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The Broad Pod: February 2012 Romance

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Welcome to the February 2012 edition of Broadly Speaking, where this month we are romantically speaking.  Your host, Heidi Ruby Miller, writes stories where the relationship is as important as the adventure. She is the author of the SF Romance series set in the Ambasadora-verse and co-editor of the writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program. Find her at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.

Heidi’s guests are:

PAULINE BAIRD JONES
The “romance force” is strong in Pauline Baird Jones’ family. Her parents recently celebrated 60 years of marriage and she and her hubby will clock 37 years this April. Maybe that’s why romance is laced into her 12 novels of mysterious mayhem and space opera action adventure. She hangs out at all the usual social networking sites and has a website at paulinebjones.com

ALEXA GRAVE
Alexa Grave loves to tell stories–it just so happens her characters occasionally take her on an unexpected ride.  Her story “Kindled Morphogenesis” can be found in the anthology Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy and Horror.  Please visit her at Born to Write–http://alexagrave.blogspot.com.

BRENDA COOPER
Brenda Cooper lives in the rain-sodden and beautiful Pacific Northwest where she works as a technology executive and writes science fiction and fantasy in the wee hours of the morning.  Her most recent published novel,  Mayan December, came out from Prime Books last August, and Pyr will be publishing a duology that can loosely be described as “Evita in Space” in 2011 and 2012.

No matter the level of sensuality, whether the sex is on or off the page, romance has its place among the many stories of speculative fiction from these women. After all, love stories are universal.

Networking (aka Having Fun at) Boskone this Weekend!

Conventions are fun. 🙂  So is networking… or as I like to call it, “hanging out.”

 

I actually hadn’t intended on attending Boskone.  With all the traveling I’ll be doing with going to visit Scott, and several other unplanned trips that are now getting planned, I figured I could drop out of this particular New England convention. 

 

But Patty, my friend and owner of Annie’s Book Stop Worcester (which, by the way, could really use readers’ help!!), convinced me to go. 

 

I am not on any programming, save the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (8:00 Saturday – be there!).  I’ll definitely be at the Broad Universe table, helping out.  And I volunteered to help my friend, Elaine Isaak, with her Chai and Chocolate kickstarter party at 8:30, Friday night.

 

Which is a pretty free-time convention for me!

 

Patty says I need to make this my “bar-con.”  Do my social networking.  We’ll be each others’ wingwoman… because I have a lot to learn from her, and she (and other people, surprisingly to me) think I’m good at this networking thing.

 

In fact, my new housemate, Katie, is sharing a room with me and also hoping to learn some of this networking mystery.

 

Quite honestly, I just like getting to know people and hearing their stories.  If they find me interesting, too, we exchange contact info and possibly contact each other at a later date.

 

Or, someone runs into me and asks me if I know someone who…

 

I guess the trick of it, and “trick” makes it sound so dirty – it isn’t, is that combination of enjoying the company of others and having the mental facilities to remember them in both a social context and a potential business context.

 

In any case, I’m looking forward to my first low-key, non-programming convention in a very while.  Look for me there – I’ll be… just hangin’ around.

Corrupts Absolutely?

I’m in another anthology coming out this March!

 

The call came through last year, and I’d been moved to write the story for some time.  I kept re-emailing myself the call for submissions because I was so intrigued with the idea:

 

A superhero anthology playing with the extent of how much power would corrupt your average, real person.

 

I didn’t get a full idea until the editor added an extra wish list:

 

Female writers and protagonists

Non-meta* individuals who are just super smart or technologically enhanced

Teams or siblings

 

And a few other things, but those three clicked a switch in my brain, and Victoria jumped into my head and started complaining about her boss at this engineering firm who treated her like crap and had grand delusions of being the next Tony Stark.  Ok… maybe the boss wasn’t that delusional, he really was building a massive weapon war suit thing.

 

Thing is, while her a-hole boss may not have any superpowers, Victoria does: She can make technology bend to her will.

 

To find out what happens, you absolutely need to order this book!

 

If not for me, there are some other great writers – including at least two other fabulous Broads that I know.

 

I also have to say, that I’m liking the editor’s marketing plans for this anthology.  He’s already working on promotional blog posts, we’ve got the cover (see the pretty picture), and we’ve gotten a lot of other emails with ways that we, the contributors, can help.

 

As I’ve progressed in my writing, I’m learning how much I love anthologies.  Not many pay well, but I do love having physical books – and the themes totally get my creative juices flowing.

 

Besides Corrupts Absolutely?  I’m working on two other stories for two other anthologies.  I’m not accepted in either yet, but I’m writing!

 

On top of that, Christy and I have reunited yet again. 😀  Yaayy!! For those of you who are Shadow Guard Fans, keep an eye out for some Super Special Updates!!!!

 

Happy Writing!

 

*meta – a common word for “mutant” or someone with special powers.

Broadly Speaking Travels Through Time!

Broadly Speaking Travels Through Time!

Welcome to the January 2012 edition of Broadly Speaking. According to the Mayan Calender, this year is the year that we run out of time. (Or, more probably, a new cycle begins quite uneventfully.)  But if we can’t go Back to the Future in our own version of The Time Machine, we can at least talk about it. 

Join your host, Tracy S. Morris, for a timely discussion about the adventures of women writing science fiction, fantasy, horror — and everything in between.
 
Up first, Tracy and Melanie Fletcher discuss the rules that one must decide on before writing about time travel. 
 
Then, listen to a round-table discussion on the various conflicts that are inherent in time travel fiction with Pauline Baird Jones, author of Steamrolled, Kathryn Sullivan, author of Talking to Trees,  S.A. Bolich, author of Firedancer and Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rei Saga.     
 
We hope that you can make time to listen to this podcast. If not, save it in your player for sometime when you have time on your hands.

Newsie, News, News, News!!

ImageJanuary is more than half over!  I’m doing stuff with Deadlines!

 

First, this is the LAST WEEK for anyone to sign up to take the fabulous New England Horror Writers Workshop at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA! 

 

Kristi Petersen Schoonover, TJ May, and I are running an all-day workshop covering the craft of writing, editing, and business for writers – including a critique of the first 2000 words of your manuscript!  The workshop is only $30 – and we’re giving a $5 discount to members of the Worcester Writers Collaborative, New England Horror Writers, Broad Universe and Worcester college students. Sign up three ways:

 

Paypal & email pattyatannies@gmail.com

Stop into Annie’s Book Stop at 65 James Street in Worcester

Call Annie’s at 508-796-5614

 

We’re planning on having a fabulous time!

 

xx

 

In yet another event, visit Tatnuck Bookseller on 18 Lyman Street, Westborough, MA for the Worcester Writers Collaborative Author Explosion (Not Literally!) on Sunday January, 29th! 

 

Eighteen local authors (including me!) will be reading and signing and generally having a lot of fun.

 

Come join us!

 

xx

 

Arisia was fabulous!!  UnCONventional did wonderfully in its debut, and Our Fearless SPH Leader, Kate Kaynak, was happy to go home many boxes lighter than she came. 

 

The party was a blast – and it was so good to meet so many of our contributors!

 

We had CAKE!!  (That’s me & Kate holding it in the pic, surrounded by our valiant team of editors and contributors!)

 

The Broad Universe table was also well visited with many sales, and we had a great showing on many fun panels.  For a more comprehensive review, check out these blogs by my buddies, Justine Graykin, Kendra Saunders, and David Sklar.

 

xx

 

Bad-Ass Faeries 2 also had another great review!  And they especially liked “Party Crashers” by Christy & me. J

 

xx

 

And, um… I have a pile o’ papers that needs minimal attention before I go to bed…

 

Hope to see you at an event!

A Resolution to… Party & Promote!

ImageOk, so, I didn’t finish writing up all my goals in a coherent post. However, I’ve got a convention this weekend!

 

I love Arisia, and I love being part of this convention, so if aren’t already registered, consider doing so.  It’s a fabulous time!

 

And, for if/when you are there, here’s how you can stalk me!

 

First, check the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room.  Find out about our awesome organization, get nifty Broad merch, hang with Broads, become a Broad… and patronize Broads who’ll have their books around! (Because, you know, you totally need more books!  Aside from Sunday, where I’ll barely manage to be there for opening and then be panel-hopping and putting on a show for the rest of the day (just look at my schedule below!), there’s a good chance you’ll find me at the table – or someone there can find me for you. 

 

Besides that, if I can manage to get a ride, I plan on being at the Memorial Service for Badger on Friday.  Badger was a great supporter of the New England area Broads, and an all round wonderful person.  Her passing is a great loss to the SFF community.

 

As for the Official Schedule (verbage borrowed from Arisia site):

 

Friday

 

5:30, Adams

Gender Limitations in SF/F

 

Often, strong female characters are portrayed in such a way that seem to be a rejection not just of traditional gender roles but of all things feminine. Similarly, male characters that take on what are regarded as traditional female roles are viewed as emasculated figures incapable of pro-active action. Where are the strong warrior women that can also be compassionate or the house-husbands that have a role beyond being the punchline of a joke?

 

I’m Moderating!  With Super-Cool Friends!

 

 

Saturday

 

11:30, Quincy

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

 

Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come hear samples from the works of several members of the Broad Universe organization.

 

There’s a bunch of us, I’m emcee-ing. 🙂  There will be chocolate.  Come!

 

1:00 PM, Paine

How to Design a Fun Role Playing Adventure

 

You need to come up with a roleplaying adventure for your friends, quickly! But nothing’s coming to mind. What to do? Our panel of experience gamemasters will share tips and tricks to come up with fun, challenging, and interesting adventures for your friends that will keep them coming back for more.

 

… It appears I’m the chick-in-residence at this panel. Cue evil laughter!!!

 

5:30, Galleria

Autograph?!

 

I’m at an autograph session with James MacDonald and Steve Sawicki!  Um… please come so I don’t feel like a loser with no one at my signing?  I ❤ you!

 

 

Sunday: Day of Insanity

 

11:30 AM, Quincy

UnCONventional Reading

 

UnCONventional is an [AWESOME!] anthology of sci-fi and fantasy stories set in cons that are a cover-up for something paranormal [‘cos, that’s the truth, y’know!]. Come hear [FANTABULOUS] samples from it by several of the contributing authors. [Brackets mine.]

 

Just be there!  I bribe you with chocolate and coffee!!!

 

 

2:30, Harbor Ballroom III

Tea With Special Guests

 

Squee! I’m a “Special Guest!”  But there’s, you know, ton of other awesome people, including all the guests of honor (the Foglios! Esther Friesner!)  and a few other fabulous friends of mine.  It’s a special thingamajig, so get the ticket and enjoy a lovely tea! 

 

 

4:00, Paine

Writing as a Business

 

You’ve got your manuscripts and cover letters ready, and you’re sending out submissions. How do you market yourself? Should you hire an agent, and how do you work with them? What are the rights that can be attached to a short story or novel for the author? When do rights revert back to the author? Is self-publishing a viable option, and what are the pros and cons of doing it? Where do you go for help and advice?

 

I’m Moderating, again – with another group of Super-Cool Friends!

 

 

5:30, Douglas

Food Communicating Culture in Literature

 

How do writers communicate things about their cultures and characters via the food they use? What can you discern about cultures based on if they get their food in pill form or if they are vegetarian/vegan, omnivores, or carnivores? How does the anatomy and physiology of your aliens or magical creatures dictate their food requirements? What about the terrain? Does the diversity of food culture–and what it communicates–on Earth get shown in literature?

 

I’m a-moderating again, with new people who have excellent reasons to be on this panel.  You gotta come check it out!

 

 

8PM, TBA

PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!!! 

 

Spencer Hill Press and Broad Universe co-host a kick-arse party celebrating the release of UnCONventional – and the all-round awesomeness of our writers.  There will be lots of lovely food and CAKE! and caffeinated beverages and who knows what else.  Make sure we’re on your party list!

 

… I may get some sleep in there, and then…

 

Monday

 

… I have Monday off!  I can sleep!  And go to panels!  And pack up the table! 🙂 

 

Hehehehe!

 

Hopefully I’ve excited you about going to Arisia.  I look forward to seeing you there!!