I am home after my first day back to work following a four-day weekend – a weekend filled with physical labor, customer service, lack of sleep and huge, giant gobs of fun.
Y’see, I’m a science-fiction and fantasy fan, and I got to help plan and run SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend. I spent the weekend surrounded by several hundred amazingly talented SF&F authors, many of whom are friends, many of them new friends and some of them old friends that I finally have managed to catch up with. There was a banquet that was pretty good, and an awards ceremony that was wonderful, access to the comic-book convention “next door” (and that was great fun as well, as I got to meet several of my favorite comics authors and illustrators), great conversation with a lot of really good people, some excellent booze, and many, many new books and graphic novels.
And, scarily, two contacts for my artwork. It’s a bit of a stretch for me to try showing my art again – I have what almost amounts to a phobia about trying to get into shows/getting solo shows due to my past experiences – so much so that I haven’t tried for years. But I ran into the editor/publisher of The Fabulist, Josh P. who I’ve known for some time and who has always expressed an interest in publishing some of my work in his magazine. I also talked to Alan B. of Borderland Books, asking him about hanging a show in their cafe – and he was enthusiastic that I should give it a shot. So, tonight i’ve sent off email to the contact people for both, and am waiting on responses. Regardless of results, I think it was a good thing for me to do.
… to this post: I’ve purchased an updated volume of Kate Bornstein’s My Gender Workbook and Janet Mock‘s book, and had them shipped to the Mother. I feel pretty good about this.
So, as I mentioned, I quit my job in the first part of February. Less than a week later, my wife and I flew to New Zealand to attend the wedding of two dear friends who emigrated there some years back. Needless to say, we had a blast, The pictures are ready to go online, as soon as I find time to post them – I’ve been pretty busy, almost non-stop: stuff around the house, helping to run FOGCon 3, more house stuff, replacing our bloody washer and my wife’s PC (with mine, leaving me to build another for my current VMWare experiments). I’ve been busy enough that I really didn’t start seriously looking for work until last week; that seems to be on track. Another interesting thing that happened, is that even though I voluntarily quit my job, I decided to put in for unemployment. And I got it. I was surprised – the EDD did have me go through an interview process, and presumably talked to my ex-VP about the situation (they said they would). It’s very surprising, as I wasn’t expecting to get that.
Book stuff: I’ve recently read both of Seanan McGuire‘s newest novels, Ashes of Honor and Midnight Blue-light Special (both awesome), as well as Rick Dakan‘s first novel, G33k Mafia (very different and very good – I’ll be reading both of the other books in the series), Ben Macallan’s new book Pandaemonium (a great sequel to Desdaemona), and the latest novel from Jay Lake, Kalimpura – which I think is the best thing he’s written so far (I like the series even more than his Mainspring trilogy), and is also a great finale for the story of Green. Right now I’m reading Cherie Priest’s The Inexplicables, the 4th novel in her “Clockwork Century” series.
Art stuff: I do have some almost-finished work that will be scanned and posted to the gallery, once I’ve decided they’re actually done. New photos for Flickr will go up eventually (see above). I’ve not submitted work for any shows yet this year, though I do expect to.
And that’s really about it from an update POV.