February 22nd, 2007

jay-selfish_attention_whore

If you don't start rumors about yourself, no one will talk about you

A bit more self-promotion wank. Coz it's my blog and I can, that's why?

I'll note that I'm on the Locus poll preliminary ballot in four places. If you like my work, consider voting for me there. That's open voting, with no registration, membership or special qualifications required.

Preliminary Hugo ballots are due shortly, and the WFA ballot just hit the streets, though it's not due for a while yet. Both of those require registration in any of several forms.

I've seen my name pop up on some of the recommended lists, and at hugo_recommend. In addition to my fiction, I've been recommended for Best Editor, Short Form for my work with Deborah Layne on Polyphony, and Best Fan Writer for my work on this blog.

If you're considering Hugo or WFA noms, and you like my work, for your information here are some of my favorite publications of my own this past year.

"The American Dead", 3,800 words, Interzone #203, April, 2006 (with two Year's Best pickups)
"Schwarze Madonna and The Sandalwood Knight", with Ruth Nestvold, 9,000 words, Realms of Fantasy, June, 2006
Trial of Flowers, Night Shade Books, September, 2006
"Lehr, Rex", 7,900 words, Forbidden Planets, ed. Peter Crowther, DAW, November, 2006

Also, Ruth Nestvold and I have an SF novelette, "The Big Ice", forthcoming in the next Dozois YBSF, which originally ran in the December, 2006 issue of Baen's Universe.

On the editorial side, Polyphony 6, of course, with Deborah Layne. She and I kind of come as a package on that one.

I think that's my entire supply of shamelessness today. (Or at least in this moment.)
jay-headset

Rainforest Writers Village

Along with the very talented Barb and J.C. Hendee (authors of the Noble Dead series), I am leading the workshop/retreat at this year's inaugural edition of Rainforest Writers Village, March 22-25, 2007. It's a beautiful site on the Olympic Peninsula, in North America's only rain forest, and we'll be cooking and writing and workshopping and generally having a good time.

There's a few slots left, so if you're interested, sign up now.
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Oh what a day that was

Cranked out some good work on Stemwinder this afternoon. Then the_child and I went to timalyne's place for dinner with her, Paul and their two kids. The kids had a terrific playdate and the adults got to chat. First time we'd crossed paths in real life, and it was a lot of fun.

On the way home in the car, the_child started talking about choices. I think she's discovering both existentialism and the quantum butterfly. It was far too complicated a conversation for me to recap in detail here, but we discussed why some choices make a big difference and others don't, whether or not there is consciousness after death (she warned me, "be very careful" when I said I was pretty sure there wasn't), the difference between empirical truth and the truth of belief, and so forth. Weird but fun.