Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Rambling Writer’s story “Reset” in the Nevertheless, She Persisted collection

“Bullshit!” I was angry, and taking it personally. I asked myself why, and realized that it WAS personal—to all women and girls. This is what I grew up hearing:

“Be nice, be ladylike. Don’t talk back.” Continue reading

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Worldcon Oddity: Peeing in Helsinki

Every worldcon I’ve been to in recent years has had its own oddities. In Spokane, it was four days of breathing smoke from wildfires on the US/Canadian border. In London, it was staying an hour from the con on a … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Curse You!

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If good-luck charms are one of the most common types of folk magic, I suspect curses are right up there with them. This time I don’t mean profanity (though there’s … Continue reading

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Some ideas echo

Some words resonate far more than their user intends. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” did that with me. I live on the other side of the world from the US, but I live in a capital city and I’ve seen those attitudes … Continue reading

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Worldcon 75 Wraps

Worldcon ended on Sunday, and as a way of saying farewell, I thought I would post this picture of my daughter drawing my attention to the welcome sign. I had a Kaffeeklatch on Sunday that was well attended, and included … Continue reading

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Nevertheless She Persisted: Den of Iniquity

Den of Iniquity My story in this anthology started with this: There are photos of many similar hearths floating around the internet. Some of them more sinister than this. As cool and imaginative as they are, I’m not certain I’d … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Charlottesville

My voice teacher in college, Aldrich Adkins, was an African American man about the same age as my father. He served in the Army in World War II. When he was stationed at a base in the south during the … Continue reading

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Worldcon 75, Part 2

Thursday through Saturday were good days for me at Worldcon. But first, congratulations to all the winners of the Hugo and associated rewards! You can see the full list on tor.com. Women once again dominated in the trophy winning, which … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Filed Her Taxes on Time

One of the things I love about the way the fantasy genre has evolved in the new millennium is how it plays with its tropes. Every genre has them, and cherishes them. Tropes are what make a genre what it … Continue reading

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Hei, Helsinki! Worldcon 75!

This is a catch-up series of reports, so set your Wayback Machine to last Wednesday, and join my ride, starting with lift-off: We arrived in Helsinki, Finland, early this morning for Worldcon 75, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention. At … Continue reading

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