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And when we play we tend to leave a trail a mile wide

Today is my mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, mom! My mom, in case it hasn’t been clear from my previous blog posts, is awesome. =) Tonight after work, Me, Kay and Baz, along with mom, my sister Joan and her kids Isaac and Ruth, are all going to the Big Apple Circus! I haven’t been for many many many years (I’m actually not sure exactly when the last time was). Baz of course has never been and is really looking forward to it. The circus was mom’s choice, so hey! It’s nice that they’re actually here on her birthday, though we could have gone another nearby day if it’d been necessary. Sadly it’s going to rain all day, which is annoying, but eh. I still anticipate lots of fun. *Knock Wood*

Speaking of birthdays, Baz’s birthday is next in the immediate family, on May 31. He’s going to be FIVE. *LALALALALAICAN’THEARYOULALALALALALA!!!* When did this happen?! He’s starting KINDERGARTEN in September! Eep! Fortunately we’ve got his school paperwork up to date. (Kudos to Kay for being on top of that!) We’ll find out soon which school he got into, but really – there’s a perfectly good K-8 school across the street from our house. Literally. If they try to put him anywhere else, they’re bonkers. We’ve already got some good ideas in the works for his birthday – which I’m not going to share yet because somehow he’d hear about it. Really. Just randomly we’ll be on a bus a month from now and some stranger will say “Yeah, so this guy on his blog was talking about what he’s doing for his son’s birthday…” and POOF, the surprise is spoiled!

Last night, we got confirmation that Crossed Genres Publications has been assigned a table in the dealer’s room (the ‘Bookstore’) at ReaderCon! We’re very excited! ReaderCon is very focused on the writing of speculative fiction, unlike other cons that also devote time to tv, film, etc. Nothing wrong with that, but the focus on writing/publishing is just what we’re looking for! Also, the guest list is very impressive, and I look forward to meeting some folks who I’ve conversed with but never met in person. If you’re in the area you should totally come to the con!

Kay and I have been talking and planning almost nonstop for two weeks now! We’re trying to lay out CGP’s plans/projects through 2012 so we can have a better idea how to plan our time. Of course, some of that will be effected by if we get floored by any novel submissions that we really want to produce. *hint hint!* At this point we have a pretty good idea of what things will look like, though of course details are changing and being firmed up constantly. A lot is what you might expect, if you’ve followed CG for the past couple of years – but there will be surprises. OH will there be surprises! 😉

One of the things we’re working on is a new website, something CG really needs. We’re just in the planning stages right now, figuring out what we need the site to do and coming up with designs. We’re aiming to (hopefully) have the new site ready to launch around September.

As I mentioned on Twitter, right now most of my projects are kind of in limbo: either I’m waiting for an email, or something won’t be decided for a couple weeks, or the project is long-term and something that just needs to be worked on a bit at a time here and there. It’s very strange, because over the past 2 1/2 years CG has been very much about NOW: Got to get it done fast, constant turnover, gogoGO! And right now it’s not really like that, not most of it anyway. There’s LOTS of stuff to work on but it’s all slow burn. And after 2 1/2 years of constantly racing to meet deadlines, I am NOT conditioned for Slow Burn.

Of course, this will not last. Soon the magazine will kick into high gear again, and some other projects will heat up, and it’ll be back to the fast pace… for a while. Part of the plans Kay and I are making involve more slow burn starting in 2012. I’m happy about it, but if right now is any indication, it’s going to take some getting used to!

Post title from “Banned From Argo” by Leslie Fish

Everybody’s smellin’ my potpourri

So many things to post about!

  • 1. Tiptree Award!

The Tiptree Award was announced last week, and a story originally published in Crossed Genres’ Characters of Color issue (#24) made the Honor List! “The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.” Sandra McDonald’s “Drag Queen Astronaut” was described as “a wonderful exploration (and ultimately an affirmation) of a gender presentation that tends to be ignored or ridiculed.”

We’re immensely proud of this. Since we founded Crossed Genres in September ’08, we’ve always had a goal for CG to be progressive, open and actively inclusive. We’ve worked to further this with issues dedicated to under-represented groups (LGBTQ, Eastern, Characters of Color). This nod is an acknowledgment of that work and it’s immensely satisfying.

  • 2. CG print subscription (?)

CG is also considering something we’ve wanted to do since we founded the zine: Print subscriptions! We’ve never been able to make it work before, but we might now be able to! We’re taking a sounding of people to see if there’s enough interest. If you’d be interested in a reasonably priced (~$30/year) print subscription to CG Magazine, go here and let us know! (Or reply right here, that’s fine too…)

  • 3. Ebook Coordinator / Promotions Coordinator

Also, CG is looking for an Ebook Coordinator. We need someone who can manage accounts for CG’s ebooks on various ebook distribution platforms (Like Kindle, iBookstore, PubIt, Smashwords, etc.). If you’re interested check out the listing on the site!

  • 4. Diana Wynne Jones / Geraldine Ferraro / Elizabeth Taylor

I was heartbroken to learn of the death of Diana Wynne Jones on Saturday. I read Jones’ books heavily when I was a kid, and have always remembered them vividly; The Lives of Christopher Chant in particular, as well as Charmed Life, Howl’s Moving Castle, Fire and Hemlock, Power of Three, and her short story collection Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories, etc. The skill and beauty of her writing is something all writers of fantasy should aspire to.

In a nasty bit of irony, I’m a member of a Twitter “Tweetup” group: we get together each Sunday, all start playing a film at the same time, and tweet about it. We focus on the films of Hiyao Miyazaki, and this week we had already arranged to watch his adaptation of Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. We did so earlier today; it was both fun and sad.

If Jones wasn’t bad enough, just 3 days earlier legendary film actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away; and then only hours after hearing about Jones, news spread of the death of Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman Vice Presidential candidate for a major party (D-1984). It was a bad week for talented, exceptional women. They’ll be missed.

  • 5. AKIRA Fail

You may recall my previous post in which I described the Utter Fail that was Paramount and M. Night Shyamalan’s handling of casting in the film The Last Airbender. Well apparently film studios are incapable of learning from each other, because Warner Brothers is at it now, this time with the seminal Manga/Anime Akira. Evidently, not only is Warner brothers relocating the story from Japan to “Neo-Manhattan”, but they are targeting a handful of prominent white actors to play the main male characters of Tetsuo and Kanedawhile keeping the characters’ original names. Apparently it makes more sense to WB to cast a mid-20’s white guy to play a teenage Asian character than it does to cast… a teenage Asian actor? (I’m particularly incensed about this one – the film of AKIRA was part of my introduction to Anime.)

  • 6. BarCamp Boston / ReaderCon

Kay and I are debating whether to go to Bar Camp Boston in a couple weekends from now. I’ve heard about it for a couple years now but never gone; this year 2 friends have independently asked if I was going. It does sound like it would be fun, and a good way to network. We’ll see. Anyone out there going?

Also, I’ve applied for a table for CG at ReaderCon in July. There’s no guarantees – apparently it’s a tough con to get a table at, especially for new/small presses, but I’m staying hopeful. We want to have the official release of Kelly Jennings’ Broken Slate be at ReaderCon! We should find out sometime in April.

  • 7. Taxes

ARGH! would be my general reaction to tax time. As it is for everyone I suppose. Our taxes tend to be complicated because of CG, and last year was quite a challenge to figure out; it was made worse when we ended up owing $1200 that we didn’t have.

This year I strongly considered hiring someone to do it, but it was too expensive and I figured we’d be losing $ again, though hopefully not as badly as last year – I didn’t want to add more to that. So I did it myself again, this weekend. Fortunately what I’d learned last year stuck with me and I remembered most of it, so it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d feared. Even better, I discovered that not only do we not owe $ to federal OR state, we’re actually getting a small but nice refund! ZOMGYAY! Huge relief!

  • 8. Birthdays

It is birthday time for my immediate family. Almost 2 weeks ago, it was my sister’s birthday, and then this past week was my niece Ruth’s. In a couple weeks it’ll be my mom’s, and then 1 1/2 months after that – BAZ’S! And then a couple more weeks until my nephew Isaac’s. Kay and I are the outliers – what else is new?

For my sister’s birthday we went to The Chocolate Bar in Boston. It’s an absurd amount of decadence that you can only do very rarely – not just for the cost but there’s only so much chocolate you can eat in one go! It was a lot of fun, and Baz, bless ‘im, ate mostly fruit that was intended for dipping in chocolate sauce. Fortunately kids under 5 are free! 😉

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— Post title from “S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants)” from Phineas & Ferb —

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‘cuz I don’t fit inside that world (Happy birthday to me!)

Yes. Today is my birthday! Others I share a birthday with:

Also worth noting that amongst the people who died on December 10 are Ed Wood (1978), Eugene McCarthy (2005), Richard Pryor (2005), and Augusto Pinochet (2006). (McCarthy and Pryor died on the same day – there’s something deeply ironic about that.)

Today I got up just long enough to spend a bit of time with Baz before Kay took him off to preschool. Then I climbed back into bed (When Kay got back she joined me) and we slept until TEN AM. I woke up and literally just couldn’t sleep any more. Yay!

I woke up to discover that Kay had asked folks to wish my happy birthday online or via email, and a LOT of people had risen to it. In case I missed you, thanks everyone! I feel very loved!

After breakfast it was present time!

It should be pointed out that I’d already gotten two presents earlier – a new computer, and new shoes (black). Both were out of necessity because their predecessors were completely shot. So I had already gotten my “big” gifts.

But my on-the-day-presents are great! First, I got an awesome Youtube Video mix! 12 “off” love songs, one of which provided the title for this post. They’re really good and very varied – and now I know what the hell Kay’s been humming to herself for months. Here’s an embedding of the playlist:

My other present, though, is even better: NO CHORES FOR THE REST OF 2010!!! Kay’s taking them all over for the next few weeks. Holy wow! Score!

After doofing around for a while we ran out to Shaw’s for a bit of food and to rent a few Redbox movies. Sitting at home watching movies, boring? Perhaps. On the other hand, it didn’t even reach 30 degrees outside, everything in the theaters is crap – and here at home, I have a computer. No contest! We ate (and had my first Pepsi in a good month), and watched a movie. Now Kay’s baked brownies (!!), we’re going to order dinner and chill the rest of the night. A relaxing day hanging out with Kay, doing nothing important? I win so hard!

Did I mention that my wonderful mom is taking Baz overnight tonight? She is! When I told Baz about that last night, he smiled so big I thought the top of his head would fall off, and went “EEEEEE!!!” Boy loves his grandma!

Tomorrow will also be relaxing… I’ll spend most of the day hanging out with and playing with Baz, but tomorrow night we’re having a babysitter watch Baz and his cousins Ruth and Isaac, and I’m being taken out to a kid-free birthday dinner with Kay, my mom, my sister Joan, and possibly my friend Brian ETA: Nope, Brian can’t make it. =( After, there will be cake, and maybe a couple more presents.

Birthdays are AWESOME.

UPDATE: The mail came. Guess who got summoned for jury duty!! Ahahaha!

Post title from “Library Girl” by Reina del Cid

Change is a stranger you have yet to know

Friday is my birthday. I’m taking the day off work. I don’t have much in the way of plans – I think Kay might have something up her sleeve, but I’m not sure. My mom is taking Baz to sleep over Friday night too! Kay and I don’t get a lot of Baz-free nights.

One thing I do know I’ll be doing on Friday is participating in the Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie (Facebook link). I linked to Katie’s story in a previous post, but short version: she was teased and bullied at school for bringing a Star Wars cup (“They say it’s only for boys.”), so badly that she begged her mom to let her take a plain pink cup instead. Her mom asked female Star Wars fans to show their support online, and the response was astounding (thousands of supportive comments, links on mamapedia.com, starwars.com, etc). On December 10, people are being asked to “…wear a Star Wars tee shirt or any other piece of paraphernalia to show that you support Katie, Star Wars, anti-bullying, or at the very least, cool water bottles.” And in addition, “Katie’s parents have requested that, in light of the season, those with the means donate a Star Wars toy to needy children.” This is a great way to simultaneously show support for this one girl, anti-bullying in general, and help needy kids have a happier holiday season all at the same time. And it’s on my birthday. Brilliant.

Last week CG released RJ Astruc’s novel A Festival of Skeletons! It’s our first novel release so we’re very excited.

And tomorrow we’re releasing Crossed Genres Year Two! Two book releases in one week?! Yikes!

We’re planning on taking both anthologies, Festival, and the first Quarterly of the magazine to Boskone in February, as dealers. Exciting! It would be nice if the Boskone people would get back to me though. I sent in our registration costs and dealer table fee, and then later sent an email asking for confirmation. I haven’t heard a damned thing. Going to have to try again soon.

Recently I’ve been putting a lot of work into prepping Rise Reviews for the launch on January 1. It’s looking good: 16 reviewers, so there’ll be 16 reviews up when the site launches. Right now it’s looking like there’ll be between 27-32 reviews each month. That could vary a bit depending on time. It’s kind of interesting though, how some places don’t get back to me when I request a review copy. Maybe they don’t take us seriously since RR isn’t launched yet? I guess maybe. But I mean damn, don’t they want their publications reviewed?

I need to do a linkdump post. Maybe tomorrow.

There’s some other stuff. Sucky stuff. That I’m not going to go into ATM. Maybe later. Right now I’m determined to have a happy birthday.

Post title from “Older” by George Michael

No offense, but I’d rather stay home and read

Wow, am I overdue for a post. Sorry about that. We’ve been having a merry ol’ time.

Kay was quite surprised when I drove us to the airport on Monday! She was even more surprised when Jaym and Tiki showed up! We’ve spent a very fun few days with them. Sadly Jaym had to leave yesterday, but Tiki will be here until Friday. Today, once Baz was at preschool (and we’d gone back to sleep for a while 😉 ) we had a full day of fun with her! (That sounds wrong…) Baz looooooves Tiki! He’s such a charmer! 😉

I swear there’ll be a bigger, more detailed post about the whole birthday thing later. Really! With pics, even!

We have the proofs for CG issue 22, and for A Festival of Skeletons! Festival needs a bit of work, but we planned on needing a 2nd and maybe even a 3rd proof. It’s still gorgeous! #22 looks great too, and it’s all set to go!

I’m sure I have more to talk about, but it’ll have to wait until a post this weekend, I think. Too tired/full of good food to think straight!

Post title from Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury