The Vampires of New England Series--Inanna Arthen

Rewriting The Rules

September 11, 2019

My Schedule at Albacon 2019

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I’ll be at Albacon 2019 this Friday and Saturday, at the Ramada Inn. I’ll be participating in some great panels, so come and enjoy if you’re there!


5:00 p.m. — Kyle
The DC Cinematic Universe
Why isn’t it as good as it could be?
I’m moderating, with Andre Lieven and J.A. Fludd

6:00 p.m. — Kyle
Stampeding Into the Uncanny Valley
With Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” and the forthcoming movie musical “Cats,” we’re seeing CGI raised to an unprecedented height of realism. Does this change our expectations and perceptions of real life performers? As this technology turns to “deep fakes” and hoaxes, can we trust anything we see on a screen?
with Nightwing Whitehead, Shannon Grant (moderator) and Christine Cohen

11:00 a.m. — Wombat
Author Reading

12:00 p.m. — Wombat
Books Into Film
Best and worst examples
I’m moderating, with William Reeve, Christine Cohen, Nightwing Whitehead and GOH Bruce Coville

6:00 p.m. — Kyle
The Folk Horror Revival
Recent films like “The Witch” and “Midsommar” are part of a revived interest in “folk horror” as a genre–films in which rural customs and landscapes are are filled with foreboding and hidden violence. What defines and inspires these films, and what attracts filmmakers and audiences to these tropes in the 21st century?
with Debi Chowdhury, James Macdonald, Shannon Grant (moderator) and Christine Cohen

July 10, 2018

My schedule for Readercon 29

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I’ll be at Readercon 29, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday–commuting down and back because I have foster kittens to take care of, and other responsibilities. But here’s what I’ll be doing at Readercon this year:

Thursday, July 12
8:00 p.m. (Salon C) Human Labor in the 21st Century. Automation is predicted to eliminate millions of jobs in the next several decades. Indentured servitude is making a comeback in the trucking and cruise ship industries. Numerous national and global factors will reshape workforces. A pandemic that targets working-age people could change everything; so could a large country implementing universal basic income. Our panelists will imagine what human labor might look like in the next 100 years, and what stories can be told about those laborers and their work. I’m moderating, with John Chu, Natalie Luhrs, Rob Cameron and Robyn Bennis.

Friday, July 13
2:00 p.m. (Blue Hills) Recent Nonfiction Book Club: Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism might actually entail. Join us for a discussion of this book. I’m moderating, with David DeGraff, Robert Killheffer and Rob Cameron.

6:00 p.m. (Salon C) Witches in Legend and Folklore Why are witches such polarizing figures, both fascinating and repelling their neighbors? Why do they make such powerful symbols and captivating characters? Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman will examine witches through the lens of folklore studies, introducing a few traditional witch legends and exploring some of the ways that witches have been conceptualized, and then open the floor for a discussion of what witches mean to the panelists and audience. With Sara Cleto (moderator), Brittany Warman, Jenise Aminoff and Shveta Thakrar.

10:30 p.m. Meet the Pros(e) Party. Where all the writers mingle with sheets of stickers printed with a quote from their work, and everybody collects the stickers.

Saturday, July 14
10:00 a.m. (Salon 6) Reading and Life Stages, Part 2: 50+. Our notion of who readers are is often built on the image of readers in their teens and 20s, but as people age, their reading habits change. In this intimate and personal two-part panel, panelists will discuss their age-related shifts in reading speed and ability to focus, time for reading, interest in reading, book acquisition and deacquisition, use of print, digital, and audio books, and other related topics. Part 2: readers 50 and over. I’m moderating, with Judith Berman, Michael Dirda, Kathryn Morrow and Paul Levinson.

9:00 p.m. (Blue Hills) Author Reading. Haven’t decided what to read yet but I think it will be something new.

Hope to see you there!

January 5, 2017

My Schedule for Arisia 2017

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I’ll be very busy at Arisia this year–not only am I a Program Participant, I’m also on staff. I’m the Workshops Track Manager for Programming. So, I’ll also be helping out in Program Nexus at some point yet to be determined. If there is an Arisia watch party for the Patriots game on Sunday night, I’ll be there! And I have a reading time this year. It’s going to be a very busy weekend. Hope to see you there!

Fri 8:30 p.m. Marina 3
On Shaming, Bullying and Public Humiliation
SF/F fans are no stranger to bullying — many of us who were picked on for being different at a young age found refuge and escape in the other worldliness of fantastical books, movies, and newer media. The internet age of un-moderated twitter, 4chan, and Gawker has made bullying and harassment easier. The behavior surrounding GamerGate has practically normalized it. What can this teach us about forms of public humiliation and bullying, and what we can do to push back against it?
with Andy Hicks (M), Heather Urbanski, Mark Oshiro, TheoNerd

Sat 5:30 p.m. Burroughs
Shame on Slut-Shaming
Slut-shaming is the act of treating woman as inferior or shameful for engaging in sexual behaviors that deviate from the norm, failing to uphold gender expectations, dressing in provocative ways, acquiring access to birth control, or even for being sexually assaulted. What are the psychological and sociological causes of slut-shaming? What can be done to change people’s attitudes?
with Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert (M), Henry M. White, Melissa Perreira-Andrews, Abby Hafer

Sat 10:00 p.m. Alcott
Pitch Mania! A Competition for your Story
Bring your the first page of your story to our Arisia pitchapalooza to read aloud until one of the judges says ‘stop!’ Learn what people who read stories for a living think of your story, get some feedback, and learn from the mistakes and triumphs of your fellow writers. The winner will be determined by the panel of judges from all of the first pages that are read all of the way through.
with Dianna Sanchez (M), Ian Randal Strock, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Hildy Silverman

Sun 7:00 p.m. Marina 3
Supporting Non-Binary Community
How can we support those we care about who are non-binary? Panel of non-binary folks and their allies will discuss proper use of pronouns, the dreaded “real name” argument, and how to be supportive of our friends and loved ones in a (fairly) binary world in concrete ways.
with Ben “Books” Schwartz (M), Brian Liberge, Andy Rosequist, Sharone Horowit-Hendler

Sun 8:30 p.m. Hale
with A.J. Odasso and Bob Chipman

Mon 2:30 p.m. Hale
The Future of Work
What will jobs and careers look like in five years? Ten? Fifty? Is the “gig economy” the new norm, or a passing trend that children born this year will later study as a failed economic model? Will manual labor make a come back as it’s hard to outsource plumbing installation to China or India? Has the time for Universal Basic Income arrived?
with William C. Walker III (M), Ellie Younger, T.X. Watson, Meredith Schwartz

January 9, 2015

My Schedule for Arisia 2015

Below is my schedule for Arisia (Jan 16-19, 2015). I have a very good schedule, all the times are perfect and it’s nicely distributed through the weekend–kudos to Programming! I’ll be day-tripping into the convention. I haven’t been to the Weston Waterfront since they did some renovations; looks like there are some different function rooms than I remember. I also hope to be selling some books at the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room. Hope to see you there!


Fri 7:00 p.m. — Faneuil
Psi, SF and Storytelling
“Since the days of John W. Campbell at Astounding, psi has been a staple in SF, though public discussion of the subject, by those with these experiences in real life, has been limited. Why do so many real life psi people find irresistible even problematic SFnal narratives? As children or adults, how do we identify with these depictions of people “like us,” for better or worse? What do we gain? What do we lose? And what from these flawed but enticing narratives do we embrace, reject, or reclaim?”
With Catherine Kane and Dash (M)

Sat 2:30 p.m. — Marina 1
How to Disagree Better
“Someone is wrong on the Internet! Discussion of new and sometimes challenging ideas is one of the hallmarks of fandom and any free society. We can do a better job of arguing and disagreeing with each other. How do we do this? What tools do we have for sorting out those arguments and finding where the areas of agreement might be hiding? This is not a plea for everyone to agree, this is about how to disagree honestly and respectfully, in ways that allow us to remain a community.”
With Bob Kuhn (M), A. Joseph Ross, Joy Marchand, and Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein

Sun 11:30 a.m. — Hale
Tales from the Slush Pile
“Our esteemed panelists describe the worst of the worst that have crossed their editorial desk. Panelists will also discuss ways aspiring authors can avoid being cast into the slush pile.”
With Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (M), Cecilia Tan, Joy Marchand, Hildy Silverman and Joy Crelin

Sun 7:00 p.m. — Hale
Self-Publishing 101: Fiction, Non-Fiction and RPGs
“Do you have an unpublished manuscript sitting in your drawer? Are your gamer friends encouraging you to kickstart your cool RPG? Are you a tradipub author who just got back the rights to your backlist? Would your non-fiction client manual look awesome as a book instead of photocopied papers? This panel of indie authors, small presses, and RPG gamers will tell you what resources are out there, scams to avoid, and what to expect. Come over to the Dark Side of indie publishing. We have candy…”
With Anna Erishkegal (M), Don Chase, Brian Liberge and Susan Hanniford Crowley

Mon 11:30 a.m. — Marina 4
The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly Long Journey
“We’re now finally done with Peter Jackson’s adaptation. Was splitting one reasonably short book into three films a good choice, or is the extended story just fanservice for people nostalgic for a favorite childhood read? Are viewers starting to get jaded by the on-screen spectacle of Middle Earth, or is the world-building still fresh? Will we get a ninety-film adaptation of The Silmarillion?”
With Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Eric M. Van, Anna Erishkegal and Bob Chipman

Mon 2:30 p.m. — Bullfinch
Reading. With Greer Gilman and Walter H. Hunt.

December 15, 2013

My schedule at Arisia 2014

This is my schedule for Arisia 2014 (Jan 17-20). I’m very pleased with it! I have to say that the Harry Potter discussion in Fast Track (that’s the kids’ program, if you’re not familiar with Arisia) sounds like the most fun. Hope to see you there!


Magickal Traditions: a Review
“Like with any religious or spiritual path, there is a wide diversity in the practices and beliefs of modern Pagans, Neo-Pagans, Heathens and practitioners of other Magickal traditions. Panelists will discuss their respective paths, their practices and beliefs.”
with Alexandra Thorn (M), Isaac Everett, Sean Kane and Nisi Shawl.

No Excuses for Poor Research
“Modern research tools and what every author should know. If you’re already researching, *what* should you research? How do we find good research, that doesn’t propagate misconceptions or stereotypes?”
with Victoria Janssen (M), Elaine Isaak, Walter H. Hunt and Sarah Smith


Fast Track: Open Discussion, The One and Only Harry Potter
“Sectumsempra! Just kidding. Since we can’t read your thoughts, come discuss Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the rest. What house would YOU be in? Or would you be in a different school altogether? Are Muggles being treated unfairly? What do you think the future would hold for the world of Harry Potter?”
with James Hinsey (M)

Reading (shared time with Deb Eskie, Daniel Jose Older and Morgan Crooks)

Vampires! Vampires! Vampires!
“For decades, people have been predicting that the “fad” of vampire literature was coming to an end any day now. And yet, series after series of vampire books by authors such as Rice, Elrod, Huff, Harris, Hamilton, Banks, and Meyer continue to be best sellers and spin off numerous successful TV series and films. Is it time for people to accept that vampires are as important to the SF/F genre as astronauts and wizards? Where is vampire literature going next?”
with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (M), Tanya Huff (GOH), Leigh Perry and Gail Z. Martin


Fortune Telling Methods
“A discussion of favorite fortune telling methods, their uses, and how they’re portrayed in popular culture. Covering tarot cards to hydromancy and everything in-between.”
with Sheila M. Oranch (M), Kourtney Heintz, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein and Catherine Kane

December 28, 2012

My schedule for Arisia ’13

This is my tentative (i.e. subject to change, although I hope it won’t) schedule for Arisia, which will take place over Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 18-21 2013, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA.


Friday, January 18

8:30 p.m. Vampires: Fear of the Other, Fear of the Body
“Scholars of vampire literature have alleged that early traditions of the vampire in Europe reflect fears of Jews, both religiously and racially. Yet over time, the vampire has morphed. Rather than representing fear of societal dilution, the vampire represents destruction of the individual body, and concepts of the “blood disease” as like unto AIDS began to enter the zeitgeist. Rather than express fear of the other, more modern vampire literature embraces the other.” With Mark L. Amidon, Susan Hanniford Crowley (m), Genevieve Iseult Eldredge and Gail Z. Martin.

Saturday, January 19

11:30 a.m. Paganism 101
[moderator] “What does it mean to be pagan? What resources are available for pagans in their communities? Our panelists discuss how they came to their tradition, how paganism impacts their daily life, and what challenges and rewards they experience as a modern pagan.” with D. Cameron Calkins, Ken Gale, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor.
1:00 p.m. Hoodoo, Voodoo & the Bullshit That Authors Do
“A discussion of the depiction of Santeria, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and other such practices. They are often co-opted and commodified by outsiders who don’t respect them or the practitioners. Adding someone else’s beliefs to your story to “spice” things up is a risky practice, especially when you don’t have any connection to the community. We will also discuss oral traditions and why relying on books written by anthropologists instead of actual practitioners is a terrible idea.” With Andrea Hairston (m), Mikki Kendall and Daniel José Older.

Sunday, January 20

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Fantasy Outside the City Limits
“There’s epic (or secondary-world) fantasy, and then there’s urban fantasy, right? Well, what about contemporary fantasy outside the city? There’s a growing strain of excellent rural fantasy, but has fantasy touched suburbs or small towns? Come discuss the best contemporary fantasy outside the city limits!” With Vikki Ciaffone (m), Gail Z. Martin, Sabrina Vourvoulias and Trisha Wooldridge.
2:30 p.m. Magickal Traditions: A Review
“Like most mainstream religious faiths, there is a wide variety in the practices and beliefs of modern pagans, neo-pagans, and heathens. In this panel, some of them will talk about what they do and believe.” With Jessie Belisle, Catherine Kane, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor (m).
4:00 p.m. Beyond the Fringe
“The final season of “Fringe” has ended. Is this the great unsung SF series of the past few years? What do we make of the show and its odd take on Boston? Are we satisfied with its conclusion or did they blow it? And is Walter the character on TV you’d most like to have a strawberry milkshake with?” With Thomas Boutilier, PJ Letersky, Melina M.Gunnett (m) and Susan Soares.

Monday, January 21

10:00 a.m. Bullying in Fandom
“The fannish community claims to be anti-bullying, but online forums and message boards often teem with racist, sexist, and homophobic banter. Other groups, such as Furries, also face harassment. Minorities often encounter offensive comments and even threats of physical violence when criticizing an aspect of geek culture (such as depictions of people like them in a popular work). Why is bullying so prevalent in the community? How can we make fandom a more welcoming and respectful place for all?” With Melissa Kaplan, Lindsay Moore, KT Pinto (m) and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
11:30 a.m. The Undead and the People That Love Them
[moderator] “The undead are everywhere these days. Books, movies and TV are full of shows about them. Where is all this coming from? Why do we love our undead monsters so much?” With Susan Hanniford Crowley, James D. Macdonald, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
1:00 p.m. READING
I’m sharing a 75-minute time slot with KT Pinto and Michelle D’Entremont. I’ll be reading from my forthcoming novel All the Shadows of the Rainbow.
2:30 p.m. The Ephemeral City
“Festivals like Burning Man, Pennsic, and Rainbow Gatherings are huge annual events that bring together thousands of people for a short period, creating entire cities with their own economy and politics. What is the draw of a temporary society? What do these gatherings bring to the participants? How do they challenge “mundane” society? What are they really like, and what stays with you?” With Terry Franklin, Toni Lay and Meredith Schwartz (m).

October 9, 2012

My schedule at Albacon 2012


As of Thursday, October 11, this is my “final” programming schedule for Albacon 2012, which will take place October 18-21 in Albany, New York. I say “final” in quotations because all convention schedules are subject to change! Note that my individual reading time has been moved from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, and I will be participating in the Writers’ Workshop on Friday (I hadn’t gotten those sessions in the previous schedule).

Friday, October 19

1:30 p.m. Vampires, Dragons and Werewolves, Too
A discussion of paranormal tropes and how to write them. With Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley and Jan Dumas.
3:30 p.m. Small Press v.s. Large Press
The pros and cons of each publishing option. With Elektra Hammond, Susan Hannaford Crowley and JoLynne Valerie.
4:45 p.m. Gathering of the Missing Pages
Honestly? I’m baffled. All Workshop participants will be involved in whatever it is!
12:00 a.m. Midnight Reading
A group reading; I’m not sure if it’s intended to have a theme! With Kate Laity, Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley, Jan Dumas and Debi Chowdhury.

Saturday, October 20

1:00 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.
Tolkien Panel
“A discussion on the author, his influence and influences, and why he has remained popular for all these years.” Moderated by The Wombat, who organizes the local Conference on Middle-Earth, with Toni Lay, Ken Altabef and Paul Park. (My creds: I read The Hobbit in the 1960s and joined The Mythopoeic Society in 1973, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings about 20 times.)
4:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
The Reinvention of Vampires in Popular Literature
“An overlook of the changes, from bloodsucking villains to sparkly hunks.” I’m moderating this one, so we won’t be rehashing the same old arguments! With Phoebe Wray, Paul Park, Debi Chowdhury and Bethlynne Prellwitz, who hopefully will all still be speaking to me afterwards.
4:00 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.
SF/Fantasy Film Scores
A repeat of my presentation on SFF film score music–its history, styles, and what makes it distinctive. I’ll have lots of music clips as examples! New this year, a look at Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception
11:00 p.m. -
Midnight Erotic Reading
“For adults only.” With Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley, Kate Laity, Debi Chowdhury, Joel T. Keener, and Rebecca Hart. Come hear a steamy scene from my forthcoming third novel, All the Shadows of the Rainbow!

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m. -
11:00 p.m.
Individual Reading
I haven’t had a reading time of my own at a convention since Albacon 2010 (when no one came). I have a whole new book to read from and possibly some other stuff! There WILL be chocolate.
12:00 p.m. -
1:00 p.m.
Devilish Details
“So, you’re an expert on milking Piebald Yaks, and want to use this in your book. When do interesting touches become infodump overload.” With D.L. Carter (mod), S.C. Butler, Joshua Palmatier and Melissa Mead.

August 16, 2012

My schedule at Chicon 7

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I’ll be out at Chicon7 from August 30 through September 3, partly at the convention and partly visiting my sister and her family on their home turf for the first time since the 1980s. I will be doing a lot of running around and using Chicago’s public transit a great deal, but at least I’m economizing on rooming costs (and I got an insane deal on my plane tickets. If that’s an omen for the whole weekend, I should have a really great time!). Here is my panelist schedule:

Thursday, August 30 – 5:30 p.m.
Writer Under Glass #11 (this is a group-written story composed by a series of writers who sit in public view with their work displayed on a big monitor, taking up where the preceding writers left off. Everyone will see what a hopeless typist I am. I’ll be running to this straight from O’Hare, my flight gets in at 2:45 p.m.!)

Friday, August 31 – 10:30 a.m.
Starting a Small Press  (Wherein a bunch of entirely insane people who run small presses try to prevent you from making the same mistake. heh, just kidding!)

Friday, August 31 – 1:30 p.m.
Doom and Gloom and Dark Despair, Young Readers Love Them Everywhere (moderator) (Adults have been decrying the dark themes in children’s and teen fiction for about a century, but young readers love them. We’ll talk about why that is and why it bugs adults.)

Saturday, September 1 – 12:00 p.m.
What is Magical Realism?  (My books fall into this category more than they do any other, which throws some readers, so I was very interested in talking about it)

Sunday, September 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Incorporating the Personal into Speculative Fiction (My books incorporate a huge amount of my personal experience, so I really wanted to be in this discussion.)

Anyone who is going to be out at Chicon7, hope to see you there!

October 23, 2010

Conceding with Grace

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I have many thoughts about the controversy involving feminist science-fiction convention Wiscon and its decision to rescind its Guest of Honor invitation to Elizabeth Moon. I’m not going to discuss this topic directly right now–it’s much too large and tangled an issue to address simply, and I do not have the investment in Wiscon that others do. I have never been to a Wiscon and never plan to attend one.

However, the controversy has made me reflect on my own recent decision to recuse myself from an organization which I realized I had been taking advantage of–more thoughtlessly than dishonestly, but it still presented me with a small crisis of conscience.

In early 2008, I joined Broad Universe, an organization that was founded at Wiscon in 2000 and which, to quote its website, “is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror.” Note that it says, “women and men.” The FAQ further explains, “Anyone — man, woman, transgender, people of color, people of pallor, cats, Martians — anyone who shares that interest is welcome to join us in the bright circle. We are not a women-only organization.”

I joined at Level One membership, and I participated in Rapid Fire Readings, book information and/or sales tables at conventions, and the members’ book catalog. When I say, “participated,” I mean that I pitched in as a volunteer, almost immediately. I organized and emceed the first Rapid Fire Reading I took part in because there was no one else to do it, and I helped staff the tables at conventions. I sold an article to the Broadsheet newsletter, and I volunteered to do a fairly large research project, going through issues of Locus magazine collecting statistics on male and female writers who were listed and reviewed in the magazine.

I’d read the membership information, but I didn’t really think about it. I had lots of friends in Broad Universe and I volunteered to help out with their work because when I join an organization or group, that’s what I do. I think it’s accurate to say that, entirely aside from dues, I put as much into Broad Universe as I got from it. I’m even part of the informal local chapter, New England Broads, which does local group readings and other events.

Then, last year, Broad Universe hired me to redesign its three-fold flyer. In the course of doing that, I went over the website and printed materials very carefully–much more attentively than I had done before. At that point, I found myself with a moral dilemma.

The membership page of the website says, “Anyone can become a Level One member, but because of BU’s mission, only women may participate in the BU catalog, group readings, BU book-launch parties and similar marketing efforts. The rest of the Level One benefits are accessible to all Level One members.” In the section about eligibility for the book catalog, it says, “We jokingly say that if you use the women’s bathroom, you’re automatically in the catalog, but of course, that’s too facile and not entirely accurate. Still, if you self-identify as a woman, this is the place for you.”

That’s the phrase that jerked me to a dead stop. I don’t self-identify as a woman. Not at all. In fact, I identify so strongly as non-gendered that I refuse to answer gender questions, or lie, have written letters of complaint to companies that made gender information mandatory, and refuse to wear certain female clothes, like skirts or high-heeled shoes. This is a huge matter of principle for me. Certainly, life has denied me most of the “universal experiences” which are considered part of being female, and which are a source of bonding for nearly all women.

So I wrestled with this question: was it fair for me to continue enjoying the benefits of an organization founded specifically to support women writers, just because I can “pass” as female? Wasn’t it hypocritical of me to deny a female gender identity and yet quietly allow others to assume I had the same rights that they have? Whatever the reasons (and I’m sure they’re complex), I haven’t experienced most of the negative effects of sexism that so many women have suffered. I didn’t need Broad Universe–not the way real women writers do.

I pondered this for several months, and I almost resigned from the organization. But I value my friends there, and I still wanted to support the work it does. So, I renewed my membership at “Level Two,” which only includes the benefits which are open to non-female members. I no longer read in RFRs, although I’ll organize and emcee them, and I don’t put my books out for sale on the Broad Universe table. I’m not entitled to do those things. Broad Universe is for women writers, and I can’t insist that I’m not female and then conveniently pretend I am whenever I can get something by doing so. I’m a slave to my principles. It’s a horrible curse.

It’s a small thing, compared to what’s been going on with Wiscon and Elizabeth Moon. But some commentators have raised the question of whether a person with opinions so strongly at variance with the stated mission of Wiscon should, in all honesty and integrity, accept a position of honor from them. I can’t go so far as to say, “Elizabeth Moon should have had the grace to withdraw her acceptance as Guest of Honor, when it became apparent that her sincere views conflicted so violently with purpose of the convention and the feelings of its members.” That decision is between Ms. Moon and her own conscience.

But I know what I would have done.

(Crossposted from In Common with Humans)

October 6, 2010

My schedule at Albacon this weekend

This coming weekend, October 7-10, is Albacon, in Albany, New York. If you’re a writer, aspiring writer or avid reader, this is the place to be on Columbus Day weekend! There’s a reception on Thursday evening, and the convention opens with an all-day Writers’ Workshop on Friday. Here’s what I’ll be doing at Albacon, with descriptions and other participants. All of this is subject to last-minute changes, of course–it’s a convention!


Squire, 60 mins
Out of the Word Processor and Into the Bookstore
You’ve sold your manuscript and signed the contract. What happens to your book now? Learn all the steps of a book’s journey from author’s submission to readers’ hands, as hardcover, paperback and ebook editions. It’s a long road with more twists and turns than you might think, especially in the digital age.
with Ron Miller (Artist Guest of Honor), Ian Randal Strock


Squire, 60 mins
Vampires: Sparkling or Bloody?
Vampires: rotting corpses who feed on human vitality or dreamy sparkly beautiful mopey demi-gods? Discuss.
with Susan Hanniford Crowley, Elizabeth Darvill, Jackie Kessler (Moderator), KT Pinto, Morven Westfield
(I almost recused myself from this one. I get so exasperated by all the misinformation that gets repeated over and over and over about vampire folklore and fiction, I tend to make an obnoxious ass of myself on vampire panels. I was really hoping I would be assigned to moderate so all I’d have to do is ask questions and smile. With friends and BLUM’s newest author on this panel with me, I better be nice! :-( Maybe I’ll just put my foot in my mouth before I talk.)

Albany, 60 mins.
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Readers: C. Margery Kempe, K.A. Laity, Roberta Rogow, Morven Westfield
A “rapid fire reading” is the reading equivalent of the tapas bar–delight your ear’s palate with a varied sampling of short excerpts by members of Broad Universe, the only organization dedicated to supporting and promoting women writers of SF/F/H.

Albany, 60 mins
Solo Reading
I may read from more than one work, and I may read an excerpt from my work-in-progress, All the Shadows of the Rainbow and invite comments from my listeners. I’m still putting it all together, though!

Squire, 60 mins
Connecting with Readers Workshop
What does it take to reach readers? How do you cultivate a relationship with your fans?
with Stella Price (Moderator)

Con Suite, 2 hours
By Light Unseen Media Meet and Greet
By Light Unseen Media takes over the Con Suite to celebrate a great year in 2010 so far, and our newest release, Blood Justice, by David Burton. We’ll have some good food, a little music, books, conversation, and BLUM authors Inanna Arthen and KT Pinto (if we can coax her away from the Masquerade!). Drop in and say hello!

Town, until whenever
Steamy Romance Reading
The stories don’t have to be scorching, but it helps! This is a 18+ event. Attendees will have the chance to win some swag thanks to Authors After Dark.
with Kimi Alexandre, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Bianca D’Arc, Elizabeth Darvill, Kayleigh Jamison, C. Margery Kempe, Jo Lynne Valerie, Kit Marlowe, Stella Price, Morven Westfield
(It sure does get hot in Albany on Saturday night! We’ve all got some juicy pieces to read, so bring a cold drink along!)


Town, 60 mins
Small Press: The Good, the Bad and the Surprising
As the dinosaurs of publishing lumber along wondering about this ebook thing, are the nimble mammals of the small press your best bet?
with Bianca D’Arc, CJ Henderson, David Hartwell, Peter Prellwitz, Michael A. Ventrella
(I am totally unbiased and objective about this topic. No, really. Switzerland’R'Us. And if you believe that…:-) )

All information about registering, hotel rooms (rooms are still available), and the complete program are on the Albacon website. Hope to see you there!

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