I’m running again for the position of Vice President. For the last three years, I’ve been privileged to work with a extremely active and committed board, first Secretary of SFWA and for the last year as Vice President. I believe that SFWA is an important organization and that volunteering for it is a way that we can each help to pay it forward by making the field stronger. The past three years have been rewarding and exciting times.
There are still things that I want to accomplish, such as trying to find affordable health care for our members, and things that I want to see through, such as reincorporating in California under the new bylaws. I would very much like to continue helping SFWA regain solid footing so that it can continue to inform, support, promote, defend and advocate for our members.
During the next year, I plan to continue the work that we have begun. Part of the work that we have in front of us is the Operations Policy and Procedure Manual (OPPM) which, I believe, will make the work of running SFWA easier and clearer.
This will be my last term on the board. I mention this because I think it is important to understand that if you vote for me, you will be voting for a vice presidential candidate who will not run for President next year. In addition to the points that John Scalzi makes in his platform, I also want to encourage candidates, now, to think about running next year for the board of directors. SFWA is important. As a group we can improve things within the industry in ways that individuals cannot, but we are dependent on our volunteers. We are dependent on you.
For those of you that I have not yet met, here is a little about me personally.
I have been an Active member of SFWA since 2007 and served on the board since 2008.
In addition to my Board duties, I have also supervised the team which built your new website, sourced and manage the new membership management software, and researched options for health insurance.
I was the 2008 Campbell Award Winner for Best New Writer.
I’ve sold two fantasy novels to Tor, and my debut novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, appeared last summer.
In addition, I’ve sold over 40 short stories to markets such as Asimov’s, Strange Horizons and Clarkesworld as well as appearing in several Year’s Best. In 2009 my short story, “Evil Robot Monkey” was on the Hugo ballot.
Besides writing, I am a professional puppeteer and voice actor and have worked in the arts for the last twenty years. I served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice President of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of the international puppetry organization.
My work in the arts has give me experience in how effective non-profits function, as well as grant-writing and volunteer management.
I live with my husband, Rob, in Portland, OR.
I look forward to continuing my work for SFWA as part of the 2011-2012 Board of Directors.
I spent most of the day tending to SFWA matters, including getting my platform for re-election turned in.Â Yes, I’m running for Secretary again. Why? Because contrary to popular belief, it’s really not so bad. It helps that the board is active, engaged and generally gets along.Â We’re also doing good work and it’s exciting to be a part of that.
Other than that, it was a fairly quiet day. Rob ironed and listened to opera, which was his Saturday routine back when we were courting.Â I know. The boy likes ironing, what can I say.
Anything else exciting?Â I cut his hair?Â Yeah, when I’m between shows life is pretty dull.
I just thought I’d share one of the many specific reasons I voted for President-elect Obama. From his website:
To remain competitive in the global economy, America needs to reinvigorate the kind of creativity and innovation that has made this country great. To do so, we must nourish our childrenâ€™s creative skills. In addition to giving our children the science and math skills they need to compete in the new global context, we should also encourage the ability to think creatively that comes from a meaningful arts education. Unfortunately, many school districts are cutting instructional time for art and music education. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that the arts should be a central part of effective teaching and learning. The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts recently said â€œThe purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.â€
I watched the elections last night and am still in a state of happy disbelief.Â I remember when a friend of mine, way back in the primaries, said that she was interested in Barack Obama. I’d never heard of him at that point, but I remember saying, “Are you crazy? The U.S. will never elect someone named Obama.”Â I’m so happy to have been utterly wrong.
I just ran across this interview with Colin Powell where he asks people to support Obama.Â He talks about how he cried when an anchor said “It’s over. He’s won it.”Â And then General Colin Powell cries again.
My flight landed an hour later than scheduled, but it got me here, so that’s what counts. I came home, dropped my bags, sponged off because I was rank, changed clothes and then Rob and I went to vote.
This is the first time in twenty years that I’ve voted in person for a presidential election.Â In Oregon, it’s all vote by mail and before that I was on tour, using absentee ballots.Â The lines were shorter than I expected, but I’ve been told that they were out the door this morning.Â Lots of people were there waiting when the station opened, apparently.Â It’s exciting to see this many people involved.
The flight out of Calgary was delayed due to weather in San Fransisco. So we landed after my flight to Newark was supposed to have left. Fortunately, that flight was also delayed and it looks like I’ll get on. I should be back in NYC at 7:30 tomorrow morning.
I decided to use my time wisely and I’m making calls for Obama from the airport. The Obama/Biden website has a couple of different, easy ways you can volunteer. I’m calling North Carolina, because that’s where I grew up.
It’s been interesting. I made forty calls this morning and spoke to about a third of those folks (the rest got messages) of them, only one wasn’t voting for Obama. Tonight is a little more mixed, but still the overwhelming number of people are supporting Obama.
The most memorable call was to a sixty year old woman who said that this was the hardest election she’d ever had to vote in. She said that she was just praying that God would let the right man win. We wound up talking for about twenty minutes because she had just seen that Senator Obama’s grandmother had died. She’d nursed her own mother through cancer and was raising her grandson so she felt a real connection to them. At the end of the call she said something like, “I’ve made up my mind and I’m voting for Obama. I think the hope he brings to the country is what we need.” It was deeply moving because I sort of think she made the final choice while she was talking to me.
Another call was to a young woman who was so excited about Obama that she wanted to know if there were a way that she could volunteer to drive people who didn’t have vehicles tomorrow. I pointed her to the community page on the website.
You know, if I’ve got to be stuck in the airport, this is the way to do it.
We don’t normally take the paper because neither of us are home often enough to really read it, but with the folks here we picked up a copy of the Sunday New York Times. I found this piece on the Op-Ed page and was startled by the opening paragraphs.
John McCain isnâ€™t boasting about a new endorsement, one of the very, very few he has received from overseas. It came a few days ago:
â€œAl Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,â€ read a commentary on a password-protected Islamist Web site that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and often disseminates the groupâ€™s propaganda.
So I went looking for more information and found more of the text at the Daily Telegraph. The gist — heavily paraphrased — is that a prolonged war exhausts the U.S. and provides recruitment incentives to would-be terrorists.
Since World War II the Democrats have been overwhelmingly better at running the economy. Hands down, case closed, beyond any statistical doubt. They’ve borrowed less money, created more wealth and opportunity, and left the next generation in better shape.
Now these are bold claims, and maybe you’re shaking your head. But let’s look at the numbers.
And he then goes on to break down the numbers in ways that even innumerate folks like myself can follow. It’s interesting reading and well worth the gander.
You know, I’m not sure who pointed out the video highlight reel from the Alfred E. Smith Memorial dinner, but I’m glad they did. Â It’s an annual roast that features the two presidential candidates. Â McCain and Obama each do a comedy routine, roasting themselves and their opponents. Â Obama is amusing.
McCain is hilarious. Not only that, but in the second of these two videos, he’s gracious and reminds me of the man that ran in the 2000 elections. Â If he brought that to the table now, I wouldn’t have become so apprehensive about seeing him in the White House. Â I’m glad I got to see these, because it reminds me that the two men are human and that at their core, they are both good people.
The first half of McCain’s roast. Honest, it’s really funny.
This is the second half of McCain’s roast and, if you’re only going to watch one of these, you should watch this. Â He is gracious and about three minutes in, genuinely moving. Â I was impressed with him.
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