January 26th, 2009

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The Move: An Update

As friends may recall, last month Nomi and I moved into a new apartment of our own. Moving always results in major stress for me, so I haven't been up for talking about the details much. But for those of you who are interested, here's a brief update.

The new apartment is slowly and surely becoming closer to feeling like home. We had a great handyman come in to install blinds in the windows and extra lighting in the kitchen, and Nomi bought shades for the dining room. Nomi also changed all the light switch plates left behind by the old occupant.

Nomi also came up with a brilliant idea when we actually moved. We had many boxes of things that we didn't need right away, and a spare bedroom. So rather than have our immediate living space filled with too many boxes, we asked the Gentle Giant movers to place the vast majority of the boxes into that back bedroom. For the moment we're calling the room "the box room," but eventually we'll unpack everything and then have that room for us to use.

In the meantime, we're able to use the living room, dining room, and kitchen without feeling overwhelmed.

The main thing that is still tasking me, however, is that we're still not completely cleared out of the old apartment. The day of the move we weren't completely packed, and the Gentle Giant crew packed up as much of the rest of our stuff as they could. By the time we hit the middle of the day, however, the crew chief suggested that they take only the rest of the really heavy items and leave the smaller, easier to transport items behind for us to move later on. This had actually been our original plan, and we had hoped to be shut of the old place by the end of January.

The problem is that we can really only pack and move more things on Sundays, and most of the Sundays of this month have either had snow or Arisia. So it wasn't until yesterday that Nomi and I and a few friends (including my older brother Jon, docorion, and seborn and her husband) helped us out. We cleaned out some rooms, threw out some trash, and packed up a bunch of things and moved them to our new place. And we're still not done; Nomi and I will have to return to the old place next month to do this again, and once more we're hoping to get help in exchange for a pizza dinner.
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Stories Offered

Back in 1996, in the early days of the Internet, I became one of the first writers to offer my stories to members of the World Science Fiction Convention who were voting in the Hugo Awards. It actually wasn't until after the nominations came out, when I contacted the Hugo Administrator and suggested that all of us who had been nominated be given a chance to post our stories online for people to read. In the end, I hosted my own story and some of my competitors in the Short Story category, and voters didn't have to struggle to track down the nominated stories and read them.

Of course, today, everyone who has stories to offer for potential nomination now does so over the Internet, and so I'm doing the same. I had three stories published last year that I feel might be worthy of nomination:

Short Story:

  • "Collapse" (Polu Texni, September 29, 2008), about an astronomer who discovers that the universal collapse has begun – or so he thinks
  • "I Remember the Future" (I Remember the Future, Apex Publications, November 2008), about a retired science fiction writer at the end of his life who fears that humanity has forgotten how to dream


Novelette:

  • "Empty Spaces" (I Remember the Future, Apex Publications, November 2008), about a scientist whose work in studying a parallel universe has come between her and her friends and family


You'll notice that while "Collapse" is available to read online, the other stories aren't, because they're the new stories in my collection, I Remember the Future. However, if you're a member of Worldcon who would like to read either one of those stories and you don't have the book, I'm more than willing to email PDF copies of them to you for free.

Just drop me an email at story at mabfan dot com, telling me which story you'd like to read, and I'll send it along.