An Education of Scars

“An Education of Scars” is up at Futurismic edited by Christopher East (fiction editor) and Paul Raven (publisher and editor-in-chief).

An Education of Scars” is up at Futurismic edited by Christopher East (fiction editor) and Paul Raven (publisher and editor-in-chief).

Her gown left her shoulders bare. Her skin was pale, translucent. She had no freckles, as if she had never gone out in the sun. Her lips were colored a shade of red that seemed odd for a red-head to wear, until I noticed that it was the same angry red as her scars.

New local Esperanto group!

Thanks to Darcy and Meryl, we’ve once again got a functioning Esperanto group in Champaign-Urbana!

There are several komencantoj, but also three or four of us who speak Esperanto adequately, so we’re trying to do a mix of things at the meetings.  We’ve been reading Gerda Malaperis, which is something that even beginners can do. We also started watching Mazi, which is fun. We’ve decided to all read a couple of articles from the Esperanto Wikipedia and show up ready to discuss them. We’re hoping that narrowing the topic of conversation down to a specific article will make it easier for people who’s working vocabulary is still really small–they can look up a few domain-specific words before the meeting (even make notes to refer to, if necessary).

I’ve already noticed improvements in my own Esperanto, after just three meetings–it’s amazing how fast you can pick up fluency if you’ll just practice.

Here’s the folks who were at the last meeting:

Our new local Esperanto group
Our new local Esperanto group: Jack Hutchens, Omar Ali, Phoebe, Darcy Ross, Matt, Meryl Garrison.

Translated into Turkish

It seems that someone translated my Wise Bread post The line between frugal and crazy into Turkish:

http://www.tutumluol.com/tutumlu-ile-cimri-arasindaki-ince-cizgi/

I’m  kind of chuffed about this–translating a whole article is a lot of work; I’m pleased that there’s someone out there who thought this article was worth the trouble.  I hope it’s a good translation–it’s kind of hard to tell, based on the Google translation:

Nature of diseased condition that does not bring happiness. At this point the question must be asked is: Does it make you happy to make thrifty behavior? In this way, make you happy is to live a frugal man, you are normal and others that it does not matter what you think. For example, to use bicycles for transportation or walk to me very happy.

Clarion Workshop for 2009

Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop

Through March 1st, Clarion is taking applications for its 2009 workshop.

If you’re working seriously on the craft of writing science fiction or fantasy stories, seriously consider whether you can  shake loose six weeks to attend.

I attended Clarion in 2001.  I kept a journal of my six weeks at Clarion, so I won’t bother trying to describe all the things I learned or how much fun I had, except to say that it was a lot.  If you want to learn more, follow that link, or send me some email–I’d be glad to answer questions.

On setting things straight

One of my fellow Wise Bread writers, Catherine Shaffer, is somewhat troubled by the fact that so much of what Google returns when she googles her own name is unreasonable criticism of one article that she wrote long ago.

She knows as well as I do that it does little good to try to argue with your critics. Trying to thread a path between doing that and doing nothing, she’s written a post where she tries to lay out her case at full length, unrestricted by word limit she had in the original article. I’m pleased to put whatever Google Juice I’ve got toward her effort to set the record straight–the link above goes to her post.

Esperantistoj–legu mian Esperantan hejmpaĝon.

An hour before sunset at Kaufman Lake
Philip Brewer (photo by Jackie Brewer)

I write science fiction and fantasy stories.

I also write about money. If you’re interested in “living large on a small budget,” you can read my personal finance and frugality blog at Wise Bread.

I went to Clarion, the science fiction and fantasy writers’ workshop, in the summer of 2001. I learned a lot and I had a great time. I’ve written a lot about Clarion in my Clarion Journal.

I speak Esperanto and write in that language as well.  If you speak Esperanto, you can read my Esperanto-language blog at Esperanto-USA.  Whether you speak Esperanto or not, if you’re in the area and are interested, please come to the meetings of the East-Central Illinois Esperanto Club.  For more information about my Esperanto activities, see my Esperanto website.

Two nice mentions

I picked up two nice mentions for Wise Bread articles.

Lifehacker, in a piece by Jason Fitzpatrick, linked to my most recent post, Plan for your wants, in an article that they called Plan for your wants to make budgeting enjoyable.

And, in a piece by Farhad Manjoo, Slate included my post Not the sort of person who (along with mentions for Wise Bread in general and my personal site) among The best Web sites to help you scrimp through the recession.