Last week I posted my "what have I published in 2017" list. This week is my "what else have I written" list. It's based pretty much entirely on my blog for logistical reasons. I'm writing this about the same time of year as I posted last year's version, so the survey is roughly comparable, except that in 2016 I looked at only the calendar year up to Dec 8, and this year I'm covering everything since that date. So the 2017 stats are, while more accurate for a year's work, are inflated relative to 2016. In 2016 I posted 333 separate blog entries; So far as of Dec 6 I’ve posted 245, so even with the rest of December I'm definitely achieving my New Year's Resolution to slack off a little.
This is, once again, an excercise in reminding myself how productive I've been overall, even when my fiction publications don't reflect it. I've clumped things slightly differently, but I'll give the comparables. In summary, here's what I've blogged:
- On the writing proceess (not including promotion or minor posts): 16 (compare 41 last year)
- Background information on Alpennia: 8 (not counted separately last year)
- Guest/Host Blogs: 4 (if you count my columns at the Queer Sci Fi website, 4 last year)
- Miscellaneous non-writing: 4 (17 last year)
- "Book Release Re-Book" posts promoting books from November 2016: 29 (n/a last year)
- Event/Convention Reports: 2 events for a total of 25 posts (4 last year, but I think I wasn't counting individual posts)
- Historic Research (especially including the LaForge Diaries): 20 (3 last year)
Lesbian Historic Motif Project
- Publications covered: 27, for a total of 39 posts (27 last year)
- Podcasts: 26 (5 last year)
- Books and Stories: 29 (23 last year)
- Graphic Novels: 0, that is, I read a bunch for the Hugo voting, but didn't blog them (5 last years)
- Audio Fiction: 1, but I'm now reviewing Podcastle stories at the Short SFF Reviews site (7 last year, including some multi-item posts)
- Movies: 6 (12 last years including 5 in my lesbian movies series)
- Live Performance: 2 since I failed to blog the Cal Shakes performances this year (6 last year)
So here's the long version with links, perhaps not organized exactly as above.
Writing - This doesn’t include all entries, just substantial essays
- Bad Advice for Authors - I talk about why some of the advice aimed at authors at big publishers really isn't feasible for indie authors
- What am I Writing in 2017? - A brief survey of in-progress projects. It's always educational to compare it to what I actually did.
- Like Many Other Girls - In which I examine the trope of "not like the other girls" in the context of Alpennia and discuss who it does and doesn't fit.
- Orphans Don’t have All the Fun - Like many authors of adventures, I have an unfortunate tendency to orphan my protagonists. I'm working on that.
- Writing a Long Game - Some of the special concerns and frustrations of writing an extended series when you know that some of your readers' current frustrations will be answered later, but you can't really say so.
- Revealing and Concealing - There's one particular event in Mother of Souls that some readers wish I'd shown more directly Here's where I talk about why I didn't
- The Limits of Magic - If my characters can truly work miracles, where's the challenge?
- Challenging Expected Narratives - In Mother of Souls, Luzie and Serafina argued over Tanfrit's romantic arc in the opera. Their argument is part of a larger genre conversation.
- Every Flood Begins with a Trickle - Talking about starting seriously on the writing of Floodtide and some of the things I want to do in the story.
- Shall We Dance? Showing Attraction without Overt Erotics - Inspired by a reader question, what are some of the ways I show characters experiencing attraction to each other without framing it as erotic response?
- Shifting Writing Gears - The logistics of juggling multiple writing projects in different stages.
- A Questionable Phrase - I talk about why the phrase "does not disappoint" always makes me wince, and why I've tried to eliminate it from my vocabulary.
- Taking Dictation - A reader question about how dictation and transcription fit into my writing process.
- The Uncanny Valley of Fictional Representation - Sometimes I feel more included by a book that shows a diverse world than by one that comes closer to my own identities but feels more like it excludes me.
- Musings on New Promo Activity - One of my goals for the year was to add some automation to my online authorial presence. It had some benefits I hadn't anticipated.
- From a Certain Point of View - What are the strengths and advantages of different approaches to point of view? And how did that affect my POV choices in "The Language of Roses"?
- Podcast Interview: Creating Character (at The Lesbian Talkshow) - I talk with Sheena about how I go about creating distinctive characters, and especially how I develop and change those characters across the Alpennia series.
About Alpennia - Essays that are more specifically about the worldbuilding in the Alpennia series
- How Many Lesbians are there in Alpennia? - It may sometimes feel like Alpennia is jam-packed with queer women. I do a breakdown of how that's not particularly true.
- The Geography of Alpennia - A response to a reader request that I talk more about the internal and external geography of the Alpennia series.
- Speaking in Alpennian - Given that I'm a linguist and have done some deep thinking about the Alpennian language, I don't use much actual Alpennian vocabulary in the books. Here I talk about why, but also talk about how I show my characters existing in a different linguistic environment from the readers.
- Addressing the Class Divide - I've talked previously about how class and intimacy relationships are reflected in how Alpennians talk to and about each other. Here I ponder the complications that ensue when my first-person protagonist is in the lowest ranks of society.
- Class and Sexuality in Rotenek - It may sometimes feel that my Alpennian protagonsts get too much of a pass from society on their sexuality. But things aren't always as they seem. Here I discuss how class intersects with sexuality in terms of social reception.
- Floodtide: Stepping into the Unknown - A brief discussion of the point in the writing of Floodtide when the story moves past the timeline of Mother of Souls and strikes out into new territory.
- Can Devout Alpennians Enjoy the Pleasures of the Flesh? - A reader question about how my characters reconcile their sexuality with the moral tenor of the times.
Guest Blogs - both as host and guest
Miscellaneous Content - In any classification system, there's always an "everything else" category.
- 2016: A Poem
- Herding Invisible Cats - My adventures in renewed cat ownership.
- Standardization of LHMP content tags and addition of brief descriptions to the tags [multiple blogs, so I'm not linking individually, just noting it as a major writing project]
- The 2017 Tomato Blog - I never did a taste test and review this year. It was a meh year for the tomatoes and I think some of the varieties I planted never did produce. I've diagnosed part of the problem as under-watering and need to revise my automated irrigation system next year.
LaForge Civil War Diaries and Correspondence - An ongoing project to put my great-great grandfather's Civil War diaries and correspondence on the web, with annotations and commentary. Never fear, I will get back to working on this.
Note: the preceding are revisions and annotations of transcripts I had posted on the web prior to starting this blog series. The content between January-April 1864 was blogged in 2016. The rest here was put on the web for the first time as part of this blogging project.
Lesbian Historic Motif Project - I took a slight hiatus from posting new publications during the period when the content was being moved to alpennia.com. That was when I worked on all the tag annotations and standardization. It cut down a little on the total number of publications I would otherwise have covered. You may notice that I've done several thematic groupings: encyclopedias and who's-whos, Sappho, Spain.
- LHMP 138 Mills, Robert. 2015. Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 978-0-226-16912-5 (7 installments)
- LHMP 139 Foster, Jeannette. 1985. Sex Variant Women in Literature. The Naiad Press. ISBN 0-930044-65-7 Third edition of the original 1956 publication.
- LHMP 140 Aldrich, Robert & Garry Wotherspoon eds. 2001. Who's Who in Gay & Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II. Routledge, London. ISBN 0-415-15982-2
- LHMP 141 Conner, Randy P., David Hatfield Sparks, & Mariya Sparks. 1997. Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore. Cassell, London. ISBN 0-304-33760-9
- LHMP 142 Zimmerman, Bonnie (ed). 2000. Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Garland, New York. ISBN 0-8153-1920-7
- LHMP 143 Snyder, Jane McIntosh. 1997. Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-09994-0
- LHMP 144 DeJean, Joan. 1989. Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-14136-5
- LHMP 145 Andreadis, Harriette. 2001. Sappho in Early Modern England: Female Same-Sex Literary Erotics, 1550-1714. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226020099
- LHMP 146 Vanita, Ruth. 1996. Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination. Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 0-231-10551-7
- LHMP 147 Stepto, Michele & Gabriel Stepto (translators). Catalina de Erauso. Lieutenant Nun -- Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8070-7073-4
- LHMP 148 Velasco, Sherry. 2000. The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire and Catalina de Erauso. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-78746-4
- LHMP 149 Velasco, Sherry. 2011. Lesbians in Early Modern Spain. Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville. ISBN 978-0-8265-1750-0 (7 entries)
- LHMP 150 Rothblum, Esther D. & Kathleen A. Brehony (eds). 1993. Boston Marriages: Romantic but Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians. The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst. ISBN 0-8723-876-0
- LHMP 151 History Project, The. 1998. Improper Bostonians. Beacon Press, Boston. ISBN 0-8070-7948-0
- LHMP 152 McNeill, John T. & Helena M. Gamer. 1990. Medieval Handbooks of Penance: A Translation of the Principal Libri Poenitentiales.Columbia University Press, New York. ISBN 0-231-09629-1 (reprint of 1938 edition)
- LHMP 153 Karras, Ruth Mazo. 2005. Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others. Routledge, New York. ISBN 978-0-415-28963-4
- LHMP 154 Linkinen, Tom. 2015. Same-sex Sexuality in Later Medieval English Culture. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam. ISBN 978-90-8964-629-3
- LHMP 155 Karras, Ruth Mazo & David Lorenzo Boyd. 1996. “’Ut cum Muliere’ - A Male Transvestite Prostitute in Fourteenth-Century London” in Premodern Sexualities ed. by Louise Fradenburg & Carla Freccero. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-91258-X
- LHMP 156 Daston, Lorraine & Katharine Park. 1996. “The Hermaphrodite and the Orders of Nature: Sexual Ambiguity in Early Modern France” in Premodern Sexualities ed. by Louise Fradenburg & Carla Freccero. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-91258-X
- LHMP 159 Gaunt, Simon. 1996. “Straight Minds/’Queer’ Wishes in Old French Hagiography: La Vie de Sainte Euprosine” in Premodern Sexualities ed. by Louise Fradenburg & Carla Freccero. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-91258-X
- LHMP 158 Lavezzo, Kathy. 1996. “Sobs and Sighs Between Women: The Homoerotics of Compassion in The Book of Margery Kempe” in Premodern Sexualities ed. by Louise Fradenburg & Carla Freccero. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0-415-91258-X
- LHMP 159 Knighton, Henry. 1995. Knighton’s Chronicle 1337-1396. Edited and translated by G.H. Martin. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-820-503-1
- LHMP 160 Bennett, Judith. 2008. “Two Women and their Monumental Brass, c. 1480” in Journal of the British Archaeological Association vol. 161:163-184.
- LHMP 161 Traub, Valerie. 2016. Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0812223897
- LHMP 162 Lochrie, Karma. 2011. “Preface” in The Lesbian Premodern ed. by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. Sauer & Diane Watt. Palgrave, New York. ISBN 978-0-230-61676-9
- LHMP 163 Giffney, Noreen, Michelle M. Sauer & Diane Watt. 2011. “Introduction: The Lesbian Premodern” in The Lesbian Premodern ed. by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. Sauer & Diane Watt. Palgrave, New York. ISBN 978-0-230-61676-9
- LHMP 164 Traub, Valerie. 2011. “The Present Future of Lesbian Historiography” in The Lesbian Premodern ed. by Noreen Giffney, Michelle M. Sauer & Diane Watt. Palgrave, New York. ISBN 978-0-230-61676-9
Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Last year, this was a brand new category of "things I do." This year, on the 1-year anniversary of the show, I expanded from monthly to weekly. In 2018, I'll be expanding the type of content by adding the publication of original fiction. I'm almost afraid of what will come in 2019!
- Announcement of Call for Fiction Submissions - The announcement of the fiction project.
- LHMPodcast 5 Laudomia Loves Margaret - The real-life biography that inspired my story "Where My Heart Goes."
- LHMPodcast 6 Catharina Vizzani - The sort of real-life story that would seem implausible as fiction.
- LHMPodcast 7 Aphra Behn - Spy, poet, playwright, and bisexual.
- LHMPodcast 8 Medieval Love Poetry - A selection of love poems from one woman to another.
- LHMPodcast 9 The Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu – A plot summary and excerpts from a rather unclassifiable 18th century novel.
- LHMPodcast 10 Sappho of Lesbos, The Woman and the Legend - For Pride Month, I did a two-part special on Sappho. This episode talks about her historic context and how she was understood in later centuries.
- LHMPodcast 11 Sappho, the Translations - The second part of the Sappho Special talks about the translation and re-imagining of Sappho's poetry across the centuries.
- LHMPodcast 12 Catalina de Erauso - It sometimes seems like my biographical episodes focus on extraordinary lives. That's one reason that the original kick-off episode of the podcast was specifically about "ordinary women."
- LHMPodcast 13a On the Shelf August 2017 - I announce the expanded schedule for the podast. The week 1 episodes will be a roundup of the blog, announcement of the month's topics and guests, and a random "ask Sappho" feature where I answer listener questions in a more informal context.
- LHMPodcast 13b Interview with Catherine Lundoff - In the new schedule, the week 2 episodes will be an interview with an author who writes about lesiban and bisexual women in historic settings (including historic fantasy, as long as it's grounded in actual history).
- LHMPodcast 13c Book Appreciation with Catherine Lundoff - The week 3 episodes will have our author guest recommendig books by other authors that they've enjoyed.
- LHMPodcast 13d Beguines, Boston Marriage, and Bed Death: Historic Archetypes of Asexual Lesbianism - With all the emphasis in lesbian history on "were they, you know, doing it?" I wanted to do a show that explicitly embraced women's same-sex relationships that were not defined by sexual activity.
- LHMPodcast 14a On the Shelf September 2017
- LHMPodcast 14b Interview with Genevieve Fortin
- LHMPodcast 14c Book Appreciation with Genevieve Fortin
- LHMPodcast 14d What did Medieval Lesbians do in Bed? - We sometimes assume that sexual techniques are something of a universal across eras and cultures. But is that true? What historic evidence do we have for the details of women's sexual activity? Or at least for what the people writing the records thought they were doing.
- LHMPodcast 14e The Highwaywoman Special - When I set up the rotating topics for the expanded schedule, I realized that I'd have to come up with something for the occasional 5th Saturday. Although I ended up going in a different direction for the long term (see: fiction project), I really enjoyed doing this multi-media presentation on female highwaymen in history, literature, song, and in lesbian novels.
- LHMPodcast 15a On the Shelf October 2017
- LHMPodcast 15b Interview with Caren Werlinger
- LHMPodcast 15c Book Appreciation with Caren Werlinger
- LHMPodcast 15d Female Knights in Shining Armor - The motif of the female knight--and especially the gender-disguised female knight--has often been a context for same-sex desire in literature.
- LHMPodcast 16a On the Shelf November 2017
- LHMPodcast 16b Interview with Farah Mendleshn
- LHMPodcast 16c Book Appreciation with Farah Mendlesohn
- LHMPodcast 16d When did we become Lesbians? - If something has to have a name to truly exist, what are the names we've had for women who love women? When did different names come into use? And how have their meanings changed?
- LHMPodcast 17a On the Shelf Dec 2017
Reviews: Books/Fiction - SFF - I swear it's utter coincidence that all the author surnames are in the first half of the alphabet!
- Bernobich, Beth - Nocturnal
- Bradley, Mary E. - Mizora: A Mss. Found Among the Private Papers of the Princess Vera Zarovitch
- Burgis, Stephanie - Congress of Secrets
- Burgis, Stephanie - Shadow Duet
- De Bodard, Aliette - Children of Thorns, Children of Water
- Goss, Theodora - The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
- Hopkinson, Nalo - The Salt Roads
- Kingfisher, T. - Jackalope Wives and Other Stories
- Leckie, Ann - Ancillary Justice
- Leckie, Ann - Ancillary Sword
- Leckie, Ann - Ancillary Mercy
Reviews: Books/Fiction - Lesbian (generally I've classified a book here if I read it specifically for the lesbian characters, even if it also fits under SFF).
Reviews: Live Performance
Reviews: Movies - I watched a lot more movies than this. This isn't even the ones I liked, necessarily. Just the ones where I got inspired to review before the moment passed.
The Great November Book Release Re-Boot - This was a project I used as an excuse to re-promote Mother of Souls. Every day in May, I blogged about a book released 6 months previously that I thought my readers might be interested in. Note: I've read very few of these books, so while I was picky about what I included, inclusion is not necessarily advocacy.
Travel Posts - Not quite "con reports" in this case. The Helsinki/Worldcon posts are a combination of con report and travelogue. The Kalamazoo posts are my usual live-blogging of the sessions I attended.