Update on Wake Cty. Author Tea

I previously stated I would be at the Wake County Author Tea this weekend but I posted the WRONG LIBRARY. So here’s the update:

This Sunday, October 2, at 2:00pm, I will be at the Wake County Library Author Tea at Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh, NC.

I had a lot of fun at last weekend’s tea, talked to a lot of different people and drank a lot of tea. I hope to repeat the performance this weekend. Hope to see you there!

Don’t reject yourself

People, marginalized groups most of all, tend to do their own rejecting. They don’t see a lot of people like themselves in anthologies or magazines. They don’t see themselves so they don’t think people like themselves should even try.

Been there.

There are several times we tell ourselves no when it’s not really our job. Before we write the story. Before we submit the story. Before we accept the acceptance of the story. Before we tell people that we have work eligible for awards. Before we accept the nomination for the award.

We are convinced that if we do get acceptance, or we do get a nomination, or we do win an award, then something has gone wrong. We forget that it’s not our job to accept, nominate, and award.

Last week, Lifehacker published “It’s Not Your Job To Tell Yourself “No.”

Of course, if you really want to, then you can dream up reasons for why now isn’t the right time, this isn’t the right place, and you’re not quite ready… but I don’t think that’s your job.

It’s not your job to tell yourself no. It’s not your job to deny yourself opportunities. It’s not your job to prevent your own progress. There are enough people in the world who will do those things for you.

Your job is to embrace rather than ignore. Your job is to pursue rather than prevent. Your job is to tell yourself “yes” instead of “no.”

That’s your job.

Exactly this. It IS your job to write, to submit, to keep writing.

It is NOT your job to decide who goes into the magazine, who gets their book published, and who gets nominated or wins awards.

It sounds like you’re helpless. You’re not. You are only helpless if you try to control the stuff you don’t control at all, and it feels like the way to control that is to say NO to yourself before anyone else does.

But you don’t have that control. If you focus on what you do control – writing and sending that thing off, then you will be happy.

Happier, anyway.

Reminder- Wake Library Teas

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’m working with the Wake County Library to participate in two of their Author Tea events this fall! All info is in this post, but the tl;dr (and visually accessible) info is: 2pm on September 25 and October 2 I will be at Southeast Regional and West libraries, respectively. Hope you can make it!

Upcoming NC Appearances!

I’m working with the Wake County Library to participate in two of their Author Tea events this fall! All info is below, but the tl;dr (and visually accessible) info is: 2pm on September 25 and October 2 I will be at Southeast Regional and West libraries, respectively. Hope you can make it!

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Wrun with Writers, Voltron, and Me

MONETARY UPDATE: We’re up to $265! Come on folks, let’s get me into clothing that won’t make me overheat and die!

Update 8-16-16: We didn’t get the attention I’d hoped for, so I just bought myself a Power Rangers dress to run in anyway. We did raise $265 for Worldbuilders, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Hope to see people at the Wrun with Writers event on Friday!

The whole thing with Voltron started with me commenting on Twitter regarding NC politics, cheering on our Attorney General Roy Cooper. So I posted this on Twitter.

Then, author Adam Rakunas posted this:

Wrun with Writers is our twist at Stroll with the Stars, which is a common SF convention event where people can go walking with guests from the con. Last year Adam and I were talking about our love of running, and we said we would run together, and then suggested making it an event. Thus Wrun with Writers was born.

It’s not a race; it’s just a 5K (3.1 miles, or one standard Pokemon egg) trek, as fast or slow as you like, around Kansas City. Then breakfast. Cause you will deserve a breakfast.

The first one happened at Spokane WorldCon, which was on fire. We had four people, including we two organizers. It wasn’t very smoky, but ash was falling from the sky. It was quite apocalyptic and thrilling, actually. I’m looking for pictures on Twitter but it’s hard to search a year back. Trust me. It was epic.

So this year we’re doing it again, and hoping for more than four people. And apparently now I’m doing it in a Voltron costume. Only, I want some incentive, and Adam’s offer gave me an idea.

I will only run in a ridiculous outfit if people give to charity. Adam’s pledged $100 and by gum I’m holding him to that, so I guess we’re already at Voltron. But let’s up the stakes.

$100Voltron Costume (for men, apparently)
$200Disguise Women’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sassy Raphael Halloween Costume
$300Disguise Women’s Deluxe Power Ranger Costume I will also add $100* and Adam will wear a costume. He hasn’t agreed to this yet. But I don’t care.
$400Power Rangers Blue Ranger Skater Dress
$500Disguise Women’s Sassy Deluxe Power Ranger Costume

More than $500??? I will take suggestions, with the caveat that I will not wear something that will cause health problems (I’m running, after all) or cause me to hate the world, ie sexy Ghostbuster. I will not do Sexy Ghostbuster. I will do legit Ghostbuster. Let’s call that:

$600- Legit Ghostbuster  (hell, I might just get this cause it’s awesome) and I’ll find a proton pack. Or proton pistols Holtzmann style.

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* My $100 will not count toward the grand total.

Note- I leave for WorldCon next week, and I will have to order the costume, so this has to be a quick fund drive. I’m posting it Monday night, but will be promoting it Tuesday all day.

The charity: Worldbuilders! Worldbuilders is a charity founded by author Pat Rothfuss in order to use the collective power of readers, fellow authors and book lovers to make the world a better place. Money earned goes toward Heifer International, one of my favorite charities.

So how do you do this? Let’s cut out the middle Mur and encourage you to donate directly to Worldbuilders, and then mail your receipt to mightymur@gmail DOT COM and I’ll add it to the total. And we’ll see how crazy this gets.

Brain Crack

Back in January I was talking about a lost Ze Frank video, and lamenting it because it’s one of my favorite arguments against people who are afraid to write their great idea. Luckily Michael Kohne found it for me! Thanks Michael!

This of course reminds me of the project I want to do in the vein of my Tea Party with Failure. I need to get on that. Else it will be brain crack.

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January Conventions! First, Illogicon!

scienceFictionI’ll be Guest of Honor at Illogicon this weekend in Raleigh/Durham! My schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY
4-5pm: Podcasting with Mur Lafferty (this is essentially the GoH interview)
6-7pm: Writing women in SF&F

SATURDAY
10-11am: Developing a Podcast
1-2pm: Everyone Says: Bad Writing Advice
3-4pm: Live Podcast with Mur Lafferty
5-6pm: Beyond Strong: Writing female characters
6-7pm: Reading
8-9pm: Gender in SF&F

SUNDAY
11-12pm: Hybrid careers
1-2pm: Podcast production

Hope to see people there!

My next con will be ConFusion in Novi, Michigan in 2 weeks, more about that later!

Updated ISBW Interview Guidelines

On the podcasts page I’ve updated the interview info, but I thought I’d put it here.

Want to be interviewed on ISBW? Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Science fiction/fantasy/horror authors.
  • Traditionally published.
  • You have a new book out.
  • You are comfortable talking via skype.
  • You have things to say about both your book AND writing in general.

These are not absolutes, but it’s generally what I’m looking for. I’ve had nonfic/lit fic authors on. I’ve even had song writers. I’ve had self published people on. BUT overall I focus on speculative fiction and traditional publishing.

Email mightymur AT gmail.com.

As for Ditch Diggers, currently we’re interviewing on an invite-only basis.

Reminders – Superhero Bundle! WorldCon! More!

I don’t blog enough, I know, so I need to occasionally reiterate stuff I blogged a while back. Because important stuff, yo.

FIRST- PLAYING FOR KEEPS is part of the Superhero Bundle! Get lots of awesome books and help a charity all while paying what you want! Pay $12 or more and get the bonus, including my Parsec-Award-Winning Playing For Keeps! Nine days left. Hurry, go get it.

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SECOND- Worldcon is next week! I’m totally not panicking at all. Nope. Just come see me. Live Ditch Diggers! Reading! Game show!

And now we are having plumbing problems so I’m just going to hit publish. Dammit.