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March 2017



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lion in winter broken because you're bri

they move so smooth but have no answers

As I mentioned on twitter, I see it's the season of the inevitable lists of Best Fantasy Novels Mostly By White Men of 2014, and also of Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels Mostly By White Men Forthcoming in 2015. Excelsior, I guess.

As for me? The best revenge is writing more and better stories. I've got a little over 2000 words of the projected 8000 in "And the Balance in Blood." Still haven't quite figured out how the terrible thing that has to happen is going to happen, but I believe I have tomorrow's slapstick sorted, so that will carry me through at least to Monday. And I'm still enjoying it rather a lot.

And today's teacup is new! Or new to me, anyway--a neighbor picked it up at the Give And Take at the transfer station, and thought of me. It's a holiday poinsettia and spruce pattern from Royal Albert that is called, for some reason, "South Pacific." The tea today was Stash's White Christmas, which I love all year 'round.

And... it's snowing.

I'm about to celebrate having finished a reasonable amount of work at a reasonable hour by going to watch some Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries while stretching out, and then making meatloaf for dinner. (Insert Rocky Horror joke here.)

These are all manageable deadlines if I work steadily and my brain cooperates with good ideas.

It's a weird feeling, manageable deadlines.


Women in SFF

I am late to the SFF world as a reader. I grew up reading mostly horror, as much as I could get my hands on really. But a few years ago I paused and realized my favorite movies were mainly SFF so why wasn't I exploring all that reading world had to offer. Needless to say, at the age of 35 I missed the "golden age" of reading by decades, and I am okay with that personally.

That being said, this is the first year I am actively tracking my reading because I realized I was allowing the front table at my local Barnes and Noble to sell me what I assumed I should be reading. After becoming more active on Twitter I have discovered I was WAAAY wrong.

I start grad school this year so my personal reading time will be more limited and as such I will be focusing a LOT on women and diversity in my reading. And because I am coming to the SFF table at what feels like the dessert stage in life, I will be doing a lot of back list reading for authors such as yourself, Kameron Hurley, Pat Cadigan, Nalo Hopkinson and countless others.

As a former Marine I am full aware of what it is like to work in a "man's world" and I realize I have been playing into the publishing world's stereotypes with my buying and reading habits. I hope to build a platform so I can help highlight all the amazing worlds women are building withing the SFF community.

Thank you for all your shared words on all the various platforms and mediums. I wish you a wonderful evening and look forward to reading more of what you have to offer in the future.

Re: Women in SFF

Hello! A great pleasure to e-meet you.

I have so much respect for any woman who makes her way in the armed services. I've worked in a couple of predominately male environments.

Re: Women in SFF

It is honor to e-meet you and I look forward to one day expressing my thanks for all you do in person at a con one day.

I thank you kindly for your words regarding my military service. It was an eye-opening experience without a doubt and one I would do again but it did come with a price. I wish you a wonderful and peaceful evening!
It's a lovely teacup.

Here's to more manageable deadlines.
O look! I see the Rex begonia is thriving :-)
mumble I'm up to 6 mumble