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Making Stories out of Stories – Guest Post by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Release | 0 comments

Making Stories out of Stories – Guest Post by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

I never really sat down to be a folkloric writer. It just sort of…happened.

To be fair, I write an awful lot of material which has nothing to do with folklore or mythology. But especially in my speculative fiction, I find myself often returning to creatures, people, or themes from ancient stories, and finding how they interact with our worldviews today. And many of my author friends write original stories but find inspiration or references in fairy tales, legends, myths.

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Cover Reveal for Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls who Science and Scheme

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Cover Reveal | 2 comments

Cover Reveal for Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls who Science and Scheme

Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, coming August 2017! This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features stories about girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)… Girls who engineer, tinker, hack, and more, using their smarts to save the day. It’s got space operas, sci-fi mysteries, steampunk, cyberpunk, all kinds of punk! Proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

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Ableism in Fiction – A Guest Post by Erin Hawley | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Stop and Think | 1 comment

Ableism in Fiction – A Guest Post by Erin Hawley  |  Disability in Fiction

Growing up as an avid reader, I never came across any disabled authors or characters in literature. Before the internet, I only had access to my small-town school library. Seeking out books with disabled characters never crossed my mind; disability was something that I had and not part of my proclaimed identity as it is now. For most of my childhood, abled was the norm, even though I’ve been disabled my whole life. I was the only visibly disabled person in my social circle, and I wasn’t aware of invisible disabilities as a concept.

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Art as Activism – A Guest Post by Anarcha Quinn | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Stop and Think | 2 comments

Art as Activism – A Guest Post by Anarcha Quinn | Disability in Fiction

I warm welcome to Anarcha Quinn today as she shares with us a post on the power of art in the current day context here in the US–although I believe that you will find this post easily translates to anywhere in the world. It’s a vitally important post, and I’m so glad to be able to share it with you today.

For many of us, the places and the spaces we inhabit have changed monumentally since election night. Where we fit. Where we sit in society. How our fellow human beings care for us or don’t — all of that has been shuffled. Reshuffled. Even shaken down to the core.

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Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 4 and WRAP! (Stories 9-12)

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Read-Along | 0 comments

Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 4 and WRAP! (Stories 9-12)

It’s the end of the road!

Today features our last set of stories. It’s been a super fun few weeks, and I’ve been so glad to share this book with you and hear your thoughts! If you’re new to the read-along, you can check out the starting post here, or just jump on to read the stories we’re finishing up with this week. You can answer the questions in the comments, or answer on your own blog and share a link below.

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Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in On Writing, Stop and Think | 9 comments

Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry  | Disability in Fiction

Today’s post is on about writing and reading, it’s about the vital role representation plays for our youth. If you never see yourself in the books you read, or in the stories around you, whatever their medium, it becomes a struggle to see yourself in the world in a positive and whole way. I know I’ve struggled with this myself, and I am so honored today to share this post by Elsa Henry on growing up with just such a lack of representation, and the vital role writers today face in filling that void.

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Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 3 (Stories 9-12)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Books | 0 comments

Defying Doomsday Read-Along: Discussion Part 3 (Stories 9-12)

We’re Back With Part 3!

After a fun halfway-point activity last week, we’re back for the next set of stories. If you’re new to the read-along, you can check out the starting post here. In a nutshell, we read about four stories a week, with questions posting on Thursdays. Feel free to jump in and join the read-along at any point. You can answer the questions in the comments, or answer on your own blog and share a link below. You can also tweet as you read using #readDefyingDoomsday.

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Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2) | Disability in Fiction

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Books, Stop and Think | 4 comments

Reading While Disabled: Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2)  |  Disability in Fiction

We’re back with Part 2 of Reading While Disabled. Today, Alice Wong has asked the same group of five disabled readers to share the books they read growing up that had disabled characters (if any) and the impact of that, as well as books they’d recommend now. The conversation wraps up with a discussion of the We Need Diverse Books movement and the importance of representation.

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Distant Realms YA Giveaway: Win Five Awesome 2017 Releases

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Giveaways | 0 comments

Distant Realms YA Giveaway: Win Five Awesome 2017 Releases

Today I bring you … the Distant Realms YA Giveaway: 2017 New Releases!

Escape into magical worlds beyond our own with this spectacular YA high fantasy giveaway! This book pack features these exciting upcoming books (all on pre-order): Cora Carmack’s Roar, Cinda Williams Chima’s Shadowcaster, Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes, Kate Elliott’s Buried Heart, and Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. Open worldwide! I’m one of five fantasy authors sponsoring this giveaway, so be sure to hop over and check it out!

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Surviving The Apocalypse – Quizzes and Fun at the Halfway Point | Defying Doomsday Read-Along

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Read-Along | 2 comments

Surviving The Apocalypse – Quizzes and Fun at the Halfway Point | Defying Doomsday Read-Along

We’re halfway through Defying Doomsday! I figured it’s time to assess how much we’ve learned, and just how long we might survive in an apocalypse! (I also figured it might be nice to have a fun post that grants us all some catch up time.)

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