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 Book reviewer extraordinaire Paul Weimer interviewed me about editing Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) for the Skiffy and Fanty Blog.
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Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is imminent - just 3 more days and I have the jitters like whoa. I also have 2 readings coming up (DreamHaven Bookstore and Eat My Words Bookstore), 3 forthcoming interviews about the book, multiple announcements, 13 potential reviews, including one in Publisher's Weekly, 4 upcoming book tables and 3 online events. And that's just December. While working full time and trying to write my new novel (Blood Moon - werewolves!), gaming-related stuff and a new short story. Not to mention planning next year's events and books. In my defense, I thought I was getting laid off.

And through it all is the constant thrumming terror that this book will tank, that it won't sell, that I won't get it together to do another book. I also worry about the horror perpetuated by my country's government, my family and friends, environmental and social collapse and the insanity of my day job. But I function best with more manageable worries, so the book and the Press are front and center right now. Alright, nose to grindstone, off to do more work and hope for the best.



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Some of my lovely friends invited me to camp out at their house for a few days while they're out of of town so I get a couple of days off in blissful solitude to work. It is awesome! So far, I've managed an interview for the Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog, more words on Blood Moon (Silver Moon sequel), created a YouTube channel for Queen of Swords Press, nominated Alex Ack's Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures  for the Colorado Book Awards, worked on a blog post for an upcoming blog tour for Emily L. Byrne and done some analysis on revisions for my gaming proposals for Choice of Games and started reading up on my next Onyx Path tie-in adventure (about which more when there's something to talk about). More to come because i have a whole week off and no travel planned!

Now for the announcement. I was waiting until some more things got finalized, but since folks are beginning to ask about my 2019 events, I'll do the preliminary announcement now. A lovely new convention, MultiverseCon, has invited my wife, Jana Pullman, and me as guests to their inaugural launch! Jana, in addition to being a participating artist at the WisCon Art Show, has done design binding for Shelley's Frankenstein, Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, several Ursula Le Guin-themed projects, Minnesota Center for Books Arts Winter Book projects with science fiction and fantasy authors Will Alexander, Eleanor Arnason and Bryan Thao Worra and a bunch of other things. It is quite rare for a con to invite a queer couple as co-guests - the only other examples that I can think of are headliners like Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner or Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge or writing teams like L.A. Graf, but there may be other folks that I'm forgetting about or am not aware of. So anyway, it will be awesome and you should come to Atlanta 10/18-10/20 and participate in the fun!


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First, the signal boosting. My pals, Michael and Sherry Merriam, have been wrestling with the after effects of two bad car accidents in six months, plus a host of financial and health set backs on top on that. They are generally swell folks involved in a ton of Twin Cities activities as performers, organizers, attendees and all around supporters, including Pagan Pride, Marscon, MNSpec, Rockstar Storytellers, Speculations Reading Series, tai chi at Normandale Community College, sundry steampunk events, theaters and other things I am no doubt forgetting. In short, great folks and we need them to be doing well. Our mutual friend Kevin has set up a Go Fund Me to help them get out of the financial hole they are currently in; please boost and donate if you can.

Other than this, I am holed up at a friend's house while they are out of town, working on things. Yes, the giant swaying To-Do List of Doom is getting some actual work done on it. And I am writing. More bulletins coming soon.
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I added a few more events in December because sleep is for the weak or something. Last December, I was still recovering from a torn shoulder tendon, norovirus and my first bout of stomach flu of last winter (followed by a second bout AND a concussion) so I didn't do much by way of holiday book promotion. This year, I'm making up for lost time and doing ALL the things. In addition to 2 readings and 3 book tables, I'll be participating in the Women & Words Hootenanny and Emily Byrne will be on the Best Lesbian Erotica Blog Tour and the I Heart Lesfic Holiday Sale. Going to be lively!

In other news, my forthcoming pirate anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is starting to get some good buzz. There's a nice review on NetGalley already and geek blog The Nerdy Girl Express just posted an excellent review this morning. It's up for preorder for both ebook and print and other print now and you can add it to your Goodreads list and all that good stuff.

This week is doing some catch up stuff, then going to see Raiders of the Lost Ark at the new Parkway Theater on Thursday, then checking out a reading at Eat My Words on Friday and going to here some friends read at the Subverted Fairy Project Reading at the Phoenix on Saturday. After that, I'll be sequestered at a secret location to writer and edit for a few days. Then I'll be enjoying some Friendsgiving times with various friends. More on all of that later though. Now to go empty the foot spa and get some sleep.

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I'm up to 2 readings, 3 event tables, a blog tour and two online promo things. Huzzah!
November is lower key - I just got Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) submitted to Ingram and reviews are starting to trickle in. It's out for preorder and up at NetGalley so here's hoping that's enough to give it some serious lift when it launches at the beginning of December.

How is Queen of Swords Press looking so far? Well, the learning curve is really exciting and I'm putting out some swell books. Financially, I'm actually a couple of hundred bucks short of what the Press brought in last year and I'm still not paying myself. My royalties are keeping things afloat at present, though Alex's book has generally done pretty well. Scourge will be the most expensive book I've done so far, what between paying 15 contributors, a copy editor, cover and interior work and production costs, so I'm really doubling down on book tables, events and so forth. It's under consideration at Publisher's Weekly, so hopefully they like it and a rising tide lifts all boats. I'll have to do a check-in post at the end of December and talk about how it went.

Writing. Well, I'm working on Blood Moon and I have a new secret project in the offing and revisions I have to do on a different secret project and another thing kicking around that I want to write. I'll probably spend part of Thanksgiving week sequestered away at a friend's house where I'll have to get some work done. Day job is super stressful right now and I'm running my usual round of ear infections and migraine that come with weather changes.

Apart from that, we're going to have to have to have the big ash tree in the front yard taken down. It's getting too big for the space we have for it and is sending roots into the sewer line and the house  foundation. Add to that, we're not treating it for Emerald Ash Borer because we knew its days were numbered, so our tree guy says taking it out now is the most sensible choice. But spendy. And I'm kind of sorry to see it go. We'll have to find something smaller and more suited to our space to plant in the spring. We're also into discussions about replacing the furnace in the spring, which will mean asbestos abatement and changing our ductwork and other fun. We'll be spending the winter getting rid of a LOT of stuff to make it possible to even get at things to do this. Our furnace guy assures us it will be worth it in the long run. Eep.
Never a dull moment...

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 Things to do today - a list so I do not forget:
1. Quote for article
2. Bio and pix for a 2019 con
3. Marketing plan and application for 2019 event
4. Books out to reviewers
5. Check new Square 
6. Sales tax form and tabling fee for  December event
7. Review docs for 2019 event (different from above)
8. Finish Emily guest blog due next week.
9. Get back to writing Blood Moon.
Also day job, sleep, hang with kitties, eat, walk and function. Then plan for everything that has to get done this weekend. Huzzah!
More events and announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!
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On the happy, jolly end of things, I'll be doing a short reading and selling books at Wordbrew 6 this Sunday at Kieran's Irish Pub in Minneapolis. I also won a tea sampler in a contest that I don't remember entering. Desert Sage Natural makes some lovely spiced coffee so I look forward to trying their tea. I saw Colette last night and enjoyed it quite a bit. Lovely to see a movie about a pioneering woman writer that isn't carefully dequeered and/or defeminized. Splendid performances too; this is a role that Keira Knightley suits perfectly and the filmakers do a good job with the other queer characters as well. Other films seen in the last week that I also enjoyed: I Am Not Your Negro and Disobedience.

On the less happy end of things: Arisia seriously fucked up and I'm very angry and sorry to see it. I won't be going back again until the wronged parties say that things have improved a lot.

In the rest of life: work on Blood Moon continues slowly, but steadily. I'm taking an actual week off in November to write and do things of that ilk. Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is puttering toward the release date of 12/1/18. I'm hoping to load the print version for preorder in the next week. Ebook preorders may be found here for those hoping to get a jump on things. I'm blitzing the universe with announcements and review copies and such so hopefully it soars. There are some wonderful stories in it.
Now off to unwind before bed.





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great week. Low on cope, ouchy and sucked briefly into other people's drama. One good friend is very ill, another is ghosting, there are some additional issues with people in my life that I won't go into on an open post and I'm feeling low and sore and unhappy. So this is a cheering myself up post. 

I'm getting a bunch of stuff done for my new anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). Blurbs are in, cover is almost done, interior is done, announcements and review copies are flying out the door. I'm pretty anxious about the cost for this one, since it's the most expensive book so far and table sales notwithstanding, book sales for the Press have been in the toilet for two months now. But hopefully this book will do well and give some of the others a boost. Not getting much writing done, which probably isn't helping, but I'm hoping to dig back in very soon here. My goal is to have a draft of Blood Moon done by the beginning of December. We'll see.

I'm going to try and take most of tonight off and watch "I am Not Your Negro," a documentary about James Baldwin, and "Disobedience," a film  about two Orthodox Jewish women who fall in love, since they're due back at Quatrefoil on Saturday. Saturday is also when I'm taking a workshop on face-to-face selling techniques for artists from Springboard for the Arts and I'm going to see a production of "The Haunting of Hill House" at Hill House, a historic museum in St. Paul. Next week, I'll be reading at Kieran's Irish Pub for Wordbrew 6 so I also need to prep for that. 

Day job just canceled everyone's layoffs, not just my department, so there's a lively combination of mixed feels since people had made a bunch of life plans assuming they were getting severance packages and now are not. Fun times.

Onward and outward. 
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Yesterday was Queen of Swords Press's second foray into the Twin Cities Book Festival (I made two prior appearances as an author selling books and as a featured author) and it was a pretty good day. We got a good spot near some high-powered larger presses, not far from either the front door or the main signing table. Traffic was good and my tabling buddy, author Michael Merriam is a fine companion (you should read his books too). On the less jolly side, the building is unheated and was pretty cold for the first hour and a half. And one of the other vendors, not sure which, made the unfortunate decision to play atonal flute music at their table, the same tunes over and over all day... They weren't close to us, which was good, but I think they were audible everywhere. Le sigh.

At any rate, apart from that, we both sold books. I signed up folks for the Queen of Swords Press Newsletter (sign up today to be entered in the quarterly prize drawing for a free ebook) and we handed out a ton of cards for our upcoming reading and signing at DreamHaven Books on December 5th. This will be the release party for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), AKA the pirate anthology! and it will be awesome. We also handed out a bunch of promo cards for the Minnesota Women's Art Festival on December 8th, where Jana Pullman and I will have a table. Mike and I got recruited for a new writing event, I got interviewed for someone's vlog, Mike got invited to do a storytelling gig and I made arrangements for a new library sale. So, a good time all around. I hope to table at next year's fest too!

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 This will be a grab bag post of updatey things. I've got going on right now, even by my standards. 
  • First up, author Jason Sanford interviewed me about Queen of Swords Press on his Patreon market report.
  • It's Queen of Swords Press newsletter sign up time again! Sign up on our website by 10/15 to be entered in the quarterly ebook drawing!
  • Twin Cities Book Festival! This Saturday, 10/13 10-5 at the Fairgrounds. Queen of Swords Press will have a table and author Michael Merriam will be our guest.
  • Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), my new pirate anthology, will be going up for preorder by next week. Early reviews are quite glowing! ARCs will be available - it releases 12/1 from Queen of Swords Press

In other news, my day job layoff, originally scheduled for the end of this year, has been cancelled, so no frantic job hunting on top of everything else. The world is a shitshow, but I've seen some great local theater, am checking out new events and going to benefits. Getting offline helps a bit, just saying.

Hang in there, folks.

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We left Thursday for a long weekend on Cape Cod, as you do. Well, as you do if you are us. Because Yarmouth, MA features the Edward Gorey House, the former home, now a museum, of the artist Edward Gorey, who I adore with the fire of a thousand suns, AND the Whydah Pirate Museum. Also, a couple of good restaurants, some cafes with tea, some historic homes and pretty marshes. Thursday was a travel day (it’s much cheaper, but takes a few hours, to go by bus from Boston to the Cape, FYI).
 
Friday was the big trip to the Edward Gorey House, by which I mean that we walked about ¾’s of a mile down the street from the B&B and around the corner, with some stops along the way, to the village green. We got to admire the fantod sand sculpture out front, which was outstanding (there was sand sculpture competition in progress, so this is, alas, not permanent). We arrived inside just in time for a tour led by a docent who is one of Gorey’s cousins. She had some fascinating anecdotes as well as some personal connections to the various displays, which was very cool. Honestly, the whole thing was glorious. I’ve been an Edward Gorey fan since I was a fairly wee tyke so seeing the art, his coat, his designs for various things, the pillows from the set of Dracula (which I saw on Broadway with Frank Langella when I was 12 or so), all magic. There’s even a lovely whale statue in the garden designed by some students from the Parson’s School of Design as a tribute and an amazing gift shop. The museum also sells editioned prints—guess what’s showing up soon? Reader, I squeed in fannish delight and my credit card gently smoked.
 
Then we went across the street to Parnassus Book Service, which is a fabulous antiquarian book dealer. I asked about Gorey books and art and the owner turned me loose on her signed poster collection, the books and a box of things from the recent estate sale of one of his friends, Helen Pond, the set designer from the celebrated Cape Playhouse. It was Gorey geek heaven! I may have picked up a thing or three, plus a book that is proving far more hilarious than I expected (which I’ll name if it continues so). Bliss.
 
After some rest and tea and a dinner and more rest and working, we were up on Sunday for breakfast. This involved sitting in the B&B’s garden with a bunch of international tourists and getting a fine view of the giant stone frog with the stone chain around its neck. Why a stone frog? Well, being New England and all, we expected sacrifices and elder gods, but nothing untoward occurred while we were there. We hopped in a cab and went over to the Whydah Pirate Museum after breakfast. This is a great museum! They do a nice job of talking about how Caribbean piracy developed and how it was linked to the slave trade (quite a few escaped and/or freed via raids folks joined the pirates, etc.). There are interesting models and interactive displays and a marine archeology setup so you can see artifacts from the wreck being cleaned. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.
 
Then there was more tea and more historic house tours and then dinner. And then the 3AM fire alarm, which roused…only me. But I did check the place out pretty thoroughly before going back to bed. Then it was off to the Hyannis Transport Center with a former Bulgarian chess champion (our cabbie) who drives cab and helps out at his kid’s pizzeria in the summer, then coaches the national team back in Sofia during the winter. All in all, a splendid trip!

 
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jusf got back from vacation, about which there will be more later. In the meantime, if you're in the Twin Cities, you should check out the following readings this week:
  • Wednesday - Lois McMaster Bujold reads at DreamHaven Books, 6:30-7:30PM. I hear there's a new Ekaterin novella!
  • Thursday - Karin Kallmaker of Bella Books and numerous acclaimed titles reads and talks about lesbian romance at Quatrefoil Library from 6-8:30 PM
  • Friday - I'm reading with Karin, Jessie Chandler, Rachel Gold, M.B. Panichi, Nancy Hedin and Genta Sebastian at Once Upon a Crime Bookstore in Minneapolis, 7-9PM. I'll be reading ftom
  • one of my fantasy/mystery short stories and expect the other readings to be queer mysteries of one form or another. Should be fun!
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 Still getting caught up, so here we go. Things to not do before an author event: do not put ear drops in your eyes. For real and serious. Ow. So much ow. Anyway, was groggy and grabbed the wrong bottle, so much flushing of left eyeball ensued. But then I had to leave to drive up to St. Cloud (about an hour and a half away). My eye swelled and burned and seeped, so this was all kinds of fun, but the drive was otherwise uneventful. I got to the hotel, checked in and unpacked the car, then met Rachel for lunch.

We took a brief tour, then went to the Great River Library, which is surprisingly big and new (it is a multi-town effort). We had already gotten a nice write-up in the St. Cloud Times and the library had a good plug up in their "What's Happening at the Library" display. However, 4PM on Friday is not the most hopping time slot so we drew a small (10-12) person crowd. They were quite enthusiastic though, which helped. We read and did our on the road schtick and it was well-received. Flaming Eyeball of Doom did not help, however, so I was happy to wrap up and head back to the hotel. Rachel had been traveling for a couple of weeks so she decided to drive home for the night while stayed at the hotel. 

Next day, Flaming Eyeball of Doom looked and felt more like Allergy Eyeball, which was a giant improvement. Rachel and I met for breakfast, then headed to Pride in the Park. We loaded in and set up the tent I borrowed from my buddy Kevin, with some help from other vendors and a minor injury to my hand (metal retractable banner snap-back is less fun than you'd think). We helped out one or two other folks and settled in. Folks stopped by with great regularity, bought books and picked up cards and chatted. Also, it was hot. Then it was blisteringly hot. Rachel had to go sit in her car with the A/C on for a bit. I drank a lot of water. It got hotter. I went and sat in my car for a bit. We still both got heat exhaustion. Blergh. But overall, it was a good tabling experience and a nice, friendly event. Would go again, minus the eardop thing. 
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 This is pretty cool. Rachel Gold and I are interviewed in the St. Cloud Times  by reporter Stephanie Dickrell for our upcoming reading and talk at the Great Regional Library in St. Cloud (this Friday, 9/14!). The headline is the best: "Menopausal werewolves and transgender teens." :-D
I think she did a good job capturing our particular schtick.

Reminder: Library reading and talk on 9/14
Pride in the Park: Saturday, 9/15. Buy some books and get them signed!
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Not for me or my household, but for a good friend who just got a diagnosis for a nasty, unforgiving and almost certain to be fatal far too soon illness. This added to the several other less close friends diagnosed with a range of unpleasant, ghastly and or just plain unpleasant sicknesses and other fun in the last year and change. Add to that my mother is beginning to forget us. I had so hoped that she would be gone before that began to happen.

So between all of that and the national and international news, I'm feeling...less than cheerful.

So I'm doing what I always do and working and trying to deal with things. I went to see "The Little Stranger" yesterday with friends and found it okay, but not great. I've drafted an introduction for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and am about to embark on writing some article proposals. I've written 500 words of new fiction today and am hoping to break 1000. My day job layoff that I've been expecting for the last three years just got cancelled so I'm trying to wrap my brain around that (and the fact that I do not have time off to look forward to. My vacation time exists, but it's rolled up with my sick time, so I burned through most of my existing accumulation last winter and spring). It's good to have one less thing to stress about though. And the cats are snuggling with me a lot because it's a bit cooler (and maybe they know I'm upset).

In other news, I'm off to St. Cloud on Friday to give a reading and a talk at the Great River Regional Library and table at St. Cloud Pride. Both should be pretty interesting. Fingers crossed that it doesn't rain on Saturday. A friend loaned me a craft tent, but I'm not sure that we can set up easily. After that, it's off to Cape Code and Edward Gorey and pirates, so I'm trying to focus on that as much as I can. Now to go do some stuff so i can be more available to my friend when she needs me.

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On everything in a day, as is my want.

Had a fine and splendid time at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday, which was capped off by a nice guy who gave us tickets for the Sky Ride so we didn't have to claw our way back through a billion people. Good crop art, excellent miniature displays, discovered a new to us band, enjoyed grilled peaches with goat cheese, all the good stuff.

Also, hey, I have a new book coming out in December from Queen of Swords Press! Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) has an awesome lineup and now, an awesome cover by artist S.L. Johnson to go with it!



Also in the works: a print edition of Emily L. Byrne's Medusa's Touch, just in time for our St. Cloud events on 9/14-15!
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Mostly, my week was all about the pirate edits! The book is looking great and I hope to do a cover reveal pretty soon. If you're out on Twitter or Facebook, I'm posting a couple of tweets a week about different stories and their authors. Check out the #scourgeoftheseas hashtag to see what's going on. I'm throwing in bonus pirate content, too - songs, pictures, etc. (@qospress, if you want to avoid my political posts).

Speaking of pirates, I wrote a story called "One Night in Saint-Martin" which appeared earlier this year on the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast. It's about a pirate, one Jacquotte Delahaye, and a spy, based loosely on Dumas' model for Milady, who cross paths for the second time on the island of Saint-Martin in the Caribbean in the mid 1600s. Europe is in turmoil and there are lots of proxy wars and spying and raiding and other fun and not so fun things going on in the European colonies. Anyway, if you listened to that or the idea just intrigues you, the original story, "The Letter of Marque," is now up at Curious Fictions. Curious Fictions is a short fiction subscription site and you can kick in $2 (or $5) to subscribe to my short fiction feed. Letter of Marque is chock full of sword fights, plots and ladies kissing AND if enough people express interest, I'll write a third story about these two characters. "One Night in Saint-Martin" is free to listen so you can enjoy that one and see if the concept grabs you.

Other than that, still no word on my day job so I might be getting laid off in the next couple of months after all. Rachel Gold and I got a contact from the local newspaper in St. Cloud and they want to interview us about our reading, so the news isn't all bad. And Jana and I went to a new performance venue in town and heard some amazing young queer artists last night. The host is the L-Spot, a fairly new bookstore/giftshop for queer women in the back of a spiffy vintage shop called Z Amore. L-Spot will be hosting more events so I'd recommend putting them on your radar if you're in the Cities. I'll also be dropping some Queen of Swords Press titles off there so you can buy some of our books too!

I'm working on some other events and hope to have news soon. I'm also working on not getting horribly sick or injured the rest of this year, so we'll see how that rather low bar for self-care goes.




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Finally getting a chance to write up my adventures.

I took off for D.C. on Thursday morning in the wee hours. MSP was remarkably nuts, considering that it was 5:30 in the morning. I have never seen it that crowded or that chaotic, which is probably how I came to lose my debit card there. Not that I found that out until later. I did get to meet a Minneapolis School Board member and a local lawyer and we all talked local politics and the arts until we ran out of caffeine-fueled energy.

Arrived and wrangled my luggage on to the Metro to go over to my friend's place. Got there in one piece, got to see Rob before he left on a business trip and got to meet their other houseguest, with a tiny amount of drama (neither one of us was expecting the other to pop around the corner - very exciting). After lunch, I decided to go over to the Belmont-Paul Museum/Equality Monument, a small history of women's suffrage museum that I have been donating to but have never visited. I prepared for rain, in the sense of bringing a small traveling umbrella. Spoiler Alert: I was not, in fact, prepared for rain.

Longtime readers or people who know me may recall that I have spent time in several Central American countries. I have seen rain, a LOT of rain. I have lived in a partially drained swamp in Georgia, where I also saw RAIN. It was that kind of rain. I got completely soaked, clothes, shoes, cloth purse, hair, you name it. I still made it to the museum and it was well worth a visit! I got a tour after I tried to wring my skirt out ina floor drain. They have comprehensive exhibits and artifacts from Alice Paul, the National Women's Party, the influence of British suffragists, Ida B. Wells and other African American women who were excluded from the white suffrage movements and other related topics. Well laid out, good tour, nice gift shop, impressive art.
After that, I hauled my wet self back to the Metro to go back to my friends' place and socialize a bit before eating my take out (I was too wet to sit in a restaurant) and availing myself of their laundry facilities.

On Friday, my friend Bob tried to get day tix for the National Museum of African American History at the Smithsonian, but was foiled in the attempt. This place is the 'Hamilton' of museums; I tried to get tix 3 months in advance, no joy. Day tix were assigned at 6:30 AM and were all gone by 6:35 AM. Sigh. So I did some editing, then went off to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Got to see some lovely pieces there, including artwork by Remedios Varo, Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun, frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun  and a number of artists new to me. One of the security guards turned me on to sculptor Chakaia Booker and her sculpture, Acid Rain, which is amazing. He told me about some of her other work that he had seen and I definitely want to see more of it. After that it was off to lunch in the cafe, followed by a quick trip to Madame Tussaud's D.C.

I got to visit the Chamber of Horrors at the London Tussaud's when I was but a wee tyke of 8 or so and I loved it and have fond memories of it. The D.C. version is rather more boringly focused on U.S. Presidents, sundry pop stars and some political figures. It's not Charlotte Corday stabbing Murat in the bathtub (sigh) but I did appreciate the contrast between the jolly Obama family tableau with a queue of tourists waiting to be photographed with the President they admired, and the Trump one, featuring no line, no tourists and D and M at opposite ends of the exhibit. After that, I was off to Bethesda to hang out with my friend, writer Bob Angell, at his home. Once there, I had a lovely time getting a tour of his and husband's eco home and enjoyed a lovely dinner with them before heading back to Rob and Peter's.

Saturday, Rob and I walked over to the DC Center for the LGBT Community for OutWrite. The conference is now several years old and has its own crowd, but there were a lot of us out of towners too. I ran into Brit Mandelo, Melissa Scott, Don Sakers, Craig Gidney and several other folks in the first half hour or so that I was there. The D.C. Metro Weekly ran an excerpt of Silver Moon the week of the conference, so I read a different scene for my author reading. It was well-received and the other authors I read with had some interesting and engaging pieces so I felt like it went very well. Lunch was a quick dash across the street for a sandwich, then back to moderate a panel.

The space for the horror panel was hard to navigate - there was a pillar in the middle of the room and the panelists mostly ended up piled up on the couch. We had the usual bits of fun: the panelists who'd responded to my "what do you want to talk about?" email, complete with a list of possible questions, claimed not to have read it and the panelists who were late adds or or had email issues and didn't see the email did indeed have things they wanted to talk about. Because it is a rule of panel moderation that it must go something like this. But we persevered and it got better and we had a decent discussion that didn't cover as much as I had hoped it would, but so it goes. Not a bad panel, just not quite the one I hoped for.

After that, I wandered out to discover that one of the booksellers from East City Bookshop,

Keith John Glaeske, was also the reviewer who I had quoted on the cover of Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories. It was lovely to meet him in person and he had me sign a bunch of books, including some anthologies he had brought with him. From there, I chatted with a bunch of people. the conference wasn't huge, I'd say maybe 75-100 people on the first day, but big enough so that it was possible to not run into folks. I did get to meet Krystal A. Smith (and read with her), Racheline Maltese, Bill Campbell of Rosarium Books and other folks who I have either never met before or have only met once. I also went to several readings, which I enjoyed.

All in all, an enjoyable conference and one I'm glad I went to. After our 5PM panels get out, Melissa, Bob and Don and I sallied forth to go to Poets and Busboys for dinner. This was excellent - good food, good conversation - and I want to go back and go book shopping! After that, I went back to Rob and Peter's and was introduced to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was charming. Also, there was fannish gossip, discussion of books and games and cons and other delights.

Sunday, I took them to lunch, then took many, many trains to the airport and met interesting characters therein before heading home. A good trip all around, except for losing my card.
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Back from a nice trip to D.C. and Outwrite and will be writing that up shortly. In the meantime, I have a new story out! 
‪My queer Poe retelling, "The Mask and the Amontillado" is out in TALES OF THE UNANTICIPATED #32! Available at DreamHavenBooks and other locations. 

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