I spent the weekend camping (SCA event), and so am spending another Monday catching up on sleep, doing laundry, and staving off a cold.  All this traveling, and I’ve managed to not come down with con crud or camping crud or anything.  Let’s see if I can keep healthy!

Things that happened:

  • Saw the biggest spider that wasn’t a tarantula I’ve ever seen, and I would have been fascinated — if it had not been in my tent, inches from my bed.  I managed to get it outside without killing either of us.
  • I learned to make lampworked beads.  Not sure this is something I’ll add to my list of hobbies, but it’s nice to work on getting over my fear of Crafts Involving Fire. (Long story, there.)

In other news:

  • The September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction has my story “The Mind is Its Own Place.” This story has a lot of history to it — I wrote the first version maybe 12 years ago?  15?  I sent it out and it never sold.  Well, last year I pulled it out again — and knew how to fix it.  So I did.  I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to have proof that I’m clearly a better writer than I was 15 years ago.
  • Hex Publishers’ online zine WORDS has reprinted my story “Letter From Nancy.”

And now, I think I need to get some groceries so I can actually eat.  Until the next trip, in just two week.  Yikes!

 

I wrote a play!

August 29, 2016

I wrote a play.  A short play, about 15 minutes or so, called “Simulation.”  The theater department at Linfield College in McMinneville, OR, where my brother works as TD will be staging it in a few weeks, Sept 22-24.

It’s so exciting because Rob and I did a bunch of theater together in high school (I have a picture of us somewhere in South Pacific — he was a singing dancing sailor and I was a singing dancing nurse), and we’ve talked for years about working on a show together that I would write.  And now it’s happening, at least on a small scale.  Maybe the start of something bigger?  Hmmm….

I’m planning on being there for the performances.  If you’re in the area — you’re invited, too!  For more information check out the Linfield Theater Dept. website.

linfield 2016 season

catching up

August 12, 2016

That’s a lie.  I will never catch up.  Those last few emails will never get answered.

On the plus side, my Ghostbusters review went live on Lightspeed.  I went the historical context route this time.

My travels to Pennsic were good.  Driving across the midwest on I-80 is challenging.  I have a five day turn around before I leave for Worldcon, and too much to do.  So of course revision notes on Bannerless and galley corrections for Martian Abroad landed this week.  Huzzah!

I’ll post my schedule next week.  It’s gonna be hella busy.

Meanwhile, here’s one of my favorite things from Pennsic:

nine days wonder

I danced with them for two of the days.

 

toes

August 10, 2016

I got my first ever pedicure last week.  AREN’T MY TOES PRETTY?!

toes

presents

August 8, 2016

Every now and then I find a really cool present for a friend or family member and I want to post to show off how awesome this thing that I found is.

But then the person I want to give it to will see it and it will no longer be a surprise.

It’s these kinds of thing about technology that no one predicted.

(And happy birthday to my brother Rob!)

 

 

sometimes I do all right

August 5, 2016

steak dinner

Sometimes I manage to put together a pretty good dinner.  I was really happy with this one:  London broil, steamed asparagus, and curried potatoes.  All with a nice pinot noir.  Ahhh…

 

You might recall, I got my very first smart phone last January.  How are things going, six months on?

I’m trying to use it to go paperless, as much as I can.  I’ve used mobile boarding passes for nearly every trip since I got it, and I’ve been using it for movie tickets, which is really convenient — no more forgetting paper tickets in the printer.  I’m playing around with a couple of apps to see if I can make all my travel paperless — no more printed reservations, etc.  That’ll be nice.

I’ve been using it for navigation quite a bit, though there’ve been a couple of cases where I would have been better off trusting my instincts.  I’m still ambivalent about the GPS navigation thing, but I’m easing into it.

I haven’t used the camera all that much.  One thing I am using it for:  taking pictures of wine labels that I like.  Theoretically, I can take the pictures to the store to figure out what wines to buy.  It’s a nice thought, anyway.

And what about the instantaneous, ubiquitous communication?  Still not happy with that part.  It’s amazing how that little dinging notification garners an immediate response, like a pavlovian kick to the brain.  Must check phone now. . .  And this is why people text while driving, still, after all the warnings.  Because we’re like rats pushing the button for little food pellets.  The phone dings, must check.  Except, of course, we don’t have to.  I can turn the ringer off.  I can just ignore it.  I still prefer making plans ahead of time — messaging should be for changes in plans, not for making them at the last minute.  I’m training all my friends not to expect instant responses from me.  Hardly anything we deal with requires an instant response.  The smart phone age seems to have made everything seem urgent, when it’s really not.  I don’t keep my phone next to me 24/7 — it usually lives in my bag on the counter in the other room.  I usually don’t get messages right away.

But it is quite nice having a phone available anywhere, just in case.  And I have now been that person who looks something up in the middle of dinner at a restaurant to settle an argument. Then, I put the phone away.

I’m pretty sure I’m still not using the thing to its full potential.  I’m also not really sure what its full potential even looks like.  So, it’s a work in progress.