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  2. Feminist Book Review: Romeo and/or Juliet

    Every so often the debate arises: Was Shakespeare a real person? Did he write the plays he is famous for? Or did he collaborate with other writers, or steal their work, or was his name just a pseudonym? Ryan North has the answer–Shakespeare stole his famous tale Romeo and Juliet from Ryan himelf. “How?” you… Read More View the full article
  3. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    Same here! I want to keep leading a healthier life! Working out might be the predictable answer but it's a good one.
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  5. My Arisia Schedule

    I'll probably be wearing my TARDIS sneakers. . . This coming weekend, I'll be attending Arisia, one of the Boston area Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions. It's one of my favorite cons - essentially a 4 day party with a hotel full of fellow geeks. Cosplayers and gamers and authors, oh my. In addition to several panels and a reading, I'll be hanging out in the dealer's room with the lovely ladies of Broad Universe. I'll have copies of my novels to autograph and look forward to chatting with readers, friends, and fans. I hope to see you there! Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading Adams Sat 10:00 AM Description Come discover your new favorite writer as members of Broad Universe read short excerpts from their work. Each writer has just a few minutes to show you what she’s capable of! We offer chocolate and the chance to win prizes. Broad Universe is an international organization that supports women writers, editors, and publishers. Kids and Families on the Autism Spectrum Burroughs Sat 11:30 AM Description In this open-ended discussion, we will explore a wide range of issues related to children, parenting, communication strategies, schooling, and family issues that often come up when someone in the family (or perhaps more than one person!) is on the autism spectrum. The goal is for everyone to come away with a better understanding of how to work with themselves and with the people around them, whether they identify as an Aspie or not. Bring your questions! Prospective participant information Panel participants can be people who identify as on the spectrum, those who are in close relationships with people who do, or professionals who have experience in this area. Technology's not a Cure: Disability in SFF Burroughs Sat 4:00 PM Description Uncanny Magazine's _Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction_ Kickstarter reached almost all of its stretch goals, and completed funding. _Defying Doomsday_, an anthology of post-apocalyptic survival fiction that focuses on disabled characters was published in 2016. The conversation around disability in SFF is growing, but there are still many problems and problematic tropes in common use. Where do we, as a genre, need to go to create a better genre for disability representation? Writing Series, Sequels, and Spin-Offs Douglas Sun 2:30 PM Description It's no secret that book series have a better chance of discoverability. What’s the secret to writing a successful series? How do you plan and develop multi-book series that sell? Create series arcs? And how do you keep track of multiple plotlines and characters across many books? How can you expand existing material to create a series? And when is it time to pull the plug and move onto other things? Oh, and I'll also be displaying my ceramics in the art show! email: Free eBook Free/DRM-free short fiction publication news View the full article
  6. Feminist Book Review: The Summer Prince

    The city of Palmares Tres rises above the post-holocaust wasteland that was once Brazil. Men destroyed the world so now, in Palmares Tres, women rule. But every five years, the Queen chooses a king. When June Costa is just 16 years old, a young man named Enki is crowned king. June and Enki bond over… Read More View the full article
  7. 2017: A Year in this Writer's Life

    Awesome year! I hope 2018 brings good things for all of us
  8. Black Mirror and EC Episode

    I was mixed about it. I was initially confused once the nurse said it was EC, because it didn't make sense the mom would use EC when she knew the sexual encounter was older than 24 hours. When the nurse said she was no longer pregnant, then I assumed the same as you did - that in this future world we have an accessible early abortion OTC option. I can see how people would be upset though. No doubt we are a bit more aware of the issue of Plan B and how it is different than abortion. It could be that other people are still conflating the two, and this episode will further cement their belief. That first episode though! Such a good one - that is my favorite so far.
  9. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    It sounds like everyone will be using their sisu in 2018
  10. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    I would love to get back into a work out routine as well, which is pretty much the predictable answer, but I've had it year over year! Some years I'm successful others not so much. 2018 feels like it will be a good one. I did yoga yesterday after all!
  11. Black Mirror and EC Episode

    Has anyone here watched the 4th season of Black Mirror yet? I was curious about reactions to the Archangel episode. I've seen complaints online that it confuses the Plan B pill with an abortion, further clouding the issue of making emergency contraception available over the counter. However, I never interpreted the pill she took as a Plan B generic. I figured since it was a near-future type episode with that degree of tracking technology that the pill was in fact a safe OTC abortion option. Thoughts?
  12. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    No shame in that!
  13. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    Ew, don't talk to me about pull ups haha. My old foe. I'm not sure what my resolution is yet but I'm thinking it will be language-based. I'm planning on taking beginning German and hiring a Chinese tutor. This is my second year with a skills-based resolution (usually I do a guiding motto like sisu!). Last year I started to learn how to sketch so I'd like to continue studying that as well.
  14. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    Strength train with goal of being able to lift 50 pounds comfortably and do at least one pull-up (never was able to do this in gym class.) Finish first revision of writing project. Reading goal I listed in other thread. Everyone needs more 'sisu'!
  15. Happy New Year!!! What are your resolutions??

    I started a new thread cuz I need help with mine!!
  16. We are pleased to announce Sharolyn G. Brown’s The Heaviness of Knowing as our Winter 2018 F-BOM Book of the Month. Here’s your spoiler-free review of the novel. Then, download your copy here and start reading. We look forward to hearing your personal reviews in the F-BOM forum! Not offensive to women = 1/1 pt… Read More View the full article
  17. Fall 2017 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

    Here are the winning stories from F-BOM’s Fall 2017 flash fiction contest, Magic Always Has A Price, judged by Intisar Khanani. Did you miss the contest this quarter? Our next topic will be revealed in February, during our interview with Sharolyn G. Brown. Follow us on Facebook for updates. Click here for submission guidelines. First place: The… Read More View the full article
  18. In Finnish the word "sisu" roughly translates to "have guts", and that is my motto for 2018. I heard the word often growing up in Northern Minnesota, but as a fourth generation Finnish and Swedish American I feel very distant from the countries my ancestors came from. I want to reconnect to my roots and harness the term in what will surely be an awesome and goal achieving year. (That's why I made my first pot of mojakka on New Year's Eve!) I will be having my first child in April (or March if early!), but don't want to slow down my work with F-BOM or my work with my local DFL senate district as we continue the battle for the mid-term elections. In order to do all the things, I will very much need sisu!
  19. 2017 was some year for feminism. From the Women’s March on Washington to the #MeToo movement, women’s voices are being heard louder than ever. Throughout the year, feminist movies and television provided additional bright spots of representation. Whether or not you believe these shows represent a cultural shift, they provided comfort, distraction, motivation, education, and hope… Read More View the full article
  20. Her Story Arc’s Best Feminist Books of 2017

    This was the year Her Story Arc became F-BOM, the Feminist Book of the Month. Not to be conceited, but we consider ourselves pretty qualified to pick a good book! Working with self-published women authors to promote their work and give them more time and money to focus on their art has been an inspiring… Read More View the full article
  21. I suspect most of you will understand when I say I won't be sorry to see the last of 2017. With a few notable exceptions, it was a difficult year, personally, professionally, and in the world at large. Still, I have been fortunate. I have good health care and our family has financial stability. Those two things alone make me an outlier. And, while I haven't written as much in 2017 as I had wanted or planned to, it was still a full year of writing news and personal news. Writing Life Chris Howard knocks it out of the park again with this cover image. Publications 2017 saw the publication of PARALLAX, the 4th book of my space opera science fiction series Halcyone Space. I also contributed a new original short story to the anthology ORPHANS IN THE BLACK called "In the Clutch", unrelated to the universe of the Halcyone Space books. It's a bit of an homage to Earnest Shackleton and the Endurance mission. With reptilian aliens. Writing in Progress The drafting of book 5 (A STAR IN THE VOID) has been going more slowly than I had anticipated, but I'm still working within my original publication time frame of Summer 2018. After several false starts, I finished another short story for an upcoming themed anthology and am awaiting editorial notes. It's a bit more on the literary side than my novels and I'll be interested in seeing what readers make of it. In other new writing, the Vito Nonce project that I'm co-writing with Rick Wayne has taken a brief hiatus as both of us are working on finishing current series, but will be a focus in the new year. So between novels, short stories, blog posts, and poetry, I've probably eked out 50,000 new words in 2017. Considerably less output than I've managed in prior years, but I'll take it as a victory. Events and Honors I addition to attending ARISIA (and garnering an invitation to participate in 2018) and participating in programs at BOSKONE and READERCON, this year marked a convention first: One of these days I'll learn to to take goofy photos. But not this day. I was invited to be a Guest of Honor at G.A.M.E. in Springfield, MO. They folks at G.A.M.E. were gracious and welcoming and I had a great time meeting old and new fans and talking about SF&F tropes that needed to die. This year also found me in Denver to attend MILE HIGH CON. The highlight was getting to meet Nathan Lowell in person for the first time since meeting him virtually 4 years ago. DERELICT picked up a new honor in 2017: It was chosen as the inaugural title for a new Feminist Book of the Month Club, featuring speculative fiction titles. It also had another run on Amazon as a best seller during a sale in the fall, introducing the series to a new group of readers. (Welcome!) This fall, I was able to spend a productive and wonderful week in the company of writing community friends from Writer Unboxed when we gathered for a retreat in the wilds of Vermont. And finally, in December I was interviewed by my fellow Broad Universe member Rona Gofstein along with Kevin Ross Emory on their show: Dragons & Unicorns & other creative creatures. So if you've ever been curious about my creative process, my stories, my ceramics work, or just what to hear my squeaky voice and watch me talk with my hands, have a look. Personal Life Star Field Farm rises In January of 2017, my husband and I closed on a home in Central Massachusetts on a 54 acre piece of property that is part farmland, part Rivendell. Ultimately, it will be where we retire to. In the meanwhile, it will be a personal and writing retreat space. In March of 2017, my gallbladder and I decided to part ways. It was less an amicable divorce than a forced separation. I don't know how it is faring, but I'm a lot healthier without it in my life. My birth mother, circa 1962The year ended with an incredible discovery: my birth family. After decades of searching, and after believing that door had closed permanently, I have made contact with aunts, uncles, and cousins related to my (late) birth mother. It has been quite a journey finding new family in my 50s and discovering that, yes, poetry and geek are carried in the genes. I suspect that I'll be continuing to process what this all means for me over the coming year both in my journaling, my poetry, and my stories. In looking forward to 2018, I wish you all a year of creative energy, of personal growth and breakthroughs, and most importantly, of peace and joy. #SWFApro email: Free eBook Free/DRM-free short fiction publication news View the full article
  22. Star Wars The Last Jedi: A Feminist Movie Review

    ***This review is spoiler-free until the last paragraph*** *Cue theme song* Like many nerds, I was a big Star Wars fan growing up. However, my love of Star Wars faded as I got older, because I noticed how little of the story involved women. *Cue the reboot* With women and other underrepresented groups taking up… Read More View the full article
  23. Yes, I know you’ve already seen them both, don’t lie! But just how guilty is your guilty pleasure? Let’s find out… Not offensive to women = 1/1 pt Features a woman as the main protagonist and/or supporting character = 2/2 pts Passes the Bechdel-Wallace test = 3/3 pts These are the easiest points to get… Read More View the full article
  24. There is beauty, too, in the starkness of winter. This isn't something I don't already know. It's not something that I haven't been through numerous times before. It's not even particularly revelatory or interesting. It just is. The ability to be sensitive to emotions and subtle changes around me is both a blessing and a curse. It's what fuels my creativity, but it also triggers anxiety and depression. That very sensitivity means that my filters are porous. It doesn't take a lot to bring me joy, but it also doesn't take a lot to bring me sorrow. I've had a hard time staying in balance vis à vis my emotions of late. It expresses itself in multiple ways including fatigue, isolating behavior, and difficulty writing. From the outside, it can look like depression and it probably has some of that in the mix, but it also doesn't feel particularly bad. What feels bad is the guilt and irritation I experience from not having gotten things done. There's a weird energy this time of year. All these subtle and not so subtle messages of Do! Buy! Engage! That kind of external mania turns me inward, as does the shorter days and the cold. I don't think cyclic shifts in our productivity and activity is bad or wrong. As with most things, it's complicated. It depends. Right now, I'm almost 2 months behind where I wanted and needed to be in drafting book 5 of the Halcyone Space series. And I'm trying to figure out how to keep on track while honoring my self and my mental and physical health. So bear with me here as I talk it out and work to make sense of it. * Creativity doesn't just happen; it's transformative. Both as its process and in its outcome. In order to create, we must collect elements from the world around us - sensory experiences, emotions, ideas, memories, objects - and change them, imbue them with layers of meaning to form something new. That is one meaning of transformation. The other is how that new creation, be it a painting, a poem, a novel, a song, or any other expression, changes the creator and the audience. So we transform to create and our creation has the potential to transform us. That's a lot of responsibility, along with a process that can seem messy or magical or just impenetrable. But it starts with that sensitivity. Those porous boundaries. And they don't discriminate in what they take in. * Like many folks, I've been following the news cycle. It's nearly impossible to avoid it. My social media feeds used to be full of dogs, recipes, travel, book news, and Doctor Who memes. Now it's overwhelmed by fear, calls to action, outrage. And yes, there's a lot to be feared, much work to do, and to be outraged over. I don't think I can isolate myself from everything. Nor would I want to even if I could. Even if I felt no personal responsibility to the world, my creativity cannot live outside of it. That porous filter between me and everything? It can't be set to only take in some things and not others. Not if I want to continue to transform and create. And yet, I'm tired. The amount of energy it takes to preserve my emotional safety is enormous. It feels like I've run short of resources for anything else. So my writing suffers. My organization suffers, my social connections suffer. * None of this is to imply I don't also have great joy in my life. While this year has brought incredible challenges, both to the world and to my small part of it, it has also given me much to be thankful for, not the least of which is StarField Farm and the beginning of a new adventure with my husband. Then there is the discovery of my extended family, found after a near 40 year search. (Another blog post for another day.) * I live in a part of the world where the days are getting shorter. Where creeping darkness is more than just a metaphor. It feels like the calendar year is accelerating to the end with all of its artificial marking of accomplishments that somehow need to happen in a particular timeframe. * I don't have answers. I am doing the best that I can. I will end with a few lines from Mary Oliver's brilliant poem, WILD GEESE. I need this reminder. Perhaps you do, too. May you find the balance you seek in the days to come. #SFWApro email: Free eBook Free/DRM-free short fiction publication news View the full article
  25. Cyber Monday Deal at F-BOM!

    This Monday, November 27th, take 50% off any purchase on F-BOM.com. Valid ONE DAY only! Gift-shopping? We now have gift cards! Check out our store here. And don’t forget to support small business this holiday season! #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #ShopFeminist View the full article
  26. Best TV Show of all time (and why?)

    The Wire has been on my list for sooo long. Maybe this is the year My favorite good-fun show is Once Upon A Time. It wouldn't compete with The Wire or BB probably, but it takes itself just the right amount of serious. I love the characters and I still talk about the plot twist from season 5!
  27. Best TV Show of all time (and why?)

    I remember the Wire was super popular when I worked at the Library for a few years ago. People were always checking out the DVDs. I have watched the first season of Breaking Bad, and I just really hated Walt so I couldn't get into it. If I had to pick my favorite show of all time....man that's hard! I really like Sailor Moon, but I also had a Dark Angel phase (but it got cancelled after 2 seasons). I am also a big Walking Dead fan, so I think that's what I'd have to go with currently. Especially season 5, which was just amazing. I'm sensing a trend here though! I would also characterize TWD as a character driven show.
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