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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.


  • Sirens - October 8-11. Denver, CO. Schedule, TBD.

  • Arcana - October 23-25. St. Paul, MN. Editor Guest of Honor


April 24th, 2015

Miscellaneous things

Anne Bonny
 It has been a WEEK, which has included the end of Hell Cold, a hellacious migraine and the decision to move my mother into longterm nursing care. She's just not coming back very well from her fall and the staff is very concerned about her reinjuring herself, which seems quite probable. Finances are still semi-hosed, of course, in the sense that I'm still trying to get a problem resolved which is now entering Month 4. We get to start cleaning out her apartment this weekend while trying to convince her this is just temporary. :-(

In other news, I'm concentrating on novel rewrites and my article for "Queers Destroy Horror," in the interests of keeping things sort of manageable. And on Monday, we get the windows cleaned and the sewer line evaluated for replacement. Sure to be good times. I'm doing a "Penny Dreadful" rematch this weekend for sanity preservation.

And signal boosting. One of the best things about living in Minneapolis is Heart of the Beast Theater's  annual May Day Parade and Festival. It's next weekend and I can hardly wait! In the meantime, they're looking for volunteers and donations so please help if you can.

The Con or Bust Auction is in full swing. Bid on the awesomeness!

And as some of you know, I did a writing residency with acclaimed writer Samuel Delany a number of years back, so I'm pretty excited to see this new anthology in his honor. Support "Stories for Chip" and make it happen!

April 22nd, 2015


Anne Bonny
 My day so far: up at 4:30AM for jolly migraine-triggered power puking, followed by several more hours of "fun," followed by my GP and I simultaneously canceling on each other for my morning appointment due to illness, followed by a care conference re: Mom. Prognosis: got another move coming up (no more quasi-independent living) and she won't be happy about it. Another month ahead of wrangling and sorting and dealing. So please bear with me if I owe you responses, etc. And at this point, I'm well aware of the options so commiseration and/or sympathy or help is welcome, advice less so at the moment. Thanks for understanding! 😕

April 17th, 2015

Odds and Ends

Anne Bonny
Been another week of Hell Cold, Mom crises and novel revisions. I am finally doing better, hopefully on the mend though, and decisions about Mom's future get tackled next week. She's doing better, but it's not clear that she's going to do enough better to go back to her apartment. Still wrangling finances, seemingly endlessly (into Month 3 on trying to close her accounts now) so still good times ahead. novel revisions are picking up steam as are bit and pieces of press planning. Hopefully, a healthy ten days or so and I get caught back up.

In other news, I've added an event on Sunday, June 14th at noon. I'll be doing a Author
Koffee Klatch with MinnSpec, which is an hour long talk and Q&A session. They do these a couple of times a year and I'm pleased to have been asked to do one. Please register and come one by!

I'm also sponsoring a
Con or Bust membership for Arcana: A Conference of the Dark Fantastic, I'll be the GOH at Arcana this year and I've decided that i want to try and donate Con or Bust memberships where I can because it's an effort I want to support. I sponsored one for Diversicon this year in honor of GOH Ytasha Womack and it's already been accepted, so hopefully this one goes as well. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested. Applications will open in a month or two. Also, check out the Con or Bust page for links to their terrific annual auction, which is is always worth shopping at and which opens on 4/20.

Re: other events of the week, I'm sure you're wondering if I have an opinion about the Hugos. Or not. And I do, though I don't know that it is necessarily more nuanced than those found other places. Short, consolidated version: I think the Puppy Slates (both of them) exploited some obvious loopholes in the Hugos nomination process, but I think other folks "helped" them along by not nominating more quality work and voting.That said, if this year provides nothing else, I think it's woken a lot of folks up, at least for the moment. I think the Awards will need to make some changes and I truly feel for the Administrators because this has got to be a hell of a lot of undeserved crap to deal with. That said, I'm voting No Award in any Puppy-dominated slot because I'm not a fan of playing footsie with homophobic white supremacists who like to throw in a healthy dose of misogyny (such a surprise!). I'm voting for the best of the nonPuppy candidates available in in each slot and no Award if I think there isn't one. As for those professionals  "drafted" on to the Puppy slates who have chosen to remain on the ballot, thereby benefiting however unintentionally from the system being gamed in their favor, I think that the ones doing award-quality work will deserve nominations in future years. As for the others, wails of "victimhood" and all, too bad. Many kudos to the two authors who took the high road and did the right thing by withdrawing their nominations; I look forward to reading the works of Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos  for future award consideration.

April 12th, 2015

  • My mother has graduated from hospital to rehab and is doing as well as can be expected after a week that has included a broken hip and partial hip replacement.
  • Other things are still murky but I am finally feeling better after 10 days of something flulike
  • Thursday's AWP Bi+ Story Slam (AWP 2015 Offsite Reading), went pretty well considering I wished I was in a medically induced coma by the time I got there. I opted to read a version of a personal essay about my coming out as bi and its aftermath, originally written for a book that the late great Cheryl B. was working on when she passed away. It was quite well-received, which was lovely, and the rest of the readings were quite good, so I was glad I crawled off my Death Couch for the event.
  • I went to AWP (the national conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) on Saturday and had a fine time. As expected, it was mostly MFA programs, poetry and academic writing, but there were some pockets of genre and some interesting readings and presentations. I appreciated the scathing honesty of one of the making a living as a writer panelists who broke it down as" "Marry well. Rich is nice, supportive is much better." True enough. The historical fiction panel I went to was a bit dull, but I had a nice lunch afterwards at Brit's Pub with writers Michael Merriam, Conrad Z-ro and  Abra Staffin Wiebe. After that, Mike, Conrad and I went off to do the BookFair, which was gigantic. I picked up some interesting books from Upper Rubber Boot Books and A Midsummer Night's Press and schmoozed the nice folks at Minor Arcana Press and chatted with David Schwartz and Kristin Livdahl at the Small Beer Press table. After that, I had tea with Mike and Rachel Gold, then went to a panel on voice which featured author Roxanne Gay, as well as several other authors who were reasonably interesting but a tad overshadowed (not only was she quite good, the moderator was fanboying her something fierce so the other panelists didn't get quite so much of the moderating headlight beam). I went on to catch part of a panel on small publishers producing limited edition works before catching the bus and meeting Jana for dinner. Good day all around and I'm glad I went.
  • I'll be doing a MinnSpec Koffee Klatch on June 14th at noon at the Uptown Lund's meeting room. This will feature me talking about writing, my career, publishing, weird historical snippets about LGBT SFFH, Penny Dreadful and penny dreadfuls, vampires and whatever else comes to mind. Come on down! It'll be fun!
And now back to novel edits and sundries and catch up from last week.

April 7th, 2015

Queers Destroy Horror!

Anne Bonny

In a break from disaster posts, I've been asked to do a historical survey of LGBTQ horror for QUEERS DESTROY HORROR so looking for recommendations. What are some of your pre2005 favorites (L, G, B and/or T creators preferred)? Likely to be written word heavy but movies, comics and TV are okay, too.


April 6th, 2015


Anne Bonny
 The awesomeness of this last week, for those just tuning in: got back from NOLA, Jana got sick the day after my birthday, I got sick on Friday, Saturday we got fairly horrible financial news, Sunday my mother fell and broke her hip. She's headed into surgery this morning for partial hip replacement (and we're on the mend, at least). But if you're expecting to hear from me this week about anything complicated, there will likely be delays. Send good thoughts, please and many thanks for those already sent!

March 31st, 2015

Back from New Orleans

Anne Bonny
We took off last week for a much needed vacation/convention trip to New Orleans for Saints and Sinner Literary Festival, seeing friends and general bumming around. Some high points:
  • The weather! Green growing things! Warmth! It was lovely. :-)
  • Staying at the Auld Sweet Olive B&B again and getting to see all the positive changes in the Faubourg Marigny. I was last there about a year and half after Katrina and the area was hit pretty hard. There's still aways to go, but the New Orleans Co-op, the botanika, the performance space and Cafe Istanbul across the street are all wonderful additions since I was last there. Also, yay, a credit union to support the neighborhood. The  B&B's changed hands since I stayed there last but the current owner is very nice and quite LGBT-friendly, as well as being an interesting person (Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, award-winning baker, etc.).
  • Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865 at the Historic New Orleans Connection Museum is very powerful and well worth checking out (also free), as is the show next door on local artists.
  • The Sculpture Garden in City Park is lovely.
  • We liked our VIP City tour guide, Jared, who took us around the French Quarter, the Garden District, Treme, the Lower 9th Ward, City Park, one of the cemeteries and the levees. He had a number of insights about the impact of Katrina and class and racial divisions in the city, which were thought-provoking and worth hearing (not to mention surprising in a tour guide).
  • The Pharmacy museum in the French Quarter is worth a gander. I also liked Faulkner House Bookstore, Beckham's Bookstore and Crescent City Books (those being the stores we stopped in at).
  • Special shout out to Good Feet Shoe Store in the French Quarter which saved me when I discovered that I packed two left sandals (I have two pairs of my favorite walking sandal).
  • The food!
  • And finally, Saints and Sinners has shrunk a bit since I was there last and seems more under the umbrella of the Tennessee Williams Festival, which I am less interested in. But I did meet some writers and did some networking and went to a good group reading and some okay panels. Plus getting restaurant tips from local author Mary Griggs, so it was worth going to the con for that alone.
Yesterday's birthday festivities were limited as a result, but still pleasant, particularly the nice dinner at La Fresca. And today, we get new garage doors, so good all around. :-)

March 22nd, 2015

I will be adding to this list on a rolling basis - please post recommendations (protagonists, only please; not secondary characters) below. I’m focusing on older female protagonists in genre, "older" in this case meaning 40 and up; if I get more recommendations, I may split into a “Middle-aged” and “Older” list or list 1 and list 2, whatever seems most logical. To date, we have the following recommendations from online or my own reading:

  • Isaac Asimov's Dr. Susan Calvin, robotics expert in I, Robot, etc.

  • Robin Wayne Bailey's Bloodsongs (Frost Saga, Vol. 3). Frost is a female warrior who spends most of the first two books as a young woman fighting supernatural battles. At the end of book 2, she settles down, retires and has kids. Bloodsongs has her coming back from retirement as a middle-aged woman to fight her biggest battles yet.

  • Elizabeth Bear's New Amsterdam, Lady Abigail Irene Garrett. Middle-aged female supernatural detective in steampunky NY, series of linked stories. See also Bone and Jewel Creatures and the Jenny Casey series (Scardown, etc.).

  • Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs and City of Blades (forthcoming). General Turyin Mulaghesh is a career soldier who gets brought in to deal with crises, military, magical and combinations of both. She’s one POV character in the first book but is a main character in the second.

  • Ruth Berman's Bradamant's Quest. Middle-aged female knight on a quest (sequel to Aristo's Orlando Furioso).

  • K.J. Bishop. “Vision Splendid.”

  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls. Ista is a middle-aged dowager queen on a quest to combat a god-driven curse affecting multiple generations of her family. Also, Cordelia Naismith will be a protagonist in the forthcoming Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (taking Bujold's description "a novel about grownups" to mean older Cordelia, rather than Shards of Honor-aged Cordelia).

  • Suzy McKee Charnas, Dorothea Dreams. Magical realist novel with elderly artist protagonist.

  • C.J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station. Interstellar battleship commander Captain Signy Mallory negotiates battles and a complex political situation.

  • Harry Connolly, A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark. Urban Fantasy. Vampire hunter  Marley Jacobs comes out of retirement to solve a supernatural murder.

  • "Fur" by Helen Cross in Wolf-Girls. A different spin on menopausal werewolves (an idea whose time has come!)

  • Suzette Haden Elgin's The Ozark Trilogy. Magic-working Grannys uphold the social order and dispense wisdom in a confederation of planets modeled on the Ozark culture of the southern Midwest. Responsible of Brightwater, protagonist.

  • Carol Emschwiller's "Grandma" in Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories. An adolescent is inspired to take on her grandmother's superhero role.

  • Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Literary Detective Thursday Next enters middle age and a whole new set of adventures.

  • Karen Joy Fowler, “What I Didn’t See.”

  • Teresa Frohock, Miserere. Multiple POV fantasy novel, including Rachel, who is in her forties.

  • Lisa Goldstein's Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon. Middle-aged female protagonist in magical Elizabethan setting.

  • Barbara Hambly, Dragonsbane, Dragonshadow, Knight of the Demon Queen and Dragonstar. Middle-aged witch Jenny Waynest must contend with dragons, demons and threats to her loved ones.

  • Zenna Henderson, “The Deluge.” Old female alient experiences the end of her world.

  • Nalo Hopkinson's The New Moon's Arms. Middle-aged POC protagonist in Caribbean setting rescues a magical sea creature.

  • Janet Kagan's Mirabile, featuring Annie 'Mama' Jason Masmajean as an ecological troubleshooter on a colony world.

  • M.J. Locke’s Up Against It, includes Jane Navio as the colony resource manager on an asteroid colony. (Multiple POV).

  • R.A. MacAvoy's Tea with the Black Dragon. Middle-aged female protagonist on a quest with a magician who may also be a dragon.

  • Ursula Le Guin's "The Day Before the Revolution" in The Wind's Twelve Quarters. Laia Asieo Odo is an elderly anarchist leader whose ideas are about to come into fruition. See also Le Guin’s Four Ways to Forgiveness and the character Tenar in Tehanu

  • Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff. Becca Thornton learns to embrace her inner, and outer, menopausal werewolf when she joins the local all-female werewolf pack.

  • Louise Marley's Mother Isabel Burke in The Child Goddess.

  • Vonda McIntyre's Snake in Dreamsnake. Older female healer in a post-apocalyptic world.

  • Patricia McKillip’s Iris in Solstice Wood (multiple POV). Also, arguably, Sel in The Tower at Stony Wood.

  • L. E. Modesitt, Jr., The Soprano Sorceress. Middle-aged college professor Anna Marshall finds herself in a parallel world where her musical talent gives her magical powers.

  • Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population. Ofelia is an eighty-year old grandmother making first contact  with hostile aliens on a new world. See also Moon’s Serrano Legacy series, which feature a number of older women as POV/primary characters.

  • "Thin Spun" by Sunny Moraine in Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic Lakshmi is a wise woman, exiled from her people for having loved too well. Intriguing story of intergenerational cooperation and redemption.

  • Jenn Myers, All the Growing Things. Graphic novel about an elderly gardener named Maude who takes on monsters and solves mysteries.

  • "The Passing" by Daniel José Older. Elderly Latina story keeper fights to keep stories alive and remembered.

  • Shannon Page and Jay Lake, Our Lady of the Islands. Fantasy with two middle-aged female protagonists.

  • Marge Piercy's Shira in He, She and It.

  • Gillian Pollack, Ms. Cellophane. Older female protagonist on fantastical journey of self-discovery.

  • Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. The Wyrd Sisters, etc. are the two older witches (The Crone and The Mother) of Pratchett's wild popular trio of Discworld witches.

  • Rambo, Cat. "Grandmother: Farther Than Tomorrow." Short story about a century-old pirate called out of retirement to save her planet.

  • Robinson, Kim Stanley. Mars Trilogy, ensemble cast with older characters.

  • Joanna Russ' Abbess Radegunde in "Souls" (Extraordinary People). Older female protagonist confronting a Viking attack on a medieval convent.

  • John Scalzi's Old Man's War and others.Military SF series in which characters sign up for the Colonial Defense Forces in their sixties, never to return to Earth.

  • Felicity Shoulders, "Conditional Love." Asimov's, January, 2010.

  • Pamela Sargent’s “Heart Flowers.” Post-apocalyptic SF with old female protagonist.

  • Nancy Springer's Fair Peril, Larque on the Wing and Plumage. Middle-aged female protagonists exploring gender, aging and magic.

  • Starhawk, Fifth Sacred Thing. Post-apocalyptic novel with multiple viewpoint characters, including 98 year old Maya Greenwood.

  • S.M. Stirling's Captain Marian Alston-Kurlelo in Island of the Sea of Time, etc. Alternate history with an ensemble cast. Marian is the middle-aged African-American lesbian captain of a Coast Guard vessel brought to an alternate Nantucket.

  • Catherynne M Valente, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams. Elderly Japanese female hermit as the POV character.

  • Ursula Vernon, “Jackalope Wives” and “Pocosin” in Apex Magazine. Different older women protagonists in both; Grandma Harken in “Jackalope Wives” turns shapeshifter myths on their heads.

  • Jo Walton, My Real Children. Alternate history featuring two different versions of character Pat Cowan’s life, starting at its end when she is an elderly woman.

  • Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes. Middle-aged English spinster sells her soul to the devil in order to become a witch. Fantasy/satire

  • Freda Warrington, Midsummer Night. Multiple POV fantasy. Dame Juliana is an artist in her sixties struggling to gain mastery over her art and her powers.

  • Martha Well's Wheel of the Infinite. Maskelle is recalled from a long exile to save her world and the god she serves.

  • Cherry Wilder, “Mab Gallen Recalled.” Retired ship’s medical officer reminiscing about her life and previous events.

  • Liz William's The Ghost Sister. Female anthropologist comes into contact with a cultural outcast on a distant planet.

  • Terri Windling's The Wood Wife. Middle-aged woman discovers art and magic in the SW.

  • Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women edited by Kay Holt.

  • Wonder City Stories - Multiple POV. Renata Scott and Suzanne Feldstein. Interludes #1, 2, and 7 feature middle-aged or elderly women as leads (Lady Justice, the Fat Lady, and Pearl Wong, respectively).

  • Teresa Wymore, Darklaw. Erotic epic fantasy with two lesbian protagonists, one of whom is in her forties.

  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “The Generalissimo’s Butterfly.” Cautionary Tales.

Also see this interesting list/discussion on Tor. Com: Where are the Older Women?
 and the following excellent and related essays Where are the Wise Crones in Science Fiction? by Athena Andreadis, "Hands" by Kari Sperring and "No More Dried Up Spinsters"
by Nancy Jane Moore. Harry Connolly also touches upon the difficulty of getting publishers to pick up novels with older female protagonists in his essay Helpless in the Face of Your Enemy.

March 16th, 2015

What I'm up to

Anne Bonny
Mad juggling of time and resources, mostly.
The weekend before last was Marscon, which is one of my favorite smaller cons. This year was a tad rocky. They were in a new (to them) hotel that was under construction in section and woefully unprepared for the number of attendees, resulting in weird room snafus and parking problems. Their were additional issues at the hotel restaurant (dinner the first night did not go well - problems with the bill, massive waits, etc.) but they got better as the weekend went on (a lovely improvement from the Crowne Plaza, which tended to start out bad and get worse). I gather there were some additional problems with con security (this is second hand) and there were definite layout issues: rooms were not accessible, or even usable in all cases, etc. (first hand experience - Kruschenko's was a nightmare for panels). Add to that my lingering migraine and it was a rough run. I did get to be on several fun panels and our reading went well, plus I got some time with friends, so not a complete bust by any means. Here's hoping the issues get resolved for next year, though.

Writing: I'm trying to get multiple stories out the door for April deadlines before I head to New Orleans for Saints and Sinners so I'm typing my fingers to the bone, figuratively speaking. So far, this has yielded one new Emily story (subbed), one new Catherine story for a Jack the Ripper anthology (draft complete yesterday, need to revise), one more Emily story (currently in revisions, rewrite of story that has not found home yet) and a start on 3 more Catherine stories (only one of whih is due 4/1/15 so those have a bit more time to develop). Also, made tentative editorial arrangements for Emily erotic sf novel, so now I need to finish my current round of revisions on that. Talked to an editor about the werewolf book and got a "can't right now." I'm looking to get a final polish edit on Silver Moon before I look at reissuing it and hope to use the same editor for Blood Moon when it finally gets done.

Day job: nice financial news, crappy colleague stuff, future uncertain, ask again later.

Mom update: no current crisis, just gradual deterioration. She liked the Hapsburg Show at the MIA this weekend, so huzzah for that. Me - still wrangling financial stuff.

Proposed giant new project: okay, so I'm looking at starting my own press, as some of you already know. It will be called Queen of Swords Press and I will focus, at least for starters, on science fiction and fantasy with historical elements - steampunk, alternate history, etc., and on fantasy with diverse protagonists and authors (TBD). After that, we'll see. Some things have happened that may potentially accelerate the process. Currently, setting up meetings and following up on last week's meetings, working on business plan, etc.  More news soon, I hope.

Next up: updates to the Older Women in SFF list.

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