January 19th, 2009

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Norwescon 32 planning and thoughts

I'm filling out my Attending Pro form for Norwescon 32, and feeling totally honored and thrilled.

I'm saying I'd do the Writing Workshop, along with panels on the tracks of Technology, Writing, and Media (which I'm interpreting as Film/TV). I also made sure to note that I'm a big fan of LOST and the (reimagined) Battlestar Galactica.

There a funny question: the Panelist Preference questions, ie, people with whom you do or *do not* want to share panels.

They asked if I wanted to have a reading slot, and I'm not sure about that. It seems like, for a novice like me, it's a bit much. But, I also have fun reading stories out loud (it's that Drama degree). Maybe I could read other people's stories!

For about a year, I've toyed with the idea of doing a Science Fiction Spelling Bee. It would be along the lines of the Broadway show "Putnam County Spelling Bee" with real SF/F words and a lot of humor around definitions and sentences (for "could you use it in a sentence"). Would people come to a panel like that?

chin-up bar of my dreams

One of my Christmas presents was a chin-up bar. In fact it's this chin-up bar, the Iron Gym, as known from the TV Infomercials:

I love it. I now do anywhere between 10 and 25 chin-ups per day. I do a bunch in the morning, then will often do 3-5 at a time when I am passing by the bar during the day.

I haven't done the other exercises because it would mean pulling the bar off the door, but maybe in the future.

I highly recommend a chin-up bar. Excellent.
bald man thinking

read a story a day: Jan 12-18, 2009

This was a slow week. Critiques and life left less reading time. Still made quota, though.

Monday Jan 11 - Sunday Jan 17, 2009
Total: 7 stories (0 Flash, 4 for crit groups), 1 novel chapter
Top Favorites: "Fearsome Jones's Discarded Love Connection"
Stories Read:

1 stories for Critters
3 stories for SacSpecFic
- "Fearsome Jones's Discarded Love Collection" by Ken Scholes, _Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys_ (collection)
- "Uganda" by Lavie Tidhar, _Hebrew Punk_ (collection)
- "Edward Bear and the Very Long Walk" by Ken Scholes, _Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys_ (collection)
- _Sacred Games_ by Vikram Chandra, Chapter 5 ("Investigating Women"), partial
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 09:21 today it's a trip to the zoo sanctuary with dad. then, chicago style pizza. maybe even a trip to the old folsom powerhouse #
  • 15:21 filling out the Norwescon32 Attending Pro form. Cooooool. But I'm thinking that asking for a reading slot is a bit too much. #
  • 15:44 for some reason, the football expression "pushing the pile" just cracks me up. #
  • 22:51 @gregvaneekhout I so hate it when that happens. Often happens when the sneeze sneaks up on me. #
  • 22:51 being tired, but realizing I need to put in some words. #
  • 23:00 President Obama minus 10 hours, and counting! #
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