January 28th, 2008

Panda porn!

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Before I put it off any longer, it's pimpin' time. First off, the submission deadline for Faerie Nation Mag is February 9. There's still room for more articles (about pretty much anything, really), flash fiction, recipes, poetry, craft patterns, etc. And artwork! We always need artwork. See the link for submission guidelines and all that good stuff.

Second, I know I'm preaching to the choir here, and almost everyone reading this is too old, but MUST PIMP ALPHA! And even if you're too much of an old fart to go, maybe your little brother's boyfriend's mom's cat's masseuse's second cousin's granddaughter's friend is a budding genre writer. What's with that word "budding," anyway? Does anyone actually "bud?" Wait, don't answer that. Anyway. ALPHA! HOORAY! And if you happen to be a sad panda because you're a genre writer (or fan) over the ripe old age of 19, do not despair! There's always Confluence!

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The ALPHA SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14-19) will be held
at the University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg Campus July 16-25, 2008
in conjunction with Pittsburgh's science fiction convention,
Confluence, July 25-27th. Twenty talented young writers will be
selected to attend the workshop on the strength of their submission
stories. Four guest authors and ten staff members will be present
during the ten-day residency workshop to teach genre writing. Mike
Arnzen, Timothy Zahn, Chris McKitterick, and Tamora Pierce are our
guest authors for 2008 (our seventh year). Workshop fee: $950.00 For
more information, see:
http://alpha.spellcaster.org/
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Seventh year? Holy crapmonkeys, now I really feel old. Why, I remember the very first year, back on the RMU campus with the sink room and the mysterious animal corpse outside the dorms. It was that year that I bought the panda ears after the reading at the science center, and the whole "panda porn star" thing came about from that "Weekly World News" article. Ah, those were the days. Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia.
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I love my hand!

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So here's another one of those "interview me" memes. You know the drill. If you want questions, just comment.

Questions from audreym

1. When did you get into Indian food?
I first had Indian food about 8 or 9 years ago, when I went to India Garden with the AFS club. I was rather obsessed with India at the time, but I had never eaten Indian food before. I think I ordered some biryani, since my fuzzy memory tells me it was mostly rice with some vegetables, and I'm pretty sure I had some gulab jamun, which was much sweeter than I had expected. I thought it was all right, but I didn't get all gung ho about Indian food until a few years later, when I started going to Indian restaurants on a more regular basis with Megan or certain college friends.

2. Would you like some Hrothgar for your Hrunting?
My Hrunting is totally bigger than Hrothgar's Hrunting, and Grendel's mom loves it.

3. What is your favorite Indian dish?
Palak paneer! I also absolutely love paneer pakoras (Meena's are full of deliciousness and love), bhindi masala, samosas, and that awesome spinach soup they have at Zaiaka.

4. Who is your favorite Naruto character?
Akimichi Chouji! Rollrollrollrollrollrollroll! I love how he's basically the poster child for gluttony, but he totally squashes the competition in battle (literally!), especially if the enemy calls him fat. And he's the most fun character to play in that fighting game, since he just plows over people like a human wrecking ball. I also like Hinata, Gaara, Tsunade, Jiraiya, Rock Lee, and Orochimaru.

5. Do you think we should make a Hidden Ninja Village of Et Smew?
Well, duh. You can throw star-of-David-shaped shurikens at everyone, Arianna can beat people over the head with a giant rattle, and I'll use the powers of tininess to sneak up on people and then stab them with knitting needles. It'll totally be awesome. We can go on a mission to retrieve the legendary Hrunting and battle Grendel's grandma, then summon a giant kitteh to take us back to the village.
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