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Started the planning for next year's events: Worldcon in Helsinki is definite, barring some event preventing it. I'm thinking I'm due for Golden Crown Literary (lesbian fiction conference), seeing as it's in Chicago and I haven't been for a couple of years. I'd like to go to World Fantasy in San Antonio because Martha Wells is Toastmaster and is awesome. I I'm probably not going to do a ton of local cons this year, due to a combination of burnout and some not-great-to-bad experiences in the last year. But bar conning is an option.

If time and money are no obstacles (hah!), I'd love to fit in Sirens in Denver, and depending on dates, Outwrite (new LGBTQ writers conference) in D.C. The latter because I could also fit in a visit to the new African American History Museum! 

What events are you folks going to in 2017?

EDITED: I had originally included Madison area convention, Odyssey Con, on my list of possibilities for next year. I have just learned that the con com has decided to make serial sexual harasser Jim Frenkel their Guest Liason for 2017. There are also several other people on the con com who might best be termed "controversial" (like the dude who was very outspoken against POC Safer Space at WisCon within recent memory) so I would advise caution if you're thinking of attending.

On the bright side, WisCon is now back on the possible list.
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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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which will be occurring October 23-25, 2015 in St. Paul, here. Arcana bills itself as "A Convention of the Dark Fantastic" and I'll be joining such previous luminaries as Robert Bloch, Melanie and Steve Tem, Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers and Pam Keesey. And they'll give out the Minnesota Fantasy Award to someone or other (it doesn't get announced much ahead of time so I don't know who's up for ti this year); last time I attended the Awards, it went to Lois McMaster Bujold, which was very cool. So, pretty impressive company for my second ever con-headlining experience. :-)

Why me? Well, I asked myself that a bit, too. Being local is not entirely off the table but they've certainly had plenty of headliners from elsewhere. In any case, I have edited or co-edited two award-winning anthologies: Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories and (with JoSelle Vanderhooft) Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic. I've also had 1 novel and 3 collections of short fiction published, much of it award-winning and/or included in sundry Year's Best anthos. My work has spanned fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, erotica, nonfiction, historical fiction and mystery, for a rough total of a half million published words. Between them, my books have won 5 awards and finaled for 5 others, to date. And I've been an awards judge and taught classes at the Loft Literary Center and sundry other places. So not a bad run, thus far, if not quite at the lofty heights of some of the previous guests, but I presumably still have time to catch up.

What's the con all about? Horror and dark fantasy, as a rule. It's a small chatty con so I'd love to see more folks come and check it out and broaden the conversations a bit. What do I plan to talk about? Werewolves and vampires and ghosts and the queer component in each of those subgenres and women in horror and dark fantasy. Penny Dreadful and penny dreadfuls. Sleepy Hollow. Diversity in dark fantasy and horror. Stuff that matters to me, and hopefully, to you. I'm pretty damned entertaining too, when sufficiently caffeinated (think sober geeky Dorothy Parker). And that's why you, yes, you! should join me for this shindig! Come for the dark, stay for the snark - which could well be the t-shirt for this year. :-)

Hope some of you can make it!

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Looks like it will be awesome fun times. Seriously, if you're looking for a pleasant and jolly medium-sized Twin Cities con, Marscon is one to check out. This year, they're hosting presentations from the U. of MN Bee Squad and the Bell Museum of Natural History as well as fannish things, a music track, local writers and sundry media-related events.

Here's what I'm doing:

The Dark Side of the Fey

Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 11:00 am

Traditionally capricious and dangerous, the fey are now often portrayed very differently. Why have we moved toward a purely cuddly and kindly fey? What authors are bucking the trend to draw on the more traditional characteristics and who does it well? Why does this work? What purpose do tales of the dark fey serve? Why should we “stay on the path”?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; William Alexander, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan


The Rise of Women Superheroes

Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 01:00 pm

Let’s talk about some awesome female superheroes who have become breakout sensations in recent years! Why do we love them so much, and how can we get more?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Christopher Jones, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Chandra Reyer


Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings

III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 02:00 pm

An annual MarsCon event. Members of Broad Universe do short readings from their recent work.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan


Bandana Square Cons Party

Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 08:30 pm

Co-hosted by Con-Sarnit Eight, Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6; Diversicon 22, July 24-26, with Guest of Honor Ytasha L. Womack and Special Guest Rob Callahan; and Arcana, October 23-25, with Guest Editor Catherine Lundoff.


Not Fae Away…?

Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 11:00 am

The evolution of the popular concept of fairies. What caused the fairy migration (in literature) from rural to urban settings? How did the move affect them? Did they become nastier or nicer? Works examined will include Lisa Goldstein’s Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks, and the “Borderlines” anthologies.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; William Alexander, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan

Sleepy Hollow (TV)

III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 12:00 pm

We’re a couple of seasons into the adventures of Abbie and Ichabod and their valiant crew. The show has a diverse cast and a diverse fan base with deeply held opinions on what works and what doesn’t. Let’s get together and discuss.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Joellyn Ackerman

The careful reader will note that I'm called out as the Editor GOH for Arcana this year, which is a thing that JUST happened. More soon! :-)

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I'll be at Arisia in January ( doing the Broad Universe RFR on Saturday, January 18th at 1PM with a bunch of talented women and moderating the Unheard Voices of SF/F panel with Nisi Shawl, Andrea Hairston, Trisha Woolridge, Victor Raymond and Julia Rios at 8PM. Otherwise, it's all hanging out and enjoying some time in Boston. :-)

I also got an invite to be a guest at Marscon 2014 - ( Huzzah!
Now to get done more writing done and pull together some panel proposals for WisCon.
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Because Nature abhors a vacuum and all that. But mostly because John Scalzi will be there and I figure that if he's being kind enough to host my book for a Big Idea, the least I can do is stop by when he's in town and say "thanks." I've also been assured that it'll be more fun than the first time I went, though in fairness to the con, I was also quite sick that weekend so that certainly played a big part in how I remember it. At any rate, 4th St. Fantasy, featuring an all-star cast (seriously, check out the Attending list) -

Apart from that, lovely belated Mayday Parade yesterday - many kudos to Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater for pulling it together not once, but twice, due to weather conditions. I'm packing for the big trip (Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison - yes, there will be people at our house so burglars need not take note), and scrambling to get both my Big Idea and a new interview out the door. Lively days ahead!


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