Have updated the Table of Contents for Greater Beyond, which always rests in the popdown menu bar at the very top of each page. It now includes the 22-installment/7-section run of the 24th Sequence of Bones of Starlight (4th of Greater Beyond).
This far into the siege on our lives that is a pandemic, still upholding the honor of being able to create a thing of enjoyment, and perhaps meaning. This turbulence is reaching everyone in ways direct and indirect, and even indirect disturbances feel like direct hits. I miss the world; meanwhile I’m working on this one.
On Saturday the 9th, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America held a remote New Year’s party for members and Nebula Conference attendees aboard the Airship Nebula, with its usual plethora of activities and rooms. I visited Charlie Jane Anders’ Underground Dance Party (where I danced with a muppet); Hoppin’ John’s Diner with chef advisor Addison Sim, where I prepped my marmalade preserves and Curtis Chen showed up as a kitten; and I sang Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer in Jesse Rauch’s Karaoke parlor. People found me in the Airlock and the Coat Closet, and I hid by myself in the Boudoir.
I shared the Reading Room with Patricia Jackson, David D. Levine, Keyan Bowes, M.A. Carrick and others, where I read my most recent serialized chapter section, 41 from Bones of Starlight: Greater Beyond.
Following, an agreed-upon screenshot at the 9:00 hourly ball drop replay, including SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal, Steven Silver, Aydrea Walden, Liz Argall, Patricia Jackson and Keyan Bowes:
Want to sneak around? This was the configuration during the Nebulas, hyperspatial stability not guaranteed:
I’ve been cataloguing storehouses of records from the years since 2014, when I took this saga public by serializing. For all this time I’ve abhorred the resume model of qualification, sticking to passage on fresh ideas and evidence of story delivery. But it is good to give credit where due for doings done, somewhere, and now I have the fun problem of having done a lot of things during this time. It’s been half a season’s occasional effort and running to dig it up where I’ve dumped it all, such as this Facebook compilation:
No, that isn’t strictly all CV – I decided to include aspects of the creative journey including collaborators, inspirations, and perspective along the way. But that’s what I’m going through next. Yeah, I have outside links and footage and articles, and I often left a record of them here. So someday, an the creek don’t rise, it shall be writ upon the scroll that thou mayst peruse so as to be delighted upon the recounting.
Had an enjoyable reading for the virtual OR-eCon last weekend, and we did dawdle just a little bit into lunchtime.
Sharing here the autograph pages of the WFC 2020 program, featuring our various digital signings. I’m there on the far upper right – on the edge, naturally – near Mary Anne Mohanraj and S.M. Stirling. Heading leftwards along my latitude, I can find Sarah Pinsker, Kate Elliott, Sheree Renee Thomas, Julie Czerneda, guest of honor David Cherry, and my Nebula grandmaster mentor, Joe Haldeman. Great reads by all of these authors, glad to be recorded in their company!
Mild tragedy has struck, and the limitations of volunteer power mean that OR-eCon 2020 has at least three fewer Zoom rooms than projected. So, the ultimate dream panel scheduling from two postings ago is all, yes entirely gone, EXCEPT: my book reading, which is definitely a good one to save. That’s a short list of spotlighted authors, and I’m glad to be on it.
Science fiction fantasy book conventions are almost entirely volunteer-run, in case you weren’t aware! These are amazing idea exchanges, hotspots of creator support and genre fueling. I arrived at these events later in life, but I heartily endorse the good company that may be found here, amidst lots of humanity and imagination. When I realized what kinds of discussions can take place, I dove in headfirst and fulltime volunteered for my first SFF convention, Sasquan/WorldCon 2015, and have now held five-to-several separate volunteer department positions subsequently – if I wasn’t or even if I was presenting, because they’re such wonderful forums. Volunteering is absolutely a great first-timer entry point, and anyone interested in a whole new world need not be intimidated.