I did get a lot done this weekend, involving house cleaning, getting taxes ready to go to the tax person, laundry, discovering the squirrels have pulled the covers off our gutters and thrown them down into the yard, and doing a lot of clean-up work on the yard so the house looks less like it belongs on an "abandoned places" tumblr. Also writing. But I'm kind of tired.
I posted my ConDFW Schedule here. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to read -- probably a bit from one of the Raksura novellas.
I also updated my appearances schedule and updated the web site with the note Emilie and the Sky World, Tales of the Raksura Vol. I, and the paperback edition of Star Wars: Razor's Edge are available for preorder now on the Buy Books Online section. Emilie and the Sky World will be available in (some) stores on March 4.
Nominate for an Award
* DetCon1, the North American Science Fiction Convention in Detroit, is giving out a special award for YA and MG SF/F. Anyone can nominate for it. You don't have to be a member of the con. Nominations close on February 28. (The NASFiC is only held when the WorldCon is outside the US, and this year WorldCon is in London.)
The 100,000 Homes Project
100,000 Homes communities believe this traditional approach is backwards, and the data agrees with them. Countless studies have now shown that we must offer housing first, not last, if we want to help people out of homelessness. An immediate connection to permanent supportive housing can ensure that over 80% of homeless individuals remain housed, even among clients with severe substance abuse and mental health conditions.
I'd heard about this before the report on 60 Minutes but didn't know how many places were already having big successes with it. The site has a map where you can see what cities are participating and how far along they are.
This Indegogo needs some help: New Orleans is a food desert
It's weird, I know, because we have a huge reputation for our food—but our soil can't grow it, not after the storm. Everything comes through the port, down the river, on the highway. Other people bring food to New Orleans to sell. They build grocery stores in Metairie, downtown, Uptown, on Magazine.
But they don't build in the Lower 9th Ward.
There's no grocery store there. There hasn't been one since Katrina in 2005. It's an extreme low-income neighborhood that depends on a problematic inconvenient public transit systems to cross the city to get any fresh food.
Our School at Blair Grocery wants to change that.
Here is their IndieGogo.
February 17th, 2014