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It’s been a rough couple of days. I’m mostly recovered from whatever virus it was that knocked me out last week. The rest of my family? Not so much recovered yet. Welcome to the House of Phlegm.

As a result, I’ve fallen behind on the March writing plan, as well as pretty much everything else.

Launch Pad Rocket LogoI do, however, have an announcement I’ve been meaning to post. Later this year, I’ll be attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming.

Launch Pad is a week-long workshop specifically for writers, providing “a ‘crash course’ for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes.”

With the SF trilogy I’ve started working on this year, it felt like the right time to try to attend. I’m happy to be selected, and excited about the workshop. (Though it’s going to be a little weird spending a week in university-style housing again…)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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martianmooncrab
Mar. 15th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the House of Phlegm.

dare I say it? Snot Goblins live there...
reedrover
Mar. 15th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Neat and congrats! I read the top of Launce Pad and I'm totally hooked. "Improving science literacy" is a fabulous idea!
rimrunner
Mar. 15th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
It says something about my geekitude, perhaps, that one of my professional goals is to meet the selection criteria for Launchpad. (Even though I work for a university and can take science courses, and have done so.)
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
I've been interested since I first heard of it, years ago. Didn't know if I'd ever be able to attend.
bigbumble
Mar. 15th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Rocket launches near Muskegon, Michigan
While not exactly the same thing, you may want to come to one of my rocket club's launches this summer. Here is the web page where you can click on the schedule and launch field map.
http://smashnar500.homestead.com/index.html
jimhines
Mar. 16th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Rocket launches near Muskegon, Michigan
It's close to a two-hour drive, but it could be fun.

Hey, is that the club Rob Dickinson is part of, by chance?
bigbumble
Mar. 17th, 2016 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Rocket launches near Muskegon, Michigan
Yes indeed it is.
attilathepbnun
Mar. 16th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
HURRAY for Jim!

And may the Phlegm soon be vanquished!
desperance
Mar. 16th, 2016 05:47 am (UTC)
You will totally love Launch Pad. Be aware: it may indeed be merely Astronomy 101, but it is all of Astronomy 101. In a week. It will make your mind bend.

But there is good beer in the pub, and good company as you clutch your bendy head, and all will be well.
jimhines
Mar. 16th, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)
I could use a good mind-bending from time to time :-)
thewayne
Mar. 16th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, we just found out that UW is the latest partner in the consortium that funds my wife's telescope at Apache Point Observatory, she operates a 3.5 meter that shoots lasers at the moon on a frequent basis.
jimhines
Mar. 16th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
STOP TRYING TO BLOW UP THE MOON!!!
thewayne
Mar. 16th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, it's set to Stun.
beccastareyes
Mar. 16th, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun. Back when I was an undergrad, I did a research internship at UWyo's Department of Physics & Astronomy one summer. Good people there, and the telescope is pretty cool.
filkferengi
Mar. 19th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I look forward to reading your adventures.
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