the Shakespeare in SF panel. O Well.

ETA: Hah!

Sun 8/27 10:00 AM
PANEL: Shakespeare & Science Fiction
PARTICIPANTS: Amy Sterling Casil(M), Sheila Finch, Sarah Monette, Mary A. Turzillo


On the other hand, I wonder who I impressed or offended to wind up moderating all three panels.
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