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25 July 2008 @ 11:44 am
7/25/08: Where I've been, where I'm going  
Wow, it's been almost a month since my last post. Apologies.

The first week of that time was spent in Cleveland, at the annual gay square dance convention. Convention was fun as always, though as I commented on Sunday night "the more friends you have, the shorter Convention gets." We had a great time at the Cedar Point amusement park, riding roller coasters. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an excellent museum, with clear informational signage and videos answering not only the question "what is this?" but "why is it important?" As for Cleveland itself... this city makes me realize just how good we have it in Portland. It's a rust-belt city with crumbling infrastructure, the restaurant situation is dire, and the downtown area seemed almost completely unpopulated even in the middle of a weekday. They're trying, Lord knows, with much new construction and investments in mass transit, but it feels desperate. I wish them luck.

The following week we put together a new issue of Bento. As usual, we went from "omigod we have nothing, what we do have sucks, this is never going to come together in time" to "hey look, it's a zine!" with head-spinning rapidity. It's back from the printer already, even. We'll be handing out copies at the Worldcon and mailed copies will be sent shortly thereafter.

Planning on the bathroom remodel continues apace. We just signed the contract and will have the final walkthrough meeting (with the ceremonial handing-over of the first ginormous check) next Tuesday. Teardown starts shortly after we return from the Worldcon. We have only the one bathroom. We'll manage somehow.

At the moment Kate is in Kennewick, helping our niece with Project Destroy Grandparents while Kate's sister is in Sweden for some kind of martial arts thing. Yes, Sweden. Who knew it was a hotbed of kendo?

I'm batching it (should really be "baching it," I suppose, but that doesn't suggest its pronunciation) here in Portland for the nonce. I've been working on revising a short story but it's going really slowly. I hate revisions. Too bad I have a lot of them to do right now.

Kate returns Sunday. On Wednesday we both leave for Denver, where we will disperse: me to Laramie for the Launch Pad astronomy workshop, Kate to a rustic lodge near Pikes Peak. We'll rendezvous back in Denver the following Wednesday for the Worldcon, where my schedule is as follows:

  • Wed 11:30: Launch Pad: Astronomy for Writers
  • Wed 16:00: Reading: David Levine
  • Thur 10:00: Short Fiction: On its way out or a way to break into the market?
  • Thur 14:30: Have blogs and listservs replaced fanzines?
  • Fri 10:00: Clarion West Writers Workshop: How it Helped My Career
  • Fri 13:00: Signing (45 minutes)
  • Fri 14:30: Kaffeeklatch
  • Sat 11:30: Clarion West Student Readings, the 21st Century

And, looking a little further into the future, I'll be giving a reading in San Francisco on September 20, part of the SF in SF reading series. This does mean skipping out on Saturday evening of the West Coast Gay Advanced and Challenge Square Dance Weekend. The perils of living in multiple fandoms.

Oh, one more thing: The signed and numbered hardcover of my collection Space Magic is now available from Wrigley-Cross Books.

 
 
 
robin catesbydeedop on July 25th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Burning question: Will the bathroom have a moose?

Also, a massive thank you: The balsamic? MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.....WOW.... YUM.... GUUUUH. (Yeah, it's that good.)

David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 25th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
No moose in the plans currently, but the whimsy quotient should be provided by an original mosaic with a seahorse and Celtic knotwork. Of course, we haven't selected the knobs yet...
la sirena dolce: music - goddesslasirenadolce on July 25th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
I got lost in Cleveland once. Scary. But I found the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I loved it! That's quite a schedule you have for Worldcon! See you there.
joycemochajoycemocha on July 25th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to see people I know in the Walking with the Stars morning stuff--somehow that fits me better than AM yoga or martial arts or whatever....

Will see you either Tuesday, or at Worldcon, one or the other!
Thom Watsonthomwatson on July 25th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
SF in SF location?
David, do you know yet where your SF in SF reading will be held? I'd like to come see and hear you there.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 25th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: SF in SF location?
According to the SF in SF web page, it's at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market St. @ Montgomery, 1st floor of The Hobart Bldg. September 20, 7pm.

It would be lovely to see you!
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: SF in SF location?
I will if I can!
bibliocubbibliocub on July 26th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
David, I would love to hear you give a reading, but since this will be my first AC weekend, I don't want to miss it either. Also my hubby is co-coordinating the dance weekend and it would not be too supportive of me to skip out on his hard work. But I may buy a copy of your book, being the SF geek I am.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Ah yes, well, I understand the need for spousely loyalty in times of struggle. I will be there for the rest of the weekend, though, and will try to remember to bring a few copies of the book. See you then!
Smofbabe: propellorsmofbabe on July 26th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Glad I'll be seeing you for at least an hour at worldcon: I'm on the panel on Thursday at 2:30 too :->
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe some day we'll find out where it is...
Marguerite Croftalbionidaho on July 26th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wow--since you're obviously not busy at all ;), you should come to the Palahniuk party on Friday.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'll be in Laramie by then. But I did come to the Connie Willis party. Did I see you there?
Marguerite Croftalbionidaho on July 26th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I was there at the Connie Willis party. I was in a black skirt, boots, black leather jacket talking to Katie (the young daughter of some members of the Clarion community) most of the night.

I'm so sorry I missed meeting you.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed you too! I spent most of the time in the kitchen, talking with... um, the guy with the long black hair and the ravishingly beautiful black woman. Both of whom are in your class, but whose names I, obviously, forget. (Katie is the daughter of eddvick and amy_thomson.) Perhaps we can meet up at some future convention. I don't suppose you're planning on hitting the Worldcon?
Katekateyule on July 26th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I think those were Christoph and Tracy, respectively?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those names ring a bell. Thanks!

How goes Operation Destroy Grandparents?
Marguerite Croftalbionidaho on July 26th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
That's Christopher Reynaga and Tracy Harford. I think I was outside when they were in the kitchen.

Yes, she is ravishingly gorgeous.
Marguerite Croftalbionidaho on July 26th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
And they're both fantastic writers, as well.

Christopher sold a story to Cemetery Dance yesterday.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on July 26th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Tell him I said "go, you!"
Marguerite Croftalbionidaho on July 27th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
I definitely will! :)