1. Upcoming Appearances: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, Waterstone’s Glasgow Argyle St

    Upcoming Appearances: Nine Worlds, LonCon3, Waterstone’s Glasgow Argyle St

    I have existed in a near-constant state of travel since June 25, and it’s far from over! But here’s where I’ll be over the next two weeks:

    August 8-10: Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014

    I’m on the Doctor Who and LGBTQAI tracks, with confirmation of programme items pending.

    August 14-18: LonCon3

    I am on SO MUCH PROGRAMMING I may as well make a separate post for it! It all looks amazing, though.

    August 21:

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  4. Thing The Second: Collaboration with the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours

    wyrdingstudios:

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    The necklace is the piece that started it all, and the other beads are things that have demanded to be made into jewelry about songs and stories about abducted miners in space. There’s tektites, and lodestones, and pyrite, and some labradorite, and titanium-coated druzy quartz, and tiny stars, and lampwork glass that looks like planets, and leaves, and I need to go shopping for meteorites because really, how can I NOT go shopping for meteorites now?

    Going to bed now. But this is a thing that is happening, and I hope to have the first few pieces up on the website by this weekend, seeing as how I’ve already spent some of that money before I’ve even made it.

    That image, though. The coal and the colourful leaves. The encircling and the laddered stone. It’s how it is in my head just before the weaving — that those leaves will touch that coal, those ladders twist in wire, those bright baubles bloom. 

    I see our songs in it already.

     

  5. Thing The Second: Collaboration with the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours

    wyrdingstudios:

    At Readercon earlier this month, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, and while sitting in the audience at their concert, I found myself making a necklace inspired by some of the songs from their “Ballads From A Distant Star” project, which reworks traditional folksongs to be about a mining colony in space. I’m not doing it justice at all because it’s almost 1am and I should be asleep, but it’s awesome.

    Afterwards, I showed Claire and Amal and Caitlyn the necklace and told them a bit about how I used to be a folksinger and once aspired to be a song collector/folklorist (before I realized that particular career pays even worse than being an artist, poet, or musician…) and the next thing I knew we were exchanging contact information and talking about what beads went to what song lyrics and and and and.

    (This is how it always starts. One minute I’m quietly sitting in a corner working, the next I find myself up to my eyebrows in some kind of interstitial collaboration. Art is tricksy, y’all. It attacks when you’re not looking.)

    AND THEN. Today we were emailing back and forth about it, because the beads had been talking to me, and Amal suggested that perhaps if I could get the first few pieces from the collection up on the website we could do a bit of cross-promotion for the An Alphabet of Embers Kickstarter at the same time, since one of the stretch goals on that project is a new song from the BACT! Which I delightedly agreed was a most excellent idea, and when I saw that the Kickstarter only needed a little nudge to hit that particular stretch goal, I decided that the first $60 of sales from pieces in the Ballads From A Distant Star project would be earmarked to support An Alphabet of Embers, in the name of art supporting other art supporting other art, and I got out my credit card and preemptively increased my pledge accordingly, because that’s what credit cards are for sometimes.

    (And then I got to talking to Rose about cross-promotion and phoenix pendants, and, well, this is what I mean about art being tricksy and sneaking up on people.)

    Anyway. Where was I? Right, it’s 1 am, I’m supposed to be in bed. Here, have a photo:

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    The necklace is the piece that started it all, and the other beads are things that have demanded to be made into jewelry about songs and stories about abducted miners in space. There’s tektites, and lodestones, and pyrite, and some labradorite, and titanium-coated druzy quartz, and tiny stars, and lampwork glass that looks like planets, and leaves, and I need to go shopping for meteorites because really, how can I NOT go shopping for meteorites now?

    Going to bed now. But this is a thing that is happening, and I hope to have the first few pieces up on the website by this weekend, seeing as how I’ve already spent some of that money before I’ve even made it.

     

  6. Thing The First: exclusive phoenix pendants for Alphabet of Embers

    wyrdingstudios:

    So there is this amazing Kickstarter happening. An Alphabet of Embers is going to be STUNNING, I could try to tell you about it, but really, just click the link and go read about it.

    There are two pledge levels that include a collection of “odd and beautiful things” in the rewards package - the $1000 level “The Flame In All Its Splendor” is sold out, but there are still two spots left for backers at the $200 level, “It Came From The Firebird’s Nest.” 

    After talking with Rose today, I’ve designed an exclusive phoenix-inspired pendant inspired by An Alphabet of Embers, in antiqued copper wire with a blood-red faceted pearl. No more than six will be made, and they will be included in the collections of “odd and beautiful things” for Kickstarter backers at the levels I just mentioned. That is the only way you can get one of these!

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    But Kythryne," you say, "I can’t afford $200 but I still want to support this amazing project and get a phoenix-inspired piece of jewelry!" I share both your sentiment and your financial situation, I assure you… and to that end, anyone who can show me proof of having backed An Alphabet of Embers at the "Phoenix Feather" ($20) level or higher can contact me by email after the Kickstarter ends to get a $5 Wyrding Studios coupon code to use on a future commission of $50 or more anytime in the next 2 years.

    (Please note: I will NOT accept commissions for pendants exactly like the  exclusive shown here - I will instead work with you to create something beautiful and unique.)

    So, yes. Go forth! Support art! There are two more amazing rewards in the works if they hit the next stretch goal of $8000, but there’s only a week left.

     

  7. Weird Fiction Storybundle — One Day Left!

    Weird Fiction Storybundle — One Day Left!

    Art by Jeremy Zerfoss

    Jeff VanderMeer has graciously included The Honey Month in his Weird Fiction Storybundle, a collection of works from Cheeky Frawg Books. This delights me, as it places me in the company of Michael Cisco, Karin Tidbeck, Desirina Boskovich, and Leena Krohn, not to mention Jeff himself — his latest collection of stories is available too. You can read more from Jeff about the…

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  8. so-nerdy-it-hurts:

    There are over 526 million black women in the world, all with different appearances, and your racist ass is going to say not liking black women is a ‘preference’, when the only damn thing they all got in common physically is their blackness? Sure, honey. 

    (Source: cardozzza, via maryrobinette)

     
  9. kateelliottsff:

    medievalpoc:

    For those of you who’ve asked how you can support Medievalpoc:

    Become a Medievalpoc Patron!

    Medievalpoc is a collection of art, history, and academic resources accessible to anyone. Ph.D. candidates, history educators, fantasy authors, fans of historical media and cultural studies, as well as those who are just interested in learning something different have found new and exciting information at Medievalpoc. These artworks and documentation are readily available on multiple social media platforms, including Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Medievalpoc.org. The goal of Medievalpoc is not to hoard information, but to share it as widely as possible and incite discussion in social as well as activist and educational communities.

    Patronage will provide the opportunity to not only bring Medievalpoc to a wider audience online, but the ability to travel for appearances at academic and literary conventions, speak at functions, and facilitate activist work in face-to-face environments. Patronage means more access to databases, art collections, and academic resources for the creation of Medievalpoc. In addition, your patronage can pave the way for exciting new projects across various media, like print, film, and interactive online content—projects Patrons can see in the making.

    I look forward to forging a new era of Patron and Creator with my readers in my goal of bringing Art and History to life in a new way-a History in which we can see ourselves.

    I became a Medievalpoc Patron and wanted to signal boost this.

    When people complain about “revisionist history” what they don’t tell you is that the “default history” so many were taught in school—the one that leaves out PoC, the one that leaves out women, the one that leaves out the ways in which indigenous people fought back, adapted, co-opted and SURVIVED—is the true revisionist history.

    For me a project like medievalpoc and all the people writing and educating about the full panoply of history is part of RESTORATIVE HISTORY. We have always been here.

     

  10. blue-author:

    tithenai:

    Signal-boosting this again! There’s a week left to get a slew of super excellent books for a preposterously tiny amount of money, DRM-free, formatted for loads of devices.

    This bundle includes The Honey Month and my royalties are fixed at 65%.

    The projected amount owed to me right now is more money than I’ve ever made from one writing project and may very well be the most I ever make from writing, short of a novel advance — which, given that I’m a near-penniless freelancer, is too welcome for words. It’s DEFINITELY more than I think this book will ever make me again, and probably the best deal going on it for readers short of a pirated edition (which, why would you, you can literally get it for free here if you have no money).

    It’s kind of a huge deal to me to have been part of this — and a little freaky to think of all the people who’ve bought it for other people’s books who might try out mine as a consequence. Wonderful, but freaky. 

    Boosts are hugely appreciated.

    Personal testimonial: hearing one poem from the Honey Month (the Rhysling award winning Peach-Creamed Honey) performed by the author was all the recommendation I needed to buy the book, not just for myself but as a gift to the person I love most in the world.

    Buy this bundle. Read this book. Find this poem. Read it to someone you love.

    You will not regret it.

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