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Martha Wells

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So, this happened: Galveston Oil Spill This story talks a little bit, at the very end, about the effect on the local fishing and tourist economy, and the wildlife. This is going to be devastating.

This was a bad to terrible weekend for a lot of people, and it's depressing, and I'm probably not going to be very communicative. But below is the post I was going to make today before all this:

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The SCBWI workshop went really well yesterday. The first hour we talked about the history of SF/F, how early SF elements begin to show up in recorded literature (like The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), early tropes like hollow earth, lost world, etc, and then we talked about modern day categories and how they've changed over the years. The second hour was about worldbuilding in particular, and the worldbuilding exercise went especially well. We built an original alien fantasy world and sketched out its culture (with a few possible variations) within about ten minutes. (It goes fast with ten people brainstorming on it.) (When I asked everyone to each name a physical characteristic for our alien species, and the first person said "A tail with a poison-barb tip" I knew we were going to do great.)

The exercise is to basically take three points 1) climate/environment 2) culture (including material culture) and 3) physical form/attributes (it's more fun when you don't use humans). You choose a climate and an environment, then everyone picks attributes for your species, then you come up with the culture by seeing how those attributes would affect their interaction with the climate/environment, and what they would need to have/do to survive, thrive, etc. Then you add a fourth element, magic, and see how that would add to or alter things.

Next weekend, I'll be at LeoCon at TAMU-Commerce.

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That's horrible. I just heard about the spill but hadn't heard yet how devastating it's going to be.

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