May 18th, 2009



Happy birthday to oneagain and theloriest!

Hello to new reader nayad!

Meh. The troublesomeness today is mostly allergies. Bonus of bitching about one's allergies on Facebook - one gets e-mail offers of Canadian OTC Allegra. Awesome! Um. Painwise, mostly okay; I was still wiped out all day yesterday and went to bed early, but I think I'll be fine today, with the generous application of caffeine.

I was ouchy enough Saturday from walking around Friday and Saturday that I'm definitely bringing my cane to WisCon just in case.

Weekend Update
Stuff I posted that you may have missed: Wiscon schedule, Shayara snippet, confessional.

It's Fen of Color United Day. Watch that community and, hopefully, your friendslist for some awesome fiction, art, and more by and about POC.

"On Monday May 18, 2009, we are asking anyone who identifies as a POC/non-white to post this banner, their speculative short stories, artwork, poetry or simply write a post on their favorite fandom on their blogs as an act of protest to show we will not be silent or invisible. The day of protest is entitled Fen Of Color United or more aptly, FOC_U.

White allies can also show solidarity for this event by posting this banner and expressing the need for diversity and speaking out against the bigotry in the genre, through posts and/or their creative work as well."

Able-Bodied Privilege
I've been urged to write a post about able-bodied privilege, but I haven't had time to gather my thoughts; maybe by Wednesday. If not, next week. But here's some links to start with.

Inspire ioianthe!
ioianthe of The Uncommon Facade is looking for people to inspire her/collaborate with her/barter with her. Which I have in the past, and it was loads of fun.

Link Soup
* Buy haikujaguar's The Admonishments of Kherishdar! She does some of the best exploration of what an alien mindset actually is that I've ever seen.
* This mosque is completely gorgeous. First woman-designed mosque in Turkey.
* I love this shirt. Because it's true.
* Urban Archaeology.
* Feed Your Soul: A free art project.
* Andy Samberg is hosting the MTV Movie Awards. I may actually watch.

Daily Science
MicroTransponder, a company out of Dallas, Texas, is developing an implantable neural stimulator to alleviate chronic pain. Looking like an RFID implant, the prototype device uses low energy radio technology for communication and has no batteries on board.

Today's a submission day. The thing I hate most about writing, the thing that causes my mini offscreen tantrums about "I just want to write stuff, not look up markets and write letters and wait and wait." But I haven't in a while, and I need to. So. Flash and poetry today.

And I'll jump on "My Empire for Ashes" from there. Between now, Wednesday, and the plane trip, I think I could potentially have a first draft by the end of the week. Anyone want to word-war with me?

Tomorrow's pretty full - interview for a library volunteer gig, getting my license changed over (finally - hopefully - theoretically), coffee with Elayna and asciikitty to strategize about homework and organization, Carbon Leaf concert with ioianthe and friends (thanks for the ticket, ioianthe - must write you something! :) )

Wednesday's a writing and packing-for-Wiscon day, and Thursday early emilytheslayer and I are flying out to Madison, whee! I mean, lack of whee because flying is painful for me, but whee for excellent company and impending Wiscon. :)

So how's by you?

Wind Tunnel Dreams update!

The books are finished and are in the mail to me as we speak, expected to arrive on Wednesday! I'll be selling copies at the Broad Universe table at Wiscon - and, of course, if you want to order one and pick it up from me in person there, have at. Just mention in the comments field that you'll be at Wiscon. If you pre-ordered and will be there, comment here and I'll bring your copy. I won't have a chance to mail out the pre-orders this week, but that'll happen first thing next Tuesday.

This is a trade paperback collection of every Wind Tunnel Dreams piece I posted in 2007-2008. It's big, and it's chock full of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry, all inspired by readers' prompts. It's $15 + $4 shipping. Read 2009's Wind Tunnel Dreams to see if you like what I write, and if you do, order! :)


Action Alert: MA friends, please call your senators by noon 5/19!

Your help is urgently needed. Please call your Senator so they sign onto this amendment before noon tomorrow (Tuesday 5/19)!

Help Restore Vital Services:
Please help to call for the full reinstatement of language and funding for sexual assault and domestic violence services in Massachusetts. The severe 40% cuts proposed by Senate Ways & Means could mean closure for some of these vital programs. For others, it will drastically compromise their ability to respond to victims in crisis, reach those who are marginalized because of cultural, linguistic and other barriers, hold offenders accountable and work to make our communities safer. See below for the amendment information and the many programs impacted by this devastating cut.

ASK your Senator to SUPPORT ELDRIDGE AMENDMENT (EHS #599): Restore Language and Fund Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services (Line item 4513-1130) at FY09 level of $6.3 million.

What programs are depending on this amendment?
* Batterers Intervention Programs (BIPs): Supports 15 certified batterer intervention programs provide vital services to rehabilitate abusers, assess dangerousness and provide critical informational referrals for partners and their children.

* Prevention: Supports 4 programs through the Close to Home MA Prevention Initiative, which is engaging all community members (youth, residents, civic leaders) in Dorchester, Waltham, Martha's Vineyard, and Brockton to reach out to those affected by domestic and sexual violence and develop and implement local community based prevention strategies.

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Violence Programs: Supports the only 2 GLBT-specific safe home programs in the state. GLBT survivors often face individual and systemic heterosexism, sexism, gender bias and homo/bi/transphobia when attempting to access mainstream domestic violence services.

* Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services: Supports 17 rape crisis programs, the only resource for free, confidential support and advocacy services for victims of rape and sexual abuse and Llámanos y Hablemos (Llámanos), the statewide Spanish language helpline that provides staff of every rape crisis center with on-demand access to culturally specific case supervision and continuing education opportunities for rape crisis counselors throughout the state.

* Refugee and Immigrant Safety and Empowerment (RISE) Program: Supports 22 organizations in the provision of culturally and linguistically-competent domestic violence and sexual assault services for immigrant and refugee victims of violence across the state.