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Guerrilla reading at Norwescon, 4pm Friday

Norwescon is this weekend. I didn't get a program invite, so I'm doing a guerrilla reading of Arabella of Mars in my room! 4pm Friday in room 5102. Please share!

If you're on Facebook, the Facebook event invitation is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143449395668164/?ref=22&action_history=null&source=22 Please RSVP and invite your friends!
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Reading in Regency garb? Wonderful!
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Update on Kate - no Worldcon for us (ETA: I can come!)

STOP PRESS: I WILL BE AT WORLDCON!

Extremely generous friend Marc Wells has just stepped forward to take care of Kate while I take his wife Patty to the convention, saying "you and Patty need to be there, I don't." Marc has the experience to help Kate with her insulin and I trust him completely.

This is so overwhelming I am in tears. But I will be at the convention.

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The short version: Kate spent four days in the hospital last week, coming home Sunday, and we won't be able to attend the Worldcon. 

The long version: This started over a week ago, with tummy troubles that came and went. Thursday at 1am it was back, even worse, to the extent that I called 911 at 5am; paramedics came, gave her an intravenous drug for nausea, and took her to the ER.

At the ER she got more intravenous drugs and a CT scan, which showed some bowel irritation but nothing major. With the drugs she perked up pretty quickly, but the doctors decided to keep her overnight for tests and observation. They also gave her injections of insulin to bring her steroid-induced high blood sugar down. (We had just started metformin, an oral blood sugar medication. As long as she was in the hospital they decided to use the stronger stuff.)

She stayed in the hospital from Thursday to Sunday. Each day she felt better than the day before, but every night she had trouble in the early AM. Tests for C. Diff, norovirus, Shiga toxin, bacteria, and the most common virus for stomach bugs all came back negative. Finally the enterologist suggested that the symptoms were consistent with "autonomic diabetic neuropathy" -- basically, high blood sugar weakens your sympathetic nervous system so that your GI tract doesn't work right, especially when you've been sleeping for hours. 

Getting her blood sugar down (from 408 Wednesday to 149 Sunday; normal is 140 or less) and giving her Imodium brought the trouble mostly under control, and she went home Sunday. But her sugar has been so high that metformin isn't going to cut it, so we will have to inject long-acting insulin every morning, and test her blood sugar and inject the appropriate amount of regular insulin before every meal. Also we need to change our eating habits -- reduce carbohydrates, increase fiber, eat more smaller meals, you probably already know this drill. We were already doing pretty well on this score but will need to do even better.

Kate is absolutely not up for travel this week. We considered whether I could go to the Worldcon without her, but with this new and complex drug regimen to manage, plus follow-up visits with the doctor, it doesn't look as though I can go for even one day. Kate can't manage this by herself right now, it isn't something I could ask a friend to do, and I don't want to leave her with strangers (we would have to find, interview, and hire someone in just a day or two). It might be different if we were more experienced with the routine of blood, drugs, and pointy things, but not in the first week. 

So... no Worldcon for us.

To say that I am disappointed would be a severe understatement. Shattered, more like. Also angry, sad, and resentful. Not at Kate, but at the terrible situation we both find ourselves in. 
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Wow. You've got me nearly in tears, too! Awesome friends!
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A couple of months ago, my friend Mary Robinette Kowal contacted me for help. Nora and Bob, friends of hers from the Oregon Regency Society, were involved in a horrific car accident far from home. They both barely survived and wound up in the ICU, with terrible fractures and multiple surgeries. They have insurance, but obviously neither of them is able to work and they will certainly burn through the insurance money before they are well. So their friends set up a fundraiser at http://www.gofundme.com/Nora-Bob.

Mary asked me to help publicize the fundraiser by contributing an Act of Whimsy — something to amuse Nora and Bob, make people laugh, and engage the community. She suggested that I read a scene from my Regency interplanetary airship adventure novel Arabella of Mars (coming from Tor in June 2016). I considered reading it wearing a Regency dress, but after some discussion with Mary and ORS member Julia Grim, we thought that might be disrespectful. So Julia very kindly donated her labor and made me a complete Regency gentleman’s ensemble.

It all took a while, but now the ensemble and the video are done, and you can see them both right here (YouTube link: https://youtu.be/HLMV0eH-9hg).

I hope you enjoy the video, but more importantly I hope that you donate to help Nora and Bob at http://www.gofundme.com/Nora-Bob. Thank you for your consideration.

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There's been a rash of obviously bogus profiles (all caps name, no photo, no posts, and no location) leaving +1s on old posts. This has been going on for weeks. These profiles are not even trying to appear legitimate. Can't someone at Google get rid of them?
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I've been flagging them as Not An Actual Human, or whatever that one is.

I don't know why they go to the really old posts, though. I guess the spammers don't know how G+ works and don't realize we'll notice and flag them? Maybe only hitting old posts goes under the radar other places.
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As you may have seen elsewhere (e.g. http://www.daviddlevine.com/2014/11/kate-hospital/) we are having a major medical Situation here which will probably continue for a long time to come. I'm going to have to make some changes in my use of social networking, and I'm afraid that G+ is going to get little or no attention from me for the duration. All my other social networks can be posted to from a client (I use Tweetbot for Twitter and Facebook, and MarsEdit for my own bog, LiveJournal, DreamWidth, and Tumblr) but G+ offers no API and therefore requires a manual copy-and-paste, with editing to reformat HTML into G+'s nonstandard markup language. Don't have time for that now. I do like G+ and will still be hanging around, but don't expect to see a lot of posts from me going forward.
Yesterday Kate was having difficulty finding her words, and couldn’t write a check. We took her to the emergency room, where they gave her an MRI. The MRI found some …
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My god, David. I am terribly sorry to hear about this, and I give you my greatest hopes that all becomes as close to well as it ever can.
Truly, you two have my best wishes.
And to heck with G+ if it's not in your schedule!
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I am proud to announce that my short story “Damage” is a nominee for the Nebula Award!
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I am very pleased to announce that Tor has revealed the cover and release date for my first novel, Arabella of Mars. Here is the fabulous cover, by artist Stephan Martinière!

The book will be released on July 12, 2016, and it is already available for pre-order from Powell's and Amazon. You can also order it from your local independent bookseller. The ISBN is 9780765382818 for the hardcover and 9781466889491 for the ebook.

The Amazon page also features some of the excellent blurbs I have received, from Mary Jo Putney ("a real page turner"), Pat Murphy ("rollicking interplanetary adventure"), Patricia Rice ("Regency space opera in its best form"), Madeleine Robins ("So. Much. Fun!"), Tina Connolly ("a delightfully detailed airship adventure"), Kurt Busiek ("a non-stop adventure packed with thrills, charm and surprises"), Ellen Klages ("genre-bending thrills in this Regency whizzbang"), and Kim Stanley Robinson ("a very clever and entertaining start to a memorable saga").

Finally, I am happy to announce that my copyeditor will be the amazing Deanna Hoak, who was one of my classmates at the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop. I'm really looking forward to working with her.
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nice cover handsome
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Do you understand sed’s uppercase N, D, and P commands? Please contact me. I have some questions.
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Hardly anybody does use them. That's why I'm asking! :-)
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I am extremely pleased to announce the publication of my story “Damage” at tor.com. In addition to being free to read at http://www.tor.com/stories/2015/01/damage-david-levine, the story is also available as an ebook for 99¢ at all the major ebook stores.

I am also pleased to announce the podcast at Escape Pod of “Homegrown Tomatoes” by Lara Elena Donnelly, which I narrated. You can hear it, or download it as an MP3, for free here: http://escapepod.org/2015/01/10/ep475-homegrown-tomatoes/.

About “Homegrown Tomatoes,” reviewer K. Tempest Bradford at io9 said: “Not only do I dig this story, David Levine is an excellent narrator. If you haven’t heard him read his own stuff you’re really missing out — he’s amazing. And he’s just as good with someone else’s fiction.”
Read Damage, a new original science fiction short story on Tor.com by David Levine.
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Hmmm,

Congrats. 
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In the Gmail iOS app, typing a search causes the search suggestions (eg contact names) to flash briefly on each typed letter, but then they vanish and can't be selected. I've tried killing and restarting the app, rebooting the phone, and deleting and reinstalling the app. Any suggestions?
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Over on Facebook, a friend asked “is it always poor writing to tell and not show?” Here’s my reply:

If you had an entire story that was nothing but “show” it would be overlong and tediously detailed. I interpret the maxim of “show, don’t tell” as applying to the most important parts of the story: the characters’ motivations and emotions, the key bits of worldbuilding, the pivotal moments of the plot. When the character is only driving across town? It’s okay to just tell us that part.
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I am amused that after clicking "Read more" to read the rest of Brooks's comment, the link at the bottom says "Show less."
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World Fantasy Convention 2014: Welcome to the Machine

Last weekend I attended the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, it was the same weekend as my local con, OryCon, and I'd had a tough time deciding between them. But, as it shook out, I made exactly the right choice.

You might think that the difference between the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and World Fantasy Convention (WFC) is obvious from their names, but it actually isn't. It is true that WFC focuses on fantasy rather than science fiction, but it doesn't exclude SF and the Worldcon doesn't exclude fantasy. The real difference between the two is that the Worldcon is a large (5000 people or so) convention by and for the fans, whereas WFC is a smaller (1000 people) professional conference for writers, publishers, editors, and agents. WFC generally has excellent programming, a dynamite art show, and a dealer's room focused on books, but the real reason most of the attendees are there is to schmooze. There is a hospitality suite, but the real heart of WFC is the bar where everyone hangs out.

My first WFC was one in Seattle back in the 20th century, when Kate and I helped out our friend Debbie who was running the hospitality suite. We thought it was a great con, but it seemed that there was this invisible web across the con of deals being made, and spending time with our writer friends felt as though we were keeping them from important business. Although fans are welcome at WFC, the con isn't really about them, and we didn't go to another WFC for years after that. But WFC changed substantially for me when I started selling my fiction professionally, and became one of my favorite conventions.

This WFC was a whole different animal for me, now that I'm a cog in the publishing machine. I met with my editor (my editor!) Moshe Feder, Tor's art director and head of tor.com Irene Gallo, and Tor's head of publicity Patty Garcia (she was bartending at the Tor party at the time, but very generously took some time to chat with me as well). I also bent the ears of many of my writer friends, who offered congratulations and sage advice. Several people commented that I was adorable with my puppy-like enthusiasm, and I have to own that.

I did hang out in the bar, a lot, and had many professional breakfasts and lunches in the hotel restaurant. I think I had five meals outside the hotel in six days, all within walking distance, and otherwise didn't leave the hotel at all.

I came out of the con feeling like my brain was rattling around in my skull, and I'm still on East Coast time. I have an enormous list of things to do for Arabella of Mars, and #1 on that list is to write the sequel. (I did manage to write every day of the con, even if it was less than a hundred words some days, but I missed a day after coming home when I found myself asleep at the keyboard.)

Publishing is a machine, yes, but it's a machine made of people, and WFC is where the gears are lubricated. I had a blast and I'm already looking forward to next year's WFC in Saratoga Springs.
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Hugo-winning writer of SF and Fantasy stories. Novel ARABELLA OF MARS coming from Tor in July 2016!
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David D. Levine is the multi-award-winning author of the Regency interplanetary airship adventure novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and more than fifty science fiction and fantasy stories. His story "Tk'Tk'Tk" won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, his story "Nucleon" won the James White Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, Sturgeon, and Locus. His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, numerous anthologies and websites, and multiple Year's Best anthologies, as well as his collection Space Magic from Wheatland Press, which won the Endeavour Award for the best SF or Fantasy book by a Pacific Northwest writer.

David is a contributor to George R. R. Martin's bestselling shared-world series Wild Cards. He is also a member of Book View Cafe, a writer-owned publishing cooperative, and Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., a non-profit organization which produces OryCon and other SF conventions. He has narrated podcasts for Escape Pod, PodCastle, and StarShipSofa and the audiobook of Space Magic, and his video production "Dr. Talon's Letter to the Editor" was a finalist for the Parsec Award. In 2010 he spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station, a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert.

David lives in a hundred-year-old bungalow in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule. His web site can be found at www.daviddlevine.com.

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