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LAST CHANCE TO WIN FREE COPIES OF MY WORK FROM CHAOTIC GODDESS SWAPS!

Hey there! So, you might have seen earlier this week on either my FB or my Twitter feed that the fabulous Miss Angie and Goddess Beth over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps are celebrating their monthly book swap this week by doing a giveaway of some signed tomes in which I have work (Chicks Unravel Time and Whedonistas), as well as a signed copy of my chapbook, On the Ground Floor! 3 prizes for three lucky winners.

If you’d like to win a copy, head on over to Chaotic Goddess Swaps to enter! You have four hours left to enter! The giveaway ends at 9PM Pacific/Midnight Eastern!

** DON’T FORGETΒ THE POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE –RUNNING APR. 5TH 2013-APR. 5TH 2014 **

SDCC, Here I Come!

Guess who’s just been approved for her first press badge for SDCC? Guess who will get to go to Preview Night ON HER BIRTHDAY?

——————————————>THIS GIRL!<———————————————

That’s right! I will be attending my very first San Diego Comic Con this year, covering the massive event for Tor.com along with my partner-in-crime/photographer extraordinaire, Emily Heyer! I’m very excited, and will be working hard to see all there is to be seen, give you lots of coverage from a first-timer perspective both at Tor and here, and hopefully not getting so lost in the convention center that I don’t find my way home.

Now, here’s the thing, while I’ll be getting into SDCC for free, there’s still the matter of where I’m going to stay (I have a couple of options I’m looking into), as well as things like, you know, eating, and spending money, and money for drinks (of which I hear there are lots). It’s my first time at Geek Christmas, AND it’s my birthday week – so I’d like to be able to have a good time and not have to be desperately worried about funds.

While I’m not doing a specific drive for this the way I have in the past for Gally, if you’ve ever considered reading some of my fiction, now would be a GREAT time to purchase a copy of my chapbook, On the Ground Floor. It’s got two short stories in it that were crafted with love. πŸ™‚ They’re not genre stories, but they are short stories that are very close to my heart. And it’s so purdy:

Photo by Mike Bucher.

/shameless plug. πŸ™‚ Actually, it’s not a shameless plug. It’s a very legitimate plug for a very legitimate product on my very legitimate blog. So there. If you like short fiction, or if you’d like to help me have a great birthday week at SDCC, consider buying a copy of On the Ground Floor.

WOO HOO! πŸ™‚ More to come…

Birthdays and Anniversaries

It took me all day to post this, because I was out at a really long meeting, then had a really crappy internet connection for a bit. However, as it’s only just after April 5th on the West Coast, I’m going to post this video I made earlier this morning.

It’s a celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. In honor of my mother, and in honor of a good friend.

Happy Gally! (My Gallifrey One Schedule)

Gallifrey One 2012 is finally here! I’m lucky enough to be attending this year with my friend, Tara Reich, who was also the designer of the fabulous Dalek dress I wore last year (and will be wearing again on Saturday along with my newer Dalek earrings made by Olga Branson!), as well as appearing on four panels over the course of the weekend! Below is my schedule for the weekend. When I’m not in panels, I’ll be in the Dealer’s Room, or listening to interviews in the ballroom, or wandering around taking pictures of costumes, or in the karaoke cafe! πŸ™‚ If you see me, say hi! I’ll also have copies of On the Ground Floor on hand, in case you’d like to buy one. For Gally, it’ll be pay what you will. πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing you and celebrating Doctor Who!

And yes, there will be reportage. And even video. πŸ™‚

** GALLIFREY ONE: NETWORK 23 – February 17-19

Fri, Feb 17, 12:30 PM: Miracle or Mistake: Torchwood Series 4 in Review β€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Roberta Bettis, Graeme Burk, and Sarah Underwood)

Fri, Feb 17, 9:30 PM: Doctor Who, Sexual Tropes and the β€œGay Agenda” β€” Scottsdale (along with Sarah Baum, Nicole Carlson, Samson Dunlevie, and Mark Oliver)

Sat, Feb 18, 12:00 PM: Why Aren’t there More Captain Janeways? β€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Nancy Holder, Gillian Horvath, Ann Morris, and Jill Sherwin)

Sun, Feb 19, 12:00 PM: Serial Crunch: Great (And Poor) Endings to TV Sci-Fi β€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Taylor Deatherage, Nancy Holder, Shaun Lyon, and Craig Miller)

Update – “For Mom”

Hey there! So, I’m actually going to be babysitting later than usual tonight, and will have to cancel my memorial reading. I’ll be doing that tomorrow night at 8PM ET instead. Yup, still at my UStream channel, if you’re interested.

However, it still stands that all the proceeds from any sales of On the Ground Floor that I make today will go to the American Diabetes Association in honor of my mother. And yes, your purchase will count toward the donation even if it’s after midnight in my timezone, but still April 5th where you are. πŸ™‚ If you’d like to purchase one and make a $5 donation, click HERE.

Thank you.

For Mom

 

My dad, me, and my mom after my high school graduation - 1997

My mom, Mariana Hernandez Jusino, passed away on this date in 2006. I can’t believe it’s been five years. On one hand, it seems like just yesterday. But in many ways, it feels like forever ago. I think it’s because I was another me then. Her death marked a huge shift in me, and everything that made me who I was got shaken out, held up to the light, discarded where appropriate, dusted off where appropriate, and rearranged.

Five years on, and there isn’t really much for me to say on the subject, except that it still saddens me that she won’t be here for all the big stuff. I think she would’ve been proud of the Whedonistas thing, for example, and would’ve loved hearing about my trip to Gally. She’d most certainly be worried about me living in Bed-Stuy now, no matter how many times I’d insist that it’s not really as dangerous as all that! Every time I’d call her, I’m sure she’d say something about how I should be making more money, and that maybe I should go back to my old PR job. πŸ™‚ At the same time, she’d tell me she loves me, and despite her practical advice, I wouldn’t feel judged. She never made me feel bad about being all artsy and useless. She just wanted to make sure I had a plan, which I always try to have. In fact, the only reason this is working for me at all is because she always showed me that, even when following your dreams, you shouldn’t follow them willy-nilly.Β  I’m trying. I’d like to think she’d see that. That maybe she sees it right now.

Other than that, there’s nothing much to say. You can read my observations of grieving HERE, my eulogy HERE,Β  and my 1st Anniversary post, a piece about grief I wrote that involves Neil Gaiman and Kanye West (it relates, I promise), and last year’s anniversary post.

And I decided that this year, I wanted to try and do something to commemorate the occasion more than just post about it. I’m planning a big something that you’ll be hearing about soon, but first, the small something. Actually, two small somethings:

1) My mom died of diabetes-related complications, and so in her memory, I’d like to donate the proceeds of any chapbooks I sell today to the American Diabetes Association. So if you’ve yet to purchase a copy for yourself, like your copy and want to purchase one for a friend, or just want to donate to a worthy cause in honor of my mom, today would be a great time to get a copy of On the Ground Floor. Again, all the proceeds from sales of the chapbook today will be donated to the ADA. So, if you can’t purchase one/donate yourself, please feel free to spread the link to this entry around!

and

2) Tonight at 8PM ET, I’ll be doing a an online reading of my short story, “Talking About William,” which was inspired by my mom. It’ll be happening at my UStream channel. If you’re gonna be near a computer then, I hope you’ll consider joining me. It’s only a 9-page story, and I won’t be doing much else other than reading.

Aaand, that’s it! πŸ™‚Β  Love you, Mommy.

 

My dad, me, and my mom (did we always stand in that order?!) at my sister's house - 2005

TERESA GOES TO GALLY: Win An Autographed Copy of Whedonistas!

Today was the day! I purchased my plane ticket to L.A. I’m officially going to Gally and will be in Los Angeles from February 13 to February 20th!

Already, it’s looking to be an eventful week:

MONDAY (14th) – most likely a big karaoke gathering. Still being planned, but details will be posted far and wide for anyone in town who’d like to see me and/or hear me rock White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, or Baby, I Love You by Aretha Franklin.

TUESDAY (15th) – I’M DOING A READING/SIGNING AT THE TALKING STICK! Thank you, Amy Ratcliffe, for the suggestion of venue. I’ll be reading some fiction and my essay from Whedonistas starting at 6PM. It’s FREE. So if you are in town, and can’t go to Gally that weekend, or want to see me and hear a story I’ve never read/published anywhere before, please stop by and say hello. I’ll have copies of On the Ground Floor to sell/sign, and you’ll be able to pre-order a copy of Whedonistas, too!

FRIDAY (18th) – The launch party for Season 2 of the most amazing webseries to come along since The Guild, Awkward Embraces! Seriously, check out this show and donate your cubits so they can keep it going! It’s amazing. I just mentioned to a friend of mine that if you watch this show, you will completely understand who I am. She watched it and agreed.

FRI-SAT-SUNDAY (18-19-20th) – GALLIFREY ONE. ‘Nuff said. The Whedonistas panel is on Saturday the 19th at 3PM on the Second Stage (Atlanta/Boston Rooms). Watch in amazement as I look totally out of place sitting next to people way cooler than me! πŸ™‚

And in addition to all that, there will hopefully be quality hanging with friends time, a hike through a canyon (I hear there are these things called “canyons” in L.A.), touristy things (I’ve never been to L.A. properly before), lunch with my ChinaShop editor (whassup, Barbie!), and some interviews I’m hoping to conduct while I’m in town. I’m tired just READING all that….

And I can’t WAIT.

Now, as I’m going to be there a full week, and my friends in town all have jobs and lives, I’m going to be on my own most days while people are at work, and will probably be taking a lot of public transportation and/or cabs to get around. Then there’s food. And getting into said touristy things. There’s also the convention itself, as well as buying alcohol, which is extremely important…

So, if you’d still like to help as Teresa Goes To Gally, please purchase a copy of On The Ground Floor by February 5th, as I could still use some extra funds to make sure I can get around and not starve. πŸ™‚ As an added incentive, two lucky customers/donors will be chosen at random to win a copy of Whedonistas autographed by members of the Whedonistas panel! Plus whatever other swag I can snag at Gally. (Yes, if you’ve already donated, it counts toward this prize, too!)

Special thanks to Olga Branson and Sylvie-Anne Goulet Casey, who have generously donated since my last blog post. Love you ladies!

And thank you all so much for your enthusiastic support and kindness.

Send Teresa to Gally!

As you’re all aware if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ve been included on the panel for Whedonistas at Gallifrey One this year on the Saturday at 4PM! So not only is Whedonistas the first thing in which I’ve been published that can be purchased where actual, hard-copy books are sold, but Gally – the biggest Doctor Who convention in North America – will be the first time where I’ll actually be on a panel! I was so excited when I was told the news. Did I mention that I’m going to be on this panel with Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Nancy Holder, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, and Katy Shuttleworth?! I know, right?!

However, I’d told my editors I could attend long before one of my part-time jobs decided to passive-aggressively fire me by not giving me hours on the schedule for a month without explaining why. So now, finances are an issue, and I can’t really afford a flight anymore.

As this is way too amazing an opportunity to pass up, I’m reaching out to the geek community, who would be the most likely to understand how important this opportunity is. But I’m not just asking for donations.

What I’m asking is that you buy my chapbook, and get other people to do the same.

I have friends in LA to stay with, so it really is only the flight I need to pay for (though extra spending cash would be nice), and I’m looking to raise $350. As I would want to leave Feb. 13th, I would need to know this is happening and book my flight by Saturday, February 5th.

$350 by February 5th. Can it be done??

The base price for my chapbook is $5.00. So if 70 people bought just the chapbook, I’d make my goal.

If 59 people bought a signed copy ($6.00), I’d make my goal.

If 50 people bought a personalized copy ($7.00), I’d make my goal.

And I’m going to kick this Send Teresa to Gally effort Kickstarter-style. Meaning that, if I don’t make my goal of $350 by Feb. 5th, everyone who sent me money via PayPal will get their money refunded to them (unless you specify that you want the chapbook regardless). So there’s no risk in supporting the effort if I don’t end up actually being able to go.

As for why I deserve this opportunity and your support? Well, for starters, I write good. And I should be able to show a room full of people that I write good.

In all seriousness, I’m extremely proud of having taken the initiative to pursue Whedonistas in the first place, I’m proud of having been chosen to be included in the anthology, and I would love to see the journey of this little essay I wrote to its end, by being able to attend the Whedonistas launch with my publisher, my editors, and my fellow contributors. It might seem like a silly, small thing, but this is the first time I’ve ever had the chance to do anything like this, and I’d hate to not be able to do it because of money.

Also, if you read any of the websites I write for, you might be interested in my reportage of the event, particularly over at Tor.com, where I do the majority of my Doctor Who writing.Β  So, you know, there’s that.

If you’re at all interested in what I do (which I’d assume you are if you’re reading this blog!), and you’ve been thinking about getting a copy of my chapbook, NOW’S THE TIME. Consider purchasing your copy of On the Ground Floor between now and February 5th, and help Send Teresa to Gally!

Thank you, from the cockles of my geeky little heart.

Let Teresa Stuff Your Stocking!

So, you’ve bought all your presents (or maybe you haven’t, because you’re a procrastinator like I am), but you’re still looking for a little something extra? A stocking stuffer, maybe? Or just a little something more to say “Hey! I like you so much I got you something ELSE!”

Isn't it purdy?

Well folks, look no further! Consider getting your friends, loved ones, that office acquaintance you don’t really know all that well but think is kind of cool and she gives you all the office gossip and makes sure to let you know when the fresh coffee’s ready in the break room, and anyone else on your Christmas list a signed copy of my chapbook of short stories, On The Ground Floor!

Think about it: it’s an inexpensive way to give someone a gift that says “I think you’re smart, so I’m giving you the gift of literature.” Or, “I think you’re really cool, so I’m going to let you in on the literary world’s best kept secret!” Or, “Look, the Secret Santa rules said I could only spend up to $5, so here you go.”

If you order BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY AT 8PM ET, ALL COPIES WILL BE $4.00. Yes, even if you want them signed and/or personalized! (the $2.00 s&h fee still applies)

As an ADDED BONUS, I will GUARANTEE to get any copies you order out so they arrive no later than WEDNESDAY! (That guarantee is for the U.S. only – sorry, world!) This way, you can bring them in on the last day of work and give them to whoever you’d like, and you’ll have them in plenty of time for Christmas festivities with family and friends over the weekend!

So, be the cool kid on your block who’s totally in the know and can give the gift of short fiction by the best writer people have never heard of! Order a copy of On the Ground Floor TODAY!

And have a wonderful holiday season! πŸ™‚

My First Published Fiction! (and Other Money-Making News)

Despite the craziness of my housing situation, I’ve been having a run of good luck with regard to my writing. My first published short story, “December,” is out NOW! πŸ™‚ It’s in Issue #24 of the sci-fi magazine, Crossed Genres, which is the “Characters of Color” issue. While my story is available on the Crossed Genres website, I highly recommend purchasing either a print copy or an ebook copy, as this is a great issue filled with wonderful writing that features characters that aren’t often prominently featured in sci-fi. Also, Crossed Genres is a unique magazine that is worthy of your support!

In other writing news, I was so pleased to have several copies of On The Ground Floor to get out in the mail today! Thank you so much to those of you who have purchased a copy. For the rest of you, there are still copies available, and I’d love for you to have one! πŸ™‚ And now that I’m settled into a new home, I’ll be able to mail them out more reliably. Snag your copy of On the Ground Floor today!

There’s still an Awesome Seekrit Project that I can’t announce yet, but I’m DYING to! Do you hear me?! DYING. πŸ™‚

Lastly, I think I did get that job I interviewed for at the comic shop where I applied. I say “think” because my phone wasn’t working when I got the job offer call, they sent an email instead, I called, then emailed, and I haven’t heard back since. I hope to start training this week. So, yay? I think?

One thing about life as a freelance writer? It’s never boring. πŸ™‚

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