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Amy Sisson
14 March 2016 @ 09:12 am
Ugh. A friend alerted me to the fact that a Russian spammer had hacked my LJ account. I ended up with 10-20 entries (forgot to count) of apparent medical advertising in Russian. Apologies to anyone whose friends feed was overtaken by that garbage!

As this account has a completely unique password, my friend said it was probably a back-door hack rather than a password breach. I don't see that there's anything I can do to prevent this happening, and it was tedious as hell to go back and delete the posts one by one. I didn't see anything anywhere that would let me delete them all at once.

Sigh.... I really like LJ, but if this happens a few more times, I'm likely to stop using it.
Amy Sisson
21 September 2015 @ 02:22 pm
Here is my panel schedule for FenCon, coming up this weekend (Sept. 25-27, 2015) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If you've never been to this con before, you're missing out! Click here for more information.


Saturday 11:00 AM - Trinity VI - "My Other Job"

“Don’t give up your day job” is no longer a joke, but a sound piece of advice these days. Is it possible to get a little work done on the job, or to find a job that doesn't sap your creative juices so much that you can’t write in your off hours? Our working writers discuss the pros and cons of various day jobs. Karen Bogen, Melanie Fletcher, TeddyHarvia, Teresa Patterson, Amy Sisson, Christopher Fulbright (*)


Saturday 6:00 PM - Chinaberry - "The World of FenCraft"

A fun-filled discussion of SF-themed fan crafts. Melanie Fletcher, Margaret Middleton, Amy Sisson, Julie Barrett (*)


Sunday 10:00 AM - Irving Lecture Hall - "Warp Drives and Pointed Ears: the Upcoming 50th Anniversary of Star Trek"

Admit it, we're all fans of Star Trek in some way or other. What plans are you making for 2016 when the 50th anniversary rolls around? We're sure there will be conventions, celebrations and also plenty of people trying to make a buck from it all. But what does it really mean to you personally, and what do you plan to do to celebrate this remarkable occasion? Rhonda Eudaly, Rob Rogers, Amy Sisson, Libby A. Smith, Dusty Rainbolt (*)


Sunday 11:00 AM - Elm - "Artist Trading Cards"

Got ATCs? Artist Trading Cards originated as a hobby in Europe in the 1990s, and have been around awhile in North America too. Come by for an introduction to this addictive hobby of creating and trading miniature works of art. Can't draw or paint? No problem! Photography, collage, digital compositions, even textiles -- all physical media are fair game for ATCs! Amy Sisson (*)

(*) = moderator
Amy Sisson
31 August 2015 @ 05:27 pm
In August I read 37 stories (311 for the year to date). Here were my four favorites from the month:

Amy Sisson
27 August 2015 @ 02:12 am
Rather than re-paste it here (because it's late and I'm too tired to re-check all the formatting), here is a link to my somewhat lengthy Worldcon report:


It was more fun than you can shake a stick at!
Amy Sisson
21 July 2015 @ 02:56 pm
EDITED TO ADD: Alas, no ArmadilloCon after all, due to an infected wisdom tooth. Surgery on Monday. Wish me luck!


Looking forward to ArmadilloCon in Austin this coming weekend. I've got some fun panels, two of which are timely considering I'm doing a lot of reading this days, especially short fiction.

What You Should Have Read in 2014-2015
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom D
DeNardo, Landon, Muenzler*, White, W. Siros, Sisson
Our annual rundown of the year's best.

How Would Discovery of Alien Life Affect Us?
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Ballroom F
de Orive, Ledbetter, Rylander, Sarath, Schwarz, Sisson, Wright
Do we run scared, work things out in the spirit of peaceful cooperation, or accept our new alien overlords?

Short Fiction You Should Have Read Last Year
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Fischer, Rylander, Sisson*, Southard, Schwarz
Our panelists discuss short fiction from the last year that you need to know about.

Looking forward to catching up with a lot of folks!
Amy Sisson
23 April 2015 @ 03:36 pm
Edited to add:  puppy has found a home!  -- Amy (May 2015)

Apologies to my friends who've already seen this on Facebook....

On April 8, we found a limping black Chihuahua puppy in front of our house.  (Bay Glen subdivision, Clear Lake area of Houston, zip 77062)   Our vet thinks he is about 1 year old; he is unneutered and weighs 6.6 pounds.  He was not chipped.

Because we do cat rescue and are caring for some elderly cats with medical issues, we cannot foster him in our home, so we've been boarding him at our vet's office.  Which, needless to say, is getting expensive.  The puppy has also tested positive for heartworm.  We are paying for his treatment.

I am willing to drive the dog just about anywhere to get him into a loving home.  If you've always wanted a Chihuahua but didn't want to go to a breeder, please consider this sweet little guy.  I've spent time playing with him at the vet's.  He is sweet and is not a barker.  He's a bit timid, so probably better off in a less chaotic home.

Thank you in advance!  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested!   I can be reached at amysisson at prodigy dot net.
Amy Sisson
24 March 2015 @ 10:24 pm
Paul and I joined an organic produce co-op a few weeks ago, and I'm really enjoying it, as it's inspired me to try a bunch of new fairly healthy recipes.  I posted about it on my reviews blog here.

In other news, I now have five stories up on QuarterReads, the site where readers buy a "roll" of virtual quarters, browse the free preview beginnings, and then pay a quarter to read any given story that they want to finish.  Four of the five I have up there are reprints, but one, titled "When Sidekicks Fight Back", has not been published elsewhere.  I'm enjoying QuarterReads as both a writer and a reader, so I encourage people to check it out.
Amy Sisson
23 October 2014 @ 11:44 am
I don't know if anyone on my LJ friendslist is a fan of Top Chef, but I'm blogging this season and wanted to mention it in case anyone is interested.  I don't mean live-blogging, but rather posting in-depth commentary the morning after the episode airs.

My review blog is here (I review books, movies, TV shows, the ballet, the opera, film festivals, etc.), and the first two Top Chef posts are here (Episode 1 and Episode 2).  I try to mark spoilers in most reviews, but for Top Chef it's a given that those posts will have them.

I hope everyone is having a good week!
Amy Sisson
07 April 2014 @ 11:58 pm
This past weekend, Paul and I went to the Worldfest-Houston film festival to see "Sci Fi Shorts", including the short film based on Michael A. Burstein's short story "I Remember the Future".  My review of all five short films appears here:

Amy Sisson
For anyone who is a SFWA member, you may be aware that the SFWA board will be deciding soon whether to allow the Young Adult / Middle Grade closed list-serv to continue past its six months' trial period. I've been pretty vocal about my opinion that it's inappropriate to set up a sub-group within SFWA that is closed to fully qualified SFWA members because they don't meet an additional (and in my opinion arbitrary) qualification. I think it's especially inappropriate because this group is using resources that are paid for by all SFWA members' dues. To date, those resources have been extremely minor, but the group plans to request more, such as exhibitor booth fees for various trade conventions. I don't feel that this is insignificant.

It is my hope that the board will allow the group to continue on the condition that it open to all SFWA members. If they don't want to do that, I think they should disassociate the list from SFWA, and then the group can do whatever it wants.

In any case, I wanted to mention it here in case any SFWA member cares to share his or her opinion with the SFWA board before a decision is made. I e-mailed my comments to the SFWA President earlier today.