I’ll be attending FOGcon for the first time this year. It’s going to be held March 6-8 in Walnut Creek, CA. They’ve been kind enough to put me on a really fun panel, the Fake Authentic Folklore Improv at 9:30 PM on Saturday.

The part about this that’s baffling is how the programming committee knew that folklore is a research interest of mine. I really didn’t think I’d mentioned that to anyone.  Continue reading

What Is Charm?

So, this afternoon, as I was on my way out the door to replace the 10-year-old cargo pants that finally fell apart in the laundry, my husband looked at me and said, “Oh, Mr. English-major type, I need a definition of ‘charm’ for my theatre analysis class. Their textbook uses the term and gives examples of charming dialogue, but it doesn’t define it.”

Well, I stood there slack-jawed for a minute, stumped. How do you define something as ineffable as “charm”?

Well, here’s what I came up with: Continue reading

Obligatory Year-End Post

It’s that time of year again, when I encourage all writers to make a handy list of what you’ve had published this year that is eligible for awards. It’s also the time of year when we all reflect back on the year that has been. So here’s the year that has been for me:

  1. Finished grad school.

Don’t laugh.  That’s enough.

Here’s the list of awards-eligible work from 2014, including the stuff that no one should be considering for anything other than the annual “worst of” lists: Continue reading