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It is good to have another short story in the mail. I really must look at some I have finished but not submitted and see if they need a polish–then decide where to send them. Tomorrow: going to New York to see the sights with my sister; but I’ll also get to SFWA’s Authors’ and Editors’ Reception. Should be great!

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The role of SFWA secretary promises to be a demanding one, at least for the first few months, but I’m getting a bit more efficient with procedures and routines. Whew! Also, back to the editing job and loving it. Making good progress. And, last night I got a draft of my AFA application done, and it’s not due until September. Looking forward to getting back to the novel, and AFA support would certainly help. Hope third time is the charm.

Rainy day today, and none of my family home. Just the perfect day to get lots of writing done!

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Very cool: I stood for election for the position of secretary with the Science Fiction Writers of America, and won! I fly to San Jose to attend the Nebula Awards weekend in a week and a half, to meet the other members of the board, and to learn more about my portfolio from the previous secretary! Yay!

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Nice, over the holidays, to have a few quiet days–finished three and a half scenes out of the next (four-scene) chapter. That’s fourteen! January may be a less productive month as I have my own grant applications (just one, this year, though I should check to see what grant applications I am missing) as well as those for When Words Collide (three). Also, I am teaching eight half-days as an artist-in-residence–in a French school! Have to brush up on my French. And, start letting people know I am eligible for the Aurora, Hugo and Nebula awards. At least I already updated my website with access to all the stories I can. Oh, and–this just in–I made it past the first cut of the Green Man Anthology! Yay! (And if I find a little time, I have an idea for a series of watercolour paintings…) Oh, and did I just volunteer for positions on the Robin Herrington Short Story Contest committee, and maybe SFWA? Hmm.

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So, the mermaid novel is on hold for a bit, while I make sure I have everything I need for World Fantasy. I’m doing a reading, not a panel, and I have my piece picked out; and of course, I need my pitch ready and my completed novel in good shape. It’s a while since I looked at my whole novel, and you know, I really still love it. Found an awkward sentence or two to fix, and now all I have to do is meet the right agent or editor!

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And, the day after I got home from the motorcycle trip to Washington, I hopped a plane for Chicago. Chicon was wonderful. I got my “Analog Mafia” pin, and was there to congratulate Stan on his retirement and Trevor on his new position. Got to meet the author I work with as an editor for Edge, in person. Sat on two panels (moderated one) and had a reading and a workshop–some good stories, there. Met new people and explored a bit of downtown Chicago, the edge of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Institute of Art with old friends. Good times!

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I just posted both stories (The Right Chemistry appeared in OnSPEC in their Summer edition, and The Director’s Cut just came out this November in Tesseracts Fourteen, by Edge Press) on the SFWA site, so if any of you are SFWans, feel free to nominate either of my stories!

Thanks!

Susan

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Anticipation was wonderful – kept me too busy to post. However, here’s a re-cap: First, I didn’t win the Aurora Award for Best Work – Short Form. But my good friend, Randy McCharles did! So the award comes west, to Calgary, and Randy is awesome! I was able to accept the award for him (and get my photo taken) and it was a great evening. Randy also won for Best Fan Organizational, for running World Fantasy last fall, which he really deserved, so good all round!

I sat on 3 panels, did a reading and 2 signings, volunteered for SFWA and participated in a radio play. Along with visiting Old Montreal, buying (and reading) books and connecting with others, I only managed to hit a few panels, but the ones I saw were good.

In addition, I attended parties with, and was introduced to some well known writers, agents, editors and publishers, and received a couple of offers to submit work, so was very pleased with the weekend from a business point of view as well. Here are some pics: james_allan_gardner,asimov's,analog,sheila_williams,worldcon_09
Sheila Williams presented the Readers’ Choice Award to James Allan Gardner at the Analog / Asimov’s party Friday night.nick_dichario
Renee and I went out to dinner and guess who sat at the table next to us — Nick DiChario!

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What better place than the airport to blog about going to Worldcon in Montreal? I’m sitting on 2 panels and moderating a third, doing 2 signings, a reading, and appearing in a radio play. And, of course, the Aurora banquet — as well as volunteering for SFWA and spending some time at the Edge table. Will be a busy weekend! Hopefully, the hotel will have free internet access and I can post every day.

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Would have posted earlier, but I only just today got Internet.

I’m very much enjoying Denvention. Sessions have been interesting and informative with lots of big name authors, agents and editors providing advice. One thing about advice is that once you hear it, it often makes so much sense you think, “Why didn’t I realize that before? It’s so simple!” John Scalzi, Michael Kabongo (agent) and Mary Robinette Kowal (Nebula nominee) gave a really funny panel on schmoozing that included, “What is a great elevator pitch?” Mary’s pitch for one of her current novels is “Jane Austin — with magic!” Just having a couple of examples like that is really helpful. So instead of the one I thought of earlier for my novel (“an adventure fantasy in which a journeyman thief is politically manipulated into. . . “) I’m thinking of, “adventure fantasy with thieves and con men.” Maybe I can still work on it (my daughter, Heather — a wonderful writer in her own right — could probably make it better), but at least it’s shorter and hopefully gets to the cool part sooner. Let’s hope I get a chance to try it out.

As for shmoozing, I’ve done a little. I had dinner last night with Edge Press publisher Brian Hades, and up-and-coming authors Ed Willett and Adrian (KA) Bedford. The day before, our table included L.E. Modesitt. Yesterday, I was on hand when friend, writer and OnSpec editor, Barb Galler-Smith learned that her first book has been picked up by Edge Press and will likely see its launch at Anticipation World Con in Montreal next summer. Very exciting news!! I also touched base with Analog editor Stanley Schmidt (who suggested I sit on a few panels — which I will be doing tomorrow), good friend Rob Sawyer, and generous mentor, Mike Resnick. Today, I signed copies of Tesseracts Ten and Tesseracts Eleven with Randy McCharles, a wonderful SF humorist whose stories appear in Tess Eleven and upcoming in Tesseracts Twelve. Afterwards, I volunteered at the SFWA table.

Tomorrow I sit on a panel on “Writing in Spite of Your Environment,” followed, of course, by the Hugo Awards (keeping fingers crossed for Rob’s book, Rollback). Looking forward to it!

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