michaeldthomas: (Cait)
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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It's been a busy week for the NIU SF Archives. Sharon Shinn, Alma Alexander, Tim Pratt, and Heather Shaw all donated their archives. For those of you keeping score at home, here is the current list of official NIU authors:

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

There are about 25 other authors who have said yes but haven't sent any archival materials yet.
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Well, that was a fairly aggravating week. Some of it I have to take to my grave (yes, I know how sausages are made); other things I've been whining about all week.

Okay, now it's time to GET POSITIVE! :-)

1- I've moved the ball out of my court with Caitlin's device and her anti-epileptic meds.
2- I get to send out three short stories in the next couple of weeks to some different markets.
3- I have a Hugo-nominated fanzine editor reminding me that he wants my articles by next week (I'm just tweaking my drafts).
4- I'm going to see an NIU football game today. A friend had an extra ticket and asked me if I wanted to go. :-)
5- I have a draft of a new short story to play with next week.
6- We have wonderful friends coming for a visit in 2 weeks. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne has been completing home projects like a mad woman in preparation.
7- Those friends will be bringing me new Doctor Who toys.
8- Chicago TARDIS is going to rock.

That's a pretty good list. :-)
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WOO HOO!!! :-)

Awkward...

May. 7th, 2009 09:20 am
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We had a weird time at our SF/F Book Club last night. It's a great club. [livejournal.com profile] torresroman is an excellent discussion leader, and we like all of the regulars. The book choices are also wonderful.

Our problem is that we now know too many of the authors. I have to work hard to not be "that guy." I don't want to be Pertwee's Doctor, namedropping left and right. This has become difficult. Last night, the club discussed War for the Oaks. I wanted to talk more, but then I realized that I get too defensive about a work when I know and like the author.

There was one moment that a person made the claim that there weren't any female-led bands in the 1980s. [livejournal.com profile] bifemmefatale threw Chrissie Hynde and Joan Jett in his face. That made me think of hanging out at the bar a couple of weeks ago with [livejournal.com profile] coffeeem. "Back on the Chain Gang" was playing, and Emma said to me, "You know, I still want to be Chrissie Hynde when I grow up." I was going to share the anecdote, and then I stopped myself. How do you do that without sounding like a dick?

I don't feel like I'm more special because I get to hang out and befriend authors. Because of [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne's job, it just sort of happens. I just worry that the other members of the book club might not see it that way.
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It took me two days to move from cursing the never-ending rain to swearing at the grass that needs to be mowed. I don't know if I will ever embrace this whole home-owning thing.

Some random thoughts:

1- Eric Flint had heart surgery this week. It sounds like this is just a routine bypass, but please keep him in your thoughts. Eric is a great guy.

2- Our WisCon planning is in full swing. It's fun watching [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne do her archivist thing. An awesome author just said yes to archiving after Lynne sent a lunch invite. We're also having dinner with a literary legend. Lynne has the coolest job in the world.

3- Caitlin had a quiet week. Hooray!

4- I changed writing gears. My brain tells me that I need to write a children's novel. I wrote the first 1100 words and then realized that I should probably do some worldbuilding. I am a headlight writer, but it helps to have at least a rough idea of the terrain. A plot would also be helpful. :

Wiscon Help

Apr. 9th, 2009 12:02 pm
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As most of you know, I serve as [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne's helper at conventions. One of the things I do for her is create lists of attending pros. I am in the process of making a list for this year's Wiscon. If you are an attending pro or know some pros that are attending this year, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks!
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Another amazing author is archiving their papers at Northern Illinois University. Catherynne M. Valente ([livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna) joined on Wednesday by handing [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne a DVD copy of her hard drive.
Here is the current "official" roster of authors archiving at NIU:

Jack McDevitt
E.E. Knight
Sarah Monette
Elizabeth Bear
Kage Baker
Catherynne M. Valente
Tobias Buckell
Tamora Pierce
Robert Asprin
Jody Lynn Nye
Eric Flint
David Weber
Sarah Prineas
Jim C. Hines
Caroline Stevermer
Kelly McCullough
Cat Rambo
Donald Bingle
Catherine Lundoff

That's a phenomenal list, and over 30 more authors have said yes. NIU will one day be a major center for SF studies.
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This weekend, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne added three more authors to NIU's SF Archive. For those of you keeping score at home, here is the current official list:
Jack McDevitt
E.E. Knight
Sarah Monette
Donald J. Bingle
Elizabeth Bear
Kage Baker
Kelly McCullough
Tamora Pierce
Tobias Buckell
Caroline Stevermer
David Weber
Sarah Prineas
Catherine Lundoff
Jim C. Hines
Eric Flint
Robert Asprin
Jody Lynn Nye

That's a hell of a list, and that doesn't include the 25 or so other authors who said yes.

I am very proud of my wife's vision.
michaeldthomas: (Han Solo)
[livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne's crusade to save modern SF for posterity continues. Today, she made the announcement that Tamora Pierce is now officially archiving her work at NIU. The list keeps growing and growing. In the coming decades, NIU will be one of the major centers for SF studies. Hopefully, this will mean that SF/F will be recognized as the major literary movement of the last 40 years, and we will no longer be subjected to cutesy crap like The New York Times' review of Moorcock's work from this weekend.

For those keeping track at home, here is the current official list:

Jack McDevitt
E.E.Knight
Sarah Monette
Elizabeth Bear
Kage Baker
Tamora Pierce
Tobias Buckell
Caroline Stevermer
Kelly McCullough
Donald Bingle

There are over 25 more authors who have said yes, but materials are still on the way.

I'm glad that I can finally talk about the [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce thing. We had an awesome breakfast with her at WisCon. It took Lynne and her about ten minutes to conduct business. After that, I had the privilege of listening to two amazing, brilliant women dissect Little Women with each other. It was an absolutely fascinating conversation.
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
Ah, it’s Saturday morning. I’m watching Caitlin while [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne goes to Sprawl-Mart to get some staple goods and mulch. She’s still fighting the good fight against the weeds of our backyard perimeter. We are fully expecting her to stumble onto an unknown Amazonian tribe.

I have one last quick hit from WisCon.

Hooray! The NIU SF archives gained three more official authors at WisCon. Tobias Buckell ([livejournal.com profile] tobiasbuckell), Caroline Stevermer ([livejournal.com profile] 1crowdedhour), and Kelly McCullough ([livejournal.com profile] kellymccullough) joined Jack McDevitt, Don Bingle, E.E. Knight ([livejournal.com profile] eeknight), Kage Baker, Sarah Monette ([livejournal.com profile] truepenny), and Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala). More authors are coming soon.

This afternoon, I’m back to my novel revisions. Is there a better way to spend a beautiful spring day than in a Panera on a computer? :)
michaeldthomas: (Barcelona!)
Here are some happy things that are coming up for me:

1- I have a new Doctor Who Sekrit Project that I’m working on for a fanzine. It’s an essay that’s been kicking around in my brain for a couple of months, so I’m excited to be actually writing it.

2- I’m going out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and a Big Name Author soon. As always, I can’t say much about the details since this is a confidential business meeting about the author’s archives. This person is an amazing author, and I’m very excited to meet them. The NIU SF Archives are shaping up as one of the best in the country in a very small amount of time. Two more authors said yes just last week bringing the number to 22 SFWA eligible authors. There should be three or four more authors who will be officially announced after WisCon. I am so proud of Lynne’s vision.

3- WisCon is less than two weeks away.

4- I have a new academic Doctor Who book coming from Amazon. It’s called Time and Relative Dissertations in Space: Critical Perspectives on Doctor Who. It contains a bunch of essays by numerous top academics and fans. I am really looking forward to reading it. It has great buzz from the UK fan community.
michaeldthomas: (Indiana Jones)
Here is my upcoming week:

1- Watch the Cubs opening day.
2- Attend the ceremony for the new display cases in the NIU Rare Books Room.
3- Give the eulogy for my grandmother at her memorial mass.
4- Watch Caitlin while [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne is gone for a three-day leadership workshop.
5- Finish writing the climax of my novel.
6- Talk about the brilliance of Tim Powers's Last Call at the SF Book Club.
7- Finalize the agenda for The Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference.
8- Get Caitlin to all of her therapies.
9- Attend Odyssey Con in Madison.

I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue. ;)

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