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I recently went out to nineweaving's book launch party, and then to asakiyume's house, and I was reminded that quite several people I know and like use LJ, even though I seem to have stopped. Hello, friends!

I don't expect I'll be posting very often here, but I wanted to give a general life update all the same. Here are some things I've been busy with lately:

1) Kaleidoscope: This is a YA anthology of contemporary fantasy stories with diverse protagonists. I'm co-editing it with Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press (an Australian small press that publishes some great books). Right now we're in the middle of a fundraising campaign, which is seriously one of the most nail-biting, nerve-wracking things ever. I had heard this from others who'd done crowdsourced stuff like Kickstarters and so forth, and I thought I understood, but I realize now I never truly did. There's a special kind of horrible nervousness that comes with hoping that fundraiser will inch upwards to the fully funded mark. Will we get to make the project? Is all our work going to have been for naught? *bites nails* I hear we're doing well at about 1/3 of the way to the funding goal, but I can just tell I won't rest easy until we get all they way there. If you want to learn more about the project, take a look the Pozible page. You can back it if you'd like to help ease my fragile nerves. You could also share that link with your friends and followers and whatnot if you think the project is worth sharing. Either of those things would make me happy!

2) Strange Horizons: I'm still editing short fiction for Strange Horizons, and it's pretty wonderful, but also takes a lot of energy. We had the great honor of being nominated for a Hugo award this year, which meant I got to go to WorldCon and collect a shiny rocketship pin. I was very happy to be able to attend the awards ceremony along with Jed Hartman, who worked on Strange Horizons for 12 years, and with Mary Anne Mohanraj, who started the magazine to begin with. I also got to meet an astronaut. Coolest thing ever! She was intrigued by my animatronic cat purse. Because I am the kind of person who carries an animatronic cat purse to a formal awards event. Yes. I also got to hang out with other nominees like rarelylynne and  michaeldthomas, and Howard Tayler even let me hold his Hugo, which was very cool. And also very heavy. After WorldCon, we had the annual Strange Horizons fund drive, which hit its target--yay! Now we'll have artwork with one story per month starting in January! This is very exciting. If you want to read the magazine, you can do that here.
Me with my animatronic cat and astronaut, Cady Coleman
Here I am at the Hugo Losers Party with my
animatronic cat purse, and Cady Coleman,
who is wearing her uniform!

3) Podcasting: I'm still hosting the Outer Alliance Podcast, so if you'd like a monthly dose of QUILTBAG SF chat, there it is. These days I'm also a regular on The Skiffy and Fanty Show. I'm usually on the Torture Cinema episodes (where we talk about bad movies), but I sometimes also participate in other episodes with interviews or discussions, too. The Skiffy and Fanty Show also recently started having a much more active blog, so I have a weekly column on Fridays called This Katamari. I basically round up a few things I'm thinking about and talk about them a little bit. It's mostly silly and fun. I've also been narrating the occasional story for PodCastle and Pseudopod, and poems for the Strange Horizons Podcast. So, that's me and podcasts!

4) Family stuff: I have a nephew who just turned one-year-old! His birthday party was last week, and he proved to be a total anomaly in our family by NOT LIKING CAKE. Yeah, I have no idea how that happened. Meanwhile, my mother has become quite the quilter in the last couple of years. In addition to two throw quilts Moss and I use to keep our laps warm while watching movies, she's sent us a few potholders, a small table runner, and most lately, some Halloween themed pillowcases. Here they are:
halloween pillowcases

So, I think that's a pretty good general update. I've also been very social lately with multiple parties, book launches, dinners with friends, etc. All of this conspires to keep me offline except for work most of the time, but I still think about you guys! How are you? What's been up in your life recently?


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Oct. 12th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
I moved to England for a year! I'm here for grad school. Lots of busy happenings, especially as the term just started.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! I hope you have a great year! Where in England are you?
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in Cambridge. (And I just got to visit the Norfolk Broads on a field trip these past few days.)
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
So cool! I'm coming over there in August for the 2014 WorldCon in London. Very much looking forward to that.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'm not sure where I'll be in August...my program has an internship portion that starts right about then.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Pretty awesome news! But I thoought the fundraiser was starting in a couple months. repairing th=at now.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Nope, happening now! We're going to open up to public submissions when we reach $7k, which should be soon! I'm sorry you weren't with me at Greer's launch party and Francesca's house. We missed you.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I am glad those things were fun! I just put up a notice on LJ. I hope it helps.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate every single boost I can get!
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm continuing to make postcards, and I am in a new relationship which involves traveling back and fourth to Virginia.
Oct. 12th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Wow! Long way to travel. I hope your relationship brings you much happiness. Your postcards are always a delight.
Oct. 12th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
I am slowing down. I do not need to be in turbo-charge mode all the time! In fact, it is probably a bad idea. So I am going to work, and cooking some things, and writing a story very slowly in a notebook.
Oct. 12th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
Good! I saw you briefly at the Bear/Lynch book launch, but didn't get to say hello. That was SUPER CROWDED. I hope the new job is treating you well.
Oct. 12th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yes--I was only there for approximately the 20 minutes that Bear was reading, because I was on dinner break from work. *coughs* So I didn't really get to say hi to anyone, sadly. But it was kind of impressively crowded, yeah! They had a great turnout.

The new job is treating me quite well! Things are good.
Oct. 13th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
So happy you and Moss could come!

Oct. 13th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful party! Thank you for inviting us!
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)



Hi, Voice of the Rainbow!!!

I get to see you on FRIDAY!


Edited at 2013-10-15 01:29 am (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, Voice of the Attic Above the Strolling Park!!!! I get to see *you* NEXT Friday! I will watch you MURDER PEOPLE. Or at least EGG MURDERERS ON!!!

Obvs you know I DID get the questions. Yet somehow, I FAILED to notice this comment until now! Well, still and all, a late reply is better than no reply at all! RIGHT?
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