As early as 1973, female hotshots were fighting fires in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. I went down a research rabbit hole last weekend! I was participating in the NYCMidnight Short Story Contest and was assigned the genre Historical Fiction, and my character had to be a crewman. I didn't feel like writing about a ship's crew, … Continue reading Research Rabbit Hole: Female Hotshot Firefighters in 1973
My Balticon 54 Panels
My first time as a panelist at a convention approaches! Balticon 54 will be online this year, and it is this coming weekend, 22-25 May 2020! Panels will be held and streamed entirely online via Zoom, Discord, Youtube, Twitch, and Second Life (I didn't realize anyone still used SL!). I love Balticon, and I'm very … Continue reading My Balticon 54 Panels
Publication: Star Wars Essay!
My first essay about Star Wars has been formally published and I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!! My essay, "Mara Jade, Frontier Woman: Agency in Star Wars and Influencing the Transmedia Franchise", was included in an awesome collection called Women's Space: Essays on Female Characters in the 21st Century Science Fiction Western that just came … Continue reading Publication: Star Wars Essay!
Forthcoming story + background!
My first short story, "San Cibernético", will be appearing alongside 19 other stories in the anthology The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now, which is already available for preorder from Paper Dog Books! "San Cibernético" is about an orphan on a worldship who discovers a mummified cyborg while hiding from scientists in the Deep … Continue reading Forthcoming story + background!
Review: The Space Merchants
The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth = 4/5 The Space Merchants is a satire that follows the adventures of Mitch Courtney, a relatively well-off, self-centered copysmith working his way to the top of his corporation. His job is to create the best ads that will sell the most product to consumers and … Continue reading Review: The Space Merchants
Review: Julius Caeser
Julius Caeser (by Shakespeare) = 3/5 I'm pretty tired, so this will be short. The story is pretty self-explanatory; it's Shakespeare's depiction of the circumstances leading up to, during, and after Caeser's assassination. I found the overall plot a bit dry, but that's probably because I was reading the script of a piece meant to … Continue reading Review: Julius Caeser
Review: The March trilogy
The March trilogy, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, + Nate Powell = 5/5 Split across three volumes, The March is the illustrated autobiography of now-Congressman John Lewis and his experiences as a leader of the US Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s. Interspersed throughout the narrative are more recent recollections of his thoughts and … Continue reading Review: The March trilogy
Review: Love is Love
Love is Love (by too many contributors to list here) = 5/5. I am bisexual. There. I've said it. I couldn't think of another way to start this book review that would do justice to the book itself and, more importantly, and pay tribute those who died in the attack on the Pulse night club … Continue reading Review: Love is Love
Review: Things We Couldn’t Say
Things We Couldn't Say (by Diet Eman, with James Schaap) = 4/5 Eman's autobiography recounts her personal experiences as a member of the Dutch Resistance movement during WWII and a concentration camp prisoner during the Holocaust. Through a combination of modern era recollections and contemporary diary entries and letters from WWII, Eman describes the factors … Continue reading Review: Things We Couldn’t Say
Maus = 5/5 Art Spiegelman's graphic novel treatment of the Holocaust is masterfully done, and I'm sorry it took me so long to read this duology/book; it was near-impossible to put down. Maus is a visual biography about Spiegelman's father's experiences as a Jew trying to survive the Holocaust in Poland. It mixes the biography … Continue reading Review: Maus