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A few weeks ago I went to my first PenguiCon! it’s a tech/geek/DIY/Scifi convention in Detroit every spring. More techy stuff than i’m usually into, there was a soldering lab, a bunch of RFID stuff, 3-D printed hands, a guy talking about radiation safety, a solar telescope, and some fantastic astronomy panels. I was mostly interested in the Lit track – went to a panels on editing, genre mash-ups, and got to hang out with Ferrett Steinmetz and Matt Betts, and go to both of their readings. There was of course the requisite dealer room, a ton of artists, a costume contest, and parties that made me feel like I’d fallen into a time warp.
and the best part? I got to spend the weekend with Lesley Conner! She also got to learn that I compulsively write things down. like, all the things, and all the time.
here’s some more pictures!
photo gallery of books, a.k.a. double stacking for the win.
except i don’t like books. or reading. #LOL
we had delusions of organizing our books as we unpacked and shelved them. We also had delusions that we had enough bookcases. I think a roadtrip to Ikea is in our future. Because the only thing better than more books is mismatched bookcases.
see how much i don’t like books? or reading?
My goodness it’s been a long time since I did a post! and today isn’t a real post, it’s just me, stopping by, saying “Hi! I’m still alive!”. It’s been a stressful couple of weeks, but I am hopeful that things are on the upswing. and then, maybe i’ll have bloggy stuff for you (and photos for Richard).
erm, i got some silly owl pictures off the interwebs for you? Cuz I like silly owl pictures.
Um, a muppet-y owls, like, a thing?
We survived the move! mostly because the professional movers moved all the heavy stuff. those poor guys, lugging everything up four flights of stairs. if professional movers start charging a thousand dollars extra per outdoor flight of stairs, that’s our fault.
the new place is huge, with a nicer view than the old place. I am not used to having to walk so far to the coffee pot. that could be a problem. ;) if we ever get the place somewhat unpacked, I’ll post some photos. We were short a bookcase before the move, and our oldest bookcase didn’t survive the move. So there are a ton of book boxes sitting around until the new bookcase we ordered arrives. Maybe we should have ordered 2 bookcases?
status of book reviews and such, because #books:
books i’ve finished and need to, like, review sometime:
The Gabble by Neal Asher – if you like super alien aliens, you’ll like this. as a collection, it’s got pros and cons, but it serves a good introduction to Asher’s Polity universe and his writing style.
American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle – I really enjoyed how this started, and Doyle’s written himself the foundations for a series that he could have a lot of fun with. I had some issues with the action scenes, but I’m an action scene snob.
books on the horizon that I’m planning to read next:
We get the keys to the new place on Thursday, the professional movers show up on Friday. Got just about everything packed up except the kitchen. Today we celebrated finishing packing the books.
It’s not that I’ve been procrastinating writing my review of Neal Asher’s The Gabble (it was hella fun, btw), it’s that I’ve been elsewhere on the web’o’sphere:
I was part of a SFSignal Mind Meld on Remembering Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett. I sent the link to my Dad, he said he liked my response.
I interviewed Tim Lebbon over at SFSignal about his newest apocalyptic novel The Silence
I interviewed A.C. Wise at Apex Magazine about her short story “Silver Buttons All down His Back”
S.C. Flynn interviewed me over at Scy-Fy.
I’ve been packing like a crazy mo-fo. Today I’m tackling the kitchen, the boardgames cabinet, and the entertainment center. or at least hoping to.
Big News! I’m moving in two weeks!
This blog isn’t moving, I am, quite literally, moving. Down the street. We’re swapping our crappy one bedroom apartment for a much larger and much nicer two bedroom that’s in our same apartment complex. So we are packing all our earthly belongings, lugging them down three flights of stairs, putting them in cars and SUVs and vans, driving across a small neighborhood, and then lugging everything up four flights of stairs.
Because we’re crazy.
and then the weekend after our move I’m going to a Convention.
because I’m crazy.
The sixtyfour million dollar question is:
How many boxes of books do you think we’ll have when we’re done packing?
I’m at 11 and counting, and that’s not even all the books that are just in the bedroom.
there’s book news too:
I read Transmetropolitan, Volume 1, by Warren Ellis. It’s snarky and crass, and the further i got into it, the more I liked it. Review coming soon.
I’m a few stories into The Gabble, a short story collection from Neal Asher. These stories all take place in and around his Polity universe, which I am only familiar with from having read The Skinner. I love the way Asher does scifi horror and aliens. Not everyone’s cuppa tea no doubt, but I freakin’ love it.
and then this gorgeous baby arrived in the mail from Mythic Delirium, Bone Swans, short stories by C.S.E. Cooney. In the proportions and the angle of the person’s head, the cover art reminds me of Klimt.