Posts tagged with "burgerdroid" - Faerye Net 2009-05-15T10:17:36+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Good things are in store 2009-05-15T10:17:36+00:00 2009-05-15T10:28:01+00:00 <p>I&#8217;ve just had a second story, &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;, accepted at <a href="" target="links"><em>Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</em></a>! I&#8217;m so excited I keep floating off my chair.</p> <p>Perhaps I should start giving such posts informative, cut-and-dried titles like &#8220;Story Sale to Asimov&#8217;s: Conditional Love&#8221; or something, but I couldn&#8217;t resist quoting the unearthly forces that knew all along.</p> <center><a href="" title="Fortune cookie crop by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="400" height="263" alt="Fortune cookie crop" border="0" /></a></center> <p>I&#8217;ll let you know as soon as I know what issue it will appear in. Many thanks to everyone who read a draft of this one &#8212; I hope you will enjoy the finished product!</p> Exciting present! 2009-04-04T22:35:41+00:00 2009-04-04T22:36:33+00:00 <p>Ryan&#8217;s family always gets together to celebrate birthdays. For some reason, we ended up doing mine over a month after it actually happened. I&#8217;m not used to doing this with birthdays, but when you do it with Christmas, it&#8217;s called &#8220;extending the Christmas joy&#8221;. It means you get presents long after you had any rational expectation of them. I got awesome presents, and one that I thought I would highlight on the old blog.</p> <p><a href="" target="links">Greystork</a> <em>made a statue</em> based on my story, &#8220;Burgerdroid&#8221;. Seriously. Someone made <em>art</em> because of something I wrote. Because of the first thing I&#8217;ve ever gotten published, no less. This is fantastic!</p> <p>The sculpture reveals something crucial from the end of the story, so you might not want to click through if you haven&#8217;t read it. If you have read it, feast your eyes!</p> <center><a href="" title="Burgerdroid statue by Torben Jensen"><img src="" width="200" height="283" alt="Burgerdroid statue - teaser" /></a></center> БУРГЕРДРОИД 2009-01-01T15:48:37+00:00 2009-01-01T15:49:15+00:00 <p>Sadly, this news comes too late for you to fly over to Russia and get a copy, but &#8220;Burgerdroid&#8221; was published in the <a href="" target="links">December issue of <em>Если</em></a> (&#8220;Esli&#8221; or &#8220;If&#8221;) Magazine. I&#8217;m really proud that this happened and excited that people with whom I wouldn&#8217;t normally be able to communicate (I can say &#8220;hello&#8221;, &#8220;goodbye&#8221;, &#8220;how are you?&#8221; and &#8220;fine, thank you&#8221; &#8212; and I can&#8217;t spell anything) can read my story.</p> Orycon 30 2008-11-23T21:03:46+00:00 2008-11-24T15:50:56+00:00 <p>So it&#8217;s over, my <a href="" target="links">first con appearance</a> as a writer. I loved it. That&#8217;s even though I was initially terrified that I would be expected to arrive full of wisdom and pithy jewels, and even though my first panel was so poorly attended I considered closing my eyes and trying to levitate to make sure it wasn&#8217;t an anxiety dream. I learned (or sensed) that I am what I&#8217;m expected to be: full of opinions and odd scraps, self-deprecating jokes and nonsense; and that I know more than I realize. All my subsequent panels were well-attended, and even at the first one, I learned something. It&#8217;s an odd thing, a convention panel. It arrives sometime after you do, assembled from audience questions and bits of every person at the front of the room. You go partially to find out what it is you&#8217;re going to say.</p> <p>I met splendid people, and in general, everyone was radically friendly (even by Northwest standards.) I made new friends and bought new books. I haven&#8217;t assimilated everything yet &#8212; that will require time, and quite a bit of sleep.</p> <p>But one thing I think I will remember forever. It&#8217;s both a shining moment and a little bit of a regret. After a panel I was on where my story, <a href="" target="links">&#8220;Burgerdroid&#8221;</a>, was relevant, I was taking the escalator down to the main meeting floor. A woman leaned over the railing and called, &#8220;Felicity! I just wanted to tell you I loved your story.&#8221; I very nearly started running backwards up the escalator. I did not want to miss this. But I decided to err on the side of caution and confined myself to grins and thanks. &#8220;Have you got anything else coming out?&#8221; she said.</p> <p>&#8220;No sci-fi,&#8221; I replied.</p> <p>&#8220;Too bad. It was the most badass story I read all year.&#8221; (this is of course reconstructed. She may have said &#8216;kickass&#8217;, for example, but the emotion of the hearer is unaffected by such details.)</p> <p>I really wanted to find out who she was, but the few times I saw her again, she was deep in conversation, and her nametag was always flipped the wrong way. (If you ever read this, nice woman with long hair and bangs, leave me a comment and introduce yourself.) Maybe I&#8217;ll see her again &#8212; Orycon is a pretty cozy convention, and I hope to return next year. But if I don&#8217;t, I&#8217;ll chalk it up to fate: maybe it&#8217;s a good thing to have an anonymous reader in mind who loved your work and wants you to keep writing.</p> <p>Enough blogging! The page calls. Some nice woman with long hair and bangs is waiting for more stories.</p> "Burgerdroid" discussion thread: SPOILERS 2008-05-18T18:25:39+00:00 2008-05-30T14:43:12+00:00 <p>If anyone still wants to discuss my story, &#8220;Burgerdroid,&#8221; which appears in the June 2008 issue of <em><a href="" target="links">Asimov&#8217;s Science Fiction</a></em>, I am opening up a thread for discussion <a href=";parentid=2218#2218" target="links">as requested here</a>.</p> <p>Please observe the following provisos: spoilers are fine within the text of your comment, but please refrain from spoilage in the title of the comment so as to spare any unspoiled produce reading the &#8216;Today&#8217;s Comments&#8217; page. And, umm, I can&#8217;t think of any more provisos, so&#8230;&#8221;Burgerdroid&#8221; does not have a space in it, so there! Spell accordingly!</p> The Candy Boat has docked! 2008-05-03T19:46:47+00:00 2008-10-11T14:05:04+00:00 <p>Or, to stray from the <a href="">Golden Ticket</a> metaphor to the Real World, my first published story is on a newsstand near you (at least, it is on a newsstand near me.) Go to my totally dignified <a href="" target="links">author site</a> for all the par-ticulars!</p> The Golden Ticket 2007-11-14T00:51:39+00:00 2008-10-11T14:05:19+00:00 <p>Long ago, in a galaxy far far away, I got my <a href="">first rejection letter</a>. It was a big magazine, a great magazine. Perhaps I should have set my sights lower.</p> <p>Today I got my first acceptance letter. It was from that magazine.</p> <p>Open the factory, Mr. Wonka. I want my boat ride.</p>