On Sunday I went down to the National Book Festival with greenygal
to hear Lois McMaster Bujold speak -- well, greenygal
and I got there early to hear Craig Thompson's talk which was scheduled before Bujold, and the other joined us.
Bujold's talk was a reprise of the one she gave this year at the ALA -- "what would the world be like without science fiction as a genre?" -- which was interesting and posited that since Mary Shelley's Frankenstien is really the first SF story, there would be a lot
of changes. Frankly, I'm not sure you can get through the Industrial Revolution without developing something like science fiction -- possibly it's an idea for another science fiction story -- but it was an interesting speech. She then read a short excerpt from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, and took some questions from the audience; sadly, it seems like she has nothing in the works right at the moment, though she does want to write a fourth and fifth Chalion book.
Everyone else got their books signed -- I still haven't found my in the unpacking. We also chatted with some nice people in the signing line -- blushingflower
and her SO (or friend, I wasn't sure). It's hilarious how type-y fangirls are -- we talked books, SGA, knitting, and historical costuming, among other things.
For myself, I haven't gotten any real revisions done on my sabriel_mini
, which is bad because posting starts soon. I don't suppose anyone wants to read the draft and give me a push? It's about 20K.
I think much of my problem is work. I'm alternately busy, bored, and frustrated with the new position, and it makes an impact once I get home too. Often, I'll be tired and go to bed by 9 -- and then wake up at 4:30 restless and not be able to sleep again.
I do have ideas for other stories rattling around as well -- the spaceship AU, some kind of Kali/Gabriel story, and a story that I was collaborating on a while ago that I'm having more ideas for, but I need to see if the other author has GAFIATed, been swamped by Real Life, or what, and whether she'd be okay with me finishing it on my own. I really shouldn't commit to anything else until I get some revisions done, but I kind of want to sign up for team_free_love
's Secret Lovers Exchange
-- I didn't do it last year, and I missed the fun I had the year before.
I kind of want to do Yuletide this year -- I actually have fandoms I want to nominate: The Almighty Johnsons
, Bite me! by Dylan Meconis
, and Mirabile by Janet Kagan
-- though I think I only want to write for Mirabile or maybe Bite Me! Yuletide is such a crazy commitment (not enough time for me to be comfortable), and the last time I did it my recipient really really
wanted a story about giant lizards eating people, since that was the only common thread in all the requested fandoms I got. And I have no idea what I'd request this time round, either...