Women and Words: Basically, Jove and Andi are fangirls about everything

February 18, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 10-16 Feb. 2018

 

Andi notices that others at Women and Words are still obsessing about the Olympics, so she obsesses, too, while Jove obsesses about R.G. Emanuelle’s forthcoming book, The Potion. They also drop some trivia: Jessie Chandler was a downhill ski racer in high school and Karin Kallmaker could possibly open her own library with her backlist. #epic

  • 10 Feb.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta is enjoying the Olympics and provided a great list of sports-related lesfic (and some nonfic, looks like) for your reading pleasure!
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12 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler is also obsessing about the Olympics and provided some great photos and comments about some of the different sports.

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  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

13 Feb.: Life coach Angela Grace joined us with a great blog on the winter blahs and Seasonal Affective Disorder and how a certain kind of light can help.

  •  Women and Words link HERE

 

15 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle talks about writing process with a great culinary metaphor.

 

16 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette lists 10 things she’s currently fangirling over.

 

ALSO!

 

16 Feb.: Hot off the Press and Coming Attractions Lists!

 

And Jove is doing a reading Sunday Feb. 18 at Taborspace in Portland, 3-5 PM Pacific time. Other authors are Lori Lake, Sandra De Helen, G.L. Morrison, Louisa Kelley, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and Jane Cuthbertson. Also, Jove recommends Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, futuristic retellings of fairy tales.

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Women and Words: We probably should have stayed sleeping today

February 11, 2018

3-9 February 2018

 

Thank GAWD Andi is here to tell Jove that yes, the Winter Olympics have started and omg Olympic geopolitics! #somuchintrigue Also, Andi wishes Fiona Zedde had posted her essay about Italian toilets, but no such luck. Also, Andi thinks Hayley Kiyoko is the shizzle and you should totally buy her music and go see her in the movie Becks. And on tour, if you can. Because fangirling. And queerfolk.

 

3 Feb.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter does a reader’s perspective on books that have athletes and athleticism as a focus, in honor of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

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4 Feb.: Author K. Aten stopped by to talk about releasing her first book and pondering an author brand.

 

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5 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Lynette Mae joined us to talk about trying to deal with intolerance and racism.

 

6 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Penny Mickelbury joined us with some words about stereotypes.

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  • Penny Mickelbury’s website

 

7 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite interviewed BSB sci fi authors CJ Birch and Jane C. Esther.

 

8 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde was going to do an essay on Italian toilets, but decided instead to talk about her latest books, Insatiable Appetites.

 

9 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over musical (and acting) talent Hayley Kiyoko.

 

Jove is doing a reading next weekend at Taborspace in Portland. That’s Feb. 18,  3-5 PM. Other authors are Lori Lake, Sandra De Helen, G.L. Morrison, Louisa Kelley, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and Jane Cuthbertson.

 

Jove will also be at the launch party for author Heather Jane’s debut novel at Another Read Through in Portland. That’s March 3 1.30-3.30 PM.

 

And Dirt Road Books has posted a couple of free Valentine’s Day short stories! Go see.

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Women and Words: The world is a better place with cheese!

February 4, 2018

27 Jan.-2 Feb. 2018

Jove finds out that Andi was legit going to try to do some actual world-building in the sci fi sense on Mars but ugh, paperwork, and Jove is also convinced that if you’re ghost-hunting, cheese may be good bait. Andi, however, remains UNconvinced of this tactic.

 

27 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta encouraged us to escape into some science fiction. (and in case you’re interested, here’s that Mars colonization program Andi was talking about)

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28 Jan.: Author Jen Silver joined us to talk about her book Changing Perspectives AND she gave away 2 ebook copies!

 

29 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt tested THREE ghost apps to see if they worked. Go see for her reviews.

 

1 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle brings it with a righteous grrlpower blog!

 

2 Feb.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette fangirls over LA Web Series, about a chance meeting between two young women that is both introspective and romantic.

 

Some of the Dirt Road Books gang will be at the upcoming ClexaCon in Las Vegas April 5-9 AND DRB has another cool thing they’re up to. Moar deets l8r! Also, GCLS is meeting in Vegas for its annual conference July 4-8.

 

And Jove Belle will be doing an event at Taborspace in Portland Feb. 18 from 3-5 PM. The event involves readings by Jove and other lesfic authors and it’s called “Readings of Rapturous Romance and Bountiful Book Faire.” Jove will also be at author Heather Flournoy’s debut novel book launch in March. More deets as they become available.

 

Also, Andi and Jove are sad to hear that the Read with Pride Northwest event is no more, after 5 annual gatherings in Seattle at the Seattle Public Library.

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Women and Words: Feral Banana is our new favorite thing

January 28, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 20-26 Jan. 2018 

Andi and Jove ponder labels and slowing down for a minute, and also decide that they should totally design a new T-shirt for Lee Lynch. Plus, Jove is amazed to find out that Andi actually attended Catholic school back in the day. And share some love! Jove’s birthday is the end of this month!

 

20 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta interviews another reader, Kim Roberts, for her views on different lesfic books that she’s read and enjoyed.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

21 Jan.: Author Joi Miner stopped by to talk about labels she’s encountered and her work.

 

22 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Yvonne Heidt came by with some OMG IT’S A NEW YEAR thoughts. She spent 2017 working on her latest, so watch out for that this year!

 

24 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster and living herstory legend Lee Lynch joined us with another essay about introversion and being okay with that.

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  • More info about Lee Lynch here

 

25 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess wants to remind us to slow down and enjoy the moment.

 

26 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette highly encourages you to watch Black Lightning and The Alienist, two new shows.

 

Also! Jove has an event coming up next month! A Valentine’s-ish reading with other authors (Lori Lake, Louisa Kelley, Sandra de Helen, Heather Jane, Dolores Maggiore, and G.L. Morrison; M.C. Linda Vogt) at Taborspace in Portland, February 18, 3-5 PM. The event is “Readings of Rapturous Romance and Bountiful Book Faire.

 

And don’t forget author Jae’s Lesbian Book Bingo event going on all year. Info at her website HERE.

 

Early bird registration for the GCLS 2018 conference in Las Vegas ends January 31. If you can, take care of that before prices go up.

 

AND! Dirt Road Books will be posting a couple of FREE Valentine’s Day-ish stories on the website February 5th. WOO HOO!

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Women and Words: The Janes, Gender, and Music Jams

January 21, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 13-19 Jan. 2018

Andi doesn’t have to have the sadz anymore because Jove kicked the sickness cooties to the curb and came back! Yay! Plus, R.G. Emanuelle will be releasing a new book soon and for the record, Andi was more into Yaz than Erasure back in the day, much to Jove’s chagrin. But they do both agree that you haven’t lived until you’ve blasted The Cranberries’ “Zombie” while driving at night with all the windows down. (RIP Dolores O’Riordan)

 

13 Jan.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta joined us and recommended books that include SNOW. So if that’s your thing, head on over. 

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14 Jan.: Author Chanel Hardy stopped by to discuss gender roles and how those might play out in relationships.

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  • More info about Chanel Hardy HERE

 

15 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll stopped by to talk about her visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 2016-2020 mark five important bicentenaries in the Brontë family.

 

16 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett discusses trying to get around her wife’s reluctance to travel.

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  • More info about Ashley Barlett HERE

 

18 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle gives us a glimpse of her forthcoming book, The Potion, a Victorian romance based loosely on the Jekyll/Hyde concept.

 

19 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette did a Fangirl Friday discussing music and its integral role in her journey and writing.

 

ALSO! The Women and Words Hot off the Press/Coming Attractions lists are good to go, Jan.-Feb. 2018.

 

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Jove also recommends the documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, about Second Wave Feminism. Includes a discussion about the Jane Collective, an underground abortion referral service that operated roughly 1969-1973 in Illinois. (and it appears the male doctor they first worked with was “Nick,” not “Mike,” as Jove and Andi discussed on the podcast.)

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Women and Words: Adapting, Aging, and ANDI!

January 14, 2018

Women and Words Overview - 6-12 January 2018

 

Andi has the major sadz because she had to do the podcast all by herself, given Jove’s continued battle with flu cooties and the fact that she has lost her voice. But Andi persevered though she was lonely and ended up at one point sounding like a freaking infomercial. Dammit, Jove, come back.

 

6 Jan.: Women and Wordster Ann Etter did a reader’s perspective on how to escape the cold through certain books. Go check ’em out.

  • Women and Words link HERE

 

7 Jan.: Author Sally Xerri-Brookes, an author based in the UK in Birmingham, did a Q&A and talked about her most recent release.

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  • Sally Xerri-Brookes’ website

 

8 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler joined us to encourage us to watch Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Awards.

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  • Jessie Chandler’s website

 

9 Jan.: Women and Wordster and life coach Angela Grace provided some words of wisdom about adaptation.

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11 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Fiona Zedde has created her list of projects she would like to accomplish this year. And she has a birthday coming up, and she celebrates all month!

 

12 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette addresses ageism and brings up a bit of her own history.

 

Jove has an event coming up in February. A reading in Portland around Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned! We’ll post deets in a future overview.

 

Also, start thinking about the GCLS conference in July in Las Vegas. Because awesome. And Andi says GO TO CLEXACON, also in Vegas, early April.

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

January 7, 2018

Women and Words Overview: 1-5 January 2018

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

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

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  • More info about Lynette Mae here

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

December 31, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  • Women and Words LINK for info

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!

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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.

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Women and Words: Books, Bouchercon, and Boobs

November 19, 2017

Women and Words Overview - 11-17 Nov. 2017

 

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

 

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

  •  Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

  • Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

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Women and Words: 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

October 15, 2017

 

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

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

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

  • Women and Words link HERE

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

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

  • Women and Words link HERE
  • Find Angela HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SIGN UP! CLICK!

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

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

October 8, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

  •  Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 1, 2017

 

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

 

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

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

  •  Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Toddlers are sticky and they don’t care

September 24, 2017

Women and Words Overview

16-22 September 2017

 

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

 

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

  •  Women and Words link HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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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