Renee Scattergood’s Author Spotlight: Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West

By Renee Scattergood

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Diane Morrison here to tell us about her upcoming fantasy novel, Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West, from her Wyrd West Chronicles. She needs help funding her book release and is giving away some great gifts, including a copy of the book when it’s released on the 1st of September, for those who contribute. She’s also shared a guest post, so keep reading!

Diane Morrison lives with her partners in Vernon, BC, where she was born and raised. She likes pickles and bluegrass and hates talking about herself. An avid National Novel Writing Month participant and gaming geek, she is proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. She is currently managing the official SFWA YouTube channel, where she gets to interview some of her favourite authors and other interesting people in the SFF field. Recently she received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future competition. Under her pen name “Sable Aradia” she is a successful Pagan author, a musician, and a professional blogger. After a lifetime of putting the needs of her family first, she is striking out to become what she always wanted to be; a speculative fiction writer.

 

Read the full article on Renee Scattergood’s blog.

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I Was on the Pagan-Musings Podcast

Here’s the archive of my appearance on the Pagan-Musings Podcast. It’s very off-the-cuff! This is probably is the closest to how I am IRL that I’ve heard on a podcast because I was so relaxed. Enjoy!

Author Diane Morrison, aka Sable Aradia, returns to the show to talk fiction and nonfiction. She’s been hard at work creating new stories in her Wyrd West Chronicles, and now she’s come full circle to creating new material for the Pagan world. Between writing steampunk (cattlepunk), podcasting, and working on her newest Pagan focused projects, Diane has been working with other authors to produce some of the best sci-fi/fantasy out there from the Indie World of Books. Tune in and learn more about her latest projects, both fiction and nonfiction! On the Horizon anthology. The Toy Soldier Saga. Her music. Sit for a Spell on YouTube. Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America on YouTube.

Source: PMP: Diane Morrison – the fiction and nonfiction of a Canadian Pagan 05/21 by Pagan Musings Podcast Channel | Spirituality Podcasts

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3D Printed Live Bacteria Creates World’s First “Living Tattoo”

By Rich Haridy

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a “living tattoo” that can respond to a variety of stimuli.

Electronic tattoos and smart ink technologies are showing exciting potential for reframing how we think of wearable sensor devices. While many engineers are experimenting with a variety of responsive materials the MIT team wondered if live cells could be co-opted into a functional use.

Read the full article at New Atlas.

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Don’t Romanticize Science Fiction: An Interview with Samuel Delany

By Adam Fitzgerald

Encountering Samuel R. Delany’s work, for me at least, can be described in two phases (more like paroxysms): the first is being so overcome by the true presence of a genius or polymath writer, the endless fertility and ease through which he has made each genre indelibly his own (science fiction, literary criticism, the short personal essay, the queer memoir, the travelogue, journal writing)—in short, Nobel be damned, we are living in the age of Delany’s life-changing, out-of-this-world work and the kind of reader/critic his writing calls into being, well, she may not exist quite yet. The second phase, no less intense than the first, is to refuse trying to categorize his black queer art because what he has done is, in fact, so much more interesting, diffuse and multifaceted than the rhetoric of genius, the confines of genre. Delany isn’t simply, or at all, a master of this or that form so much as he refuses everything straight white literary culture has been trying to niche and market all along.

Read the full article at Literary Hub.

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History of the SFWA

Cat is writing a series of articles about the SFWA and the relationship of indie writers to the organization.  I am reblogging it here because I know that other SFF indie authors will want to know!

By Cat Rambo, current President of the SFWA

As part of a Twitter conversation, one of my favorite gamewriters, Ken St. Andre, suggested I write up something about SFWA and independent writers that goes into enough detail that people can understand why — or why not — they might want to join. This is part one of a multi-part series that will talk about some of the history behind the decision, and in this first part I want to talk about the organization prior to admitting independent writers. Part two will discuss how SFWA came to change membership criteria in order to make it possible for people to qualify for membership with indie sales in 2016, and some of the changes made as part of planning for that expansion. Part three will focus on how SFWA has changed in the intervening time, while part four will look at what I see as the changes that will continue as we move forward over the next decade. In all of this, I’m trying to provide something of an insider’s look that may or may not be useful, but certainly will be full of many words.

Read the full article at Cat Rambo’s blog, Kittywumpus.

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The Importance of Diversity in Libraries

By Karen Jensen

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative parts of our population, which is in no way true. This question came up multiple times regarding my recent series of posts on doing a collection diversity audit.

Read the full article at Teen Librarian Toolbox.

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Happy Solstice!

Blessed Solstice to all of you who choose to celebrate, and may the next year bring you all the joy of your heart!

If you want to listen to some Yule music that my friends and I made, here you go!

Otherwise, enjoy this clip of the Harry Potter Yule Ball music:

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