I leave tomorrow for Launchpad. They sent the week’s schedule (which looks heavy!) and a pre-test on science concepts. It was pretty challenging. However, I was relieved at the end when the last question asked how many astronomy courses I had taken and was able to check of “none.” But I think I did okay–will be interesting to see if we get to go over the pretest results (I’m driven by grades, what can I say?).

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Very cool! I was talking to the editor of the SFWA blog, Todd Vandermark, at Launchpad, and when he discovered I teach creative writing, he asked if I would do a blog post for the SFWA site. Cool! One of my favourite courses is “Backstory Secrets”–which, I have to admit, is mostly a combo of Robert McKee and Donald Maass, but with my own twist on how to apply it to writing. So, I wrote up 1000 words putting into a nutshell (with examples), and made a sale! Yay!

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I’ve been approached to edit another novel–this one, not until fall. I have the chapters to review to decide if I want to take it on. It’s very flattering, but I MUST spend more time on my own work. Decisions, decisions.

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This one isn’t published, but I am really enjoying it–critiquing it for friend, Randy McCharles. Very funny–easy read, lots of fun.

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Had a great critique from my writers’ group on Tuesday–they liked a lot of the story, and had some excellent suggestions to improve it. An interesting discussion, as well. Thanks, IFWITs!

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I am reading several very cool novels right now–a British murder mystery that is quite a page-turner, a comic fantasy by a good friend (soon to seek publication), and I have another novel on my list for a friend. That, in addition to several chapter/short stories for my crit group, my class and a workshop I am attending this summer. No shortage of reading material!

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I am editing a new novel, freelance, and am about half way through. Very much enjoying the work. I can take on very little freelance work (though as a member of CAFE, I could easily fill my plate to over-flowing), because I have so many other projects on the go. One or two gigs a year is about all I seem to be able to manage, while still getting my own writing, teaching, learning, and volunteer work done.

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My novel was rejected about 6 months ago, but with four paragraphs of critique from the editor–and a door open for resubmission. Ran it past my critique group and resubmitted this weekend. Yay!

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The Nebulas were awesome! Attended the banquet and caught up with several old friends–met new people. SFWA board meetings, as well–really accomplished at lot. A fantastic California weekend!

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Was invited to donate a story for free distribution at World Fantasy this fall. My publisher okayed a reprint of “The Director’s Cut,” a literary horror story–I think it will be cool to be in everyone’s book bag!

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