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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Announcement: The Duke of Editing is Now Open for Business! Bring Your Grammars!

Some of you already knew this was coming, but you didn't know the name of my new freelance editing business or the full extent of the shenanigans to be had now that I'm trying desperately to behave like a professional.
But it has happened.  As of this moment, The Duke of Editing is open for business.  

Please spread the word!

On a related note:  I would like to say thanks to the following folks, who were kind enough to offer their opinions before the launch:

  • S.L. Huang
  • Cecily Kane
  • Josh Vogt
  • Robert MacAnthony
  • Louise Hughes
  • and Nathan from Review Barn
OK.  Time to get back to work...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On the Hugo Awards "Best Fancast" Category: Eligibility, Vote Value, and the Unlikelihood of Change

Recently, I had a Twitter discussion* with Nerds of a Feather about the "Best Fancast" category for the Hugos.**  Briefly, Nerds' Hugo Nominations Draft Ballot contained several podcasts which I had thought weren't eligible because of their association with a pro site (Tor.com).  This discussion continued today with Justin Landon's comments about nominations, which I'll discuss farther down on the page.  First, some factual bits and pieces:

The Hugo Award categories page lists the following definition for Fancast:  "Awarded for any non-professional audio- or video-casting with at least four (4) episodes that had at least one (1) episode released in the previous calendar year."  Most podcasts would be eligible for this category if not for the word "non-professional."  According to the Hugo rules,

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Have a Patreon Page: Show Me Your Love (Or Something Less Creepy)

It happened.  I said I would do it, and so I have.

I've created a Patreon page so you'll all show me how much you really love me, but on a slightly more regular basis.

There are "goals" I'd like to achieve -- namely, being able to focus more on blogging about the things I love than spending time on things that stress me out.  Ultimately, this is about being able to do more of the things I like doing and less of the things I don't like doing, which comes down to what the folks who read this blog think about everything.

In any case, this is just part one of a two-part journey to secretly switch careers while everybody is looking!  If you like what I do on this blog, feel free to support my Patreon page.  We'll see how the year progresses :)

Blogging, Patreon, Life: Thinking About Things...Publicly!

I originally posted the following on Google+, but I decided to crosspost it here to get input from folks who are subscribed to this blog.  Anywhoodles:

So, Patreon.  In the last week or so, I've been giving serious thought to using it, partly because my look back at my blogging work in 2014 made me realize how much attention has been diverted from it and partly because I know why so much of my attention has been diverted away from it:  financially, I have to work more just to meet basic needs (which aren't looking good this year, by the way -- thanks to having a job which doesn't provide dental!).  So, last year, I taught more classes to cover expenses (and to make it so I could travel a little bit) and to get some things I really need (honestly, having a car has made a lot of things in my life a lot easier).  So the blog got shoved back a bit.  I had the podcasting thing.  The blog could hold off.  The closest thing I had to "funding" this kind of thing was my trip to London for Worldcon. 
But I actually like blogging.  I like talking about sf/f movies and books.  When I'm not worried about work or unexpected medical bills, I'm excited to talk about the things that I love.  I just wish I could do more of that and less of the stuff that stresses me out. 
As such, I've been trying to figure out how I can correct this.  To reduce my teaching load so I can spend more time doing what I find produces less stress.  And right now, I'm seriously considering Patreon.  Not just for blogging, but for podcasting, too (not The Skiffy and Fanty Show, though; different stuff).  Creating content = yes, please. 
I suppose this is a kind of weird way to probe the folks who follow me on G+ on what they think of the idea.  If using that could mean producing more content (on my blog, on my G+ -- in blog or podcast form (or both)), would you consider supporting it?  Or is this just a really bad idea?

Monday, January 19, 2015

2014 in Review (Stats, Data, Yikes): A Lax Year

I'm a bit late to the party here, but I figured since I set so many goals for myself this year, I should actually talk about what my 2014 looked like in terms of blogging.  In brief:  2014 was not a particularly good year for me as a blogger, which isn't actually a surprise.  I've been a somewhat lax blogger for the past few years, in part because I've diverted so much of my attention to The Skiffy and Fanty Show and to Twitter conversations.  There has also been a fair amount of burnout from time to time, particularly when the blogging community started to tank a few years back (it seems to have stabilized now).  That said, looking at my statistics, it's clear where my blog fell off the train in 2014, which gives me insight into how I might improve the blog in 2015.

But in case you want the really long-winded version, here you go:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gender, Non-Binary, and Things (or, the Likelihood of Failure)

As you may have heard, I changed my review guidelines so I could join my podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, in its 2015 "Women and Non-Binary in SFF" theme.  This post isn't really about that so much as the related subject of life and getting things right.

Or, rather, getting things wrong and hoping for forgiveness.

Already, I can tell that my efforts to provide representation for women and non-binary folks is going to an informative journey through no fault of the people involved.  Learning is, after all, partly experiential, and so it's unlikely I can go through a year with such a clear focus without picking up on my own failings or picking up new behaviors, habits, concerns, dreams, aspirations, and so on.  I'm the type of person who finds something they love or care about, and then I start dreaming about all the ways I can do that thing, often knowing deep down that I won't be able to paint the whole picture with the resources on hand.  Ambitious to a fault, if you will, about the things that matter to me, or that I find I'm most passionate about.  Podcasting and issues of representation happen to be two of the things from which I currently derive the most joy.  Partly, that's because I find podcasting to be a great deal of fun -- reading books, watching movies, and hanging out with friends; what's not to love?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Review Guidelines Change for 2015: Call for Stuffs

As you may know, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, my magic podcast, is running a new theme throughout 2015:  women and non-binary in sf/f.  Given that most of what I read ends up on that show in some form or another and that I set a goal to review 50 books this year, I'm going to follow suit.

And so, the following changes will take effect as of today:
  • For all of 2015, I will primarily review books by women or non-gendered individuals (or other variations therein).  Exceptions will be made here or there for certain writers whose work I simply adore.  What I read:
    • Science fiction and fantasy (or anything that is vaguely fantastic; I appreciate what might be called "literary" fiction with a fantastic flourish)
    • Novels marketed for adults, young adults, or middle grade readers (the latter two categories are never sent to me for some reason)
    • Short fiction
  • Other types of work will also be considered if they are related to sf/f in some way (biographies, academic books, essay collections, etc.).
That's pretty much it.  Simple.  To the point.

And on that note, this is my magic open call for people to send me their book things.  Novels, story collections, non-fiction books, etc.  Anything sent to my email will automatically be considered for The Skiffy and Fanty Show or its blog.

Bring it on!