You are viewing susansugarspun

susansugarspun's Journal
 
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends]

Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in susansugarspun's LiveJournal:

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
    9:56 pm
    Thursday, March 28th, 2013
    8:51 am
    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
    11:33 am
    oh, wordpress.
    Wordpress isn't posting to Livejournal anymore. I have, in recent years, become very stupid about computers--can anyone point me in the right direction for fixing this?
    Monday, July 14th, 2008
    11:05 am
    hello, last minute.
    Months ago, before this whole "move to New York" plan existed, I bought a membership to Readercon.  For the last few weeks, I've been waffling like mad as to whether I actually want to go to Readercon.  I mean, on the one hand, of course I want to go!  On the other hand, though, I've just moved into this new apartment, I'm just starting to get settled, and I kind of want to spend next weekend doing house things, like buying a couch and continuing to figure out my neighborhood.

    In the end, though, I think Readercon is winning.  The problem is, I've utterly failed to make arrangements for my own housing.  I'm going to start poking around to see if any of my Boston-area friends have space for me, but in case that doesn't work, does anyone need a Readercon roommate?
    Sunday, February 10th, 2008
    2:37 pm
    Readercon!
    I'm seriously considering going to Readercon this year, but I've never been!  I know absolutely nothing about Readercon!  Is it as fun as it looks?  I can get myself to Boston just fine, but how do I get to Burlington?  And, most importantly, who's going?  Does anyone need a roommate?
    Friday, November 16th, 2007
    9:44 am
    Movable Type help needed.
    Strange Horizons needs someone who understands Movable Type to look at (and fix) something for us.  It's a one-time troubleshooting thing, fixing some blog templates, something that really won't take you long if you have any experience with MT, and it would help us a lot.  Email me (groppi@gmail.com) if you think you can help.   (At this point, we're even willing to pay for someone to do this--include an estimate or hourly rate or whatnot in your email.)  Thanks!
    Thursday, November 8th, 2007
    4:14 pm
    baby!
    Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt have a baby!  He was born today, he's healthy and awesome.  Heather and Tim will, I'm sure, post more details and whatnot soon, but in the meantime, I know a lot of people have been wondering how they're doing, so they said it was okay to post a quick note.  (They're also trying to call people, but Heather's really exhausted, so they may not get to call everyone they want to, they apologize.)
    Friday, August 10th, 2007
    9:51 am
    Strange Horizons: Would you miss us if we were gone?

    The Strange Horizons fund drive has only about five days left before it ends.  (We've extended it once already, we're not extending it again.  It's over next Wednesday.)  We're currently about $2000 short of our goal.  That's not an impossible amount of money to raise in the time given, but it's a really difficult amount, given that it took us over five weeks to get the $4000 that we already have.

    There's something interesting about the non-profit fund-drive model: in some ways, it's not primarily about the money.  It's about the support.  The money is important, certainly.  Our fund drive goal represents about a third of our annual operating budget.  But fund drive participation is also an indicator of community support, which is a key factor in raising the -rest- of our operating budget.  We have a lot of other indicators of community support, or at least of community appreciation--our readership numbers are good, and we're getting award nominations and critical notice.  (It was recently pointed out that four of the last five Campbell Award recipients were published in Strange Horizons before becoming Campbell winners, which sounds to me like we're doing a good job with our goal of finding and supporting talented new authors.)   But I think people don't realize the extent to which fund drives are a show of support as much as anything else.  That's partly our fault.  We talk about the lovely gifts and prizes, and we compare a Strange Horizons donation to a magazine subscription, because both of those tactics allow us to feel a little bit more comfortable with the fact that we're asking for money.  None of us are professional fundraisers, and we all hate asking for money. 

    We are, in fact, asking for money.  We're asking for money as a way of asking for a demonstration that you like what we're doing.  In essence, it comes down to one simple thing: are you glad that Strange Horizons exists?  Even if you don't read us regularly, even if you don't like everything we do, even if you hate being asked for money.  Would you miss us if we were gone?  We're the longest-running online science fiction magazine, we have a proven track record of publishing quality fiction and nonfiction, we've made a web-publishing model work.  Our staff members, all of whom are making time for this work in the spaces between everything else in their lives, have been making this magazine happen, week after week after week, for almost seven years.  And we're hoping to continue, in our reviews and columns, to show how science fiction isn't dying, it's thriving, in movies and comic books and television shows and on the internet.  Even if you don't actively read the magazine, there are a lot of reasons to be happy that we exist.

    Would you miss us if we were gone?

    If the answer is yes, you should seriously consider coming over to our fund drive page and sending us some money.  It doesn't have to be a lot of money!  But it's the best and most tangible way to say to us, yeah, we're happy you're there, and we'd miss you if you were gone.  And to everyone who's already donated, thank you, thank you, thank you.  We can't say enough how much we appreciate you.

    Monday, June 11th, 2007
    11:51 am
    Science fiction help!
    I'm looking for a novel, something on the cyberpunk axis (loosely defined), that could be described as being about (either directly or indirectly) the relationship between technology and corporations, preferably with a skeptical or cynical eye towards that relationship.

    (No, I'm not looking for any particular book, just suggestions.  I'm putting together a reading list for a seminar I'm teaching next fall, and have a thematic hole fitting this description that I'd like to fill.)
    Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
    5:02 pm
    Help Strange Horizons!
    Strange Horizons is looking for some people to help out with the development group.  The development group is responsible for things like the fund drives, the Reader's Choice awards, grant-writing, and general publicity.  All that's required is enthusiasm, an interest in what we do at SH, and a little bit of free time.  (Like all our staff positions, it's unpaid, and it means you can't submit poetry or fiction to the magazine.)  Development is the financial backbone of the magazine, and it's desperately understaffed at the moment.  Interested volunteers should be sent my way, editor@strangehorizons.com.  Thanks!
    Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
    11:13 am
    More podcast updates.
     We're (finally) in the iTunes store! You can subscribe automatically to the Strange Horizons podcast by clicking here.
    Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
    5:38 pm
    For the week of 8 January...
    The second Strange Horizons podcast is now live.  Longer than last week's, plus a bonus plea for listener mail!  Something went awry with our iTunes Store listing, so we're not available that way -quite- yet, but you can still subscribe manually by telling iTunes (or your other music-listening software of choice) to subscribe to www.strangehorizons.com/podcast.xml.
    Thursday, January 4th, 2007
    5:23 am
    The Strange Horizons Podcast!
    Strange Horizons now has a podcast!   It's mainly (at the moment) an audio version of our weekly newsletter, featuring one of our editors (well, me) talking to you about the week's issue.  The first podcast is a little bit bare-bones, but I expect that we'll be adding more regular content to it soon.  (And making bigger announcements, as we get rolling.)  We're not listed in the iTunes store yet, but for the moment you can subscribe by telling your podcast program of choice that our feed is at www.strangehorizons.com/podcast.xml.  (In iTunes, you enter this address in "Subscribe to Podcast" on the "Advanced" menu.  Not sure how it works in other software.)
About LiveJournal.com