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December 31st, 2016

Where I'll be in 2016

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The list in progress!

January:

·      Arisia, Boston, MA. Jan. 15-18th. I’m moderating a panel on the Founding Mothers of SFF and helping with the Outer Alliance gathering on Sunday. Otherwise, hanging out and enjoying myself.

·      2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event – Jan. 21. I’ll be doing a post on things I have pondered while serving as an awards judge for various writing awards.

February:

·      DevFest MN 2016February 6th, Minneapolis. I’ll be doing a joint presentation on Accessibility and Aging in IT with Twin Cities Women in Tech founder Valerie Lockhart.

·      Inflagranti Delicto: Writing Good Sex Scenes – Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. February 13, 1-5PM. Class that I’m offering at the Loft; it will need to have 6 or more registrants to carry.

·      Lavender Ink: Writing and Selling LGBTQ Fiction - Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis. February 27, 1-4PM. Class that I’m offering at the Loft; it will need to have 6 or more registrants to carry.

March:

Women Author's Event - Tretter Collection at the University of MN Libraries (joint event with Quatrefoil Library).March 26, 1-4PM. Featured authors include Jessie Chandler, Judith Katz, Pat Schmatz, MB Panichi, myself and possibly Rachel Gold.

April:

AlterConf Minneapolis - Lead Pages, Minneapolis, April 9, 11PM - 4PM. Tech conference focused on diversity issues in IT and gaming. Valerie Lockhart and I will be focusing on making IT-related workplaces more accessible on multiple levels.

May:

June:

·      Au Contraire! 2016 – Wellington, New Zealand. June 3-5th. No idea if I’ll be on programming but hoping to get on a panel or two. Besides, New Zealand! Whee!

CONvergence 2016 – Minneapolis, MN. June 30th- July 3rd. Panels, perhaps a reading. Cancelled due to illness.


July:

·      Diversicon 24 – Minneapolis, MN (new hotel likely). July 29th-31st. Jessica Amanda Salmonson is GOH this year. Panels, perhaps a reading.

August:

·      MidAmericanCon II – Kansas City, MN. August 17th-21st. Worldcon for 2016. Panels.

September:

October:

·      Gaylaxicon 2016Minneapolis, MN. October 7th-9th. Panels and perhaps a reading.

·      Arcana 46 – St. Paul, MN. October 21st-23rd. Panels.

November:

·      TeslaCon, hopefully. For the sheer joy of it. Madison, WI. November17th-20th

December:

July 28th, 2016

Diversicon is upon us this weekend and I've had to scale back a bit due a sick cat (ruptured gland abcess so antibiotics a couple of times a day) and scheduling Mom visit, etc. But I'll be around and have a lively panel line up.


Diversicon 22 Programming Schedule

Friday, July 29, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: The Fairy Tale Renaissance
About the influence of the late 18th and19th century (fairy) tales on modern literature.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Michael Levy

2:00-2:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Panel: Women Warriors in Fact and Fiction
Hua Mulan, Grace O’Malley, the Rhani of Jhansi, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Red Sonja, Dark Agnes, Jirel of Joiry,Naomi and the list goes on. Real, women warriors are often deemed fictional when they were real, their deeds forgotten or diminished while the fictional kind are often presented as though they were unique and alone. What makes a woman a warrior? Who are some of our favorites, real or imaginary? What would you like to see more of? And Less of?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson

3:00-3:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Celebration of the Works of Shirley Jackson
Our Posthumous Guest (1916-1965) wrote novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and stories such as “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” and “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.” We’ll look at her life, work, and her influence on new generations of writers, horror And beyond.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry

5:00-5:25 pm — Railroad Lobby
Massive Autographing: Naomi Kritzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson Ruth Berman, Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, et al.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

1:00-1:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Haunted Hearths, Spectral Visions
Ghost Stories by Women Writers Many early writers of the fantastic were women and some of the best known female literary figures tried their hand at writing supernatural suspense, particularly ghost stories. Edith Wharton, E. Nesbit and Mrs. Oliphant were amongst the best known but there are many writers whose names are no longer as well known. What’s the appeal of the ghost story and why did it speak to so many women writers? What are some of our favorites? Writers who should be rediscovered? And whither the ghost story? Will it be making a comeback?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ruth Berman

July 26th, 2016

What I'm up to this week

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Soooo much stuff!

  • Tonight, I'm taking a friend to go hear Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner in history, speak at the Target Center.

  • Tomorrow night, I go listen to Salman Rushdie read from his latest at Macalester College, thanks to a generous friend with an extra ticket

  • Thursday night, Author/Editor and ghost story maven Jessica Amanda Salmonson will be reading at DreamHaven Books and Comics, along with local author Naomi Kritzer. They'll be kicking off Diversicon weekend.

What I'm doing at Diversicon (times to follow):

*”Haunted Hearths, Spectral Visions: Ghost Stories by Women Writers
Many early writers of the fantastic were women and some of the best known female literary figures tried their hand at writing supernatural suspense, particularly ghost stories. Edith Wharton, E. Nesbit and Mrs. Oliphant were amongst the best known but there are many writers whose names are no longer as well known. What's the appeal of the ghost story and why did it speak to so many women writers? What are some of our favorites? Writers who should be rediscovered? And whither the ghost story? Will it be making a comeback?

”Women Warriors in Fact and Fiction.”
Hua Mulan, Grace O'Malley, the Rhani of Jhansi, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Red Sonja, Dark Agnes, Jirel of Joiry, and the list goes on. Real, women warriors are often deemed fictional when they were real, their deeds forgotten or diminished while the fictional kind are often presented as though they were unique and alone. What makes a woman a warrior? Who are some of our favorites, real or imaginary? What would you like to see more of? And Less of? --Suggested by Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson

*Panel: ”Celebration of the Works of Shirley Jackson.” Our Posthumous Guest (1916-1965) wrote novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and stories such as “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” and “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.” We’ll look at her life, work, and her influence on new generations of writers, horror And beyond.--Suggested by Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry

 Panel or Discussion: LGBTQ SF/F You Should be Reading. What's new or just plain under-appreciated? Where can you find interesting queer sfnal sofk? What new directions is current LGBTQ SF taking? Catherine Lundoff, mod.

*Panel: The Fairy Tale Renaissance. About the influence of the late 18th and19th century (fairy) tales on modern literature. Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Michael Levy


So I'm reading a lot of Shirley Jackson, intermittantly watching the DNC feeds (yes, #ImwithHer), plotting my next moves and other good stuff.

July 23rd, 2016

Miscellaneous stuff

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Sekrit Project Edits turned in! Early! Now we sort of celebrate while we hope the migraine clears.

Also, added a new Queer Ya panel at World Con - see previous entry for description.

Cool things seen today. The Comic-Con Wonder Woman trailer. Though I wish it was set during World War II instead of World War 1 as a reminder that the Nazis were supposed to be bad guys.



For a real life Wonder Woman, check out this awesome
video and gif of American track and field champion Kendra Harrison breaking a world record in the 100m today.

And just because it makes me giggle every time. "There be no WiFi in Osgiliath"





So, my Worldcon schedule is so very full of awesome. Everything looks so interesting! Squirrel Girl! Build a World! A panel on aging! A panel on building a small press (and yes, starting to get back on track with stuff. Again)! And OMG, I'm moderating a panel on cyberpunk with Pat Cadigan on it. She's justifiably considered to be one of the great cyberpunk writers, for those just tuning in, and she's one of the GoHs this year. I'm going to be doing a fair amount of prep work for this con, that much is clear.

So who's going to be there?



Knock on Wood. From Squirrel Girl to Lumberjanes

Thursday 18:00 - 19:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

What the junk?! In the last couple of years we've seen the growth of comics that might superficially appear to be aimed at a YA audience, however these titles are hitting the mainstream with a vengeance. Marvel are leading the pack with Squirrel Girl, Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel, but there's also a vast amount of Indie work coming through such as Lumberjanes, Space Dumplin', Kaos Komics and Footloose. Our panel discuss why these titles are so popular, and what they have to offer both new and established audiences. 

Tom Galloway, Jason Sanford, Adam Rakunas, Rebecca Schwarz (M), Catherine Lundoff

The Joys of Running a Small Press

Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 2205 - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

The old joke is that the way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start out with a large fortune.  Small publishers fill an important niche in the world of science fiction, even in this era of self-publishing.  Some of the foremost small publishers talk about the trials and tribulations of finding their place and surviving.

Eric Reynolds, Catherine Lundoff, Beth Meacham (M), Mr Paul Starr, Jason Sizemore

 

Living in a Cyberpunk Society

Friday 11:00 - 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

We may not be able to jack in directly, but we are part of the Cyberfuture. When technology thrives but society decays, seemingly dystopic worlds arise. To what extent is our world a cyberpunk universe and what more can we expect to happen to take us there?

Ms Pat Cadigan, Lyda Morehouse, Allan Dyen-Shapiro, Takayuki Tatsumi, Catherine Lundoff (M)

The Build-A-World Game Show

Friday 21:00 - 22:00, 2503A - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

The Build-a-World Game Show is a live action worldbuilding game designed and run by Monica Valentinelli. Two teams of panelists compete to build a fantastic world in under an hour for fun and prizes. The Build-a-World Game Show incorporates audience participation, takes place in three rounds, and results in a fan-voted winner! This year, Martha Wells, David McDonald, Catherine Lundoff, and Tex Thompson will be competing.
 

Ms. Monica Valentinelli (M), Tex Thompson, Mr David McDonald, Martha Wells, Catherine Lundoff

Complexity of Character: Coming Out in Teen Spec Fic

Young adult speculative fiction is doing a fairly good job of featuring a diverse and varied cast of characters, but books that feature LGBT, asexual, and nonbinary characters are still not always easy to find. Let’s talk about what books and characters are out there, and what themes and identities are still underrepresented in YA SF? What challenges do spec fic authors face when writing and publishing books about teen sexuality and love? Beyond the main characters, what roles do the secondary and tertiary characters play in helping to advance the conversation about teen sexuality?

Saturday, 10:00 am. Catherine Lundoff (M) - last minute addition, will add panelists when I know who they are

Aging in Speculative Fiction

Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)

One day you wake up with a new ache, another day you notice you have more grey hairs than brown, another you realise people on the bus ask if you would like their seat. Despite all of this you are still 30 inside and just as lively as ever (well, almost). Is the process of aging ever covered in science fiction and fantasy or is it one of the last great taboos?

Eleanor Arnason, Catherine Lundoff, James Patrick Kelly (M), Connie Willis, Bud Sparhawk

July 20th, 2016

Several things make a post

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  • Progress made on Sekrit Project. I'm liking it much better on the third rewrite and I think I have my thaumaturgy issues resolved. No, I can't tell you what they are yet. Hoping to get it done and turned in early to the editor to see if she concurs.
  • Progress made on pulling together 4 short fiction collections, two for Emily L. Byrne (Other Me) and two for me. Hoping to get that pulled together in the next few weeks and follow up on the covers I optimistically selected months ago, thinking it wouldn't take that long.
  • Planning on getting back on to making progress with the Queen of Swords Press website. I've done some work on related stuff, but need to really dig in.
  • I just signed on to moderate a panel at Midamericon II on queer YA. This is not a core competency of mine but I'm a decent moderator so there we have it. Suggestions on blogs and titles welcome! For those keeping score at home, I'm now on 5 programming items barring changes: cyberpunk (suggestions also welcome), aging in SF/F, queer YA, indie comics (see note re: suggestions) and running a small press. Whee! It's cramming time!
  • Diversicon is coming up real soon now (a week and one half away), GOH is acclaimed and queer SFnal ground-breaking editor and author Jessica Amanda Salmonson. She is also one of the first transwomen to come out as trans in science fiction, fantasy or horror. Special Guest is multi-award nominated and winning author Naomi Kritzer. My tentative schedule there includes panels on Shirley Jackson, fairy tales, ghost stories and women warriors and perhaps some queer SF/F/H stuff. Should be interesting.
  • Still have giant gaping holes in the office wall with a stunning view of new copper plumbing. Hoping to get that fixed up before Kansas City.
  • Having hit a wall of sorts with a lot of things, am now engaged in a massive reorganization and cleanout of the house, possessions, backlog on stuff like will updates and watching a lot less telebvision and it's beginning to help. I think. Less clutter, more productivity.
Back to avoiding the RNC for as long as possible!

July 13th, 2016

Miscellaneous stuff

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2016 is pretty much fired. I'm struggling with the murders and hate and various things going to hell in the proverbial hand basket and everything that a lot of other people are struggling with. So I'm dealing with it by organizing my space, trying to get projects done and trying to get back into the rhythm of writing while supporting all of the good things that I can support. I'm going to a MN Lynx game in a week and will be there  early for the Black Lives Matter pre-game minirally to support the Lynx after the head of the police union attacked them. I'm going to go hear Malala Yousafzai speak in a week. I'm supporting various folks in various ways to keep doing the work that they're doing. And so we keep on keeping on, doing what we can do, making things better where we can. Hang in there and take care of yourselves.

Edited to add: Because small joys help, just met with a work colleague who's coming out as a transwoman at my day job. My area is very Xtian, very conservative and I'm the only out queer (probably the only queer period, but hey, hope springs eternal). Her area, on the other hand, has stepped up to the plate and been pretty supportive, up and including making our LGBTQ employee's food drive for the Aliveness Project a pretty big success on their donations alone. And that's pretty damn cool. :-)

June 29th, 2016

See yesterday's post for the first part of the list. As noted there, I picked three LGBTQ organizations a day to plug; it's not an exhaustive list by any means, but I tried for a broad range of topics and for organizations that are less high profile and/or which are doing good work for folks who are otherwise not in the spotlight. Hope that this proves useful!



Aging

Living with Disabilities

Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Writing While Queer

Native American Two Spirit and LGBTQ+

Refugees

Religion and Humanism

Some Regional Organizations that Could Really Use a Hand


  •    #prideorgs #45 Equality Mississippi @EqualityMiss - advocacy and support - equalitymississippi.org/about/

  •   #prideorgs #46 Equality North Carolina @equalitync - lobbying, advocacy and support - equalitync.org/who/mission/

  • #prideorgs #47 Tennessee Equality Project @tnequality - education and legal and political - advocacy tnep.nationbuilder.com

Finishing out the list with theaters, because I love live theater and everybody should get to see themselves on stage:

June 27th, 2016

I'd been thinking about this project for Pride Month anyway, but Orlando made it feel a lot more necessary. As a rule, most nonprofit and/or advocacy organizations that focus on LGBTQ+ people are generally underfunded and understaffed. They don't have the resources to deal with huge demands, like the aftermath of a massacre or fighting the continuing onslaught of bathroom bills or equivalent disasters. They operate on a shoestring to support everything from suicide counseling to coming out to refugee assistance to legal aid to training the next generation of LGBTQ folks to be elected to public office. My hope is that people will donate where they can, volunteer and otherwise support these groups and others like them. I started this on June 14th and will be wrapping up on June 30th, but I thought I'd start compiling the list out here. I've been boosting 3 organizations a day which provide some sort of support to LGBTQ+ folks. Each three are more or less thematically linked, at last in my head. If you follow me on Twitter (@clundoff), you can follow along daily on the #prideorgs, but you can also see the list on a browser without logging in. It is U.S.-focused but there are some Canadian and international organizations included as well. Most site have additional resources and links to other groups.

Onsite assistance to Orlando shooting victims, their loved ones and their communities.

LGBTQ Legal Assistance (National)
Grants and Community Funding

LGBTQ Archives and Libraries

Political Advocacy
Bisexual and Trans Organizing and Advocacy
Queer Youth HomelessnessQueer People of Color
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June 26th, 2016

I'm on New Zealand radio!

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 Briefly, at any rate. :-)
I was on a "Gender Diversity and Sexuality" panel at Au Contraire, New Zealand's national sf con, a few weeks ago, with moderator Andi Buchanan, GOH Amanda Fitzwater and other interesting folks. We had a lively discussion and part of it was recorded for New Zealand radio. We start at about 14 minutes in on the 19.06.2016 show.
http://http://accessradio.org.nz/Programmes+and+Podcasts/Writer's+Island#.V2_QMcg8LCT

And happy and safe Pride to everyone celebrating this weekend!

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