She was/is (for the quality of character can extend beyond time) an exemplar of so much of what I love about the community of science fiction and fantasy, and why I choose SFF author over author as a label.
The first time I met Kate I felt accepted, included and wrapped up in a community where squee was a normal state of being. Kate was kind, generous, lively, and infinitely curious. Her crafty projects filled me with awe. I loved how her eye lit up in the face of new adventure (be it organizing a convention, untangling yarn or pondering the nature of the cosmos).
The treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma is not a kind one. Last time I saw her the frustrations of aphasia brain fog and overloading were frustrating her, but she was holding up with a grace Olympians would admire. Her strength was remarkable, as was her ability to articulate her aphasia while having aphasia.
Kate was a community maker, an enthusiasm spreader, generous of heart, and with a strong spirit. I spent an hour or two trying to draw her today, so hard to capture a spirit, but it struck me that she only looks anything like herself when she is smiling. I ran out of good paper until I created one that captured a little of her something as I see it.
<3 to David, I’m so glad you had 25 years together, and gratitude for being so open about this difficult journey. <3 to all the people who stepped up to help with caring roles and kept community close.
Uncanny Magazine knocked it out of the park twice! They hit all their stretch goals for the Kickstarter AND won a Hugo award for Best Semi-Prozine! I’m so happy to be associated with them. Thanks to generous supporters on Kickstarters the Things will be returning for the next year of Uncanny. So much joy, so much good.
Atlantic Centre for the Arts
In glorious and wonderful news I will be an Associate Artist in Residence at ACA in August-November, with Jessica Abel as the Master Artist in Residence. I am so beyond excited about this. I found out a while ago, but I’ve been so busy with life that I haven’t had a chance to tell many folks. I’ve been working hard to get through various backlogs so that I can have something shiny and new to work on for ACA, not so new I flop around too much, but not so old that I can’t benefit from all the critiquing and workshopping of the concept.
I saw some photos of the place recently and my jaw kinda dropped. I was excited about working under Abel, but holey moley the grounds are gorgeous!
Somewhat secret project
I turned in the first drafts of a project that I’m so excited to be on. I am so curious about what the edits will be like, as it’s a kind of work for hire that is new to me. I hope to tell you all more in a few months, for now I get to be all excited and nervous and relieved.
Things turn 500!
The Things are now 500 comics old, and that’s not including a few side projects that ended up on the website! I’m trying to think of how to properly celebrate it and do some kind of belated birthday party. Maybe more magnets? Maybe custom M&Ms? I really like the idea of more Things magnets with words that you put on the fridge, so you can have hugs and I believe in you and stuff like that. But maybe stuff isn’t the answer, I already have a spoonflower store and a redbubble store. I need to think about it some more.
The fabulous Writing the Other folks have master class series starting soon, each independent class dives deeply into a specific topics! There’s the Sentient Squid Scholarship (<3 anonymous benefactors and the I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers podcasts) you can apply for if you need a hand.
Uncanny Magazine is raising funds for Year Three! They’ve done so much in two short years and I gotta say I really love working with them. Their whole editorial team is pretty fab to say the least. Watching the video gave me little happy shivers to see so many creators I like waving and supporting the UNICORN DANCE PARTY!
Supporting Uncanny this year also creates the opportunity for the Things to continue hanging out with Uncanny and stretch themselves into new ways of imagining. It’s always such an interesting challenge, reading all the stories and essays, picking one (or several) and fitting them into the mind and world of the Things.
Increase Uncanny Blogging! Keep Liz Argall’s Things Without Arms And Things Without Legs reaction comic per issue, and add the new Max and Amal Go to the Moviescolumn, PLUS new columns by Michael Damian Thomas and Michi Trota!
Hello! I will be in Portland next weekend (4th of July weekend) for Westercon. I’d love to see you there. If you come to my Kaffeeklatsch I’ll draw a free sketch for you! Please come to my Kaffeeklatch, it’s on Friday.
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as “hosts”). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees, so book in advance to either avoid disappointment, or to assure your person that someone will indeed come and drink beverages with them.
Everybody knows that science fiction has inspired legions of young people to grow up and become scientists; half of NASA was weaned on Star Trek. But does SF’s influence with these people end with their choice of career? Might science fiction actually serve as a legitimate means of transmitting scientific ideas between working scientists in different disciplines? Might it, in certain circumstances, be more effective than the usual technical publications?
Workshops and critique groups can be helpful and change your writing for the better. But they can also hinder an author and we can get stuck in a cycle of repeating things we may not fully understand ourselves. Chat with pros on what areas to watch out for when taking part in any sort of workshop or crit session.
From book to comic to the screen, how is written work adapted to different formats? What gets cut, what stays, and why? The panels discuss the methods involved in transforming a novel to comics and other mediums.
Is feminism anti-geek? Are geeks anti-feminist? (Spoiler: no). Come discuss the joyful harmony of promoting geek power and gender equality side-by-side, and learn about the unique challenges facing humans with geek traits, female-categorized traits, or both!
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, growing, raising, or gleaning your own food sources, bartering goods and services, building your own mobile shelters, passing 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.