Hey, munchkins. Well,…

Hey, munchkins. Well, it's been a computerrific day. I had a bit of a scare this morning, with a bad hard drive crash, but with the help of Kevin and Apple tech support (hooray for AppleCare), it all got fixed by lunchtime. Serves me right for not backing up in the last, oh, year or so. Had a few minutes of sheer terror there.

In the afternoon, did some work on the cookbook, which has a finalized cover now and most of a back cover, and some other stuff, here and there. Getting very close to ready for Lethe. End of the week, I think. Yay! I'll have ordering info up soon.

Mostly, though, I've been working on the foundation, which yes, now has a name. Congratulations to Shmuel for coming up for the thoroughly unoriginal and yet oh, so reliable, Speculative Literature Foundation! Not the most imaginative name we received, or the most attractive, but it has its own appeal. And it was the overwhelming staff favorite in the voting, both rounds. I spent most of today setting up the web stuff -- registering the domain, getting a Pair account, getting a PayPal account, drafting a bare-bones page to hold the place until we get something real up. It's propagating across the net right now -- if you don't see a real page yet, give it a few hours and try again. Should be done propagating by lunch-ish tomorrow, I think.

It's very exciting, I have to say. I love this stage of a project, when you're mapping out its structure, figuring out exactly what's needed, what's useful, what can be put aside for the moment. Maybe it's the same organizational impulse that leads me to put velcro strips in my utility closet. To make something attractive, interesting, functional, of use to the general public -- this pleases me. To make it sensibly laid out, neatly organized -- that sends little thrills right through me. I have a fetish for organization, I swear. There are worse things to fetishize.

I should go to sleep, but I'm too jazzed up. Maybe I'd best put the computer aside and read a little -- I picked up Graham Joyce's The Tooth Fairy yesterday, which I've been meaning to read for quite a while. I'm only about fifty pages in, but so far, it's very good. And yet -- just a little more tweaking of the web page. A little more e-mail checking in the new account, to see if any more memberships have come in. What could it hurt? I can always sleep tomorrow...

2 thoughts on “Hey, munchkins. Well,…”

  1. So, not sure if you can tell us… but what were the Spider Robinson submitted names? 🙂

    Congrats on the foundation! Will you be applying for non-profit tax status for the foundation? (more quickly than it took Strange Horizons I hope)

  2. That doesn’t seem quite fair to Spider, does it now? I think I’d best not.

    And yes, next on the list (long list) of things to do is a) apply for non-profit incorporation, and then b) apply for non-profit tax status). It’ll take several months regardless, of course. Signing up for memberships will help cover our initial costs in the interim (hint hint :-).

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