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Urban Homesteading: Building a Forest in Downtown

Six years ago, my spouse and I bought a house in a neighborhood that had recently undergone some massive reconstruction. The old neighborhood had such a bad reputation locally that it took several years for my spouse to get his friends to actually agree to come over to the house for game days because they […]

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Pupdate: The Staph Infection that Keeps On Giving

Last time…. well, here’s the summary of our dog Drake’s situation up to this point. Folks on Twitter have been hearing that we’re back to being in and out of the vet ER again, so here’s the update on what’s happened since that post. Drake had been in the clear for weeks, and was steadily […]

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Real Publishing Talk: Author Expectation and Entitlement

Despite all of my real talk about publishing here, I can get caught up in The Publishing Dream just as easily as anyone. I still see my peers getting the six and seven figure advances. I see breakout books happen to folks who were previously midlist. I still get excited when one of my books […]

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Llama Army: Revolution Roundup

Greetings, fellow llamas! The llama llaunch is now in week two, so let us take a gander at what you may have missed: Publisher’s Weekly gave Geek Feminist Revolution a starred review and listed it as one of their books of the week Kirkus also had, uh, some things to say! Entertainment Weekly asked me […]

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Is Living Worth It?

As I get older, I consider mortality a lot more, though never more than I did when I was 26 years old and learned that I had a chronic immune disorder. Prior to getting this disease I felt I was a pretty tough person. I went to boxing classes twice a week. I worked out. […]

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Llama Llaunch! Rules of the Road

Hey, hey folks, my first essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, drops TOMORROW, May 31! In anticipation of its release, here are some things you should know that I know and some things you should know about how I’ll be comporting myself online during the launch: Some people (the vast majority) are going to LOVE […]

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I Thought About Quitting…

Hey you. Yes you. I know you’re ready to quit. I know you’re ready to quit living loud. I know living loud looks like the best way to draw fire for being who you are. For being the best you. For being smart. For being smarter. For being happy. For being loud. For being a […]

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The Establishment Has Always Hated the New Kids

  “I hope that when the New Wave has deposited its froth and receded, the vast and solid shore of science fiction will appear once more.”  – John W. Campbell, frothing about the New Wave If you spend a lot of time studying history, you’ll know that it helps to put the slings and arrows of […]

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Dancing for Dinner: Fame, Publishing, and Breakout Books

Fame is a funny thing, because it used to come with a certain dollar amount. Or, that’s what I’d always assumed, anyway. By the time you became generally known via one of the four publishers, or three TV channels, or big record labels, there was an assumption that you were making a living wage, at the very […]

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A More Hopeful Future

While traveling, it occasionally comes up in casual conversation with non-SF people that I’m a writer. These can be uncomfortable conversations, as they often turn into me explaining what science fiction is, or giving synopses of my books on the fly to people I know won’t read them, or listening to someone talking about how […]