Blast from the Past: Lez Geek Out: Spirits Podcast

April 20, 2018

Spirits Podcast 

Andi and Lise RAVE about Spirits Podcast, which is: “…boozy biweekly podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy re-tellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every two weeks, on Spirits.” 

Andi and Lise really dig the banter between hosts Amanda and Julia, who speak enthusiastically and knowledgeably about mythological creatures, paranormal creatures and themes, and folklore all over the place. They skillfully lay out the legends, address major themes, and then link them to contemporary cultural interpretations and mores. And they are all about women’s rep in these journeys into mythological pasts. 

Find Spirits Podcast HERE

And as a side note, Spirits will soon be going WEEKLY rather than biweekly, beginning at some point in October. 

 

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Women and Words: ClexaCon was amazing and we all still have work to do.

April 14, 2018

Women and Words Overview 7-13 April 2018

Andi was outta control last week at ClexaCon and she’s totally sorry that she just couldn’t get it together to do a podcast last week. SO HERE’S THIS ONE! You guys, Jove finished her latest novel! WOOO! It’s on its way to a beta read. And Women and Wordster Val got accepted to 2 universities, including Columbia! WOOO! And Jove and Andi got up on soapboxes about things that will totally make some people uncomfortable, but it’s stuff that we all need to talk about.

 

7 April: Women and  Wordster Ann Etter joined us with a list of funny books as she slogs through tax season.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

8 April: Author Randi Triant stopped by to chat a bit about her debut novel, The Treehouse, but also  to chat about another author whose work she admires.

 

9 April: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler brings a tale of something icky that happened at a coffee house, but it’s inspired her to keep telling stories.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

10 April: Life coach and Women and Wordster Angela Grace reminds us to get active and walking is a great way to do it. Especially at Disney World.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela here

 

11 April: Writer and Women and Wordster Val Agab reminds us that genre fiction is LEGIT.

 

12 April: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde notes that not many white LGBTQ women will read books with black lesbian characters. Also, in the years RWA has been going, a black writer has never won a RITA. We need to fix that, people.

 

13 April:  Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled over ClexaCon, but also noticed something that dovetails with what Fiona said the day before.

 

Also, in keeping with Andi and Jove’s exhortations to read outside your bubbles, Jove highly recommends the Lambda-winning novel Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis Benn and Andi suggests you check out this database of LGBTQ people of color romance writers. Let’s share the luv, y’all, and build more community!

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Almost Live at ClexaCon, Part 2

April 8, 2018

Episode 29b

ClexaCon with guest Ashley, ClexaCon attendee

Andi and Lise are both on the ground at ClexaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada and they chat with con-goer Ashley about her experiences at the event and what it means to her and to queer representation.

ClexaCon met in Vegas April 5-9, 2018.

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Almost Live at ClexaCon, Part 1

April 8, 2018

Episode 29a

ClexaCon with guest Anna from The Lesbian Review

Andi and Lise are both on the ground at ClexaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada and so is Anna from The Lesbian Review, who also attended last year. Andi and Lise chat with Anna about ClexaCon then and now, fandoms, and how important queer representation is and the role ClexaCon plays in that.

The Lesbian Review website is HERE.

ClexaCon met in Vegas April 5-9, 2018.

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Women and Words: Tables might just save the world

April 1, 2018

Women and Words Overview 24-30 March 2018

Andi and Jove think libraries are the best things ever, and you should totally use them more and stop by to visit. Show them luv. And they could save communities. Andi and Jove haven’t worked out all the details yet as to how that happens, but stay tuned. Also, Lee Lynch totally has them convinced that tables are part of the infrastructure of awesome. Oh, and Karin Kallmaker has a great website.

 

24 Mar.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us with some awesome books that she managed to thread together through a various degrees of separation premise. Fun!

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

25  Mar.: Author K’Anne Meinel stopped by to let everyone know about promo opps she provides for authors through her Writer’s Block Q&A sessions and her book release parties.

 

26 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is celebrating the audiobook release of her romcom, Meet Me in the Middle. She’s also giving away a print copy, and you still have time to get in on it. Hit the link below to go to the blog post.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Yvonne Heidt’s website
  • Find Meet Me in the Middle audiobook here

 

27 Mar.: Author, Women and Wordster and national treasure Lee Lynch provides a fabulous inspiring blog on women and the tables they call their own. Trust us on this.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find more of books by Lee Lynch HERE

 

30 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled about the movie Tomb Raider (2018).

 

Andi will be at ClexaCon in Las Vegas (5-9 April) with fellow Dirt Road Book founders and colleagues R.G. Emanuelle, Blythe Rippon, and Michelle Teichman. Hope you come by!

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Women and Words: Basically, there’s a movie to help process just about anything

March 25, 2018

Women and Words Overview 18-23 March 2018

Andi and Jove think actor Tommy Lee Jones kinda rocks. Plus Andi wholeheartedly agrees that every once in a while, you need to just blow a day off with Netflix. Speaking of blowing (OMG STOP, YOU GUYS), the play Hamilton was so amazing that Andi’s wig totally flew off.

 

18 Mar.: Author Heather Blackmore joined us for a discussion about forgiveness and how it ties into her latest release, It’s Not a Date.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Heather Blackmore’s website

 

19 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll provides a look at more of her London jaunts.

 

20 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett and author Aurora Rey provide the final installment of their conversation, “Cultural Roots and Communal Behavior.”

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find more about Ashley here
  • Aurora Rey’s website

 

21 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson gives us a new perspective via her backyard lounger. Trust us on this. It’s amazing.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website

 

22 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess explores forms of resistance in unexpected ways and places.

 

23 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is on the road, but she tells you a few things she’s up to and she hopes all y’all get to do cool stuff this weekend.

 

Authors and publishers Andi, R.G. Emanuelle, Blythe Rippon and Michelle Teichman will be at ClexaCon 5-9 April with Dirt Road Books. Come see us!

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Lost Girl

March 23, 2018

Lost Girl

Episode 28

Andi and Lise love themselves some Lost Girl, the paranormal urban fantasy series that launched in 2010 and ended with Season 5 in 2015. The series follows main character Bo, a succubus, in her quest to find her true origins, but she’s buttressed by several strong secondary characters, both human and fae. The show’s premise is predicated on there being two worlds – fae and human – and the former attempt to stay hidden from the latter while dealing with conflict between light fae and dark.

The show is full of strong women characters and includes strong positive LGBTQ rep. Bo is considered bisexual and engages with both male and female love interests.

Andi and Lise agree the show is full of great, strong characters, excellent writing, great plots, and explorations of moral ambiguity with regard to the conflicts between light and dark fae as well as how individuals engage with both sides.

The show is currently available on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S.

And check out the Waystation podcast, all about Lost Girl.

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Women and Words: Important life lesson: actions have consequences and the kids are still all right

March 18, 2018

Women and Words Overview 10-16 March 2018

 Andi and Jove discuss safe words but it’s not what you think though there is nothing wrong with THOSE safe words (you know the ones), either, and they love the fact that V.M. Agab joined them for an awesome blog on age and how perceptions of it keep us apart. Also, Jessie Chandler somehow manipulates the weather to bring snow wherever she goes (WTF Jessie).

 

10 Mar.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us with a reader’s perspective on books that characters and issues that get you out of your comfort zone.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

11 Mar.: Guest writer V.M. Agab joined us with a great blog on how people perceive age and use it as a barrier between each other, spinning off fandoms as an example.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find V.M. on Tumblr HERE

 

12 Mar.: Women and Wordster and author Jessie Chandler posted a photo essay of her trip to Portland from Minnesota to help fellow author Lori Lake move and basically, Jessie brought winter to Portland.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

13 Mar.: Women and Wordster and life coach/all around awesome woman Angela Grace stopped by to get us thinking about what our vision is for each of our lives in the coming year.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela HERE

 

14 Mar.: Women and Wordster and author Ashley Bartlett continues her fab conversation with author Aurora Rey on Cultural Roots and Communal Behavior in which they discuss their own journeys to their identities.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find more about Ashley HERE
  • Aurora Rey’s website

 

15 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle stopped by to talk about her geekery over language and the origins of words.

 

16 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talked about a piece at Autostraddle that discussed the state of queer lady characters on the teevee in 2017. Upshot? Things didn’t suck as bad as 2016, which is good, but things can still be better.

 

ALSO 16 March! Hot off the press and forthcoming attractions lists are updated!

Go see.

 

Andi will be at ClexaCon in early April with R.G. Emanuelle and possibly another Dirt Road Books rep and you can find them at the Dirt Road Books table! Hope to see you there. Other lesfic publishers who will be there are Sapphire and Ylva. Give them some luv, too!

 

Also, per Angela Grace’s blog, you totally need to check out SeeJaneDrill.com. Leah provides all kinds of guidance on DIY home and car stuff. AWESOME.

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Interview with ClexaCon Organizers

March 9, 2018

Episode 27

Andi and Lise are super-stoked this week because they managed to score an interview with three ClexaCon directors/organizers (Ashley had to step out to conduct official ClexaCon business during the interview, but we appreciate her dedication to the cause). 

Joining us is Holly W., Danielle J., and Ashley A., all of whom not only direct and organize this event, but coordinate with other team members to do whatever needs to be done. 

ClexaCon officially launched in March, 2017 as a response to the myriad deaths of queer women characters in media, particularly the death of the character of Commander Lexa of the CW show The 100 (pronounced “the hundred”). That character died in an egregious example of the “bury your gays” trope, and in the wake of her death, LGBTQ fans and allies rallied in opposition to this trope and sparked a revolution of organizing and community outreach that continues unabated. 

Named for the iconic ship of Clarke Griffin and Commander Lexa (Clexa), ClexaCon is the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women and allies. It brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate and encourage positive media representation of and for LGBTQ women. 

The event is scheduled for 5-9 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Women and Words: When doing a podcast, make sure the thing is actually recording first

March 4, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 24 Feb.-2 March 2018

Andi and Jove were so psyched for a minute that the show was going well and then realized they weren’t recording. So they had to make a do-over. Which is about how things go with them. LOL And Yvonne Heidt discovers the useful “AF” acronym and warns us about nuking oatmeal too long. And if you’re a writer, Dirt Road Books might have just the challenge for you.

 

24 Feb.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta is still experiencing an Olympic hangover and this week’s book list includes titles that have some connection to a city or place that served as a setting for a previous Olympics.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

25 Feb.: Author Kate Cudahy stopped by to talk to us about her start as a writer and her Duellist trilogy (women with swords, you guys). One title, Hal, is free on March 7.

 

26 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt took us on a trip into Vonnie Land, where so many ideas for blogs and stories exist that she just can’t even.

 

1 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle is also experiencing an Olympic hangover but points out something else cool to be learned from Ester Ledecka’s giant slalom win at the 2018 Winter Games.

 

2 Mar.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette blogged about the latest challenge issued by Dirt Road Books, the publishing house she opened with 5 of her fave people. Pick a cover and write a book and submit it to DRB. You could possibly win a publishing contract with us! Join the #mybook challenge!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Dirt Road Books’ #mybook challenge link HERE
  • Find DRB on Twitter (@DirtRoadBooks) and Facebook, too.

 

Reminders! ClexaCon2018 is 5-9 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. DRB will be there. WOOO. And Andi will be running around fangirling with her other colleague, Lise MacTague doing Lez Geek Out! things. Also, Jove is doing a reading at the launch party for Heather Jane’s debut novel and she’ll tell us about it next week.

Also, if you can, the 3rd is the 2nd anniversary of the death of character Lexa (the day the episode aired in which she was killed by the bury your gays trope), and there’s all kinds of stuff going on around social media, including a March 3rd homage on Twitter (look for #LexaLivesOn) that includes raising money for the Trevor Project (a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth). So if you’re so inclined, perhaps do a donation to the Trevor Project. It’s also Clexa Week in the fandoms, which involves a lot of fanart and fanfic.

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Questionable Content Webcomic

February 28, 2018

Episode 26

Andi and Lise are way into the award-winning Questionable Content webcomic (Lise got Andi started on it), by Jeph Jacques, which launched August 1, 2003 and has been since then. It’s a slice-of-life comic populated by a diverse group of people and includes strong women and strong queer rep and all kinds of other rep. People of different ages and body types, backgrounds, and all kinds of things in between. 

The comic is at times hilarious, moving, poignant, wacky, and overall an amazing amount of fun. 

QC website 

Jeph Jacques’ Patreon 

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Women and Words: The kids are all right. Andi and Jove on the other hand…

February 25, 2018

Women and Words Overview: 17-23 February 2018

  

Andi attempts to explain cyberpunk to Jove and then they decide that they need to cruise around the UK with Stevie Carroll (Horseferry Road is the best name for a steampunk novel!) and then they get all nostalgic about growing up in the rural West. Also, they’d like to fill out friend applications and send them to Ashley Bartlett and Aurora Rey.

 

17 Feb.: Woman and Wordster Erin Saluta brings reader Danielle Zion on to talk about her reading life and the role lesfic has played in her life.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • And if  you’d like to be a reader guest of Erin’s on Reader’s Perspective, drop us a line at the Contact page!

 

18 Feb.: Author Rae D. Magdon stopped by to tell us about her latest, cyberpunk novel Lucky 7 (Desert Palm) AND she did a giveaway!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Rae D. Magdon’s website
  • Read an excerpt from Lucky 7 HERE

 

19 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll was chillin’ in London and took a few walks. Here’s what she found.

 

20 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett has a conversation with fellow author Aurora Rey about growing up in different parts of the country and the evolution of their identities.

 

21 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson got booted from jury duty again. Here, she muses on why that might be.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website

 

22 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess on the legacies of American history and ties to present-day current events.

 

23 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette wants all of you to go see the movie Black Panther. That is all.

 

And though Jove and Andi didn’t have time to talk about it, Jove will be doing another appearance March 3 as a guest of author Heather Jane (Regal Crest), who is having a book launch party in Portland to celebrate her debut novel! Also, CLEXACON is coming! April. 5-9, Las Vegas.

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Women and Words: Basically, Jove and Andi are fangirls about everything

February 18, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 10-16 Feb. 2018

 

Andi notices that others at Women and Words are still obsessing about the Olympics, so she obsesses, too, while Jove obsesses about R.G. Emanuelle’s forthcoming book, The Potion. They also drop some trivia: Jessie Chandler was a downhill ski racer in high school and Karin Kallmaker could possibly open her own library with her backlist. #epic

  • 10 Feb.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta is enjoying the Olympics and provided a great list of sports-related lesfic (and some nonfic, looks like) for your reading pleasure!
  •  Women and Words link HERE

 

12 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler is also obsessing about the Olympics and provided some great photos and comments about some of the different sports.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

13 Feb.: Life coach Angela Grace joined us with a great blog on the winter blahs and Seasonal Affective Disorder and how a certain kind of light can help.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

 

15 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about writing process with a great culinary metaphor.

 

16 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette lists 10 things she’s currently fangirling over.

 

ALSO!

 

16 Feb.: Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions Lists!

 

And Jove is doing a reading Sunday Feb. 18 at Taborspace in Portland, 3-5 PM Pacific time. Other authors are Lori Lake, Sandra De Helen, G.L. Morrison, Louisa Kelley, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and Jane Cuthbertson. Also, Jove recommends Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, futuristic retellings of fairy tales.

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Women and Words: We probably should have stayed sleeping today

February 11, 2018

3-9 February 2018

 

Thank GAWD Andi is here to tell Jove that yes, the Winter Olympics have started and omg Olympic geopolitics! #somuchintrigue Also, Andi wishes Fiona Zedde had posted her essay about Italian toilets, but no such luck. Also, Andi thinks Hayley Kiyoko is the shizzle and you should totally buy her music and go see her in the movie Becks. And on tour, if you can. Because fangirling. And queerfolk.

 

3 Feb.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter does a reader’s perspective on books that have athletes and athleticism as a focus, in honor of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

4 Feb.: Author K. Aten stopped by to talk about releasing her first book and pondering an author brand.

 

Women and Words link HERE

 

5 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to talk about trying to deal with intolerance and racism.

 

6 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury joined us with some words about stereotypes.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Penny Mickelbury’s website

 

7 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite interviewed BSB sci fi authors CJ Birch and Jane C. Esther.

 

8 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde was going to do an essay on Italian toilets, but decided instead to talk about her latest books, Insatiable Appetites.

 

9 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over musical (and acting) talent Hayley Kiyoko.

 

Jove is doing a reading next weekend at Taborspace in Portland. That’s Feb. 18,  3-5 PM. Other authors are Lori Lake, Sandra De Helen, G.L. Morrison, Louisa Kelley, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and Jane Cuthbertson.

 

Jove will also be at the launch party for author Heather Jane’s debut novel at Another Read Through in Portland. That’s March 3 1.30-3.30 PM.

 

And Dirt Road Books has posted a couple of free Valentine’s Day short stories! Go see.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

February 7, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 25  

Andi and Lise rave over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opened in theaters in December. TLJ is the continuation of the Star Wars story from the movie The Force Awakens, which was released in Dec. 2015. TLJ is chock full of strong women characters, has a diverse cast (though we’re still waiting on the overtly queer rep…), and these characters were integral to the story. Here, Rey continues her exploration of her abilities with The Force; General Leia and, later, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) are trying to outrun The First Order; and Rose Tico the Resistance mechanic proves a mentor of sorts for Finn, the ex-Stormtrooper. The movie also explores Luke Skywalker’s character arc in interesting ways. 

TLJ provides a jumping-off point for new directions in the Star Wars movie universe and perhaps a launching of the new generation and both Andi and Lise are excited to see what happens. 

See TLJ trailers HERE. 

And check out The Lesbian Talk Show Channel’s Patreon page! 

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Women and Words: The world is a better place with cheese!

February 4, 2018

27 Jan.-2 Feb. 2018

Jove finds out that Andi was legit going to try to do some actual world-building in the sci fi sense on Mars but ugh, paperwork, and Jove is also convinced that if you’re ghost-hunting, cheese may be good bait. Andi, however, remains UNconvinced of this tactic.

 

27 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta encouraged us to escape into some science fiction. (and in case you’re interested, here’s that Mars colonization program Andi was talking about)

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

28 Jan.: Author Jen Silver joined us to talk about her book Changing Perspectives AND she gave away 2 ebook copies!

 

29 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt tested THREE ghost apps to see if they worked. Go see for her reviews.

 

1 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle brings it with a righteous grrlpower blog!

 

2 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over LA Web Series, about a chance meeting between two young women that is both introspective and romantic.

 

Some of the Dirt Road Books gang will be at the upcoming ClexaCon in Las Vegas April 5-9 AND DRB has another cool thing they’re up to. Moar deets l8r! Also, GCLS is meeting in Vegas for its annual conference July 4-8.

 

And Jove Belle will be doing an event at Taborspace in Portland Feb. 18 from 3-5 PM. The event involves readings by Jove and other lesfic authors and it’s called “Readings of Rapturous Romance and Bountiful Book Faire.” Jove will also be at author Heather Flournoy’s debut novel book launch in March. More deets as they become available.

 

Also, Andi and Jove are sad to hear that the Read with Pride Northwest event is no more, after 5 annual gatherings in Seattle at the Seattle Public Library.

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Women and Words: Feral Banana is our new favorite thing

January 28, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 20-26 Jan. 2018 

Andi and Jove ponder labels and slowing down for a minute, and also decide that they should totally design a new T-shirt for Lee Lynch. Plus, Jove is amazed to find out that Andi actually attended Catholic school back in the day. And share some love! Jove’s birthday is the end of this month!

 

20 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta interviews another reader, Kim Roberts, for her views on different lesfic books that she’s read and enjoyed.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

21 Jan.: Author Joi Miner stopped by to talk about labels she’s encountered and her work.

 

22 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt came by with some OMG IT’S A NEW YEAR thoughts. She spent 2017 working on her latest, so watch out for that this year!

 

24 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster and living herstory legend Lee Lynch joined us with another essay about introversion and being okay with that.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lee Lynch here

 

25 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess wants to remind us to slow down and enjoy the moment.

 

26 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette highly encourages you to watch Black Lightning and The Alienist, two new shows.

 

Also! Jove has an event coming up next month! A Valentine’s-ish reading with other authors (Lori Lake, Louisa Kelley, Sandra de Helen, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and G.L. Morrison; M.C. Linda Vogt) at Taborspace in Portland, February 18, 3-5 PM. The event is “Readings of Rapturous Romance and Bountiful Book Faire.

 

And don’t forget author Jae’s Lesbian Book Bingo event going on all year. Info at her website HERE.

 

Early bird registration for the GCLS 2018 conference in Las Vegas ends January 31. If you can, take care of that before prices go up.

 

AND! Dirt Road Books will be posting a couple of FREE Valentine’s Day-ish stories on the website February 5th. WOO HOO!

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Phasma (Star Wars)

January 24, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 24

Lise and Andi geek out over Delilah Dawson’s novel Phasma set in the Star Wars universe. Just released in September through Penguin/Random House, Phasma provides a story of the enigmatic and imposing Captain Phasma, a leader in The First Order (another Star Wars evil empire). From the recent movies, she’s the one dressed in a shiny chrome Stormtrooper outfit who trains First Order recruits. 

Dawson’s book provides glimpses of Phasma through two separate parties, which manages to further enhance Phasma’s mystique because it obscures her motivations since we’re not getting the story directly from here, but rather through a second and third party, both of whom have their own narrative arcs. It’s a cleverly layered, intricate story that only makes us more intrigued about Phasma (and there totally needs to be more of her in the movie ’verse! Hint hint Star Wars movie people.). 

Delilah Dawson’s website 

To buy: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo 

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Women and Words: The Janes, Gender, and Music Jams

January 21, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 13-19 Jan. 2018

Andi doesn’t have to have the sadz anymore because Jove kicked the sickness cooties to the curb and came back! Yay! Plus, R.G. Emanuelle will be releasing a new book soon and for the record, Andi was more into Yaz than Erasure back in the day, much to Jove’s chagrin. But they do both agree that you haven’t lived until you’ve blasted The Cranberries’ “Zombie” while driving at night with all the windows down. (RIP Dolores O’Riordan)

 

13 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us and recommended books that include SNOW. So if that’s your thing, head on over. 

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

14 Jan.: Author Chanel Hardy stopped by to discuss gender roles and how those might play out in relationships.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Chanel Hardy HERE

 

15 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll stopped by to talk about her visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 2016-2020 mark five important bicentenaries in the Brontë family.

 

16 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett discusses trying to get around her wife’s reluctance to travel.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Ashley Barlett HERE

 

18 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle gives us a glimpse of her forthcoming book, The Potion, a Victorian romance based loosely on the Jekyll/Hyde concept.

 

19 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday discussing music and its integral role in her journey and writing.

 

ALSO! The Women and Words Hot off the Press/Coming Attractions lists are good to go, Jan.-Feb. 2018.

 

Women and Words link HERE

 

Jove also recommends the documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, about Second Wave Feminism. Includes a discussion about the Jane Collective, an underground abortion referral service that operated roughly 1969-1973 in Illinois. (and it appears the male doctor they first worked with was “Nick,” not “Mike,” as Jove and Andi discussed on the podcast.)

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Women and Words: Adapting, Aging, and ANDI!

January 14, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 6-12 January 2018

 

Andi has the major sadz because she had to do the podcast all by herself, given Jove’s continued battle with flu cooties and the fact that she has lost her voice. But Andi persevered though she was lonely and ended up at one point sounding like a freaking infomercial. Dammit, Jove, come back.

 

6 Jan.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a reader’s perspective on how to escape the cold through certain books. Go check ’em out.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

7 Jan.: Author Sally Xerri-Brookes, an author based in the UK in Birmingham, did a Q&A and talked about her most recent release.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Sally Xerri-Brookes’ website

 

8 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler joined us to encourage us to watch Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Awards.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

9 Jan.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace provided some words of wisdom about adaptation.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

11 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde has created her list of projects she would like to accomplish this year. And she has a birthday coming up, and she celebrates all month!

 

12 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette addresses ageism and brings up a bit of her own history.

 

Jove has an event coming up in February. A reading in Portland around Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned! We’ll post deets in a future overview.

 

Also, start thinking about the GCLS conference in July in Las Vegas. Because awesome. And Andi says GO TO CLEXACON, also in Vegas, early April.

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