I first visited Omelas as a young teen, joining the processions, listening to the dark eyed youth play his flute. Ursula K. Le Guin was a marvel, new, exciting, a writer who dared talk about *giggle* gender in THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and this sad child locked in a broom closet in. Awwww. . .
I have struggled to write this post for weeks, rather months, okay, since January 20, 2017. Like many sane people, I have difficulty processing much of what has happened in the past 12 months, kind of like processing being hit by a mack truck and dragged for a mile caught in its undercarriage as an afterthought.
News flash. I love short fiction podcasts. Shocking, right?
Years ago, through the wonders of the interwebz, I became acquainted with Escape Artists, Inc. (EA to its friends) and we've been best buddies ever since. EA produces four of my favorite podcasts: ESCAPE POD; PSEUDOPOD; PODCASTLE; CAST OF WONDERS. I fell in love with the short fiction format, the narrators, the hosts, everything. Since then, I've had the privilege of hearing my own work produced on three of the four shows (*shakes fist at the heavens* I'll get an acceptance yet, ESCAPE POD!). You can read my interview with EA owner Alasdair Stuart here.
Brain weasels are jerks. Their nests clutter your thoughts, and the weasels gnaw on your sense of self worth, your confidence, your belief that you are deserving of common courtesy and respect. Once a nest of brain weasels gets going, they can keep you up all night with their incessant chittering and it seems like they'll never stop.
Case in point:
Early in our marriage, hubby and I applied for the Christmas Angel program through Kitsap Community Resources so our boys could have presents under our tiny Christmas shrub (I still have the picture around here somewhere). For two years, complete strangers gave of themselves to deliver clothes and toys so our children would have something to open on Christmas day. Hubby and I promised ourselves we would someday pay the generosity forward to another family.
With the wealth of incredible short fiction podcasts competing for our earspace, the talented voices behind the recordings are the spoken-word heroes. I recently had the chance to ask Kate Baker of CLARKESWORLD MAGAZINE fame a few questions about narrating, music, self care, and hats. (And if you're looking for more Kate, check out her interview Carl Slaughter over at File 770.)
The season is upon us, the season of ghosts, haunts, haints, and the delightful chill of dark tales whispered at the dead of night. Over the last two weeks on Twitter (hint: follow me @WriterOdell) I've shared some of my favorite horror podcast stories to help set the mood and I wanted to add a few more to the list because, let's face it, you can't have enough scary stories. So, in no particular order: ...continue reading HEAR THAT? HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
A week late and a dollar short, but life has finally settled enough to allow a few moments to talk about GeekGirlCon. (YMMV)
GeekGirlCon first opened its doors in October of 2011, a celebration of the female geek, of all geeks, really. It started small, and has grown steadily since, moving from the Seattle Center and EMP to the Washington State Conference Center. This year they expanded the dealers' room, allowing for nearly twice as many dealers and exhibitors. There were multiple panel tracks, and a kickin' DIY science area (honest, you have to see the science area). For four of the last six ...continue reading Open Minds & Open Hearts: GeekGirlCon 2016