The next two weeks are going to be crazy.
I’ve been terrible about updating this blog anyway. And I’m just not sure what the next two weeks are going to be like. They’re the last two weeks of the semester, and I have a feeling that there won’t be much time to update anything, or write, or even breathe much. There are things I’ve been meaning to post, such as about the Arkansas Literary Festival, which was lovely. I felt so well taken care of there! And I was on television for the first time! You can see the segment here: Reading Up a Storm at Arkansas Literary Festival. But the pictures I wanted to post are on my other computer, the broken one, and anyway I don’t have much focus left for writing about it all.
What to do today? I think the best thing for me to do would be to talk a bit about the various things I’ve been doing and what’s coming out. So here goes!
First, as you know, I spent last weekend at the Arkansas Literary Festival, which was absolutely lovely. I was invited by the wonderful Kevin Brockmeier, whom you should most certainly read. I would link to his website, but he doesn’t seem to have one. He has very kindly put “Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold” on his list of fifty favorite short stories.
And then I learned that the panel I did at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, on monsters, has been turned into a podcast and can be heard on the Locus website. Here’s a description of the panel:
“Today we’re bringing you one of the evening panels held at ICFA this past March. The panel, held late on Thursday evening, featured (in the order you will hear them): Moderator F. Brett Cox, China Miéville, James Morrow, Suzy McKee Charnas, Peter Straub, Theodora Goss, and Kelly Link. They particularly discuss the question of the appropriateness of applying the label ‘monster’ to a real person, from both a cultural and historical perspective. “
Go listen to the podcast: ICFA Podcast: The Monstrous. I really do think it’s interesting, and the panel was a lot of fun.
And I have two reprints coming out, although I don’t know when yet. “Singing of Mount Abora” will be reprinted online in Lightspeed, and “Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold” will be reprinted on the World SF Blog. I’ll let you know when those come out!
While I was doing all this, I forgot that I still had the Arkansas Literary Festival pictures I wanted to post on my camera. So I’ve emailed them to myself. They’re nothing really, just silly pictures I took with my cell phone, but I’ll post them anyway. Saturday, I had the television appearance early in the morning, and then I had a panel in the early afternoon. For the television appearance, I wore a long black skirt and a black jacket. (You can see it in the clip.) For the panel, I changed into a dark green blouse, which you can see below. This was how I looked at my panel, on the main day of the festival:
When I got back to my room that night, I was so tired! I had done a lot that day, gone to other writer’s events in addition to my own and wandered around Little Rock. I’m not sure if I should even post this, but this is the writer in a state of collapse:
So, the next two weeks are going to be crazy. And then, once my grades are in, I’m taking a week off and going on vacation. But I’ll tell you about that another time.