michaeldthomas: (Lynne!)
So, what's up with my Hugo-nominated wife?

1- The SF Squeecast podcast debuted a couple of weeks ago. In the podcast, Lynne, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente squee about their favorite things. Yays!

2- Here's an interview of Lynne done at CONvergence by The Omega Podcast. You might hear her announce something during it that hasn't been announced anywhere else yet.

3- Here's the Chicks Still Dig Time Lords panel from CONvergnece featuring Lynne, Tara O'Shea, Christa Dickson, Kathryn Sullivan, and Catherynne M. Valente.

CDTL Panel Vids )

4- Here are a bunch of pictures of Lynne as a Guest of Honor at CONvergence (check out pages 5 and 42-46).

5- Two books containing works by my wife as edited by Robert Smith? can be purchased or pre-ordered. The first is Time, Unincorporated 3 (co-edited by Robert and Graeme Burk). This book of Doctor Who essays is available for purchase and contains Lynne's essay "Camp Noir," a defense of Torchwood Series 1.

The second book is the academic book Braaaiiinnnsss: From Academics to Zombies. This peer-reviewed academic book contains a paper by Lynne (co-authored with our friend Sarah McHone-Chase) entitled "Maintaining Academic Library Services during the Zombie Apocalypse." It will be released on October 8 and is available for pre-order.

Finally, the new edition of Sarah Monette's short story collection The Bone Key (stories featuring the supernatural world of museum curator Kyle Murchison Booth) will be released on October 18 and is available for pre-order. According to the solicitation text, it features "a new introduction by one of Booth''s "successors" at the Samuel Mather Parrington Museum." Hmm... ;-)
ETA- Book news
michaeldthomas: (Default)
No, I didn't quit LJ for Google +.

The last few weeks have been crazy busy. We had wonderful times at 4th Street Fantasy Conversation and CONvergence. We're only now just coming back to reality.

I would write con reports, but they would look like this:

1- We hung out with friends. Many of them are in the SF/F industry. :-)
2- We ate with friends. Mmm, food.
3- Drinking might have occurred, followed by gossiping, pontificating, and/or handstands.
4- We learned many secrets and got caught up in some small dramas (no permanent damage).
5- Lynne was magnificent. You should have seen her in that one dress.
6- Caitlin had a great time at my mom's.
7- We miss our friends. :-(

As we become more embedded in the community, there's just less and less I can talk about. It makes for a great life, but it's lousy for blogging.

Other than coming home to dead A/C (now fixed), everything else is fine. There should be a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about my editor wife in a week or two (many of you already know what I'm talking about).

That's it for the next few weeks. Lynne is editing Chicks Dig Comics and working on the SF Squeecast. She should also be finished with The Scarlet Queen by the end of the week. Beta Readers should have it in two weeks.

We're pretty much ready for WorldCon.

Caitlin finishes Summer School this week. I'm working on a troublesome short story.

How are you?
michaeldthomas: (Default)
I did it. I revised my mid-grade fantasy novel, The Scarlet Queen. Since I'm sleeping with a Hugo-nominated editor, I figured she should take a look at it before I give it to my beta readers.

I know it isn't perfect, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck. :-)

In other news:

1- We're at 4th Street Fantasy Conversation this weekend. Friends! Drink! Literary Theory! Venting about the Industry! Hooray! :-)

Lynne's on two panels. I'm just watching. We expect good times.

2- Unless, the universe screws us. Last night, a squall line hit the Chicago suburbs with 80 mph winds. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power, including my mother and aunt. If they don't have power by late Thursday night, we might have to bring Cait with us.

3- It looks like I'll be able to go to WorldCon with Lynne. I guess I need a new suit. :-)

4- We went to a movie last weekend. We all really enjoyed X-Men: First Class-- especially Caitlin after I reminded her that having Aicardi syndrome meant she was also a Mutant. She's now waiting for her superpowers to kick in. Based on all of her giggling after the movie every time I said, "Boom!", she seems to want Havok's abilities. Mystique, however, is her favorite.

Caitlin totally wants a "Mutant and Proud" t-shirt. :-)

5- CONvergence is next week. We're really excited about Lynne's first GoH gig. More on that next week. :-D
michaeldthomas: (Caitlin 10)
1- Caitlin had more seizures on Friday. We didn't have to use her emergency Diastat, but we now know she's definitely back on that monthly seizure schedule. On the plus side, it's still only one bad day a month. On the minus side, they're still massive seizures. Caitlin's Epileptologist/Neurologist increased her Sabril in response. Thank the maker that Sabril is now FDA-approved. That would have been a financial disaster two years ago.

2- Since I didn't have to use Diastat, I spent the whole day hovering over her and watching every twitch and movement. Lynne came home early to help. Yeah, we've had better days.

This colored our whole weekend. Once the crisis ended, we had plenty of time to process and be miserable-- especially once Caitlin went to bed each evening. This is why we fill our lives with work and distractions. It's very hard to watch our little girl go through the epilepsy and pain. It's tough when we stop long enough to think about Caitlin's future. We know that her best days are very likely already behind her.

3- On a cheerier note, crazy doors are opening for Lynne left and right. It seems that every time she completes an awesome project, two more take its place.

4- I'm revising this week. Along with my mid-grade fantasy novel, I'm working on my most recent short story. Most of my crit partners have sent me their notes. Now I just need to work up the courage to read them. :-)

5- The one good thing that happened on Friday came in the mail. We spent the weekend consuming our Kinda and Snakedance DVDs. We still love the hell out of those stories. We also picked up a copy of Sunday in the Park with George on CD. Now that I'm in my mid-30s, I'm really learning to appreciate Sondheim.
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Since I can't do much until UPS delivers Cait's meds, I thought I would blog. Let's see if LJ stays up while I type this.

1- This weekend we'll be at Odyssey Con in Madison. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I are only scheduled for the Whedonistas panel on Friday. Lynne will be doing her SF/F Archivist thing (we'll pick up boxes, DVDs, or flash drives if you have them). I'll be hanging out with our friends. This should be a nice, low-key weekend.

This con will also be our friend [livejournal.com profile] truepenny's first GoH gig. If you can, come and support her.

2- That's my only panel for the next few cons. I decided that I'm too burned out to be on any WisCon or CONvergence panels this year. I need to work more on my writing career before I feel comfortable again up on a panel. Also, Lynne really needs me to focus on being her assistant at those cons.

3- It looks like the Whedonistas WisCon party might involve Mai Tais and a Buffy Sing-Along. Good times. :-)

4- My poor wife is BURIED in projects. We really don't think about it until somebody asks us about what she's up to. Then we talk about her normal work stuff, co-teaching her class for another university, a SFWA project, the Whedonistas launch, co-editing Chicks Dig Comics, writing something for a friend's book, writing an essay for another couple of friends' book, writing an essay for a journal, working on the least SEEKRIT SEEKRIT PROJEKT podcast ever, and chairing the Tiptree Jury.

And yet, she still somehow finds time to be an exquisite mother and wife. :-)

5- The Bridging the Rift Doctor Who Podcast features Lynne reading her Tor.com essay about the 11th Doctor. Flames Rising is running the Introduction from Whedonistas for free on their website.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
It's Spring!

1- Caitlin is off all week for Spring Break. This will be a quiet vacation since Lynne is working.

2- We had a wild weekend. Our friends [livejournal.com profile] michaellee and [livejournal.com profile] frozendragon crashed with us on Friday night and Saturday night at my mom's. They're now off on their pre-honeymoon in Ireland. They also went to the c2e2 convention with us.

3- c2e2 was massive. I'm not a big fan of cons with over 30,000 people, but we had a great time. Lynne talked to some of her and Sigrid's probable Chicks Dig Comics contributors, and then she signed books for an hour at the Alien Entertainment booth with [livejournal.com profile] taraoshea. They had a decent crowd.

We probably talked to a few dozen of our friends over the course of the day. We also met a bunch of new awesome people.

I now own The Sontaran Experiment toy set, and Caitlin owns an Adipose stress toy (her gift for good behavior at Grandma's). I love living in a world where they make all of the toys I wanted when I was 10. :-D

4- We attended The Middleman reunion panel and had a wonderful time.

5- After the panel, we went out to eat in Chinatown with a bunch of people. I would say more, but we were sworn to secrecy by one of our ringleaders. WHAT'S SAID AT THE PHOENIX, STAYS AT THE PHOENIX. ;-)

Good Times. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
The Happy Convention Round-Up!

What did I love at this year's Gallifrey One?

1- Hanging out with our peeps for four nights of drinking, dirty jokes, and general debauchery. (Sadly, in this case debauchery means arguments about Doctor Who continuity). ;-)

2- Watching Lynne and Deb hold copies of Whedonistas for the first time.

3- The entire Whedonistas launch panel, signing, and dinner. It was a complete success. I'm sure that Lynne and Deb will blog about this in greater detail with fancy pictures. The most amusing part might be my wife, Deb, and RM giving all of their Torchwood theories to half of the current writing staff.

4- Buying Peri & Sil action figures for me and the ginormous 11th Doctor TARDIS Playset for my little fangirl (she LOVES it).

5- Watching Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, and Sarah Sutton say the things about Matthew Waterhouse that I wanted to say after reading his dreadful Blue Box Boy.

6- Helping two friends make an awesome book deal.

7- Finding out that Janet Fielding read the copy of Chicks Dig Time Lords that Lynne gave her in the Green Room after Janet referred to it on main stage panel while answering a question.

8- Taking a trip to the In-N-Out Burger.

9- Getting to meet some new people while deepening other friendships.

10- Caitlin managed to have a good weekend with my mom and aunt.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
11 years ago today, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I were married in a Unitarian church in Hamden, CT.

Yeah, that kind of rocked. :-)

We went out to lunch at the local Middle Eastern joint yesterday. Today I'm watching Cait while Lynne works on a SEEKRIT PROJECT (if you were quick to the CONvergence programming page this week, you might know what it is).

In other news:

1- Lynne guest blogged about Chicks Dig Time Lords at [livejournal.com profile] jimhines's blog for his First Book Friday series.

2- There's an AMAZING review of Chicks Dig Time Lords on the Tin Dog Podcast. It made Lynne cry.

3- [livejournal.com profile] shsilver reviewed Whedonistas. It's the first of hopefully many. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Since it's only a week and a half away, I thought I would list [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne 's Gally schedule. If you see her, make sure you ask her for a Chicks Dig Time Lords's ribbon. :-)
Lynne's Schedule )
michaeldthomas: (Default)
The title sums up our week. DeKalb ended up with about 16 inches of snow. We kept our power. The worst seems to be that our Internet has been wonky in the evening. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I shoveled about half of our driveway and a kind neighbor used a snowblower to finish the job. Other than Lynne and Caitlin getting two days off, the storm was pretty uneventful. Basically we just spent two day watching Hercules, Xena, and Robin of Sherwood episodes (Caitlin is on a fantasy kick).

Some other news and notes for the week:

1- Cheryl Morgan sums up why I mentioned that Chicks Dig Time Lords is eligible for a Hugo Award in the Best Related Work category.

2- About a dozen reviewers now have PDF ARCs of Whedonistas.

3- Gallifrey One is only two weeks away. I'm not on any panels. To put it bluntly, I'm kind of tired of doing Doctor Who panels (especially now that my DW writing project is on indefinite hiatus). I've said just about everything I can say about the show, and I think the world can survive one less middle-aged white guy giving his opinions about the series. I would rather just relax, hang out with friends, and fanboy my wife. :-)

4- I didn't write much this week, but I submitted a couple of short stories (one for the first time). That gives me three currently on the market. I also have a new story percolating in my brain.
michaeldthomas: (Caitlin 10)
We had a quiet weekend. Here are some Things of Interest:

1- After one week of exercising, I manged to lose two pounds. I'm happy, but weight loss isn't my actual goal. As I said when I started exercising, this is about having a healthier lifestyle. Still, I'll take it. :-)

2- Today is the next follow-up appointment with Caitlin's Orthopaedic surgeon. Hopefully, there will be some good news that will make our lives easier. We all want to see that brace go away.

3- Caitlin is more or less fine. She's been really sore in the morning, though. It was bad enough on Friday that I had to call her in sick from school. It breaks my heart when Caitlin screams in pain.

4- Since [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne bought a WorldCon supporting membership in order to vote for the Hugos, I swung by the library and picked up a pile of SF/F books published in 2010. READ ALL THE THINGS!

5- This D&D video might be the greatest bad thing ever.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
The Hugo Award season is upon us. I obviously have nothing eligible for an award, but I would like to mention that Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea) is eligible for a nomination in the Best Related Work category.

You can find out more about WorldCon and the Hugo Awards here. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Things making me sad:

1- Caitlin's hip surgery is two weeks from today.

2- Today would have been my grandfather's 87th birthday. This is the first of his birthdays since he passed away. I really miss him. I want him to reassure me about Caitlin's surgery.

3- I'm nervous about Caitlin's meds showing up today. Usually, UPS Overnight calls on the day of shipment. I really hope that yesterday's bad weather didn't screw things up.

Things making me happy:

1- I'm going to see dozens of good friends at Chicago TARDIS in two days.

2- Lynne is one of the Chicago TARDIS Guests! How awesome is that?

3- Caitlin is really excited about meeting Tommy Knight from Sarah Jane Adventures on Sunday.

4- Lynne is going to buy me early birthday presents at the con.

5- The editing on Whedonistas is just about finished. It will be a REAL BOOK in less than three months.

6- Our best friends will officially adopt their baby tomorrow.

7- I will see the rest of my family on Thursday.

8- I raked all of the leaves in time for the city leaf collection with 1 1/2 hours to spare.

November?

Nov. 4th, 2010 10:07 am
michaeldthomas: (WTF)
I was warned by my mother that time passes quicker as you get older. How is 2010 almost over? Didn't I just write my goals for the year?

My brain is currently fried from the final push on my mid-grade Fantasy novel, The Scarlet Queen. If I still used a word meter, it would show I'm at 44,000 of about 50,000 words. I should meet my goal of finishing the first draft by Caitlin's hip surgery on December 7th.

Other than that, I'm doing lots of little things for my glamorous wife. This month is packed with conventions and meetings. This weekend, we're having dinner with a SUPER AWESOME AUTHOR and friends. The next weekend is WindyCon, and of course Thanksgiving weekend is Chicago TARDIS where Lynne will do her Guest thing. Add that to a few Seekrit Projects, and I'm spending lots a time organizing all of the things.

Instead of going to WFC (stupid budget cuts), we spent last weekend at home. We ended up taking Caitlin to Brookfield Zoo for her birthday. Her aunt and cousin joined us (hooray!), and we had a very good time once Caitlin stopped moaning about the wind in her face.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
It just keeps on growing. For those of you keeping score at home, here is the current list of SF/F Professionals archiving with [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne at Northern Illinois University:

Jack McDevitt
Carol Emshwiller
Tamora Pierce
Eric Flint
David Weber
Kage Baker
Patricia Wrede
Pamela Dean
Sharon Shinn
Elizabeth Bear
Pat Murphy
Robert Asprin
Jody Lynn Nye
Caroline Stevermer
Will Shetterly
E.E. Knight
Catherynne M. Valente
Tobias Buckell
Sarah Monette
Kristine Smith
Tim Pratt
Nnedi Okorafor
Jim C. Hines
Sarah Prineas
L. Timmel Duchamp
Nisi Shawl
Alma Alexander
Kelly McCullough
Naomi Kritzer
Lyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway
Alex Bledsoe
Mary Robinette Kowal
Rebecca Ore
Jennifer Stevenson
Cat Rambo
Ted Kosmatka
Richard Chwedyk
Steven H Silver
Lori Devoti
Mark Rich
Donald Bingle
Elise Matheson
Catherine Lundoff
Jaime Lee Moyer
Heather Shaw
Sean M. Murphy

There are over 30 more authors who have said yes but haven't sent anything in yet.
michaeldthomas: (Argghh!)
Now that the Make-A-Wish trip and recovery are over, the calender tells [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and me that it's time to finish some projects.

For Lynne, her partner-in-crime Deb Stanish, and their plucky Associate Editor (me), this means polishing the manuscript of Whedonistas by the end of the week for the Mad Norwegian. That's more work than you might think. We have over thirty pieces from as many contributors that need to be placed into a single manuscript and cleaned up so that they all share the same formatting and style. Considering how many different writing styles (AP, Chicago, MLA, etc.) are out there, this takes some effort. It's also not very sexy.

The sexy part is figuring out the essay order. It reminds me a lot of my youth when I used to make mix tapes (yes, I'm in my mid-thirties). This is one of those vital components of an anthology that your reader doesn't necessarily think much about if you do it right. If you do it wrong, however, you can screw up the tone of the whole book. The sequence matters.

Once that's behind us, I need to finish the first draft of my mid-grade fantasy novel, The Scarlet Queen. I'm in the final quarter of the manuscript. My goal is to finish this draft before Caitlin's surgery in December.

Wish me luck. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
This post is really just to convince my mom that everything is fine (she worries if I don't post every three days or so). ;-)

We're enjoying our first weekend at home in quite some time. For Caitlin and me, this means a little bit of rest. Unfortunately for [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne, this means that she needs to finish editing the Whedonistas's manuscript for the Publisher. My poor wife never gets to stop.

Actually, next weekend is her birthday. Some guests are coming in for what's becoming the annual "Squee Weekend Spectacular." I've been knocking things off of the honey-do list in preparation. Home owning is so glamorous. :-)

Caitlin is fine. She's watching TV and working on a scrapbook of her Make-A-Wish trip.

There's not much else going on around here. I now own a signed copy of Matthew Waterhouse's Blue Box Boy. I'm hoping that it lives up to my expectations.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
My brain is fried from last night's insomnia. Racing thoughts suck. The worst part of it is that I'm now thinking about writing a long post about the latest SF blogosphere kerfuffle. I'll wait until tomorrow to see if I still want to touch the shiny blades at the bottom of that blender.

Here are some news and notes:

1- Lynne and I will be at MadCon in Madison on Sunday on a Chicks Dig Time Lords panel at 1:00 PM with Sophie Aldred, Carole Barrowman, Kathryn Sullivan, and Jennifer Adams Kelley. Sadly, Harlan Ellison will not be joining us on the panel.

My brain has yet to process the fact that I'm going to be on a panel with Sophie Aldred.

2- The next installment of Cait's Make-A-Wish trip is up on [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne's journal.

3- L. Timmel Duchamp officially joined the NIU SF Archives. There will be another announcement any day now of another author joining with some major WisCon ties. At this rate, Lynne will be archiving the Madison Concourse housekeeping staff by 2012. ;-)
michaeldthomas: (Caitlin 09)
I don't have much to say right now. We had a phenomenal time in Orlando. If you want to read about the details, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne is writing it up on her LJ with me looking over her shoulder.

The big news around here is that Lynne was nominated for a Last Drink Bird Head Award for Promotion of Reading due to her archiving the works and papers of SF/F authors. I'm very proud of her. Feel free to congratulate her over at her LJ.

Caitlin is happy to see her friends at school. I'm back to work on The Scarlet Queen. I had an epiphany that trashed the next part of my outline. It will make a better book, but it does involve new research. Oh, well. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Lots of little things happening around here.

1- Caitlin had a great first couple of weeks of Second Grade. She's making friends and staying out of trouble.

Cait is very excited about her Make-A-Wish trip. We watched the Disney World vacation planning DVD on Monday night and she was unable to fall asleep until midnight. We'll be gone in 8 days!

2- Lynne rulz the Internets. This week saw the announcement of Whedonistas, the Seekrit Project that [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and Deborah Stanish have been editing for some time. I'm glad we can finally talk about it. :-)

In other cool book news, the giant SF/F website io9 ran an excerpt from Chicks Dig Time Lords-- specifically, Carole Barrowman's essay. To say we are giddy about this is an understatement.

3- I'm at the 3/5 mark (more or less) on The Scarlet Queen. I'm feeling more and more confident about finishing it this year.

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