September 26th, 2010


The two day to do list

So I'm setting myself a pretty full on list of things to do over the long weekend which if I complete will earn myself that fat quarter pack I blogged. I'm at maelkann's and I've brought hopefully everything I need.

The list may get added to over the weekend. And I'm going to strike through as completed.

1. Empty inbox (started at 96 emails)
2. Work through all submissions - novellas/novelettes
3. Send out emails those emails for that project (ooh embargo) - DONE AS MUCH AS CAN FOR NOW
4. Read 50 stories for LSS
5. Work through the cash reconciliation with Tehani for Worldcon sales
6. Do final crosscheck of correct sales tally from Worldcon with by title breakdown and correct spreadsheet
7. Work through finances spreadsheet to update and correct for bottomlining
8. Work through all paperwork and file
9. Package judges copies of Bleed, Sprawl and Glitter Rose - DONE AS MUCH AS CAN FOR NOW
10. Compile list of next wave of review copy mailouts
11. Tweak and update TPP website
12. Catch up on The Guild
13. Read a novel
14. Finish one AA novel
15. Complete all sewing I have packed
16. Update ASif! files
17. Finish final edits for The Angaelian Apocalypse

ball of yarn

Stitch Witches Block

Yesterday I ended up at my parents' house waiting for them for a bit whilst they were out. Mum was coming back to help me do some cutting of borders which is what I'll be sewing over the weekend, to bring a couple of projects further towards completion. I'm hoping to have a finished quilt or two to include in my What I Did This Year wrap up at Xmas.

Whilst I waited, I finally finished my mother's block in the Stitch Witches quilting circle. She likes Jinny Beyer and she likes stars so I went with something I've been wanting to try for a while but wasn't sure I had the skills:

Planet Earth Star

And then we cut borders. And worked out what I was going to do for the September block for the Virtually Bequilted circle (oh! Last month? :( ). And then I packed up my car and noticed my tyre was ripped up. Yup. At least I noticed it BEFORE I drove an hour down the freeway.


The Hugos

I'm seriously trying to clear my email inbox this weekend which has involved finishing all kinds of fiddly tasks in order to action and then file emails. And there are also all kinds of things I've been saving for blog posts.

Here's one.

The Hugo awards do this awesome thing where they post all the results of both the voting and the nominations so that you can see how the voting broke down. It makes for really interesting reading. You can download this year's ballot here. I was noodling around in it to see how Horn went when I discovered that I had been nominated for Best Editor, Short Form. That blew me away. The editors who make the ballot are talented people who I aspire to. And I one day very much want to hope to be as good as them. So I wanted to thank those who had nominated me in this category, to even have been nominated is so crazy!

And having a look round the rest of the categories I noticed that Twelfth Planet Press had some serious support:

Horn received 19 votes. (51 got a novella on the ballot. Wives received 46 votes and was the 7th novella with 6 on the ballot)
Siren Beat received 12 votes (38 got a novelette on the ballot)
I received 15 votes for Best Editor Short Form (66 got an editor in short form on the ballot)
ASif! got 13 votes for Best Fanzine (36 votes got a Fanzine on the ballot)
Peter M Ball got 25 votes for the John W Campbell (27 votes got a new writer on the ballot)

I'm really so chuffed to have made a Hugo ballot. And here's the thing, I know that Twelfth Planet Press fared so well because this was a homegrown Worldcon. But the other thing is, look how little it took to influence the nominations. Look how little it would take to nudge things a little bit further - get more Aussies on the ballot or more women on the ballot and so on.

So you know, next Hugo period, those of us with Aussiecon4 memberships will be eligible to nominate in the Hugos for 2011. And ... our votes count. So, if you've ever wanted to act instead of talk about the outcome of these kind of things, seriously think about nominating, or even getting a supporting membership and voting.