September 22nd, 2011


fundamental things

Being a reader, I have unsurprisingly taken a number of fundamental beliefs from the fiction I’ve read. Most of them were things encountered during my early teen years; a few, read later, clarified or distilled things I believed anyway, and hell, some of them are brand-new. I’ve been meaning to write them down for a while now. They’re things like:

Sex is good. (Heinlein, ElfQuest, Judy Blume)
Cajun food is delicious. (X-Men*)
Americans are really, really screwed up about sex and violence. (ElfQuest)
Women are not only smart, capable and sexy, but clever enough to get men to do the heavy lifting. (Heinlein)
Van Gogh is awesome. (Doctor Who**)
Time is not as we perceive it. (Richard Bach, Doctor Who, Kim Stanley Robinson)
Poetry is worth it. (Beauty and the Beast)

There are probably more, but in specific, this is the one that prompts me to get my shit together and make this post today, after meaning to do so for months:

Killing is wrong. (Trent the Uncatchable)

* Yes, as far as I can tell, I developed a love for Cajun food because of Gambit.
** Look, if a comic book can make me love Cajun food, I see no reason why a TV show shouldn’t make me love an artist.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Kickstarter is a go.

Got the all-clear from Kickstarter, so I’m working on setting up the page now. Suddenly seems much more real and nerve-wracking. :)

So I’d been thinking of running a 45 day campaign, but KS actually recommends 30 days. Is there any particular reason you, my good-hearted readers, feel it should be 45 instead of 30?

I have to do a video. Argh. I have no video skills. My only thought is making that lack a feature of the video…

(x-posted from the essential kit)

thinks and thinks

sorry for the many posts this morning. Ted’s got the next four days off, and I have a metric tonne of Thinks To Do during that time. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

- empty compost
- wash diaper wraps
- oh yes, try to do something about cover art for the ORSSP
- print out newsletter book winner addresses
- address envelopes & put the books in ‘em
- send the books
- call UPC grrr
- make a Kickstarter video (*squinchy face*)
- redesign the P-Con website
» proposed redesign layout sent to boss man
» plea put in to the guy hosting the site to upgrade to Drupal 7
» marginal grasp of Drupal accomplished
- update the promotional posters
- check into the cost of postcard/flyers for promotional purposes
- ditto bookmarks
- clean the back room
- jumbletown the old TV

work thinks, which will begin again on monday, i hope:
- accidentally agree to a new anthology with a short deadline (but oh so much fun, and it actually pays!)
- propose anthology idea :)
- a Gary short story (3-5K)
- my bit on “Easy Pickings” (5-7Kish)
- Nanowrimo
- re-revise ANGLES to agently commentary (3-5Kish)
- 3 retold fairy tales (12Kish)
- copyedits for RAVEN CALLS when they arrive (minimal wordcount)
- maaaaaaaaaaybe some more Old Races stories (30Kish)

(x-posted from the essential kit)