Category Archives: Writing

Talking Representation v Objectification

The lovely people at The Future Fire asked me to do a guest post for them to help promote the Problem Daughters crowdfunding campaign. So of course I wrote something about trans people in fiction. You can find it here. … Continue reading

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Drive By Posting

Well, that’s three days of trans awareness training on the trot. All lovely classes. Of course that means I’m thinking of little else right now, so all I’m good for is another rant. I am resisting the temptation, partly because … Continue reading

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Fringe 2017 Underway

The new year of BristolCon Fringe got under way last night. The schedule is a little fuzzy because Jo is handing over the management of the events to Tom Parker, so we don’t as yet have confirmed speakers for the … Continue reading

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For Books’ Sake Does Ghost Stories

The lovely people at For Books’ Sake have announced a new anthology call, and this time it is one that us genre folks can participate in. They are looking for ghost stories (max 7,000 words) by Feb. 26th. You do … Continue reading

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New Fiction by Me at Holdfast

Yesterday a new story by me went live at Holdfast Magazine. They’d asked for stories inspired by Brexit, and I sent them one that had werewolves and trans medicine, and is primarily set in a radio interview. The locations are … Continue reading

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Juliet’s New Venture

I, and Wizard’s Tower, are pleased to note that Juliet E. McKenna will be teaching a creative writing course in Witney, Oxfordshire, this coming autumn. Obviously it is only of interest to people who can get to evening classes in … Continue reading

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The #TransLit Twitter Chat Storified

A few days ago Gabby Bellot and Oliver Bendorf hosted a Twitter chat for trans writers. Contributors included Keffy, Suzanne van Rooyen, CN Lester, Vee from The Gay YA and Fox Benwell, along with a whole load of folks I … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima: Carers, Harassment, Flash, Trans & Faith

Yesterday’s show on Ujima began with a celebration of Carer’s Week. Caring for relatives or friends who are unable to look after themselves is an activity that falls disproportionately on women. With the current fashion for austerity politics, social service … Continue reading

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Writing Class Scholarships

Cat Rambo runs excellent online writing courses (I can say that because I have taken one). However, being a professional writer, she does need to charge for them. This can be a problem for the more disadvantaged parts of the … 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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Apex Flash Fiction Contest

Apex Publications are running a flash fiction competition – maximum limit 250 words. All entrants get a free issue of Apex magazine. The three winners will feature in the December issue (paid at 6c/word) and get their choice of three … Continue reading

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Another Essay on Writing Trans Characters

While I was writing my essay on writing trans characters for Strange Horizons, a young person called Vee was writing one for The Gay YA, a website that focuses on LGBT+ issues in YA fiction (of all genres). Vee’s essay … Continue reading

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Writing Better Trans Characters

Oh, really? What would I know about writing characters? Quite. But I do know a bit about being trans. So I have had opinions, over at Strange Horizons.

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Tiptree Award Fellowship

The good folks who run the Tiptree Award have created a Fellowship Program designed to support speculative works during their creation. The Fellowships provide recognition for the new voices who are making visible the many forces that are changing our … Continue reading

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Today’s Women’s Outlook Show Links

Well I don’t know about you folks, but I thought that went pretty well. Kevlin Henney can always be relied upon to do great things with flash fiction, and I was delighted to hear that this year Bristol will be … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima: Flash, Crime, Trans & Food

I have a very busy show lined up for Women’s Outlook tomorrow. First up from Noon I will be joined by Kevlin Henney who will, of course, be talking about flash fiction. It is that time of year again. In … Continue reading

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Want To Write A Letter To Tiptree?

The fine folks at Twelfth Planet Press are currently working on a non-fiction piece in which contributors share their thoughts about the life and work of James Tiptree Jr.. They have commissioned a number of pieces, but they are also … Continue reading

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Oxford, Briefly

Yesterday was a lot of fun. The radio show went well after a slight technical hitch at the start. More on that tomorrow. I got to Oxford on time, and Lev Grossman’s talk was very interesting. He’s a very nice … Continue reading

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Write Like a Grrrl Comes to Bristol

The fine folks at For Books Sake will be running a one-day intensive fiction-writing workshop in Bristol on June 20th. At £80 it is quite expensive, but I’ve heard really good things about the longer version of the course. Also … Continue reading

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That Time Of Year Again

I see from Twitter that people are complaining about writers listing their award-eligible work again. How refreshing and innovative. Not. As many smarter and more eloquent people than me have said before, the people who get bullied into remaining silent … Continue reading

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