Author Archives: Nancy Jane Moore

About Nancy Jane Moore

Nancy Jane Moore's science fiction novel, The Weave, is now available in print and ebook versions from Aqueduct Press. She is a founding member of Book View Cafe. Her most recent BVC ebook is Walking Contradiction and Other Futures, a collection of her science fiction adventure stories. She also recently released Ardent Forest, a retelling of As You Like It set in post-apocalypse Texas. Other BVC e-books include Conscientious Inconsistencies, a collection of short fiction first published in print by PS Publishing; Flashes of Illumination, a collection of very short stories; and the novella Changeling, first published by Aqueduct Press. Her short stories and essays are also available in most of the BVC anthologies.

The Zentao Project

I’ve been doing a daily haiku for a couple of years now. Every morning I try to get down the thoughts that are foremost in my mind. I call it “Zentao” because that was Zen, but this is Tao. Since … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Texas History

Come and Take It

If you go to public school in Texas, you will at some point be required to take Texas history. In fact, unless things have changed, if you want to teach school in Texas, you have to take a course in … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Out-of-Period Knowledge

Some years back, when I still lived in Washington, DC, I was driving home late one night from Philcon, the Philadelphia science fiction convention, with a much younger friend of mine. At one point, someone else on the road did … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Not Autobiography

“Have you ever killed anybody?” That question, from a close friend who has read a lot of my fiction, startled me. “No, of course not,” I said. “Why do you ask?” “Well, you write about it a lot.” I suppose … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Green Pants

green pants

I ordered some pants online in a color called “moss green.” I was picturing a grayish green, a subdued color that would work with a lot of different shirts. The pants that arrived were the color of the green crayon … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: What Worked in School

mimeograph

When I was in high school, the teacher of the first period class read the school-wide announcements to us at the start of class. The announcements were prepared the day before by the school secretary, who typed them up on … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: How I Write

typewriter

Back when I was in high school, I had several English teachers who believed in outlines. On occasion, one of them would require us to turn in our outlines along with our finished papers. I am, by nature, a pantser. … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Rising Up

Become Ungovernable

At the end of the week in 1970 in which nonviolent protestors were killed by National Guard troops at Kent State and Jackson State universities, I took part in a large antiwar march in Austin. Nixon had expanded the Vietnam … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Where Do You Go to Church?

Henry VIII

I grew up in the Bible Belt, so it’s not surprising that so many of my youthful memories are tied to religion. A certain kind of Christianity was integrated into the culture so thoroughly that it was impossible to avoid. … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Clarion West 1997

Clarion West 1997

I went to Clarion West in 1997. Over that six-week period, I wrote five stories and a book proposal, averaged five hours of sleep a night, lived on coffee, gained ten pounds, didn’t get out to train in Aikido, and … Continue reading

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