Thursday, April 14, 2022

Minicon Schedule -- April 15-17, 2022

 

I will be *gasp* IN-PERSON at Minicon 55 (April 15-17, 2022).  Below is my schedule for the weekend. I hope to see some of you there!

Lyda at Minicon : https://programming.minicon.org/programming/


SATURDAY


11:30
The Whole Entire Everything of MCU Movies
Park 2
Category: Media
Participants: Bill Higgins, Beth Kinderman, Katie Clapham, Lyda Morehouse
What are some thoughts on the entirety of this very ambitious project? Marvel has released movies, short series, and regular TV series, all within the same (well maybe) universe. What is this about? Is this the modern equivalent of Saturday serials? What were some important themes? What worked well and what didn't? How well or poorly did they deal with ethical issues?


13:00
Utopias aren't what they used to be!
Orchard Room
Category: Literary
Participants: Magenta Griffith, Bill Thomasson, Eric Heideman, Lyda Morehouse
Utopias used to be authors' dreams of an ideal or perfect, or at least, better society. Sometime in the last 20 years, DYStopia took over. Can we get back those rose-colored dreams of a better life or is it too late? What are the important utopian novelsby SF authors? How have utopian visions changed over time? Utopia vs metopia! What are some past and present examples of utopia?


17:30
Lyda Morehouse Reading
Park 2
Category: Literary
Participants: Lyda Morehouse


20:30
Page 117
Orchard Room
Category: Literary
Participants: Danith McPherson, Lyda Morehouse, Emily Stewart, Martin Summerton, Scott K. Jamison, Jacqueline Stoner
Can you judge a book by a random page? Let's find out! Our panelists will take turns reading the 117th page of books that are surprises to them and the audience, followed by a discussion about what kind of book we think it is, and whether we'd want to read the rest. Then... the reveal!



SUNDAY

11:30
Mentioning Unmentionables in SF/Fantasy
Park 2
Category: Literary
Participants: Lyda Morehouse, Adam Stemple, Katie Clapham, Naomi Kritzer
What are the things people don't talk about in SF/F? How do people use the toilet on a space station? How do women deal with their periods? What do you do with a dead body in space?


14:30
Anime and Manga for Speculative Fiction Fans
Park 2
Category:
Participants: Lyda Morehouse, Scott Mattson, Scott K. Jamison, Jason Otting
What's new/good in Japanese science fiction, horror, and fantasy Anime and Manga? What are good starting points, and what are some good options for people who want to dig deeper?

Monday, April 11, 2022

Interview~The Reinvented Heart

 


Cat Rambo interviewed my alternate self, Lyda Morehouse, in regards to a short story that I have in the current Reinvented anthology, The Reinvented Heart: Tales of Futuristic Relationships, which is currently available in Kindle (and other e-reader formats): https://www.amazon.com/Reinvented-Heart-Jane-Yolen-ebook/dp/B092JNGX85/ with a print version coming in May of 2022

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Cymera21

 I'm reading today (Saturday. June 5) at Cymera21. 

Enjoy!



Tuesday, May 18, 2021

A bit of a newsletter

I sent off a recorded five minute reading for a digital conference in the UK, specifically Scotland called Cymera: https://www.cymerafestival.co.uk/2021-digital-events  With luck, I will be part of their next Open Mic event. Watch Facebook for updates when that goes live--I think it will be sometime in early June.

I'll also be in attendance at this year's low-key WisCON event: https://wiscon.net/2021/05/08/announcing-visioning-wiscon/  and SFWA's Nebula Conference: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nebula-conference/  These are happening the same weekend, but the bonus of the Zoom era is that I can literally attend both of them at the same time. 



The anthology I talked about last month that will contain my short story "Sincerely Yours" is now available for pre-order on Amazon (and a few other places,) even though it is not coming out until February of 2023. https://www.amazon.com/Reinvented-Heart-Jane-Yolen-ebook/dp/B092JNGX85/

Otherwise, I am continuing to work on what I've been calling my lesbian space opera novella, as well as finally getting a start on Alex Connor #3, which also still needs a name. The lesbian space opera will be published by Kalikoi Books (https://www.kalikoi.com/) and the third Alex Connor book will go to Wizard's Tower Press (https://wizardstowerpress.com/).  I'm hoping to have the space opera done before August, and the Alex book is due at the end of this year.

It's been slow-going, however. I'm really hopeful that when my family goes on vacation in the middle of June for two weeks to the Minnesota Boundary Waters Area, where there is NO INTERNET to distract me, I will actually be able to put in some solid work on both projects. 

Monday, May 03, 2021

Pre-Ordering Starts Today

Whoo hoo! I am excited to announce that, as you may have heard from my previous posts about this, my short story "Sincerely Yours" will be appearing in an anthology coming out in February of 2022, and you, you lucky devils, can pre-order it today! 

Here are some of the options for you to buy!

Hardcover:

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reinvented-heart-caezik/1139312391

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=9781647100421


Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Reinvented-Heart-Jane-Yolen-ebook/dp/B092JNGX85/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reinvented-heart-jane-yolen/1139229735

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-reinvented-heart

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1562923075



Synopsis

What happens when emotions like love and friendship span vast distances — in space, in time, and in the heart?

Science fiction often focuses on future technology and science without considering the ways social structures will change as tech changes — or not. What will relationships look like in a complicated future of clones, uploaded intelligences, artificial brains, or body augmentation? What stories emerge when we acknowledge possibilities of new genders and ways of thinking about them?

The Reinvented Heart presents stories that complicate sex and gender by showing how shifting technology may affect social attitudes and practices, stories that include relationships with communities and social groups, stories that reinvent traditional romance tropes and recast them for the 21st century, and above all, stories that experiment, astonish, and entertain.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Space Lesbians!



You know that lesbian space opera I keep talking about? It's going to be part of a new publishing house run by Rachel Manija Brown

Here is what she says about it:

Kalikoi, a new F/F publishing house, will launch on May 3.

Kalikoi brings you the best fiction about women in love with women. Our diverse authors know how to stir your imagination, speed up your heart, and make you laugh or cry. But by the end of a book, your only tears will be happy ones: Kalikoi books guarantee happily-ever-after or happy-for-now endings!

Our heroines all identify as women, but beyond that, the sky’s the limit. They may be trans or cis; they may be lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual; they may call themselves queer or Sapphic or prefer no labels at all. Kalikoi celebrates ALL women who love women.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed paranormal romance, a fantasy to transport you to a magical world, a historical full of sensual detail, a moody noir, a lighthearted comedy, or a space adventure, Kalikoi has the book for you!

Kalikoi is a project I've been working on for a while, and I'm delighted that it's about to become a reality.

 

The site is still somewhat under construction. For instance, I notice that I haven't sent along my author photo. But, if you go there you can sign up for the newsletter and all that jazz. And, since I'm already shamelessly promoting, let me remind you that if you join my Patreon, you can hear me read from the very same lesbian space opera that I will be publishing with them at the $1 level.  (That video will drop the day after tomorrow around 4 pm CT. So, don't worry if you don't see it yet. I just scheduled it.)




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A Bit of Life, A Bit of News

 


It's been very cold here in Minnesota for the past several weeks. I guess, it's all very normal, but all this "April showers bring May flowers" stuff is getting rather dreary. I swear I have not seen the sun in weeks.

Even my cat, Willow, has returned to her winter perch on the radiator.

It's hard to believe it's almost May, honestly. I have a few flowers poking up bravely in my garden, though I was happy to see that some of the trillium that I planted last year have made an appearance. 


The garden this is in still has its leaf cover because it's intended to be a "woodland" garden, aka I was lazy and haven't bagged them up yet. 

Speaking of lazy, I need to decide what to do for my next writing class at the Loft. I've got until the end of May to get in a proposal, but I'm considering proposing another asynchronous class as well as a hybrid one (hybrid, at the Loft, appears to mean: via Zoom unless things change.) I had an extremely successful master class this last semester and I'm taking the summer off to pack my only child off to university in Connecticut.  So these potential classes have a chance at being in-person, since they begin in the fall.

Either way, I need to figure out what aspect of writing. They do themes for their catalog every semester, and this upcoming on is: Outside My Window.  

Many of us felt our worlds shrink a bit during the last year as vacations were cancelled, offices closed, and events postponed. But we also found that some of the most powerful stories are the ones right in our backyards. Writing from where we are can tell us a lot about ourselves, our neighbors, and the world around us.

When we look through a window, we see the world from a unique perspective. What story can only we tell? How might someone looking through another window see it? What are we missing when we can only see a bit of the world through a pane of glass? And in a time when many of us are isolated from each other, how do we bring all of these perspectives together?


I don't HAVE to propose a class that fits this description/vibe, but you do get listed on the special splash pages, if you do.  I mean, an obvious connection I can make is to a spaceship's viewport, but I will have to ponder this a bit.

In other news, I signed the contract for my short story "Sincerely Yours" which will be coming out in The Reinvented Heart Anthology edited by Jennifer Brozek and Cat Rambo coming February 2022 from Arc Manor Press.  So, that continues to be exciting. If you haven't checked out the cover reveal I did of that anthology, you really should. https://www.patreon.com/posts/reinvented-heart-49701907  (This takes you to my Patreon, but this post is open and free to the public.) 

Meanwhile, I continue to work on both my lesbians in space novella and, of course, Alex Connor #3.  Although with the later, I really need to move out of the plotting stage and into the WORDS ON PAGE part or I won't make my deadline! (Which is the end of the year.)

Anyway.

Here's hoping for sunnier days soon.