Friday, July 19, 2013

#27 out of 40 — San Antonio -41

After yesterday's heavy dose of academic non-fiction, I went back to fiction today. Read three more stories from Fearsome Journeys; continue to be impressed by this anthology.

Received my preliminary WorldCon (8/29-9/2) schedule this morning:

What Makes a Review Great? — Thursday 29th 15:00 - 16:00
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Gini Koch, Mari Kotani, D. Douglas Fratz, Moshe Feder, Liza Groen Trombi

Things They Never Tell You about Getting Published for the First Time 
— Friday 30th 11:00 - 12:00
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Michael J. Martinez, Vylar Kaftan , Moshe Feder, David Liss

Writers/Artists of the Future
 — Friday 30th 14:00 - 15:00
Matthew Rotundo, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Dave Wolverton, Corry L. Lee

Higgs Boson Found: Where do We Go from Here?
 — Monday 2nd 11:00 - 12:00
Kevin Roche (M), Vernita Gordon, Corry L. Lee, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, David Tucker

Looking forward to being on these four panels, which provide a nice blend of fiction and non-fiction topics, and to learning from my co-panelists.

Calisthenics goals achieved for the day; short sunset walk.

Watched a fascinating BBC documentary from 2010 on What Makes a Genius? It appears to be available here.

Day 42 of writing streak. 1,300 words done on the new fantasy story -- near the end now, yay! Also, revisions made to the new flash story I finished two days ago, with more revisions to be done over the weekend. And some more planning for the longer project I'm going to be starting on the weekend.

To top things off my girlfriend and I attended a late night showing of The Conjuring. Liked!! Some magnificently scary moments. It's getting strong reviews (currently at 83% Certified Fresh on RT, which is pretty impressive for a horror flick) and I can see why. Crafty directing, slick cinematography and riveting performances; above-average script for this type of film; and an extremely effective score by Joseph Bishara (who also wrote really creepy, sort of avant-garde scores for Insidious and Dark Skies, among others, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites in this genre).

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