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inkscrawl 6 - the journey

inkscrawl 6 - the journey, is here! Please pack your bags, put on your magic boots, summon your carriage, buy your train ticket, board the train, unfurl your sails, and come with us.

I'm very happy at how the issue came out. As I began to make my selections, I saw a journey-pattern emerge: a summoning, a pause on the threshold of the unreal; the road before; death behind; and, finally, the arrival at the edge of a fathomless ocean, and a new journey beginning.

Contributors (some inkscrawl veterans, and some new voyagers) are: Michele Bannister, Alexandra Seidel, Francis W. Alexander, N.E. Taylor, Beth Cato, Genevieve MacKay, Peg Duthie, Adrienne Odasso, Romie Stott, Paridhi Agarwal, S. Brackett Robertson, Alicia Cole, Ross Balcom, Sonya Taaffe, Timothy McLafferty, Shannon Conner Winward, Amanda Lynn, Mari Ness, and Albert W. Grohmann.

Many thanks to everyone who sent poems for "the journey," to Stone Bird Press publisher Rose Lemberg, and to Jennifer Smith for putting the issue together.  The next issue of inkscrawl will open to submissions on September 1, and will be guest-edited by Jennifer Smith.


For the last couple years, although I was not an officer of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, I volunteered informally assisting the current treasurer.

This is an FYI that I have resigned from that position and also from SFPA membership. Any questions about membership payments/purchasing SFPA materials should be directed toward Deborah Flores until her term ends at the end of July, and subsequently to the next treasurer.


Los Angeles peeps - if you are in the theater mood this weekend, I HIGHLY recommend Brecht on Brecht by The Other Theater Company at the Atwater Playhouse. A small ensemble, a tiny theater, excellent performance and presentation. My teenage spawn (and lots of reviewers) thought it was fantastic as well. The run has been extended by popular demand through this weekend, then they have to go away. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.


Readercon Schedule

So excited to be going to Readercon! I’m going to be taking the Red Eye Thursday night from LA and arriving Friday Morning, so I’m anticipating that semester at Berkeley when I had a graveyard shift, classes through the day, and the most exquisite hallucinations during Medieval History.

Friday July 12
1:00 PM    F    The Silent History: A Killer Serial. Leah Bobet, Samantha Henderson, Maureen F. McHugh, David G. Shaw (leader), Graham Sleight. The Silent History (http://www.thesilenthistory.com) bills itself as "a new kind of novel," a serialized story told in weekday installments over the course of six months. In addition to the daily first-person narratives there are also "field reports," reader-created first-person accounts in the story's universe that are tied to specific locations. Rather than distract, these elements immerse the reader in the world of the story. How can non-standard narrative structure, serialization, geolocation, and audience participation serve as a blueprint for future novels?

7:00 PM    VT    Reading: Samantha Henderson. Samantha Henderson. Samantha Henderson reads a short story, "Your Fairy is Serenity Elfsong."

Saturday July 13
3:00 PM    NH    Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.

9:00 PM    ME    To Grandmother's House We Go (but She's Not There). Paul Di Filippo, Ron Drummond, Paula Guran, Maria Dahvana Headley (leader), Samantha Henderson. In two recent novels, Alastair Reynolds's Blue Remembered Earth and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312, the protagonists are propelled by the death of a grandmother to explore and expand on her schemes and secrets. In folklore and fairytale traditions grandmothers often take similar roles as instigators of quests and providers of information, but usually they do it while alive. What is it about the grandmother role that makes grandmothers so central and important to these novels despite not being physically present in them?

Sunday July 14
11:00 AM    F    Framing the Fantastic. John Clute, Samantha Henderson, Patricia A. McKillip, Yves Meynard, Bud Sparhawk, John Stevens (leader). We talk all the time about narrative, structure, and the content of fantastic stories, but we rarely discuss the textual elements authors use to frame them, such as prologues, flashback asides, and epilogues. This panel looks at how writers of the fantastic use these devices to delineate their stories and shape the reading of them.

12:00 PM    RI    Writing While Parenting. Jeffrey A. Carver, Gemma Files, Samantha Henderson, Toni L. P. Kelner, Mikki Kendall, Nicole Kornher-Stace (leader). This panel will discuss the difficulties of parenting while writing (as opposed to working a job while writing, which is for the most part a very different challenge) and how the panelists have managed to reconcile their parenting duties with their writing needs and responsibilities. Panelists may include parents of small children and older children, writers who parent full-time, parents who write full-time, and children and spouses of writers.

9:00 AM    G    The Researching Reader. John Crowley, Paul Di Filippo, Samantha Henderson (leader). Blogger crystalpyramid described Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief as "the most search engine–dependent piece of conventional literature I've ever read." George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books are difficult to read without an external reference such as the Tower of the Hand fan website. An author's expectation that readers will draw on outside information sources suggests certain assumptions about the reader's economic resources, social class, and cultural background. How does the concept of the researching reader influence writers and the works they produce?


inkscrawl update

Whew! That took a while. Y'all wore me out with your awesome journeying poems.

As of now I have responded to all the submissions to inkscrawl issue 6. If you haven't heard back from me, please let me know ASAP.


Moar Kickstarter

Carrying on from my previous post, here’s what I have supported on Kickstarter.*

Clockwork Phoenix 4
Glitter & Mayhem
Fearful Symmetries
The Lakeside Documentary
The Melonpool Movie
Cobweb Bride
Pick Your Battle
The Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology
Pick Your Battle
The Warlock’s Curse
The Titania Movie
I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook

I would love to support others, such as the Flytrap ‘Zine.  And if Kickstarter decides not to make their 5% off a rape advocate’s manual, I will.

*I’m not claiming to be any kind of big-time funder, or to pretend Kickstarter will notice I’m gone. But the point of it is lots of little donations, as well as angel backers.


I have supported several  Kickstarter projects.

In response to calls to remove this Kickstarter, a guide to seducing woman by a person who, on Reddit, advised men to Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick, Kickstarter responded:

Some of this material is abhorrent and inconsistent with our values as people and as an organization. Based on our current guidelines, however, the material on Reddit did not warrant the irreversible action of canceling the project.

Casey Malone has more details here. As Kickstarter does not consider sexual assault abhorrent enough to remove a guide by a person advocating it, I will not support any more Kickstarter projects until they reverse their position.


2013 Clarion West Write-a-Thon

Time constraints prevent me from participating in this year's Clarion West Write-a-Thon, but if you are a participating writer please post here with your link and I will sponsor you - I don't know yet how much, but I promise I'll do what I can!             EDIT: Any Clarion, West or Not!

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