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The Tiptree Symposium

At the Tiptree party

“This is another lesson I take from Ursula: Sometimes if you don’t fit in the world, the world has to change.”  — Karen Joy Fowler Those words from Karen’s keynote speech at the 2016 Tiptree Symposium summed up my experience. … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Flexibility

“Moving ahead, though, this is a good time to talk about where to connect with other writers, how to use social media, the benefits/drawbacks of face-to-face, what to look for in a group, workshops — which ones, pitfalls, etc. And … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: AbductiCon

  When people ask writers “Where do you get your ideas?” – if you don’t get a growl at the question , or an answer for some value of “EVERYWHERE!”, or something pretty specific for a specific work, or some … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Connecting

Effie Seiberg: Depending on what kind of writing you’re doing, and where you are geographically, there are a number of ways to find kindred spirits. Conventions: Whether conventions or conferences, I found these to be an invaluable resource for meeting … Continue reading

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Youmacon

Many years ago, my friend and fellow BVCer Sarah Zettel and I decided to day-trip Youmacon to see what it was all about.  Youmacon is a Michigan anime convention.  At the time, it was held at a hotel in Dearborn.  … Continue reading

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World Fantasy 2016

I haven’t been to World Fantasy in years, mostly because it’s always so far away.  This year, it was down in Columbus, a three-hour drive, so down I went. The first thing I realized when I arrived at the hotel … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer at Westercon/Gearcon

Over the July 4th weekend, Thor and I ventured south on I5, braving horrendous traffic to arrive in Portland for Westercon 69 in conjunction with Gearcon (a Steampunk celebration). Since Thor already had his costume from his “Wizards of Western” … Continue reading

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Keeping up

On a normal day/week/month/year, I barely keep up with necessary activities of life–like cleaning, outdoor chores, laundry, cooking, dog brushing, and so on. My priority for the work day is writing, and my priority for the rest of the time … Continue reading

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A Few Words and Pictures on WisCon 40

Nancy Jane as Space Babe

This is how I started this year’s WisCon: posing as Space Babe with a “blaster” in front of universe art, doing my best to look formidable and intimidating. Once again, I was housed on the 13th floor of the Madison … Continue reading

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A Weekend With Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway

My best time at FOGcon came on the first night. First I listened to a riveting interview Brad Lyau conducted with Science Guest of Honor Donna Haraway. Then I participated in a panel on the economic singularity, which went well. … Continue reading

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