Category Archives: Cool stuff

BayCon 2017 Costumes

Shael in knitted
Shael Hawman knits fantastic costumes.  For BayCon 2017, she knitted a Star Wars flight suit!

Last year, Denise Tanaka was Wonder Woman.  This year, she is … faceless.

 

 

 

What? #3

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Does this look sinister to you?  A green glowing insectile menace?  Or … ?

 

 

Pebble 6

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Buddha is fingering my lemons.

 

 

BayCon 2017

I will be at BayCon 2017 on May 26, 27, and 28, participating in a few panels and lusting after the goodies in the dealer’s room.  BayCon’s theme this year is Dystopia/Utopia, into which Beneath the Skin  fits rather perfectly, seeing as it’s a romantic space opera set in a dystopian future.   If you are going to attend the convention, let me know, and maybe we can meet up someplace!

My three panels so far:

Writing a Dystopia While Living in One (on Friday)
Creative Hobbies for Writers (on Friday)
Love During Wartime (on Saturday)

Teresa Edgerton will be there, too.  And so will Jennifer Carson.  And Denise Tanaka.  And Carrie Sessarego.  And Gail Carriger.  And more!

 

 

UCB Summer Reading List

Ready to read good books? Check out UC Berkeley’s summer reading list. The theme for this summer’s list is “What Can We Change in a Single Generation?”

Ready Player One is on the list, along with a bunch of other intriguing titles.

UCB Summer Reading List

History Lessons

History is full of stuff. Choose which parts you want to repeat.

“Come on People Now, Smile on Your Brother,” Youngbloods, Slow Jam, YouTube, RetroDan

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V5-2-Xh0wxk

Cosmological If

If the universe has pockets, what do you suppose she keeps in them?  Something that fell down a black hole and got stretched all out of recognition, then had to be rescued from the cat?

Christmas night

Winding down at the end of the evening, playing Munchkin with the Christmas expansion.  I wish you all well and a quiet good night.

 

What a hand!  Wins the current round and the game.  Boom!

What a hand!

 

Firefly LARP Bay Area

The Firefly LARP yesterday was a blast! I got to NPC a booby-trapped corpse, several townsfolk, an explosive-wielding safe-cracking thug, and a cultist whose four-year-old daughter was appropriated by one of the PCs. Shiny!

The next event is in December: Firefly LARP Bay Area

Mike Larkin’s “A Compendium of Selfie Reflections (For My Students)”

My colleague Mike Larkin is a triple threat:  engaging writer, intriguing thinker, and encouraging teacher.  He’s helping his students share their work publicly on his blog and anywhere else it might spread, and I’m hoping they end up with a bigger audience than they imagined.

You can help encourage them by reading their online writing–or even just by “liking” their posts when they appear, wherever they appear.

If you want to peek behind the curtain, see Mike’s blog post  A compendium of selfie reflections (for my students).

At the end, he notes several reasons that he wrote the post, concluding that

mostly I wrote this for my current students, who will be embarking on writing some digital, multimodal essays about online identity in the coming month.

I offer this brief essay as an example to them, and I’m hoping to encourage them to let me share some of their work publicly here. Given their facility with technology, I’m sure they can do much more interesting things with digital tools than I’ve managed to do in this blog post. (Oh, look at that textual selfie he just took–so humble!)