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 jamesb
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, 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 taffnews
Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with 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 jamesb
, 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 mokatiki
, 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.