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Wed, May. 13th, 2015, 09:31 pm
BayCon Schedule

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With the usual caveats that convention schedules are always in flux to some degree or another, I’ve got my schedule for BayConRead the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Wed, May. 6th, 2015, 01:15 pm
“Birth of a Pantheon”

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I signed the contract today, so I think it’s safe to announce this. I’m going to have a short story, “Birth of a Pantheon,” in an exciting new anthology called Touching the Face of the Cosmos: The Roots and Future of Human Space Exploration in Religion edited by Paul Levinson and Michael Waltemathe. “Birth of a Pantheon” is one of my Venus stories, set in the same universe as “Pressure and the Argument Tree,” but decades earlier, and I’m thrilled it’s going to be sneaking out into world. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Wed, Apr. 15th, 2015, 09:02 pm
This Is Why It Pays To Proofread

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So, the final proof of the ARC (that’s the uncorrected copy of the book that is produced for people — like reviewers and proofreaders — who need to read it before it comes out) arrived today. I was initially ecstatic.

But, then, I looked closely.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mon, Apr. 13th, 2015, 06:34 pm
Big Announcement

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So, you may have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. There’s a reason for that: I’ve been busy. And though I’m not sure how real it really feels, I think I’m ready to break the news as to what’s been occupying my time: Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sat, Apr. 11th, 2015, 08:44 am
Brief Life Update

Grad school is done.

Working as an adjunct English instructor for Clovis Community College Center here in Fresno. Adjuncts are limited to teaching 10.5 units per semester, but I'm teaching 12.

Resigned from the Fresno Grand Opera chorus because they've formed a co-production agreement with another company in Modesto and I just can't cope with working part-time full-time and commuting up there. This gives me a serious case of the sads, because I loved singing with them.

Discovered while trying to ignore a huge stack of grading that with the attrition that LJ has experienced, I'm actually able to monitor my friends list again.

I've missed y'all.

Mon, Mar. 2nd, 2015, 04:29 pm
One Late-Start Author’s Journey

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

Well, Ryan Boudinot’s piece in The Stranger continues to prompt discussion, which I suppose means that it’s doing its job. And my own assertion that there’s nothing impeding authors who don’t take writing seriously as teenagers from succeeding is, shall we say, not meeting with universal acceptance. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sun, Mar. 1st, 2015, 10:45 pm
I Do, In Fact, Own a Crystal Ball

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

The internet writerly communities are currently talking about a piece in The Stranger by former MFA professor Ryan Boudinot in which he dishes out caustic observations about the general hopelessness of most MFA students. Normally, I’d ignore such a piece, but it seems to be getting traction and some of what Boudinot says I think crosses the line from being something I simply disagree with into being something that is actively harmful.  Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sat, Feb. 21st, 2015, 12:35 pm
FOGcon

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I’ll be attending FOGcon for the first time this year. It’s going to be held March 6-8 in Walnut Creek, CA. They’ve been kind enough to put me on a really fun panel, the Fake Authentic Folklore Improv at 9:30 PM on Saturday.

The part about this that’s baffling is how the programming committee knew that folklore is a research interest of mine. I really didn’t think I’d mentioned that to anyone. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Feb. 10th, 2015, 01:33 pm
Still Looking for Charm

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

So, since my previous post in which I defined “charming” writing as unexpected, polished, and mutli-functional, I’ve been chatting with folks online and off. Trying to define “charm” in writing is elusive, and I think my concept is evolving. So let’s try this again. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sun, Feb. 8th, 2015, 09:15 pm
What Is Charm?

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

So, this afternoon, as I was on my way out the door to replace the 10-year-old cargo pants that finally fell apart in the laundry, my husband looked at me and said, “Oh, Mr. English-major type, I need a definition of ‘charm’ for my theatre analysis class. Their textbook uses the term and gives examples of charming dialogue, but it doesn’t define it.”

Well, I stood there slack-jawed for a minute, stumped. How do you define something as ineffable as “charm”?

Well, here’s what I came up with:Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

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