Heading to D.C. today for OutWrite! Look at the nice graphic they made me. I won’t make it there in time for tonight’s kick-off event, and I’m spending Sunday with family, so will miss the writing workshops, but Saturday, I’m there all day — two panels and a reading. (Ping me if you want to do breakfast or lunch, but not dinner, as I have another family event).
Hope to see lots of you there! I’m planning to bring a copy of Survivor (which just arrived at my house!) as a giveaway to the morning trauma panel, since it’s a SF/F anthology centered on trauma and survival. Now I just need to figure out how to arrange the giveaway — first one up to the front doesn’t seem like a good method (ableist, among other things).
Three quick things:
a) I was invited to join Curious Fictions — it’s a site where authors share short stories, and you can subscribe to the authors you like, getting stories fed to you. A little like what I do on Patreon, but this would just be for fiction. I’m planning to put out 1-3 stories per week (mostly reprints), until I run out of stories or energy.
(Interestingly, Jed and I were just talking about back when we founded Strange Horizons and various formats for introducing people to short fiction, and I have to say, if I were starting a magazine today, I’d probably be more likely to set up a format like this than a traditional magazine. But that’s a side conversation…)
b) I’ve had two panels accepted to AWP (Portland, OR, next March) — hope to see some of you there! – Real Women Talk Dirty: Feminisms of Sex in Fiction & Literary Prequels, Sequels, & Spinoffs: Writing Fiction from Pre-existing Worlds —
c) I’ve started narrowing down the recipes that will appear in a little vegan Sri Lankan cookbook, an e-book sampler. If you’d like to weigh in on which ones I include, the best place to vote is here.
Thanks! Happy Thursday! 🙂
So far, I think going to the shed + turning off FB for 12 hours the night before has been the most productive option I’ve found for actually getting hours of daily writing done. This morning, got up, got Kavi to music camp (Anand’s taking the week off from camp, and luxuriating in electronics), headed to shed, and worked on Wild Cards story for a few hours.
Then FB came back on, a little political work, now lunch break and dealing with some overdue finances for the two arts orgs. Afternoon of laundry, unpacking, making dinner, maybe a little crafting (rose soap!), and then turn off FB for a few more hours of writing this evening. I’m waiting on a clarifying response from George before I write the next bit, and also, I tend to have a writing-energy-dip in the afternoon. So I’m trying to embrace that and fill that time with other things, let the well refill and my fingers rest.
Lots of travel logistical stuff — D.C., San Jose, Paris, Winnetka, IL
– Visit to D.C. next weekend for OutWrite 8/3 – 8/6 (LGBT literature: http://thedccenter.org/outwrite/). I’ll be at the conference all day Saturday 8/4.
– WorldCon in San Jose (https://www.worldcon76.org), though I don’t have my actual schedule yet. (They’re having challenges, and I feel bad for them — conference scheduling can be a nightmare.) Kev has a conference that week too, so we’re juggling so he gets back and I leave without leaving the kids overnight, which means I’m going to arrive Fri 8/17 and leave Tues 8/21 (v. early). I’m pretty sure I’ll be at the Wild Cards signing from 10 – 12 on Saturday, and the SLF will be sponsoring the SFWA suite either Saturday lunch or teatime, but the rest of the schedule is TBD.
– booked travel for the Paris Plurality University workshop (11/28 – 12/3, https://www.plurality-university.org) — it turns out I can add 2 days to the trip without cancelling any extra classes (due to this semester Tues / Thurs schedule), so I am going to do a little sight-seeing in Paris after all. (That said, if anyone has a place I can stay for free or cheap in Paris in late November / early December, please do let me know! They’re covering the three nights of the conference, but not the two extra nights, understandably. Also, ping me if you’re in Paris and would like to meet up. Savvy local guides appreciated.)
– OCWW workshop (Writing the Taboo): April 11, 2019, Winnetka, IL (https://ocwwinfo7333.wildapricot.org). “Dorothy Allison suggests (in her book Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature) that the best writing happens when one is terrified, and writes through the fear. That’s great advice, but the question is *how* does one write through the fear? It’s often frightening when you’re trying write about subject matter that is in some manner taboo: material that violates social norms, that might upset family members, or that is simply personally difficult to confront.
In the hands-on workshop, we’ll explore a variety of taboo topics. We’ll look at how brilliant writers have delved into material that was forbidden for their place and time (some of which might seem quite tame by today’s standards), and then work through a series of exercises designed to push you into challenging places. At the end of the session, you should have some tools to lead you to stronger, braver work that takes more risks. Maybe it’ll challenge your audience too!
Important note: You won’t be required to share this work with anyone, though I may ask for volunteers to read bits of what they’ve written.”
We were talking in the car back from camp about why I keep starting projects instead of just lying around playing video games in my free time. I may have said something about the world needing fixing, and Kavi said that she was sorry she couldn’t help me fix the world yet, but she will soon. I bet she will too. (Anand is still holding out for more video games, but we’ll get him eventually. He’s only eight.)
The novel is progressing, though a bit lost in the murky middle now. I’m trying to trust the process. (The book is mostly terrible, but I can make it better later. Right? Right.) Jed is probably coming to join me and Kev and the kids for dinner and board games tonight, and if not, I’ll see him tomorrow for a birthday potluck, with various old friends at his house.
After a few roiling years of stress and chaos, feeling grateful right now for this moment of peace.