July 21st, 2009

Dread Pirate

Interlude

I'm posting an interlude, because, hey, I can't talk about Worldcon ALL the time. Well, I can. It sort of consumes me right now. But that's the next post.

This one goes up for the friends of the frog in the birdhouse.

First item: Mrs. Gaines has FIP. She is Miss E's first cat, the only girl cat in the household. My dismay is that I shall lose my best mouser. I shall no longer look out my office window to see her running along the roof gutters, shall no longer hear her disembodied meows when she pretends she hasn't a clue how to get back down by herself. Mrs. G is 5.5 years old. FIP normally strikes in the first year or so when a cat first catches a common cat virus. If they have a genetic marker, their immune system goes haywire and the result is FIP. We're not sure how long Mrs. G has had it, but it's fatal. The issue is usually diagnosing it. We're making her comfortable, loving her.

Second item: We had the first of Miss E's visits to specialists for this week. This was a follow-up with an endocrinologist. Blood tests last time were negative. She sees some change, but not enough. Follow-up again in six months. It's possible, she said, that while her test for celiac was negative, that Miss E does have it. Her gastric distress is telling us something, but what? (Same thing her pediatrician said.) Miss E was all doom and gloom about the visit because last time a great deal of blood was drawn. I had told her over and over that we simply didn't know until we got there what the doctor would order done. And in fact, she ordered no tests at all. Ha, hardy, ha, ha. I wonder if my mother ever felt this vindicated by the result of some event? But of course, as E is still quite young, she will promptly forget the lessons her parents were trying to teach her about not blowing things up before you have any idea what's going to happen. GI specialist is on Friday.

Third item: Miss E has requested that I cease calling her a "munchkin." She is, in fact, munchkin-sized. But she has neither seen the film nor read the book. She made this request in earshot of her grandfather. I responded that she didn't even know what one was. And he said "time for her to read the book, which is far better than the movie." And I do agree with him. While I was terrified by that movie and I think it's a marvel, the book is something else again. Not to mention some of the sequels.

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Writers Workshop At Anticipation, Worldcon 2009

Last time I checked, the user icon at left pretty much matched what was in the mirror. Just sayin'.
My slogan is: Oz; obfuscating gender for 15 years now.

We are official on the website for Anticipation.
English: http://www.anticipationsf.ca/English/WritersWorkshop
French: http://www.anticipationsf.ca/Fran%e7ais/Ateliers

And there's a linky thing on the menu on the left side under Workshops.

We are SERIOUSLY almost full. I have 17 English-language sections filling up with novel excerpts, novella excerpts, novelettes, and short stories. I have begun assigning manuscripts. The pros want as much lead time as possible. July 25th is HERE, guys.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank the people who helped to spread the word when it wasn't on the website. And don't listen to any stories of why the word wasn't out earlier. It's no one person's fault, though I take responsibility for the situation overall. These workshops are important to people. The pros and the people submitting, both. That they're happening is what's important, not any of the details of the process to get here. But Rich Chwedyk has promised me a barstool and his bartab on August 10th. (Personally, I think he'll leave me to pick up that tab as one more hazing ritual for entering the fraternity, but time will tell.)

Thank you to so many wonderful people that helped spread the word. So far, I know of these: jaylake, tcastleb, matociquala, rolanni, douglascohen, kylecassidy, suricattus, catvalente, dandinghorse, davidlevine. The list goes on and on. Gordon Van Gelder at F&SF mentions the workshops, as does Fantasy Magazine and a very big thank you to the new SFWA website for putting up a "news" notice for us. I never got a chance to put something up on the boards at Analog and Asimov's. Word spread from blog to blog. My blog alone could not have carried the news far enough. If you google "writers workshop worldcon anticipation" you get one heck of a lot of hits.

I know I've forgotten some of you. Comment and I'll edit to add your blog to the list, if you like. Because, um, did I say how grateful I was?

And, as always, thanks to frostokovich for being himself.

Oz

I am tweaking still. Mike Shepherd Moscoe will unfortunately not be able to come this year. I'll miss seeing him. He read "Re\Creation" in LA. He read it wrong, but he read it honestly. Jacqueline Lichtenberg has also had to cancel her trip. She's an old hand at these worldcon workshops. Josepha Sherman tells me she can't make it either.

Confirmed Readers:
Jody Lynn Nye
Matthew Rotundo
Colin Harvey
Laura Anne Gilman
Margaret Ronald
Catherynne Valente
Karin Lowachee
S. C. Butler
Jean Lorrah
Jenny Rae Rappaport
David Levine
Sharon Lee
Mindy Klasky
Pat Lundrigen
Nancy Kress
John A. Pitts
Geoff Ryman
M. D. Benoit
Joshua Palmatier
Elaine Isaak
Delia Sherman
Mary Robinette Kowal
Jay Lake
Elizabeth Bear
Eileen Gunn
Tony Pi
Victoria Janssen
P. C. Hodgell
Lawrence Schoen
Elissa Malcohn
Laurel Anne Hill
Steve Miller
Adrienne Foster
Leah Bobet
Richard Chwedyk

And of course, additional readers will be the many people signed up for the workshop sections who will read and critique each other's work.