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Write101x: University of Queensland Free Writing Course!

27 Aug

Marianne de Pierres recently brought this course to our attention.  Run by Dr. Roslyn Petelin, the course aims to provide an introduction to grammar, syntax, and style in the English language.  Anyone can audit the course for free, meaning you can get access to all of the course’s materials.  If you’re interested in improving your writing, this is a great way to do it from the safety of your home!

Full details about the course can be found here.

If you do take the course, let us know how it goes!

Announcement: Our 2015 Theme

17 Aug

We said on Twitter that we’d make an announcement about things to come from the show. And so here we are.

Throughout 2014, we have been focused on World SF. While we plan to continue exploring the globe in 2015, we will switch our focus.

In 2015, we will put our attention on the contributions of women to the sf field.

We hope you will join us!

Our CONvergence Schedules: Where We’ll Be and How You Can Join Us!

29 Jun

The entire male crew will be at CONvergence this 4th of July weekend.  Why the guys?  We drew straws.  Or it was entirely random.  Whichever sounds more interesting.

In any case, I’ve taken the liberty to compile a day-by-day schedule of all of our activities, whether as a group OR as individuals.  Some things may be added to this in the near future (walk-by sessions, etc.).  See the official CONvergence schedule for details about these panels (and others).

Here goes:

Thursday

  • 12:30 PM — Mainstreaming of Geekdom (Mike Underwood)
  • 12:30 PM — Godzilla vs. Kaiju (David Annandale and Shaun Duke)
  • 2:00 PM — The Skiffy and Fanty Show (LIVE at CONvergence)(everybody w/ guests Martha Wells and Carie Patel)
  • 5:00 PM — Many Faces of Dracula (David Annandale)
  • 5:00 PM — Shakespeare and Fantasy (Paul Weimer)
  • 8:30 PM — Green is Not Diversity (Shaun Duke)
  • 10:00 PM — Are Zombies Dead (Yet)? (David Annandale)
  • 10:00 PM — Saberhagen’s Dracula (Paul Weimer)

Friday

  • 9:30 AM — Where’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon? (David Annandale)
  • 12:30 PM — Author Reading (David Annandale)
  • 12:30 PM — Marvel Film Roundup (Shaun Duke)
  • 5:00 PM — Gaming When You Have a Life (Paul Weimer)
  • 8:30 PM — Signing (David Annandale w/ Martha Wells)

Saturday

  • 12:30 PM — City Building (Shaun Duke)
  • 2:00 PM — Gender in Urban Fantasy (Mike Underwood)
  • 3:30 PM — Mythology in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy (Paul Weimer)
  • 5:00 PM — Is There Life After ‘Dark and Gritty’? (Mike Underwood)
  • 5:00 PM — How to Structure a Novel (David Annandale)

Sunday

  • 12:30 PM — Writing Sequels:  Deja vu or Level 2? (David Annandale)
  • 2:00 PM — From Gaming to Writing (Mike Underwood)
  • 2:00 PM — From Gaming to Writing (David Annandale)

Note:  we do plan to have Walk-By sessions this year, but we haven’t put them in the schedule yet.  It’s likely they’ll be semi-random due to our bizarre schedules and the various interviews we’ll be conducting.  The best way to get involved in a Walk-By session is to pay attention to our Twitter feed, which is where we’ll announce full details (location, etc.).

Top 10 Episodes and Blog Posts for May 2014

4 Jun

May was a busy month.  Here’s what you were all enjoying!

Top 10 Episodes:

  1. #20. Captain America: the Winter Soldier (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
  2. 204. Caribbean SF w/ Karen Lord, Tobias Buckell, and Stephanie Saulter — #WorldSFTour
  3. Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
  4. 205. Mary Anne Mohanraj & Cecilia Tan at ICFA (An Interview) #WorldSFTour
  5. 203. Stephanie Saulter (a.k.a. The Jeweler) — Gemsigns (An Interview) #worldsftour
  6. 201. The Hugo Awards (A Discussion w/ Justin Landon and Natalie Luhrs)
  7. #19. Babylon 5 (S1D5&6: Eps 17-22) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
  8. #22. Godzilla (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Rachael Acks
  9. 199. Sofia Samatar (a.k.a. Malkia wa Ndoto) at ICFA (An Interview) #WorldSFTour
  10. 141. Final Hugo Thoughts + the Hugh Howey Fiasco w/ Justin Landon and Jonathan McCalmont

Top 10 Blog Posts:

  1. Book Review: Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards (by Paul Weimer)
  2. Language in the Written Word by Charles Tan
  3. Thoughts on the Hugo Nominated Short Stories by Adam Callaway
  4. Book Review: The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 8 (by Paul Weimer)
  5. 2014 Hugo Award Episode Pack: Download away!
  6. On Recent South(east) Asian SF/F by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Guest Post)
  7. My Superpower: James L. Sutter
  8. My Superpower: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  9. Business Time – Many Paths up the Mountain by Mike Underwood
  10. Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic (by Paul Weimer)

Enjoy!

2014 Hugo Award Episode Pack: Download away!

31 May

If you’re a Hugo Voter, you’ll have seen the little document in the Fancast category from us which includes recommended episodes from 2013 — one from each of our episode types.  To make it a little easier for folks to download these episodes, we’ve put up a .zip file containing all four mp3 files, which should be easy enough to load up into your player of choice.

The file can be downloaded here.  If there are issues, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or contact us at skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com!

Enjoy!

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Writing Bits: Armadillocon Writer’s Workshop

16 May

This week Shaun gave me permission to talk about the Armadillocon Writer’s Workshop, which is a little event that I run for my local convention. It’s close to my heart for multiple reasons — among them is the fact that it gave me a leg up as a new writer. I feel passionate enough about it that I’ve been running it for seven years. If you’re interested in becoming a professional Science Fiction and Fantasy writer, I think it’s one of the best, least inexpensive workshops designed for beginning and intermediate writers. This year, it will be held on Friday, July 25th, and the manuscript submission deadline is June 15th. Each student is required to submit a manuscript of no more than 5,000 words, which will then be critiqued at the workshop. Check in begins at 8:30am, and the workshop runs until the convention starts (usually, at 4:30pm). It’s a full day of lectures, writing exercises, and critiques. In the last part of the session, students are sorted into critique groups of no more than five. Each group is led by two publishing professionals. We use the Milford Method, and each student both gives and receives critiques. This year, we’re proud to have the following instructors:

Ian McDonald, Ted Chiang, Jacob Weisman, Skyler WhiteMario Acevedo, Martha Wells, Kat Richardson, Stina Leicht, Alex C. Renwick, Claude Lalumière, Joe McKinneyMartin Wagner, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Mark Finn, Dr. Anne-Marie Thompson, Derek Johnson, Jayme Blaschke, and Nicky Drayden

If you’re a new writer without publishing credits and you’re interested in professional publishing, this is the workshop for you. It’s a lot of fun. The fee is $70. For more detailed information see the Armadillocon website.

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Poll: Shaun should read this as…?

7 May

If you’ve been paying attention, there’s this whole Worldcon Fundraiser thing going on for Shaun (i.e., me).  One of the Milestone Perks involves me reading a classic work of literature or philosophy as either Captain America (post-government cutbacks) or Yoda (the green ninja).  I’ve let one of the donors pick the work, but the general public (i.e., you) gets to pick the character I will play!

Fabio Fernandes wants me to read from Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Friedrich Nietzsche.  Now it’s up to all of you to decide the character!

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