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.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal

 

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

 

Women and Words link HERE

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.

 

Women and Words link HERE

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.

 

Women and Words link HERE

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. ☺ 

Women and Words link HERE 

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! 

Women and Words link HERE 

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! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

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

Women and Words link HERE 

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. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

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

Women and Words link HERE 

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

Women and Words link HERE 

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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Women and Words: Feminist theology, sharks, and (food) porn with Andi and Jove

August 13, 2017

 

Andi and Jove chat about a cool podcast Jove’s been listening to, ponder 1960s descriptions of lesbianism, and try to figure out why some people might cut the ends off their roasts. Andi also tries to convince Jove that Sharknado movies are totally legit.

 

6 Aug.: Author Sarah Ettritch hilariously describes some of the books she found in her collection while cleaning some things out, including books from the 1960s on lesbianism. How things have changed. And maybe not so much.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Sarah Ettritch’s website

 

7 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae discusses the attempt to ban trans troops from the military and provides some historical context for other military bans. Upshot? It’s BS.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Find more info on Lynette Mae HERE

 

8 Aug.: Life coach and Women and Wordster Angela Grace walks us through the process of critical reflection, which is basically assessing why we have some of the beliefs we do and determining which ones still serve us well and which don’t.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Angela Grace’s life coaching website

 

9 Aug.: Author and artist Doreen Perinne talked about picking your battles in these times, and choosing issues that resonate with you so that you can maintain activism.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Find Doreen on Facebook

 

10 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde tells us where we can go for the best fried chicken in her life and talks about her love of food and the role it has played in at least one of her books.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Fiona Zedde’s website

 

11 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over the Sharknado movies and the history of creature features.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

Events coming up!

 

Andi Marquette will be at the 5thWestern Women Writers of New Mexico gathering in Albuquerque Sept. 16, along with authors Isabella, Robin Perini, and Jennifer Fulton.

 

Speaking of Jennifer Fulton, she will be the keynote speaker at The Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference (LCLC) Oct. 4-8 in Palm Springs, CA.

 

Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon will be heading to Seattle for the Nov. 3-4 Read With Pride Northwest gathering, held at the Seattle Central Public Library.

 

And YOU, too, can be a guest blogger at Women and Words. Easy-Peasy.

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Lez Geek Out! Queer Rep

August 9, 2017

Queer Rep 

Andi and Lise talk about queer rep in media following the now-infamous incident at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which occurred over the July 20-23 weekend and involved members of the cast of Supergirl. The upshot was an impromptu song in which a cast member sang an overview of Season 2 that included a belittling of Supercorp, a f/f fanon* ship** between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers (Supergirl’s “secret” identity—omg glasses are not the best disguise…). That cast member then went on to say that he “debunked Supercorp” and was told by another cast member that what he did was “pretty brave.” 

The fallout was immediate, and LGBTQ fans were hurt and bewildered, so Lise and Andi wanted to address this, which isn’t just what happened with Supergirl. It’s about rep overall, and this is just the latest example. 

And yes, Andi and Lise have some strong feelings about this, so language may be strong as well. 

*fanon: a term used in fanfiction and in fandoms to describe commonly accepted ideas among authors and fans even if the idea is not expressed in the canon work, which is the official storyline from the original work. 

**ship: in fanspeak, a “ship” is a relationship (often romantic) between two characters, whether canon or fanon. “Shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship between characters (say, in TV shows or movies) that may or may not have been intended by writers or creators. 

Some other links about this incident: 

The Mary Sue 

The Refinery 

Pink News 

Affinity Mag 

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Women and Words: Hunting, hoarding, and ten minutes of tits with Andi and Jove

August 6, 2017

Hunting, hoarding, and ten minutes of tits with Andi and Jove

Andi and Jove discuss hunting (because you never know what exactly you’re going to get on this podcast), Yvonne’s potential for hoarding (thank GAWD she’s having a garage sale!) and they even mentioned the Hootenanny because Jove is already gearing up her arts n’ crafts for Christmas (Andi can’t even…)

 

31 July: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt is trying to get ready for a garage sale and it’s…going slowly.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Yvonne Heidt’s website

 

2 August: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite’s latest book (her 17th!!!) has just been released. Sidebar! Still time to get in on the giveaway for a signed copy (ebook if you’re overseas).

 

Women and Words link HERE

Carsen Taite’s website

 

3 August: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about disappearing LGBTQ spaces in the physical world (especially lesbian space) and remembers all the lesbian bars in NYC that no longer exist.

 

Women and Words link HERE

R.G. Emanuelle’s website

 

4 August: Twofer! New booklist is available! Check the static page.

And author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on the new movie Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron.

 

Women and Words link HERE

Andi Marquette’s website

Andi fangirls on Tumblr

 

And as a PSA, Jove would like to remind everyone to get their mammograms (as applicable) and Andi recommends you pay attention to your body and its parts.

 

And because Andi forgot last time, here’s the link to BE OUR GUEST and guest blog with us, if you’re so inclined.

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Les Do Book: Andi Marquette Talks Fanfic

August 4, 2017

Andi Marquette Talks Fanfic 

In this episode, Andi Marquette joins Tara (in person! In her kitchen!) to talk about how fanfic led to the current state of lesfic.   

They look at: 

  • What is fanfic 
  • What’s the difference between canon fanfic, uber fic 
  • How fanfic has helped the origins of lesbian fiction  
  • Andi’s experience writing fanfic vs writing original stories 
  • What fanfic is often empowering 
  • Find out what happens when an author has been “forged in the fires of fanfic” 

Learn more about Andi Marquette 

More info 

Come talk to us about these books and any other lesfic you’ve been reading lately at our Facebook group, The Lesbian Review Book Club

You can see all of our reviews, top 10 lists and author profiles on TheLesbianReview.com and don’t forget to send your emails, questions and more to Tara@TheLesbianReview.com

 

Come and chat to both Andi and Tara in The Lesbian Talk Show Chat group on Facebook 

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Women And Words: Pawn Shops, The Apocalypse and Pranks

July 30, 2017

Women and Words Overview 

23-28 July 2017 

Andi and Jove are fans of pawn shops, but not for reasons you think. Also, they have some good suggestions for things to hoard for the apocalypse: Silver, toilet paper, alcohol, ammo, knives, but probably not the Peter Frampton 8-track Andi once bought at a pawn shop in Gallup, NM so she could prank her archaeology buddies. 

23 July: Author Elizabeth Cox joined us to discuss her novella Tragedy at Bawley Bay, a gothic historical ghost story.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Elizabeth Cox’s website 

24 July: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt stopped by for a quick hello and to provide some links to some of her earlier blogs, including the one in which she discusses being an empath.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Yvonne Heidt’s website 

25 July: Author, Women and Wordster, and lesbian herstorical icon Lee Lynch posted an essay she did in 2008, “You Know You’re Not a Femme”… 

Women and Words link HERE 

Lee Lynch’s website 

26 July: Author Alison Solomon stopped by and opened up about her diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, which affects her memory and cognitive functions in some ways. She talks about how it has affected what and how she writes. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Alison Solomon’s website 

27 July: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess joined us to delve into why we write and what it can mean in fraught times.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Renée Bess’ website 

28 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette talks about the damage dissing a queer fandom can do, as what happened at San Diego Comic-Con with the Supergirl cast.  

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

And Jove and Andi would like to both report that they have their hotel rooms reserved already for ClexaCon, which is in April, 2018 (provided we’re not all running to Jove’s to ride out the beginnings of the apocalypse; don’t worry. Andi and Jove’s wife stockpile toilet paper.) 

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Lez Geek Out! Ms Marvel

July 26, 2017

Ms. Marvel 

Lise and Andi rave about the Marvel comic Ms. Marvel, whose latest incarnation features Pakistani-American Muslim teen Kamala Khan in Jersey City who is a total fangirl of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Andi loves that Ms. Marvel was a fangirl before she was a superhero. Then one day Kamala wakes up with super powers and she has to learn how to negotiate this new aspect to her life, dealing with the powers and what she feels is her responsibility to help people now that she has them along with her grades, her classes, and her family life. 

It’s basically teenage angst – something all of us can probably relate to – along with the added angst of having super powers and trying to figure out how best to use them when you’re only 16-17 AND attempt to negotiate the landmines that come in any family as you’re figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Two big Ms. Marvel thumbs up on this one, friends.

 

 

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Women And Words: The Funny Wine, Andi The Pirate & Jove Without Clothes

July 23, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview 15-21 July 2017 

Andi and Jove talk about Jove’s wardrobe (or lack thereof) and bottles of wine named “If You See Kay”. Say that fast and you’ll see why they giggled about it…they’re 10, they know. But more importantly, this is badass women wine. Hit the link to see why. Also, Jove is pretty sure Andi’s outlaw job would be as some kind of pirate while she’s now interested in purchasing bordello land. Andi suggested Craigslist. 

15 July: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta posted about the cruise she took on Olivia to Alaska that was put together by Sapphire Books and Curve Mag among others. And she talks a bit about lesfic history and LGBT history and about her place and our places in the world. 

Women and Words link HERE 

16 July: Author Jen Silver stopped by to chat about her latest, Running From Love, and how it incorporates golf. She also gave away two copies. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Info about Jen Silver 

17 July: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll joined us again from across the pond with her photos and discussion of taking a Suffragette tour in Halifax (and we assume that’s the one in West Yorkshire…). 

Women and Words link HERE 

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal 

18 July: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett is giving away a copy of The Price of Cash (July 24th) and to do that, you need to leave a comment telling her what kind of outlaw life you’d lead if given the chance. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Info about Ashley Bartlett 

19 July: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson joined us to talk a bit about losing her father very recently and connecting/reconnecting with family. Get the tissues. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

20 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle did a retro TV blog on The Golden Girls and Jove and Andi totally love the GGs, so we were into this big-time. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

21 July: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday on the movie Baby Driver (2017). 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

Jove then reminded folks about ClexaCon 2018, which is in April in Las Vegas and GCLS has actually started registration for 2018, which is also in Vegas (July). She also mentioned an event coming up this fall in Seattle – the Read with Pride Northwest meetup (formerly Gay Romance Northwest). It’s usually held at the Seattle Public Library and it’s usually free. Jove will probably be there and Andi mentioned that she will be doing the Western Women Writers of New Mexico meetup Sept. 16 in Albuquerque. 

Also, you simply must get tourist pennies smashed and send them to Jove. Not sure what those are? Technically, they’re called “elongated coins” and what it involves is you put a penny into a machine and for 50 cents U.S. the machine flattens the coin and literally stretches it and imprints a tourist scene from the area into that new surface. Jove collects them. So drop her a line if you get one and if you’re willing, send it to her. She LOOOOOOOOVES them. 

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Women And Words: The EPIC 2 Week Roundup with the feral Jove

July 16, 2017

Women and Words 

Overview  1-14 July 2017 

OMG Andi and Jove were outta control at GCLS last week and we just could not get it together to try to do things with y’all. SORRY! But here we are, with a 2-week roundup. Jove has pretty much gone feral (it happens sometimes) and Andi is pretty sure that GCLS wears everybody out, but omg it is way fun.  

1 July: Women and Wordster and reader-in-residence Erin Saluta came by and omg she went on the Olivia cruise to Alaska that Sapphire Books was doing! Here she talks about some lesfic books that deal with that topic. Maybe we can get her to post photos… 

Women and Words link HERE 

2 July: Author Sandy Stier came by and this is super awesome. She and her wife wrote a book together about California’s Prop 8 battle because they were plaintiffs in the case. This is their story, and they are TOTALLY GIVING AWAY A COPY! You still have time. We’ll do the drawing on the 21st. GET IN ON THIS. HERSTORY! 

Women and Words link HERE 

An article about them in People Magazine 

3 July: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae tried to be a little more light-hearted, but because she’s Lynette Mae, there’s always a subtext that you learn from. She and her wife took their niece to NYC and had a great time. This is a short piece about that. 

Women and Words link HERE 

6 July: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talked about being shy and public speaking and how it can be really, really stressful. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

10 July: Author Catherine Friend (Goldie winner this year!) popped by via author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler to talk a bit about her latest book Spark (Bold Strokes Books) and to offer a GIVEAWAY! You have until the 24th to get in on this! Catherine writes historical fiction/adventure. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Catherine Friend’s website 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

11 July: Women and Wordster and life coach/writer’s coach Angela Grace joined us with a frank discussion about how changing your perspective can actually change your brain. Have questions? Feel like you could use a couple of sessions with her? Drop her a line. ☺ 

Women and Words link HERE 

Angela Grace can be found HERE 

12 July: UK-based author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll was able to finally join us after some technical difficulties and she attended an awesome car show. She posted photos. LOVE. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Stevie Carroll’s LiveJournal 

13 July: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde got a wild hair and hopped on down to Cuba. She posted the photos to prove it. ☺ PLUS! She has a new book coming out with Ylva! Superhero book! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Fiona Zedde’s website 

14 July: Author and Women and Wordster (and obsessive fangirl) Andi Marquette blogged about season 2 episode 5 of Wynonna Earp because it is a game-changer in terms of women’s rep. FOR REALS. Also, Andi is doing season 2 recaps of Wynonna Earp episodes at her homesite. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls over on Tumblr 

Andi and Jove then did a rambling round-up of what they did at GCLS

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