October 8, 2012
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August 24, 2012
- I’ll be reading at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading at Dragoncon on Sunday, September 2, at 5:30pm in Greenbriar.
- Woe, my current story is 23,000+ words long and conflict-poor. It needs some serious, serious editing. But I was not writing at $previous_job, so this is an improvement. Right?
- I’m running 3-4 days a week and about to start running outside. I’m also in the market for a 5K, if you know of one.
May 29, 2012
- Haiku Earring party: Every year Elise Matheson throws a party where you pick a pair of earrings you like, she gives you a prompt, and if she likes the haiku you write in response she gives you the earrings. My prompt was, “What Faeries Did in the Renaissance”:
Keep your iron, your steel.
Your art, your plays, your poems.
We’ll take your children.
New earrings: awesome.
- I was tragically forced to shop. *back of hand to head*
- My reading went well.
- The GenderFloomp Party: You’re encouraged to do something to mess with your gender presentation. There were a lot of women in suits and men in lumberjack boots and red satin negligees. They were one of the two best dance parties. We floomped until we dropped.
- Seeing awesome people I only see in person at WisCon!
My cats missed me.
April 13, 2012
I’ll be reading at WisCON again this year!
May 26, 1pm, Conference 2, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin.
A chance to meet the writers and hear the work of some of the most exciting new talent in our genres. The readers of Broad Universe will drop you into their fictional universes with dynamic readings. You will need warp drive because within the session you will hear from ten writers who will transubstantiate you from the subgenres of space opera, speculative fiction, alternative history, steampunk, fantasy, intergalactic romance and generation starship to new mythologies and the paranormal. Come prepared to lengthen your To-Read-Immediately list.
Moderator: Karon Crow Rilling. Kimberley Long-Ewing, Karon Crow Rilling, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Gwynne Garfinkle, Deirdre M. Murphy, Michelle Murrain, Larissa N. Niec, Katherine Mankiller, Phoebe Wray
April 3, 2011
Let me show you it:
May 27, 2011
4:00 PM – Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Conference 2, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Members of Broad Universe, an international organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating women in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between, will present snippets of available and on-going work. Expect the touching and irreverent, humorous and frightening, action-packed and emotional, poems and prose, and at least a few surprises! Additional readers: Katherine Mankiller, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Deidre Murphy, S A Bolich
May 28, 2011
2:30 PM – The Future’s Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed
Room 634, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Many SF books presuppose dramatic technologically-led transformation for the human race. But even in a high-tech society, not everyone can or will adopt technology at the same rate. Will developing countries leapfrog the industrialized world and go right to the newer technologies, as several countries did with cell phones? What will happen to the late adopters when the singularity comes?
May 29, 2011
4:00 PM – Where Is the Indigenous American Fantasy?
Wisconsin, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Why is American fantasy so Eurocentric? If you believe our fantasists, American cities are populated with imported Romanian vampires, Russian werewolves, Celtic faeries, Nordic gods, Germanic witches, and the (very) occasional African god or Arabic djinn, but scarcely a homegrown magical being to be found. In fact, indigenous magical beings abound in the Americas and their stories of magic, wonder and horror are widely told by spoken and written word. North American mythology is rich with magical beings. Do these stories get adequate air time? Is it easier to imagine an Old World teeming with supernatural beings than to visualize a North America enchanted with indigenous mythical beings? Is it difficult to believe that we live in a naturally magical place? And if we did, what would it look like?
September 2, 2010
I’ll be reading at Dragoncon tomorrow and Saturday with Broad Universe. Friday 4pm, International C, and Saturday, 11:30am, Greenbriar.
I know, short notice. It’s been a long summer.
March 7, 2010
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I didn’t write much last year, and the reason why is that I was constructing a different kind of narrative. My mother died unexpectedly last year while I was at WisCon, and finding a way to tell yourself the story in a way that makes sense is an important part of grief. Unfortunately, the whole thing was so sudden and unexpected, and so followed by the near death of my father and the death of my friend who was my primary support during this time that I feel like I need to instead retell the story of who I am.
I have, however, learned a lot of things about how much of what I think of as myself is a construct. Having the ground yanked away from under your feet will do that to you.
I’ve also learned that I have a deep psychological need to write, even if it’s just a sentence a night. I think that part of the that is that I like fiction better than life because fiction makes sense. Life seldom does. Life tells the truth, but it’s a dry, factual truth. Fiction tells you the truth in a way that won’t hurt you.
It’s almost the spring equinox, and I am Persephone, returning from the dead. Only it’s a sort of reversed version of the story, with Demeter in the earth, and my return is leaving her behind. And the ground opened up beneath me last spring. And I’m not quite back yet.
But I will be.
August 20, 2009
I’ll be reading with the Broad Universe group at Dragoncon!
The Lit Track Reading is on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7:30 PM; Fairlee – Hyatt Regency Hotel
The Alternate History Track Reading is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 11:30AM; Piedmont – Hyatt Regency Hotel
May 24, 2009
Jennifer Pelland and I did stuff dollar bills into Geoff Ryman‘s waistband at the Tiptree Auction. Why do you ask?
May 23, 2009