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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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: 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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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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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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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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Lez Geek Out: Spirits Podcast

October 4, 2017

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: 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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Lez Geek Out! Dragon Con 2017

September 20, 2017

Lez Geek Out 

Dragon Con 2017 

Andi did Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta and it BLEW HER LITTLE FANGIRL MIND. ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE FANGIRLING! ALL THE COSPLAY! ALL THE PANELS! ALL THE AMAZING! 

Plus, she wanted Lise to talk more about her own cosplaying and armor design. So, YAY! 

For more info on Dragon Con, which is always over Labor Day weekend (early September) in Atlanta: 

Newbie to Dragon Con?  Click here

AND! Lise MacTague’s Etsy site for her cool weapons and armor design! 

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Women And Words: Andi And Jove Chat About Life

September 17, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 9-15 Sept. 2017 

Hardware stores, helping yourself, and the Hootenanny! 

Andi and Jove both agree that plumbing issues suck, but they’re glad they know how to deal with them (and it is totally legit to raise your kids in local hardware stores). Also, Andi and Jove are pretty sure they just are not cool enough to hang out with Fiona Zedde, but they’re totally glad she blogs at Women and Words. And the two of them are contemplating showing up on Erin Saluta’s doorstep, but right now they’ve started the initial planning stages of HOOTENANNY 2017!!!! 

9 Sept.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a reader’s perspective that riffs off Ann Etter’s last week in that Erin lists titles of lesfic books that have her varied careers within. 

Women and Words link HERE 

10 Sept.: Author Heather Blackmore stopped by to slyly tell us about clichés. When they work and when they don’t. Also, her latest novel, It’s Not a Date, is due out March, 2018. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Heather Blackmore’s website 

11 Sept.: Author Lori Lake used an essay by Amy Tan to talk a bit about these crazy times and how important it is to give whenever and wherever you can and for those who write, keep doing so. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lori Lake’s website 

12 Sept.: Life coach/psychologist Angela Grace provided a reminder about “rational detachment” – to separate yourself from potentially emotional circumstances that may overwhelm. Also, remember to take a break from electronic devices. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Angela Grace’s website 

13 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle posted our Hootenanny reminder! That’s our giant-ass WTF were we thinking omg this is cray how many books do they honestly think they can give us giveaway! If you’re an author and want to donate 1-3 books, hit the link and sign up. And tell your friends! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jove Belle’s website 

14 Sept.: Author Fiona Zedde is in Spain (she’s Women and Words’ jet-setter!) but she also pointed out the privileges an American passport brings and though travel is fun, it can also be complicated, with issues that we might not have thought about otherwise. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

15 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talked about representation in media of women, mostly, based on the latest Boxed In findings, which indicate that things are still crappy, not only for women, but also LGBTQ people and men of color. Sigh. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Twitter and Tumblr 

The HOOTENANNY’S COMIN’! And Andi’s on the road (again!) doing writer things in New Mexico at the Western Women Writers-NM gathering in Albuquerque. 

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Women and Words: Stories are everywhere, and everybody has them

September 10, 2017

Jove has property on “the island,” which amused Andi to no end because that’s a sci fi movie in which “the island” was a euphemism for clone organ harvesting (this is where her brain is, people). And some day, Andi and Jove just may make it to Provincetown for Women’s Week. Also, Andi and Jove want everyone to please be safe in the coming days as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and other parts of the Southeast.

 

2 Sept.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter joins us to do a reader’s perspective on finding your own profession in lesfic. In this case, CPAs!

  •  Women and Words link HERE

3 Sept.: Author and actress Lyralen Kaye joined us to talk about her novella (WHICH IS FREE RIGHT NOW) adapted from a screenplay, Priest’s Kid, and also brought in queer experience and writing workshops.

4 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae managed to track down a bit of the story of someone in the family who was a Civil War soldier.

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

6 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite wanted to give us all a heads-up on Women’s Week in Provincetown, which is next month!

7 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle on thoughts after an overheard conversation about history and change.

8 Sept.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is still recovering from Dragon Con (please send chocolate), which was held over the Labor Day weekend (U.S.) in Atlanta.

 Also! Awards nomination time! Lambda Literary opened nominations 6 September for books published between 1 Jan.-31 Dec. this year. Go HERE for more info.

 

The GCLS has also started its nomination process, which is a tiered nomination process. More info HERE.

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Women and Words: Lesfic-ing, Yarnbombing, and Fangirling

September 3, 2017

 

Andi loves astronomical phenomenon like eclipses and meteor showers, but she’s not a fan of hurricanes and both she and Jove would like to direct your attention to Yvonne Heidt’s post, below, as well as another link at the end of this overview for information on how to donate to local groups on the ground in Texas that are helping with relief efforts.

 

26 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta brought up some books that have a darker edge to them. Add yours in the comments!

  • Women and Words link HERE

27 Aug.: Author Narrelle M. Harris, based in Melbourne, Australia, brought up the social protest practice of “yarnbombing.”

28 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt provides a great list of local charities in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

ALSO – see below for another great list of resources.

29 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch wrote on all the people coming up to the Pacific Northwest to watch the eclipse.

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

30 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes continues the series she’s doing with us and today discusses social media and writing.

31 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette reminds folks that she’s outta control at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a veritable cornucopia of over-stimulation for fanfolk. LOL

AND! Jove would like to give everyone a heads up that she and Andi are going to start preparing for Hootenanny 2017. They’ll let you know how to participate in the next week or two, so watch this space!

ALSO: This link has another great list of local organizations to help with relief efforts in Texas. Includes a Spanish language list of resources.

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Women and Words: Stress dreams, eclipses, and fandom cultures

August 27, 2017

Andi and Jove were not stymied by tech issues this week. Maybe the eclipse got that all straightened out. They are also wondering what exactly a race marshal does at a car race in the UK and have decided they will perpetually fangirl over author Renée Bess.

 

20 Aug.: Author Ashley Quinn stopped by with some publishing tips AND to give away a copy of her latest romance, Summer of Love.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Ashley Quinn’s website

 

21 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll explored some parts of Cheltenham (UK) on another of her side trips and posts great photos.

 

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Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal

 

23 Aug.: Author Barbara Winkes discussed some of the pros and cons of Kindle Unlimited.

 

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Barbara Winkes’ website

 

24 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess talked about literature and writers of the Harlem Renaissance and The Black Arts Movement, and the post-Stonewall generation.

 

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Renée Bess’ website

 

25 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette is headed for Dragon Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Wish her luck.

 

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Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr and Twitter

 

Andi will also be in Albuquerque 16 September for the Western Women Writers-NM event.

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Lez Gek Out! Wynona Earp

August 23, 2017

 

Wynonna Earp 

Andi and Lise rave like crazy women over the TV show Wynonna Earp, which is the absolute awesome and Andi is pleased that she managed to totally peer pressure Lise to turn her into an Earper. 

 

Synopsis, as quoted from SyFy: 

“Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.’ 

What that synopsis doesn’t tell you is that this show is full of women’s and feminist badassery, a F/F relationship, and explorations of relationships between all the characters, and that’s no doubt due to showrunner/show developer Emily Andras, also of Lost Girl fame. So that should give you an idea that there is awesome throughout this show, and Andi and Lise STRONGLY recommend it. 

Also, Andi is doing Season 2 recaps at her personal blog

 

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Women And Words: Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates

August 21, 2017

 Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates 

Overview 12-18 August 2017 

Andi and Jove finally managed to get this podcast recorded after roughly 37 tries over 2 days because WTF, Skype? Also, somebody please find Andi a link to one of those yellow “crime scene do not cross” scarves that Ellen Hart is wearing in the photo Jessie Chandler posted on the 14th

12 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a shout-out to lesfic stories set in Las Vegas. Leave her a comment with your recommendations. ☺ 

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13 Aug.: Q&A with author Niamh (pronounced “Neve”) Murphy, who has a new book out, Escape to Pirate Island (a lesbian adventure romance!). She also gave a copy away! 

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Niamh Murphy’s website 

14 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler did a book signing in St. Paul with fellow authors Jean Redmann and Ellen Hart. Photos! 

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Jessie Chandler’s website 

15 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett on antiheroes and murky villains. 

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Find out more about Ashley here 

16 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson is working through the aftermath of her father’s death, and here she provides us a window to her process. 

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Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

17 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle does a Throwback Thursday with some retro TV superheroes. 

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R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

18 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does a Fangirl Friday on the Freeform network’s The Bold Type

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Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

Andi will also be at the Western Women Writers of New Mexico Sept. 16 in Albuquerque. 

Also, Andi and Jove both raved about R.G. Emanuelle’s food writing. If you sign up for the Dirt Road Books free monthly newsletter, you’ll get one of her free short stories in the September issue. ☺ And you can find R.G.’s novella Add Spice to Taste on Amazon

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