Hello! Welcome back to another October Podcast Month episode!
I spent all day Friday practicing for a live reading to promote the Kickstarter for Speculative Fiction For Dreamers. That Kickstarter ends Wednesday, and I’m reeeeeally hoping it meets its funding goal because I haven’t read all the other stories and poems and plays and things in the book! I need it to be real so I can!Listen to "October Podcast Month: How do we pivot all our creative events to virtual settings?" on Spreaker.
Image description: a screenshot of the Speculative Fiction for Dreamers Kickstarter as of 7:25pm Eastern time on Monday, October 19, 2020. It still needs almost $4000! Click on the image to go to the Kickstarter page and back the project!
ANYWAY! Because that’s what I was focused on Friday, I decided to read that excerpt for my paid subscribers.
Then for the rest of the weekend, I didn’t release podcast episodes because my original plan was always to take weekends off. And it’s a good thing, too, because I was Very Busy! This episode is all about the stuff I did and the ways I have seen people coming up with creative ways to hold social events and performances during a time when it’s not really a great idea for most of us to go out and meet each other in person.
I talk about FIYAHCON and The Ignyte Awards, which were wonderful, and recognized so many awesome creative works and people. I am particularly excited to see Strange Horizons recognized with an award at long last after being nominated so many times in the past for other awards, but not winning. The team there truly does so much work to make the science fiction community more rich and inclusive. But seriously, every person and work that won an award is amazing, and I encourage you to check all of them out!
I also captained a trivia team for Clarion West and attended a cold read of a new play by Liz Duffy Adams. So many cool ways to connect with people and experience art online! Tell me some of your favorite virtual events, or how you’ve seen them go poorly. I think both sides of it are interesting and important to consider as we forge ahead in pandemic time.