Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eileen Gunn: 7 p.m., Mon., Jan 26 at Hugo

Gotta love the Northwest. The weather keeps writers right where we want them, stuck at home with nowhere to go but into their imaginations. Snowbound Seattle writers tweeted about the snow and posted snow pics on blogs. Perfect!

Every now and again though, it's good to let 'em out. The next chance to get out of the house with Eileen Gunn is at her workshop "Wit and Tragedy: Writing the Savagely Funny Story,"
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 25 at Richard Hugo House ($130, or $117 members) or the following day when she reads and talks about her work 7 p.m., Mon., Jan. 26 at the house ($5). This is part of the Fantastic Fiction Writing Workshop Series and Salons (upcoming events with Molly Gloss in February and Nancy Kress in March).

Gunn wrote the short story collection
Stable Strategies and Others (2004), won the Nebula for "Coming to Terms," and serves on the Clarion West Writers Workshop board of directors.

She's also responsible for
The Difference Dictionary, a supplement to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's mother of steampunk novel, The Difference Engine. Get your absinthe, Charles Babbage, and hallucigenia definitions here. (Huckle-my-buff: "a hot drink made with beer, egg, and brandy." Needed that one directly. Thank you much! Steampunk people: Have you braved this beverage? Tasty?! Potent?!?)

Also, check out Gunn's online zine: Infinite Matrix. It looks like the site was last updated for Cory Doctorow's birthday but, whatever, mine it for content including Doctorow's story, "Nimby and the Dimension Hoppers," Gibson's essay, "Time Machine Cuba," and Gunn's editorials.

And now back to rain but, no worries, it's even better than snow at keeping writers en chair.

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