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POINT OF VIEW: Pride

QSAC at Placer Pride

I’ve been to a number of Pride events. Some were huge – like the million-plus events in San Francisco that take six hours to traverse Market Street from downtown to the Capitol. Some were more manageable, like the 45-minute long Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival. And some are almost intimate. But they all celebrate one … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Painting a World

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I’ve spent the last two years, since the depth of the first season of the pandemic, building a new world. When I wrapped up Dropnauts, I had three potential paths for my next project. Coredivers, the sequel to Dropnauts; The Forever Cycle, the missing middle books between The Ariadne Cycle and The Oberon Cycle; and … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: The Anatomy of a Writing Contest

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Nine years ago, Angel, Ben and I stuck our heads together to come up with an idea to bring some publicity to the Queer Sci Fi group and site. We hit upon a flash fiction contest, themed around a single word, and the annual QSF flash fiction contest was born. The theme that first year … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Really (Non) Traditional Book Sales

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Publishing used to be simple. You either got a traditional publisher, who worked with you to edit the book, hired a cover designer, got everything into ship-shape, and then sent it off to a printer for 3,000, 5,000, 50,000, or even a million copies (if your last name happened to be Asimov or King or … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: What Matters

Thoughtful

I want an agent. I want a big publisher, a Netflix deal (or maybe HBO Max). And eventually, a little world domination would be nice too. I want people to read what I write and tell their friends, and for them to tell their friends too, until hundreds of thousands of readers know my name … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Back at the Con (or Trying to Be Zen)

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The in person events are coming. I plan to attend two Pride festivals and a Sci-Fi con in the next two-and-a-half months – and I’m totally zen about it. I have books to sell, the sales licenses corralled, and I am totally ready to–WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING? A live event? Like, face to … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Things That Bring Me Joy

Boba Tea

Hey all, I’m sick of doom and gloom, war, disease, politics and sadness. So I’m falling back on an old fave – things that bring me joy. Bobba (Bubble) Tea: I’m not sure where I first discovered this delectable beverage, but I’ve always loved drinks I could chew (anyone else remember Orbitz water)? I first … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Just Keep Climbing

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Writing is hard, y’all. And I’m not just talking about the actual typing-words-onto-paper part. Which, yeah, is hard enough – trying to keep a million ideas and a plethora of characters, plot points, and locations in your head, and then spewing them out onto the page in a pleasing order. You also need to advocate … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Everything is Climate Change

Climate Change

Or Why you should be reading (and writing) cli-fi right now. We live in Sacramento, California, in the heart of the Golden State. To our east lie the Sierra Nevadas… practically bone-dry this year after what started out as a promising rainy season petered out into nothing. To the south lies the bulk of the … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Pivot Points

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In most fictional tales, the character(s) face a pivotal choice that will change everything. It can be as simple as deciding to declare your love in public for a secret crush. Or as big and bold as stealing the US Constitution (so-so movie, cool premise). Whatever the choice, it changes the course of the plot … Read more