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Kaleidoscope is an anthology of diverse contemporary YA fantasy that I'm co-editing with +Alisa Krasnostein. Right now we're in the funding stage. Visit our Pozible page to find out all about the project, and to become a backer. When we hit the $7,000 mark, we'll be opening up to submissions from anyone anywhere!
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Awesome person supporting an awesome project. Mel got my vote!
 
Please vote and signal boost to help the incomparable Mel Chua and The Plover Project win $1,000 each! http://plover.stenoknight.com/2013/02/vote-for-mel-chua-and-help-plover-win.html 
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I found out about this at Arisia this weekend. What an excellent project! Read cool stories and support a good thing!
 
Help support the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund!  Buy a copy of Bloodchildren - the new ebook anthology of stories written by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Carl Brandon Society, what I can tell you is this: the annual cost to send a writer of color to Clarion and to Clarion West is about $8000.  Therefore, we are looking for 1000 people to buy one copy each of our new anthology - or 500 to buy two, or - well, you get the idea.

Production and publication of the anthology has been supported by generous donations by SF3, the parent organization of WisCon, and individual donors.
http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/bloodchildren/
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Strange Horizons is looking for first readers! http://strangehorizons.com/Jobs.shtml#FirstReader
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While I was in Minneapolis for Gaylaxicon, +Sally Robertson took me to Peavey Plaza, which she knew about because she grew up scrambling all over it, and which I knew about because it's one of the places named in War For the Oaks. They're renovating it, so scrambling like this won't be possible for much longer.
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That looks awesome
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Question for writers/readers of SF/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: I'm thinking a lot about supernatural pairings, and the idea of the tempting demon. I can think of several stories both hetero and f/f with sirens, succubi, kitsune, etc. I can also think of several stories with incubi, but they're all m/m and not hetero. The only hetero style stuff I can think of in this vein is Anne Rice's Lasher from The Witching Hour, and various vampire stories. I'd like to see some good/interesting examples of male sex demon (incubus or something slightly different, but not vampire), with female targets (victims or otherwise). Bonus points for short stories, as I'd like to read a bunch of them in quick succession to compare.

Followup question for discussion: In your experience how does the sexual orientation of the demon change the overall feel of a demon sex story? Do you like this kind of story, and what do you like/dislike about it? What have you seen done in different and interesting ways, and what would you most like to see in the future?
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http://www.amazon.com/Save-My-Soul-Preternaturals-Book/dp/0981943632/

Possibly Kenyon's Dream Hunter.

There's lots in medieval lit though; starting with Merlin's mom, and including a couple of Kings said to be descended from an incubus. Eventually incubus, demons and fairies seem to all be confused with each other, so that you get Chaucer explicitly conflating fairies and incubi.
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Time for another round of Torture Cinema! This time +Shaun Duke, +Paul Weimer, +Jennifer Bagley, and I  discussed Jumper, a movie very very loosely based on the novel by +Steven Gould
 
You folks sure know how to pick'em.

This week, +Paul Weimer +Julia Rios +Jennifer Bagley and +Shaun Duke take on Jumper, the 2008 monstrosity that, fortunately, probably isn't the worst thing we'll ever have to watch for The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Get your popcorn and enjoy the episode.  And then prepare yourself to pick the next monster...starting on Wednesday!
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Torture Cinema Shaun:

It's that time again.  Time to vote!

You pick the film, we have to watch it, and then we have to review it while consuming alcohol.  +Paul Weimer +Jennifer Bagley and +Julia Rios will join me for pain...
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The Fiennes/Thurman Avengers is a terrible movie. Here's hoping you get something else, with a redeeming facet or two.
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Here's the latest Torture Cinema podcast. In which we talk about The Season of the Witch, the flesh-hungry temperaments of horses, and how much more fun we would have had if we'd watched Face Off instead.
 
Well well.  It's late as hell, but here it is:  our brand new, magic little episode of drunken torture!

We have none other than Jennifer Barth to thank for this... shiver

+Paul Weimer and +Julia Rios take the brunt of the torture.  +Shaun Duke skates away with only a few scrapes...and not a shred of dignity.
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I had lots of fun listening to this podcast. And felt basically no compulsion to watch the movie afterwards.
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WorldCon is this week! Are you coming? If yes, tell me where to find you! Here is where you can find me:

*Thursday: 3-4pm -- Volunteering at the London 2014 bid desk

*Friday 9:00-10:30am -- Writing Gender Roles in Science fiction (in
Columbus IJ with Anne Lyle, Catherine Lundoff, Joan D. Vinge, and
Victor Raymond)

*Friday 2-3pm -- Volunteering at the London 2014 bid desk

*Saturday 3:00-4:30pm -- Kaffeeklastch, though I may ask my group if
they would like to end a half hour early because...

*Saturday 4:00-6:00pm -- Strange Horizons tea party (in the State
Suite, co-hosted by Brit Mandelo, Jed Hartman, and Niall Harrison)

*Saturday 6:00pm-7:30pm -- Feminism in Fantasy (in Crystal C with Joan
D. Vinge, Sandy Lindow, Sarah Hans, and Valerie Estelle Frankel)

*Monday 11:00am -- Reading (in DuSable)

I'd love to see you at any of these, but if you really want to see me and can only make it to one, please come to the Kaffeeklatsch or the reading. I dread being alone at those!
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Oh, awesome! I look forward to meeting you!
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