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What was your worst day ever?
February 2nd 1992 the day my grandfather who raised me died, the first major death in my life 3 days after I had to put down a pet for the first time.
What is your favorite smell?
Coffee, steak, a summer day
What cocktail are you most like and why?
Not a cocktail guy.
What were you doing at midnight last night?
Playing Red Orchestra an online computer game.
What did your last text message you received say?
Gordon is like that. I nearly missed my driveway.
What is a word you say a lot?
Who was your first crush?
Lisa from Grade 1
What was your worst injury ever?
Sprained wrist way back when.
What was the last song you listened to?
Not sure but it was on 91.3 the St. Clair County Community College radio station.
Novi, Michigan for ConFusion continuning a streak that started in 1988
Toronto, Ontario for The OLA Superconference continuning a streak that started in oughts I forget when
Richmond Hill, Ontario for Ad Astra off and on since 1982 mostly on
Ferndale, Michigan for the Ann Arbor Art Fair since about 2000
Livonia, Michigan for ConClave the last one which I first attended in 1987
1. Are you named after someone? After my grandfather in part
2. When is the last time you cried? Cannot remember
3. Do you like your handwriting? Its workable
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? No
7. Do you use sarcasm? Not well
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? Not at this point.
10. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Large flake Oatmeal
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you're strong? Mostly
13. What is your favorite ice cream? I can no longer tolerate ice cream
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Looks
15. Football or Baseball? Why choose?
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Physically, the weight I have gained and the lack of power to weight. Mentally, my procrastination problem.
17. What color pants are you wearing right now? Black
18. What was the last thing you ate? A chocolate alomond fudge Clift bar
19. What are you listening to right now? The computer spin
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red
21. Favorite smell? BBQ sirloin steak
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? a client at work
23. Favorite sport to watch? Sports car racing LeMans style
24. Hair color? Dark brown, grey and bald
25. Eye color? dark brown
27. Favorite food to eat? Thai
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. I really prefer thoughtful endings
29. Last movie you watched? In the theater, Fatastic Beasts and Where to FInd Them
30. What color shirt are you wearing? navy blue
I had a meeting scheduled with David Hartwell from Tor Books that night, at the gigantic Tor party and I was pretty confident.
The party itself was amazing. John Scalzi was there, Neil Gaiman was there, George R. R. Martin was there, the place was packed. David and I sat down on a sofa and he looked at every page of my book layout and poured over every one. He was very enthusiastic, telling stories about writers, looking over all the bookshelves. I think it probably took him half an hour to go over the whole thing. He was filled with praise. And I said, "Well, is this something you'd be interested in?" and he said "No."
The Tor Party. Click to see larger.
And I was kind of stunned. Why had he sat there saying all these glorious things for the past half hour? Why waste this block of time on me when he could be talking to George R. R. Martin or Charlie Stoss?
"For what it would cost to print this," he said, "we could publish five Jay Lake novels. The money's just not there to make this a viable book for us. It is beautiful. Thank you for showing me."
He gave me some leads and went back to the party. I realized that he'd known the whole time they weren't going to publish it, he'd known when he saw the Wired magazine article. And the reason that he'd agreed to a meeting was because he cared about Fantasy and Science fiction, he loved it, and he loved all the people I'd been photographing. He'd agreed to a meeting not because he was a bad editor, but because he was a good person.
I think most other editors would have told me on the phone they wouldn't publish it but David gave me 30 minutes of careful praise instead, because he thought it was something that deserved his kind words. Thank you David, for that.
David in Montreal for my "Fandom" collection.
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It's always fun to look back at which titles sold best over the course of the year. Here they are, by format (an * means 'Canadian author').
1. Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
2. Rendezvous With Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
3. Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
4. Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch
5. Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
6. Written In Red, Anne Bishop
7. Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
8. Hounded, Kevin Hearne
9. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
10. Dune, Frank Herbert
1. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
3. Vn, Madeline Ashby*
4. Lilith's Brood, Octavia Butler
5. The Martian, Andy Weir
6. Virga, Karl Schroeder*
7. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
8. ST: The Klingon Dictionary, Marc Okrand
9. Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
10. Defiant, Karina Sumner-Smith*
1. Scorpion Rules, Erin Bow*
2. Inheritance Of Ashes, Leah Bobet*
3. Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy, Sam Maggs*
4. Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
5. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
6. Book Of Spirits And Thieves, Morgan Rhodes*
7. An Ancient Peace, Tanya Huff*
8. The Affinities, Robert Charles Wilson*
9. Prairie Fire, E.K. Johnston*
10. Just City, Jo Walton*
- It's not surprising to see Canadians dominate the hardcover list; we launch a lot of books for local(ish) authors. Like, a LOT.
- The #1 mass market paperback sold more than twice as much as #2. Because we loved it. Handselling works.
- Ann Leckie owned our trade paperback list this year.
- These top 10s aside, our most-sold author this year was Terry Pratchett. Only two of his titles made this list, but overall, we sold more of his titles to more people than any other single author. Which isn't entirely suprising. And makes us happy.
Bold those you own.
Italicize those you have read.
Underline those you've never heard of would have to be paid to read.
Bonus points if you're not a white male.
Underlined are a boig mix of never heard of and no desire to read since I have heard of the latter.
Working at a Public Library I tend to read books that I have no desire to own.
Flash for the same time slot reasons.
January Detroit, MI* for ConFusion
Toronto, ON for the Ontario Library Association Superconference
April Richmond Hill On for Ad Astra
Southfield, MI for Penguicon
July Detroit for Detcon1*
October Detroit for ConClave*
December Ferndale MI
As a result, this year's North American Science Fiction Convention Detcon1http://detcon1.org/, has created the Detcon1 Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.
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Originally posted by jeffreyab at The 2013 Hugo Nomination Period is open!
January: Epic ConFusion was indeed Epic in many ways.
February: The Ontario Library Association conference was fun and interesting and I went to Saturday programming and shopping for the first time.
March: held a birthday party after First Friday at Limbo a Sarnia bar and found that I know way more women than men in the Sarnia area, and that this does not necessarily lead to an active dating life.
April: was commuter Penguicon my first commuter science fiction convention I won't do it again as its too easy to get locked out of your crash space. The con itself was fun met with the folks of Scrub Club Records and hang out with a great bunch of people.
May: GenreCon the literary convention I started at the library I work at hits its tenth year! The other big event happened on Mother's Day when I adopted two orphaned kittens that my sister had been hand feeding since they were one week old. They have been delighting and driving me crazy ever since. Finally my home town football team opened what would be a winning season.
June: I road the Big Bike for Cancer again and on surface streets for the first and in very cool weather. Next was volunteering again for Art Walk our local art and music festival. I also made it back to Michicon one of the oldest boardgaming conventions in America.
July: The usual Canada Day celebration, the third annual HadouCon anime convention that I run at the library, and my annual trip to the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
August: was a train trip to Chicon 7 the world science fiction convention in Chicago where I got to spend time with old con friends and make some new ones. I also got to meet astronaut Storey Musgrave a very cool person.
September: saw the rest of Chicon 7 and was otherwise quiet.
October: Was Star Wars Reads Day and Zombiefest. People preferred the latter which was much more colourful.
November: I ran Operations for the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto and flared my Plantar fasciitis such that it is still bothering me. Like Chicon 7 I got to hang out with and work with some old con friends and again made some new ones. Spent the next weekend back in Toronto also at a convention the much more relaxing SFContario where I got to host and attend some great parties and have some great fun.
December: roadtripped to Watford to take the kittens to the vet for the first time and found that they are females not males like I had been told way back when they were younger. In general I worked myself too hard this much and I hope I can relax more in the New Year.
The Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl "A Fairytale of New York"
The movie "A Christmas Story" a homage to life and Christmas in the period from the 1930's to 40's the radio period before televison:
Finally from 1965 the first television show I ever watched in colour "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featuring the timeless music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio:
Its been a slow year only about 8 entries all together. I am still here watching and posting mostly over at Twitter and Facebook. I will try to post more in the new year.