Apologies for the silence of the last few months. I got very busy with, among other things, the book production process of my first traditionally published short story collection. And now... ...it's finally here, in all its glory. In recent years, I've come to believe that authors should be able to append notes to their… Continue reading Book Launch for “Song of the Mango and Other New Myths”!
Author: Vida Cruz
IGNYTE Award 2022 Best Creative Nonfiction Acceptance Speech
To my utter shock, "We are the Mountain: A Look at the Inactive Protagonist" took home Best Creative Nonfiction last Sunday (my time). To think I only wrote the speech a day before because Suzan Palumbo reminded me to; I really didn't think I would win. 😆 Speech text below: To paraphrase Snoop Dogg, I… Continue reading IGNYTE Award 2022 Best Creative Nonfiction Acceptance Speech
FIYAHCON 2021 Retrospective
Hi everyone! Long time no post. Now that FIYAHCON is—for the most part—behind me, it’s time to revisit where exactly all those months of my life went.
Let’s look at some numbers:
- 1072 total registrations / 956 active attendees
- 83 total programming items (including Aquarium Calm Rooms)
- 22 booths / 2316 booth visits
- Funding in ticket sales: $20,720
- Funding in sponsorship: $17,648
- Funding in donations: $295
- Total expenses: $36,304.82
- Total funding*: $48,663
*+$10k base starting fund from 2020’s event
BETWEEN YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2
Attendees of both years would note a number of differences in the execution. For one, we had much more planning time. And the use of a new platform and a year of experience meant we could do more programming. So alongside our two US-daytime tracks, we had an additional night of BONFIYAH (formerly “Fringe”), the free tier for international/global south participants.
We alsohad different…
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It appears that I have been nominated for a Hugo Award
Along with L.D. Lewis, Brent C. Lambert, Iori Kusano, and the rest of the FiyahCon team, of course 🥰 It's for our amazing work on FiyahCon!
The Vaccination Process in Quezon City for People with Comorbidities
I got my first dose of Sinovac today! If you're worried about the side effects, every doctor I have consulted says that 50% efficacy is better than nothing. I keep getting asked about the vaccination process, so here goes! This will only apply if you/your relatives are based in Quezon City and have co-morbidities (category:… Continue reading The Vaccination Process in Quezon City for People with Comorbidities
New year, new schedule of events and projects!
Man, what a year 2020 was, huh? I know I'm not on here often, but I'll try to post updates on my doings, at least 🙂 First up, an awards eligibility post. My food cafe review story on Strange Horizons, "Have Your #Hugot Harvested at This Diwata-Owned Cafe," is eligible for any awards you may… Continue reading New year, new schedule of events and projects!
Below is the full text of my speech at the inaugural FIYAHCON's opening ceremonies—sans the adlibs and the occasional stammer 😁 Hi, everyone! I'm Vida Cruz, one of FiyahCon Fringe's two organizers. There were originally three of us: me, Iori Kusano, and the third being Neon Yang, who had important contributions to our phase 1… Continue reading Why #FiyahConFringe?
78th WorldCon Panels!
Whew! So for many reasons both obvious and not, it's been nearly a year since I last updated my site. Anyway! I'll be guesting at WorldCon again. Below is my schedule, all in New Zealand time. If you'll be at the virtual WorldCon, come say hi! I've got a reading and a kaffeeklatsch this year… Continue reading 78th WorldCon Panels!
A Dublin WorldCon Report
Pros For my first WorldCon, it was honestly a blast. I hope it's not my last one! I didn't get to attend as many panels as I wanted, mostly due to becoming distracted and hanging out with friends old and new. Someone I trust told me that at this point in my career, it's much… Continue reading A Dublin WorldCon Report
77th WorldCon Panels!
Since my schedule has been finalized, I can now announce the panels I'm speaking at for WorldCon 😀 If you're gonna be there, come sit in! --- Writing from non-western cultures Format: Panel 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD) The number of non-western novels and stories in SFF has increased over… Continue reading 77th WorldCon Panels!
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