Feb 02

Concert Report (brief)

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Tags:  February 2nd, 2015

The concert on January 26 was amazing.   Everyone had worked so hard and so well getting ready for it, and the weather (which had been icky all week–that kind of “weeping” cold winter rain)  cleared off so it was a perfectly clear, sunny afternoon, not too hot or too cold.    The musicians were *wonderful*–not just talented musicians but genuinely nice people, lovely people.   And though I’d been just a little scared of bringing a chamber music string quartet to this community…it was a hit.  Everybody liked it (well, maybe the 10 yo boy was tired of it by the long second half, but not the rest).   I could feel the electricity from audience to musicians and back.   Everything I’d worried about (how will the acoustics be in that space?  What about having only one restroom?  What if not enough people come?  What if, what if, what if (a novelist can imagine complications and disasters VERY easily)  didn’t happen and better things did.

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May 28


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 May 28th, 2014

A reminder for those interested that I’ll be doing the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer Chat with Bryan Thomas Schmidt this evening.    On Twitter, follow the hashtag #sffwrtcht  starting at 9 pm Eastern Time (US), 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific,  and for all others, 0100 UTC and you can do the calculations.   If it IS starting at  0100 where you are, I hope you’re not following, unless you’re usually up in the middle of your night.

I hope it will be fun for all.  Bryan sent me a bunch of questions to have answers ready for,  so I could fit them into 140 characters.    I think he understands long-form writers.

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Nov 22

No Rest for the Weary

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 November 22nd, 2013

I have been informed that I’m not posting often enough.   I thought (hoped) that posting to comments, answering questions there, etc., would keep the natives from expressing restlessness, but that didn’t work.    So…well…I can’t say anything more about the Other Story that’s with an editor.    I can’t say anything about the story for which I haven’t decided on a market.  I can’t say anything about the ideas churning in my mind for another CHICKS anthology.  So what can I say? Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10


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 March 10th, 2013

Because LiveJournal tells me I have plenty of space to upload pictures, but the upload function appears glitched this afternoon…I’m uploading pictures here.  Apologies.   As you know, I’ve been making socks for myself.   The latest pair, of a lovely variegated blue with some purple, gave me a problem I’ve never had before, and have now solved, and I really wanted to show it off.

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Feb 25

Hosting Site Maintenance Downtime

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 February 25th, 2013

My hosting site just announced a major refurbishment (changing out servers, etc.) to begin this Friday night, March 1,  at 10 pm, and expected to last at least 4-6 hours, maybe longer.   So if you find the Paksworld site and this blog down on Friday night, do not worry.   Try it again Saturday morning and if it’s still down…be patient.  I don’t expect it will be unless gremlins attack, but we should all be sufficiently tech savvy to know that hooking new things up quite often is a gremlin magnet.

Meanwhile, back to work.    Someone has survived a fire in a warehouse; someone has had a disagreement with an adviser; someone’s expecting a baby; someone’s up to their chest in rapidly rising water and it’s raining cats, dogs, horses, and dragons.

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Oct 25

Writer Recovery

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 October 25th, 2012

OK, I’m back.   Awake, aware, capable of independent movement and thought.   The thoughts are whirling a bit right now (happy at being out of their cage, I expect.)    Now…where were we?   Oh, yes.  Post trip report on book, etc.

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Apr 10

Gearing Up for the Week

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 April 10th, 2011

Income is welcome whenever it arrives, but when it arrives the day after the first round of entering figures in the computer–which is in the first quarter by IRS calculation–then the estimated tax part (which–since I write for a living, and the income is wildly variable from quarter to quarter as well as unpredictable–is surprisingly tricky to figure)  it’s all to be done over again.   And at least one printer in the house decides every year that printing tax documents is something it would rather not do.   This year’s printer ploy was announcing it was out of paper when it wasn’t.    However: taxes are now signed, sealed into envelopes, ready to mail tomorrow.  Whew.

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Sep 03

Dragon*Con Itself

Posted: under Conventions, Uncategorized.
Tags:  September 3rd, 2010

It’s been a busy couple of days.   Dragon*Con is always exciting, but also (for me, anyway) exhausting.   Crowded and loud (it’s the loud that bothers me more than the crowded; I should wear earplugs, probably.)  Costumes–amazing and wonderful.  I saw someone in a steampunked wheelchair…lots of people in steampunk costumes, most of them brilliantly detailed.   Aliens (some simple but cute; others wonderfully imaginative and beautifully made.

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Feb 06


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 February 6th, 2010

Elizabeth lost Internet access this morning. We don’t know why or what happened, but my guess is the problem is at her ISP or further up the line. No idea when it’ll get fixed, could be in 5 minutes, could be much later.

I hope that because I am posting this, the fates will restore her access immediately.


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Jun 10

Power outage

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 June 10th, 2009

Elizabeth called and asked me to post that she is without electricity due to a blown transformer. It will take the utility company several hours to send a truck out to repair the transformer.


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