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Scarce around these parts

The best way to find me these days is at Facebook.  If we're not linked there, please add me (Christopher Kastensmidt).

I just haven't had time for both here and there, and a lot more people I know are there.
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Catching up...

I wish I could catch up, I really do.  There's so much to share about Lynx and everything else going on in my life, but time continues short.

But I now have just ten weeks to write my dissertation, which I have to do between consulting and teaching, not to mention my #1 priority, Lynx, so I'm going to have to stay off the Internet as much as possible.  Fiction writing and related activities also need to go on hold, unfortunately.

But before I go, here are a few happy things to share that have happened over the last month or so.

1) First up, book covers!  Here are the Brazilian covers for Gerard and Oludara adventure #2 ("A Parlous Battle"), and for an invite-only anthology called The Witch Hammer with my story "As They Appear...":


The books were launched simultaneously in São Paulo a few weeks back, so they share the distinction of the first time I've had a story published in another language before it was published in English.

I am very pleased with both stories, they've been getting excellent reviews all around.  They are two of the best I've written, the kind of stories that make me go and trunk all my older work.  I hope to publish both in English next year, but while publishing in Brazil has become much easier (I've turned down three anthology invites recently for lack of time), publishing in the U.S. seems to be getting harder.  Go figure.

2) I've been receiving a lot of honors lately.  The city council of Novo Hamburgo (one of the places I teach) gave me a "vote of congratulations" for winning the Realms of Fantasy Readers' Choice Award.  That's not something you see every day.

And I also recieved a gorgeous trophy for participating in the National Literary Journey, where "Fortuitous Meeting" was named as a "work of distinction in forming new readers".  Beautiful.

Writing hasn't been financially rewarding this year, but it has been just plain old rewarding.

There are some opportunities on the horizon, though.  As soon as I wrap up the dissertation I can focus on those, and see if I can't turn writing into more of a career in 2012.
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My writer's journey

I have an important journey coming up.  Three events in two weeks, starting Friday.  Over 15,000 miles of travel.

If you'd like to know more, I wrote up a post on it here:

And my Worldcon schedule is here (and it's BIG):

So I'm going to be busy.  Don't expect to see me around LJ much until September.  If you need me, drop me a private message here and it will find me.

And I hope to see a bunch of you at Worldcon!
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LJ Backup - follow up

Props to vaughan_stanger  for convincing me to give ljArchive another try.

Whereas yesterday it failed bizarrely every time I ran it, today it is working.  You need at least one good sync for the tool to start working properly, so you may have to try many, many times...

Here's the link:

It's not perfect.  I don't think it downloads images locally (seems to leave them on LJ, even when I export to an HTML file), but it is a well-organizaed backup of all the text.
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LJ Backup

I'm trying to do a LiveJournal backup.

I tried two tools already:

1) ljArchive - Doesn't seem to work at all
2) ljBook - This produced a fantasic hyperlinked PDF.  Problem is, it doesn't find a ton of posts, including almost everything from 2009-2010.

Any other recommendations?

Jaw... drop

Had a double jaw drop this week, both times in relation to the Jornadinha Nacional de Literatura (National Literary Journey).

First, I found out I'll be speaking to 11,000 adolescents from 10 to 17 years old.  I'll be speaking to groups of 1,100 at a time over two days.
And I'll also be speaking to an auditorium full of "non-participants".  I'm not sure yet what that entails.

Second, I saw the activity book that was put together for the event.  It's here, with suggested activities for my work on pages 17 and 18.  It's in Portuguese, but the suggested activies include watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and splitting the students into groups to play an RPG!

My work is also referenced for teachers to open discussion about the different genres of speculative fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
:O :O :O

Wow... just... wow...  This is territory where even my dreams have dared to tread.  A chance to make a difference when it counts.