That time Andi had to do a reading after Dorothy Allison…

July 15, 2018

That time Andi had to do a reading after Dorothy Allison…

Women and Words Overview 7-13 July 2018

OH, NOEZ, you guys! Jove’s computer up n’ quit this digital coil, leaving Andi to fly solo this week. But it’s okay, because she had a couple of beers and waxed downright poetic (fine—that’s the beer talking) about Twitter threads, defining yourself, Fiona Zedde’s Madrid adventures, and questions that come up from fanfic readers. In the meantime, Jove’s getting things up and running and she’ll be back. Never fear!

7 July: Women and Wordster Ann Etter and her book buddy Anne Pace co-blogged about a few books that have stuck with them. Add yours to the comments!

Women and Words link HERE

 

8 July: Author Ona Marae stopped by to talk about her debut novel, Gum for Gracie, about survival and the fantasies we hold.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Ona Marae on Facebook

 

9 July: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler did a roundup of the GCLS conference in Las Vegas and posted some great photos.

Women and Words link HERE

Jessie Chandler’s website

 

10 July: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace wants to know who and what takes your breath away – something spectacular, like a particular musician or book. Post in the comments!

Women and Words link HERE

 

11 July: Women and Wordster and writer Val Agab works to define herself and asks what does “queer” mean.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Val on Tumblr

 

12 July: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is gallivanting yet again! This time, she does Pride in Madrid, Spain.

Women and Words link HERE

Fiona Zedde’s website

 

13 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette posted about more things she’s learned through writing fanfic, and also provided an excerpt from her latest Clexa AU.

Women and Words link HERE

Find Andi at her website, on Twitter, and Tumblr

 

And if you have an event or a call for submissions you’d like us to chat about on Women and Words, drop us a line! Want to guest blog? Drop us a line!

 

Also, check out the award-winners at GCLS this year. Dirt Road Books is super stoked that Gill McKnight is one of them.

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Interview with Amanda McLoughlin of the Join the Party podcast

July 13, 2018

Interview with Amanda McLoughlin of the Join the Party podcast

Lez Geek Out: Episode 35

Andi and Lise totally fangirled over Amanda McLoughlin, but they still did manage to chat with her about one of her cool-ass projects, “Join the Party,” a collaborative storytelling and roleplaying podcast in which four friends create a story together, chapter by chapter. Everyone from seasoned players to total beginners can enjoy this Dungeons & Dragons gameplay, with adventure, intrigue, drama, magic, and the chance to follow diverse characters. 

According to the Bello (podcasting) Collective, Join the Party has “gargoyles, robots, queerness, political intrigue, and a whole lot of sound design.” JTP also has introductory episodes to teach new listeners how to play D&D, and they also have interviews with innovators who are pushing the game forward. 

Amanda McLoughlin is a producer, founder of the production collective Multitude, a business builder, and old-school internet creator from New York who some of you may know as one of the co-hosts of the fabulous mythology, folklore and legends podcast, “Spirits.” 

Hit the link to visit the awesome: 

Join the Party 

Other D&D podcasts you might dig: 

The Adventure Zone 

Venture Maidens 

Dames & Dragons  

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Women and Words: Why isn’t paleo-vet a thing?

July 8, 2018

Women and Words Overview 30 June-6 July 2018

Jove tells her Jove/Tara origin story while Andi’s convinced her body is not a temple, but rather a clean, organized garage. Also, congrats to Carsen Taite on her 20th novel and thanks to KD Williamson for the term “thin adjacent.”

 

30 June: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson stopped by to discuss body types in lesfic. Trust us on this. You’ll dig it.

 

3 July: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury would like us to call what’s going on in this country what it is: hatred.

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

 

4 July: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite is celebrating the release of her TWENTIETH NOVEL, Love’s Verdict. She’s also giving away TWO ebook copies and ONE signed paperback. Go leave a comment to get in on it!

 

5 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle notes that this year’s Independence Day in the U.S. was not necessarily a celebration given the current state of affairs.

 

6 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirled over the latest Jurassic World movie because DINOSAURS. HELLO.

 

Also, shout-out to everybody in Vegas right now attending the GCLS conference, and good luck to all the finalists the evening of the 7th who are up for awards!

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Women and Words: Practice radical kindness, eat tacos, and remember to dance

July 1, 2018

Women and Words Overview 23-29 June 2018 

Andi and Jove totally empathize with people who end up with bad haircuts and Andi totally approves of KD Williamson’s beer choices, and she and Jove agree that getting old is not for the faint of heart. And in the midst of crap, try to be kind and reach out.

 

23 June: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson joined us with her inaugural blog as a regular! Here she talks about fanfic and beer.

 

24 June: Author Emily L. Byrne stopped by to talk about her latest book, Medusa’s Touch, and how it finally came to be published.

 

25 June: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt notes that time is different in her world...but she has finished with edits for her latest, Paradigm!

 

26 June: Author, Women and Wordster, and herstory legend Lee Lynch notes that summer is here, but for those among us who are aging, there are whole other things to deal with.

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

 

27 June: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle is now addicted to podcasting and provided some links to what’s going on in that regard.

 

28 June: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess reminds us that American history is full of Americans doing terrible things to each other and to non-Americans. Hopefully, enough of us have learned not to.

 

29 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette tries to find the light in the dark.

 

And the GCLS conference is next week, 4-8 July, in Las Vegas! Safe travels if you’re going!

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Ocean’s 8

June 29, 2018

Episode 34: Ocean's 8

This week Lise and Andi lose their collective minds over the movie Ocean’s 8 because: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rhianna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway. Also, they both LUUUUV a good heist, and Ocean’s 8 delivers AND passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. 

The writing is tight  (SO important in a heist plot!), the woman power is stellar, the humor is spot-on, and holy crap  the chemistry between the cast and especially Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett…Andi is shipping them hard. Ocean’s 8 is part of the Ocean’s franchise, and Bullock’s character is Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean. 

Plot summary: 

“Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean [Bullock] has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller [Blanchett]. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita [Kaling], street con Constance [Awkwafina], suburban mom Tammy [Paulson], hacker Nine Ball [Rihanna], and fashion designer Rose [Bonham Carter]. Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million.” 

Ocean’s 8 website 

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Women and Words: In certain circumstances, #TeamHeist is legit, and the Internet is still the best and worst thing ever

June 24, 2018

Women and Words Overview 16-22 June 2018

 

Andi laments the loss of 9000 barrels of whiskey (bourbon) in Kentucky (she could totally hoard that for the apocalypse), Jove has discovered Spanish telenovela lesbians, and they both decide that “A Splendid Day Out” should expand past its steampunk roots and become something we all do at least once a month. They also accidentally talked about writing again (wtf).

 

16 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta riffs on some of her recent fave books. Go leave her a comment with yours.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

17 June: Author Alison R. Solomon stopped by to chat about her latest book, Timing is Everything and she’s giving a copy away! Stop by to find out how.

 

18 June: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll went to a cool-ass steampunk event in Morecambe, UK (A Splendid Day Out) and posted photos and descriptions.

 

19 June: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett regales us with her recent foray with her wife to a mall.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find out more about Ashley here

 

20 June: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson joined us from her epic road trip with a tale from October, 1989 that involves a terrible earthquake and a bakery. That story is a basis for her latest, Perfect Little Worlds.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Clifford Mae Henderson’s website
  • Check out Cliffi’s travel blog HERE

 

21 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle on how writing and publishing is giving her life.

 

22 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette lists 10 things that are helping her recharge in this hellscape of a world.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

ALSO! The Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions lists June-July are up!

 

And don’t forget, GCLS is in Vegas 4-8 July! AND author and fangirl KD Williamson is joining the Women and Words fray as a blogger. Her first post went up 23 June.

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Women and Words: Fudge Doodles. Also, writing can be kind of hard

June 17, 2018

Women and Words Overview 9-15 June 2018

 

Oh, my God, you guys, Andi and Jove ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT WRITING this week. WTF they don’t even know what happened there. They also ramble on about Pride, Fiona Zedde’s travels and Val Agab’s awesome gaming suggestions. Andi is kind of fascinated with the gaming world but Jove points out it can get expensive. Dang it.

 

9 June: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta talks about audio books and books in first-person POV and why she likes them.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

10 June: And speaking of audio books, author Genta Sebastian is pleased to announce that her award-winning YA book Riding the Rainbow is now available as an audio book. And she’s doing a giveaway…

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Genta Sebastian’s website

 

11 June: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler is on the Pride circuit this month doing her T-shirt-selling thang (and other awesome sundries like hoodies).

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

 

13 June: Women and Wordster and writer/fangirl/gamer Val Agab stopped by with some trailers of some really cool-ass games that are launching.

 

14 June: Author, Women and Wordster, and all-around gallivanter-in-chief Fiona Zedde is in Romania, and posted some great photos. And yes, she visited Dracula’s castle…

 

15 June: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is on a tear about the midseason finale of season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead.

 

AND! Reminder, y’all, that GCLS (the Golden Crown Literary Society) is having its annual lesfic convention in Las Vegas 4-8 June. Also, if you’d like info about the Portland (OR) women writers group that Jove is part of, drop us a line at Women and Words and she’ll hook you up with the info. ALSO! Dirt Road Books wants YOU to write a book for the #mybook project. Go to THIS PAGE, pick a cover, and write us a book. Best book wins a contract. WOO!

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Raven the Pirate Princess

June 15, 2018

Episode 33: Raven the Pirate Princess

This week, Andi and Lise rave about the comic Raven the Pirate Princess, a spinoff of the Princeless series, both written by Jeremy Whitley and, in the case of Raven, arted up by Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt. 

This is Volume 1, a compilation of initial issues (chapters) 1-4, in which Raven Tsingtao, the daughter of a pirate king, is double-crossed by her brothers. Her father’s legacy was supposed to be handed down to her, but her brothers poisoned him against her and now she’s looking for a pirate crew to reclaim her legacy and get revenge on her brothers. Follow Raven as she auditions potential crewmates, meets other strong badass women, and prepares to find her brothers. 

Andi and Lise rate Raven the Pirate Princess, as A—Awesome! Not only in characterization and storyline and art, but in diversity (many different body types, backgrounds, ethnicities, and races) and Awesome in potential queer rep. Raven is most likely a lesbian, and there are a few other characters who probably identify that way, too. 

Find it at Action Lab Comics and Amazon. 

 

Want more info? Check Keri Crist-Wagner’s piece at BookRiot and Mey Rude’s observations at Autostraddle. 

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Women and Words: Gallivanting is hard and if you write steampunk, there will probably be corsets

June 10, 2018

Women and Words Overview 2-8 June 2018

ERMAHGERD Andi’s back after gallivanting around for a while, and demonstrates her continued inability to keep things on track. She also wonders how the hell Fiona Zedde manages to just pick up and gallivant all around the world at a moment’s notice when she herself can barely get it together on the day-by-day. Also, sex, underwear, and corsets. Because why not?

 

2 June: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joined us with a few books she goes back to again and again because she lurvs them. Tell her in the comments what those books might be for you!

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

4 June: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to discuss a local issue that has attracted anti-trans sentiment, and that demonstrates how cruel people can be.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

6 June: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury celebrated a birthday last week, and gives us a few words about how happy she was about it, and about the beauty life can offer.

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

 

Also 6 June: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite found a couple of vlog interviews she did with author Dena Blake and Lisa Moreau. Go check ’em out!

 

7 June: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle muses about sex on TV, in lesfic, and also tips us to the fact that she’s got a short story coming out in Best Lesbian Erotica, vol. 3. (ed. by Sacchi Green)

 

8 June: Author Lise MacTague stopped by to dish on her fear of women’s underwear and corsets and how she overcame the latter to write a paranormal steampunk novel, Demon in the Machine (out 14 June!).

 

Also! The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is holding its conference 4-8 July in Las Vegas. Find more info HERE.

 

And congrats to all the Lambda winners! Find the full list of the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards HERE.

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Women and Words: Andi is still missing and she might have taken all the words with her

June 3, 2018

Women and Words May 26 - June 1,2018

Andi is off vacationing and living life. Jove is here, hanging with fellow author and blogger Ashley Bartlett. Sadly, the whole blog seems to be on vacation with Andi, but that doesn't stop Jove and Ashley from talking about all the important things. 

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Women and Words: Wherein Jove tries to be Andi and Ashley Bartlett tries to be engaging and smart

May 27, 2018

Women and Words Overview 19 - 25 May 2018

 

This week in the world of Women and Words, Andi Marquette is off traveling the world, so Jove Belle has been left to self-regulate. Not to worry, though, Ashley Bartlett stepped in to co-host the fun.

 

May 19: Erin Saluta shares a few of her favorite books that feature strong sensory writing, two focusing on taste and one on sight. 

 

 

May 20: Dianna Hunter stopped by to tell us about her memoir, Wild Horse: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life.

 

May 21: Stevie Carroll tells us all about the Royal Carriages at the National Railway Museum in York.

 

May 22: Lee Lynch takes us down The Amazon Trail. Her article this month is all about community and unexpected connections.

 

May 23: Hold on to your hats, folks. Jove Belle actually blogged! She brings three gift ideas for the reader in your life.

 

May 24: Renee Bess continues the conversation about how well placed details about setting can trasport a reader.

 

May 25: Andi Marquette is on vacation!

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LA Web Series

May 18, 2018

Episode 31

This week, Andi interviewed two of the creative forces behind L.A. Web Series, a currently 2-season web series available on YouTube that follows a chance meeting between two women one evening in L.A. and what kind of connection they forge in the night they spend wandering around the city before Landon has to fly back to the UK in the morning.

Emma Maddock plays Landon in the series. She is an actress originally from Manchester, England, who was also a producer on the series.

Alexandra Swarens plays Avery. She is a writer and actress originally from Sacramento, California who wrote the series and also directed it.

Here they dish on their backgrounds and on filming the series, and provide some advice on creating content. They also spill a bit about new projects they’re working on.

You can find both seasons of L.A. Web Series on YouTube.

Find Emma Maddock on Twitter (@Emmaddock) and Instagram (@maddock94) and the L.A. Web Series on Twitter (@LAWebSeries).

Alexandra’s Twitter account is at @ASwarens.

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Women and Words: It might be useful for people to be assigned a therapist at birth…

May 13, 2018

Women and Words Overview 5-11 May 2018

 

Andi got Jove to talk a bit about Vancouver, WA for a Twitter friend who is thinking about moving there (because that is how we roll at Women and Words people! LUV!). They are also both extremely excited about LM’s run for office and appreciative of Diane Marina’s blog about audio books. Also, they kinda hate Fiona Zedde for her awesome travel life, but they do it with lots of luv.

 

5 May: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a Reader’s Perspective on books that deal with the senses. Like taste and smell.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

6 May: Author Diane Marina did a blog on some tips for creating an audio book.

 

7 May: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae is running for office!

 

8 May: Life coach Angela Grace reminds us of the importance of persistence.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela here

 

9 May: Writer and Women and Wordster Val Agab has tons to do with the end of the semester fasts approaching, but here she gives us a great reading list to help procrastinate.

 

10 May: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde is on the road again and she’ll be in Madrid (yes, THAT Madrid) until August.

 

11 May: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette revealed 4 shows she’s currently watching (or just watched) on the teevee and wanted to know what YOU’re watching so she can fangirl even more.

 

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Women and Words: Tech is hard. Sleep is scarce. But here we are.

May 6, 2018

Women and Words Overview 29 April-4 May 2018

 

Andi sucks at tech. Thank God Jove was able to help with the podcast even though they’re both wondering when they last had sleep. And Jove is doing lots of home projects right now. Which she does not suck at. YAY! Also, Penny Mickelbury’s blog this week is a must-read. It’s important. Very.

 

29 April: Author Alex K. Thorne stopped by for a Q&A and did a giveaway of her superhero story, Chasing Stars.

 

30 April: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt posted an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, Paradigm.

 

1 May: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury had some powerful words to say about the opening of the National Museum for Peace and Justice that opened in Montgomery, Alabama.

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

 

3 May: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle blogged about her brand new novel, The Potion.

 

4 May: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a bit of a follow-up to last week’s existential crisis and also went into a bit about rebooting her sci fi series.

 

ALSO: Call for Submissions! ImageOut!

 

R.G. Emanuelle is doing a book launch party for The Potion May 5 from 12-2 EST on Facebook in the Lesfic Reading Group, hosted by K’Anne Meinel. You can still check out the questions and ask after the fact on the page; just remember to tag R.G. so she sees it.

 

Author Randi Triant will be at Single Women's Weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 19th at the Harbor Lounge with three other authors! They are: Kim Baker (lesbian dating expert and author of Girl's Guide to Healthy Dating), Lucy J. Madison (author of lesbian romance novels In the Direction of the Sun and Personal Foul), Julez Weinberg (author of The Essential Mixologist), (and Randi Triant, author of the debut novel The Treehouse). They’ll be reading a bit, and the audience will learn about essential oils to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. The event is free with a cash bar and they’ll also raffle off free copies of their books.

 

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Lez Geek Out! Killjoys

May 4, 2018

Episode 30

Andi and Lise totally geeked out over the SyFy series Killjoys, which is about to enter its fourth season. It’s an absolutely delicious space opera that explores all levels of political intrigue and its effects on personal relationships.

Killjoys, in the show, are galactic bounty hunters that operate in a four-planet system called the Quad, which is beholden to “The Company,” which in turn is tied to a group of families called “The Nine,” who have worked hand-in-glove with the Company to leverage political and cultural influence. It’s a hierarchical society based on class ties, but also blood and political ties. The Company has, of course, extended its greedy and often corrupt power grabs all over the Quad, stripping areas of their resources and leaving godawful pollution and crap in its wake.

This is the backdrop for an intriguing maelstrom of excellent storylines!

Andi and Lise highly recommend this show.

Catch it on SyFy.com and Amazon and DVD on Netflix (check your country’s listings).

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Women and Words: Existential Crises are a thing

April 29, 2018

Women and Words Overview 22-27 April 2018

 Andi and Jove have reasons that birds might be a**holes. Also, life is messy, and author Cindy Rizzo brings up some really good points with regard to that and romance plots. Plus, Andi is having an existential crisis but encourages all of you to go see author Renée Bess’ definition for “troll farm” regardless.

 

22 April: Author Cindy Rizzo stopped by to talk about romance plots and the formulas that drive them and how people might react to atypical plots and characters and what that means.

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Cindy Rizzo here

 

23 April: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt stopped by with some more updates about what she’s doing along with more Vonnie-isms.

 

24 April: Author, Women and Wordster and herstorical treasure Lee Lynch wrote on commercialism, the census, and home improvement (don’t worry, you’ll see the connections).

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

 

26 April: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess made us laugh with a bit of wordplay.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Renée Bess’ website

 

27 April: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a FanFRICTION Friday because she’s having an existential crisis about writing and publishing.

 

27 April: The Women and Words book lists are up!

 

Jove has a couple of book recommendations, YA. First is The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer (pirates!) and the second is The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series (YA) by Caroline Carlson.

 

Also, Women and Words’ and Dirt Road Books’ own R.G. Emanuelle just released her latest book, The Potion. Victorian Boston, mad scientists-ish, romance, Gothic.

 

Events you might want to look into: Queers and Comics Conference, May 7-8, New York City. Details are sparse on this, so if we find more, we’ll pass them along (though we assume it’s at CUNY). Also, Gaylaxicon (Outlanta) in Atlanta is slated for May 11-13th at the Atlanta Airport Renaissance Hotel. AND WisCon is on the way, the feminist/social justice sci fi gathering in Madison, WI May 25-28.

 

For more info on fan/comic-cons near you, check conventionscene.com.

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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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