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December 31st, 2015

Where I'll be in 2015

Anne Bonny
Updates to follow as I have them.

  • Marscon 2015 - March 6-8, Bloomington, MN. I'm a guest again this year and doing panels and a reading, as per my norm.
  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival - March 27-29, New Orleans, LA. Combination birthday trip/vacation/conference. I'm not doing any programming but will be around and about.
  • Bi+ Story Slam - April 9th, 7:30-9:30, Nicollet Diner, Minneapolis. Bisexual Organizing Project AWP 2015 offsite event. I'll be reading a thing, as will other folks.
  • 4th Street Fantasy - June 26-28. Minneapolis. Schedule,TBD. This is back to conflicting with both Twin Cities Pride and the Antiquarian Book Fair so I won't be around all weekend. No idea about panels yet.
  • CONvergence - July 2-5, Bloomington, MN. Panels - see CONvergence tag.
  • Diversicon 23 - July 24-26, St. Paul, MN. Panels and more panels
  • Sirens - October 8-11. Denver, CO. Panels.
  • Arcana - October 23-25. St. Paul, MN. Editor Guest of Honor

November 24th, 2015

Sadly, nowhere that interesting at present.
The week in review:
  • Had to skip TeslaCon due to work purgatory/Mom-funding issues/related fun
  • Had multiple exciting convos with DHS and the nursing home about Mom funding and their schedule for providing proof of no assets. The short version: one more document and I can send this round in, then twiddle my thumbs until things hopefully get approved. Takeaways: 1. system for dealing with the aged is ghastly and I don't know how anyone navigates it without help, 2. I'm glad that I live in a state that does have funding because otherwise $6500 a month would get...problematic, 3. Minions in the system can be very, very helpful so be nice to them. It's like a fairytale: be nice to the billing office assistant, the receptionist at the credit union and the dude stuck answering the phones at giant government bureaucracy and they help you find the magical artifacts. Or in this case, answer a bunch of questions and find key documents that had gone walkabout. I really, really hope this is the last of this because it's already horrible and stressful and this just piles it on.
  • Work is work The frequent emails from HR urging us all to "breathe" and "relax" are making me want to burn things to the ground.
  • Queen of Swords Press has passed the trademark research stage. Now on to other fun!
  • Set up everything in the house to convert to wireless from DSL; going well so far and will be much cheaper after set up costs are dealt with.
  • Older car = expensive repairs, house on the brink of expensive repairs, etc.
  • Am I down at the BLM 4th precinct protests? No. Do I feel somewhat guilty about that? Yes. What am I doing instead? Helping out where I can - just paid a chunk of a coworker's costs for taking a carload of supplies up there and plan on doing more of same. 
  • Otherwise, spending rest of week relaxing, ungluing from the ceiling and working on stuff. Also, time with long-neglected friends. All of it so very much needed.

November 17th, 2015

We've all seen the pictures; here are some ways to help: 
This looks like a great list -  Global Voices 

Author Patrick Ness and a growing group of UK and US YA and MG authors are doing a massive fund drive for Save the Children UK  

Icelandic author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir  put out a call for Icelanders willing to house refugees and where possible, pay for their airfare. Over 10k people responded. That inspired similar calls in Scotland and Germany. 

Here in the U.S., the International Refugee Committee is pushing the Federal Government to take in more refugees while providing help on the ground and at sea.

And finally, Muslim refugees are converting in droves to Christianity to prevent deportation. They should never have to do this and should be protected under international law as what they are: refugees fleeing civil war, not "migrants." Please support initiatives that support them in their right to worship or not worship as they choose.

Added, new: this is great list of practical ways to help refugees resettle in the U.S. - https://storify.com/AthertonKD/how-to-help-refugees-settle-in-the-united-states#publicize

And a great list from NPR, specifically for Syrian refugees - http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-03/5-groups-doing-important-work-help-refugees-you-may-not-have-heard


November 16th, 2015

New story out!

Anne Bonny
I have a new story out today! "Bluebeard's Wife" in "The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories," edited by Maxim Jakubowski is out in print and audiobook now. This was a challenging story to write but I'm glad that Maxim encouraged me to write something for it! I should mention that it's out in the U.K. in print and book today, audiobook all over and out in the U.S. In midDecember. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mammoth-Book-Jack-Ripper-Stories/dp/1472135849

November 13th, 2015

So here I am last Sunday, reading a newly-composed-for-the-occasion snarky story about writerly distractions, unicorns and sundry genre tropes at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis. There were a number of other writers doing readings, do check out the channel for readings by the folks who agreed to be recorded.

November 12th, 2015

Give to the Max MN Day!

Anne Bonny
 #GTMD15 It's Give to the Max Day here in MN - help your favorite local nonprofits get matching funds! https://www.givemn.org

November 9th, 2015

  •  Yesterday's MN Spec reading went well. I spent part of last week whipping up a new performance piece (what I call my short pieces of fiction which are not intended to be submitted, only read for short timeslots) about unicorns, distraction, the writing process and all that. It was based on an email from the reading organizer - he took it well and I autographed my copy of the story and gave it to him as a memento. :-) The readings were pretty good - about 8 people reading 5-10 minutes each and a jolly time was had, as far as I could tell. Video to follow when it is unleashed upon the world. It was also my last scheduled reading for this year.
  • I built a reading list on Goodreads for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror with queer female protagonists that I've read, liked and read as queer text (translation: I had to remember the protagonist as somewhere on a queer continuum, which doesn't always happen). It's in progress and I'll keep adding to it, but if you're looking for things to read in this area, there's likely a few works and authors on there that you might want to check out, provided my personal taste is in line with yours.
  • One of the things that I've been up to in my copious free time over the last decade is so is award-judging. I don't do a gigantic amount of it, but as I'm currently wrapping up a new round of reading and it's mostly in paranormal and sfnal romance and erotica, I figured I would do a blog post on Things to Consider Not Doing. Just in time for NaNoWriMo (which I am not doing).
  • Things I am doing: one half of a joint presentation proposal on on Accessibility and Aging in Tech to one of the local developer conferences. More on that if we get accepted.
Other than all this, trying to survive a really grueling month. Last week was pretty grim on the day job and health end, but hoping this week will be better. In the meantime, I have to follow up on a bunch of press stuff and article proposals and another story or two. More bulletins soon.

November 8th, 2015

Reading today!

Anne Bonny
 I'm doing a reading today with a bunch of other speculative fiction authors! The 2015 MNSpec Local Authors Showcase  at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, from 3-6PM. Discover some new authors, enjoy good company and eat yummy food! http://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/events/225930821/

November 2nd, 2015

Post Arcana...

Anne Bonny
So my first GoH appearance and it takes a week and change for me to write it up. This in turn tells you how things have been going - more updates soon. Whee!

Okay, so things that went well:
  • New ghost story was an audience hit (twice, even!)
  • Victorian Women Horror Writers and the Dark Fantasy of Angela Carter and Tanith Lee panels were easily some of the best panels I've ever been on - excellent co-panelists, good info, good audience engagement. Great stuff!
  •  Other panels mostly went well
  • Lovely friends showed up to support me and I had an excellent guest liaison
  • Proximity to the terrific Nelson's Deli in St. Paul 
  • Lots of prior convention experience (mine)
  • Some really fun and jolly conversations on Saturday afternoon
  • Met interesting new people
Things that could have gone better or lessons learned:
  • Friday night programming w/ the author guest of honor. Not because he did anything wrong but because the dynamics opened up some culture clash fannish stuff. I think I would have had a pretty rough time dealing with the difference between the squee that he got and the meh I got, if I had run into it earlier in my career. Being a published writer/editor/etc. and doing the con circuit requires a fair amount of ego, after all, and no one likes feeling like an afterthought. As it was, I was both cranky and amused but survived without having a tantrum (though there was a near miss about getting edited off the con website to put in more about him on Saturday, especially since I was the only one who'd made an attempt to publicize and promote the con to begin with. Okay, so maybe more bitter than I thought). In any case, he was gone the rest of the weekend due to another engagement so I got my star time too and things got better after Friday night. I think this was likely true for both of us as he was having a rough weekend and I think he also requires a larger playing field than this particular con could provide. I, on the other hand, needed to demonstrate that I could handle myself in the spotlight and that was much easier to do at a smaller con.
  • Sleep, hydration and well-maintained blood sugar are your friends. I didn't tank once all weekend, which was very nice.
  • Recruit a support network. In this case, I requested a guest liaison who I knew and liked and invited some of my friends to come and do panels. Other folks dropped by because they were in town or were interested in dark fantasy and/or horror. And that made it much better time.
And that's probably about it. In general, I had a nice time, hung out with friends, had some great discussions, enjoyed some good programming, met some new people, and really had perfectly good experience for a first time GoH run. I also may be getting some other opportunities through this, but nothing I can announce yet. If nothing else, I acquitted myself decently well and boosted con attendance (which they were quite happy about). :-)

Here's a nice write-up from local author and musician Conrad Zero, who had a fine time there too.

My fabulous Goth corsage, made by author Monica Valentinelli. :-)))

And Werewolf Ginger Beer, courtesy of Nelson's Deli:


October 26th, 2015


“Ghosts in Alternate History”
By Gail Z. Martin

“Alternate” history means that the timeline has been changed. Maybe the Roman Empire never fell or the Titanic didn’t sink or Alexander the Great lived to a ripe old age. That one change, big or little, sends the future reeling in a direction different from the one we know.

Usually, alternate history focuses on the tangible. Inventions (especially those that make a big difference in military advantage) happen before or after their real time, changing everything. Individuals don’t die, or die young, thus affecting history and the accomplishments/contributions of descendants. Battles weren’t lost, ships didn’t sink, assassinations didn’t happen.

So if we’re mucking about with history, why not bring in the supernatural? Perhaps a timeline where events completely validate the predictions of Nostradamus or Edger Cayce beyond the shadow of a doubt? Maybe a timeline where Mesmerism turned out to be real, séances proved the existence of the afterlife, and it wasn’t considered crazy for heads of state to have mediums among their cabinet members.

Since history generally gets re-written by the winners, imagine what would happen if you could conjure up the real ghosts of history’s losers and find out what really happened? Or perhaps, summon the ghosts of a country’s or religion’s founders to validate or debunk what they actually intended from their writings? Suppose the ghosts of dead scientists could influence the research extending their theories?

In Iron & Blood, the steampunk series co-authored with my husband, Larry N. Martin, we have cool science and spooky magic. In fact, that tension between science and the supernatural is an important thread. In our alternate history Pittsburgh, it’s not about picking a side between the two—it’s about finding ways for technology and magic to complement and reinforce each other, or to function as counterbalancing weapons.

For me, the ‘what if’ factor of magic/supernatural elements adds an interesting dimension to alternate history, which is often very fact-driven or technology propelled. Maybe the supernatural becomes the ultimate ‘soft’ science, and in a reimagined past it is as empirically proven and testable as any other natural force.

Our past—real or imagined—is always haunted by our losses, broken dreams, and failures. People of every age have been fascinated with the inexplicable. Adding a well-explained and thoughtfully constructed supernatural thread to alternate history adds a deeper human dimension—and in my opinion, just makes it even more fun!

My Days of the Dead blog tour runs through October 31 with never-before-seen cover art, brand new excerpts from upcoming books and recent short stories, interviews, guest blog posts, giveaways and more! Plus, I’ll be including extra excerpt links for my stories and for books by author friends of mine. You’ve got to visit the participating sites to get the goodies, just like Trick or Treat! Details here: www.AscendantKingdoms.com

Trick Or Treat! Enjoy an excerpt from #Vendetta by @GailZMartin @RebellionPub here http://bit.ly/1ZXCPVS

DaysOfTheDead TrickOrTreat DoubleDragonSampler#1 http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/sample/DDPSAMPLE001.mobi

Trick Or Treat! Something wonderfully wicked this way comes! Coming Attractions w 4 sweet giveaways http://disquietingvisions.com/2015/10/13/coming-attractions/ @RebellionPub @orbitbooks

Book swag is the new Trick-or-Treat! Grab your envelope of book swag awesomeness from me & 10 authors http://on.fb.me/1h4rIIe before 11/1!

About the Author

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the upcoming novel Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books) as well as the epic fantasy novel Shadow and Flame (March, 2016 Orbit Books) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. Shadowed Path, an anthology of Jonmarc Vahanian short stories set in the world of The Summoner, debuts from Solaris books in June, 2016.

Other books include The Jake Desmet Adventures a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin as well as Ice Forged, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) from Orbit Books and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities from Solaris Books.

Gail writes four series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures, The King’s Convicts series, and together with Larry N. Martin, The Storm and Fury Adventures. Her work has appeared in over 20 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: The Big Bad 2, Athena’s Daughters, Realms of Imagination, Heroes, With Great Power, and (co-authored with Larry N. Martin) Space, Contact Light, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens.

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