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Welcome to my home on the plus! If you don't want to wade through my longer profile, here's the speed read edition:

* author of SF&F novels
* poet
* potter
* international spy

My novels are available in eBook and print editions in all the usual and some of the unusual places:

Barnes & Noble *iTunes*
Google Play
Directly from me through my website
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Cool color combos! Fresh from the kiln - a surprise!
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OMG! Check it out! DERELICT was chosen as the book of the month by Herstoryarc!!

The book received a 14/15 score and this was from their review:

"In Derelict, Cohen gives us not only a diverse range of characters, but a diverse range of advanced technological skills (in botany, medicine, coding, engineering, communications, etc), refusing to let anyone fall into a stereotypical role."

I am thrilled and honored.
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Yay! <3
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A modest proposal/thought experiment in managing guns and gun ownership:

If you wish to own a gun in the US, unless you agree to keep that gun and its ammunition at a gun club, you will automatically be presumed to be part of a "well-regulated militia" as per the second amendment. In this country, that's the National Guard.

This solves many issues: it would increase recruitment in the guard and make sure all gun owners receive ongoing and appropriate training to use guns safely. Also, there would be plenty of folks available to be deployed with their guns in defense of the country.

Bottom line is I don't understand why we have the RIGHT to own deadly weapons without the RESPONSIBILITY to manage them appropriately. 
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This isn't just in the US. Some Canadians like to think the government is going to take away their guns in spite of the government torching our long gun registry. When there was a flood forcing an emergency evacuation, the RCMP entered homes (checking for inhabitants) and removed visible guns, storing them in a safe place away from - you know - criminals. The report said that and that gun owners could just come reclaim them when they returned home. A core of loud voices insisted they weren't going to give them back. If you are that worried, you shouldn't own a gun.

That said, I do have to say during new hire orientation that guns are not allowed on site. I immediately soften the statement by saying - you know swing by home between work and hunting trips.
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Saw this being towed, then they stopped for gas where we did. If you don't get why this is funny, it's a Corvair. Look up Corvair and Ralph Nader. 
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the number plate it's sounds like  "i drive very slow"
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This is a long article about threats and threat assessment vis a vis mass shooters. It's long, but it's well worth the time it will take you to read it. Then reflect that it was written a full year ago.
Are we helpless to stop mass shootings? Is anyone even trying to stop them? The good news is that the answers are No and Yes. The bad news: The person loading up hasn't gotten the news.
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The car accident thing works for #stevenking novels like Mr. Mercedes.

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7K written in 3 days on #DreadnoughtAndShuttle Story is just shy of 35K and past the 1/3 mark. I've written as far as I've had scenes outlined and need to breadcrumb the next several chapters.

I always know the basic arc of any novel I'm working on from the outset, but filling in how I get from 'here' to 'there' happens in the writing.
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Plate-ception. . . Hubby taking photos of my ceramics in his light box.
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Good luck with the show application!
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Man, oh man, did this speak to me. Thank you +Daniel Swensen for slaying the demons! (And using awesome alliteration in the process!)
My latest piece for The Scriptors is up today!

Every writer deals with them in different ways. Some bluster and swagger. Some confess. Many quietly despair. Too many give up. Others put their heads down and power through. But the main tool any writer has in battling these demons is identifying them, not as failures of character or moral shortcomings, but as part of the process: a signal that you are on the right path. The writer’s road is not for the faint of heart. It’s thorny and windy and full of demons.
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I adored this scene in the book. Just adored it.
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Welcome to the screw in the trailer tire part of our adventure. . . 
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Ouch, but glad you were right where you could get it fixed instead of out in the boonies.

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It's a hard life. . . One of my in laws' doxies. 
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It's so much fun to picture Lisa chillaxing with her in-laws' prostitutes!
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  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Physical Therapy, 1984 - 1986
  • University of Rochester
    1980 - 1984
  • Hicksville High School
  • Hicksville Jr. High School
  • Burns Avenue Elementary School
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Other names
LJCohen, Lisa Janice Cohen
Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Who I really am is just plain stubborn mixed with a crazy sense of optimism, and tempered by a dash of cynicism.

I write novels as LJ Cohen across the YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction genres.

My published novels are available in all the usual venues:

Halcyone Space
DERELICT (book 1)

Changeling's Choice
THE BETWEEN (book 1)
TIME AND TITHE  (book 2)


PEN-ULTIMATE: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, LJ Cohen & Talib Hussain, eds, is available in print and eBook editions (proceeds donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund)

My short story, "I was a Teenage Alien" is in Theme-Thology: Invasion, published by HDWPBooks.

My short story, "The Forgetting" is in Theme-Thology: Day I Died, published by HDWPBooks.

Find me on the web:
Find my pottery website:
See more photos of my pottery:

Subscribe to my occasional newsletter: (well, it's always a newsletter, it's published occasionally, as in about 6 times a year, complete with original, free short fiction)

Member of SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe

You can read samples of my novels (some in progress, some published) on Wattpad.

I've also been known to make pottery and give it away. :)

FYI: I have political biases. I am concerned with social justice, gender issues, and feminism. I will talk about this side by side with writing craft, pottery, and cute animal pictures.

P.S. Sadly, I know that the individuals this relates to are not the people reading this, so consider this my public venting. Most of the folks I have met on G+ have been interesting and wonderful; people I now count as my friends.  However,  I have increasingly been the recipient of private messages and emails from men, often not native English speakers, but not exclusively so,  wanting to 'get to know me better'. These "hey baby" messages are from people who have never interacted with me, aren't in my circles, and have no connection with me or my interests. This is the internet version of the street cat-call and is at best, irritating, at worse, harassment. So I will not answer chat requests from anyone I do not recognize from my circles or from prior interactions on G+ posts.

Bragging rights
Slept in a yurt on the Kyrgyz jaloo.
eBook formatting & conversion, wheel throwing & hand building ceramics, listening
    Writer, present
  • Private Practice
    Physical Therapist, 1996 - 2009
  • Spaulding/MGH
    Physical Therapist, 1989 - 1998
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Near Boston, MA
Westbury, NY - Philadelphia, PA - Near Chicago, IL
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All Aboard "Derelict"

October's Book of the Month choice is Derelict by LJ Cohen. While tinkering with an abandoned spaceship, Ro Maldonado accidentally sends her

I read the 100 “best” fantasy and sci-fi novels - and they were shocking...

Why are so many of NPR's list of best science fiction books so misogynistic, and why can't we move past our nostalgia for them?

Guest Post: Getting Older and Bolder

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Writing the Renaissance: Guest Post: "Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk...

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Digging up The Dead: The Tale of The Manuscript That Wouldn’t Die

You know those old manuscripts you have lying around? The ones that you wrote when you first started writing and you didn’t really know what

Comma Calmer 1: Commas to Leave Out | The Well-Presented Manuscript

When it comes to commas, there are four kinds of author: those who use them correctly, those who use too few, those who use too many, and th

9 Questions for Writers

Questions for Writers +Shen Hart wanted to hear some Google+ authors' responses to these 9 questions, so I put together this blog post to an

a review of Time and Tithe

Lydia, the girl from LJ Cohen's book The Between is back! Lydia was the girl who, with the help of a group of outcasts, overthrew the rulers

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Don't want your home address or other personal info published to the world? This weekend, take an hour or two to make yourself a less visibl

Ceramic Arts Daily – How to Make a Comfortable Slab-Built Handle

In today's post, Lisa Naples shares her technique for making a slab-built handle for a cream pitcher. I love this handle because it is an in

Guest Post: Deviation, a Scifi book by A.J. Maguire

Wow - this cover is amazing! Hey Blog readers - this is Lisa. Today I am thrilled to host writer, friend, and all around awesome person, A.J

They Call Me The Asshole Whisperer

I spent my late 20s and early 30s critiquing: mostly movies &amp; books or politics &amp; international affairs, but also other people and their cho

Tough Love For Authors -- Stop Whining And Do The Work!

Tired of hearing authors whine about books not selling? Me, too! Here's what I have to say about it.

TamboWrites: Public vs Private

I gave a presentation to the Two Rivers Romance Authors group on Saturday and it went really great. They'd contacted me months ago to set up

1000 Posts; 1000 Books: An Unexpected Celebration

At one point on Sunday, DERELICT shot up to #9th of all Kindle Science Fiction book best sellers The book is in extremely good company. I st

#1000PostParty Champagne! Balloons! Noise Makers!

photo of balloons, courtesy of Crystal, CC license, attribution We are just a few blog posts away from my 1000th post here at Once in a Blue

The crazy mixed messages of womanhood

I came of age in the late 1960's and 1970s in a fairly conservative/traditional suburb on Long Island. Most (though not all) of the families

a review of Future Tense

An action-packed and heartfelt young-adult novel! Cohen balances multiple conflicts with grace and does not steer clear of the realities of