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Scalzi is Running For SFWA President (Again) (Again)

As the subject line says, Scalzi has thrown his hat in the circle for another run as SFWA President.  On his blog he speaks of were-badgers and our work with the volcano powered laser.

Then he closes by saying:

Let me also take a moment to note to the SFWA members among you that you may wish to consider to run for office as well, even for the position of President. There are five positions up for election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Western Regional Director. SFWA does good work for its members and for writers, but that work is dependent on the service of volunteers, including board members. It’s entirely possible to serve on SFWA’s board and maintain an active career — I’ve written two books while serving on the board (and am working on one now) and will have released three by June 30. Serving on the board is work, but it’s not all-consuming. Think about what SFWA does for you, and then ask if it’s time for you to do for SFWA. Here’s the call for candidates, in SFWA’s forums. Give it some thought, please.

I want to echo that. I’ve said before that I’m not running for the board again. It was tempting to run again, for all the reasons Scalzi is — the real reasons, like the work that we still want to do — but I’ve been on the board for four years.

I’m also moving this year.

I need a break. Now, I’ll run again in the future because I’m committed to the organization but this year, I need to step down.

And I need you to step up.

If you are committed to the future of science fiction and fantasy, this is a pivotal time in the industry. We need smart, engaged people on the board. Please consider running for office. If you have any questions, drop me a line and I’ll talk to you about the time commitment.

Meanwhile, you can read Scalzi’s post I Am Running For SFWA President (Again) (Again) at Whatever.

Tuesday night: Nancy Kress, Ted Chiang and Ursula K. Le Guin read in Portland

Hey gang! Are you in the Portland area? What are you doing tomorrow night?

No, no… don’t tell me. You’ll be at the Kennedy School to hear Nancy Kress, Ted Chiang, and Ursula K. Le Guin read as part of the SFWA Northwest Reading Series, right? Am I right?

If you aren’t already planning on it, do come! It’ll be the social event of the season.  Beer and Award-winning Science Fiction. What could be better?

Come to the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series Tuesday night!

Hey, Portland!

Tomorrow night, Tuesday April 19th at 7:00pm, SFWA launches the Pacific Northwest Reading Series.  This free quarterly series is at the Kennedy School.

You know what that means, right? You’re in a pub listening to some of the best Science Fiction and Fantasy the Pacific Northwest has to offer. What could be better?  You’ll be there, right?

The first evening will be hosted by Brent Weeks, the New York Times best-selling author of The Black Prism and The Night Angel Trilogy. He has invited Jay Lake and Kay Kenyon to read with him.

This should be a great deal of fun. There will be time around the readings to socialize with other readers and writers as well as enjoy the Kennedy Schools atmosphere.

You can find out more about the event by visiting SFWA’s website. Since this is the first event, would you mind RSVPing so we can get an idea of how many people to expect?

Upcoming readings feature Ursula K. Le Guin, Nancy Kress, Ted Chiang, Cherie Priest, Mark Henry, and Kat Richardson.

About Brent Weeks

Content “I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer’s work” – Terry Brooks on The Way of Shadows

Brent Weeks is the author of the New York Times bestselling Night Angel Trilogy: The Way of Shadows,Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows.

His new Lightbringer series launched with The Black Prism in August 2010.

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

Website:http://www.brentweeks.com/

About Jay Lake

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Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2009 novels are Green from Tor Books, Madness of Flowers from Night Shade Books, and Death of a Starship from MonkeyBrain Books. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

Website:http://www.jlake.com/

About Kay Kenyon

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From Kay:

When I was a child I read voraciously and indiscriminately, but my tastes even then tended toward fantasy and science fiction. Intriguing locales compelled me. When I discovered Tolkien, the hook was set; fantastic literature could be deep as well as fun. In college I majored in English Literature and went on to graduate school, hoping to write, but judging that I’d need a day job.

For several years I earned a living in the public sector, helping agencies express planning work in plain English and doing outreach for transportation projects. In my free time, I gradually began to put words on pages and sold my first novel, The Seeds of Time, in 1997. I published six stand alone science fiction novels before turning to a sci-fantasy series, The Entire and The Rose. This quartet received the highest praise of my career, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and raves from the science fictional press.<

My husband Tom Overcast and I have three grown sons and a large orange cat. After living in Seattle we moved across the mountains to Wenatchee for the smaller community, the beautiful foothills environment, and the sunny weather. We also spend time in Southern California-another desert community. Rainy weather is not for me, I guess.

I pass along what wisdom I can to aspiring writers. Thus my blog topics are often on writing and I am a founding board member of Write on the River, a writer’s organization in North Central Washington. As well as staying connected to friends, family and fans on line, I attend writing and SF conventions around the country. The community of writers and readers inspires me and deepens my conviction that the writing life is the best there is.

I am running for SFWA VP, again.

Dear SFWA members:

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.

On my way to World Fantasy 2010 + schedule

I’m on my way to World Fantasy with my customary delayed flight. According to the flight attendant the weather is “a complete mess” in Minneapolis and it’s the “worst storm since 1974.”  They only have one runway open, so this is causing a two-hour delay in departing Portland.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d give you my schedule at WFC.

In theory, I get in tonight. Bwahahaha…

Thursday

3pm — Fantasy & Puppetry
Kathe Koja. Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday

10:30 am — Tempest Bradford reading
I’m helping by reading with her. She has a story that wants two voices.

11am – 4pm — SFWA board meeting.
That’s right, I’m spending four hours locked in a room with John Scalzi and the other board members for you.

8pm-11:30 — Autographing reception
A metric ton of Fantasy authors will be signing. I’ll be one of them.

Saturday

8:30-10:00 — SFWA Business meeting
If you are a SFWA member, please come to this.  We’ll be going over the  past year’s business as well as providing a continental breakfast with lots of coffee.

11:00 am — 2010 World Fantasy Convention Author Event at Barnes and Noble
This is not officially a part of WFC but 30 authors attending WFC will be signing at the Barnes and Noble on the Ohio State University campus.
Open to the public

Sunday

10:30 – 11:00 — How To Give an Effective Reading.
Just because you can write brilliantly does not necessarily mean you can read aloud brilliantly. Learn how to use acting techniques for greater impact in readings.
1-3pm — Attending the WFC Awards Banquest

Nebula Weekend summary

I’ve now survived the Nebula Award Weekend which was a fun event, but rather focus consuming. The full list of winners is over at the SFWA site and if you want to you can watch the archived footage of the awards ceremony.

The highlight for me was the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.

I was amazed at how emotional I got as it lifted off. I’d heard about the sound, which beat at my chest and was felt rather than heard but the light of the fire stunned me. It was like watching the sun.

Being there really drove home the fact that we are strapping a team of people to the top of a bomb, shooting them into airless space and saying, “Go, do science.” Really, this was the very definition of “Boldly go.”

The picture is of the mushroom cloud that lingered for about ten minutes after Atlantis lifted off.

Oh, and I was elected to Vice President of SFWA.

Fan mail!

You know, I just got a piece of fan mail — actual hard copy, through the postal service fan mail — for my work as Secretary of SFWA.  This has totally made my day.  People say this is a thankless job and they are just wrong.

Today was a SFWA sort of day

I started out the morning doing SFWA stuff, largely relating to dues and the new membership software. I’m deeply pleased about all the people paying dues online with the new system this year.

The biggest thing today was the we finally, FINALLY, opened the beta version of the SFWA website to visitors.*  There are still things we’re working on but the amount of content that we have to shift to the new system is huge and you know, at a certain point, waiting any longer just seems silly. So we’ll be rolling out new things, but the bones of the site are in place and ::knock on wood:: are not imploding.

This is due to the very hard work of Jon Armstrong, Nancy Fulda, Chris Hansen, Jeremy Tolbert, Christie Yant, Brandie Tarvin, Nathan Lilly, Scott Danielson, Jamie Todd Rubin and all the other volunteers who have been patiently going through the early stage testing.

Not that we’re finished, but dang, it feels good to hit this stage.

*When the site comes out of beta, the address will go back to being sfwa.org.

Time? Who needs that.

Somehow the two weeks that I had off turned into rehearsing for two shows, doing props for a third and finishing an essay, a short story and the SFWA website.  Oh yeah, and I have a novel to write.

Clearly, my time management involves the need for a TARDIS. And yet I don’t have one.

Blogging will be, shall we say, extremely light this week.

Short bits for Saturday

  • 13:34 Talking to Jodi who wonders if I am twittering. I wasn’t. Now I am. #
  • 15:53 I guess this is a milestone… My ARC is on ebay. That was fast. #
  • 16:30 I’m strangely nervous. I just invited about twenty people to play in SFWA’s new forums as a test run. I wonder how it will break. #
  • 17:28 Rob and I are going to see Star Trek at the 7:00 show at the Ziegfeld tonight. Who’s in? #
  • 18:47 The Ziegfeld is packed, but there’s a dearth of Klingons. Rob thinks they are in Queens. #
  • 22:00 Well. That totally rocked. Some gratuitous action, but who cares! Boldly go. #

Volunteering for SFWA

If you wonder what I’ve been working on recently, besides the usual intestines and things, I’ve had several projects for SFWA.

I’m very pleased that one of them, our new volunteer management system, is now live.

You might recall that when I ran for secretary, I felt that the volunteer management was one of the biggest problems SFWA faced.  We have a lot of dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely hardworking volunteers and no real support structure for them. When I started working as the Volunteer Coordinator there was no system of tracking volunteers nor any sort of hierarchy of communication. Although people accomplished a lot, there was also a lot of duplicated effort and dropped balls. We also burned volunteers out by asking them to do too much for too long.

Because SFWA is so geographically spread out, we needed a way to track what people were doing and to facilitate communication between them.

The new system will make it easy for volunteers to sign up based on the how much time they have or what they are interested in doing. Only have time to do a quick project? No problem. Have time for a longer commitment? Great! Want to learn a new skill? We can sign you up.

In fact, why don’t you visit the new system and register for the areas you might have an interest in. It’s possible to sign up to get more information about volunteering, without committing to a specific task.

Check out the list of possible volunteer opportunities.

Nebula reminder

A quick reminder that the price for attending the Nebula Awards Weekend goes up on March 15th. The current price for the full weekend is $135, after that date, it will be $150. Banquet-only prices will also rise from $80 to $100.

http://www.nebulaawards.com/index.php/nebulaweekend is where all the information on the weekend can be found, including hotels, our Keynote Speaker Chuck Lorre, Toastmistress Janis Ian, Grand Master Award recipient Harry Harrison and much more.

Should be a fun weekend.

Correction to Nebula Final Ballot

Upon a procedural review, we discovered an error in the final Nebula tally. Two works that should be on the final ballot were not listed: the novelette “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” – James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s, Feb08) and “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” – Ruth Nestvold (F&SF, Jan08) in short stories. No other changes have been made to the final ballot. We apologize for the error and have made changes to the procedures to keep this sort of mistake from happening again.
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