November 25th, 2009

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two quick OryCon 31 notes: "Jeff" and Fundraiser Reading Sat night

I said a few posts back that I would be at OryCon and doing some events and panels.

Because I was a total bozo when filling out the panelist information, I managed to get myself listed as "Jeff" in every panel. So if you are reading the online program guide (or print program) and see panels where a panelist is listed as "Jeff" (just "Jeff"), that's me.

No, I don't have a Madonna/Beyonce/Shakira complex. It's what I get for not paying attention.

Also, as Jay Lake is currently in the hospital for cancer surgery (and it's going well so far, according to the updates at the twitter account), his reading slot is being handled by a quickly assembled Team of Experts. For some reason, I'm in there too.

The reading is being set up as a fundraiser for The Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, an extremely worthy cause that Jay has promoted in the past. The reading is on Saturday night from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The exact piece and format has not yet been decided, but we can guarantee much fun and entertainment. Come on by!
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random recent links of interest

Various things I've run across and enjoyed reading.

- How Online Are You - A Writer's Scale of Internet Engagement (Scott William Carter, from someone on Twitter). Nice discussion of spending your time versus wasting your time.

- Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Book as Event. Dean Wesley Smith talks about writing a book during NaNoWriMo should be a beginning, not an ending, and only the first event in many events.

- Sarah Monette (aka truepenny) is wise on the the difference between self-publishing and vanity press. In light of all the Harlequin Horizons DellArte Press scandal, this is a very important point for all writers to learn. Jackie Kessler covers the badness of Harlequin's action in detail.

- The Pit Bull In The China Shop (NY Times). Frank Rich says many interesting things about Sarah Palin, and her book, and the significance for American politics and America in general.

- So that we end on a positive note, a New York Times article on an actor with cerebral palsy who is being taught how to dance and learning much more about his body as he also benefits from the efforts (Learning His Body, Learning to Dance ). Very interesting.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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tweets for the day

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

  • 11:47 @jay_lake Thanks for the news. I hope everything goes perfectly. #
  • 13:05 @mkhobson Check out "Selective Twitter Status", a facebook app (the cause of all twitter posts that end in "#fb") #
  • 13:08 @jay_lake Excellent to hear! I bet Jay will be back to making trouble very soon now! #
  • 13:08 A massive Indian Buffet Lunch is an excellent warmup for tomorrow's Thanksgiving meal. #fb #
  • 17:07 @mkhobson STS only copies twitter posts with the #fb tag, so that's a *kind* of "doesn't"... I think there's others, but names escape me #
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