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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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A statue of a lady with a clock where her stomach ought to be

Just about an hour ago I sprained my left ankle walking back to work from the bank. It hurt badly enough that I limped my way into the lobby and sat down for about 10 minutes before I decided I could handle getting to the elevator and up to my office. Fortunately after elevating and icing if for a while it feels better, though it hurts like hell whenever I try to rotate the ankle even a little. Walking’s going to be FUN. At least it’s not my driving ankle. (Oh and taking the ice off and lowering it brings the pain to a whole new level. Whee!)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks (almost) since my birthday. Tons of work, prepping for the Rise Reviews launch, editing for sekrit projects, CG, etc. Also, looks about 95% sure that we’ll have a table at Boskone! Coolness! We’ll have a few different books, magazines – including the very first Crossed Genres Quarterly! – and more. Maybe some buttons too. Everyone loves buttons!

Damn my ankle hurts. I was hoping to play a lot with Baz tonight but this will seriously limit my mobility. Also, when Baz and I play he loves to climb on me, or or have me lift him with my legs. Not happening tonight.

The ankle will also be pretty annoying on Saturday, which of course is Christmas. of course that’s a few days away, but it’ll still be tough to move around, especially with 3 excited kids underfoot (Baz, and my niece Ruthie & nephew Isaac). SO glad we don’t need to do last-minute shopping.

Kay made a stew last night! My mom had a crockpot she never used, so she gave it to us. The stew called for beef, but we substituted black pepper turkey. Result: HOO BOY SPICY! But tasty!

Oh yeah… Baz can WRITE! *flips out* Proud Geeky Parent Moment FTW!

So many other things! A few days ago we were linked to a really amazing app for the iPhone: Word Lens. It uses the camera to auto-translate English text to Spanish or Spanish to English in real-time. (!) It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s seriously amazing technology, and promises to get better – one of the cool things about apps is that developers can constantly update/refine them. I expect Word Lens will not only get better, but will eventually add other languages as well. Kay’s working on a review of Word Lens for Geek Mom. =)

Leaving for home shortly. Not looking forward to the commute.

Post title from “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas” by Allan Sherman

A piece of the action

I am wiped out. Two extra kids around the house is exhausting.

Having my niece and nephew over actually went fine. Today they’re being passed off to their grandmother for a while.) But it was extra tiring, and I feel like my groove it completely off. My productivity has been bluh for days. Gotta get back into it.

I don’t know if I mentioned it before (it’s not a secret or anything, but it won’t be relevant for a while), but I’m editing an anthology for Crossed Genres. It’s called Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy stories of fighting the status quo. It’s an invite-only anthology – no open submissions. I decided to do that when I realized a) I know a lot of talented writers I can ask to contribute, and b) open submissions? When would I have time to read all those? Anyway, the anthology is scheduled for release in Spring 2011, so there’s not too much more to talk about yet – I won’t even have an idea of what the TOC will be until around mid-November. I’m taking my time with this one, partly to make sure do it right and partly because that’s what I have time for!

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A new site

This isn’t exactly a Father’s Day present – WordPress 3.0 came out a few days ago, and it’s given me the excuse to finally get around to setting up the Subvert the Space site I keep meaning to.

One of the new features of 3.0 is the ability to set up multiple autonomous sites (they call it a “network” even though it’s really not), so eventually there’ll be separate sites for me, Kay, Baz… I’ll probably set up a site for Not Normal too, since a lot of people are asking for it.

Anyway, this post is part-actual post, part a test to ensure that my Twitter and Livejournal forwarding is working correctly. Word of caution – now that I actually have a personal site/blog set up, I may actually make a personal post once in a while. *gasp!*

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