Oh hey there. Long time little update. DOING
I've been working a lot. I'm just... really tired. I worked straight through last weekend and while it was necessary it was also not a great idea, so this weekend I did not work at all, and even though my work is not done, that turned out much better. Saw A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn
with some coworkers and went to MST3K night at thedeadparrot
's: the poorly executed sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
-- do not subject yourselves to it! Hung out with friend C. and watched TV and worked on a vid; see #2 below. Ann Leckie
came to town for a sci fi con, and thedeadparrot
and I went to her reading/signing on Thursday. She read from Ch. 4 of Ancillary Mercy and answered questions -- a LOT of questions; the bookstore staff really should have put a stop to it after an hour, but it went for almost two. Then I got my trilogy signed, told her what I loved best about it, and shed enough inhibitions to say thanks for retweeting "Starships!" a while back. She said she bought the song after seeing the vid because she hadn't heard it before and afterwards it reminded her of the spaceships. :D
It snowed a few inches this morning and then warmed up so now it looks and sounds as if we are in a nature documentary about springtime in the mountains, snowmelt streaming from awnings and flowing alongside the curbs.VIDDING
1. I am trying something new this year and have volunteered for the Vividcon Auction
, where people bid for vidders to support the con and then a collaborative vid is born. I am a little scared and a little excited. Here is the list of participants and what they are & aren't willing to do.
Bidding starts Saturday if that is a thing you are into.
2. I've also been working low and slow since Oct/Nov on a book trailer for Ancillary Justice
. Upshot: Clip hunting takes a lot of time. I'm super excited about it, though, especially in the last couple of days, when I started taking what I've got and putting stuff down on a Premiere timeline. Will probably unlock a post about it in the coming weeks -- it was filtered to just a few people in case I got matched on it during Festivids -- to see if some of you have ideas for sources that might have visuals to fill the remaining gaps.WATCHING
Lots of crappy movies & TV shows in service of the trailer project, heh, although the show The Expanse
is pretty solid. Did they cast actors with Marfan syndrome to play Belters or what?
Season 5 of Girls
is exactly what you'd expect, and I did manage to see Deadpool
last month: an enjoyably irreverent meta romp.
Oh, and rewatched the second episode of Penny Dreadful
with C., who's experiencing the show for the first time. My heart, oh my goodness, my heart still beats for Victor Frankenstein and Mr. Proteus. ♥ ♥READING
All fiction pales in comparison to The Golem and the Jinni, so I switched to nonfiction for a while. I have conflicted thoughts about A.O. Scott's Better Living Through Criticism
; his movie reviews are great and he said all the right things at his book tour reading/Q&A, but the book itself is surprisingly off-putting, considering I'm embedded in a community that lives and breathes pop culture analysis and should be among his core audiences. Don't feel up to writing a dissertation about it at the moment, though.
Now working my way through Best American Magazine Writing 2015
. The first few articles were just as infuriating the second time around as when they were published: some for examining societal injustices whose solutions never seem to gain traction (racism through the lens of real estate, misogyny on the internet), and one for whining about the poor young men who're soooo victimized in the hunt to punish those who commit sexual assault on college campuses. Written by a woman
(Emily Yoffe, no surprise). Ugh.WRITING
I wrote a Golem and the Jinni ficlet
-- you may have seen -- and would like to do a thing for the Porn Battle
tomorrow. Specifically, I have an Ahmad/Dustfinger idea. A jinni and a fire-dancer walk into a bar... Because the answer to not getting many readers on a ficlet for a book is to cross it over with an even rarer book.
How're you all?
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