25 February 2019

*dusts off blog*

Has it really been 2.5 years since I last updated? The academic life has been pretty overwhelming, especially because I decided I wanted to get 2 MAs in 3 years, which resulted in my taking 4 graduate level classes a semester for a year while teaching. Needless to say, I haven't had much in the way of time to write since I started school.

My short story "Debridement" was finally published around September 2018 - that's the one my last post was about. It's in the anthology Survivor, edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke. That was my VP17 application piece, and it finally found a home.

Since I last updated, I've actually been to Dresden and seen the opera house - it's definitely quite the piece of architecture. When I eventually have time again, I should update my "where to go in Germany" stuff, since I can add a handful of places now.

I'm in my last semester of grad school (FINALLY) and writing my MA thesis on a very specific group of verbs in German. Once it's finished and approved and all that, I'll work on a summary for non-linguists and share it with the like 2 people reading this (ha). As long as that doesn't violate some sort of academic publishing thing, I guess. I'll ask my advisor.

Anyway, anyone still here? Hi.

09 December 2016

Story sale!

My short story "Debridement" will be published in the anthology Survivor, edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and J.J. Pionke.

It'll be out around September 2017, I'm told. You can preorder here.

"Debridement" was my Viable Paradise application piece, and I'm thrilled it's finally found a home. It's a magical realism-ish story about a WW1 surgeon in Dresden, with a hell of an opening line. I hope you love it as much as I do.

22 April 2016

Now it can be told!

I've been accepted to the German Studies MA program at the University of Georgia for this fall! I'll be focusing on the linguistic aspects of the language (language change and variation).

I'm not going to get to very many (any?) cons over the next couple years, because of classes and all, but I currently intend to get the new novel WIP outlined before the semester starts and take a couple hours every weekend or something and work on a draft.

30 December 2015

2015 in review

2015 hasn't been terribly eventful.

I ran another Shatterdome Atlanta, which happened and people had fun. I went to my brother-in-law's wedding on Orcas Island, which took literally all day to get to from here (we had a 7 am flight and landed in Seattle at 1:30 pm and rented a car and drove 2 hours to the ferry, waited another hour + for the boat, then took the half-hour ferry to the island, and then had to drive to the other side of the island to the location, so we arrived around 9:30 pm, which felt like midnight to us, after a really long day.)

I started taking Russian at UNC. It's an interesting language, with a few bits of grammatical WTFery for speakers of Germanic languages (which includes English). A friend said I shouldn't learn it because it's too hard, but I said "pfff" and am doing it anyway. I got an A in 101, and I expect to get one in 102 as well. Going to the class eats 10-12 hours a week, plus another 4-5 of homework. I live half an hour from campus, but I use free parking that's not exactly close to campus, so I take a bus from there.

As to the goals I mentioned in last year's review... I accomplished two and a half. I ran a 5k (36:15), successfully chaired a convention, and made a small dent in my reading backlog. I have not sold a story (not for lack of trying...37 submissions, 37 rejections), and the novel is not in anything resembling a shoppable state (which is entirely my fault; I started learning Russian, which eats up a lot of time.) I'm working on it over winter break, but I still don't think I'll get it ready before classes start again.

I taught some German this year; after May, there was a lot of summer travel, so my whole 3 students and I said we'd reconvene toward fall. And there wasn't enough interest to make a class, so no class.

I read more. I even read books that were published this year! Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, and Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown. I liked the first one a lot, the second one a lot, and the third one OK.

For 2016, I'm going to keep trying to sell these stories, keep finishing this damned novel, and start figuring out the next one.

14 July 2015

Whirlwind summer

I've been busy this summer. I spent 4 days in Atlanta for Shatterdome Atlanta 2 (jaeger boogaloo), was home for two days, then flew out to Seattle for my brother-in-law's wedding on Orcas Island, whence his wife hails, to be gone for five days. So we were gone nine of eleven days.

The con was fun, and the wedding was in a lovely location.
view from Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island, WA.

Sunset over Doe Bay

After that, I spent a blissful two weeks without any travel at all, doing my usual things, like sleeping and running and going to trivia. Then it was off to Boston for Readercon.

I had a lovely time at Readercon, seeing my VP17 folks and people from the internet and meeting new people. I didn't get enough sleep, but I never do at cons. I liked having conversations about books and writing and reading and all that stuff, which I don't generally get to do with my local friend group.

I bought three books at the con: Hild (I'm catching up on books I needed to read two years ago that have sequels in progress), My Real Children (on the recommendation of several friends), and The Goblin Emperor (so I can have it forever and also get Ben to read it.)

I went to several panels, some of which I even managed to take notes on. I tend to find that I plan to go to a bunch of panels, then I get waylaid by excellent conversation in the hallway or consuite or bar. Either way, I have fun, eh?

Here are links to the Evernote notes I made of the panels I went to. Hopefully they work...

Drift-compatible Characters in SFF
Writing in the anthropocene
Language and Linguistics in SFF: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

They are very note-y, as I was typing them with my thumbs on a tablet, and also trying to pay attention to the speakers. The anthropocene panel had mic issues, so I may not have heard everything properly.

Anyway! I may be able to make it to ReaderCon next year, or I may try to go to 4th Street instead. (I can't afford both.) It depends on a lot of things, like how my summer travel plans shake out and when SATL 3 happens. That kind of thing.

18 March 2015

Time marches on

(it's a pun. laugh.)

Right, then. I have the physical certificate for the teaching course in hand, so I am all official on this thing. Woot! I'm teaching my third class at the language school, and it seems to be going well.

My sister had a baby about a month ago, so I have a niece. I crocheted a blanket for her, and it worked out well. My sister texted me a picture of the baby on the blanket.

I have a short story that I'm thinking of self-publishing. I can export it as an epub in five minutes with Scrivener, but I need a cover and all that. I'm also thinking of making some copies at kinkos and selling a print version at cons I go to. It's 5000 words, so it would be folded letter-size.

But I'll deal with that later. Right now I'm supposed to be finishing the revisions on this novel (the one that expands "Something There Is"). My original goal was this Friday, but I have 10 chapters left, and that's looking highly unlikely. Next Friday, then. And then it's off to beta readers. Yay.

Shatterdome Atlanta 2: Jaeger Boogaloo will be happening in three months (oh god).

After I finish novel revisions, I'm working on a secret project (secret because I don't want to talk about it too publicly in case nothing comes of it; a lot of you probably already know what I'm talking about anyway) and con planning, and when I have spare brain cycles, figuring out what the next novel I'm writing is about AND working on the synopsis & query letter and researching agents for the current one.

But that's a ways off yet, so I'm not thinking about it too hard at the moment.

31 December 2014

2014 in review

It's been quite a year, and not even for writing!

In February, I went to Mannheim, Germany, for a little over 2 weeks for a practicum in my German-teaching-certificate program, then I visited a friend in Stuttgart, and we went to see Hertha play VfB (and win).

March saw my first personal rejection for a story. April saw two sick cats, one of whom we lost in August.

In May, I successfully chaired a convention, and we're doing it again in 2015, this time with more staff huzzah.

I spent the last two weeks-ish of June in Berlin, then watched Germany win the World Cup. After that, it was building armor for DragonCon and having a cat die.

I started teaching German at a local language school in mid-September, and I'm cramming to finish the last module I need to get my certificate by Feb 1. (I have until April 1.)

In November I went to World Fantasy Con, met a lot of new people, and saw a bunch of my VP17 classmates. I won NaNoWriMo with a rewrite of my current novel (which I intend to finish a draft I can give to people to read by March 1).

This month involved a lot of baking, planning my next German class (German 2, starting next Tuesday), and visiting my family in Maryland. And crocheting a blanket for my sister's baby, which I finished just in time for her shower.

I didn't read nearly as much fiction as I wanted to, partly because I was either planning a convention, building armor, or reading about the theory of foreign language instruction in German.

For 2015, I want to sell a short story (at least one, preferably more than one; I only have 3 at the moment), get the novel to a state where I can shop it to agents, teach, successfully chair another convention, and run a 5k. I want to make a dent in my to-read backlog (much of which is electronic, thankfully).

I wish you all a happy new year and einen guten Rutsch.