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At this point responding to the political shitshow that is currently this country's government is counterproductive. My more insightful insights can be found on Twitter at @clundoff. Daily stuff goes on Facebook, if you're curious - feel free to friend me there. I accept most requests.
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.
Life and Other Things. Well, Okay. Not Really. Resistance:
  • 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.
Some signal boosting - throw a few bucks at these, if you can, please:
  • 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.
Anyway, that's it for now. Get out there and do what you can. It sucks somewhat less if you hang out with folks, so if you're able to to, go to meetings and gatherings and benefits and so forth. Meet good folks. Keep on resisting.


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Personal stuff first. Been a long, grueling couple of weeks, filled with good and bad stuff. The bad stuff's not dire, just a combination of not feeling great, periodic migraines, day job crap and bad tax news. All survivable but sucky, The good stuff has been more exciting - saw several good plays, caught the Alan Cumming show at Orchestra Hall this weekend, off to the Patty Griffith/Anais Mitchell/Sara Watkins show tonight and lot of birthday stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks. My copresenter, Valerie Lockhart, and I did a good solid run at our presentation on "Aging and Accessibility in Tech" for AlterConf Minneapolis, coming up on April 9th and we're both feeling good about it (and got it turned in early for ASL interpretation set up). My reading on Saturday at the Tretter Collection went well (Curator Lisa Vecoli said some particularly nice things about my work, which may have been slightly impacted by the fact that I showed up with an organized box of various anthologies and papers, plus all the associated paperwork, ready for my archive there ;-). The Finding Aid for my currently catalogued stuff is here and the next time I stop by, I'm hoping to drop off papers from my former bookstore, Grassroots Books in Iowa City as well some mementos from my time spent helping found and for a time, run, the Iowa Women's Music Festival and from participating in Queer Nation, various anti-war, feminist, bi and Central American Solidarity activities and so forth. And more writing since I have quite a few more publications to include. I should note that the University of Northern Illinois at Dekalb SFWA Archive also has a substantial amount of my books, papers and related material and that Finding Aid is here.

Apart from that, I'm embarking on a new editing project and have just heard that the Secret Project has gone up to the next level, so I expect that to start soon, if all goes well. I'm trying to get a few stories out the door and dig in on the novel edits, which were moving along but have stalled due to time conflicts. Queen of Swords should have a website update as soon as I fix an email problem and get signed up for MailChimp. Author contract template is almost done too and I plan on getting ISBN numbers next weekend. More bulletins soon.

On the level of things that are not specifically about me:
  • The MN GOP, ever eager to have more trainwrecks of their very own, is attempting to get a transphobic bathroom panic bill through the Legislature. Check the Outfront MN site for your rep's and senator's contacts and let them know how you feel about this b.s. Remember that even if Dayton says he will veto it (and he will certainly try), that these efforts have a horrible effect on queer kids and that the number of suicide attempts  goes up every time one of these monstrosities gets put forward so let's make sure they can see that lots of folks are on their side. 
  • North Carolina. Shit. Where to begin? If you want to help folks there, I recommend Equality North Carolina, the ACLU of North Carolina or Lambda Legal as excellent places to start. If you live there (or have disposable income for donations), I recommend any and all opponents of the elected officials who endorsed this.
And a couple of fundraisers:
  • Author Veronica Harnish (Car Living When There's No Other Choice) wrote a powerful piece for VOX earlier this month on ending up homeless three times and living in her car with her cat due to the crappy job market, no housing and a lousy safety net. She's got a Go Fund Me and what I think is a current Crowd Rise page going and I believe that's she's still facing homelessness, so the Crowd Rise is to help her get a used RV which would be much safer and better for her and her kitty. Or you could buy her book, thus giving her ongoing income. Give it to everyone you know who thinks we don't need a safety net or that it'll never happen to them  or any other person you think needs it.
  • Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is working on a new film project on women smashing stereotypes. It looks terrific and there's only 9 more days on the fundraiser here.
More soon!

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