reading


I’ll be reading with Broad Universe at WorldCon, Sunday at 10am in 007B (Convention Center).  I plan to read from “Ondine’s Curse,” which will appear in an upcoming issue of Electric Velocipede.  Come by and say hi!

My friend Jennifer Pelland and I are in the May BroadPod.  This month’s theme is “Not Quite Human.  Automatons, AI, and Clones.” From the site:

They can look human, talk and perhaps even feel human.  But are they?  Can an Artificial Intelligence truly have sentience, or is it just clever programming that mimics conscious thought?  A clone may be a match for human DNA, but does a clone have a soul?  Is an android merely a possession, no more entitled to rights than a toaster?

http://broadpod.posterous.com/may-not-quite-human-automatons-ai-and-clones

Sunday, 1pm, Fairlie, in the Hyatt Regency. Yay, Dragoncon! Gathering of my people!

I read part of “Underworld” in this month’s Broadpod. You can listen at http://broadpod.posterous.com/may-2011-celebrating-motherhood.

I’ll be reading at Dragoncon tomorrow and Saturday with Broad Universe. Friday 4pm, International C, and Saturday, 11:30am, Greenbriar.
I know, short notice. It’s been a long summer.

I’ll be reading with the Broad Universe group at Dragoncon!
The Lit Track Reading is on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7:30 PM; Fairlee – Hyatt Regency Hotel
The Alternate History Track Reading is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 11:30AM; Piedmont – Hyatt Regency Hotel

I work too much. I need to cut that out.
Anyway, I’m back from Dragoncon and have a possible short story idea or two, which is good because I’ve sold almost all of my short stories and only have two in circulation! I also attended a steampunk panel, which was lots of fun. Anyone want to pimp me their favorite steampunk novels/stories?

Question: Do free ebooks help or hurt paper book sales?
Tor is offering free ebooks if you sign up with their newsletter here. They offer a different one each week–this week is Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. (If you want it and missed it, ask a friend–the email says “tell a friend” but I don’t know if they want me to, you know, post the links here, so I won’t.) The first one was only in PDF, but this week’s is in PDF, HTML, and Mobi version (yay, my PDA is so happy!).
If you hurry, you might still be able to get Scalzi’s book. Next week’s won a Hugo (SPIN by Robert Charles Wilson).
Yes, yes. You have to get their newsletter. But they pay you to receive it–in ebooks!
And, you know, if you really like the ebook and want to do something nice for the author, then you can buy a paper copy. If you don’t want your paper copy, you can give it to a friend you think would like it, or to a library or bookcrossing. You don’t have to, but if you do you can help provide data that contradicts the idea that ebooks are the END OF DAYS FOR AUTHORS ZOMG, and maybe publishers and authors will make more of ’em, and then we’ll live in an ebook utopia. It could happen.

The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel is coming soon. I haven’t seen it yet, but it has poetry by my friend Peg Duthie in it, and she is made of awesome. Therefore, you clearly want this book. You want it, you crave it, you must have it!

My outline for the novel codenamed Lizardfic is currently 5008 words. That’s longer than most of my short stories. This is more outlining than I’ve ever done for any project, ever. On the other hand, stalled novel, yo. Horrible feeling. Must unstall novel. I’m probably going to outline even more, until I am half-mad with outlining. It’s not that I don’t like writing from an outline, it’s that I really suck at outlining. Hopefully, this will help.

In other news, if you’ve heard Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit is an excellent book, you heard right. I’m already a Twyla Tharp fan–my sister is a dancer–and she has a lot of advice for creative people of any discipline. It’s very applicable to writers. If you don’t want to buy it, go to your local public library or bookstore and fondle it. Trust me. I’ve been reading slowly through it, and finished it today.

I’m not sure if Thomas A. Limoncelli’s Time Management for System Administrators is as applicable to writers, but it is applicable to people with day jobs (especially scary devil monastery day jobs) who want to have time to write, so there you go.

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