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Ace Week: Reasons to Read: Stake Sauce Arc 2: Everybody’s Missing (Somebody)

Posted October 25, 2020 by dove-author in Ace & Aro Rambling / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the first official Reasons to Read ramble! This ace week, I’ll be highlighting 7 books with acespec characters and we’re kicking off with a perfect book for this season: Stake Sauce Arc 2: Everybody’s Missing (Somebody) by RoAnna Sylver!

This is the sequel to Arc 1, “The Secret Ingredient Is Love. No, Really”, and features the continued adventures of Jude, Pixie and their friends and I’m here to ramble about just SOME of the many reasons to read this absolutely awesome book. (Read book 1 first, though.)

Stake Sauce Arc 2 will be available October 31st this year, so if you’d like to get it through eretailers like Amazon or Kobo, you may have to wait a few more days. Otherwise you can preorder it on Itch.io: https://itch.io/s/33987/stake-sauce-book-2-pre-order-special (where you’ll also get book 1 and a short story collection for free!)

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Week 43 Round-up

Posted October 24, 2020 by dove-author in News / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday!

Completed Projects

  • Entirely different essay WIP finished

Goal Updates

  • Finish that essay!
  • Finish that short!
  • Finish that game!
  • 13/12 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: Er…

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: Around 2,000

Liraz Essay: I finished up a draft for a short essay on the way Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor portrays Liraz as ace (or not) because I finally read the book. Yay!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Well, hopefully this being the second week I’m managing to actually be on time with this is a sign that things are changing! Otherwise there’s very little to report, really. I’ve started work on getting ivy out of the garden, but because reasons and circumstances, I can only get out, like, a handful each week. (Yes, each week.) But every little bit helps! I’m doing this because there is a lot of ivy and we’re trying to make the garden less attractive to unwanted critters. (The house pest is still in the attic. Right above my head.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

I should say “Star Trek: Discovery season 3 episode 2 is here!” because, truly, that show makes me happy, but no. I’m going to say “Watching figure skating with the Fantasy Inn Discord people” because that too makes me happy even though I so rarely get a chance to watch figure skating that I’m mostly oblivious to what I should be paying attention to. I have said “spinny spins” more times than I can count today. XD

I’d like to give an especial shout-out to Suncani for helping me watch all the spinny spins! 😀

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Week 42 Round-up

Posted October 17, 2020 by dove-author in News / 0 Comments

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Weekly Accountability

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Weekly updates delivered every Saturday! Actually on Saturday! I think. It’s Saturday, right? (It is, I checked. This is how flakey I still am. I feel like I missed an entire week somewhere.)

Completed Projects

Nope. Got none yet. But I did find my copies of Le Mort D’Arthur? Yay progress of sorts?

Goal Updates

  • Finish that essay!
  • Finish that short!
  • Finish that game!
  • 4/Read 12 books

Writing Updates

This Week’s Fiction Wordcount: 1,116

This Week’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: Er…

DemiPrincess2: I think! I may! Have figured out how to fix what was bothering me too much to continue! We’re giving it a try anyway because it certainly can’t get any worse.

Life And Other Such Important Matters

In true late 2020 fashion, I have no idea what happened last week. Is this the week multiple of my friends got really bad news? Was it last week? I’m terrible with dates and wait we’re already halfway through the month?!

My life has, admittedly, been reduced to “give the cat medicine” and, roughly, “try to adult for the adults who can’t adult” and “deal with the house pests” at the moment. They’re still here. I finally convinced people to report them to someone and now we’re apparently getting professional help. Maybe? I’m not sure. Adulting should come with more information, seriously. But, anyway, point is most of what I remember of this week is trying to shore up the attic so nothing can get in or out.

Oh, and my life is also “frantically try to start prep for 2021 because you’re low-key depressed and ignoring it to function” at the moment, I’m fairly sure. It’s hard to tell. It doesn’t feel much different, but struggling to rebuild what structure I had isn’t helping and I’ve already noticed that a) I’m window shopping for cute things to cheer me up, which is a bad sign on its own, b) it’s not cheering me up, which is a worse sign even if it doesn’t feel like things are bad yet.

And, um, I should probably report on Twi in more detail, so people don’t worry. She’s on new medication now, which I think I mentioned, for her thyroid and she hates it, but I’m faintly hopeful that she’s gained a little weight now and can live her elderly kitty life in some form of contentment and peace. (She really does not like taking pills. Or being held. But she is the sweetest cat, so she lets you do it anyway. That cat has no fight instinct whatsoever, I swear.)

Stand-out Positive Moment

Staying up late with Matt as we tried to watch Star Trek: Discovery only to remember that we don’t actually get access to it the moment it is midnight in Europe and watching another DS9 episode instead because we stayed up for Star Trek and we will not be denied, Netflix! Friends are the best.

Seriously, though, I should make this moment a shout-out to all of my friends, because I love you all and you’re all the best. Whether it’s watching Star Trek with me or delighting in my entirely contextless all-capsing at any random moment about it, or indulging me when I enthuse over Sam’s ads on Critical Role (Narrative Telephone is back next weekish! [squeals with delight]), or letting me ramble about books, or inviting me on exceptionally long-distance socially distant evening walks, or just, you know, in any way reminding me that being nerdy and geeky and silly is fine.

And I need that reminder so much at times. So there. My stand-out positive moment is all the time I get to spend with friends over the internet.

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Guest Interview: Sarah Waites on The Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Database

Posted October 16, 2020 by dove-author in Guest Posts / 0 Comments

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Today I’m back interviewing Sarah Waites, whom I interviewed earlier this month to talk about her kickass cover design and now we’re here to talk about her work maintaining the Queer SFF Database. You can find the database on Sarah’s website, The Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Database, and you have a variety of options to narrow down exactly what you’re looking for. Like most of Sarah’s work, her database has an especially strong focus on intersectionality between identities.

S.L.: I’ve always found that the more intersectional your search terms, the less likely it is to find books with representation, so let’s start with something very positive: what has been your most pleasant surprise in finding intersectional representation for the database?

Margins and Murmurations by Otter Lieffe. It’s a struggle to find books with trans women protagonists, books with aromantic protagonists, and books with elder queer protagonists. Imagine my delight to discover a book that had all three!

S.L.: I can imagine, yes! That sounds amazing! One of the things I’ve noticed about representation, especially queer representation, is that it feels like every other month or so someone will lament how there is absolutely no representation for X. This frustrates me no end because it’s so often not true unless someone is specifically looking for multiple identities in the same book. So my second question is: how do you find out what books to add to the database?

Sarah: Lots of different ways! I’m pretty tapped into queer SFF spaces, so I’ll often hear about new books through social media. I also have a form on the website that allows people to suggest books, and I’ve gotten some new titles from there (although please note, I have a tremendous backlog of suggestions so nothing gets added soon!).

I’ve also looked at what gets shelved as LGBT on Goodreads and checked various queer book blogs and reviewing sites for what they’re covering. I’ve found a lot of books through The Lesbrary, Lambda Literary, Bogi Takács’ reviews and Tor.com column for queer SFF classics, LGBTQ Reads, and similar sites. I also keep Goodreads’ lists for queer SFF published each year, so every once and a while I’ll check and see what’s getting added to those as well.

Finding new books is often less of a problem than finding the time and energy to add them all to the database!

S.L.: Fair point. We’ve still got such a long way to go with book publications in general, but I find it really heartening to know how difficult it is to maintain databases like yours because the issue is finding the time to update them rather than struggling to find the books. Speaking of struggles, I remember when you first had the idea for the database and were worried about how to organise it. Now that you’ve got a pretty solid set-up, do you have any plans for the future beyond adding more titles? Anything you’d dearly love to do if time/finances/coding skills allowed?

Sarah: I have not been great about doing consistent updates over the last few months, so I’m planning eventually setting up a volunteer team. My hope is that once I get all the set up work done, managing a volunteer team would be less work overall than doing all the entries by myself.

My current plan is to cap volunteers at ten people and to ask each to take charge of a certain type of queer representation or story and to submit one entry per month. I figure that’s a pretty low workload, especially since it’d most likely involve working with some of the close to three hundred entries that are currently unfinished. I basically just need people who can help look for reviews and fill out the appropriate tags!

I’ve got ideas of how this would be organized, but I still need to finish drawing up documentation and “how-to” guides. I hope to have something together soon, but who knows with 2020!

S.L.: I’ve noticed that your age group category (currently?) doesn’t contain any middle-grade fiction. Was that a conscious decision or one based on a scarcity of titles? And since we are getting more explicitly queer middle-grade in general, do you have any suggests on where readers could look for those?

Sarah: It was a conscious decision and an attempt to limit the scope of the database. The project already covers so many books that I drew some boundaries around the project to help make it more manageable. I don’t include graphic novels, comic books, or web-only short fiction for a similar reason. Out of all of those, middle grade is the one I would most like to add in the future, but I don’t have plans to do so anytime soon. If you’re looking for queer middle-grade, my suggestion would be to check out LGBTQ Reads, which is a fabulous site for finding queer books in general!

S.L.: That makes a lot of sense in terms of the limitations. There are a lot of books. I’m glad to hear that your reasoning for the boundaries on middle-grade books is down to sheer time and effort rather than a dearth of books, though! In contrast, you did decide to explicitly include self-published works as well as traditionally published titles. How important do you think it is for anyone promoting literature with marginalised characters by marginalised authors to make an active effort to be aware of and include self-published titles?

Sarah: I think it’s very important, since marginalized authors are much more likely to have difficulties accessing traditional publishing, especially trans authors and authors of color.

I do think there’s reasons someone would be looking for something traditionally published over self-published (primarily, traditionally published works are much more likely to be in libraries and thus accessible to wider audiences), but quality is absolutely not one of them. Great books can be found both by traditionally published and self-published authors, and indie authors are often just as serious and professional (if not more so in some cases!) than traditionally published authors.

Part of the stigma against self-published books is that since they haven’t passed the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, then they must be of lower quality. This is absolutely false and ignores all the other reasons authors might chose not to go the traditional publishing route or how gatekeepers are often biased against marginalized authors!

Ignoring self-published books often means ignoring many, many authors who helped build our community.

S.L. Thank you so much for your time and thoughts, Sarah! I’ve greatly enjoyed chatting about your database and the efforts that go into running one. To remind everyone, you can find Sarah’s database at The Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Database. You can also follow Sarah on Twitter and her blog The Illustrated Page. (Plus she specialises in designing diverse fantasy and historical book covers, as well as a specific focus on f/f covers! You can find her designs at The Illustrated Page Book Design.)

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Guest Interview: RoAnna Sylver on Stake Sauce Arc 2

Posted October 14, 2020 by dove-author in Guest Posts / 0 Comments

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Today, I’m once again welcoming one of my best friends, RoAnna Sylver, for an interview. RoAnna is releasing the second book in their Stake Sauce series on October 31st, 2020, just in time for Halloween, and this paranormal urban fantasy is definitely one you want to look out for! Here’s the gorgeous cover and the summary of book 2. Preorders are open on itch.io where you can also get a shiny copy of the first book and a collection of short stories set in the same ‘verse!

Please note that this interview may contain mild spoilers for book 1.

Cover of RoAnna Sylver's "Stake Sauce Arc 2: Everybody's Missing (Somebody)Act 2, In Which: Our friends, some old and some new, must awaken a powerful, centuries-old magical force – before an old enemy gets there first…

Life for Jude is finally getting back to normal – or as normal as it gets when your new boyfriend has fangs, your old maybe-boyfriend isn’t dead after all (and has even bigger fangs), and everyone’s scrambling to adjust their lives accordingly.

There’s enough to worry about without evil, ancient vampires closing in, preparing dark rituals, and threatening to undo everything Jude, Pixie, and their loved ones have built together. But as they’ve all seen, normal doesn’t tend to last for long. And it’s hard to shake the feeling that something’s missing.

But then, it seems like everybody’s missing somebody.

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Guest Interview: Becca Lusher on the Overworld setting

Posted October 12, 2020 by dove-author in Guest Posts / 0 Comments

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Today, I’m once again welcoming one of my best friends, Becca Lusher, for an interview. Becca’s recently concluded two concurrent series in her Overworld setting as well as started a standalone sequel series, Misfits of Aquila, that is serialising on her website right now! So I thought it was high time that I poked her about talking about the series and the setting as a whole and sharing the world with all of you. October is also Overworld Takeover on Becca’s blog, so be sure to check out all the shiny Overworld things she’s got in the works!

Here’s the cover and description for the book that started the entire setting, Wingborn!

Cover for Becca Lusher's Wingborn, the first book in the series of the same name.Lady Mhysra Kilpapan was blessed from birth with a distinguished family, a glorious home and a giant eagle miryhl of her own. Fully aware of her luck, she wants for nothing in life – except a chance to become a Rift Rider. The elite force of the Overworld has been closed to women for over one hundred years and not even the legendary Wingborn are allowed to join. Until now.

Women are being admitted to the Riders again and Mhysra wants to be first in line. Except her parents have other ideas, and there are plenty of others who are less than pleased about the change. Yet if Mhysra can find a way to reach Aquila, she will let nothing stop her.

But the Overworld is in trouble and the vicious kaz-naghkt are destroying Rift Rider bases one by one. The Riders need help. Can Mhysra and her friends really be the difference between survival and destruction? Or will they fail before their first year of training is through?

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October Newsletter

Posted October 10, 2020 by dove-author in News / 0 Comments

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October Newsletter

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again! Monthly news and accountability!

Life And Other Such Important Matters

Let’s see… September was… a month that happened. It’s mostly passed me by in a haze of sleep deprivation and annoyance as I’ve tried to get people to deal with an uninvited house pest. It’s still directly above my head in the attic, but at least we’ve reached a point where I can sleep at night, so I’ve been slowly catching up on things. Or, rather, feeling like I might, possibly, be catching up on my never-ending to-do list. Yay, progress!

Beyond that life itself continues much as it has. I finally convinced people to take Twi to the vet. We’re currently on new medication for her to see if that helps, my sweet elderly bb. I’d say she’s fine to stop people worrying, but she’s obviously not fine-fine. You wouldn’t know from her actions, though. She’s active and about, eating plenty, etc, so I’m hopeful that she’ll get to live a happy elderly few more years. Even if she does hate pills, but then I wouldn’t like them either so I don’t blame her. Honestly, I’m just happy she seems to be doing as well as she is.

Completed Projects

lol I barely managed to get anything done this month because I was either too exhausted to do anything or busy catching up on sleep, it feels like. I did make little bits of progress, but that’s it.

October Goals

  • Finish that essay!
  • Finish that short!
  • Finish that game!
  • Read 12 books

Yep. Short and simple. This should be perfectly doable. We’ll see. I’ve probably said this every month this year and failed in most of them. [sigh] I’m so done with this year.

September Goals

I do not remember, but I’m fairly sure the only one I reached was the reading goal because it’s the only one I consistently reach.

Writing Updates

This Month’s Fiction Wordcount: Somewhere under 1000.

This Month’s Non-Fiction Wordcount: Somewhere under 1000.

Warrior Aces Comp: I have an intro! Sort of! It’s terrible. But it’s a start.

Stand-out Positive Moment

The moment September turned into October. I am that done with September. Here’s to hoping that October will be better!

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