Not able to make it this year

Apr. 25th, 2015 05:00 pm
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My wife and I have just discovered a hole in our roof, apparently torn open by raccoons during the winter. Due to this, we need to save money for repair and have reluctantly decided to be adults and acknowledge that this means giving up Wiscon this year.

We have a Governors-level regular room with one king bed from Thursday until Tuesday, if anyone wants us to transfer it (otherwise, I will just release it, as I understand this goes back to the room block now?).

We also have two memberships and two dessert tickets. Going for best offer, up to and including favors and sob stories.

Contact me at my username AT gmail dotcom.

*weeps into wife's shoulder*

EDIT 4/26: I am in process of transferring the room, but the two memberships and dessert tickets are still available!

Travel deals

Apr. 23rd, 2015 11:12 am
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In case you're coming from the east coast of North America and prefer ground travel to planes: right now via Amtrak SmartFares there's a May 19-20 train from New York City to Chicago for USD$78, which is the cheapest I've ever seen it. And then from Chicago to Madison there are buses for $30 one-way I believe, although a friend and I are taking a car from Chicago so I'm not as sure about that.

Anyone else have current travel deals to share?

Ireland-Somalia Visa Issues

Apr. 20th, 2015 10:02 am
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This question is fiction-related. Is it theoretically possible for a Somali citizen living in Somalia to obtain a fiancee visa to Ireland? There is no Irish embassy or consulate in Somalia, so I'm not sure if she would have to be resident in another country first. 
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Whoops.

Uh, let's see. I rewrote the fucking novel again, and it's off at beta readers'. One already got it back to me, but I'm not looking at comments until next month. I'm Not Dealing With It right now so I can do other things.

I'm about 3/4 of the way through the beginning conversation class. Some of my students are more comfortable with unknown words and global reading than others, so what I need to do is figure out how to convince them that knowing every single word isn't important, so they should look for keywords.

Another teacher suggested having them highlight all the things they do recognize, then looking up a limited number of unknown words, so they a) focus on how much they already know and b) don't get hung up on every single word.

It's about time to gauge interest in the next class, so we'll see if I have another class coming up. Though it'll get into summer and the travel season, and I'm going to have to miss half of June anyway... I don't know how that works here.

Convention planning continues apace. The Shatterdome has a full complement of artists for artists alley, but we're always looking for a few good panelists.

Uh, what else? There's a huge mess surrounding this year's Hugo awards, and I don't feel like writing about it here.

I'm still trying to make a #&%!^*%# sale of short fiction. I've gotten some helpful personal rejections (and some total forms), but apparently I'm not hitting the right editor at the right time. I'm thinking about making them into an ebook and selling them on amazon and ebooks.com and smashwords, either individually or as a collection. IDK.

My sister's baby is 2 months old. She thinks she looks like baby pictures of me. All I can tell is that it is a small human with a round, bald head. I am nervous about going home to visit, because there may be expectations of cooing and holding.

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