Back from CONvergence

I have returned from CONvergence. I am mostly alive. It was a great convention. All of my panels and events went well, and I had fun hanging out with everyone that I saw there (this means, you, too, if I saw you there).

I’m now done with major travel for quite some time, which makes me happy. There shouldn’t be anything out of state for a while, at least, although Chicon/WorldCon/The Hugos is coming up on Labor Day weekend as my next event/convention. (PS: Voting ends July 31. Don’t forget!)

Apex is ongoing, but I’m trying hard to not add anything else major, so  that I can knit more, read more, and finish painting the bedroom at home. Plus, yanno, shopping for my dress for the Hugos, which is the other thing on the docket. I might even manage to blog more often. We’ll see. I won’t promise.

Here’s my to-do list for at work and in life, in case you were wondering how I’d ever stay busy.


  • Finish and turn in Apex August issue
  • Annual Departmental Report
  • Work on WorldCon exhibit
  • IMLS Grant stuff


  • Submit Tenure Portfolio OF DOOM
  • IMLS Grant Stuff
  • Finish, install, and put WorldCon Exhibit online
  • Apex September Issue
Ongoing/When I Get To It:
  • Continue updating departmental libguides and website transition
  • Put more acquisitions records into Archon
  • Put my published articles into NIU IR
  • Weed and move perennials around in the backyard (this is a totally aspirational goal; unlikely to get done)
So, yeah. Doing my best to stay out of trouble.

About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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