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Seventeen people voted for the Nova Awards this year. I'm pretty sure that I had enough friends at Novacon that, had I offered to buy each one a drink, I could've mustered eighteen votes.

Hmm.

It bears noting that, although I'd really love to win a Nova for Procrastinations someday, bribery is not the way I want to do it. Don't flame too hard!
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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
johncoxon: (Default)
It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
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I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
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I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...

TAFF

Jan. 12th, 2011 07:01 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
I'm running for TAFF. This is a true fact. However, right now I'm finding it difficult to spare the time to campaign. I have a deadline at university on Monday 24th January and it's proving unbelievably stressful (I am having trouble with insomnia and loss of appetite for the first time).

I've been invited to write articles for two fanzines – Journey Planet and Banana Wings. I've written the first one but I haven't written the second one, which can be up to 3,000 words on anything I want to write about. Since I'm unbelievably stressed I'm having trouble coming up with inspirations for the article (which will almost certainly be towards the shorter end of the scale, rather than the full word limit), I thought I'd throw it out there for you guys – what do you think I should write about?

On a related note, the huge stress is also making me feel unable to campaign properly. I haven't written another Procrastinations yet, although I'm hoping that when this lets up I'll have the time and energy to put into that. On a related note, any submissions from people who would like to write for the fanzine this issue are very, very gratefully received.

Right. Off to finish taking notes on the paper I started earlier, and then I will try to unwind this evening. On the bright side, at least now I'm very sure I don't want to do a PhD...
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Right then. Firstly, I'll be writing and editing the newsletter at LX... I also plan to be spending some time on [livejournal.com profile] zz9's table in the Dealers' Room and I want to gopher for an hour or two (probably on the Friday or Monday) if I get bored, but here are the seven panels you'll be able to see me on during the convention:

Saturday

14:00: Fanzines 101
"Find out more about the mysteries of fanzines. Some current editors tell you how easy it is to publish within the fannish community." [Guess this means I really do have to write the seventh issue of Procrastinations in time for LX, then...]

17:00: SF, technology and games
"Almost every SF trend, from artificial intelligence to virtual reality, was embraced by the gaming industry first (or at least that's what some gamers like to think). But what has the gaming world really been like over these last few decades? How did it compare to what SF promised us it would be? Which are the noteworthy games in this regard, past and future? And where is the industry really heading to?"

21:00: Adapting comics for the big screen
"What makes a good adaptation of a comic book - faithfulness to the text, or willingness to change it for the screen? Can you film the unfilmable? What makes The Dark Knight so good, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen so bad?" [I'd have several interesting things to say on this subject but given I'm moderating and there are some very loud people on the panel already, I reckon I'm going to spend most of my time desperately trying to maintain a pretence of control on a sinking ship... Ought to be a whole lot of fun!]

Sunday

11:00: Twitter: Ego boosting, or information busting?
"Twitter has recently hit the news and is the latest internet fashion. Is it full of trivia, rubbish and egotistical nonsense, or is it a useful tool for collecting information and communicating? This panel takes a look at how Twitter is developing and it's potential impact on the Internet."

20:00: Couldn't I just waste him with my crossbow?
"What if books were more like games, with no need to take into account pesky things such as plot lines and narrative coherence? What alignment would Gandalf be? How many hit points does one give Sauron? Couldn't Bilbo just jump on Gollum's head? A humoristic look at how famous (and not so famous) works of fiction would have played out."

Monday

11:00: Conventions and breaking them, or lifting up your game!
"Does a role-playing group have to be fun with dice and pizzas, or running around the woods with a plastic sword? Can your game feel more like a literary masterpiece? A comic? A screenplay? Our panel discuss techniques and experiences from their own gaming groups."

12:30 Battlestar Galactica
"The much-praised show has come to an end. Did it live up to the promise of the early seasons, or lose its way in the end? How will it be remembered?" [Note to self: watch last three episodes of BSG before Easter.]
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Printed 100 copies of the zine. Going to bed. zzzzzzzz
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Here's the deal. Procrastinations Six is finished, and I will make a small alteration to it before e-mailing it to Bill at some point tomorrow. However, I got back later than I expected to tonight, and so I've not had time to print it, and I won't get time to print it til after returning from Zombiecon - as such, the print copy is going to be mailing list only and won't be available this weekend. I am sorry! :S

It was a good day though, spent it in Cambridge. Saw Step-Brothers which is hilarious, and walked down to the Millpond and sat there for a while setting the world to rights. I had to get up in the single-digits this morning, though, so I'm consequently bloody knackered.

EDIT: Well, y'know, maybe I'll have fifty copies...

Corflu

Apr. 27th, 2008 10:30 pm
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I just won the Best New Fan FAAn award at [livejournal.com profile] corflu. It's a total shock and I'm over the moon! :)
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I will be making arrangements to post this tomorrow to all the people who I know weren't at Orbital. If you were at Orbital but didn't receive a copy and want to have one, could you please comment here and tell me that I need to send you one? Similarly, if you want to be added to the mailing list, leave a comment with your address and I'll add you (comment screened, although there's no guarantee I have enough copies to go around...).

If you were at Orbital and you don't comment, you won't get a 'zine as quickly as everyone else, hopefully I will have time to do an e-mailshot asking people whether they got one at Orbital but this might not materialise as quickly as I hope it will.
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I came out of my 13:00 panel half an hour ago - the panel I was moderating that had Neil Gaiman on it (as well as Dave, Sharon and Liam). It went really, really well, I got him to sign a copy of the Neverwhere comic and gave him a fanzine, and several people took photos of the five panellists all standing in a row. Great fun!

Now I'm just waiting on the LoC... ;)
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Issue Four is nearly ready for publication, just waiting on one or two more articles to come through before the deadline on Monday. Does anyone reading this who didn't write an article or a LOC fancy reading through a draft copy to see if they can pick up any errors/typos? I need someone to read through an HTML copy to make sure it's OK and someone to read through a PDF copy to make sure everything that should be in italics is in italics. I've already gone through, but a second set of eyes would be useful.

Anyone?
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After having put the LOCs into Issue Four, and written responses, it appears that I have twenty-two pages and I haven't actually put anything else (except two con reports) in. This one could be a long issue. But, rest assured that no matter what happens, I still don't have a stapler.
johncoxon: (Tea & No Tea)
HTML versions of Procrastinations can now be found here.
johncoxon: (Destruction of Earth)
I'm looking for fanzine articles to fill issue four of Procrastinations, to hopefully be released in time for Recombination (although I've not booked accomodation yet and whether I go will depend on my bank balance at the time of the decision - it may be a mailout/you'll-get-a-copy-at-whatever-fannish-things-I'm-at-before-the-next-Picocon job). Ideally I'd like whatever thoughts people have on SF television - so Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and other such things. Any volunteers, before I start e-mailing people? :)

Issue two of Procrastinations has been PDF'd and printed. The PDF should be online tomorrow to coincide with the first distribution, at Teledu.
johncoxon: (Destruction of Earth)
Dear Jack,

An open LOC on From Alien Shores #1 )

Yours in anticipation of FAS#2,
John Coxon.

Ego!

Apr. 11th, 2007 05:21 pm
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"John Coxon is a star in the making... if he sticks around, he'll be somethin' special." - Chris Garcia. Because, y'know, I obviously needed an ego booster. XD

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