September 14th, 2011


Crowdfunding: Other Peoples’ Projects

TA Pratt’s GRIM TIDES Kickstarter campaign is in its last 48 hours, and has a measly $400 to reach $11K. Go go gadget fundraiser!

Sharon Lee & Steven Miller have posted their latest Splinter Universe short story. Sharon & Steve’s crowdfunding efforts are part of what turned me on to the whole idea in the first place, so clearly I think they’re made of awesome. :)

Liz Williams, who consistently runs crowdfunding projects I wish I’d thought of, is running two right now. One is a commissioned short story for what I think is a bargain-basement price, and the other is her 12-month short story project, which this year actually includes an entire Inspector Chen novel.

This is your Crowdfunding Public Service Announcement. Please enjoy. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

exploded bread

I exploded my bread.

exploded bread

(Apparently when I took the dishcloth off the top, it tore the far side of the bread. Which I couldn’t see, what with it being the far side, and it baked that way. Oops. Smells heavenly, though.)

(photo taken with my new phone. I gotta get an app to upload straight to Flickr. (Since I loathe Picasa.))

(I have decided the humane thing to do is chop off the explody bit and eat it with butter and jam. *looks noble*)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

tentative NYCC schedule

Okay, I’m starting to have an NYCC schedule come together. The Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday morning dates are pretty safe, but because this is a working con for me, I must reiterate that if something work-related comes up, it trumps other, even pre-arranged, commitments. I apologize for this, but *spreads hands*. I should be able to keep in fairly steady contact, thanks to the Shiny New Phone and with-any-luck-Javits-Center-wifi, so if my schedule slips I ought to be able to let people know, but yeah. Work first.

Wednesday, October 12: dinner is booked.

Thursday, October 13: dinner is booked.

Friday, October 14: I have a 1:15-2:15pm panel with my Del Rey editor Betsy Mitchell, authors Naomi Novik and Scott Westerfield (O.O) and others.

I know at least one reader will be at NYCC on Friday-only to say hi. I think my tentative plan is a post-panel kaffeesklatch with her and possibly others (depending, y’know, on whether there are any others there then :)).

Saturday, October 15: breakfast is booked. I have a 5:30-6:30pm signing in the Autograph Alley.

I know other friends will be around at the weekend. I should book a meal with Too/Amber/MUSH-related people on Saturday. Perhaps dinner?

Sunday, October 16: night dinner is tentatively booked, and most people will have headed out by then anyway, so that’s probably fine. I should maybe try to set up a second kaffeesklatch in hopes of catching as many people as possible, but that, of course, may depend on how many people want to get caught. :)

Also, speaking of October in general, there will be no Halloween party as previously forecast, as we are flying home from Alaska on Halloween. Sorry.

(x-posted from the essential kit)