Friday, August 14, 2015

After Long Silence....

And with apologies to Sheri S. Tepper, who used that as the alternate title for her brilliant SF novel The Enigma Score.

Finally have a moment to do a blog post with catch-ups for the, ahem, rest of 2015. (What, just from March to August? What's 5 months or so, after all? Well, a lot to the stat counting bots, apparently.)

Anyhow.

News 1: Next publication after Lilian and Jo in March, is/will be a letter to James Tiptree in the Letters to Tiptree antho from Twelfth Planet Press, due out this month, and now available for pre-order at the link just above.

The list of contributing writers is pretty cool, including

Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
A.J. Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffith - read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo - read online at Tor.com
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takács
Lynne M. Thomas
Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams

And there will be archived letters from Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Tiptree his/herself.

Never having met or contacted JT/AS in real life, my effort largely concerns one of Tiptree's Yucatan stories, a little off the usual Tiptree track but related in Tiptree's own supposed persona as a psychologist and long-term visitor to the Yucatan. It's from an award winning antho of the 1980s.

   TALES OF THE QUINTANA ROO: What Came Ashore at Lirios; The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever; Beyond the Dead Reef by Tiptree, James Jr. (pen name used by Alice B. Sheldon) - 1986 - from W. Fraser Sandercombe and Biblio.com


There were things that bugged me about the story, but it's also stuck in my head when many others, including some more famous ones of Tiptree's, have slithered out, so my epistle deals with some of the questions I was never able to ask the writer. More questions than answers, but that's the way it is, most times, when you try speaking to the dead. So to speak.

Shd. be a fun antho when it emerges, all the same.


Letters From:

Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
A.J. Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffith - read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo - read online at Tor.com
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takács
Lynne M. Thomas
Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams
- See more at: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/letters-to-tiptree#sthash.jKrwPGSq.dpuf

Letters From:

Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
A.J. Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffith - read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo - read online at Tor.com
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takács
Lynne M. Thomas
Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams
- See more at: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/letters-to-tiptree#sthash.jKrwPGSq.dpuf

Letters From:

Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
A.J. Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffith - read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo - read online at Tor.com
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takács
Lynne M. Thomas
Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams
- See more at: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/letters-to-tiptree#sthash.jKrwPGSq.dpuf

Letters From:

Kathryn Allan
Marleen Barr
Stephanie Burgis
Joyce Chng
Aliette de Bodard
L. Timmel Duchamp
A.J. Fitzwater
Lisa Goldstein
Theodora Goss
Nicola Griffith - read online at LA Review of Books
Valentin D Ivanov
Gwyneth Jones
Rose Lemberg
Sylvia Kelso
Alex Dally MacFarlane
Brit Mandelo - read online at Tor.com
Sandra McDonald
Seanan McGuire
Karen Miller
Judith Moffet
Cheryl Morgan
Pat Murphy
Sarah Pinsker
Cat Rambo
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Justina Robson
Nisi Shawl
Nike Sulway
Lucy Sussex
Rachel Swirsky
Bogi Takács
Lynne M. Thomas
Elisabeth Vonarburg
Jo Walton
Tess Williams
- See more at: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/letters-to-tiptree#sthash.jKrwPGSq.dpuf

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grammar Day 2015

The grammatically correct writer and reader's web-site is doing a quiz for Grammar Day. Have a look. Have a go!


Grammarly Grammar Nerd Quiz Feature Image

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dr. Lilian Cooper and the Cranky Ladies of History






Excitement for the month of November: notification came at last - as in, when scheduled but waited for with pent breath -  from Fablecroft, on the acceptances for the Cranky Ladies of History anthology: the one for which I wrote Lilian and Jo's story, eventually titled "Due Care and Attention."

Waiting now for the edits, but provisionally, Lilian and Jo have been accepted!




Here's the full current Table of Contents:



AuthorProvisional TitleCranky LadyA little detail…
Joyce Chng"Charmed Life"LeizuChinese empress who discovered silk
Amanda Pillar"Neter Nefer"HatshepsutEgyptian ruler
Barbara Robson"Theodora"Theodora, wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the firstWife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first
Lisa Hannett"Hallgerðr Höskuldsdóttir / For So Great a Misdeed" Icelandic woman
Garth Nix"The Company of Women"Lady GodivaAnglo-Saxon noblewoman
Juliet Marillier"Hallowed Ground"Hildegard of BingenGerman writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath
Liz Myles"Little Battlers"Eleanor of AquitaineFrench queen & mother of dynasty
Foz Meadows"Bright Moon"KhutulunCentral Asian warrior
Laura Lam"The lioness and her prey"Jeanne de ClissonFrench pirate
Liz Barr"Queenside"Mary Tudor (Mary I of England)Queen of England
Deborah Biancotti"Look How Cold My Hands Are"Countess Bathorycountess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history
Dirk Flinthart"The gift of freedom"Grace O'MalleyQueen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan sometimes known as "The Sea Queen of Connacht"
Faith Mudge"Glorious"Elizabeth IQueen of England
Havva Murat"The Pasha, the girl and the dagger: The story of Nora of Kelmendi"Nora of KelmendiAlbanian warrior
Kirstyn McDermott"Mary Mary"Mary WollstonecroftEnglish writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights.
Thoraiya Dyer"Vintana"Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, also known as Ranavalona the CruelQueen of Madagascar
Stephanie Lai"The dragon, the terror, the sea"Cheng ShihChinese pirate
Jane YolenSacagaweaSacagaweaLemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States
Kaaron Warren"Another week in the future"Miss CH SpenceScottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragist.
Sylvia Kelso"Due care and attention"Lilian CooperBritish-born Australian doctor
Sandra McDonald"Cora Crane and The Trouble with Me"Cora CraneAmerican businesswoman, nightclub and bordello owner, writer and journalist.
Nisi Shawl"A Beautiful Stream"ColetteFrench novelist and performer
Liz Argall"Oodgeroo is Not Yet Your Name"Oodgeroo NoonuccalAustralian poet, political activist, artist and educator.


 Thrilled that Lilian and Jo made it, and that they will be in such illustrious company. In the stories and among the writers!