And our entire family will be in attendance.
This WisCon is also the official launch for Queers Dig Time Lords!
Thus, I have a very light schedule in deference to Michael's book launch.
It really is a splendid book. I got to read the manuscript. (And you should totally come to the QDTL/Outer Alliance party on Friday night. Trust me on this.)
My one panel:
Monday 1o:00-11:15 am, Conference 5
Anthology editors discuss the nuts and bolts of editing an anthology. From finding a publisher, to picking the stories, to writing up contracts, to securing reprint rights from estates, to cover design, to TOC order, to… to everything! Well, everything that fits into 75 minutes anyway.
I am also participating in the SignOut immediately afterwards.
Otherwise, I will be underfoot, attending readings, and basking in the glow of Michael's first book launch. <3
Thanks to the generosity of friends who have volunteered to help with Caitlin's care in the evenings so that Michael and I can attend social time. They made attending WisCon possible this year, and we love them.
Originally posted by michaeldthomas at The Inevitable Bad News
Last year, the curve in Cait's spine was 49 degrees. Since then, I could see it worsening. Caitlin used to sit on the couch or big leather chair for over an hour at a time. This year, after 15 minutes she would either cry or tip over.
Then I read how two of her Aicardi cohort were getting back surgery.
Yesterday was Caitlin's appointment with her orthopedic surgeon. The curve is now between 69-76 degrees.
Cait's doctor gave us a choice. We could let it go. The scoliosis will continue until it's greater than 90 degrees. He doesn't believe that the diminished lung capacity will hurt her, but it will effectively end sitting for Caitlin. She will be bedridden or always on the floor, at an odd angle in her molded wheelchair, and hard to transport. (We would need $25,000 for a converted van at that point.) She would also likely be in some discomfort.
The alternative is surgery. We don't have the full details, but this would be a 5-6 hour surgery where the surgeon straitens her spine and inserts rods. The recovery will be very painful. It took her nine months to fully recover from hip surgery. He doesn't feel it will be that bad, but it's still back surgery.
If we choose the surgery, he wants to do it while she's in the 70s. A greater curve will be a more painful surgery for Caitlin.
The next appointment is in 6 months. We need to decide by then.
Neil Gaiman has returned to Doctor Who! Was it a triumph, a colossal failure, or something in between? Join Deb, Erika, Kat, and Tansy as we discuss Mr. Gaiman’s sophomore Whoeffort. Were the Cyberman scarier or overpowered? Was the addition of children a bad idea or a wasted opportunity? Are cybermites cute? Or really cute? We tackle these questions and more.
Saturday brought us Mark Gatiss’ sophomore series 7b story. Savvy? Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we cover “The Crimson Horror.” One of us really didn’t like it, and it may not be who you expect. See who thinks what about the Victorian trio. Find out who doesn’t know who The Wiggles are. Marvel that Erika bought a Doctor Who audio. And if you’re like Lynne when she’s not on the episode, yell at the recording for being so wrong!
POSSIBLY SPOILERY 50th anniversary set photos! And TARDIS Tavern’s multi-Doctor (2-, 3-, 5-) podcasts!
Peter Cushing on a “Great Britons” stamp!
A Celebration of Doctor Who! And Doctor Who purchases: Deadline! and Running Through Corridors!
Doctor Who, Project Who? BBC Audio!
Download at iTunes or from our website!
And speaking of websites, check back each week as we frequently post additional blog entries, photos and all sorts of odd and wonderful things. :D
Issue 48 — May 2013
Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month.
“Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” by E. Lily Yu
“The Binding of Ming-tian” by Emily Jiang
“Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Come to My Arms, My Beamish Boy” by Douglas F. Warrick
“The Busker, Broke and Busted” by Shira Lipkin
“Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief” by Lynne M. Thomas
“Kicking Ass, Taking Names, Bubblegum Optional” by Sigrid Ellis
“An Interview with Joe R. Lansdale” by Maggie Slater
“Words from the Publisher” by Jason Sizemore
A 2013 Hugo Award nominee for Best Semiprozine!
Cover art The Ecstasy of Madam Dolorosa by Carrie Ann Baade.
Enjoy! Read! Subscribe.
- Current Mood: bouncy
1. There is a new episode of Verity! Available, in which we discuss "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS" I may have neglected to mention that Verity! has also reviewed every other episode in season 7B, and you should go check out the other episodes to hear our respective reviews. :-)
2. I spent about 2 hours yesterday doing a Google Hangout with a Media Studies class that was using Chicks Dig Time Lords as a course text. That is kind of epic in and of itself. I had a lot of fun, and the students had great questions, but my voice has been shot ever since.
3. I'm hoping to recover it by Saturday, as I'm one of the guests at the DePaul University Celebration of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Symposium. At which I'll be talking. On panels about "Doctor Who Aesthetics" and "Doctor Who Fandom." Their special guest keynote is Robert Shearman (the writer of "Dalek") and there are a ton of other people turning up as guests with names you will recognize. It's free! You should come. Extensive details and the full guest list are on their Facebook Event page.
4. I've nearly completed the semester at SJSU, aside from the massive piles of grading staring me down in the next few weeks, along with several small and large writing projects that I need to complete before Memorial Day. Which would be why I've been colossally bad at blogging.
5. I'm finishing up the Book of Apex, volume 4, which will be coming out in October. That's the compilation of my first 15 months as Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine, in handy-dandy ebook form. One omnibus to rule them all! You should check it out. Also, if you are interested in preordering Glitter & Mayhem, and haven't had a chance to do so yet, you can do that now on the Apex Publications website.
Bonus item: The search for the Hugos Dress is underway. I have a solid runner up, and a plan B, as it were (thank you, local consignment store), but THE DRESS has not yet been acquired.
- Current Mood: busy
The April episode of the SF Squeecast! Episode 23 is called “A Squishy Little Shield.”* This episode features the SF Squeecast regulars Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Lynne M. Thomas, and SPECIAL GUEST Cherie Priest!
In this episode we squeed about:
- Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales (Shared by Paul Cornell)
- The BioShock series of video games (Shared by Cherie Priest)
- The Incrementalists by Steven Brust & Skyler White and The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu (Shared by Elizabeth Bear)
- Xena: Warrior Princess (Shared by Lynne M. Thomas)
So, go over and give it a listen!
*No babies were harmed during the production of this podcast.
Cover by Galen Dara
Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster by Christopher Barzak
Apex Jump by David J. Schwartz
With Her Hundred Miles to Hell by Kat Howard
Star Dancer by Jennifer Pelland
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane by Cat Rambo
Sooner Than Gold by Cory Skerry
Subterraneans by William Shunn & Laura Chavoen
The Minotaur Girls by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Unable to Reach You by Alan DeNiro
Such & Such Said to So & So by Maria Dahvana Headley
Revels in the Land of Ice by Tim Pratt
Bess, the Landlord’s Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl by Sofia Samatar
Blood and Sequins by Diana Rowland
Two-Minute Warning by Vylar Kaftan
Inside Hides the Monster by Damien Walters Grintalis
Bad Dream Girl by Seanan McGuire
A Hollow Play by Amal El-Mohtar
Just Another Future Song by Daryl Gregory
The Electric Spanking of the War Babies by Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson
All That Fairy Tale Crap by Rachel Swirsky
Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever.
Preorders available via Apex Publications.
Hooray!!!! It’s BACK people! Doctor Who has once again graced our screens, and we at Verity! couldn’t be happier about it. Join Deb, Erika, Kat, and Lynne as we squee and chat and theorize and squee some more over Matt Smith, Clara, motorbikes, the TARDIS and much more. (Ok, so it’s not 100% squeeful, but the squee factor is high for this ep. You’ve been warned.)
David Tennant and Billie Piper will return for the 50th!
South Park’s Funnybot is a hat-tip to Daleks!
Introducing a newb to Doctor Who!
Doctor Who needs more female writers!
Go give it a listen!