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  • The recording of the podcast interview that I did on the Cocktail Hour Podcast is now live. This one is a lively and manageable 15 minutes or so long, but if you enjoy it and would like to hear more about what I'm up to, there's another recent interview with me up at Hannah's Bookshelf on North Manchester Radio.
  • I got a fabulous new acceptance that I can't announce yet and the gaming project I wrote for last year has been approved and is a go...and I can't say much more about that one yet because that's all I know right now. I sent out some more stories and I'm working on some new ones. I'm also going to be working on the erotic romance sf novel I finished but need to revise for another new project. I'm also working on a new Queen of Swords Press project, about which there will be more soon.
  • Lots of friends and acquaintances having terrible events of late - sending out general vibes to the universe that this week was the last of them and things get a lot better soon.
  • Had the fun of seeing a family heirloom on display in a local museum. When we moved my mother out from New York, she brought along a giant cut glass vase that came from my grandmother's house. She didn't want it packed up so after we wrapped it in a lot of bubblewrap, she carried on her lap in the car on the cross country drive. Then handed it to me when she got here. Seeing as it is about a foot and half tall, pretty heavy and not done in a style that clicks with anything we have, I approached the American Swedish Institute for an appraisal and prospective donation. They believed it to be the work of a Swedish American glass artist who was trained at Orrefors and moved to New York around the turn of the 19th Century. They also, bless them, took it off my hands. Time passed and I kept looking around but not seeing it on display, which was mildly disappointing. I've been going to museums my entire life and was looking forward to seeing something I'd grown up with on display in one. Today, it was up in the center cabinet in the dining room of the Turnblad Mansion, looking quite pretty. And huge. I'm pleased!
  • Looking forward to both the Pirates of Penzance and Black Panther this week because we contain multitudes!
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Julia Rios has done another outstanding job with an Outer Alliance podcast, this one from our Arisia 2014 panel "Unheard Voices of SF/F," a panel on the Carl Brandon Society, Broad Universe and Outer Alliacne featuring Andrea Hairtson, K. Tempest Bradford, Victor Raymond, Julia Rios, Trisha Wooldridge and me as moderator.

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Today is Give to the Max Day in MN, something a huge number of nonprofits depend on for additional funding. You can donate any amount from $10 upward and it makes your favorite nonprofits eligible for matching funds, prizes and other good stuff. I generally try and prioritize nonprofits that we interact with a lot like the MN Center for Book Arts, Rain Taxi Reviews and the Twin Cities Daily Planet, plus grant-giving organizations like PFund, the MN Women's Foundation and Headwaters Foundation, but there's a bunch of great stuff out there: schools, animal conservations, small theaters, arts organization, LGBTQ, immigrants, women's organizations and almost anything else you can think of. If you can, try and donate to at least one organization today.

And, in news unrelated to the Give to the Max Day, I'm a guest on this week's Howl Out Cast, a podcast dedicated to  all things werewolf.  The host and I talked for over 2 hours so this is the edited version, more or less. It's very live and spontaneous and I haven't listened to all of it yet. If you're listening around other people, headphones are probably in order, just saying. :-)
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In this case, my lesbian vampires in Colonial Mexico story, "El Tigre," is the featured story on Circlet Press's Nobiliis Erotica podcast - http://nobilis.libsyn.com/episode-290-el-tigre-by-catherine-lundoff
This remains one of my favorite stories - it appeared in the Circlet antho "Cherished Blood" (3 or 4th story I had published, at that point), won a writing contest ($75 and a certificate!), and got reprinted in "Best Lesbian Erotica" and in my collection "Night's Kiss." It also garnered me my first fan mail, ever. :-)

And an article that I wrote a few years back on "Historical Research for Fiction Writers" got quoted extensively in a piece on the topic on the writer's site, A Writer's Fountain - http://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/tag/catherine-lundoff/
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Last night, I was interviewed for Episode 49 of The Cocktail Hour Podcast by Cheri and Megan. It was a lot of fun and has given me some things to think about for Silver Moon's sequel.
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This is part of my efforts to get organized so I can do some archiving this week.

2012 Guest blogs:

"
Do's and Don'ts of Author Self-Promotion" -  on Morgen Bailey's writing blog.

Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event  I did a guest post on host author K.T. Grant's blog on lesbian protagonists in science fiction and fantasy.

Whatever: The Big Idea: Silver Moon

"Writing Silver Moon and Menopausal Werewolves" at the Skiffy and Fanty Show
Blog

Good Lesbian Books  - post on my favorite "starter" books with lesbian protagonists/themes.

"
Adventures in Marketing: Promoting My First Novel"  on author and editor Deborah J. Ross' blog.

"The Highs and Lows of Promoting Lesbian Fiction" on The Scarlet Letter ezine.

"Genre and Border Crossings" at Lisabet Sarai's Beyond Romance

SF Signal Mind Meld - "Directions that SF Hasn't Taken" (with Kelly McCullough, David J. Schwartz, Michael D. Thomas/Damien Taylor and Ayleen the Peacemaker)

2012 Interviews:


Menopause and The Single Werewolf: Ten Questions with Catherine Lundoff, author of Silver Moon on author Tracy S. Morris' blog.

Werewolf blogger extraordinaire David Jon Fuller interviewed me about Silver Moon at his blog, As You Were: Metal, Monsters, Mayhem.

Author Roxanne Bland interviewed me at

2012 Podcasts:

Skiffy and Fanty Show - "Influences on Modern Fantasy"


Reading from Silver Moon, Broad Universe Broadpod
Podcast for Pride Month.

Alternate History - Broad Universe Broadpod Podcast, includes a reading from my collection A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories.

Readings Goes to the Wolves - multi-author interview and reading on lesbian werewolves, includes a short reading from Silver Moon

"Exploring Beyond the Borders: Breaking the Conventions of Genre in SF/F/H." Broadly Speaking Podcast with Larissa Niec, Julia Rios and Kris McDermott.

Episode 49 of the Cocktail Hour - "Catherine Lundoff and SIlver Moon"

2012 Radio:

KFAI, Write On! Radio, interview and reading from Silver Moon (second half Rachel Gold)

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Con or Bust, the Fans of Color Assistance Project annual auction which helps fans of color get to conventions like WisCon is up and running. Bid on many fabulous items including a signed (by me) copy of Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and myself (Lethe Press, 2011). Bid early and often to support a more diverse future for fandom!

In other news, we are back from the wilds of Utah. Jana is holding up pretty well and is quite glad we went. I met her family for the first time and found many of them to be pleasant and amiable, despite the tragic circumstances. In short, the trip went as well as either of us possible could have hoped for. I have also now sampled the much-vaunted jello salad concoctions to be found at an LDS church function, and while I don't foresee taking jello salad on as a permanent dietary change, found some of them to be quite interesting, tasty even. And Jana's friends in Salt Lake City are awesome and incredibly helpful.

So we are back and wildly behind on stuff. My Loft Literary class,
Lavender Ink, is scheduled for next Saturday if I get 2 more people to sign up. I'm putting the finishing touches on my outlines and such. It's a chance to pick my brains in a semi-organized manner, if that appeals to you. Then I get to race home in time for Readings Goes to the Wolves, a podcast hosted by writer Lara Zielinsky and featuring Naomi Clark, Meghan O'Brien, Nene Adams, Allison Moon and me talking about lesbian werewolves. This should be seriously awesome, just saying.



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