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Hey y'all,

I'm a juror for the 2015 James Tiptree Award and I need your help.

For those who are unfamiliar with the award, here's a quick summation (from the Tiptree website):

In February of 1991 at WisCon (the world’s only feminist-oriented science fiction convention), award-winning SF author Pat Murphy announced the creation of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. (To read her speech go to PatMurphy.pdf.) Pat created the award in collaboration with author Karen Joy Fowler. The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those women and men who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.

So with that said, I'm soliciting recommendations for consideration. You can use this handy dandy submission form to send in your suggestion and you can recommend more than one work - win! Recommendations close on December 1, 2015.

Thanks in advance

It's been forever and a day

My contract with UC Berkeley has been extended until the end of March although if the experiences of other contractors who are still here is anything to go by, it's all month to month from here on out. There have been a couple of people who have converted to career positions but there's no rhyme nor reason for it.

One thing you learn about being a temp is that any job could end tomorrow so I always have one ear to the ground. For the moment I have academic units that I'm now responsible for making sure that they get paid. As far as my team leader is concerned, I'm here at least into the summer - which means dealing with summer session pay. I'm not sure how all of this is going to spin out. I'm in the "lucky to have a job" stage of the program where things don't hurt and the bills are getting paid. I like the bills being paid. It means I can sleep at night.

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Work and stuff

-Finally have some steady work, at least for the next few months.

My hiring agent at the temp agency called me a couple of weeks ago with to ask if I wanted to apply for a job with UC Berkeley Campus Shared Services in their payroll department. I know squat about payroll but figured, hey, if they were willing to train I was willing to learn.

Had a phone interview then an in person interview (the shortest one I've ever been on at 20 minutes) and I got the job.

The specs: Helping with the transition of employees from a monthly to biweekly payment system. Alrighty then.

We're training, my brain feels like mush but in general, I'm glad to be working again. And there might be some permanent jobs at the end of the contract so this a good way to get a foot in the door. The hours are decent, it's bikeable and Shirley's job is to minutes away on foot.

-The offer for holiday cards is still open, so if you want one, please refer to this link: Holiday Card Hulabaloo

Holiday Card Hulabaloo

I'm getting a jump on my card list making so please reply below with your address if you're interested in getting a holiday card from me this year. The selection this will probably be general holiday rather than anything specific. Also I do domestic and international mailings.


Early morning update

I'm up late which is something I haven't done in quite a while. I tend to try and get in bed before midnight most nights so I don't trigger the insomnia but I'm still awake so this.

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And since I'm finally tired enough to sleep, I'll leave you with some Martha:


Update: Funeral arrangements for Delux

As per an update from another friend, final funeral arrangements for [personal profile] delux_vivens are under the cut.

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Spoke to Delux's mom yesterday and she's finishing cleaning out the apartment. There will be a service in Brooklyn for Eno (aka Delux) probably this Friday with time TBA:

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Re: Donations and cards, etc. for Delux

Hey ya'all.

Folks have been asking about where to send donations, flowers and cards to [personal profile] delux_vivens family. At this point the most accurate answer is we don't know yet.

Since this happened right at the beginning of a long holiday weekend, there's a bit of a delay in getting this information. I'm going to check in with her mom tomorrow since today is Sunday and she possibly has church and other things that she's dealing with and I want to respect that.

As soon as we have an answer, I'll get it out ASAP. Hold tight.


Nutmeg the Cat update

For folks concerned about [personal profile] delux_vivens' cat, Nutmeg,she's in residence at the same place where I board my cat here in Oakland. I called there on a hunch yesterday and she's safe and sound.


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