New Verity! Episode 49–Into the Deep Breath

August 28th, 2014

I’m not on this one, but you know you wanna. 

I need to listen to it and write my 2 cents post!

 

 

5 Librarian Things make a post

August 28th, 2014

1.  The Digital POWRR Project published our White Paper (the IMLS deliverable) yesterday. I am so very, very proud of the work that we did, and of the colleagues that I have had the honor of knowing and working with for the past 2 and a half years. I hope that people find it useful. It helped us learn so very much, and we are grateful to the IMLS for the opportunity.

2. We are taking our Digital POWRR workshops on the road! We will be in San Francisco, St. Paul, Northampton, and Texas! (I am very much looking forward to the Smith workshop, for what I hope are obvious reasons. *plots trips to Herrell’s and WEBS*)

3. If you are a book nerd, please do check out this lovely video about Rare Book School:

4. Also please note that there are now fellowships for early-career Rare Books Librarians that will pay for you to go to RBS or the RBMS preconference.

5. I am working simultaneously on 2 library-related seekrit projects. :-) More on those later.

New Verity! Extra! Series 8! Series 8! What do we appreciate?

August 21st, 2014

IT’S ALMOST HERE! Pardon the shouting, but we’re a bit excited. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about what little we know of the upcoming Series 8. We also have a nice little discussion about out spoiler policy–and spoilers in general. Poor Erika does too much Verity! homework and learns more than she wants. Lynne experiences ratatouille and bitterness. Kat wants you to serve her fangirly whims. And Deb is apparently on a first-name basis with Steven Moffat.

What are you most excited about in series 8? Let us know (in a spoiler-free manner!) in the comments! And let us know your thoughts on spoilers too!

^E

Related links:
Mr. Chris from The Pharos Project snapped a pic of us “on the big screen”
Radio Free Skaro’s trailer coverage
Bridging the Rift
“I have a theory…it could be bunnies”
Doctor Who World Tour playlist
The Ultimate Companion
The Ultimate Time Lord
Series 8 fan-made opening
Deimos (Big Finish audio w/Paul McGann & the Ice Warriors)
Rachel Talalay
Sheree Folkson
Series 8 episode titles (and more)
BBC America Deep Breath time change

Download or listen now (runtime 38:14) 

New! Verity! Extra! Tower Commentary by the Dashboard Light

August 6th, 2014

You asked for it! (Or at least enough of you did to beat out the other choices.) This Extra! sees the first of our two listener-voted commentaries! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we chatter over the Sylvester McCoy classic, “Paradise Towers“. Or rather, we’ll be talking over it if you play your DVD while listening to us. (Queuing instructions included in the ‘cast.)

And before the commentary, Lynne tells us about her exciting new project!

^E

Uncanny links:
Website
Kickstarter

Download or listen now (runtime 1:52:06) 

The Next Project: Uncanny Magazine

July 29th, 2014

So, this is what we’ve been working on lately.

Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex MagazineChicks Dig Time LordsGlitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex MagazineQueers Dig Time Lords) are launching year one of a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.

Our Philosophy:

We’re geeks who have spent the past several years creating and sharing work that gets us excited.

Whether it’s sharing true, personal stories of how the community that loves Doctor Who changes lives in Chicks Dig Time Lords and Queers Dig Time Lords, publishing haunting, lyrical, and devastating stories in Apex Magazine, or throwing a massive, Kickstarter-funded science fictional party through Glitter & Mayhem‘s stories of the dark side of night life and roller derby (what’s more awesome than partying aliens and roller derby?), we’ve done our best to bring you stories and images that stay with you, because they feel like they were made for you.

We think that the best Science Fiction and Fantasy literature combines astonishing ideas, strong characterization, gorgeous writing, and distinctive points of view from around the world.

We love the stories that we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they made us feel.  We’re taking our experiences and using them to create a new online magazine.

We’re calling it Uncanny, because we want to produce a sensational magazine that feels like you’ve been here before, in the best way possible.

These kinds of stories feel as rare as unicorns. Getting to share them with our readers as editors is awesome like a space unicorn (hence our mascot).

Space unicorns for everyone!

Here’s a preview of some of our cover art, in this case, by Tran Nguyen:

A Sentimental Swallow by Tran Nguyen
A Sentimental Swallow by Tran Nguyen

 (This is available as postcards and prints for some backers).

Year One Contributors: (So far)…

For year one, we’ve solicited original short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning and nominated authors including:

L-R: (row 1) Amal El-Mohtar (photo credit: Stephanie J. Boland), Sofia Samatar (photo credit: Adauto Araujo), Charlie Jane Anders, Liz Argall, Rachel Swirsky (photo credit: Folly Blaine); (row 2) Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal (photo credit: Rod Searcey), Neil Gaiman (photo credit: Kimberly Butler), Scott Lynch; (row 3) Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Cornell, Ken Liu, Kat Howard (photo credit: Tia Mansouri), Hao Jingfang, E. Lily Yu.

We plan to showcase original poetry by

… and essays by

Uncanny will also feature cover art by

More preview art, this time by Julie Dillon!

Fortune's Favored, by Julie Dillon
Fortune’s Favored, by Julie Dillon

 (This is available as postcards and prints for some backers).

There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions. We’re deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.

How You Can Get Uncanny:

Uncanny issues will be published as eBooks (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Each issue will contain 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews,at minimum. We are currently working on providing additional exclusive content just for subscribers.

Subscribers and those purchasing single issues get each issue (ex: Nov/Dec 2014 is our first planned issue) in its entirety up front, no waiting.

Those reading online for free will have to wait a week for the first half of the issue, and a month for the second half, to appear on the second Tuesday of each month (of November and December, respectively in our example) at http://uncannymag.com/.

We will also be producing a monthly fiction podcast.

How We Will Use the Funding:

We are fundraising to cover the start up costs for launching a professional online magazine. We intend to pay our writers $ .08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, and our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $60 per reprinted artwork. In addition to paying our contributors, our budget includes hiring Clockpunk Studios to set up, design and host a robust website; podcast production and hosting costs; and covering backer rewards and Kickstarter fees.

5 Things make a Wednesday post

July 23rd, 2014

1. New! Verity! Extra! It’s a Big Finish Roundtable, featuring our very own LM Myles, whose Breaking Bubbles 6th Doctor Story is out this week, and Caroline Symcox, writer of Council of Nicea along with Una McCormack in an encore appearance!

2. Verity!’s very own Deb Stanish is the Geekadelphia Geek of the Week! WOO!

3. We visited Mary and Rob Kowal over last weekend. I have been inducted into the cult of Fluevog. This was our consolation prize for Being Grownups About Not Going To London. They are ridiculously cute and comfortable shoes.

4. This weekend is the Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference. This is our first conference back in quite a while, and we are a bit nervous about it. While it’s a great opportunity to connect with families having many of the same experiences, it is also a bit of an emotional roller coaster for a long list of reasons. We are counting the days until Caitlin’s GI specialist appointment. She is still barfing every 5-7 days. :-(

5. In good news, Michael will be guesting at Chicago TARDIS this year! As will Billie Piper. O_O I may be a WEE BIT EXCITED.

New SF Squeecast Episode! Episode 36: Kiddie Pools of Blood…in Phoenix

July 22nd, 2014

 

Episode 36 of the SF Squeecast is out!

Kiddie Pools of Blood…in Phoenix  was recorded LIVE at Phoenix Comic Con. With Elizabeth Bear, Catherynne Valente, Seanan McGuire, me… and CHARLAINE HARRIS.

In this episode, we generally squeed about teams, writing series, and how to kill people. We mentioned so many things that we are skipping the links this month. If you’re having trouble looking up something on your search engine of choice, please let us know.

 

5 things make a post-Convergence update post

July 16th, 2014

 

1. New Verity Episode! Episode 46: Communication Breakdown is live.

2. Work is quiet, in the sense that I’m mostly working on things like annual reports and tenure portfolio reviews, that I can poke at slowly over time well before the deadlines. We are planning Digital POWRR workshops in the fall (I will be on the road quite a bit), and waiting to hear back from our IMLS grant officer about when the white paper can be released into the wild.

3. This is good, because much of my brainspace has been taken up with worry over Caitlin (she is still continuing with the pattern of being barfy every 10-14 days for no visible reason). This kind of thing is very wearing, because when she’s in a barfy period, she needs constant vigilance. As a silent aspirator, we have to be quick to get Cait onto her side so that the barf doesn’t get into her lungs and lead to pneumonia. Also, it’s obvious that she’s not having any fun.  We see a GI specialist for her on the 29th, but waiting for that is frustrating, especially with the knowledge that we might not get concrete answers anytime soon. While she was sick at the McCulloughs before CONvergence last week, she got through most of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which she seemed to enjoy.

4. CONvergence was ABSOLUTELY lovely. We had a good time, Cait was well for the whole convention and on her very best behavior, too, and we had the opportunity to hang with friends old and new. I’m particularly proud of coming in 2nd on Paul Cornell’s Hypothetical Who game. Given that points were awarded for audience laughs as well as logical Who knowledge-based conclusions, and I lost to a professional comedian, I’m considering it a win.

5. I learned that the older brother of my best friend from high school passed away suddenly on Monday. Her whole family is heartbroken, and I am for them as well, while doing that feeling helpless from 1000 miles away thing, as I can’t make it out to the funeral. He was in his early 40s. I’m not very keen on this whole “suddenly members of my peer group are passing away” thing. At. All.

So, ups and downs. We’ve been watching a lot of cozy mystery series lately, particular Midsomer Murders  and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Enjoying them both immensely for completely different reasons, while appreciating the tidiness of the format. There is great comfort in everything making complete logical sense, like pieces of a puzzle, especially when real life is generally much messier.

Trying to be patient for August 23, the beginning of the Capaldi Age of Doctor Who. :-)

Verity! Extra! Doctor in a Strange Land

July 9th, 2014

This week’s Extra! features crossover madness! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy, as we muse over what it would be like to plop the Doctor into other fictional worlds. What makes a good crossover? Which Verity isn’t really comfortable with crossovers? Who coins the term “Capaldi-flicted”? And who observes that Capaldi “gives good cape”? Listen and see!

Then let us know in the comments what fictional worlds you’d like to see the Doctor (and/or his companions) visit. Inquiring Verities want to know!

^E

Related links:
Tansy’s Musketeer Space
Radio Free Skaro #428 – Believe it or Not

Download or listen now (runtime 29:36) 

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An Alphabet of Embers: Signal Boost

July 8th, 2014

[signal boost from RoseLemberg.net]

AN ALPHABET OF EMBERS DAY 1, NOW WITH LETTERS

In case you missed it, the Kickstarter for An Alphabet of Embers has launched last night.  We are kickstarting for an anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose.

The book will have beautiful cover art by Galen Dara, and there are so many wonderful rewards – a song by Emily Jiang, a bonus chapbook of science poetry (I will post more on that separately), additional books, posters, boxes of treasure, and even an epic performance of an Eddic poem Atlakviða in the original Old Norse.

And here’s a first of our surprises: the letter you see below is an A of Embers, from an Alphabet of Embers graciously drawn and donated to the project by Bogi Takács. The alphabet includes many other letters, which will appear in our Kickstarter updates! Some of these letters look more like Latin characters, while others are unique to the alphabet, like the letter A below.

 

A of Embers, by Bogi Takács
 

Thanks to our wonderful first-day donors, we are 18% to goal. Thank you so much to all who donated and signal boosted! Can we make it to 20% today?

ETA: Hurray, 20% reached! Can we reach 25% on Day 1?

Signal boosting is very much appreciated!