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I'm writing for Clarion West
I've been pretty bad about promoting my Clarion West Write-a-thon participation this year, but I'm starting up the marketing machine now. If you're not sick of hearing about it by the time August rolls around, well, I'm doing something wrong. In a nutshell:...
I've been pretty bad about promoting my Clarion West Write-a-thon participation this year, but I'm starting up the marketing machine now. If you're not sick of hearing about it by the time August rolls around, well, I'm doing...
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I am on a black highway at night
This week, some good news: Stepto has come out of his coma and seems to be recovering well. If you're feeling charitable, you can donate to help the family with medical and travel expenses . At times like this, I think of this dialogue from Terminator 2 : "...
This week, some good news: Stepto has come out of his coma and seems to be recovering well. If you're feeling charitable, you can donate to help the family with medical and travel expenses. At times like this, I think of this...
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I can't even
Portland Puzzled Pint and DASH regular Tom Gazzola ("Maso" to his fellow NPLers) died today . He was 55 years old. And I just learned that Stephen Toulouse ("Stepto" to XBoxers and JoCo Cruisers) is in a coma and not expected to recover. He's 42 years old. ...
Portland Puzzled Pint and DASH regular Tom Gazzola ("Maso" to his fellow NPLers) died today. He was 55 years old. And I just learned that Stephen Toulouse ("Stepto" to XBoxers and JoCo Cruisers) is in a coma and not expected ...
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I'm sorry to hear about them. Take care and seize the day. Seize loved ones as well, come to think about it. 
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I'm Leaving, on a Jet Plane
But I do know when I'll be back again, so don't worry about that. Meanwhile, in orbit around Alpha Omicron VII... https://youtu.be/DIw690VGt70
But I do know when I'll be back again, so don't worry about that. Meanwhile, in orbit around Alpha Omicron VII... https://youtu.be/DIw690VGt70
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I Have a Voice Too
Dear Pitch Perfect movies, I love you, but we need to talk about diversity. Let me start by saying that I harbor more affection for both of you than a straight man in his forties probably should. Yes, I'm a weirdo: I sang choir in high school, was an a capp...
Dear Pitch Perfect movies, I love you, but we need to talk about diversity. Let me start by saying that I harbor more affection for both of you than a straight man in his forties probably should. Yes, I'm a weirdo: I sang cho...
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I am no longer eligible for WOTF
That would be the Writers of the Future contest. Because their rules specify: 5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Pro...
That would be the Writers of the Future contest. Because their rules specify: 5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three s...
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Clearly, for you, the Future has arrived.
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I volunteered at Open Source Bridge today
And sat in on these great talks: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Pelican: A Comparison of Static Site Generators" with Lucy Wyman "Hosting Events that the Whole Community Loves" with Meg Hartley "Teaching and managing for technologists" with Lennon Day-Reynolds "Univer...
And sat in on these great talks: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Pelican: A Comparison of Static Site Generators" with Lucy Wyman "Hosting Events that the Whole Community Loves" with Meg Hartley "Teaching and managing for technologists" ...
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I Did Not Understand This Metaphor in 1982
But I'm, y'know, older now. And when McCoy says "It never rains but it pours" to Kirk in Wrath of Khan , I know exactly what he means. Skip to 1:11 for the relevant dialogue: youtu.be/jRYlPifDUBg It's also appropriate for this week, since I now have no fewe...
But I'm, y'know, older now. And when McCoy says "It never rains but it pours" to Kirk in Wrath of Khan, I know exactly what he means. Skip to 1:11 for the relevant dialogue: youtu.be/jRYlPifDUBg It's also appropriate for thi...
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Yeah, ditto your WTF on "Coach." People love sports I guess?

I think it would've been funny if the new series was about his son's career as an economy-class flight attendant. That might just be me though. :)
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I have another deadline this week
Which means I don't have the time/brainpower for a thoughtful, well-researched blog post today. So instead, here's a roundup of some interesting stuff I tweeted or retweeted in the past week: My pals @TheDoubleclicks are making a new album: PRESIDENT SNAKES...
Which means I don't have the time/brainpower for a thoughtful, well-researched blog post today. So instead, here's a roundup of some interesting stuff I tweeted or retweeted in the past week: My pals @TheDoubleclicks are mak...
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ICYMI elsewhere: I have sold two science fiction spy thriller novels to Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press). Look for the first book, WAYPOINT KANGAROO, in 2016!
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Sometimes my jokes don't even work in American English! OOH! BURN! wait i think i'm doing this wrong
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Basic Information
Gender
Male
Birthday
October 1
Relationship
Married
Other names
Curtis C. Chen, CKL
Story
Tagline
I am not an aardvark.
Introduction
Once a software engineer in Silicon Valley; now a speculative fiction writer and puzzle game maker near Portland, Oregon. Also the "Cat Feeding Robot" Guy from Ignite Portland and JoCo Cruise Crazy.
Bragging rights
Graduate, Clarion West 2014 and Viable Paradise XII; co-founder, Puzzled Pint (2010-present); organizer, OryCon Open Read & Critique sessions (2009-present); winner, Stanford In Entertainment script competition, 30-minute category (2011); three-time Ignite Portland speaker (2009, 2012, 2013).
Work
Occupation
Polymath
Skills
Writing, editing, puzzle creation, event planning, BEING AWESOME.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
As they say: "Why see a movie in coach when you can sit in first class?" I know, it's a bit of schlep to go to Vancouver or Beaverton just for a movie, but it's totally worth it. Look for Groupons to help defray the cost, and definitely try a Living Room or Movie Parlor sometime!
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Good beer, good food, and plenty of space for friends to gather! We've even hosted TWO Puzzled Pint events here, which is 100% more than 99% of our other venues. :)
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
When our friends visit Portland, this is one of the places we always take them. Love the decor and the variety of bars; we probably come here once a month anyway, between movies, SFWA events, and just hanging out with friends. (Event staff is also great: in October, 2012, I had a birthday shindig in the Library, and Amanda, Jessica, and Leroy made sure everyone had a fun evening!)
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Can get a bit noisy, but Critical Sip is a great place for adults to meet and game together. Bonus points for always keeping their bathrooms remarkably clean. ;)
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
THE GREATEST BOOKSTORE ON THE PLANET. FULL STOP.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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