Building Your Own Ballot: No Slates Required!

I don’t want to talk about 2015 Hugos. The ballot has been revealed, I’ve bought my supporting membership, and how I vote is going to be between me, myself, and I.

No, instead, I want to address any and all current and future WorldCon members (any and all) and offer a non-slate suggestion for next year. And yes, I recognize there’s already an SP4 movement, and I won’t be surprised if there are counter-slates, but I’d like to counter anything and everything involving slates with a different idea, so if you’re planning on nominating for WorldCon in 2016 (MidAmeriCon II), this post is for you.

Seriously. It’s for YOU.

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Culture Consumption: February 2015

It’s that time again! I would’ve posted these earlier, but I had a super-busy weekend and would’ve forgotten if I hadn’t seen other friends posting their own month-end reading lists. So, here we go for February!

Books

I know, I know… I did horribly this month. That’s okay though. It happens.

5) The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

Short Fiction

None in February

Comics

1) Fairest In All The Land by Bill Willingham (graphic novel)

As for individual issues, I read 39 comics and finally caught up on my TBR pile. WOOT! Now let’s keep it that way.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #6
Batgirl #38
Batgirl #39
Black Widow #14
Black Widow #15
Coffin Hill #15
Copperhead #5
Fairest #30
Fairest #31
Fairest #32
Fairest #33
Harley Quinn: Valentine’s Day Special #1
Lazarus #14
Millennium #1
Ms. Marvel #11
Ms. Marvel #12
Nameless #1
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2
Saga #25
Sex Criminals #10
Shadow Show #2
Shadow Show #3
Sleepy Hollow #4
Star Wars #1
Star Wars #2
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1
Supreme Blue Rose #6
The Dying and the Dead #1
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #11
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #12
The Walking Dead #136
The Walking Dead #137
Thor #2
Thor #3
Thor #4
Thor #5
Wytches #4

Movies

* = repeat viewing

Birdman
Her
Joe
Salinger
The Babadook
The Princess Bride *
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Television Shows

A note with television: these are the shows I completed in the month of February, not a list of everything on-going that I’m still watching.

A to Z Season 1
Agent Carter Season 1
Constantine Season 1
Parks & Recreation Season 7
Sleepy Hollow Season 2
The Americans Season 2


That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2015 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!

Cheers!

Getting Into the Write Frame of Mind

Because last week wasn’t a set of four 10-hour days capped with a Writing Workday, it didn’t really occur to me until now that a progress report is due. I will say that anyone who’s wanting to follow 2015 progress can simply use the Progress Report tag to get the most recent report, or if you just want to hear whatever my rambling thoughts are on writing, especially if I change THE OFFICIAL PLAN, you can use the Writing tag to get the most up-to-date posts on that subject too.

So, for those of you keep track of my progress based on the Official Plan page, I completed items #1 and #2 on time. I’m now in #3:

Use notes and questions to determine what changes need to be made to the current draft of Codename: Telepathic Soulmates. Ultimate goal: reduce word count from 132,000 to around 115,000 words, if possible. Consider:

  • Does it need a total rewrite?
  • Does it need a partial rewrite?
  • A very surgical rewrite?
  • Or just a super-hard final polish?

Deadline: tentatively, Sunday, April 5th. Deadline dependent on what kind of rewrite/polish the draft really needs.

In looking at my goals from this point on, it’s occurred to me that I’ve gotten a little vague. How long am I taking to decide what this book needs? How long am I allowing for writing/rewrite? I can’t determine the latter until I determine the former, and the latter will then determine when I can start item #4.

So the question is this: how am I going to accomplish item #3?

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