- Another box of miscellaneous writings, papers, tshirts and ledgers from Grassroots Books in Iowa City off to my archive at the Tretter Collection at the University of MN this week. For those less familiar with my past, I lived in Iowa City, IA for 9 years before moving to Minneapolis. While there, I picked up an M.A. in Feminist Anthropology, spent time in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, worked at the archeological field school, worked scoring standardized tests, worked as a research assistant for independent scholars like Elsa Chaney and Deb Fink, opened and ran a feminist/LGBT/progressive bookstore called Grassroots Books for 2 years, contracted walking pneumonia, closed the store and went on to attend an accelerated semester of law school at the U. of Iowa. Then I dropped out to write, then ended up as as one of the cofounders, then the Director for a year, of the Iowa Women's Music Festival. I also volunteered at a ton of other things so my queer/feminist/miscellaneous activism collection is fairly large. And will soon be researchable, with more coming.
- Queen of Swords has a newsletter! And if you sign up at the website by 3/15/17, you will be entered in a random drawing for some fabulous prizes (folks already signed up will be automatically entered). Plus, all the latest QoSP news! Winners will hear back by 3/17/17. (Queen of Swords will not sell your name or use your information for any purpose other than sending you the newsletter for as long as you want to be a subscriber.)
- Respectable Horror has a glorious cover!
- I've decided I want to start a Patreon for the combined purposes of doing good deeds and giving my actual writing more structure and deadlines. I'm finalizing the description, et al and will try and post it this weekend. More updates coming soon.
Apart from that, I got one rejection and one realization that I have to shift directions on a story in progress. Sigh. In other writing news, I'll be appearing on the Skiffy and Fanty Podcast in late February (air date shortly thereater) and will be reading at DreamHaven Books in April (see pinned post for more details). Apart from that, Emily L. Byrne, my erotica/erotic romance writing self, has finished pulling together her new collection and has sent it off for edits and cover art. You can read the announcement and an excerpt here.
On a personal level, I had a bad bursitis flareup which slowed me down a bit but did not prevent me from enjoying the Science Museum of Minnesota's Mythical Creatures show on Thursday night. If you've haven't been there for a while, this show and Race: Are We So Different? are both phenomenal and I highly recommend a visit soon. I decided to skip the big Planned Parenthood rally in St. Paul on Saturday and opted for the online version instead on Saturday though, in hopes that my leg would feel better. We went to the annual Women's Prison Book Project Breakfast benefit on Saturday morning and had a lovely time. Then I went over to the American Swedish Institute with friends to drink coffee at FIKA Cafe, which is partnering with Tiny Footprint Coffee to raise money for UN Refugee Relief efforts (part of every cup and bag of coffee sold will be donated for the next couple of weeks). The ASI is hosting a photo exhibit called "Where the Children Sleep" about Syrian refugee children in various European countries as well as Lebanon and it is beautiful and wrenching and I highly recommend it. There is also an exhibit called "Swede Hollow," based on a novel of the same name, about Swedish immigrants in St. Paul and the stereotypes, poverty and violence that they dealt with as impoverished immigrants; the show does an excellent job of pointing out how each wave of immigrants gets treated and the obstacles they face. Also, highly recommended.
This week will be taxes and catching up and ongoing resisting. I just got a box of miscellaneous works and activist memorabilia together for my archive at the U. of Minnesota's Tretter Collection, which will be going over there this week. More sundry news bulletins soon.
And I got the first lovely review for Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories! I'm very pleased. :-)))
Other than that, I caught a cold, got over the cold, made phone calls and sent emails and did a job training thing and went to a steampunk festival with friends and made a few small donations to cool things, as you do. More ahead and onward!
So here, we have a bunch of stuff and a couple of boosts.
Books and Writing:
- Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories is now available for libraries on the Overdrive catalogue. Hennepin County now has it and other libraries can get it if you ask for it. Huzzah! It is, of course, also available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, IBooks and Smashwords too. The more buzz and sales that it has, the more likely a print edition is, just saying.
- New Emily L. Byrne book is nearly complete in the sense of being ready to go out for proofing and cover art. I'm planning a March release for this one, if all goes well. Another Emily book is in progress, as is another Catherine book, and novels under both names. If I didn't have to sleep, day job and Resist, I could probably muster a new book every 2-3 months for awhile. But that's only likely for the next couple of books which are already planned out. At any rate, more words and more fictioning soon.
- Queen of Swords Press. Website still not quite finalized but when it is, there will be a book giveaway to celebrate. Also, email list to sign up for.
- Tuesday night, I went to the Queer Voices Reading at Intermedia Arts to cheer on several young writers of color and a transwoman writer acquaintance. They were all terrific - remember that your writers and artists and musicians need support right now, too. Cheer them. Go to their events. Invite them to your events. Buy their stuff. Bonus: I got to hang out with cool folks I didn't know very well and several of them turned out to be fascinating.
- Wednesday night, I went to my monthly dinner with some cool feminist activist friends and we consoled and supported each other while dining at a solar-powered queer and woman-owned organic restaurant. Hurrah for multi-tasking!
- Thursday night, I went to a day job things for the LGBTQ+ and Allies employee group. We had a great discussion and I made a suggestion that people really liked. Now we'll see if anything comes up. But if it works out, it could be a really nice financial and visibility boost for queer-focused philanthropy in the region. Send good thoughts!
- There was work, collapsing, errands, a vet visit (both cats are staggeringly healthy, shed like whoa when stressed and think the vet is swell with the skritches), and writing and stuff. Also, more emails and letters and petitions and boosting than I can remember at this point. And some periods of utter collapse to watch television (Elementary, Emerald City, Supergirl, Agatha Raisin, Jane the Virgin, since I know you want to know), read and so forth. In other news, get your butt out to Hidden Figures, because it is awesome and the best movie I've seen in ages, though I also liked Arrival a bunch too.
- Defense Against Carrier SLAPP Suit - an atheist blogger friend and some colleagues reported on some verified instances of sexual abuse and harassment by a prominent speaker and now he's trying to shut them and their network down.
- Support for Arthur - Arthur's mom is local fabulous bisexual activist and organizer, Lou Hoffman. Her family has been through so much, between their house being hit by a tornado, Lou's illness and now her son Arthur getting horribly and unexpectedly sick. Lou is good people and if you've been to any bi event in Minnesota or attended WisCon, you've probably benefited from her work. And if you haven't, she's good people and she has a lot of folk's backs so consider helping anyway.
- Vet and Medical Bills - writer Janice S. Smith could use a bit of help getting to February. She's been unemployed for a few months, but just got a new job. It was preceded by a couple of financial disasters and she's still a week or so out from her first full paycheck.
- Council on Islamic Relations is filing a lawsuit against the Orange Menace's Muslim Ban. So is the ACLU. Either one or both could use a hand.
I wore this poster on my rain poncho (thanks to artist Hayley Gilmore who designed a bunch of great posters that people wore and carried. You can donate to her original art on her blog if you'd like to give back). And there were so, so many of us. We filled most of the blocks and bridges around the Capitol so marching was pretty slow and leisurely. My wife made little commemorative booklets with a quote from Audre Lorde on them and handed them out to folks. We all took pictures and chatted and walked. Listening to the speeches was more challenging further out in the crowd than we expected so after catching most of Ilhan Omar's speech, some of Senator Patricia Torres Ray's speech and bits and pieces of a few others, we wandered up toward the train station. It was completely packed as were the first three bus stops we passed so we wound up at a Szechuan hotpot restaurant (something none of us had tried before) and got to warm up and dry off while the crowds ebbed a bit. Then we were off to Minneapolis on another crowded train. And we finished off the day with cupcakes at A Cupcake Social.
So new friends made, new food tried, great event attended - here's to kicking off more work and more good stuff.
1st new story of 2017 finished and submitted! It's an Emily L. Byrne story, an erotic retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." More news as I have it.
Today, Jana and I are celebrating our 23rd anniversary by going to a multimedia choral performance about the life of Civil Rights pioneer, Bayard Rustin. Really looking forward to this!
Speaking of civil rights, we're going to the Women's March on 1/21 in scenic St. Paul. Contact me if you'd like to join our group and head over on the light rail. D.C. looks like it will be amazing and there are so many local marches, it's going to be pretty epic. And that's not including all the events leading up to the inauguration of the Kremlin's Employee of the Month. Fight back however you can and hang in there - we're all going to need each other.
Speaking of which, I have some fannish signal boosting to do. Here's the thing: if we can't help each other out now, we're going to be seriously screwed in 6 months. Boost, kick in whatever you can and boost some more. A lot of little donations get to the same goal as one big one, just saying.
Bryan Thao Worra - famous award-winning Laotian-American poet, current President of the Science Fiction Poetry Society, former local pro and fan, erstwhile guest at Twin Cities conventions, editor, publisher, writer and...currently homeless and couch-surfing. Please kick in what you can.
Lou Hoffman - founder/organizer/sustainer of the Bisexual Organizing Project and the BECAUSE Conference, coordinator of WisCon's Annual Sign Out autographing session for authors and fans and all around great gal is having health issues at the same time that one of her sons is dealing with some new serious health problems. Please donate here. Elise Matthesen, jeweler extraordinaire, is donating part of the proceeds from her jewelry sales this weekend too.
Jen Riehm - local fan and artist, participant at CONvergence and Anime Detour, is currently homeless with her mom and their cats. Both of the humans are disabled and need some cash ASAP to stay in interim housing while they figure out better options. If you won't donate for the people, do it for the adorable kitties. It's way too cold to be living in your car right now in Minnesota.
And some signal boosting for local fans in crisis:
Lou Hoffman - family medical bills. You probably know Lou from cons and WisCon or BECAUSE and Bisexual Organizing Project or a host of other things. She's good people so please boost and share what you can.
Jen Riehm - transitional housing fund. This one's on a very tight timeline. Jen and her mom (both disabled) and their cats need to move into a residential hotel until their HUD housing opens up. Jen is an artist and fan and you may know her through CONvergence, Anime Detour and other local stuff. Regardless, it's Minnesota winter and they need a hand hanging in there so please boost and donate what you can.
Thanks for all that you're doing!
Today was an all Queen of Swords Press, all the time day. While migraine-wrangling.
So what did I achieve?
Well, I GOT A NEW BOOK OUT! I'm a tad excited about this because it has taken forever, at least by my standards. I've been working on the Press for nearly three years now - classes, legal and financial planning and set up, edits, more planning, more classes, cover art, edits, more edits, learning new software, meetings, more meetings, more stuff - so to finally unleash something upon the unsuspecting populace is glorious.
What's actually available right now:
- Review copies in various ebook formats. If you review ebooks and would like one, let me know.
- Amazon, bless its heart, decided to release the book early, so it's for sale now. I probably unchecked the preorder box on setup and didn't notice, so it won't go up on other sites and in other formats until later on in the week (official release is supposed to be 1/6/17). This is just as well because I ran into a snafu with Smashwords so I'd like to get that resolved before stuff appears.
- Queen of Swords Press now exists on Twitter (@QoSPress), Facebook (www.facebook.com/queenofswordspress/) and has a mailing list signup on the website (www.queenofswordspress.com). Website is still getting updated and cleaned up so maybe give it a day or two for my web person to finish before signing up.
- More formats and more availability (see above). I'll also look into an account on Weightless Books and see when they start adding new publishers again.
- Finalized website with buy links, etc. See above.
- Possibly sales direct off my website, but I need to doublecheck some things on that first.
- Print edition of Out of This World, if all goes well. But likely another couple of ebooks first (two by Emily L. Byrne forthcoming) and plan a print edition for my first convention of next year, which will likely be WisCon in May.
- More books! So much stuff in various stages of completion! I want to write all the things! And never sleep again! Oh wait, that won't work...
The list in progress!
· 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.
· DevFest MN 2016 – February 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.
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.
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.
· 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. Got sick and was unable to attend. :-(
· Diversicon 24 – Minneapolis, MN (new hotel likely). July 29th-31st. Jessica Amanda Salmonson is GOH this year. Panels.
· MidAmericanCon II – Kansas City, MN. August 17th-21st. Worldcon for 2016. Panels (see tag)
Speculations Reading Series -
DreamHaven Books, Comics and Art, Minneapolis, MN. September 21st, 6:30PM. At which I will be reading stuff of my own composition and suchlike.
· Gaylaxicon 2016 – Minneapolis, MN. October 7th-9th. Panels and perhaps a reading.
Arcana 46 – St. Paul, MN. October 21st-23rd. Panels. Alas, no Arcana for me as I have a conflict. But Kathe Koja is GOH and the rest of you should go.
· TeslaCon, hopefully. For the sheer joy of it. Madison, WI. November17th-20th
Some things I did in 2016, writing and otherwise:
- 2 presentations on what it’s like to be an older woman working In IT, one at the Google DevFest MN and the other at AlterConf Minneapolis. First tech convention presentations ever!
- Did a presentation on representation and aging in speculative fiction to a class at the University Of MN (first one of these too!)
- Submitted and got accepted for a literary fiction magazine. First issue of Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journal from Sibling Rivalry Press.
- Saw my first gaming-related fiction published - The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Dark Ages Anthology
- Went to New Zealand! And it was lovely and we hung out with fabulous people and went to Hobbiton and the Weta workshop and learned a bit about Maori culture and had a fabulous time.
- Went to my first international science fiction convention and appeared on a panel that got recorded for the Wellington Access radio show Writers Island.
- Started my first big freelance editing/mentoring project with a writer who was able to hire me on a grant
- Learned the rudiments of a bunch of new software for the press as well as other stuff (current tally: WordPress, Tableau, QuickBooks, Vellum and Scrivener)
- Got to be on and/or moderate some high profile panels at MidAmericon II (World Con 74), including one on cyberpunk with Pat Cadigan and other lovely folks and one on YA with Mark Oshiro and a talented and lively crew of other authors.
- Got breast reduction surgery, which will be awesome in the long run, if still a bit ouchy and oozy.
- Returned to teaching at the Loft Literary Center. I hadn’t stormed off in a huff or anything, but a previous accepted class proposal didn’t carry and I didn’t get around to submitting anything new for a while.
- Got into my first Year’s Best Lesbian Erotica anthology as my alter ego, Emily Byrne
- Had one of my books make it onto the Sirens: A Conference of Women and the Fantastic reading challenge list (so pleased!).
- Did panels at 5 science fiction and fantasy conventions, presentations at 2 tech conferences and one university, taught 1 writing class, did 2 readings and 1 guest post.
- Saw 3 new stories published, wrote a bunch of words and am about two day’s worth of work on book formatting and submissions from seeing a new collection out the door. Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, coming soon from Queen of Swords Press.
Less jolly things about my 2016:
- 2 people dear to me died this year: my family of choice aunt Patricia Myers and poet John Calvin Rezmerski, our friend and our wedding officiant. I miss them both tremendously.
- Saw a lot of other people die, including someone from my graduate program, several acquaintances and an enormous number of cultural figures that I admired.
- Lots of family stress and job stress.
- Breast cancer scare, which fortunately turned out okay and prompted my decision to have reduction surgery, but made for an unpleasant 10 days.
- Started out the year with the tail end of a dental infection, which did clear up after about 4 months, including the tail end of 2015. But nothing fatal or even life threatening.
- The ramp up to the U.S. election, when I got a glorious front row seat on misogyny and how it continues to be a thing. This was not new information, mind you. Nor were the accompanying updates on racism, homophobia and other b.s., but I had occasionally hoped that things might get better.
- The results of said election which are pretty much guaranteed to destroy a lot of life as we know it, many of our cultural institutions and the existing, already porous, social safety net, not to mention the environmental damage and so forth. Sorry, but there it is. Want to stop any or all of that? That requires fighting back, on any level you’ve got. Do what you can, support other folk’s efforts, focus on making the world better in big and small ways. Hang in there.
So what’s on tap for 2017?
- Getting Queen of Swords Press off the ground with more new titles. Hopefully open up to submissions by other writers by the end of the year, depending on how things go. I want to make sure that I have a better understanding of distribution and monthly press income and marketing, amongst other things, before I bring in other folks. So we'll see how things go.
- Planned conventions: WisCon, GCLS, Diversicon, Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Sirens: A Conference on Women in the Fantastic and World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio.
- Applied to volunteer at PFund, the foundation that funds most of the LGBTQ+ organizations and events in the upper Midwest
- Job hunt kick off, since my job is slated for elimination by 2018
- Rewrite novels, finish at least one of the ones in progress
- Spend time with friends, do good and useful things and fight back.
Wishing all of you a better-than-any-of-us-fear 2017, health, love from loved ones and all good things!
Reviving this because we need a long game as well as immediate responses. The stronger the organizations that support us are, the better our odds of surviving the next few years. Got something new? Add it in the comments and I'll check it out and add it.
This is a resource post compiling some research that I’m doing and wanted to share. The focus is intended to be on investing, small business loans, grants, etc. for businesses started/run by female-identified people and queer folk. As a rule, women, people of color and queer folks get fewer investments in their businesses, less money and less support across the globe; unsurprisingly, minority women and queer folks in just about any category get less than that. Please share, boost and reblog this list as desired. Some of these organizations subsist on investments, others on donations. Bear in mind that for a lot of these organizations, even investing $100 a year or less can make a sizeable difference so if you see something you’re interested in, don’t let not being a 1%er slow you down (especially if you actually are a 1%er).
I’m starting at the high end and working my way down to microfinance. Some of these organizations I have contributed to and worked with, some I pulled off the Web or other folks’ lists so inclusion here is not necessarily an endorsement of any of the following.
Women in Venture Capital, Small Business Startups, etc.
Golden Seeds – early stage venture capital investment in women run companies. http://www.goldenseeds.com/
Women’s Venture Capital Fund – women-run tech firms start-up capital, etc. http://www.womensvcfund.com/
Makeda Capital, LLC – brand new hedge fund specializing in women-led companies - http://makedacapital.com/
Women’s Venture Fund – business loans, training for new entrepreneurs, NY and New Jersey area - http://www.womensventurefund.org/
Women Venture – MN-based, classes, scholarships, support, loans - http://www.womenventure.org/what-we-
She Owns It – networking site for women entrepreneurs, resource lists, etc. http://sheownsit.com/
Women 2.0 – women in technology, funding, networking - http://women2.com/2013/12/04/funding-
Small Business Association – Women-Owned Business – loans, mentoring, business plans, etc. http://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-
Start OUT - Networking, mentoring, funding for LGBTQ entrepreneurs
Pax World Funds Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund – mutual fund that invests in companies that are run by women, promote women and have women in senior level leadership ($1000 min investment, as low as $50 a month thereafter) - http://www.paxworld.com/advisors/
Calvert Foundation – Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN) – microfinance and lending, min $20 investment - http://www.calvertfoundation.org/impact/
Equality Funds - investing in LGBTQ-friendly and LGBTQ-run businesses. http://www.equalityfunds.com
Kiva – nonprofit that makes loans for various projects, including women-focused ones. You pick the projects you want to support. $25 to start. - http://www.kiva.org/lend#/?perPage=20&
Women’s Microfinance Initiative – loans to women building projects in East Africa - http://wmionline.org/
Women for Women International – working with women survivors or war to rebuild, loans, support. $30 to set up, $30 per month after. -http://www.womenforwomen.org/programs-
Women’s Environmental Institute – training women in sustainable farming, urban farming techniques, marketing produce, etc. CSA as well as membership options. $50 a year for
MN Women’s Foundation (there’s a foundation like this in most U.S. States; check to see if you have a local one if you don't live in MN) – grants to organizations that serve women and girls, donate in any amount - http://www.wfmn.org/
Third Wave Fund – activist fund for young queer activists focussing on gender and racial justice and diversity – scholarships, media, training, etc. $25 and up to be a sustainer. http://thirdwavefund.org/
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice – LGBTQI inclusive, grants for activism, community
building, arts funding, etc. $10 and up - http://www.astraeafoundation.org/
Ms. Foundation - Organizational grants for groups working on grassroots issues such as childcare, violence against women, reproductive rights, etc. - http://forwomen.org/content/121/en/What%
PFund Foundation - Organizational grants for groups in the Upper Midwest working on LGBTQ+ issues, scholarships for students, etc. http://www.pfundfoundation.org
Most of you also know elisem. She needs to improve the accessibility of her home so she's hoping to sell enough of her spectacular shinies to make that a thing. Check out her Etsy here.
I'd also really like to see some movement on a convention making Elise their Artist Guest of Honor. She's does beautiful art, has been a World Fantasy Award finalist, inspires other artists and writers, filks and is an excellent panelist. What are you waiting for, con runners? Let's see those invitations get issued!
I know there's a ton of other folks out there needing a hand, so please help where you can, however you can. We're going to need to help each other a lot in the coming years.
Let no one say I am not eclectic.
Other projects continue apace and I'm trying to do some good in the world. Onward!
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I should note that Monica had to format my story to gaming writer standards because I am without clue on this score and that I greatly appreciate her willingness to include writers new to gaming in the antho. I did read the entire Vampire: The Masquerade V20 Rule Book in its entirety, however, and in the next week or so, I will be playing the game with friends so we can all celebrate it together. :-)
More news on my new collection coming up soon too! Into the finalizing of details and formatting and getting sundry things set up stage.
So, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories.
The cover is by KaNaXa, known for her fabulous book covers for many well known romance publishers and indie authors. And the stories themselves? This will be a mix of my fantasy, horror and science fiction with queer protagonists. Some of these were collected in my now out of print single author collection, A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories. It's worth noting that A Day at the Inn is on the Sirens Conference of Women in the Fantastic Reading Challenge for 2017, so I'm going out on a limb and guessing that some folks liked it. It was never very widely read, however, so I'm hoping this one goes a bit further. Other stories in here are long out of print and/or never collected anywhere before. Several stories were award finalist or got honorable mentions in Best of lists and such so I like to think this is some of my best short fiction work. I hope you think so too. Stay tuned here or on my Facebook Author/Editor Page or on the email list that you will soon be able to sign up for on my shiny new Queen of Swords Press website (I'll link when we've got a few things set up).
Table of Contents:
Great Reckonings, Little Rooms
The Egyptian Cat
At the Roots of the World Tree
A Scent of Roses
At Mother Laurie’s House of Bliss
Spell, Book and Candle
A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace
What will you do when they find that line? Because they will. Capitulating is not an option. Quisling was not a role model. Choose wisely.
- Still having problems sleeping.
- Still in some discomfort/pain (they did take the first round of staples out this week, which hurt a fair amount but does mean there's progress).
- I'm working but haven't been able to drive to the office.
So what am I doing?
- Gathering together my community and checking on people. Also, going and seeing people in person. I cannot emphasize this enough. Get offline and go see folks you know and trust. It helps them and you.
- Planning small events and pulling in folks I don't see much.
- Making some calls, sending emails, signing petitions, boosting signals.
- Focusing on spending my money at LGBTQ or women or POC or immigrant-owned businesses and nonprofits that I know to be good for our communities,
- Working on my two latest short story collections.
- Helping my wife create her new Etsy shop.
- Seeing what I can clear off my plate so I can volunteer when I finish healing, feeding people, listening, talking, wishing I was doing more and recognizing that I will when I can.