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Podcasts, articles, stories, and games that center those who live at the intersections of oppression.
Podcasts, articles, stories, and games that center those who live at the intersections of oppression.

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In the sixth game podcast of Unfamiliar Heroes a Seattle grocery store is plagued by mischievous spirits with a special resentment toward lederhosen. Meet the Cat’s Paw Ghost Control team as they tackle this challenge together.

Tabitha the space alien cat, Jake the fake TV psychic, and Lalla the plant talker botanist are the paranormal detectives of Cat’s Paw Ghost Control. Join them as they solve supernatural problems with cat-themed technology, a shady network of contacts, and plant power in a tabletop game that uses the InSpectres role-playing system!

I'm super excited to have finally finished this episode for you. There is a lot of laughter and silliness in this episode, which includes character creation and a complete, stand alone adventure.

http://writingalchemy.net/podcast/episode-25-cats-paw-ghost-control-adventure-1-the-lederhosen-sprites/

Image description: This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!
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In the sixth game podcast of Unfamiliar Heroes a Seattle grocery store is plagued by mischievous spirits with a special resentment toward lederhosen. Meet the Cat’s Paw Ghost Control team as they tackle this challenge together.

Tabitha the space alien cat, Jake the fake TV psychic, and Lalla the plant talker botanist are the paranormal detectives of Cat’s Paw Ghost Control. Join them as they solve supernatural problems with cat-themed technology, a shady network of contacts, and plant power in a tabletop game that uses the InSpectres role-playing system!

I'm super excited to have finally finished this episode for you. There is a lot of laughter and silliness in this episode, which includes character creation and a complete, stand alone adventure.

http://writingalchemy.net/podcast/episode-25-cats-paw-ghost-control-adventure-1-the-lederhosen-sprites/

Image description: This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!
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For those of you who are writers, I want to let you know about Book Smugglers Publishing's open call for short stories submissions for Awakenings.

"When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.

We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella."

The deadline for submission is December 31, 2017. And they pay well. "We will be paying $0.08 per word up to $800 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long)"

http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html

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For those of you who are readers and writers who enjoy queer romance, check out this free conference happening in Seattle this Friday and Saturday.

Read with Pride Northwest: The LGBTQIA Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest

It is free, but you do need to register to participate.

https://readwithpridenorthwest.org/

Image description: Group photograph from last years Read With Pride Northwest.
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Super Power Baby Shower is a project I’ve been quietly been doing in the background for a while, and now they are printed delivered! Super Power Baby Shower is children’s book I co-wrote with Tobi Hill-Meyer. It is about a three parent family of superheroes inside a diverse and loving community. Janine Carrington brought our story to vivid life with her dynamic illustrations.

Roark flies, Nova can make fire, and Victoria can talk with her mind. Now, they’re also having a baby! At the baby shower, an urgent call comes in to Granny Awesome for help at the wolf sanctuary. The guests fly off to give their assistance and return to a wonderful surprise.

Here are the details:

Super Power Baby Shower is part of a six book bundle published by Flamingo Rampant. This bundle is a collection of racially diverse books featuring LGBT2Q kids and families with celebratory, joyful story lines. There really aren’t enough of these kinds of books in the world and I am overjoyed to part of this project. Right now their website is being redesigned, but you can purchase the books here.

The other books in the bundle are:
• 47,000 Beads: a pow wow story of a 2 Spirit kid, and the beautiful community that coalesces to support that kid's desire to live (and dance!) authentically.
• Bell’s Knock Knock Birthday: a birthday party counting book featuring a gender independent kid with sound effects, kids, and cake - together!
• Moondragon in the Mosque Garden: a mischeivous and magical story set at a community Eid celebration, featuring two gay dads and their twins.
• The Last Place You Look: a charming Passover Seder story of two lesbian bubbies and a lost afikomen that cannot be found.
• Rachel’s Christmas Boat: a Christmas story of a young girl who goes to great lengths to make the holiday wonderful for her parent who has come out as trans during Advent.
• I would also like to add that they now have one of these books available in Spanish (¿Es de Chica o de Chico?) and one available in French (Rachel et son bateau de Noel), both of which can be purchased individually.

Why a bundle? Bundling a book is a method used by Flamingo Rampant to center marginalized stories. Because the books are bundled, people don’t have the option of getting all of the books except the one about a Muslim family or all of the books except the one about a three parent family. I encourage everyone who can, to buy the bundle.

Of course, the downside of bundling is that it makes it harder for low income people to access these books (the bundle costs $100). However, Flamingo Rampant sells to a lot of schools and libraries. For example, the Seattle Public Library has purchased a bundle from Flamingo Rampant in the past and I am hopeful they will purchase this bundle as well. If you live near a progressive library I urge you to put in a purchase request for Super Power Baby Shower and the whole bundle (ISBN: 978-1-7750840-0-6).

Note: Because I am an author of this book I do have a limited number of copies of Super Power Baby Shower to sell. They are $20 each. Please let me know if you want one.

Image description: Photograph of a stack of Super Power Baby Shower books fanned out on a sunset colored carpet. The title is in bold yellow letters, with “Written by Tobi Hill-Meyer and Fay Onyx, Illustrated by Janine Carrington” in smaller white letters at the bottom. Below and on both sides of the title are a dynamic collection of fourteen characters who are all doing different things (most of them are smiling). The group is centered around a young child who is looking at the viewer. The is great deal of diversity present (include disability, diverse races, cultures, gender, sexual orientations, and ages).
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This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible.

I thought I'd do something special for the second anniversary of the podcast. I hope you all enjoy this bit of pure silliness and humor (plus the behind the scenes discussions of the projects I'm working on).

http://writingalchemy.net/podcast/episode-24-terrible-lyrics-to-brighten-your-day/

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This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible.

I thought I'd do something special for the second anniversary of the podcast. I hope you all enjoy this bit of pure silliness and humor (plus the behind the scenes discussions of the projects I'm working on).

http://writingalchemy.net/podcast/episode-24-terrible-lyrics-to-brighten-your-day/

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This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible.

I thought I'd do something special for the second anniversary of the podcast. I hope you all enjoy this bit of pure silliness and humor (plus the behind the scenes discussions of the projects I'm working on).

http://writingalchemy.net/podcast/episode-24-terrible-lyrics-to-brighten-your-day/

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