May we collectively breathe in the stardust she has left behind for luck, for strength, for fortitude and courage.
May we take comfort in the shade of her shadow, the vast mountainous legacy marking how she moved worlds.
May we, perchance, dare to dream as she did, following the wind in her wake that whispers to us all the wisdom of her years.
If you missed it the last half dozen times we've talked it up, #PitMasto is going to be a chance for authors with finished novel manuscripts and #wip to practice pitching their stories and (if we can get a few more publishers and/or agents participating) maybe get their stories picked up.
Details here: https://www.cuilpress.com/pitmasto/
We're looking forward to seeing everyone's pitches!
I've been doing squats and planks while catching up on my reading (squats for paperback only, though, bit challenging to hold open a book while doing planks, but alternating hands to swipe pages is like the equivalent of shoulder taps). Tell me I'm not the only one who pairs reading with exercise?
I'm given to understand that 'tis the season for giving people things.
So I edited this book of Southeast Asian steampunk two years ago, which you can buy to support small presses and small distributors: https://rosarium.bookstore.ipgbook.com/the-sea-is-ours-products-9781495607561.php?page_id=32&pid=ROS&byformat=1
You can also get it cheaper in SEAsia itself! Also from a small distributor: http://gbgerakbudaya.com/bookshop/index.php?main_page=product_book_info&products_id=2918
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl is like a #steampunk novel par excellence. People can't get into it because it is multiple POV (13 viewpoint charas, I counted) and like a series of short stories but that's really the best way of doing a truly multicultural novel--it has to be polyvocal; single viewpoints will fall short.
This #steampunk Haiti by NK Jemisin still uplifts me: http://nkjemisin.com/2010/01/a-story-for-haiti-the-effluent-engine/
Also because it has #lesbian spies and inventors.
If you want #steampunk that showcases people and places that are Not Europe, here is a list: http://silver-goggles.blogspot.com/p/reading-list-primary-works.html
I made three pouches in as many days, taking a break before #sewing a fourth. .... then I will try to figure out if I want to continue because god this fabric stash is too much and needs to be dealt with.
Science Fiction Poetry Association officer elections run until Dec 15th! https://specpo.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/2018-sfpa-officer-election-candidates-voting-ends-dec-15th/
I'm running for Secretary. Please enable Southeast Asian domination of the speculative poetry scene <3
Postcoloniality, steampunk, writing, cultural appropriation: things I talked about a while back in this Strange Horizons interview--
writer, editor, poet, critic of sff
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