Highlights within, spoodle boy band poster, upcoming events, links to stuff I’ve done recently, how to get your social justice calendar, August power up playlist.
Patreon update, we are teasingly close to $100. Patronage is an amazing and powerful form of support that gives me the confidence to do things like print collections and collaborate with fabulous folks.
This SATURDAY at the Push/Pull Gallery Hello World will be released into the world. That’s from 12pm-6pm. It is a 36-page collection of the Things lovingly curated and edited by J.D. Lunt (editor/cartoonist When I Returned, Monk Funnies, Watching the Stick, Coping Mechanisms). It will also be for sale in my shiny new web shop!
Isn’t it amazing how getting things done leads to getting things done leads to getting things done! Patreon, comic, web store, oh my!
There is an alchemy that happens when you create in service. For me, it gives me a freedom as well as a responsibility. I may be stretched and asked for things that are a little beyond my comfort zone. I must hit a deadline, create the best experience, use my doubts to fuel energy, research, doing and completion, rather than letting those same doubts spiral down into self-defeating anxiety.
You can tell the difference, the alchemy when you look at this reflective blog post (nice, sure, but I’m burying the lead, I’m guiding you into something rather than bravely just going for it) and the blog post I wrote for Uncanny Magazine that went live today! In that post I get straight to the heart of it.
I am Liz, creator of the Things. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me for a Hugo, simply making it to the long list was one of the best feelings I’ve had this year.
I am launching a Patreon. Patronage does so much! I would love your support. Thank you for supporting me, and thank you for supporting Uncanny Magazine.
^ Only more eloquent, because I was writing it for them, not me. Here is what I wrote for them
THIS IS A VERY LONG WAY OF SAYING my Patreon is live. Through that website, you can nourish creators like me for as little as $1 a month. I can already feel how it’s motivating me as a creator, I want to book more shows and reach out to my neighbors more. I would love your support. Thank you for reading this and go check it out!
On August 22 I will launch my Patreon. I’m so excited about it.
Patreon is a nifty place where folks like us can support creators we like
I’m excited about how it can be a central platform, bringing together stuff I do at Thingswithout.com, here and in other places. I’ll do logistical updates here, but Patreon will be a fun place to share cool stuff, creative stuff and create a great space for you to give feedback.
I’ve been sending a process diary to a few friends and you’re very welcome to subscribe if you’d like to be included.
At long last “a sad” greeting cards are for sale. They will debut this Saturday at the Locus Awards signing this weekend at the Best Western Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109.
The signing is a short window, but check out who will be there!
Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Autographing session with books available for purchase thanks to University Book Store. Signers include Liz Argall, Greg Bear, Annie Bellet, Robert Jackson Bennett, Neil Clarke, Daryl Gregory, Eileen Gunn, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Julie McGalliard, Seanan McGuire, Raven Oak, Marco Palmieri, Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Matt Ruff, Nisi Shawl, Patrick Swenson, Jack Skillingstead, Patrick Swenson, Bruce Taylor, Michael Damian Thomas, Carrie Vaughn, Connie Willis, Caroline M. Yoachim, and others TBA.
Prices at the signing!
Greeting cards $3 each or two for $5
Calendars free with purchase $10 and above or $5 by itself.
Folks at the Locus Awards will get first bite, but I will post these to folks at this cost plus postage. You would be my first online sales that aren’t POD through a third party so it will be via emailing me what you want and PayPal
Illustrations kindly signed by their subjects
Kiini Ibura Salaam, Andrea D. Hairston, Pan Morigan, Sheree Renee Thomas
Revenge of Mecha Miscreants and Municipal Mysticism
Burning up on Re-entry
Kat Tanaka Okopnik, Jed Hartman, Benjamin Rosenbaum, David J. Schwartz, Eugene Fischer
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
The Nebula awards were hosted in Pittsburgh 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the workshop in the subject line.
Autograph Session 2
3:00pm – 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
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!