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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Paper Girls!

January 10, 2018

Paper Girls 

Lez Geek Out! #23 

This week Andi and Lise get into the retro-cool mystery sci-fi comic series Paper Girls, in which four twelve-year-old girls have paper routes in 1988 and band together to deal with weird and crazy things happening in their town. So you’ve got monsters, strange beings, time travel…and what seems to be a conspiracy underneath it all. Appropriate for kids, strong female characters, and unpredictable plotlines. Have fun! 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Paper Girls (AND YOU TOTALLY ARE), see Image Comics

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Women and Words: Building bridges and buckets of f*ck

January 7, 2018

Women and Words Overview: 1-5 January 2018

Welcome to 2018! Jove and Andi ponder the weather while Jove comes out as shy. Also, even though things may still be sucky, we all have stories to tell. So keep at it, friends!

1 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to remind us of the importance of telling our stories in these difficult times. Write from the Heart.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lynette Mae here

 

2 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury had a similar message as Lynette Mae’s: let’s keep ourselves healthy and tell our stories.

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

 

3 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite did a vlog with author Brey Willows.

 

4 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle joined in the overarching theme for the week – tell your stories, no matter the tech available.

 

5 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled over Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

 

And don’t forget! Author Jae is doing lesbian book bingo this year! It’s a fun reading challenge that involves reading different genres of lesfic and filling out a bingo card to win books! Check it out.

 

Jove will be doing an event next month in the Portland area. Stay tuned!

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Women and Words: Hootenanny, holidays, and holy crap we made it through

December 31, 2017

Women and Words Overview: 27 Dec.-29 Dec.

 

Okay, all! The Hootenanny took up all our time from 12-23 Dec., so we didn’t podcast during that time, and that’s why you haven’t heard from us in a while. BUT WE’RE BACK! And we tell you a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at the Hootenanny, hope everybody had a great holiday season, and the three authors who joined us this week wish the same.

 

27 Dec.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson has started learning to play ukulele and she hopes 2018 is kind to you.

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

 

28 Dec.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess offers her wry and wise take on the holidays and brings new year wishes to us all.

 

29 Dec.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde reflects on her journey from hating the holidays to loving them.

 

ALSO: The hot off the press and coming attractions book lists are updated (Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018).

  • Women and Words LINK

 

ALSO: The deadline for submitting panel proposals to the GCLS is 31 Dec.!

  • Women and Words LINK for info

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!

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Galaxy Quest

December 27, 2017

Galaxy Quest

Lez Geek Out! 22

Andi and Lise totally lose it over one of their joint fave movies, Galaxy Quest (1999), which is a delightful spoof of Star Trek and the Star Trek fandoms. It’s a hilarious romp through sci-fi fandom, a clever nod to various plots and fun show tropes, and just a whole lot of fun in general. 

The film stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman among others.  

Seriously. It’s well worth your time. 

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Women and Words: Drones, Dorks, and Desperation

December 3, 2017

Women and Words Overview - 25-30 November 2017

Andi and Jove lament the busy that has descended upon them, but they’re also really excited about the end of the NaNoWriMo Challenge via Dirt Road Books (their OTHER project) and all the manuscripts people will soon be sending in for perusal. They also are unanimous in the conclusion that author Collette Moody is freaking hilarious and needs to be read by everyone. Oh, and HOLY CRAP THE HOOTENANNY APPROACHES.

 

25 Nov.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta provides a few books guaranteed to make you laugh.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

26 Nov.: Author and editor Sacchi Green gives us some info about her latest edited anthology, The Year’s Best Lesbian Erotica Vol. 2.

 

27 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt popped in to tell us what she’s been up to and to wish us all a happy holiday season.

 

28 Nov.: Author, Women and Wordster, and Lesbian Herstory Legend Lee Lynch blogged about her inner dork.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Lee Lynch’s books

 

29 Nov.: Author and editor Candace Walsh came by with a blog and giveaway of her co-edited latest volume, Greetings from Janeland: Women Write More About Leaving Men for Women. DON’T FORGET! EBOOK GIVEAWAY!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about the book (and its predecessor) HERE

 

30 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is freaking out about the Hootenanny and she’d like your input. What songs should she and Tucker the merry elf re-write this year?

 

THE HOOTENANNY IS APPROACHING. That’s the giant twelve-day giveaway at Women and Words. It starts Dec. 12 and ends Dec. 23. We will be doing NOTHING ELSE but that during that time. And our heads generally explode and we lose our minds but it’s all in fun and luv! Hope to see you there!

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Women and Words: Books, Bouchercon, and Boobs

November 19, 2017

Women and Words Overview - 11-17 Nov. 2017

 

Jove would like Andi to stop writing fanfic for a minute and write something for her to publish. Spoiler: Andi is! Also, WTF with those weird jobs you’ve had, Clifford Mae Henderson? And Erin’s blog this week hit Andi right in the feels. It’s an important topic, friends.

 

11 Nov.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta did a reader’s perspective on books that deal with Alzheimer’s disease, something that affects a lot of people, including someone near and dear to her.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

ALSO Call for Submissions repeat! Best Lesbian Erotica Vol. 3, ed. by Sacchi Green.

13 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler was on an LGBTQ+ panel at Bouchercon and it went very well. YAY! (Bouchercon is a huge mystery author/fan convention).

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

14 Nov.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace has some great tips for navigating certain convos during the holidays.

  • Women and Words link HERE

15 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson on the weird and wild gigs she’s had over the years to make ends meet.

16 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about Imposter Syndrome – feeling like a fraud when you’re trying to accomplish something.

17 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on a few of the Clexa fanfics she’s recently read that she dug. If you have fanfic from other fandoms (or Clexa) you’ve been digging on, let us know in the comments. Share the luv!

ALSO! The Hootenanny submission form is NOW CLOSED. Please keep us in mind for next year! The merry elves requested a definitive cut-off this year to help keep our heads from exploding. At least this early. J

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Women and Words: Tech issues, Tremontaine, and Tai Chi

November 12, 2017

Women and Words Overview

4-10 Nov. 2017

 

Jove had a NaNoWriNoMo day because of tech issues; Andi would like someone in Australia to invite her for Christmas so she can experience it in shorts but agrees with Jove that an epic road trip across Australia would be cool, too. Also, serial fiction is seriously awesome.

 

4 Nov.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a reader’s perspective on books with family themes.

  • Women and Words link HERE

5 Nov.: Author/playwright/webmaster/designer Mary D. Brooks stopped by to tell us about her work and latest serial play, “An Egyptian Treasure,” which is set in 1948. Mary also runs the Xena site AUSXIP.com.

6 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae is on the NaNoWriMo journey this year, and hopefully it’ll kick her writing slump right where it counts. Go, LM!

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • More info about Lynette Mae HERE

7 Nov.: Author and brand new Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury kicks off her tenure with us with a blog about the war on women.

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

8 Nov.: Author Tessa Gratton stopped by to talk about serialized fiction, and her work with Tremontaine, the serialized fiction that is a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint. Tremontaine is available through Serial Box.

9 Nov.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is on the road again, this time to Madrid, Spain.

10 Nov.: Author and humorist Fay Jacobs on Tai Chi, chai tea, and how nice it is not to wear an ill-fitting tu-tu.

 

NaNoWriMo continues, friends! Dirt Road Books has its second write-in on Nov. 11th on Facebook. Stop by the DRB FB page for details. And the deadline for the Lambda Literary Awards is Dec. 1. ALSO! Authors, if you’d like to participate in the Women and Words Hootenanny, SIGN UP NOW.

 

And here in the U.S., Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Thank you, veterans, for your service.

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Stranger Things Season 1

November 15, 2017

Stranger Things Season 1 

Lez Geek Out! 20 

Andi and Lise totally geek out over the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The acting, the pacing, the tension, the writing – it’s all brilliant. It’s a hybrid horror/thriller/sci fi set in the early 1980s in the American Midwest. 

Synopsis: 

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.Rotten Tomatoes 

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Women and Words: Random Jello shots, oven wenches, and Ace rep

October 29, 2017

 

Andi and Jove talk Halloween and decide they probably would accept an alcoholic beverage from an unknown adult herding kids around on trick-or-treat night. They would also like to remind folks that just because you’re of the lady species, it doesn’t mean you can’t fix your own bike. And who doesn’t like a headless horseman story for Halloween? Ichabod Crane was a geek before it was cool.

 

21 Oct.: Call for submissions! Pirate wench stories.

  • Women and Words link HERE

21 Oct.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us with something a little different; a not so good experience on what was advertised as a women-only bike ride but…have a read.

  • Women and Words link HERE

22 Oct.: Author Jae joined us to talk about her latest romance, Perfect Rhythm, which features an asexual lead character.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Jae’s website
  • Asexuality Visibility and Education Network website

23 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt stopped by with a touching story about a Vietnam veteran.

24 Oct.: Author, lesbian herstory icon and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch had a visit from author Jane Fletcher and did some bird-watching and exploring of the surrounding Oregon environs.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Read Lee’s books

Read Jane’s books

 

25 Oct.: Author Barbara Winkes stopped by with a reminder to writers to keep focused on your writing, no matter the kinds of distractions that might come up.

26 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess thinks that sometimes, it’s okay to distract yourself from the crazy and how about doing that with a yard sale? Here she’s got some wryly funny tips for you.

27 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted an audio reading of her Halloween tale and reboot of a classic American ghost story, The Secret of Sleepy Hollow. AND SHE’S DOING A GIVEAWAY. Win a copy! You have until Halloween Eve.

 

Jove reminded us that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is write (ha ha see what I did there) around the corner, beginning November 1 (which means 12.01 AM on November 1 cuz people are that into it). Dirt Road Books is offering a motivation group and some of the DRB crew are doing NaNoWriMo this year, so please join us! HERE IS THE INFO. Be a writing buddy to Michelle Teichman, Jove Belle, Gill McKnight, and maybe Andi Marquette. She’s being indecisive.

 

ALSO! Jove and author Blythe Rippon will be at the Read With Pride Northwest event in Seattle November 4, at the downtown Seattle Public Library. Come on down!

 

And in case you’re curious about the Supercorp fanfic Jove mentioned, in which Kara is Ace, here’s the link. Seriously, if you’re Ace, let us know about the accuracy of this rep and PLEASE provide us with more links and sources for Ace rep. Thanks! Oh, that goes for bi, trans, pan, genderqueer…rep! Bring it! So we can share with our readers.

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Women and Words: Herstory, therapy, and lesbian vampires

October 22, 2017

Women and Words Overview

14-20 October 2017

  • Andi and Jove chat about Jove’s event earlier this month, fangirl over Ashley Bartlett and Sacchi Green, get a little pissy about politics (sigh), analyze Clifford Mae Henderson’s dreams, and discuss the awesome lesbian vampire web series Carmilla, to which they say, support your local lesbians and other queer artists!

14 Oct.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta did a reader’s perspective on different sub-genres of lesfic that she branched out to read.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

15 Oct.: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Editor extraordinaire Sacchi Green is taking submissions for the forthcoming Vol. 3 of best lesbian erotica, slated for publication by Cleis Press in 2019. Deadline is Feb. 2018. Details at the…

  • Women and Words link HERE

16 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll gives us a history lesson on the Peterloo Massacre, which took place in August of 1819.

17 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett’s thoughts on being your own advocate, a lesson she imparts to her young queer students.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Ashley here

18 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson has been having some strange and unsettling dreams. Leave your interpretations in the comments.

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

19 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster  R.G. Emanuelle does another Retro TV blog, this time on Halloween.

20 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over the lesbian vampire web series Carmilla.

PLUS! The Hot off the Press/Coming Attractions lists are updated!

GO SEE!

 

AND Dirt Road Books has FREE Halloween stories offered on its website.

 

AND! OMG OMG OMG Author Penny Mickelbury will be joining the Women and Words team as one of our regular contributors. WE ARE SUPER EXCITED.

 

Jove reminded people about an upcoming event she’ll be attending along with author Blythe Rippon November 4. It’s the Read With Pride Northwest gathering, held at the Seattle downtown library.

 

And don’t forget – National Novel Writing Month is November. NaNoWriMo! Get your write on and get the manuscript done that you’ve always wanted to do. Sign up, find your tribe, and commence November 1.

 

And double don’t forget TO SIGN UP FOR THE WOMEN AND WORDS HOOTENANNY! 12 days of book giveaways in December. Authors, here’s your chance to give books and share the luv!

 

 

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The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out!

November 1, 2017

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley - Lez Geek Out 19 

Andi and Lise totally lose their minds over Hurley’s latest, The Stars are Legion, in which warring worlds are populated only by women in decaying organic world-ships all known as The Legion. The main character, Zan, wakes up to find most of her memories gone, but soon finds out that she is being perpetually sent out to board another world-ship and each time, she comes closer. 

Andi and Lise were blown away by Hurley’s world-building – organic world-ships literally birthed by the women who inhabit them, and each with different levels/ecosystems all interrelated (omg the metaphors here!). The story is thus about Zan, who knows that she needs to board this other ship to save Jayd. Jayd, for her part, has her own agenda in bringing change into this warring, authoritarian context. The question is, can they do it and what precisely does “change” mean? 

Synopsis 

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. 

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. 

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it? 

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars Are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre's most celebrated new writers. 

 

Get it on Amazon 

 

Links 

Kameron Hurley’s website 

The Stars are Legion info and buy links 

Annalee Newitz thoughts on TSAL at Ars Technia 

Andrew Liptak thoughts on TSAL at Verge 

 

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Fandoms As A Support Network - Lez Geek Out!

October 18, 2017

On fandoms as a support network - Lez Geek Out! 18 

Andi and Lise talk about how fandoms have been both an escape and a support network during these troubling times, and they also note that fandoms allow for the expansion of imagination, finding new stories, and making new friends. 

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Women and Words: Driving safety, seedy sex stores, and stability

October 15, 2017

 

And…somehow there is talk of sex toy stores. This is why you should never leave Andi and Jove alone with a podcast.

  • One of Jove’s kids would like her to slow down when she drives, which Andi finds endlessly amusing. Also, Andi and Jove reminisce about various sex toy stores they’ve visited and Andi wants to name herself after an Irish airline.

7 Oct.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joined us for a reader’s perspective on trying new genres than her usual.

  • Women and Words link HERE

8 Oct.: Author Cheyenne Blue stopped by to talk about her latest, Party Wall, and do a giveaway. Oh, and to talk about sex toy stores. Because reasons. You’ll see.

10 Oct.: Women and Wordster and life coach/psychologist Angela Grace reminds us that stability is a good thing, and in these times, tap into your friends who have qualities like that.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela HERE

11 Oct.: Author KD Williamson joined us with a background story to her latest release, Pink AND she’s doing a giveaway! It’s still going on! Go sign up!

12 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde on road trips and her car, Z. Alice Cooper. LOL LOVE!

13 Oct.: Undeterred by Friday the 13th, author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette explores the meaning of being human after seeing Blade Runner 2049.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Andi Marquette’s website
  • Andi fangirls on Twitter and Tumblr

Jove has an event coming up tomorrow! Literary Lesbians present an evening of spellbinding entertainment at Tabor Space in Portland! And we’ll be posting a call for submissions pretty darn soon. Sacchi Green is looking for short stories for Best Lesbian Erotica 2019. As soon as we have more info, we’ll let you know.

Also, Jove will be doing NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month), which is held in November. A month to write a novel, friends! You can do it! Dirt Road Books will have its own group with some cool stuff going on, so we’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, CHECK OUT NANOWRIMO!

AND don’t forget, authors! Sign up to provide a couple of your books in our giant giveaway extravaganza, The Hootenanny! Dec. 12-23. Easily 150 authors, and literally hundreds of books. Last year I think we gave away at least 300 books. SRSLY.

SIGN UP! CLICK!

ALSO, TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! SOCIAL MEDIA THE HELL OUT OF THIS! SHARE THE LUV SO MOAR PEOPLE CAN PLAY! Thanks.

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Women and Words: It’s been a shitty fucked up week

October 8, 2017

“Hope just means another world might be possible, not promise, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.” –Rebeccca Solnit

 

Jove shares some news from the homefront and Andi and Jove have a hard time with this podcast because of terrible, tragic events and many of the Women and Words contributors are also struggling with these terrible, tragic events, but dammit, those of you who create, keep creating. And to all of you, keep telling your stories, keep talking to each other, and share some love with others.

 

1 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us with another thought-provoking blog about solidarity and social justice.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

 1 Oct.: Author Adan Ramie stopped by to chat about her new release in her Deviant Behaviors trilogy, Eager Observer. She also did a giveaway!

3 Oct.: Author K’Anne Meinel is holding a contest to name her latest book, a science fiction novel, and she provided some background to the book, too. Winner also gets a chance to loan their name to a character in her work.

4 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite shared some thoughts on the horrific murders in Las Vegas over the weekend.

5 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle also brought some thoughts to bear on the tragedy and these times in which we live, and reminds us to keep writing and keep reading.

6 Oct.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette would like you to share the love, and talks about how fandoms have provided solace and hope, at least to her.

Jove has an event coming up! She’ll be with authors Lori Lake, EJ Kindred, Deni Starr, Dolores Maggiore in Portland at Taborspace Oct. 14 doing an evening of spellbinding mystery and bewitching suspense! And don’t forget awards season is upon us. Check the GCLS and Lambda Literary for info.

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Women and Words: And where, exactly, are the weather forecasters and meteorologists in lesfic?

October 1, 2017

 

And where, exactly, are the weather forecasters and meteorologists in lesfic?

 

Some day Andi and Jove will totally figure out how to pronounce Barbara Winkes’ name. They also discuss the point that writer’s block can be a thing. How you approach it can make it a worse or better thing. They also totally appreciate Alicia Vikander’s turn as Lara Croft in the forthcoming Tomb Raider (2018). Because reasons.

23 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta did a roundup of books based on comments on her previous blog in which people suggested a character trait or profession and Erin would match a lesfic book to it. Lots of fun. She’s doing it again, so stop by.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

 24 Sept.: Author Louisa Kelley joined us and talked about her background and how she came to write female/female paranormal fiction.

27 Sept.: Author Barbara Winkes stopped by to chat a bit about writer’s block with some insight about how to address it.

28 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess joined us and shared a story of how she came to the idea to put together an anthology with fellow author Lee Lynch about the importance of bars to LGBTQ culture. The anthology, titled, Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, will be available Oct. 9 and proceeds go to benefit organizations that help LGBTQ youth (esp. Philly and NYC).

29 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday about the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

 

Check with the GCLS for info about awards deadlines and also Lambda Literary for their deadlines, too.

 

ALSO!!!! Don’t forget to sign up for the Hootenanny! Go to the Women and Words site and you’ll see the info post pinned to the top.

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Toddlers are sticky and they don’t care

September 24, 2017

Women and Words Overview

16-22 September 2017

 

Jove has an important PSA regarding toddlers and notes that babysitting is an effective form of birth control. Andi and Jove would also like an invite to the UK (though they may not be able to use it) because it would make them feel loved and they also get a little serious about life and loss and the gender binary. DEEP THOUGHTS, y’all!

 

16 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta interviews reader Shari Baumer about lesfic and Shari provided some titles that have had some influence in her life.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

 18 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll joins us with photos and a description of her trip to the Worcestershire village of Broadway.

19 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett notes the age-old question about writing: plotter or pantser? And how it works with her process.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find more info about Ashley HERE

20 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson talks about something she didn’t know about her dad that she found out after his death.

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

22 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does a Fangirl Friday in which she muses about the gender binary.

  • ALSO! The Hot of the Press/Coming Attractions lists are up for October and September.
  • Fangirl Friday blog link HERE
  • Andi Marquette’s website
  • Andi fangirls on Twitter and Tumblr

 

ALSO! Get those nominations in for GCLS and Lambda Literary.

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