The Teresa Jusino Experience

Create Like An Activist


At long last, I can finally reveal the “Top Seekrit Project” I’ve alluded to all over the internet.

I’m going to be published in my first anthology available in stores.

Wait. It gets better.

It’s an anthology about Joss Whedon.

Wait! It gets better!

It’s from the same publisher and editor who did Chicks Dig Time Lords.


I’ll be sharing book space with not only some of the finest female sci-fi writers around, but I’ll also be sharing book space with Jane Espenson and Juliet Landau.


It’s called WHEDONISTAS: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them, and it will be released to the general public on March 15, 2011. The list of titles and contributors (listed below) looks amazing, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it! It’s going to be officially launched and available for purchase at the Gallifrey One convention in L.A. in February…

…so guess who’s going to her first Doctor Who convention?! (Hint: IT’S ME!)

Getting to be a part of this wonderful book is not only great in and of itself, but because it taught me something very important about Writing Life; something I’m going to share with you right now, so lean in and listen closely.

It pays to grow a pair of ovaries. (or balls, if that’s what you’ve got to work with)

Fretting, in the parlance of Kaylee Frye, seems to be a favorite pasttime for a lot of writers I know. Fretting over how their work isn’t any good, fretting over what people are going to think of their work, or say about them. They fret so much that they forget that a big part of writing is communicating. You know, with the world.

(That means people.)

They polish and polish their work, which one always has to do, of course, but they do it at the expense of sending it anywhere. I’m not saying send out crap. I’m saying that you should seek out opportunities where you know you’ll be able to shine! Seek them out and submit the best work you’ve got at that moment. Make the world aware that you’re a writer. Write things to show people, because I tell you, I’ve learned a lesson first-hand that I’ve heard Neil Gaiman and Brian K. Vaughan talk about: nothing makes you a better writer like being published. That sounds like a douchey thing to say, I know, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted a post somewhere, looked back at it and gone “ohnowaitaminuteIwanttochangesomethingACK!” But my inadequacies are out there for all the world to see. And you know what? I remember what I think I did wrong and use it in the next thing. I try and learn from comments left and feedback received from editors and readers. And then I keep writing. The world is my writing workshop – I just have to summon up the nerve to show up.

I got to be in Whedonistas, because I jumped on an opportunity. Or, rather, I created one for myself. I got word that Whedonistas was in the works from the Twitter feed of a favorite writer. As I loved Chicks Dig Time Lords, I checked out the link to this book and noticed there was no contributor list. I thought, I write. I love Joss Whedon. Maybe there’s a place in this for me! So, I tracked down the editor’s email address and wrote to her to ask. Because the worst she could’ve said was “no,” right? Thank goodness I wrote her immediately, because it was a week before her deadline! Even after I sent in my essay, I was half expecting that she’d send it back, because it wasn’t up to snuff. Then there was talk of a contract and a payment and it hit me…someone actually thinks that something I’ve written is good enough to be between the covers of an actual book. One that’s going to be available at Barnes and Noble, for crying out loud!

And I SQUEED like the Happiest Little Fangirl Alive.

Then I had to shut up about it for two months, because it wasn’t being officially announced until today, and it KILLED me. So I’m thrilled I can come clean now!

So, the moral of the story is: Grow a pair of ovaries. Create opportunities for yourself. And pre-order a copy of Whedonistas.

That last one really wasn’t a moral, but still. DO IT. You’ll not only get my fabulous scribblings, but those of all these ladies, too! Check it:


A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon

By the Women Who Love Them

Edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish


IntroductionLynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish

The Girls Next Door: Learning to Live with the Living Dead and Never Even Break a NailSeanan McGuire

Ramping Up for a Decade with Joss WhedonNancy Holder

Outlaws & DesperadoesSharon Shinn

An Interview with Jane Espenson

My (Fantasy) Encounter with Joss Whedon (And What I’ve Learned from the Master)Jeanne C. Stein.

The Ages of Dollhouse: Autobiography through WhedonSigrid Ellis

A Couch Potato’s Guide to Demon Slaying: Turning Strangers into Family, Buffy-StyleHeather Shaw

Smart Is Sexy: An Appreciation of Firefly’s KayleeLaurel Brown

Teething Troubles and Growing UpCaroline Symcox

Transgressing with Spike and Buffy NancyKay Shapiro

Brand New Day: The Evolution of the Doctor Horrible FandomPriscilla Spenser

“We’re Here to Save You” Elizabeth Bear

Imperfectly Perfect: Why I Really Love Buffy For Being a Pill SometimesMariah Huehner

My European VacationKelly Hale

Romancing the Vampire and Other Shiny BitsLyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway

An Interview with Juliet Landau

I Am Joss Whedon’s BitchMaria Lima

Going Dark Jackie Kessler

Joss Giveth Jaala Robinson

The Kindness of MonstersSarah Monette

Shelve Under Television, Young AdultJody Wurl

The Browncoat ConnectionDae Low

Late to the Party: What Buffy Never Taught Me about Being a GirlRacheline Maltese

How an Atheist and His Demons Created a ShepherdMeredith McGrath

Older and Far AwayJamie Craig

Why Joss Is More Important Than His ‘VerseTeresa Jusino

Let’s Go to WorkCatherynne M. Valente

Something to Sing AboutJenn Reese

Malcolm Reynolds, the Myth of the West, and MeEmma Bull


Corn Flakes With Orange Juice


The Willingness to Not Be Seen


  1. Da würde ich glatt meinen, dass dieser Beitrag mit
    dem Titel “TOP SEEKRIT PROJECT REVEALED! « The Teresa Jusino Experience” aus
    meiner Feder stammen könnte so gelungen wie der geschrieben ist.

    Daumen nach oben und weiterhin viel Erfolg weiter so !

  2. Lindt

    Um, all I have to say about this is… FUCK YEAH!!!!

  3. Amy

    This is so unbelievably awesome. You simply rock. Congratulations! Um, this is huge! 😀

  4. Ditto the made-of-awesomeness & wicked congrats!!! Lots of great women I know in that book, so I will definitely be buying it!! 🙂 Yay!!

  5. So awesome, congrats!!!! =)

  6. That is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  7. Congrats, Teresa. Hope this is one of many to come!

  8. So proud of you, girl! I’m squeeeeeing quite a bit inside for you! 😀

  9. Congratulations!
    Said it on twitter and I repeat it here:
    What does this make you?
    A big damn hero, that’s what!!
    Well done.

  10. YAY!! 🙂 I’d heard something from my dad that such a book was in the works (suddenly, he started calling me a Whedonista), but that’s so incredibly cool that you’ll get to be part of it!

    Way to ovary up & many congrats and exclamation points!!!

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