|Lifestuff and Major Distractions
||[Apr. 25th, 2012|09:23 am]
And minor ones, too. It has been a week of ample numbers of both that kept me away from LJ because (for computer reasons I don't entirely get) it takes longer and is harder to post here than some other places. Listing the symptoms I know about would take longer than I have (LifeStuff & Distractions still being very active.) It's quick to post to Twitter (only 140 characters, after all) and quicker to post to my site-based blogs, although I can rarely do more than one a day, so two are orphans while one gets the work. And why, you may wonder, would I show up here to make excuses for why I've been away from here? Largely out of guilt for neglecting this group.
But I do have one distraction to report on, that's leading up to something that may be entertaining for some of you. BBC Radio asked me to be on their program The Forum, for a discussion of Future Wars. This is the first time I've discussed future warfare with anyone other than SF writers/fans or military folk who were SF fans. It won't be same-old same-old. I'm delighted to be part of this particular discussion.
Since they're in London and I'm not (and no, it was not possible to make a quick trip to the UK to be there--thanks to other LifeStuff) this involved quite a flurry of email traffic between my UK publisher's publicity person and me, some delayed emails (I don't know if mine back were delayed, but some of hers to me took a couple of days to waft here) and then another flurry of email traffic between the BBC and me, and then a phone call yesterday. I'm not accustomed to overseas phone calls--they're still a big deal--but the connection was very, very clear. BBC had to find a studio they could use, here in Texas; I had to figure out where it was (well, actually, when they sent the address, I knew I wouldn't have a problem finding it. A friend has agreed to drop me off across the street from it, so I don't have to worry about where to park.)
Now to get back to normal stuff (the book lost ground last week and early this, due to the excitement factor. Need to get a normal day's work done today--and that means staying off the internet until it is. Except for this.)
Way cool!!! Congratulations! Let us know when and where, and I'll listen to it.
Definitely looking forward to more info and a chance to hear your thoughts "live", as it were.
International connections are definitely improving. I often video skype my mother when she's overseas. The voice comes through good, although sometimes the video is choppy due to the foreign country's low bandwidth to their customers. The radio show sounds really cool, though.
Good luck with the book! I'm a fan. I'll admit it. Just reread Deed for the 3rd time in the last 6 months. I think I hit my limit, though. It takes the fun out of reading when you can start to quote a few paragraphs ahead of where you're reading. lol
Hope all goes well with the BBC thing. Please let us know when it is, I would be interested in listening.
When my (now) husband was out visiting me last summer he was asked to be interviewed for a BBC radio show. Since he had just arrived from the UK going back wasn't a good idea, so the BBC arranged for him to use the radio station at Stanford to record the interview, with the interviewer calling in from England. It came out very well. I was impressed. I suspect yours will come out just as good.
2012-04-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
(From Elizabeth D.)
I can't think of a better person to be on that panel! Best wishes, and let everybody know when it will be aired. I hope that everything goes well for you in the meantime. I can't imagine a busier person.
My favorite author on my favourite radio statio (Radio Four) :-)))
I shall listen out for you.
My father was interviewed using a remote studio once (it was supposed to have been my brother, but he couldn't do it, so Daddy did instead - my brother would have done it MUCH better, but we won't tell Daddy that!).
Anyway, do you know when it is to be broadcast, as I'm sure your UK fan base (of whom I am one) would love to listen.
I don't yet know when it will be broadcast. I was told they record midweek, and then broadcast on the weekend--but which day, I don't know. My guess is (and it's only a guess) that stations in other parts of the world might archive it to suit their own schedule.
I will find out more later, but in the meantime, I do know some of the programs, at least, are available online.
I was able to listen to one of the earlier programs on my computer last night.
I'm betting the studio in Texas is either at UT or Aggieland.
You win: the studio is KUT on the University of Texas campus.
I regularly listen to the BBC, so I'll make a point of listening to this. Hope the recording goes well.