I'm running a WisCon Workshop!

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:36 pm
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Friends! I have been suckered into running a workshop at WisCon! If you are attending, please consider signing up! I promise it'll be a good conversation and not too much prep!

If you are a writer-type who usually does a Friday writer's workshop, never fear--since mine is on Sunday, there is no conflict with other workshops. Panels are another story. Here's the info:

How to Read Tiptree Winners as Models for Resistance — Sunday, 4-5:45pm

Resistance is so vital to our survival right now. Join this session to participate in a discussion of how stories — specifically, Tiptree-winning stories — can serve as a lens for how to enact resistance. Let’s keep each other alive. This session will accommodate 8 people.

There's plenty of room, and signups end today! Please check to make sure you're registered for WisCon, then email the coordinator at workshop@wiscon.net to reserve a spot.

Spring Equinox 2017

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:34 pm
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Equinox went live yesterday and I got two AMAZING Star Trek Beyond vids:

- We Are Who We Are, a fantastic ensemble vid full of energy and fun and warmth.

- Alive, a really moving Jaylah character study.

I love them both SO MUCH. :D

Rally for Science!

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:27 pm
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I went to the Boston Rally for Science today. We had a rally instead of a march because, after the organizers estimated how many people were likely to show up, and consulted with the police and City Hall, they concluded that marching *tens of thousands of people* through downtown was not safe. Have I mentioned I love living in a highly intellectual area?

There were a lot of good signs.

There were a lot of variations on "I'm with Her" with an illustration of the earth. Several variations on "There is no Plan(et) B". Two or three variations on "I bet the dinosaurs thought they had time - Stop Global Warming!'

"I'm from Indiana and I'm very sorry about Mike Pence."

"They tried to bury us - they didn't know we were SEEDS."

"Information wants to be free, so libraries need funding!"

One said "Fund Libraries" with a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding up her library card, her books curled in her other arm.

"Got polio? Me neither. Thanks, Science!"

"Remember when we cured polio? That was pretty great."

"Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less - Marie Curie"

"WPI resists!" with a picture of an electrical resistor. (WPI is Worcester Polytechnic Institute.)

"Science > opinion. Alternative facts = Dark Ages."

"Alternative facts are [square root of negative one]."

"May the Facts be with you."

"No Science = No Beer"

"Donald: Fund the NIH and we'll grow you some real hair!" (NIH is the National Institute for Health. The sign was illustrated with a picture of his toupee.)

"STEMinist"

"Act now or swim later."

Image of a polar bear, saying "Let us now paws for a moment of science."

"If you say 'it's just a theory', I hear 'I don't have a basic understanding of science'."

"Change the politics, not the climate!"

"Resist: the siren song of techno-utopia."

"Less invasions, more equations."

"Atoms make up everything. Presidents shouldn't."

And, of course, "What do we want? Real science! When do we want it? After peer review!"

(no subject)

Apr. 19th, 2017 05:40 pm
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I had a lovely time at Swancon, possibly the best time in years. As the girls get older I get to do more. This year I was on two panels and did some work in the art show. Plus I got to attend one and a bit panels on my own!!! Also, we got to stay til the evening masquerade, which was great.


I would particularly like to acknowledge Margaret’s amazing children’s programming, Desiree’s art show and Brian’s IT support. I don’t know Brian but every now and then he would leap into a room brandishing some kind of dongle and solve someone’s problems.

Peral and Ruby both had a ball (with a couple of melt downs due to the overexcitement of being there for so long). Also, Pearl won the judge’s choice in the art show for the under 12 category which will hopefully boost her self esteem. You should have seen her disbelieving face when her name was called. And Ruby won second prize in the under 12 masquerade for her spirited performance of Nana Noodleman the sheep’s song from *Sing!*.

While I remember, some of my ideas for next year…


I think 2018 is the 100 year anniversary of *Snugglepot and Cuddlepie* so it would be a good time to run something in the kid’s program on that.


More parkour for kids!


Also, quidditch for kids and adults!

Books and comics read in March 2017

Apr. 12th, 2017 10:22 pm
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(slightly belated as I've only just got internet again /o\)

Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Córdova
God's War - Kameron Hurley
There Will Be Phlogiston - Alexis Hall
Weird Space: The Baba Yaga - Una McCormack
On the Edge of Gone - Corinne Duyvis
A Death at the Dionysus Club - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
The Commodore - Patrick O'Brian

God's War (four stars), There Will Be Phlogiston (five stars), Ninefox Gambit (five stars) )

Didn't finish: With the Lightnings - David Drake )

A short story I enjoyed this month:
Extracurricular Activities - Yoon Ha Lee: The last section of this felt a little rushed, but otherwise it was great. Space shenanigans where everyone's queer! YES PLEASE THIS PLEASE

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