Things We Love: bookriot’s list of 100 Women SF Authors

As the author Nikki Vanry states in the article, she is only listing one work from each author so this is a great resource for finding speculative fiction writers with whom you might not be familiar. I might quibble with the order or the representative work, but not the resource itself. Enjoy!

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What We Love: An essay by Dawn Xiana Moon

Kathy Kitts (Northern Illinois University) in the GSECARS research station at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, mounting a Genesis Probe sample (under the yellow plastic cover) prior to data taking. Image credit: Richard Fenner, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

Sometimes we see something so good out in the Interwebs, we have to share it too. Here is an essay by Dawn Xiana Moon on being the other, being a geek, and art as both refuge and resistance. Check it out over on Uncanny.

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Confronting The Tornadic Winds of Rejection: How To Keep The Faith

Photo courtesy of NSSL

Yep. It’s spring. Today it snowed, rained, cleared up and then hailed. I’m waiting for the dark of night so I can claim I’m a postman.

Spring is like that, a clash of two forces: Winter and summer. The metaphor reflects the hardships of writing as well: a winter of rejection versus the summer of a sale. Continue reading “Confronting The Tornadic Winds of Rejection: How To Keep The Faith”

When Chaos Rains

©K. Kitts

(Originally published in August of 2016)

How to get back to work when the Universe conspires against you

We’ve been suffering a five-year drought here in the high desert. This year the monsoon returned and has been spitting mud every evening for the last several weeks. It doesn’t rain in the southwest like it does in the North- or Midwest where it can rain for three days straight. Here, no one carries umbrellas because you wait ten minutes and the spot thundershower moves on. Well, usually.

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Writing and Drawing Snacks: Betsy James on Incarnation

At one point Betsy was trying, with difficulty, to understand a group of five characters. She couldn’t get the dynamics right, even after writing too much backstory and doing stuff like assigning each of them a symbol—circle, square, squiggle and so on.

She remembered (finally) what she tell students: “In imagination, incarnate as your characters. Be them in their bodies. It’s how we are in our bodies that makes us who we are.”

So, being in the body of each, pen in hand, she asked, “Okay—how would I draw a cat?”

It worked.

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