Monday, January 9, 2017

Arisia Schedule 2017

Yay! Arisia is THIS WEEKEND and I'm on four panels, three of which I'm moderating. Looking forward to seeing friends and absorbing energy for a new year!

Come and say hi!

In Praise of Unlikeable Characters Marina 1 Literature Sat 1:00 PM 01:15
Gillian Daniels (m), Maya Garcia, Lorrie Kim, Ken Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe
Description Bring us your curmudgeons, your cantankerous jerks, your deliberately unlikeable characters of all genders without which the plot might not move so smoothly. Someone's got to do the dirty work, after all. Let's talk about our favorite unlikeable characters in genre fiction, and the purposes they serve.

Queering Up Canon Marina 3 Fan Interest Sun 1:00 PM 1:15
Gillian Daniels (m), Lee C. Hillman (Gwendolyn Grace), Konner Jebb, Cassandra Lease
Description Much fanfic has a large interest in QUILTBAG themes. Maybe your fic involves making characters of the same gender fall in love with each other, having a character established as cis turn out to be trans, or asking if Sherlock has never shown any interest in a "proper" Victorian marriage because he's asexual. Can fanfic writing and QUILTBAG activism potentially intersect? What does it mean that fans of works with cis, straight characters are looking for more variety in the fiction they consume?

Sexuality and the Superheroine Adams Comics Sun 7:00 PM 01:15 
Juliet Kahn (m), Gillian Daniels, Ed Fuqua, Alisa Kwitney Sheckley, Maddy Myers
Description A lot of the debate around female characters in comics centers around their sexuality—case in point, Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. It’s a contentious issue: can these characters truly have agency? What does it mean for a female character created and written by men to “own” her sexuality? Is there a difference between “empowered” fishnets and “degrading” ones, in the context of superhero comics? Can a fictional character be slut-shamed? Let's tackle these questions and more!

Short Sharp Shocks
Hale Literature Mon 1:00 PM 01:15 
Gillian Daniels (m), Andrea Corbin, Morgan Crooks, MJ Cunniff, Keffy R.M. Kehril
Description Simply put, you can do things in short fiction that you can't do anywhere else. Experiments that only hold up for a few thousand words, twists that would fall flat at greater length, intense playfulness with form and function, unrelenting emotional intensity, and more. Let's talk about the best short fiction of today and what makes it great.

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Today, I attended the Day of Denial hosted by 350 Massachusetts. It was a short demonstration asking the governor to take further action on climate change. 

I made up a list of resolutions that I expect to stick to with varying degrees of success this year, but the one I take the most seriously right now is continuing to protest.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Greivous Angel and the Undead

A poem of mine, "Tourists of the Undead," was just published at Urban Fantasist's Grievous Angel. Many thanks to editor Charles Christian.

The poem's a little bit about traveling in France, a little bit about traveling in Israel, and everything about terror.

I don't like feeling terrorized. If you don't like feeling that way, either, please consider a small donation to the following organizations:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate presents Restoring Oceans, Restoring Climate

This weekend, I attended Restoring Oceans, Restoring Climates. I've been pretty anxious in regards to climate change recently and have decided the best idea is to, simply, learn. Then figure out what to do next.

The weekend included presentations by Randi Rotjan on maintaining coral and sea life. Her work on revived coral has certainly made the rounds.

Judith Schwartz, who concentrated on land rather than water, spoke in regards to keeping moisture in the soil in order to best avoid draught. Cows Save the Planet looks like an amazing book.

Sarah Valencik and Sarah Zeiberg gave a wonderful rundown of Cashes Edge and coral local to New England. I learned about marine monuments because I am so very much a laymen in this world.

I was fascinated with Tom Goreau's work with the Global Coral Reef Alliance. His interest in re-growing coral and his successes in regenerating biodiversity with salt marshes, oyster reefs, and eroded beaches was genuinely moving.

Brian von Herzen spoke about his work regarding The Climate Foundation. This includes projects like Azolla farming. His hope is to some day not only mitigate climate change, but restore the planet to what it was pre-industrial revolution. I found myself both cynical but happy about the optimism.

And Alfredo Quarto talked about the Mangrove Action Project, carbon sinks, and the work being done to educate the communities where mangroves mitigate the effects of hurricanes. It was amazing.

Genuinely hopeful stuff. Not the dark, wasteland I expected at all. I'm used to seeing environmental campaigns that make me panic, not think. Climate change isn't some powerful, unpredictable death knell. It's a series of smaller problems that all sort of feed into unbalancing nature. I find that complex but much more calming.

Anyway, consider donating to Global Coral Reef Alliance, MAP, The Climate Foundation, and others if you have spare cash.