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How the hell is it 2011 already?!?! Seriously, it feels like we just did that whole Millennium thing. I am not a fan of this whole time-moving-quicker-as-I-get-older thing.

We had a quiet evening last night. Caitlin spent most of the morning crying every 20 minutes due to cramping and soreness. Thankfully, she felt better by the afternoon. Lynne and I "celebrated" New Year's Eve with Chinese food and awful television. At least we were together and not in a hospital. We should have friends stopping by today and tomorrow. That will be nice.

2010 was a phenomenal year for us. Like any year, it had highs and lows.

The bad:

1- My grandfather passed away.
2- Caitlin's hip surgery.
3- My big nonfiction commission was put on indefinite hiatus.
4- I didn't write anything good enough for publication.

The wonderful:

1- Caitlin stayed healthy and had a successful surgery.
2- We continued to have amazing friendships and met some new wonderful people.
3- Chicks Dig Time Lords was a major success for Lynne and Tara, leading to book signings, our first Gallifrey One convention, fanart, fanvids, interviews, convention guest invitations, and fantastic reviews. We even impressed a few famous people who worked on the show. It's been an phenomenal ride.
4- I met all of my writing goals and completed another novel.
5- Lynne and Deb finished Whedonistas.
6- The NIU SF collection grew and Lynne was even interviewed for Locus.
7- Caitlin rocked her communication device and had a smooth transition to a new school.
8- We went on an amazing Make-A-Wish trip.
9- Lynne started two SEEKRIT PROJECTS that will be big deals in the next couple of months.

2010 was a magical year for us. Let's hope 2011 continues this trend.

We couldn't have done it without all of you. Thank you for your love and support last year. You made us feel like the richest people in Bedford Falls. :-)
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I'm not going to engage with specific critics and reviews of Chicks Dig Time Lords-- that way madness lies. People will react how they will react. Every essay that annoyed one person was also another person's favorite. That's how anthologies should work. There's one criticism I've seen in a few places, though, that I want to address:

Omphaloskepsis, AKA Navel-gazing.

Many of the essays deal with fandom and fannish activities. For some, this is the wonderful raison d'être of the anthology (just listen to the Bridging the Rift podcasts about Chicks). For others, this aspect of the book is gratuitous, self-indulgent navel-gazing.

So, what the hell is wrong with fandom talking about fandom?

We just watched the VH1 talking heads special Undateable. What was the #24 worst thing that a guy could do and thus become undateable? Attending Geek Conventions. That's how much of the world still views the SF Fandom subculture. We've all seen the convention reports done by the local news. The reporters make a beeline to the most awkward cosplayer in order to get some laughs at the expense of the freaks and geeks. An entire book can be filled with the cruel quotations about SF fans from the "As Others See Us" section of David Langford's Ansible.

Many of the essayists in Chicks Dig Time Lords wrote their essays about fandom in order to challenge those stereotypes-- the main one being that women aren't fans of Doctor Who. They wanted to explore the creative, joyous things about fandom that they loved. They set out to show how SF Fandom is an amazing, vibrant subculture.

If essays about fan culture aren't your cup of tea, that's fine. I understand why people wouldn't be interested in that subject. But please, don't dismiss it as navel-gazing. These essayists are trying to define fandom and fannish activities from the inside because those on the outside have done such a crap job of representing us for decades.

[The views here are my own and don't necessarily represent the views of the creators of Chicks Dig Time Lords.]
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I think [livejournal.com profile] blackaire found the first writing kerfuffle of the decade.

I can't wait to query Omnific with my Professor What novel. It shows him reunited with his companion Tulip as they battle the Dealoks. ;-)

Argentus

Nov. 30th, 2009 02:34 pm
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I have two pieces in the new issue of [livejournal.com profile] shsilver's Hugo-nominated fanzine Argentus. The first is an essay about [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna's Palimpsest tour. The second is a Mr. Ed/The Vampire Diaries mash-up for the Mock section.

Here is a list of all of the contributors:

Alma Alexander, James Bacon, Gregory Benford, Sheryl Birkhead, Michael A. Burstein, Richard Chwedyk, Julie E, Czerneda, Sondra de Jong, Kurt Erichsen, Brad W. Foster, Chris Garcia, Ann Green, Steve Green, John Helfers, Janis Ian, Howard Andrew Jones, Deb Kosiba, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Fred Lerner, David D. Levine, Sue Mason, Jack McDevitt, Robert Rede, Mike Resnick, Ralph Roberts, William Rotsler, Larry Sanderson, Steven H Silver, Robert Silverberg, Tom Smith, MO Starkey, Michael D. Thomas, Harry Turtledove, Taral Wayne, Brianna SpaceKat Wu, Joel Zakem
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Fred Pohl says some familiar things about the SF business and fandom 70 years ago. I'm not sure if we should laugh or cry.
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This question has come up for the umpteenth time on Gallifrey Base. I think I can finally give everybody a definitive answer.

It's complicated.
Read more )
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I want to say thanks to all of you who responded to the post about my idea for an SF Short Story Club. Since there seems to be some interest, I think we should do this. :-)

There are a few things that need to be decided first:

1- Should we do this as an LJ Community or use another blog service?

2- What should we name our club?

3- How many times a week should we post? My initial instinct is twice per week (Monday and Thursday).

4- How do we decide on the stories? I think we should set up a volunteer calendar.

5- What are the guidelines? The guidelines that I think are needed:
a. The stories are works of original SF fiction that at some point have been published in a paying market.
b. The stories are legally posted on the Internet.
c. All of the discussions are respectful.
d. The stories represent the diversity of the SF writing community.

What do you all think?
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I had a pleasant surprise this evening while I was reading Cheryl Morgan's report of The Best Fanwriter Panel at Worldcon. The panelists were all of the excellent fan writers who were nominated for this year's Hugo Award. Each of the panelists was asked to recommend some other fan witers whom they admired. I almost fell off of the big, red couch when I read [livejournal.com profile] shsilver's list and saw [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and myself listed. Thanks, Steven!

*blush*

Crap! Now I have to come up with more clever stuff... umm...

SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!!!

That's right. When in doubt, quote Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. :-)
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I have my preliminary WisCon schedule. My fellow panelists are still a mystery (I'm sure they will give out that info as soon as everybody confirms), but I'm otherwise very pleased.

Always a companion, never a Doctor Sat 10:30 - 11:59PM
After the announcement that David Tennant was stepping down from playing Dr. Who, not only was there much speculation over who would step into the role as the Eleventh Doctor, there was speculation that perhaps the role could be taken over by a ... woman? Nah! Why is The Doctor never a woman? Why did some fans feel compelled to half-apologize that they'd be "okay" with The Doctor being played by a woman? Is there something about Dr. Who that makes the character inherently male??

Doctor Who and Torchwood- “The Gay Agenda” Sun 12:00 - 1:30AM
When openly-gay writer Russell T Davies became showrunner of the relaunched Doctor Who, many tabloid papers and homophobic Doctor Who fans hypothesized that he would insert a “gay agenda” into the series as he had with his shows Queer As Folk and Bob and Rose. Now that he is ending his run as Executive Producer, we can look back on the series and its plethora of LGBT characters to see how he handled them and whether or not he truly had an overarching queer agenda in mind as he created the series and its spin-offs.

Media vs. Book Fandom Sun 4:00 - 5:29PM
Do you know what Paul Gross arms are? Has anything ever harshed your squee? How do SFF print and media fandoms get along? Is there a generational difference? Gender differences? Race differences? Vocabulary differences? Do people tend to participate in both, or only one or the other? What does each fandom think of the other? Where do comics fans fit in? And what about those crazy bandom people?

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