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Conversations I have with my cat – Part 8

ME: *holding a pile of clothes* Let’s stay out of the bedroom, K is sleeping.

CAT: Bedroom? What’s in the bedroom???

ME: *trying to latch the door* No, hon. We’re staying out of the bedroom.

CAT: What’s in there? Is it a mouse?? Is it toys???

ME: No, stop. *standing on one foot, holding off cat with other foot* Dammit, I wish this door actually latched.

CAT: I MUST KNOW! WHAT ARE YOU HIDING FROM ME????

A Year of Reading Women

I ran into this reddit post the other day where folks suggested classic and awesome books by women. I pitched in a few friends of mine: Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Brenda Cooper, Monica Byrne, etc.

But the longer I thought about the list the more uncomfortable I felt.

I’m ashamed to note how few of the books I myself had read.

It’s important to me to read diversely, partially to develop my own writing, but frankly also just for my development as a person.

I know it’s not intentional, but it bugs me how much I unthinkingly default to male authors most of the time. So I copied the whole damn thing, cut out everything I’d already read, and made a giant list of my own. I’ve decided to only read women authors for the next year, and I’m tasking myself to read at least twelve books.

I started yesterday with N.K. Jemisin’s “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” I’m not a huge fan of epic fantasy, but her world-building is astounding.

Next I’ll read Ann Leckie’s “Ancillary Justice” and then maybe Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death?


Anyway, here’s the extended list. It’s by no means exhaustive. Feel free to add books in the comments.

  1. Octavia Butler – Kindred
  2. Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  3. Monica Byrne – The Girl in the Road
  4. Toni Morrison – Beloved
  5. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
  6. Karen Russell – Swamplandia!
  7. Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves and to the Lighthouse
  8. Willa Cather – O Pioneers!, My Antonia, The Professor’s House
  9. Joyce Carol Oates – Them, The Falls
  10. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
  11. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  12. Pat Cadigan – Tea From an Empty Cup, Mindplayers, Synners –
  13. Wilhelmina Baird – Crashcourse –
  14. Connie Willis – Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, All Clear
  15. Lauren Beukes – Zoo City –
  16. A.S. Byatt – Possession
  17. Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God
  18. Alice Munro – Runaway (short story collection)
  19. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  20. Carson McCullers – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  21. Flannery O’Connor – Good Country People, The Life You Save May be Your Own
  22. Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club
  23. Alice Walker – The Temple of My Familiar, The Color Purple
  24. Miriam Toews – A Complicated Kindness
  25. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
  26. Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits
  27. Maria Luisa Bombal – The House of Fog
  28. Judy Blume – Forever…
  29. Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
  30. Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South
  31. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – The Yearling
  32. Florida. L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
  33. Anais Nin – Three Little Birds, A Spy in the House of Love
  34. Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
  35. Louise Erdrich – Love Medicine
  36. Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, House of Mirth
  37. Kate Chopin – The Awakening
  38. George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) – Middlemarch
  39. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
  40. Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star
  41. Penelope Lively – Moon Tiger
  42. Joanne Harris – Chocolat
  43. S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders
  44. Susanna Clark – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  45. Djuna Barnes – Nightwood
  46. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  47. Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
  48. Marilynne Robinson – Housekeeping
  49. Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits
  50. Donna Tartt – The Secret History
  51. Doris Lessing – The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook
  52. Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None
  53. Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind
  54. Aung San Suu Kyi – Letters from Burma
  55. Anne Sexton – Transformations
  56. Joan Jacobs Brumberg – The Body Project
  57. NoViolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names
  58. Nell Freudenberger – The Newlyweds
  59. Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones
  60. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
  61. Candice Millard – Destiny of the Republic
  62. Jennifer Egan – Look at Me
  63. Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge
  64. Cheryl Strayed – Wild
  65. Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being
  66. Katherine Dunn – Geek Love
  67. Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses
  68. Philippa Gregory – The Other Boleyn Girl
  69. Jacqueline Susann – Valley of the Dolls
  70. Lois McMaster Bujold – Shards of Honor, Falling Free
  71. N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms –
  72. Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death –
  73. Ekaterina Sedia – The Alchemy of Stone, –
  74. Jo Walton – Tooth and Claw, Farthing
  75. Ann Leckie – Ancillary Justice –
  76. Joanna Russ – The Female Man –
  77. Leigh Brackett – The Long Tomorrow –
  78. Kate Wilhelm – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang –
  79. Anna Seghers – Transit –
  80. Tricia Sullivan – Someone to Watch Over Me –
  81. Justina Robson – Silver Screen –
  82. Gwyneth Jones – Escape Plans –

Traveling Gra’

Whew. Okay, got up at 6am yesterday, hopped a train to Seattle, hung with Mark Teppo and Cat Rambo, wandered Seattle, wrote, did the author dinner and reading (which went pretty well, I think), hung out till 1am, got up at 7am, am now on a train back to Portland.

So, now … get some writing done on the train, run to the money-work job, work till 5pm, rush down to the author dinner, and then another reading at 7pm tonight.

After that … collapse.

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(Note to self: Next time, take both days of readings off.)

New story online: The Last God-Killer

Actually, two announcements:

1.) The brilliant Dave Raines’ & my story “The Last God-Killer” is now live on Intergalactic Medicine Show. (Unfortunately, you have to subscribe to read the whole thing, but the first bit is free.)

2.) I’m delighted to announce I’m donating my entire payment to the “It Gets Better” project.

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M. Wayne Miller‘s artwork is pretty darn lovely too!

Grá-finder: Worldcon! – August 30th through September 3rd

Hey!

I’ll be wandering around Worldcon this weekend and if you’d like to see me doing my thing, here’s some panels, etc containing me.

Thu Aug 30 3:00:pm – Daily Science Fiction Year One

Wrigley: A discussion of the first year of Daily Science Fiction, an innovative email magazine, with authors who appeared, as well as signing of the paper anthology.
David D. Levine, Grá Linnaea, Jonathan Laden

Thu Aug 30 6:00:pm – Can New Writers Still Break In With Short Stories?

Crystal: A panel featuring short fiction authors both old and new, discussing the value and relevance of short fiction for new and aspiring writers who want to break into professional publication. The discussion will include potential markets, fantasy versus science fiction, and awards.
Alan Smale, Catherine Shaffer, Ferrett Steinmetz, Grá Linnaea

Fri Aug 31 12:30:pm – Writer Under Glass #18

Fan Lounge: This isn’t actually a panel, but a stunt. Writers volunteer to sit in a certain place for 30-40 minutes each and write serially on a collaborative story. Each takes up where the previous left off throughout the run of the convention. The resulting manuscript will be printed out only once, signed by all the writers, and entered into the charity auction as a contribution from all the writers. Con attendees can watch the writers at work–this has to be done in public like Harlan Ellison’s writing in shop windows–but may not harass them. The attendees can watch what’s being written in real time on a remote monitor. The story is complete at the end of the con and no other copies will be made without consent of all the writers who participated.
Grá Linnaea

Fri Aug 31 4:30:pm – Autograph Session 6

Riverside center Exhibition Hall
Charles Stross, Doug Hulick, Grá Linnaea, Hanna Martine, James Patrick Kelly, Jay Lake, Paul Genesse Sharon

Sun Sep 2 3:00:pm – Kaffeeklatsche with: Gra Linnaea

Kaffeeklatsche 3
Come check this out. Anything you want to know about editing, how to navigate slush, small press, early career choices. Whatever you want!

Mon Sep 3 12:30:pm – Reading: Grá Linnaea

Dusable
I’ll read from some of my recently published work. Guaranteed to be disturbing, depressing, funny, or all three!