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dsmoen July 14 2014, 15:32

Greenland, I Love You, Let’s Talk

In viewing my map statistics for who’s visited my site, the single largest block of land on the planet from which I’ve had no visitors is Greenland.

Sure, it’s sparsely populated. I don’t think that’s a good reason.

I’ve pondered the flight schedules of Air Greenland, wondering if there were any way to make a trip work for me. So far, not yet. Alas.

Also, no joy with the various cruise companies that come during summer. Much as I’d love to, they just haven’t been in the budget.

Anyhow, if you visit my website from Greenland, and it shows up in my web logs that you have, AND you drop me an email (I’ve placed a handy contact form below), I’ll send you a signed copy of an anthology I was in to your mailing address in Greenland. I’ll also give you electronic copies of my two current releases (one of which is in the book I’ll mail).

It’s not the same as me visiting Greenland, but a girl can hope.


Originally published at deirdre.net. You can comment here or there.

shadesong July 14 2014, 15:29


So this was the best Readercon ever.

The thing is, it was the best for so many reasons, any one of which would've been awesome on its own. The programming - and not just the epic and legendary butts panel, which kythryne and I mischievously live-tweeted. The company - so many clusters of old friends and new. Getting to see some of my favorite people, getting to know online acquaintances and develop them into true friendships, meeting fantastic new people - twice I just darted up to awesome people and said "You say smart and funny things and I would like to be your friend," and it turns out that that line works, y'all. Dinner with the poets, ridiculous sparkly makeup party (where I shifted an entire unrelated party into our room and got butch MilSF guys I had just met to get their eye makeup done), random dance party in the hotel bar (I was the one who requested "Starships", you're welcome), poetry open mic (where I dibsed someone's poem and one poet said a sentence that has never before been said in a reading: "This poem will be appearing in Liminality"; I chairdanced), being on great panels with great fellow panelists (and being quoted and complimented by Samuel R. Delany holy crap y0), the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, the impromptu monologue by Ellen Kushner that turned into a folk-song circle, being swarmed at the Meet the Pros(e) party...

I think you get the idea. It was a whirlwind. And absolutely everything in that whirlwind was wonderful. One of my new friends (who that line totally worked on) said on Twitter "This was the magic I needed." Yes. This was so exactly and perfectly the magic I needed.

And... it's a learning experience in places, too. I've been accustomed to cons being a place where I hang out with friends, colleagues, and friends who are colleagues. Last year at Meet the Pro(s) I became aware that also: fans. This year that was even more apparent, with multiple people coming up and introducing themselves and telling me how much they liked my stuff ("The Final Girl" has the most fans, but "Becca at the End of the World" and "Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw" are close seconds). And for the first time, my reading had more people I didn't know than people I did - and it was a nice-sized audience. So I had to consciously change my approach at times - make sure my conversational groups looked open, make sure I'm available and didn't look perpetually busy. I lingered wistfully at the song circle, but decided to leave for Meet the Pros(e) (a party where authors have stickers with a line from their work and trade those stickers with other writers or give them to people who ask for them) because I knew (and liked!) everyone in the circle, but thought there might be people hoping to see me at Meet the Pros(e) - and there were. Half my stickers were gone before I could get ten feet into the room, and people knew what the line was from, and asked for advice, and told me about their work - two people had just made their first pro sales, and I made my part of the room cheer for them! So I'm really glad I did that and didn't just cluster with people who were already my friends.

I'm just not used to it. I'm used to being able to think that only people I know read my stuff. I really can't ignore the fact that other people do anymore! And since I am recommitted to the whole writing thing, I have to adjust to this new reality. It's hard enough to balance time at a con with all of the wonderful friends/colleagues! Adding in availability to fans creates more complexity. I think I did well. I hope so. And it's definitely a thing to actively plan for in the future.

(EDIT: Also now I am the person everyone turns to look at when someone says "That's a good idea for an anthology." I mean I guess people liked Flying Higher and I am co-editing a poetry magazine but you guys, I have no money, and running a Kickstarter would just make me super-twitchy for a full month...)

I would name all the people who made my con wonderful, but I don't think that's physically possible! If I saw you at all, even for just a wave across a crowded room, you're one of them. Thank you.

Although I'll pull one out, because it relates so strongly to me actively deciding who I want to be and acting accordingly. After the poetry dinner, Sofia Samatar told new friend Gabriel (this was his first con ever!) that she was so happy I'd spotted him and pulled him into our crowd. At her first Wiscon, she said, she was a total wallflower too shy to speak to anyone - she didn't have a Shira. And the way she spoke of me as a person who welcomes everyone and grows our community and gives us new fun chances to do stuff... it meant so much, especially now. That is who I strive to be, and I'm so glad it shows.

Exactly the magic I needed, and so much food for thought.
rose_lemberg July 14 2014, 15:27

Spelling the Hours

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about Spelling the Hours, a bonus poetry chapbook that is offered for our higher-tier backers of An Alphabet of Embers (you can get an ebook of both An Alphabet of Embers and Spelling the Hours for 20$, and a paperback of both books + ebook versions for 45$). It is a collection of science poetry specifically, focusing on forgotten figures of science and technology, especially women, queer people, trans people, PoC, and members of other underrepresented groups.


Spelling the Hours

Spelling the Hours


The person on the cover of this chapbook is Mary Alice McWhinnie (1922-1980), an American biologist and professor at DuPaul university, who was a world authority on krill. Here is a short blurb on her from the DuPaul university special collections department’s collection of her papers:

In 1962, she became the first woman to join the all male United States Antarctic Research Program working on board the National Science Foundation research vessel the Eltanin. From 1962 to 1978, Dr. McWhinnie made over ten research trips to Antarctica, most of them aboard the Eltanin or the RV Hero. In 1972, she earned the status of Chief Scientist on an Eltanin research cruise (Cruise 51); the ship’s first venture through the pack ice into Ross Sea. In 1974, she and her colleague Sr. Mary Odile Cahoon were the first two women to over-winter on the Antarctic continent, at the McMurdo research station.

The idea for this chapbook came to me because of the work of Sofia Samatar, whose poem Girl Hours we had the privilege to feature in the Science and Science Fiction issue of Stone Telling. Girl Hours is a poem about another woman in science, the astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

The body is not always the same, the body varies in brightness, its true brightness may be ascertained from the rhythm of its pulsing, the body is more remote than we imagined, it eats, it walks, it traverses with terrible slowness the distance between Wisconsin and Massachusetts, the body is stubborn, snowbound, the body has disappeared, the body has left the country, the body has traveled to Europe and will not say if it went there alone, the body is generous, dedicated, seated again, reserved, exacting,
                                                              brushed and buttoned, smelling of healthy soap,
                                                              and not allowed to touch the telescope.

If you haven’t yet, go read the whole poem . It is a piece that will never grow old, and it encompasses perfectly what this chapbook will be like, and it will of course be reprinted in Spelling the Hours. I’ll also be asking the contributing poets to write up short blurbs about the figures in their poems.

Thank you very much for your support so far, and please keep signal-boosting the Kickstarter for An Alphabet of Embers if you are so inclined. Every little bit helps!

Originally published at RoseLemberg.net. You can comment here or there.

shadesong July 14 2014, 14:43

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Just got back from the orthopedist; my foot is not as healed as it should be. Fie. MRI is being scheduled. I can go without the boot around the house, but must continue to wear it when I go out and/or have to do a lot of walking or standing. More info after MRI!
sacchig July 14 2014, 14:40

Podcast, Part 2, Wherein I Say Altogether Too Much

I'm on the air again! (So to speak.) The second part of my interview with Dr. Dick is now online. As I recall, I said a great deal about writing and publishing and the community of readers and writers. Some of it may, in fact, be rather silly, so go listen before I hear it myself and realize what I should have said instead. Or possibly not have said at all.
theferrett July 14 2014, 14:28

On Dashcon And Creepers

I enjoy watching train wrecks in slow motion, and so have been watching the Tumblr-based Dashcon unfurl in all its glorious psychosis this weekend.

Highlights include:

  • An “emergency fundraiser” at the con where they went around asking fans for $20,000 in cash or the hotel would shut them down…
  • …but the hotel claims they know nothing about this $20,000 charge…
  • …and while there’s YouTube videos of fans thrusting dollar bills into the staff’s hands and yelling High School Musical quotes, nobody’s sure if they actually got $17,000 or not.
  • Also, one of the featured guests (Nightvale) pulled out, and the other discovered that their rooms weren’t comped.
  • 5,000 were supposed to have attended; 1,000 did.

Read all about it here.  And the behind-the-scenes look from an ex-organizer here.

Dashcon looks to have been poorly-managed, run by teenagers with more dreams than sense, and it collapsed in ugly ways.  Which goes back to what I said on Friday about conventions seeming like monolithic, competent entities, but really being composed of volunteers with various levels of competence.  There was a lot of hype about Dashcon, so it looked huge, but “Having good press” does not equal “Actually getting the job done,” so watching this fiasco unroll should be educational.

Yeah, ReaderCon and Wiscon and Arisia are all great conventions.  But they’re all run by volunteers, and some of those volunteers are… well, not good at what they do.  And when a con burns through its top-tier management, as it inevitably will, they can only hope that wiser people will replace them, or else it can all fall apart like this.

This is why some cons thrive – they know who to promote – and other cons, like Dashcon, run on a bubbling stew of “Wouldn’t this be cool if…” that doesn’t actually get anchored in reality.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/419721.html. You can comment here, or comment there; makes no never-mind by me.
theferrett July 14 2014, 14:08

My New And Bittersweet Nails

I pass the seasons by scraping old nail polish off.

I first realized this when I had my first post-heart attack manicure.  I was still very weak, having been cut open for a triple bypass, but I had recovered enough to stagger into the Venetian nail shop to regain some semblance of normality.

And I had lucked out; under normal circumstances, I would have gone into open-chest surgery with no pretty nails.  The oximeters they use to check the oxygen levels in your blood – mission-critical in a man with three arteries clogged at 99% – clip onto a finger, and read oxygen through your nails.  Almost any color will block it.

But in my case, I had a super-girly princess nail cut that faded to transparent sparkles at the fingertips, so the oximeter worked.  And the hospital staff, sensing I needed comfort, kindly left it on.

I had those nails for the better part of four months.  And when I went to my manicurist and they scraped them off, I looked at a tiny pink pile of glitter and thought, Well, that’s it.  That’s that era of my life gone.

And so when I sat at the manicurist’s this Sunday, with her scraping off my Art Deco nails, I thought: Well, that’s it.  All the pain of Rebecca’s final days, all the numb trauma of Shiva, all the shivering recovery – that time is over.

Except I wasn’t ready.

And fireflies have been tied to Rebecca this summer.  Fireflies are always my favorite part of the season, those glorious specks of bioluminescence winging about the lawn, appearing for a few weeks.  But this year, I literally saw the first firefly of the summer next to the hearse on the night of Rebecca’s death.  We’ve lived in this house for almost fourteen years, but we’ve never had a firefly loose and inside and blinking around, but that happened this summer.

I keep thinking: fireflies come, and they leave too soon.  But they burn bright.  And there is nothing, nothing else like them.

So I had Ashley my mad manicurist make me some firefly nails.

Hands up and touch the sky.

There are many tiny fireflies on my fingernails, and her craft shines here: the triple-fade, the hand-painted grass, the dots glow in the dark.

But on my nails, among the hundreds of fireflies, there is one that I told her to put on over the top coat.  That one is Rebecca.  And over the course of the next few weeks, the Rebecca on my nails will fade and vanish into the night sky, lost from sight.

But never forgotten.

(Nails by Ashley, who is on Instagram as La_belle_etrangere, who can be booked at the Venetian Nail Salon in Rocky River, Ohio.)

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

This entry has also been posted at http://theferrett.dreamwidth.org/419374.html. You can comment here, or comment there; makes no never-mind by me.
swan_tower July 14 2014, 13:59

A Year in Pictures – July Column, Bastille

July Column
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Our last evening in Paris, we went to visit a friend who lives outside the city center, and ended up strolling with him down toward the Place de la Bastille (former site of the Bastille fortress). The castle’s long gone, but there’s a column commemorating the “July Monarchy,” and the clouds made the early sunset light absolutely glorious.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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jpsorrow July 14 2014, 13:57

Book Review: THE LOST FLEET: COURAGEOUS by Jack Campbell

This is the third book in the Lost Fleet series and I'm still thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I've already read book four as well (review up shortly). If you like military sci-fi that's realistic, both in terms of battles, strategy, and characterizations, then you should be reading this series.

The premise is that Captain John "Black Jack" Geary was lost for a hundred years in a hibernation escape pod after his ship was destroyed at the start of the war with the Syndics. Now he's been woken up and the war is still raging. In fact, the Alliance fleet that found him has been ambushed, its leaders killed, and now Geary has to get the fleet back to Alliance space in one piece even though they're trapped far behind enemy lines because they have the key to the Syndic hypernet gates, which could tip the war in favor of the Alliance.

In this book, Geary has decided to make a direct run for the Alliance border, after a series of avoidance tactics meant to throw off the Syndics. But the Syndics are starting to learn how Geary thinks. With supplies running low, the first few jumps are successful, but Geary pushes his luck and jumps to Lakota, against some of his advisors' wishes. It's a risk, one that may get the fleet that much closer to home . . . but the Syndics aren't stupid, and there's another alien force out there who's goals are unknown. Not to mention those within the fleet who are actively working against Geary's command.

I said in my previous review that Geary's decisions were working out a little too well and that something needed to happen to show that he wasn't always right and didn't always make the right choice. That happens in this book. The Syndics are wising up and starting to think instead of just react, realizing that the Alliance fleet isn't going to fall apart and be easy pickings. Here, Geary has few options and is being out-maneuvered, the fleet forced into too narrow a corridor with too few choices. Geary's luck has run out. And it makes his character that much more real, since he now has to deal with the consequences of his command and, with the help of those loyal to him, figure out a way out.

The situation the fleet finds themselves in when they reach Lakota is real and what Geary is forced to do to escape is believable. At some point, the fleet was going to end up in such a situation, and the fact that it's complicated even more by the unknown aliens is just icing on the cake. And Geary's final act in this book is what pushed this review from four stars to five. I wasn't expecting it, and yet it makes total sense.

This series is spectacular. If you aren't reading it, you should be, even if you aren't a hardcore sci-fi fan. I'm mostly drawn to fantasy, rarely read sci-fi and enjoy it as much as fantasy, but I'm loving this series.
curbly_diymaven July 14 2014, 13:46

Nondescript Picnic Table Gets a Personality Makeover


With a sander, a t-square, some masking tape, and Minwax, Jamie was able to give a traditional, nondescript picnic table some needed personality. The process  seems easy enough when following Jamie's tutorial. To see and read how she did it, visit Vintage Revivals.

Picnic Table Makeover [Vintage Revivals]

frieliegh posted to wow_ladies July 14 2014, 13:03

UI Mod Monday!

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Morning everyone. Surviving the heat wave, I hope? Or whatever the weather is in your area. =)

Recent updates include: DBM, Ackis recipe list and it looks like all the profession plugins, NPCScan.Overlay, Ovale Spell Priority, Fishing Buddy, GoGoMount, AuctionMaster, TellMeWhen, Power Auras Classic v4, NPCScan, DBM Proving Grounds, Weak Auras2, PetTracker, GTFO, and Bitten's SpellFlash: Mage.

Floor's open - what's up this week?
kris_reisz July 14 2014, 13:03

The Delphi Antinous

Antinous was the handsome lover of Roman Emperor Hadrian. In 130 A.D. he died while still in his early twenties. Afterward, Hadrian had him declared a god, funding the sculpting of many statues and temples in Antinous's honor. the cult of Antinous flourished briefly until Hadrian's own death eight years later. Then, Antinous was largely forgotten.

In 1893, a statue of Antinous was unearthed from the overgrown ruins of the Delphi temple complex by the French archeologist Théophile Homolle. He and his team stopped work for a moment to take this astounding photograph.

I love how the 2,000-year-old statue is in crisp focus while the mortal men surrounding it are blurred, as if their time on earth was already fading away.

After being buried and forgotten for centuries, the statue is again on display at the Archeological Museum of Delphi. Théophile Homolle and all the men on his team have crumbled to dust, leaving a few faded photographs behind.

marthawells July 14 2014, 12:43

Mystery Guide Part II

See Mystery Guide Part I

One note: So if you have a concern about content - level of violence, etc - you should probably check with someone who has seen the show in question recently. Some of these I haven't seen for a while and my memory is not so great. These reviews are just my opinion, YMMV, etc.

Martha's Guide to TV Mysteries Part II

Nero Wolfe - the A&E version with Timothy Hutton - this is one of my favorite shows. Like the books, it's set in New York in multiple time periods, some 40s, 50s, 60s, and is beautifully filmed. It comes as close as possible to the feel of the books and occasionally does odd things with TV (there are two episodes that start with the same card game and then branch into different stories, for ex.) Nice people do get killed despite Archie and Wolfe's best efforts. (Including one client who is a young kid. That's in "The Golden Spiders.")

Ellery Queen - the version with Jim Hutton, Timothy Hutton's father - This is set in 1940s New York, and since it's a period piece, for an older series it doesn't feel dated. The books were all written by different people, but Hutton (the Jim version) plays the absentminded writerly genius version of Ellery (in some of the books he comes off as a playboy jerk). There was only one season but all the episodes are fun, and there are some that deal with early TV, radio shows, and comic book writing. These are also closer to true cozies, with as little violence as possible and I don't remember any women in jep. Jim Hutton is also very tall and it's interesting to watch him act around it.

The Bletchley Circle - Four women who worked as code-breakers and intelligence analysts at Bletchley Park in WWII try to go on with normal life afterward, when they're forbidden by law to tell anyone what they did, and have to pretend they were secretaries. They get involved with solving murders, and it's really cool. A problem with this show is that to come up with mystery plots for genius mathematicians to solve, you kind of have to be one, and the writer isn't. And there are women in jep bits. I still liked it, though.

Whitechapel - This show frustrates the hell out of me because it could be great but it has some fatal flaws. It's based on the idea that murders are happening in modern day that echo murder cases from Victorian-era Whitechapel. One of the fatal flaws is a huge lack of diversity, especially in the first season. (Apparently there's a season 3 and 4 but they aren't available over here.) I like being able to guess what the Victorian-era case is before they reveal it (and make people yell "WHY DO YOU KNOW THESE THINGS?") and they did one of my favorite cases (young maid leaves house to get something from nearby tavern needed for family dinner, returns to find everyone in the house murdered). But it has a lot of dumb moments. (One episode deals with the film "London After Midnight" and fails to mention that anyone with an intact copy would have to fight off film preservationists armed with money.)

Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, Endeavour -
Three different series with overlapping characters, all taking place in Oxford. Inspector Morse ran from 1987 to 2000 with some gaps, then Inspector Lewis (Lewis was Morse's Sergeant) ran for seven seasons plus the pilot and is doing another season, then Endeavour is in it's second season (Endeavour is Morse as a young detective in the 60s) and is showing on PBS now. I don't remember the Morse series that well as I saw it when it first aired on PBS years ago and haven't rewatched it. But I just love Lewis, though Endeavour is a close second. Oxford is filmed beautifully, and Lewis and his sergeant Hathaway (who originally intended to become a priest) indulge in a lot of old guy vs. young guy snark. All three series have a lot of stories dealing with smart people taking on smart/rich people who think they are too smart/rich to be caught. Lewis has the bonus of Rebecca Front (from The Thick of It) as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent. None of the three series is cozy, though the worst violence is generally off camera. (The pilot episode for Lewis wasn't on NetFlix but was included in the DVD set for the first season.)

Midsomer Murders - It's been on a long time, but yeah. Some of the stories are okay to good, others will leave you staring at what lousy cops these guys are. (There's one episode where they let people wander up to the dead body and gawk at it.) Don't watch it after you watch Inspector Lewis because you'll just want to go watch more Inspector Lewis. (We joked that it's a pain there isn't as many episodes of Lewis as Midsomer Murders, but it probably takes a lot of talented people some time to make an Inspector Lewis episode and a couple of guys in a clown car can toss off a Midsomer Murders in two days, tops.) And there's the racism in the production.

Pie in the Sky - is about a DI (played by Richard Griffiths from Harry Potter) trying to retire so he can cook at his restaurant, but who is forced to come back as a consultant. He works with DS Sophia Cambridge, played by Bella Enahoro, who is awesome. This is a fun one, combining food and mysteries, though some of the cases they deal with are kind of depressing. I haven't seen the last season yet, though I've got the whole thing on DVD.

Next time, I'll try to do at least The Last Detective, Vera, Ripper Street, Rosemary and Thyme, and Touching Evil
shadesong July 14 2014, 12:16

The last of my gathered thoughts on last week

* To highlight a good discussion in the comments: The hosts banned previous people after a pattern of years of sexual harassment and assault, and stated that my known rapist seemed like a danger only to me, despite his years of escalation; they banned him only after an unknown number of people complained about his presence. They banned me for saying, one time, in a text to someone else, that police presence would be a consequence of Judah breaking the restraining order I have against him. This shows an interesting set of priorities that does not go with mine, and it shows a history of said priorities.

* In the conversations at Wex's, we've been saying that the goal is a safer and healthier community. Just like Judah has to take responsibility for his actions before we can look at the restorative justice model at all, Scott has to take responsibility for his before that discussion can really include him or his gatherings. (I am not saying the latter behaviors are anywhere near as bad as the former; they are absolutely not. But people must own their behavior.)

* I cannot take part in discussions that are specific to mending Scott's relationship with the community. Not without an apology and a serious discussion. As the wounded party here, it is not my primary responsibility to patch up a branch of the community that has wounded me. My primary responsibility is healing and restructuring, which is why I hope this can be the last post I write on this for a good long time. This is not a flounce. This is a rape survivor needing to exercise self-care.

* When other people are discussing this and trying to divert it into "but what if someone's only a little bit creepy, we don't want to ostracize people," remember that that is not this situation. This is a violent rapist with a history of domestic violence and animal abuse breaking his restraining order, which he received for assault and battery. This is a person who heard "we are not going to have sex again because of your actions and probable STI status," lulled me into a false sense of security so I would take my heavy sedatives for sleep, and proceeded to penetrate me while I was unconscious. We're not talking about people who are clueless about social skills here. Don't let the conversation get derailed, those of you who are up to having it.

* Speaking of diversions, a certain commenter that a lot of you have had trouble with due to her victim-blaming has a well-known and well-documented crush on Judah. I don't know if they've already had sex, I don't care, I don't want to know. But when she offers you "more data", she is offering you the set of lies she has constructed in order (possibly with Judah's assistance) to make it okay that she wants to have sex with my rapist. Consider the source. Consider the motive. And yes, the fact that she's the long-term partner of one of the hosts should be considered in his responses, I think. (And this is what we see in victim-blaming; people not wanting to accept that someone they like/want could be a rapist, because if so, it'll make them look bad for being friends with/having sex with them. So they deny.)

* (Someone asked if this would make Arisia weird, given that we're all on staff. I don't believe so. We're all in different areas, and Arisia staff = over 100 people. Neither host has ever requested a Lit or Media track panel, and honestly I'm not sure what they do because track management is a big job so I keep my eyes on my own paper. But my chain of command is me -> Head of Programming -> Conchair, and they are in neither of those positions.)

* The goal is a safer and healthier community. The Boston geek/poly/whatever community is not a monolith; it is a Venn diagram. The hosts were only ever a tiny slice of that for me, with minimal overlap; I attended their parties to see people from other circles that I don't see as often otherwise. As far as I'm concerned, that slice that includes them is not part of my community anymore. It's something I fell into when I moved to Boston, but they first group you fall into when you go to a place doesn't have to be Your Community Forever. I have a lot of communities. I'll focus on the ones that want to be healthy and safe. I will skillshare with people who want to work on S & R's community, but I won't be trying to educate the people who have been outright nasty to me and continue to lie about me.

* At some point in August I would like to hold a gathering for people who actively want to do safer/healthier communities work. As time gets closer (after all of my frantic activity for the next few weeks!), I'll post asking for RSVPs so I'll know whether to host it at my house or book a meeting space. This will be for communities of all kinds - several people from outlying communities have asked to come already. We'll take notes and post them online. This is a process. The more people we have actively involved in it, the better able we are to build a better future. And that better future does not have to include elements that do not work in a safer community/consent culture model.

I greatly appreciate the support I've received here and elsewhere, and am glad that people who have no idea who I even am have helped highlight some of these core issues for people who might've been getting hung up on a false narrative due to being defensive regarding the actual people involved.

I feel like a lot of people are so accustomed to me speaking on these matters as an educator that they forget to keep in mind that I am a survivor. I am the survivor of years of emotional abuse at Judah's hands, culminating in rape and assault and battery. This happened only a year ago. I have been doing as well as I reasonably can, but I am not All Better, nor could anyone reasonably expect me to be. And when he suddenly appeared at a place he had every reason to believe I'd be at (injured in a way I find particularly emotionally precarious, as he knows) and no reason to believe I wouldn't be at, yes, I panicked, and panic-brains are not the most logical brains. My panic was a totally normal response under the circumstances. I was alone (Adam was out gaming with a dead phone), in physical pain, and terrified of my abuser. Those who are treating my decisions in those moments as perfectly calm and logical: Factor. That. In.

I had an excellent Readercon (it was so exactly what I needed) and have a lot of writer/editor thoughts and stuff to do, and that will be my focus for the foreseeable future. Readercon wrapup post will be the next post, after my orthopedist appointment this morning - fingers crossed that my foot is okay enough that I can get rid of The Boot!
klingonguy July 14 2014, 11:30

Eating Authors: Mark Budz

Originally published at Lawrence M. Schoen. You can comment here or there.

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If you’re reading this on the Monday that it posts, please know that I am far far away from home, grabbing some much needed down time. While most of the east coast’s pod of authors are recovering from Readercon, I snuck off to a mountain lake resort in the Poconos, where there’s nary a rocketship or flaming sword to be seen. Before I set off on my brief getaway, I made sure you’d have this week’s EATING AUTHOR guest, Mark Budz, here to entertain you.

Mark took second place in the 1992 Writers of the Future contest. He’s been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award and won the Emperor Norton award (not to be confused with the Andre Norton award, as falsely reported on Wikipedia — someone go and fix that, okay?), in both cases for his novel, Clade.

He was born just over the river in Cherry Hill, NJ, but bounced around the country quite a bit, a side effect of having a father employed by the National Park Service, but has long since settled in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains on the west coast.

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ysabetwordsmith July 14 2014, 08:16

Poem: "Swing a Cat"

This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "moving" square of my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Danso thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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raygarraty July 14 2014, 07:15

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