Category Archives: Event

Wiscon 37 schedule (as of right now)

Looks seriously awesome.

Cyborg Identities – Haraway and beyond (I proposed and will be moderating) – Donna Haraway famously argued that cyborgs transcend science fiction and enter the realm of feminist theory – that we are all cyborgs, transgressing identity boundaries and binaries and, in so doing, recreating ourselves. But many of the most powerful explorations of cyborg identities are still found in SF. What does SF tell us about ourselves as cyborgs? How can we make SF into useful social theory (and can we at all)? What are the implications for politics and power? How can we draw connections between fiction and political non-fiction? Like all cyborg transgressions, is the line between fiction and reality more porous than we often like to think?

When “Love Your Body” Isn’t Enough – “Love your body” is the hot trend in empowering catchphrases intended to connect people with their bodies and put them back in control, but what happens when it’s not enough? How does it exclude people don’t love their bodies and are struggling to figure out where they fit in? What kinds of structural inequalities are people perpetuating with an exhortation to “love your body,” and how can we change the way this phrase is used?

Roleplay and Identity – Many of us use cosplay and tabletop, live-action, and computer role-playing games (RPGs) to explore our own identities and/or that of “the Other” (for many values of “other”). How can these experiences of roleplay help us to expand our understanding of ourselves and the world? At the same time, how can we address examples of roleplay that are exploitative or simply perpetuate stereotypes? And how do we keep ourselves from falling into this?

Outer Alliance: New Writings in LGBTQ SF/F/H – Outer Alliance is an organization for writers and readers of science fiction, fantasy and horror that advocates positive portrayals of LGBTQ characters. We will be reading from a wide range of fiction that fits this description.

Not sure what I’ll be reading yet.

omg wisconnnnnnnnnnnn

Want a free copy of Hellebore & Rue? You know you do.

JoSelle Vanderhooft is running a promotion for Hellebore & Rue wherein you can enter to win a free review copy of the print version. All you have to do is link back to this post right here in your social media venue of choice and let her know that you’ve done so.

So you get to help spread the word about a terrific anthology, and you might get free stuff for your trouble. I think this is a solid win-win for everyone involved.

There will also be story-themed jewelry available soon. JoSelle makes amazing jewelry, so I can’t wait to see it.

WisCon, journaling, and Agony and also Ecstasy

Whoa, okay, a bunch of items to cover, news-wise.

First: I will be at WisCon. This is extremely exciting for me, because WisCon is awesome, and because it’s my first con of really any kind (not counting academic conferences), not just the first one at which I will be making an Authorial Appearance. The schedule on the website is still preliminary, but it looks like I’ll be doing a reading, as well as sitting on two panels:

  • Smut & Nothing But Make a Baby (with co-readers Suzy Charnas and Jennifer K. Stevenson) – Smut & Nothing But returns to Wiscon with more readings of sex scenes from SF, fantasy, erotica, and romance.
  • What is the Duty of a Citizen? – What does it mean to be a citizen? A good citizen? A bad one? How does the very concept of citizenhood enfranchise some and exclude others? How is this concept tied up in notions of statehood and nationhood, and is that a good thing or not? To whom does a citizen’s duty and loyalties lie–to themselves, to their communities (geographical, cultural, other), to the state, to the world as a whole?
  • Communication Technologies as Tools of Revolution – First, let’s discuss the various communication technologies and the tools to use them: the Internet, satellite, cell and broadcast; email, instant messaging, social media, and ham radio. Then let’s talk about how they advance social change and how can we make them more effective in social change work. Some possibilities: routing around failure, preserving anonymity, collating assistance & organizing efforts, and auto-translating.

I’m especially excited about that last one, since I’ve just completed an MA dissertation on pretty much that exact thing.

So anyway, if you’re going to be there, please come say hi to the  awkward newbie. And if for some reason you’d like me to sign anything–copies of the issues of Icarus or Not One of Us or M-Brane SF Quarterly that I’m in, copies of Hellebore and Rue (which will hopefully have gone to print by then), PDF printouts, body parts–I will be beyond thrilled to do so.

Second, I’ve partially unlocked my Livejournal/Dreamwidth, in order to serve as a semi-public repository for stuff that’s too rambly or personal to include here. I’m actually doing a poem-a-day thing there for National Poetry Month, which I’m enjoying.

Finally but by no means leastly: Jane Litte over at Dear Author has launched the website for the Agony/Ecstasy anthology, and you can read a very quick snippet of my story here, as well as snippets of all the others. This book looks simply awesome. I might actually read from my story at WisCon, though I still have to figure all of that out.

And I think that’s it for now. This is shaping up to be a nutty spring, but at least most of the nuttiness is of a tasty and flavorful nature.

Fairy Tale Week

Author and editor EM Lynley is doing a Fairy Tale Week event over at her blog; she’s edited two anthologies of fairy tale-themed erotica–one of which I’m a contributor to–and with a couple of film fairy tale retellings coming out soon, this seemed like a good time to talk about both.

I’ve written a post on how my story “The Art of Storm-Riding” was written–some of which I’ve already talked about here–and it’s up now, along with an excerpt. Check it out. And be sure to stay tuned for other great content and excerpts from contributors to both anthologies, coming up in the next week.

General news

10:30 PM EST Thursday October 7th (tomorrow), editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff will be on Lara Zielinsky’s internet radio show “Readings in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Fiction” to discuss Hellebore & Rue and take questions from listeners. They’ll also be reading some excerpts. Should be awesome. Be sure to listen in.

Also, I’m going to be in the M-Brane SF quarterly print omnibus, coming out at the end of this month. Will post news when I have some.

Thanks!

The reading at Sugar tonight was great. Thanks again to the wonderful Sugar for hosting us, to Beth Wylde for setting it all up, to her, Nobilis Reed, KI Thompson, and Stephanie Burke for reading with me, and to everyone who came to say hi. Hope you all had a fantastic time.

Live reading!

So it looks like I’ll be in Baltimore at 8 PM this Friday, reading some of my erotica at Sugar (very queer/woman-friendly sex toy store). I’ll be in the company of three other authors–Beth Wylde, Nobilis Reed, and Stephanie Burke–and it should be a great time, so if by some chance you’re in the area, come say hey.

Full info is here. The event is free.

As to what I’m reading… not sure yet. I’m leaning towards a couple different options. The thing about an event like this is that you’re always going to be sort of constrained by time–something that you can anticipate–and by the nature of your audience–which you can’t, so much. But I’ll probably be going with one of my lesbian stories. Possibly even one of my really early ones, which I think have aged relatively well for some reason. We’ll see.

This will also be the first reading I’ve ever done for an audience. So that’s a lot of fun, if slightly nerve-wracking.