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See you at Wiscon?

See you at Wiscon?

I’m resting up (and working away) in Chicago until we head over to Wiscon in Madison Wisconsin, for a most excellent convention (and then I head home and swear never to leave the house again, until next time).

I’ll be around the con (I need to figure out how to print more Things stuff as I ran out at the Nebs) but there will be two places in particular you should look for me.

First is the FRIDAY NIGHT UNCANNY SPACE UNICORN PARTY

8:45pm until midnight


I am going to brush off my old balloon animal skills (cultivated by obsessively watching a clown in Commonwealth Park in Canberra as a child and then pulling apart and putting back together the balloon animals he made for me) to make balloon unicorns. The horn is the trickiest part, because to give it the correct shape you have to make it backwards… or use two balloons… I just remembered you can use two balloons!

So come and enjoy the Uncanny Party and I will make you a balloon unicorn (supplies limited, you wouldn’t believe how fast a few hundred balloons go!).

Saturday Night – COME TO MY GROUP READING!

I even drew a poster for it!

The Persistent Rats, 10:30pm in Conference Room 1 on Saturday


Thank you for reading. In gratitude here is a pic of me super excited to have arrived in Chicago by catching the midnight train from Pittsburgh. TRAIN!

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Nebula Awards wrap up

Nebula Awards wrap up

The Nebula awards were hosted in Pittburgh this year and once again I was delighted by the proceedings. These were my third Nebulas and it’s been so interesting seeing how they have grown and developed. My most distinct memory of Nebulas 2015 was David Hartwell chuckling with delight to see all these new young people (young in writer age and mixed bag in terms of physical age) turning up. 2016 built on what came before and turned itself into a full on conference with the most exciting array of professional programming I’ve seen. 2017 was the first year in Pittsburgh, but you wouldn’t have thought it had only just moved (the Nebulas move around).

Edited highlights


You can see more things I illustrated at the con over with the Things

Jane Yolen (SFWA Grand Master) is delightful, listening to her talk in programming was a real treat.

SFWA’s mentor mentee program, was good fun again. Regardless of experience it’s nice to have a friendly face at the start of the con and I was glad I could be a friendly face for a few people.

Icecream was made in front of us with liquid nitrogen, which meant I had to run around and figure out how to unsticky myself right before the author signing as I had covered myself in icecream.

At the signing THERE WAS AN ASTRONAUT NEXT TO US!!!! Dr Kjell Lindgren was a super lovely human being. I got a few things signed by him and enjoyed his Toastmastery as well as his talks.



I offered myself up for office hours, despite being fearful no one would come. Folks came and we had a good time talking about comics, roleplaying games and storytelling craft.

Margot Attwell of Kickstarter is always worth listening to about Kickstarter (amongst other things) and the Patreon talk has got me seriously considering setting up a Patreon (it feels so vulnerable and I’m worried about letting folks down, but I do produce a lot of free stuff, maybe some folks would like to pay me?)


I was a panellist for Gaming and Writing, with a really broad spectrum of games writers – board games, computer games, roleplaying games, online choose your own adventure games. Twas jolly good with Annalee Flower Horne moderating and Merc Rustad, Todd Sanders and S.B.Divya lending their expertise. 

I moderated a panel on Work for Hire which also brought together a very well rounded group, thank you to Ken Chiacchia, Nancy Lambert and Jody Lynn Nye.


I’d been experiencing a hefty chunk of imposter syndrome before attending, and so it was nice to be nourished by community, feel welcomed and renewed.

The Awards ceremony was lovely, with many tears shed. There are so many terrific authors in the field I had no idea who would win. Every year is a full of such delights, nominees, finalists and a long list of excellent suggestions, congratulations all round. I cannot wait to see next year. Check out this years list for inspiration for what to read next http://www.sfwa.org/2017/05/nebula-award-recipients-announced/

Like always it was over too too soon, though it feels weird to be finishing up at the Nebulas and hardly say goodbye as we stride on towards Wiscon!

Thank you so much to everyone who made it a such a nice convention, nothing is effortless but your hard work make it seem so.

Per aspera ad astra

We choose to go to the moon

And the other things too

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Will I see you at Norwescon?

Will I see you at Norwescon?

Happy 40th birthday  Norwescon!

Norwescon this year is on April 13–16 at SeaTac, WA

Come say hi, I’ll be on programming, running a workshop for anyone who wants to create comics and my autograph session will be on Saturday.

Make sure you pop by the autograph session if you would like me to draw a Things sketch for you, it’s always lovely to meet folks who love the comic.

Thursday

Escher Girls & the Hawkeye Initiative

9:00pm – 10:00pm @ Evergreen 1&2

I have to put in a special plug for this one, the last Escher Girls panel I did a few years ago (at Wiscon) was so much fun. I think the moderator was afraid we were going to sprain something! 

Our heroines are too often subjected to hypersexualized poses and crimes against anatomy—for reasons irrelevant to their character or kickassitude. Jim Hines’ book cover project, Escher Girls, and The Hawkeye Initiative are just three of a number of movements humorously deconstructing these problematic images. Let’s point and laugh, and talk about how to fix things.
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lee Moyer, Liz Argall, Marta Murvosh

Friday

Worldbuilding: Alien Cultures that Don’t Dehumanize

8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 10

Set a cowboy-and-Indian yarn on another planet. Swap the cowboys for space rangers and the indigenes for monstrous aliens—the premise for countless space operas of the pulp era. The metaphor is clear: Native Americans are monstrous. How do you mirror alien societies with their Earthly counterparts without portraying non-Western races and religions as inhuman themselves?
Liz Argall (M), Stephanie Weippert, K. M. Alexander, Rhiannon Held

Grounded Sci-Fi

9:00pm – 10:00pm @ Cascade 10
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne
Join our panelists as they discuss Sci-Fi that isn’t set in space, and the unique benefits and challenges such stories present.
Liz Argall (M), Crystal Connor, Wendy N. Wagner, Marc Gascoigne, Ian McDonald

Saturday

Fantastic Foldies for the Comic Creator or Zine-ster In All of Us – Creative Workshop with Liz Argall

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 12
All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can make an unfolding mini-comic that doesn’t need staples, has hidden surprises and gets your story out into the world fast. Once you’ve created your original piece, foldies are one of the fastest and cheapest zines to get out in the world as all you need is one page B&W double sided printing. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to play around with visual storytelling, from people who aren’t sure how to draw stick figures, writers who want to collaborate better with artists, to visual artists looking for a different way to play with the form. Some art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring pencils, pens, or erasers.

Presented by Cascade Writers. Ages 13+. To sign up, email workshops@norwescon.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.

Autograph Session 2

img_52433:00pm – 4:00pm @ Grand 2

I’ll have have paper and brushes if anyone wants a sketch as well as an autograph!

Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Claudia Casper, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo

Sunday

Collaborating

3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 12

What are the pitfalls and benefits of writing with a partner? How do you share the process? Are two heads really better than one? Our panelists will share their own examples of what works and what doesn’t.
Marta Murvosh (M), Manny Frishberg, Liz Argall, Jack Skillingstead

See you there!

 

Mayara responds to “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by Merc Rustad

Mayara responds to “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by Merc Rustad

Mayara, the tamarin the size of a tamarind seed, brings you her response to “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by Merc Rustad over at Uncanny Magazine.

Go check it out!

“Monster Girls Don’t Cry” contained a lot of what I was soul food to me when I was teen, speculative fiction with enough teeth, hope and strength. It reminded me of what Merc has said about her mission and vision when she writes stories (you can read more about that from my interview with her over at Lightspeed for her story “Finding Home”).

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e-postcards from the Things

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Subscribing is definitely the best way to make sure you get a hug for your pocket, but you can have a sneak peak at today’s e-postcard and look at last fortnight’s postcard if you what to check out our newest work in progress http://eepurl.com/ctLf3T

And apologies for the dark blue urls! I shall fix the template!

 

 

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Orycon, availability, and a boost for your own creative process

Orycon, availability, and a boost for your own creative process

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Home from Orycon

It filled me with so much joy to see old friends and meet new fans. You guys inspire me and I will try to work harder for you every day. We have some challenging years ahead of us and it will be important to find a multitude of ways to bring the awesome. I was impressed by the quality of conversations in many spaces at Orycon and I hope to be back next year.

Available for commissions, workshops and consulting

I’ve just finished up a contract at Microsoft, so now is a great time to chat with me about projects. I’ll be using this as an opportunity to treat myself as a client as well, as I have neglected myself a little. It’s an exciting opportunity for me, and possibly for your organization!

Structure, simple goals, getting stuff done! Jessica Abel breaks it down AND you get to see some snippets from my novel in progress.

It’s no secret that I adored my experience at ACA. Through the power of our Master Artist, you can get a taste of it for yourself, look at some pretty photos, AND get a nudge for your own projects.

The value of simple goals

Home from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Residency 163

Home from Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Residency 163

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Flying home from ACA, inking Things comics I sketched while there. So much deep work. I found new capacity as a storyteller. I was inspired by great people who I got to talk to and listen to and exist in space with. I realized, again, ways I rob myself of my own power an watched myself repeat those behaviors. Compulsions that will take time to balance.

I found/remembered new ways of fun for my practice. New capacity to push into, the raw and muted. To feel and laugh and cry and share full throated Karaoke.

New projects are coming. New approaches are coming that should offer fun for you and me AND help me honor and value my time more!

Looking down at a river of lights. Landing soon and ready to come home, again and again and again.

Master Artist Jessica Abel with Liz Argall, Jenny Blair, Lacy Davis, Robin Ha, James Kettner (Kett), JD Lunt, Stacy Pigg and Keith Wilson.

Master Artist Natasha Barrett with Rebecka Ahvenniemi, Andrew Babcock, Brona Martin, Rob Seaback, Eli Stine, Robert Scott Thompson, Giulia Vismara and Benjamin Whiting.

Master Artist Sanford Biggers with, Jacob Broussard, Jen Everett, Katya Grokhovsky, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Catalina Ouyang, Victor Perez, Megan Reed and Oli Rodriguez.

Coming to an Orycon in Portland

Coming to an Orycon in Portland

Hello!

I will be at Orycon in Portland, Nov 18-20.

If you see me at the con or in the bar you’re super welcome to come up and say hi. I have a hectic schedule, so the best way to make sure you see me is to come to a panel. I take programming prep pretty seriously, so I’ll often be hiding away between panels as I get ready for the next one.

Friday, November 18

Simplifying RPG Systems, Belmont (2), 2:00pm-3:00pm

Can’t remember all those rules? Combat too slow and too predictable? Players too smug and fearless? Spice up your role-playing campaign by streamlining the rules system and picking up the pace! Robert Plamondon, author of “Through Dungeons Deep: A Fantasy Gamers’ Handbook,” shares some easy techniques, and the audience will share plenty more. Rating: PG Robert Plamondon, Liz Argall

Buy Your Unconscious Mind a Drink Douglas Fir (3), 6:00pm-7:00pm

How to get your creative mind to talk to you. How writing prompts, mind maps, creative dates with yourself, tarot and story telling cards can help you tap the muse.

Mark Teppo, John Lovett, Sara Mueller, Liz Argall, Ann Gimpel, Patrick Swenson

Liz Argall Giving a Reading That Will Knock Your Socks off Hawthorne (2) 8:00pm-8:30pm

Nuff said. I give a great reading, and you’ll be the first to experience some new stuff.

Saturday, November 19

Autograph Session 3 Autograph Area (LL1), 2:00pm-3:00pm

I’ll be signing, drawing, and available to write letters from the Things that will be posted to a loved one with ACTUAL STAMPS.

Get your stuff signed by Phyllis Irene Radford, Alma Alexander, and John Pitts at the same time

Sunday, November 20

Local Food Sustainability & Community-Building Pearl (2),  11:00am-12:00pm

Whether your motivation is global warming, the terrifying decimation of the bee population, or being up too late at night reading dystopian futures, have you wondered, if it really all went down, how you could know whom to rely on, and how much you could fend for yourself? Have you tried being proactive, now, learning how to create networks; grow, raise, or glean, your own food sources; barter goods and services; build your own mobile shelters; pass local legislation supporting local food sustainability and rain catchment, etc.? Folks involved in such proactive individual, family, and community endeavors facilitate a discussion, ideally with avid audience participation, towards innovating ideas and sharing what works.

A.M. Brosius,Ellen Klowden, Guy Letourneau, Lupa, Karen Black, Liz Argall, Robert Plamondon, Chad Budrow

My five page backstory and your +5 to hit bonus Salon A (LL1), 1:00pm-2:00pm

Different gaming styles and how we can fit it all together at the same table.

Brian Hunt, Nick Dixon,Rhiannon Louve, Ari Goldstein, Liz Argall

Geeks Against Misogyny & Entitlement Belmont (2), 3:00pm-4:00pm

A safe-space, a meet-up, an opportunity for discussion, catharsis, problem-solving, creative expression, and community-building, around experiences of misogyny and entitlement in any aspect of geek experience, from school and work to conventions and fandoms. PG-13.

Ari Goldstein, Ellen Klowden, Greg Hallock, Arashi Young, Liz Argall, Rhiannon Louve

Communities of dreaming – love letters to Star Trek

Communities of dreaming – love letters to Star Trek

If you would like more Things in your diet please head over to Uncanny Magazine and check out Things React to Star Trek where we look at love as a tool we use to shape ourselves, and shape our communities. 

Thanks to Mary Anne Mohanraj and Una McCormack for being the muses on this one (go read their essays), and thanks as always to Uncanny Magazine and all the Uncanny backers for creating this space for the Things to come, play and be inspired by the great fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews.

http://uncannymagazine.com/liz-argalls-things-react-star-trek/

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