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The liminal - a place between, of stasis and transformation. Of being a little bit of one thing on the way to being a lot of another. The resetting part of the ritual, the quiet in the center of the hurricane.

Shira Lipkin and Matt Joiner are editing Liminality, a new magazine for speculative poetry that "shifts shape, refuses to be to be easily pinned down or categorised." They are open to submissions through the end of the July.

By sheer coincidence - in-betweens must be in the air -- the next issue of inkscrawl, which I am editing, had the liminal as its theme. As in the journey, I am looking forward to how the issue will shape itself. Please send me your speculative poems 10 lines or fewer that -- as defined by you -- come from or describe that state between.

Jennifer Smith guest-edited the wonderful inkscrawl 7 - the poems by Erik Adumsen, L. Chapman, Vajra Chandrasekera, Kendall Evans,  and Adrienne Odasso especially speak to me but they are all wonderful, small jeweled things, delicious savory bites. Please take a look. And write short poems. And send them to me.
The Antique Phonograph Society has published a fairly comprehensive guide to the Edison Standard, circa 1898 - 1913, by Martin Kauper (also knows as my most excellent spouse).  I post it herein for anyone looking for period detail about the Edison Standard, and also because it's simply a pretty cool machine.



Does anyone on my friends list do anything with loose semiprecious gemstones? I have some I'd like to move along to someone who can use them. They're not beads, but cut stones.

Thanks but no thanks, Joss.

Dear Joss Whedon: regarding your issues with the word "feminism," I would like to refer you to some very intelligent High School Juniors. And I am very happy to report that the High School now has a Feminism Club.


Regarding my daughter's high school's ASB refusing to allow a Feminist Club - student advocates have formed a Facebook page and will be presenting the following in appeal:

Good morning and thank you for letting us take this opportunity to speak about a subject we find extremely important. Our names are (redacted). We are here today to repeal ASB’s decision to deny Feminist Club. According to the information provided to us by ASB, this club was turned down based on two assumptions: that the club is not inclusive and that its name has a negative connotation.

First off, we would like to clear up any possible understandings about Feminism as a movement and its goals. The definition of “feminism”, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” or “organized activity in support of women's rights and interests”. However, this definition is considered by many, including ourselves, to be too simplistic, overlooking the fact that many women are disadvantaged by racism, class, sexuality and other oppressive institutions. This definition was broadened by bell hooks, an American feminist and author in the 1960’s and 70’s, to state that feminism is "a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression". We use this to set goals that will include everyone, regardless of whether or not they identify as a woman. Thus, this definition implies that to end sexism, other oppressive institutions must also be abolished. Another issue that must be addressed is the negative connotation of the label “feminism”. Popular culture and the media tend to portray members of this movement as angry, man-hating radicals who burn bras. These descriptions are popularized by misconceptions surrounding the word ‘feminism’ in itself - the word gives off the idea that feminism is all about taking the patriarchy down to create a matriarchal system. On the contrary, it’s about making the genders equal. Women do not hate men. Furthermore, feminists believe men to be capable of holding values of equality to help make our goals possible. The aim for this club is to create a comfortable, open place on our school’s campus for students of all backgrounds to create a forum for discussion. We will center our meetings around topics to inspire free thought and hopefully bring people to share their ideas and beliefs on the focus area. We also plan to raise awareness of sexism and inequality within our lives, homes, workplace and world by informing students with facts. To do so we will examine current global events as well as topics closer to home. Also, we plan on taking fundraising for organizations that benefit the cause and on volunteering at organizations that support young women, children and those oppressed by the institution of sexism.

In closing, we would like to reiterate the fact that feminism is for everyone. This includes people of all genders, sexualities, races, social classes, and cultures. We believe that many people on this campus will directly benefit from this club. Several students and teachers alike agree that feminism is beneficial to all. Our objective is to construct rather than divide, to contribute, rather than detract. Thank you for your time."

That was written by a pair of juniors. More often than not, this generation impresses me so freaking much.


What year is this again?

My daughter came home from a high school this week to report that the Associated Student Body had not approved the formation of a Feminist Club because it would be "non-inclusive and derogatory." They did, however, approve the formation of a "Christian Athlete's Club."

I think the ASB is about to get a dose of Redhead Wrath.*

*And the Dean a call from me.

"Curse" at Toasted Cake

Belatedly, my very short story “Curse” is up at the amazing Tina Connolly’s amazing Toasted Cake podcast.  Check out David Steffen’s “What Makes You Tick” and Tina’s own “Zebebee the Giant Man” as well!  

So a while ago, we were experiencing a series of haunting-like events, collaborated by the late lamented Bogie (bane of bears, eater of everything).  We recently were claimed by a new (to us) corgi.  A few days ago, youngest spawn was alone in the house. I found her (and the dog) in the back room.

“The footsteps are back,” she told me, casually.

“No one else was here?”

“Nope. Just footsteps, back and forth.”

“Did Honey notice?”

“Yes. She went to look, then came straight back here.”

“You OK?”

“Sure. He was here first.”

I wonder what stirred him up.

Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Today is book release day for Delia's Shadow, Jaime Lee Moyer's paranormal historical mystery! Delia has the inconvenient talent of seeing ghosts. In post-earthquake San Francisco this becomes unbearable, and she flees to the East Coast. When the ghost she calls Shadow reappears, Delia knows she has to return to San Francisco, where a serial killer has renewed his hunt, to right the wrongs of the past and stop the slaughter of innocents. This books is a real treat for lovers of mysteries and historicals - set against the backdrop of the World's Fair, early 1900s San Francisco comes alive. It's the characters that make this book - a driven police detective, a tormented, convention-defying professional psychic, and most of all Shadow, anything but a passive haunt. Delia's Shadow is a shivery and entertaining great, perfect for autumn and its ghosts.

Dwarf Stars and Various

I’m very pleased that Nancy Ellis Taylor’s “Sarcophagus,” from inkscrawl 3, has placed 3rd in this year’s Dwarf Stars Award. Congratulations to Debbie Kolodji, whose “Basho after Cinderella” is this year’s winner.

Other poems from inkscrawl nominated for the Dwarf Star were Ann K. Schwader’s “Desert Protocol;” Melissa Frederick’s “endless weeks;” Rich Magahiz’s “the girl stood sideways;” Sonya Taaffe’s “The Green Man Answers the Classifieds;” Brittany Warman’s “The Mermaid’s Winter Song;” and Greg Beatty’s “Three Alien Koans;”

I’m also very honored that my poetry chapbook, The House of Forever, has placed second in the chapbook category of the first annual Elgin Awards.  Congratulations to all who placed, and to Mary Turzillo for winning the book-length category and F.J. Bergmann for winning the chapbook-length category. Very many thanks to Karen Romanko of Raven Electrick Ink for publishing The House of Forever.

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