Yes, I have been working on this. Sometimes only a dozens stitches in a day, but when I had some time, I took my needle in hand and stitched. I just have a bit of ocean, about a third of the rocks, the border and the letter "Z" to finish. I probably should be finished before I leave Japan because my major convention job is now over.
I was Stage Manager for the Hugo Ceremony. The Hugos are the most prestigious award for science fiction writing and art. They are voted on by the members of the current Worldcon and eagerly awaited by most of the SF writing community. As Stage Manager I hired the House Manager (in charge of ushers and programs), hired the Hugo escorts who carry the Hugos on stage, and made sure the envelopes and awards were in the hands of the right people at the right time. It was a lot of fun, especially since I got to meet George Takei who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek and plays Hiro's father on Heroes. He is a charming gentleman who speaks at least three languages fluently. Here are some photos from the ceremony. Now my husband is packing up the art show. The convention ends tomorrow and on Wednesday we head back to San Francisco. I have really enjoyed seeing a lot of my friends here. Next year the Worldcon will be in Denver, then Montreal in 2009, then most likely Melbourne, Australia in 2010.
I had hoped to get further in the alphabet on the A to Z of Me during August, but it is appropriate to mention the next two letter here.
S is for Science Fiction
Science fiction short stories and novels are my passion. Yes, I read mysteries and police procedurals and nonfiction, but it all started with science fiction, from Heinlein to Asimov to Arthur C. Clarke. When I look at my LibraryThing listing of the books I have read since April, 30 of the books have been science fiction or fantasy out of 47 books I have read. I would have an even higher percentage if some of my favorite authors had finished a book this year. By the end of the year I will probably have read another 20 or 30 science fiction books plus all the issues of the three major magazines; Asimov's, F & SF, and Analog.
Science fiction has also lead to my major hobby, running science fiction conventions. From our first convention in 1982 to the current Worldcon, I have helped run these volunteer organized events. Whether is was just sitting at a door or handing out stickers for a bid party, I am always more comfortable working (and I have met some extraordinary people this way!) There are a lot of would be writers at any SF convention, but I am happy to have writers as friends and to read whatever they write. Currently I love helping with the Worldcon Hugo ceremonies and running Programming at any convention.
T is for Travel
For longer than we have been running conventions, we have been travelers. James and I planned our first trip as a freighter cruise to North Africa. Unfortunately, a severe drought in the area made us rethink those plans, but I have been to every continent except Antarctica. In fact, both James and I are working on joining the Traveler's Century Club, for people who have visited at least 100 countries. I'd have to check again to make sure, but I think we have more than 60 countries visited so far. Our cruise in 2005 gave us Turkey, Asiatic Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, and Italy. James has been to Liechtenstein and Macau; I have been to South Africa, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Brazil. We are thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise next year and want to cruise from Ecuador to Argentina in 2009.