More holiGAY movies, please! Also, prepare yourselves! The Hootenanny approaches! - Women and Words

December 2, 2018

Women and Words Overview 24-30 November 2018

Andi and Jove are gearing up for the annual Hootenanny event at Women and Words, which means they shut the blog down for around two weeks. Once the Hootenanny starts (Dec. 12), that’s all you get, is GIVEAWAYS OUT THE WAZOO! Andi spent some time this week back-and-forthing with KD Williamson (who is awesome; see below) while Jove seems to spend tons of time finding cool organizations to donate to.


24 Nov.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta posted a few books whose characters are in law enforcement. And who doesn’t like a woman in (or out) of uniform? LOL

  • Women and Words link HERE


25 Nov.: Author Randi Triant stopped by to chat about writing craft and writing characters that are vanquished—she’s working on re-doing the trope of characters making all the right choices and succeeding, because sometimes the right choices don’t mean you’ll succeed.


26 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson talked about being bullied in elementary school and the bond she forged with her sister.


27 Nov.: Author, Women and Wordster, and lesbian herstory legend Lee Lynch wrote about the things you can find when on a trip to the doctor.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Lee here


28 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette and Tucker the merry elf posted a reminder about the Women and Words annual Hootenanny (giant-ass book giveaway event) that starts Dec. 12 and goes through Dec. 23.

  • Women and Words link HERE


29 Nov.: Authors and Women and Wordsters KD Williamson and Andi Marquette did a back-and-forth Q&A with each other, talking about  writing, diversity, and fanfic.

  • Women and Words link HERE


30 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette lamented the lack of LGBTQ+ - themed holiday movies, and then pointed out a few bright spots. And Jove mentioned in the podcast the 2000 movie What’s Cooking.


Jove and Andi remind people that this time of year can be hard on some, but find the bright spots in giving. Jove reminds people of the microloan site Kiva and Andi reminded people of Heifer International, which provides domestic animals to people in developing nations. Jove also brought up Laundry Love, which helps low-income and no-income people and families wash clothes and bedding by partnering with groups, schools, and local Laundromats. And she brought up Socks for Soldiers, in which people actually knit a pair of socks for an active-duty soldier. If you can’t knit, there are other ways to help.


And Jove would like everyone to know (because Andi doesn’t like to talk too much about accomplishments…lol)  that Andi’s holiday reboot of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, The Bureau of Holiday Affairs, was one of six LGBTQ+ holiday books included in a write-up in the “Happy Ever After” section of USA Today, under “Rainbow Trends.” Go see.


ALSO! Dirt Road Books is releasing the anthology Learning Curve. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Australian organization One Girl, which helps provide education for girls in Africa. So if you’re looking for a new read this holiday, and want to feel even better about where your money goes, we hope you consider buying it.


Skilled tools and podcast interruptus - Women and Words

November 25, 2018

Women and Words Overview 17-23 November 2018

Andi is on the road YET AGAIN, but Tucker the merry elf is along for the happy fun times and who knows what he’ll get up to. Also. Jove had a run-in with a router (the tool kind, not the wifi kind) and her thumb is still in recovery, but it’s doing better than it was. And the West has three seasons. Winter, spring, and fire. Also, self-care is a thing and we should all do it more.


17 Nov.: Women and Wordster Danielle Zion did a Reader’s Perspective on judicial and military books.

  • Women and Words link HERE


18 Nov.: Poet, writer, and advocate Gabriella Meghan joined us to chat about self-care and her latest poetry collection. She also did a giveaway.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Gabriella Meghan’s website


19 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll notes that Nov. 11 was the hundred-year anniversary of the end of WWI, and she includes a great discussion about how that was commemorated. She also went on a quest to see if she could find out who the young men were who were living in her house in 1911.


20 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Ash Bartlett provided a moving remembrance of her grandmother, and related it to the California fires in Paradise.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Ash Bartlett here


21 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson blogged about the horrific fires in California, and provided links so you can help.

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


22 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess talked about working at a local polling station with her spouse and her thoughts post-election.


23 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a little fangirling about a few things keeping her less-nutty as we all enter a really busy time of the  year.


23 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Erin Zak suggests keeping our mental health steady during this holiday season through meditation.


ALSO! 23 Nov.: Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions, Nov.-Dec. 2018

  • Women and Words link HERE


It’s the holiday season! Get ready for the Hootenanny, 12-23 December where we here at Women and Words give away 20-40 books a day for TWELVE FREAKING DAYS. Jove also suggests finding a cause to support, like your fave writers or artist-types on Patreon or through GoFundMe.


Dear listeners…we are entering the holiday zone… - Women and Words

November 18, 2018

Women and Words

Overview 10-15 November 2018

Andi and Jove appreciate that Erin Saluta brought up books with military themes in honor of Veterans Day, and they raved about veteran/retired police sergeant Lynette Mae’s work not only as an author but also a candidate for office, and yay to all the women who are going to Congress come January for the new term! They’re also getting ready for the Hootenanny, which means books galore for 12 days. Hope you join them. OH! And there will be a few new bloggers joining Women and Words in the next month or so. WOO HOO!


10 Nov.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta provided a few titles about veterans/the military in honor of Veterans Day. Thanks, Erin!

  • Women and Words link HERE


11 Nov.: Author Tamsen Parker stopped by to chat a bit about her latest, If I Loved You Less, a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Emma. And she did a giveaway!


12 Nov.: Author and Woman and Wordster Jessie Chandler brought us some words of wisdom in the wake of the midterm elections and reminds us that words matter, and that it’s important to keep telling our stories.

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


13 Nov.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace broke down the sea change in Congress in the last elections, and noted that yes, let’s take a breather and think about what all the women had to overcome to get elected. And tomorrow, we start again.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela: livbold AT aol DOT com


14 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Val Agab reminds us that this time of year, especially, let’s think about how we can help others, and calls attention to homelessness. Thanks, Val.


15 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle also had some thoughts in the wake of the election, and reminded readers that Dirt Road Books has an anthology coming out whose proceeds (all of ’em!) will be going to One Girl charity, which works to provide education for girls in Africa.


Handy links:

National Alliance to End Homelessness

How to help those affected by the California fires



NaNoWriMo - Lez Geek Out!

November 16, 2018


Lez Geek Out

Episode 44 

Andi and Lise discuss the annual giant writing event, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, in which participants hammer out a short novel of 50,000 words over the course of November. They tell you what it is, how it works, what some strategies might be to help you approach your NaNo writing project, offer their own experiences doing it, and remind you not to freak out. 

If you’re a novice writer, NaNo is a great way to see what the professional writing life is like, because it requires you to write every day if you want to hit that 50,000-word mark by the end of the month. It also provides structure and a writing community, which is really valuable because you need critique to help you grow as a writer. 

There other types of writing events, too: 

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) 

National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) 

And this week, Lise recommends the medical mystery/weirdness podcast Sawbones while Andi implores people to please watch the CW series Legends of Tomorrow.


Relationship advice and please, Podbean, don’t hate on us - Women and Words

November 11, 2018

Women and Words Overview 4-9 November 2018

Andi and Jove are hoping Podbean doesn’t hate on them this week and will accept Jove’s overture to load the file. Also, don’t let societal expectations tell you what a relationship should look like and Andi, a major cynic, shares some hope after the midterms even though Fiona Zedde would beg to differ. Plus, young people are awesome.


4 Nov.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter posted some holiday-themed books she likes and encourages you all to read them.

  • Women and Words link HERE


4 Nov.: Author Lise Weil stopped by to chat about life, love, and her memoir In Search of Pure Lust.


7 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite wanted us all to know about a cool event in Dallas this weekend (Nov. 10) called Books and Boots, sponsored by GCLS, The Resource Center of Dallas, and Women with Pride lesfic reading group. It’s free! And Carsen will be there, along with 16 other authors including Karin Kallmaker, Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, and KG MacGregor!


8 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde apparently isn’t traveling this week (OMG), but she had some thoughts about the midterm elections.


9 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is all up in the NaNo this year, and she offers some reasons/tips for why you should consider doing it.


The holiday season is approaching and Jove would like people to know about, which is a giving site in which you answer quiz questions and for each correct answer, the site donates rice through the World Food Program. And Andi reminds people of Heifer International, where your donations can provide domestic animals like a flock of chickens or ducks or a goat to people in developing nations.


Also! Don’t forget the Hootenanny is coming. There are still a few days left to go to the Women and Words site to get signed up if you’re an author! If you’re not, get ready to win books next month!


Women and Words 28 October - 3 November 2018

November 4, 2018

Women and Words 28 October - 3 November 2018

Andi and Jove are back with an update of what happened on the women and words blog last week.




Halloween Movie Extravaganza - Lez Geek Out!

November 2, 2018

Episode 43

This week, Andi and Lise share some of their fave scary movies in honor of Halloween! Also, they drink beer and employ bad Halloween accents. 


Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) 

Hocus Pocus (1993) 

Alien 3 (1992) 

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) BECAUSE OF COURSE OMG 


The Sixth Sense (1999) 

Sleepy Hollow (1999) 

Signs (2002) 

Alien (1979) 

Night of the Living Dead (1968) 50TH ANNIVERSARY, Y’ALL! 

Bonus! Lise also recommends Resident Evil (2002—holy crap, Milla Jovovich) and Andi recommends Get Out (2017). 

And this week, Lise is raving about author Seanan McGuire’s work, particularly The Girl in the Green Silk Gown while Andi got all kinds of feels watching the scifi robot fight circuit movie Real Steel. (srsly. Weepy.) 


For instant stupid, just add baby - Women and Words

October 28, 2018

Women and Words 20-26 October 2018

Jove is a grandma, y’all! Baby Alec joined us this past week, and he smells good and makes cute noises and makes Jove completely stupid and goofy with his overwhelming “you love me” baby pheromones. In other news, VOTE, and HALLOWEEN IS COMING SO PLEASE JOIN ANDI’S BOOK GIVEAWAY plus shoes can be more than just shoes. Also, welcome Danielle and hopefully to Anika, to bring us all kinds of new perspectives.


20 Oct.: Brand new Women and Wordster Danielle Zion joins us with a reader’s perspective from a Canadian perspective. Welcome, Danielle!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find out more about Danielle HERE


20 Oct.: Women and Wordster to-be (we hope) Anika Batson joined us with a discussion about homophobia among young people.

  • Women and Words link HERE


21 Oct.: Author Judith Katz stopped by to talk about a difficult writing project she’s been dealing with.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Judith Katz here


23 Oct.: Women and Wordster, author, and lesbian herstory legend Lee Lynch provided another essay on shoes and historical identity.

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


25 Oct.: Women and Wordster and author Renée Bess has a very simple message for us: VOTE.


26 Oct.: Women and Wordster and author Andi Marquette is offering a chance to win TWO Halloween-ish books! A copy of Andi’s The Secret of Sleepy Hollow and a copy of R.G. Emanuelle’s gothic thriller The Potion! Just leave her a scary story/anecdote! Good ’til Wednesday, Oct. 31!


And Jove would like everyone to know about Kiva, which helps with microloans to small businesses (especially in developing nations), and to fund independent journalism and/or good journalism, like at The Guardian or one of Andi’s secret loves, the snark-journalism site Wonkette.


Women and Words: Feels! Feels Everywhere!

October 21, 2018

Women and Words Overview 13-19 October 2018

Andi and Jove have massive cases of feels throughout this week’s podcast. Maybe it was the nostalgia. Or the warm and fuzzy stories about Noah. Or Jove’s prep for the grandbaby. Or the warm and fuzzy stories about creating family. Or hell, maybe it was the awesome blogs by people who had warm and fuzzy things going on, like how awesome young people are. Or the great photos from readers that Andi posted. Whatever it was, they were seriously caught up in feels, totally ruining Jove’s rep for being an emotional wasteland.


13 Oct.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta is looking for reads with Halloween themes. Leave a comment to help her out! Also, she would like to remind us that Danielle Zion, the new reader’s perspective blogger, will be starting soon!

  • Women and Words link HERE


13 Oct.: Potential Women and Wordster Sam Ledel told us a story of Pride in Peru. (feels ensued)

  • Women and Words link HERE


14 Oct.: Author KC Luck stopped by for a little Q&A and to talk about her latest release (forthcoming Oct. 31), Welcome to Ruby’s, of which she gave away a copy. Thanks, KC!


15 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll attended the UK GLBT Meetup in Bristol and had an amazing time! She tells us all about it. More feels.


16 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett describes the fall festival she and several students had, including watching the movie Love, Simon and once again, Andi and Jove had feels. Jesus.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Ashley Bartlett here


17 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson discovered excellent words to live by while on a bike ride and then did a shout-out to Women and Words and at this point, Andi got weepy.

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


19 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted more photos from readers, which was awesome!



19 Oct.: The Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions lists are up!


And, authors, get signed up for the Hootenanny! The deadline is fast approaching for participation! (Like, around November 10).


AND! Dirt Road Books has put the event page up on Facebook for the NaNoWriMo Challenge!


Also, Jove highly recommends the book Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard.


Gatekeeping in Geek Culture

October 19, 2018

Episode 42

Andi and Lise discuss gatekeeping in fandom, and how it excludes many already-marginalized groups from participating in fan culture, including various elements of it like cosplay. 

They also discuss how fandoms and pop culture are reflections of the larger society in which they exist, and Lise brings up how that might keep women and other marginalized people from going into STEM fields. 

Sadly, gatekeeping isn’t something that is imposed on marginalized groups by a non-marginalized group. LGBTQ gatekeeping occurs, too, and Andi and Lise discuss how that was exemplified by the announcement that gender-fluid lesbian actress Ruby Rose would be portraying Batwoman in the forthcoming Arrowverse crossover event on the CW. Rose was accused of “not being queer enough” and had to leave social media because of the harassment along those lines directed toward her. 

For further reference: 

Andi mentioned Heather Hogan’s article on Autostraddle about the new Dr. WhoHere’s the link. 

Also, Clare McBride at SyFy Wire did an op-ed called “ ‘Not Gay Enough’: Ruby Rose, Gatekeeping, and Toxic Fandom.” Link here. 

Lise mentioned a YouTube video by Jessie Gender about gatekeeping in queer culture. Catch the link here.

For more information on what Andi and Lise are geeking out about right now, check out Orc Haven by Beryll and Osiri Brackhaus, and The Gifted on Fox.


Women and Words: The kids (Jove’s) are all right and wow, there’s a lot of writing stuff going on

October 14, 2018

Women and Words Overview 6-12 October 2018

Andi is back from another round of gallivanting. Both she and Jove have a weird fascination and love for journals (especially blank) and also agree that Powell’s Books in Portland will blow your mind (and did you even know that Andi is actually a trained academic? DON’T TELL ANYONE). Plus, Jove and Andi cannot even cope with the fact that Fiona Zedde is not currently traveling. Oh, and Jove’s kids are awesome and so is the grandbaby on the way!


6 Oct.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter wants you to help her out and suggest paranormal lesfic titles that aren’t too scary! ‘Tis the season!

  • Women and Words link HERE


6 Oct.: Hopefully soon-to-be Women and Wordster and writer/poet Erin Zak blogged about finding her voice as a writer.

  • Women and Words link HERE


7 Oct.: Brand new author Millie G Ireland joined us to talk a bit about her experience with the GCLS Writing Academy and how it helped get one of her short stories published in a Program anthology. Congrats! (also, total hint, check out the Writing Academy) AND she’s giving a copy of the anthology away!

  • Women and Words link HERE


8 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler was doing a writing retreat with fellow authors and ended up at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. And yes, you MUST go if you haven’t been.

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


10 Oct.: Writer and Women and Wordster Val Agab ruminated on the origins of dictionaries and the power of words and the power behind the definitions of words.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Val Agab on Tumblr


11 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is not traveling! Instead, she’s cleaning out some things, including books.


12 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is doing a fun thing and posting photos from W&W readers – recent trips/outings they’ve taken. This week’s include the UK, the U.S., and South Africa. Send her yours! She’s posting photos next week, too!


ALSO! Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle is doing a giveaway of her latest gothic thriller, The Potion. Tell her a scary story to get in on the drawing RIGHT HERE.


And the Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference is going on RIGHT NOW in Palm Springs, CA. If you didn’t make it this year, plan for next! This year’s keynote speaker is Dorothy Allison.


Also going on is Women’s Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts (P-Town), which includes all kinds of performers as well as lesfic authors and publishers.


AND! Stay tuned. The Dirt Road Books team is going to launch their 2018 NaNoWriMo Challenge! Keep your eyes peeled on DRB’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and its website for more info! And you can get some cool writing tips and NaNo prep tips from the DRB podcast, “Riding Shotgun.”


Women and Words: Can someone put a tracking chip on Andi?

October 7, 2018

Women and Words Sept 29 - Oct 5

Once again, Andi is off being a world traveller, something you'd think she'd give up since every time she goes on an adventure, she leaves me here to manage all this on my own. I, of course, recruited my friend (and she IS my friend regardless of what she might say to the contrary) Ashley Bartlett. She, of course, said yes. What follows is the result. You should all encourage Andi to stay home from now on. 


Interview with Fangirl Shirts

October 5, 2018

Episode 41 

This week, Andi chats with the owners of Fangirl Shirts, Rebecca Barrick and Sally Heaven, who “make awesome shirts by, for and about women.” They launched the company four years ago as a way to celebrate fangirls and fan culture through T-shirts and other swag, doing cool things like spelling out the word “fangirl” in the font of a particular show title and immortalizing lines from shows or the fandoms on shirts and swag. 

Fangirl Shirts is also committed to community works, and a portion of profits go to non-profits that support girls and/or women. They also do special edition shirts that benefit a specific cause or organization (try the Queer Thunder and Peacemaker swaggery, for example) and they’re the organizers of the ClexaCon fun-run, an event they just launched at the second ClexaCon (the largest queer women and allies in media con) held in April, 2018. They’re already planning for the next, and they have all kinds of projects they’re working on, which makes Andi an even bigger fangirl of them. 

Find Fangirl Shirts: 

Website (BUY!) 

Twitter -- @fangirlshirts 

Instagram -- @fangirl_shirts 

Pinterest -- @fangirlshirts 


Women and Words: even Andi couldn’t keep things on track this week…

September 30, 2018

Women and Words Overview 22-28 September

Andi and Jove got a fanmail! THANKS! And then they stacked up their soapboxes for a bit before falling right off. Also, please help Erin with her book club project and get you some Halloween chill with Yvonne Heidt’s latest release. And Andi comes out as having a birthday on Monday.

22 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta would like YOUR thoughts on starting a book club—an online one, perhaps? Drop by and give her some thoughts.

  • Women and Words link HERE


23 Sept.: Author Sheryl Wright stopped by to chat a bit about her latest release, Queen of Hearts and to talk about how she develops characters. PLUS! She gave away an ebook copy!


24 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is having a Paradigm Release Party in honor of her latest release (ebook drops 15 October!), the dark paranormal Paradigm. She’s giving a copy away, and will draw the winner on the 15th.


27 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess takes us on a journey through the yard sale she and her wife held, and offered some words of wisdom at the end: register to vote and vote.


28 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday and brought up a couple of forthcoming movies and a few TV shows you might find interesting. 


Also, because shit has been so shitty and we know there are many, many of you out there who may be experiencing difficulty during these fuckbucket times, here’s the toll-free phone number to the National Sexual Assault Hotline | RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also live chat.

Also, if you’re in the UK and you’re interested in participating in a study that the LGBT Foundation in Manchester just launched on lesbian and bisexual women’s health, please do. It’s part of an annual health campaign and will be followed by themed national focus groups.


Women and Words: Finger in the Dike (and you totally thought we meant the OTHER dyke)

September 23, 2018

Women and Words Overview 15-21 September 2018

Andi’s back from her latest gallivanting—thanks, Ash Bartlett, for stepping up and podcasting with Jove!—but she and Jove both want to go out to California and take improv classes from Cliffi Mae Henderson. Also, you can learn a lot about gender dynamics by putting furniture together and yes, Pride festivals are still going on around the world (yay!). And people, there are two separate book giveaways going on until the 26th, so come on down and sign up! You could win!

15 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta talks a bit about taking classes and she would also like some advice and guidance on starting a book club.

  • Women and Words link HERE


16 Sept.: Author Laury A. Egan stopped by for a Q&A. She also has a new book out, a comedy called Fabulous: An Opera Buffa.


17 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll went to two separate Pride festivals in the UK; Leeds and Manchester. Here are her thoughts.


18 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett has a tale of a dresser she and her wife put together, and how that ties into some thoughts about gender role dynamics and queer vs. straight relationships.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More about Ashley here


19 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson is giving away THREE copies of her latest book, Perfect Little Worlds and she has some thoughts about losing an orange tree. You have until the 26th to sign up for the giveaway!

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


20 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle took a few days off from her usual crazy life and went to Montreal and had a blast. Here are her thoughts (and photos!) on checking out of the cray for a while.


21 Sept.: Author Vanessa North came by to chat about her latest release, a F/F contemporary romance inspired by Hays-Code Hollywood, Off Limits. She’s also GIVING AWAY a copy and you can sign up until the 26th!


Also! The Women and Words book lists were updated 21 September, including new releases from September and forthcoming for October.

And if you’re an author who would like to participate in the giant-ass Women and Words holiday book giveaway the Hootenanny, come on down and sign up!


Don’t worry. It may take a little longer to load on some devices/in some browsers.

And we’re gearing up for NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month! Jove and Andi are doing it via the Dirt Road Books Challenge, which they’ll talk about closer to the time. In the meantime, sign up at the NaNoWriMo website and friend Andi (andimarquette) and Jove (jovebelle).


Women and Words: that episode where Jove and Ashley act like the show is a runaway train

September 16, 2018

Sept 8 - Sept 14, 2018 - Andi is off galevanting once again, leaving Jove to pretend she's in charge. She, of course, invited Ashley Bartlett to play the role of, and y'all can guess where it went from there. Yep, straight to hell in a hand basket. Or, rather, gaily to hell in a ecologically-friendly hybrid.

Please enjoy with our deepest and sincerest apologies. Andi will be back soon. We hope.


Women and Words: What’s in YOUR bucket (list)?

September 9, 2018

Women and Words Overview 1-7 September, 2018


Jove schooled us on the teachers’ strike happening in her district, which means a house full of kids not sure WTF to do with themselves, but fear not! It’s a teachable moment, and Jove is engaging all the youngs with why collective bargaining is important, and what it all means. Go, Jove! Also, Carsen Taite has audiobooks to give away and Clare Ashton had other forms of books to give away while R.G. is trying to empty her bucket list and do all the things. Like archery. She’s tapping her inner Katniss.


1 Sept.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter took a break from chasing her grandkids around to share some of the books that introduced her to F/F fiction.

  • Women and Words link HERE


2 Sept.: Author Clare Ashton stopped by to chat a bit about her latest book, The Goodmans. And she did a giveaway!


5 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite is looking for some positivity and if you leave a nice story on her blog, you’ll be considered to win one of four audiobooks she’s giving away!


6 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talked about her bucket lists and some of the things she’s doing to engage.


7 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette has a pet peeve about certain terminology and how it diminishes women.


Also, the Golden Crown Literary Society is currently accepting nominations for awards! Books published between January 1 and August 31, 2018! Check the deadlines page at their website.

AND BE READY! We’re gearing up for our giant-ass holiday book giveaway, The Hootenanny. We’ll be putting the entry forms up soon.


And the Western Women Writers of NM are holding their all-day gathering 15 September in Albuquerque. Karin Kallmaker, Anne Hillerman, Darynda Jones, and Rena Distasio! Find out more.


Also, the Left Coast Literary Lesbian Conference in Palm Springs is slated for 10-14 October and the keynote speaker is Dorothy Allison! Go see.


Stand Still Stay Silent

September 7, 2018

Episode 39: Webcomic Stand Still. Stay Silent 

Andi and Lise are really into the webcomic, Stand Still. Stay Silent, written and drawn by Finnish-Swedish artist Minna Sundberg. Actually, they might be complete and utter fangirls of it and it was Lise, this time, who turned Andi onto this amazing post-apocalyptic story that has elements of Nordic mythology in it. SSSS is so good that it won a Reuben in 2015 for best online comic (the Reubens are given out by the National Cartoonists Society, and it is the highest honor that the society bestows). 

From the website: 

“It's been 90 years after the end of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce. 

“Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few. 

“But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.” 


The art and story are engaging, the characterization is brilliant, and the artist brings in mythological elements and fuses them incredibly well with the larger story arcs of the post-apocalyptic theme (this apocalypse originating with a disease) and the reclamation of older, pagan traditions that provide a way to cope with and survive in new circumstances. 

Find Stand Still. Stay Silent HERE 

Find the artist, Minna Sundberg, on Twitter HERE (@SSSSComic) and HERE (@hummingfluff) 

Also, in honor of recording this podcast, Andi was drinking Einstök beer, crafted in Iceland, located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In this instance, she was indulging in the Icelandic Wee Heavy. Super delish. 

AND! Find Lez Geek Out! on Twitter HERE! (@LGOPodcast) 


Women and Words: Writing sometimes doesn’t work, but please don’t send hit men after your editor

September 2, 2018

Women and Words Overview 25-31 August 2018

Andi and Jove experience Threefer Madness because KD Williamson blogged three times this week. YAY! Also, why the hell aren’t hearing aids covered by insurance and Andi prefers to think of a writing slump as more of a writing “hiatus,” which doesn’t sound as scary.


25 Aug: Women and Wordster and inveterate reader Erin Saluta brings us a Reader’s Perspective and in keeping with the back to school theme, this one deals with books that have teaching elements.

  • Women and Words link HERE


26 Aug.: Author Jen Silver stopped by with some thoughts on a writing hiatus she’s been on and though she’s not sure why, she’s still been busy and hoping an idea finds her soon. In the meantime, she’s giving away TWO SIGNED COPIES of her latest, Calling Home.


27 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is doing something different, and taking us down memory lane to the 1970s with a particular movie and how it resonated with her.


28 Aug.: Author, herstory legend, and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch tells us about her new hearing aids, and the ramifications of not having them.

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


29 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson with some thoughts on how “lesbian fiction” might actually serve to marginalize us further.


30 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson in the hot seat again, talking about how what some readers like in their romance books may not be what others like, and that’s just fucking fine.


31 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette would like to know WTAF she just read. And she asks readers, have you recently read something that left you wondering WTF you just read?


31 Aug.: OMG Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson with a threefer this week! Here, she writes about hitting a rut in her fiction writing life.


And Dirt Road Books is getting ready for NaNoWriMo! We’ll be doing another challenge this year, so stay tuned!


Also, we here at Women and Words remember crime fiction-writing colleague Amanda Kyle Williams, author of the best-selling Keye Street series. Amanda died Friday morning, August 31, at the age of 61 after a long battle with endometrial cancer. If you’d like to find out more about her life and work, see this piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and this one in ArtsATL.


She will be missed.


Riding Shotgun with DRB: Writing tools

August 28, 2018

This time on Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, Andi Marquette joins your host, Jove Belle. They talk about some tools that are out there to help writers improve their skills. Also, NaNoWriMo is coming and that's a pretty awesome tool that can take you from idea to novel length manuscript in 30 days. Buckle up and get ready to write!

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