Labor Day always makes me a bit morose. It's the end of summer, and it's supposed to be a day to commemorate the efforts of those who fought for workers' rights--the 8 hour day, OSHA, age restrictions, unions and so on. And yet tomorrow so many of the people still the least protected will continue … Continue reading Those Who Do the Work
Studies upon studies have been done about who are villains are, who are heroes are, and what in the world happened to make the shift from one set to another. I've been thinking about that, and about the creation of stories we see in the mainstream. There's been two trends I've seen a lot of … Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves
It's the day of the PRIDE Parade in Philadelphia, so what better time for me to wish all celebrants an amazing Pride Day and month! It's also the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the "genesis" of Pride celebrations via the commencement of the movement for LGBTQ rights, when a police raid against an … Continue reading Happy Pride!
There's a certain tone of voice my mom uses when she is afraid that one of the rest of us in the family have punched someone. It's a curious sound--a sort of cross between resignation and dread, a desire not to know but a duty to learn. Me: [explains about some provocation] Mom: *pause* Did … Continue reading Here to Make the Ruckus
It's November! So let me start with two questions: Who is doing NaNoWriMo? and Who definitely is not doing NaNoWriMo? I feel like this is all over my everything. Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, and don't even get me started on tumblr! I love that everyone is motivated and pushing themselves! Writing sprints don't work for me. … Continue reading Nah, No, WriMo (And Go Vote!)
I consider myself an optimist. Glass half empty means someone got a half glass of water! Half glass full, look at all the water in your future! No water, well at least it's a nice glass. No glass, no dishes. I could go on. I find lately though that things have been reversed. There's … Continue reading Hope Is Punk
Just for the record, Africa is not a country. I know you know that. But the internet doesn't. So in case you begin to doubt yourself, please let me validate you. Africa is a continent. It has fifty-four recognized nations in it. There are roughly 26 different ethnic groups with dozens more subgroups across those … Continue reading The Most Important African Myth
You likely have a hotdog in one hand, and a beer in the other. To you I say "please hand me a hotdog, and also a sip of your beer but I'll take a lemonade instead if you've got some." Perhaps your family honors our fallen and is visiting them or their memories. To you, … Continue reading For the Love of Sanity, Create
IT'S AN URBAN FANTASY MYSTERY!!! Thank you! Thank you! Yes, we're very proud. We thought we'd be writing another urban fantasy mystery, but you never know if your brain has other plans. We intend, of course, to dress it as a traditional urban fantasy mystery--you know, subdued colors, bold, supernatural or gruesome images. Because heaven … Continue reading Gender Reveal For Books
Hi, my name is Allison, and I am an American. This is normally inconsequential. The second home to my heart is Quebec; I'd move to Paris in a heartbeat, and have friends on every continent, at a quick estimation. I don't mean to brag, I mean to say I love my planet, and its people, … Continue reading Democracy Soon!