Find me this weekend at Flights of Foundry

Hello! This weekend is Flights of Foundry, a virtual convention that is free to attend! I’ll be on a few program items there, including:


Editing in the Speculative Fiction Magazine Industry
Friday, April 16th 23:00 UTC / 7pm Boston time

Moderator: Angelica Fyfe
Panelists: Aimee Ogden, Julia Rios, Wendy Nikel, Zelda Knight

Ever wondered about editing in the speculative fiction magazine industry, or just wanted to know more about how they operate? In this panel we will be discussing what editing in the speculative fiction magazine industry is like with editors from different speculative fiction magazines. We will discuss what trials or struggles might be involved, how they choose the best stories, what tools they might use for the job, and more.


Inclusion in Publishing
Saturday, April 17th 23:00 UTC / 7pm Boston time

Moderator: Julia Rios
Panelists: Arley Sorg, Elsa Sjunneson, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

A panel of writers and editors will discuss different avenues of inclusivity in publishing, including accessibility and sensitivity to issues of race, gender and sexuality, and class. We'll also discuss the obstacles non-western authors face in getting published and celebrated in an industry that is weighted heavily towards the US and UK. This panel will discuss both problems and potential solutions, including ways publishers both large and small can strive to be more inclusive.


How We Made Mermaids Monthly
Sunday, April 18th 16:00 UTC / 12 noon Boston time

Presenter: Julia Rios

If you have ever thought about creating a magazine or wondered what sorts of things go on in the background to make magazines happen, this is the session for you! Julia Rios can't tell you how every magazine works, but they will share all the steps they took with Meg Frank to create Mermaids Monthly. This will cover crowdfunding, deciding on budgets, selecting staff, setting up infrastructure and documentation, mistakes we made along the way, and of course the editing and designing and sharing awesome stories parts that are what draw people into this kind of project to begin with!


I also have a Kaffeklatsch on Saturday, but it’s full, so I’m not going to link it here. On Sunday at my presentation about Mermaids Monthly I will be making a giant announcement about the magazine, and I am really excited about it!

Will I see you at Flights of Foundry?

A Free Story, Plus My Boskone Schedule!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

Let’s start the Year of the Ox off right with a feel-good science fiction story!

How to Defeat Gravity and Achieve Escape Velocity” is a story by Miyuki Jane Pinckard that was sponsored by my patrons.

Check it out for:

*queer romance
*spaceship problems
*asteroid mining
*crushing on your boss
*sticking it to the man

If you like this one and want to sponsor more stories, consider becoming a paid subscriber to this newsletter, or a patron!


My Boskone Schedule

This weekend is also the weekend of Boskone, a science fiction convention that’s gone digital for 2021. Here is where you can find me this weekend


Uncommon Creatures from Fairy Tales

Friday, February 12th 6:30pm —That’s tonight!

Fairy tale creatures come in all shapes and sizes. There are elves to excess, a deluge of dragons, and vast volumes of vampires! What about the creatures we don't hear so much about? Who are they and what role do they play in the realm of the fair folk? Are they getting short shrift in the literary realm in favor of their more common cousins? Let's scan the globe for other instances of curious creatures with poor PR.

Moderator: Gillian Polack

Panelists: Ingrid Kallick, Anne Nydam, Ursula Vernon, and me


Rituals of Writing

Saturday, February 13th 1pm — Tomorrow!

Writers chat about their creative process, what fuels their imaginations, and what, besides coffee, keeps them going, especially in the current situation.

Moderator: Me! This is great because I love asking questions!

Panelists: John Langan, Errick Nunally, Vincent O’Neil, Miyuki Jane Pinckard


The Representation of LGBTQ+ in Popular Culture

Sunday, February 14th 2pm

LGBTQ+ characters are no longer invisible on the screen. While there has been an obvious shift in popular culture, we still have a long way to go in the fight for appropriate representation in film, television, and fiction. The surge in LGBTQ+ representation has brought with it a surge of creators exploiting our desire to see a more realistic representation of diverse stories, often writing characters who are either caricatures or characters in relationships without being fleshed out appropriately. We'll discuss good and bad examples of LGBTQ+ characters. How do they help or hurt popular conception, including self perception, of gays and lesbians?

Moderator: Me again!

Panelists: John Chu, Gillian Daniels, Sara Megibow, Jennifer Williams


I’m looking forward to all of these, and it’s worth noting that if you register for the con for $25, you’ll have the rest of the month to watch these panels, since they will be recorded. There’s also a ton of other awesome stuff happening, including a Brimstone Rhine concert tomorrow at 8:30pm (and that one won’t be recorded, so it’s only available at that one time).

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