Category Archives: Personal

The Chalk Playlist

Work this afternoon has been accompanies by the playlist for Paul Cornell’s forthcoming novel, Chalk. It is mostly classical 80s pop — things like Human League, Culture Club, Duran Duran and of course Let’s Dance era Bowie. However, there are … Continue reading

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Making Movies

Hey girls, you know that thing where you have been asked to be interviewed for an educational film, so you get your hair done specially and you spend ages agonizing over what to wear and doing your make-up, and the … Continue reading

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Congratulations, San José and San Juan

Preliminary site selection results have been announced from Worldcon. These do need to be ratified at today’s Business Meeting, but I’ve never yet seen any issues with that. Next year’s NASFiC will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I know … Continue reading

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International Cat Day

Apparently it is International Cat Day, which means it is time to give this picture another run out. I was, of course, much younger when it was done. Actually this is my superhero persona. She is known as The Catnap, … Continue reading

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Well That Went Well

The nice LGBT police people seemed to enjoy my talk. It was great to catch up with Surat Shaan Knan and see the new pop-up version of the Twilight People exhibition. There were at least two trans people (serving police … Continue reading

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Talking to the Police

Sorry about another apparent clickbait headline, but that’s exactly what I will be doing. This morning I RT’d the tweet below. Yes, there is such a thing as a police LGBT conference. The 2016 event is taking place in London … Continue reading

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Good Hair Day

Yesterday, after swimming in the lake, I was sat chatting with Raffaella Baccolini when Saija Kyllönen kindly noticed that my wet hair needed brushing out and started doing the job for me. Then she asked me if I would like … Continue reading

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Brave New World

Image edit by Jeremiah Tolbert Mixing my SF metaphors here, but boy is this one right royal clusterfuck. Not that I am surprised. I called it for Leave when the referendum was announced because I know that Rupert Murdoch rarely … Continue reading

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The Europe Thing

Well, tomorrow (Thursday) we all get to vote. Then what? Today The Guardian ran an article by a German music teacher who has made their home here for 18 years (look, singular they pronoun because the gender of the author … Continue reading

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And On A Happier Note

The annual conference of the National LGBT Police Network will be taking place at the Guildhall in London on July 15th. I got the schedule through last night, so I guess it is now official that I am one of … Continue reading

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New Book, Contains Me

So apparently I am now a Social Justice Warrior. Or at least a reduxed one. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that this is the cover of volume #10 of the WisCon Chronicles, an annual anthology of writings arising … Continue reading

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The Age of Apocalypse is 10-Year-Old Cheryl

So, I have seen the new X-Men film, and I absolutely loved it. This does not mean that you will. Bear with me a moment, please. I will try to make this as spoiler free as possible. As anyone who … Continue reading

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This Is What It Sounds Like…

… When Gods die. The original art is by Brian Bolland. The animated gif was made by Scott M. McDaniel and is part of this fascinating analysis of the image. My May 4th show on Ujima will be a Prince … Continue reading

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The Obligatory One Year Older Post

It is once again that time of year when my Facebook timeline fills up with messages from people I don’t really know. There are apparently some 130+ of them already. My apologies if I don’t respond to them all individually. … Continue reading

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Fringe Open Mic on Monday

The April edition of BristolCon Fringe will take place on Monday. April is traditionally our Open Mic event, which means that anyone can turn up and ask to read. The only limitation is that you have only 5 minutes. I … Continue reading

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Fantastically Horny Reminder

Over Easter I posted about a crowdfunding campaign for a set of anthologies, including Fantastically Horny, the book that will contain my story, “Camelot Girls Gone Wild”. Yes, it is that book of erotic fantasy tales. Mea Culpa. But people … Continue reading

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Kevin and the Hugos

Yesterday in my post on the Hugos Jim Hines asked whether it wasn’t the case that Kevin has said he would decline being a finalist if he were voted in the top five. He and I have been talking about … Continue reading

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Crowdfunder, Includes Me

The nice people at Far Horizons magazine are running a campaign on Indiegogo in aid of several of their ventures. One of the anthologies included in the campaign is Fantastically Horny, which will contain my story, “Camelot Girls Gone Wild”. … Continue reading

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Thanks, Sylvia

While I have been traveling, the news broke that Sylvia Anderson had died. Always glossed over in her partnership with husband Gerry, Sylvia was a key part of the team that made all of those great puppet shows. She also … Continue reading

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My February Schedule

It being LGBT History Month, I have a pile of public engagements. Most of you won’t be able to get to them, but I’m listing them here just in case, and because it will explain why I’ll be so busy. … Continue reading

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