I'm pleased to have been offered, and accepted, the Picador Guest Professorship at the University of Leipzig. From mid-October to mid-January, I'll be teaching at the university's Institute of American Studies. Two courses: SF and Creative Writing. They haven't yet had an SF writer in this position, so it should be very interesting. I'm excited.
In order to do this, I needed to find someone to watch my dog for 12 weeks (Thanks, Marty!) My life's activities now depend on a spoiled toy poodle with a penchant for McDonald's. I will also need to learn some German, since at the moment I can say "Thank you," "Check, please," and "Where is the toilet?" Useful phrases, all, but hardly comprehensive. Anybody out there know of a good German-language CD-plus-book?
Yesterday was pretty much consumed by arrangements for (1)Germany, (2)frequent flyer tickets to Austin for the Nebulas, and (3) booking a hotel room for Denvention. This last was actually the worst. Apparently there are several other conventions going on in Denver at the same time as Worldcon, and the Hyatt has some days already fully booked at the Worldcon rate. I may in fact be homeless for one night -- this is still unclear. I remember another con, years ago (maybe decades ago), in which the con was sharing hotel space with a convention of gospel singers. The two groups eyed each other in the elevators as if belonging to entirely different species. We were more colorful, but they sounded a whole lot better.