Hello noodles and gentlebeans!
Oh my gosh, a lot of things have happened. Lots of things. Like Stella and I went to the Nebula Conference in Los Angeles and spoke on four panels. Well, I spoke on four panels, Stella was only a major participant in one: "It's a Dog, Not a Robot" moderated by Mary Robinette Kowal. I was on that panel also with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and her amazing guide dog, Pax.
But first, let me back up.
I had a story come out in Strange Horizons! Oh my gosh, I was thrilled. It's a quick flash piece about horny elementals, and you can either read it here (it's called "The Wind Whispers Secrets to the Sea") or you can listen to the amazing podcast narrated by Anaea Lay here. I wrote this story in a fever dream. It came as a lightning bolt, nearly fully formed. With a few people's wonderful help, Strange Horizons wanted it. And now it's there.
I had a great time at ConFusion in Detroit, speaking on three panels and doing a reading with Lucy Snyder and Tim Boerger. I went to a number of readings as well. ConFusion was a great con, and I'm looking forward to going back next year. My fellow panelists were lovely, and it was a great hotel (and my roommate, Karen Osborne, was terrific).
The Nebula Conference was also amazing--this time in Los Angeles. I moderated a panel on "Mental Illness is Not the Monster" with great panelists, and was also on a panel of "QUILTBAG Writers Writing QUILTBAG Characters," as well as a panel on "Speaking and Writing about Disability." I also attended a bunch of panels.
Stella was a little jetlagged with the three-hour time difference, so I couldn't attend the Awards Ceremony in the banquet room, because she tended to misbehave after 8:30pm Pacific Time. So we went into the ConSuite, but the volume in there hurt her ears. So we were unable to watch the Awards Ceremony, which was my biggest regret. Next year, I'll buy a banquet ticket, so she can fall asleep under a banquet table and just chill out.
I'm still querying my novel and writing a bunch of short stories. I've written twelve poems already in 2019, several of which have been held at pro-SFF magazines. Which is a major milestone for me as a writer. I only started writing poetry last August, and now my poems are being held for consideration. It makes me feel like I know what I'm doing, poetry wise.
I'm not doing any more conventions this year, instead going to visit my nephew for his first birthday party, and then going out west to see my father in Tucson in October. I am planning on spending the rest of 2019 getting work completed and out there, and then in 2020, doing ConFusion, the Nebulas, and maybe ReaderCon.
I hope you're all doing well and having a wonderful (albeit hot) summer.