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Back from Launch Pad, and a New Essay

I got back from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop at about 2 in the morning yesterday. (Huge thanks to my father for driving out to Detroit to pick me up after Delta stuck me with no less than four flight delays, effectively ruining any shot at my connecting flight.)

I’ve got a ton of pictures to process. Not to mention a ton of work to do, and a ton of sleep to catch up on … not necessarily in that order. But here’s one I’m particularly fond of. We were up at the observatory, and someone had an app telling you when the International Space Station would be passing overhead.

ISS over Laramie, Wyoming

That streak on the left is the ISS. It’s the first time I’ve seen it (at least that I’ve known what it was).

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Another thing that happened while I was away was the release of The Usual Path, a collection of essays edited by Shannon Page, about how authors “broke in” to publication. You can pick it up at Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, and the rest of the usual suspects. My contribution is called “The Goblin’s Curse,” and talks about the rather messy process of selling Goblin Quest to a major publisher.

The Usual Path Cover

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That’s it for now. More to come, including pictures and talking about the Launch Pad experience, once I’ve battled the To Do List back a bit.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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thewayne
Jun. 10th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
I've seen ISS once. We were doing my wife's lunar laser ranging program one night when we still had aircraft spotters standing on the telescope catwalk (it now is automated with an IR camera and a radio transponder detector) and my wife found when and where it would be visible.

Very cool.

BTW, you might want to keep an eye out: next summer there's going to be a total solar eclipse visible in North America, and the path of totality isn't too far from your area. We're planning to go to NW Nebraska to see it.
jimhines
Jun. 10th, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC)
We talked about the eclipse next year! Apparently it's gonna pass over Wyoming, too. We need to do a Launch Pad reunion that week.
bigbumble
Jun. 10th, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Speaking of launches
Now that you are completely tired out, I will tell you that there will be another model rocket launch this weekend at the Muskegon spaceport. 10am - 7pm both Saturday and Sunday. Looks like Sunday will have the better weather. All are welcome to come watch.
jimhines
Jun. 10th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of launches
Oof. With the amount of work waiting for me after Wyoming, I don't think I'm gonna be leaving the house for at least a week...
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