Moondancer drake

Author of Multicultural LGBTQ Speculative Ficton

 

Artemis Archery is dedicated to the empowerment of women, children, and goddess-loving men through the ancient art of instinctive archery.

 

Broad Universe is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres.

 

Carl Brandon Society’s mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. The Society administers several awards, scholarships, and travel assistance funds.

 

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature.

 

Green Burial Council is an independent, nonprofit organization founded to encourage ethical and sustainable practices in the deathcare industry, and to use the burial process as a means of facilitating ecological restoration and landscape-level conservation.

 

Growing Power is an urban agricultural organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It runs the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits and also organizes activities in Chicago. Growing Power aims for sustainable food production, as well as the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens.

 

International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.

 

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

 

Lesbian Alliance was built in the summer of 1989 when nearly 150 Lesbians gathered in response to homophobic actions by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, anti-Lesbian/Gay organizing by the religious right and lack of Lesbian representation in the media and in the community. Its purpose is to unify and organize the Milwaukee area Lesbian community by providing education and role models to the Milwaukee community, impacting relevant issues in the political and legislative arena as they affect Lesbians, and by providing meeting space and opportunities for more social contact and communications among Lesbians.

 

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Research - Sites used in research for my stories

These are some of the sites I visited while working on Natural Order which made that story's birth possible.

 

For more than 35 years, Mother Earth News has been the nation’s largest environmental magazine. Today the magazine continues to be the leading how-to publication for rural and urban homesteaders, environmentalists and conscientious citizens seeking more secure, satisfying and self-sufficient lives. Every issue brings you the latest innovations, the best time-tested information, and the most practical advice on how you can create a more fulfilling future.

 

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Their Language, Environmental, Land Management, and Cultural departments gave a great deal of their time to give me all the answers and the information I needed to portray the Oneida family in my story respectfully and accurately, as well as share the history and stories with anyone willing to listen to the wisdom within them.

 

The Turtle School. The Oneida Nation elementary school, and the coolest building I have even seen. The Turtle is symbolic of Mother Earth to the Oneida People. In their creation story the creatures of the water and sky helped Sky Woman by creating the world on the back of a turtle.

 

Village of Ashwaubenon. The setting for the town in my story. A real place with very nice people. Go for a visit if you get a chance. It's got a small town feel and big city places to go. Ashwaubenon surrounds Lambeau Field on three sides of the village, so between the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame and the Oneida Reservation nearby there is no shortage of history to explore.

 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who made certain I really understood the law of the area I was writing about and were to get the information I needed.

 

Yacao Project. small co-op of farmers in the Dominican Republic that cultivate cocoa beans using environmentally sustainable methods.

 

These sites were very useful while working on Ancestral Magic

 

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Eye Clinic, and the Blind Babies Foundation were instrumental in helping me understand the technical side of congenital birth defects and conditions/diseases that effected vision.

 

Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc, Leader Dogs, and The Seeing Eye were all amazingly helpful in my quest to find a way to explain a youth as young as Drake being able to have a legal guide dog. They walked with me through hypothetical scenarios until we found a way to make the realism of it stick.

 

The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah , Arizona and New Mexico , covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. Both the people I spoke to within the Navajo Nation and the folks from the Navajo Museum, were wonderful resources and very helpful to me.

 

University of Manitoba, and the archives of Stanford University, had some amazingly insightful articles on alternative lifestyles and families as well as some fascinating cultural studies.

 

The Badger Association of the Blind (now merged with the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children to become Vision Forward Association) and The Wisconsin Council of the Blind were amazing in helping me hook up with people to get insight into thier expeiences in creating the truest POV for the character of Drake.

 

And here are some great places to take a peek at that really helped in my research for Worlds Collide

 

The Alexander Company’s development of Capitol West became the perfect place to set a core of my shifters living inand protecting the area around UW-Madison. 94% of an entire city block was spared from the landfill and recycled in preparation for what would become Capitol West. Having developed the site with Madison Environmental Group serving as a consultant, Capitol West recycled metal and concrete while also enacting a reuse program prior to deconstruction – through donations and a public sale, Capitol West diverted 56 tons of furniture, cabinets, doors, ceiling tiles, and medical equipment from the landfill. In addition to the multi-phased recycling effort, Capitol West incorporates a number of other sustainable elements. Materials such as wood from certified forests, VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free paint, water-based floor finishes, formaldehyde-free insulation, low emission carpet, and water-based adhesives were used to reduce the impact of the construction on the environment. In addition, Energy Star certified appliances are available for every home and the inclusion of green roofs and rain gardens help to reduce the impact of storm water runoff on local lakes. Other environmental concerns addressed were the use of recycled carpet and fiberglass insulation, and locally manufactured windows and plumbing fixtures to
alleviate freight fuel usage.

 

University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences were very helpful in creating the background for Rune Nqumayo, the heroine of this novel. The campuses are in Madison itself and supplied me with maps and other information crucial to setting the scene for the story.

 

 

Links to some authors of you might want to try. There are many more I would reccomend, but here are some of my favs for various reasons.

 

If you've read lesbian fiction and don't know who Jane Fletcher is, I'd be very surprised. She has a sharp wit that I have long admired, and that same flair colors her fiction nicely. She's written such fantasy series as the Lyremouth Chronicles and the The Celaeno Series.

 

Jolie's du Pré's stories have appeared in a variety of webzines including Scarlet Letters, Word Riot, Peacock Blue, Sensual Venus and Litbits. In addition, her work has been chosen many times to appear in the Galleries of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association. Her stories “Itching for It” and “Smile Like You Mean It,” which was awarded a 2005 Fallen Angel Reviews Book of the Year Award, have been published in e-book by Extasy Books. “Rachel” and “Pet” are with Ocean's Mist Press.

 

K. Tempest Bradford, a speculative fiction writer, cultural columnist, and reviewer who lives between boundaries. Tempest is also the one not long ago challanged spec-fic readers for a year to only read stories by women or people of color or LGBT writers. Essentially: no straight, cis, white males. This is also the of two people I often blame/credit for me becoming the crazy writer I am today.

 

Lori L. Lake is a speaker that travels all over to educate writers and somehow still finds time to write her own books in the genre of lesbian fiction. Those titles include Romance for LIFE, Have Gun We'll Travel, Different Dress, Under The Gun, Gun Shy, Ricochet in Time, a book of shorts called Stepping Out, as well as a anthology on The Milk of Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write About Mothers and Daughters which include other talented writers like SX Meagher.

 

Lyda Morehouse has penned such Science Fiction tales as Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, Apocalypse Array and numerous published short stories.

 

Nisi Shawl is an African-American writer and journalist. She is best known as a writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories. Shawl is the co-author (with Cynthia Ward) of Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction, a book derived from the authors' workshop of the same name, in which participants explore techniques to help them write credible characters outside their own cultural experience. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's SF Magazine, the Infinite Matrix, Strange Horizons, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. Nisi is also the other person who urged me to write the stories that weren't being written so many years ago.

 

Nnedi Okorafor (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor (previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu) is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction. Okorafor's short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Dark Matter: Reading The Bones, Strange Horizons, Moondance magazine, and Writers of the Future Volume XVIII. A collection of her stories, titled Kabu Kabu, was published by Prime Books in 2013. It includes the titular piece, co-authored by Alan Dean Foster, and six other previously unpublished short stories, as well as 14 stories that had been previously published in other venues since 2001, and a foreword by Whoopi Goldberg.

 

Roselle Graskey is not only someone I consider one of my special tribal sisters (okay different tribes, picky picky) but a engaging writer. She's written such tales as October Echoes and Life's Little Edges, as well as been a contributor on the Royal Academy of the Bards.

 

S. Renée Bess is a Philadelphia bred former high school teacher, who has been writing fiction, in one form or another, for many years. Her short stores have been published in the "Labyrinth Newspaper", Piece of My Heart, A Lesbian of Colour Anthology, and Ma-Ka Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writings by Queers of African Descent. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to publish Leave of Absence. Renée is dedicated to the act of writing about African-American lesbians.

 

Xakara is an openly bisexual author of erotic, polyamorous, paranormal romance, focusing on bisexual and sexually fluid characters and cultures. Xakara is also someone I'm honored to call sister despite the fact we are not kin by blood. Works include the Therian World series and PsiCorps Chronicles.

 

 

 

Beyond Victoriana is the oldest-running blog about multicultural steampunk and retro-futurism--that is, steampunk outside of a Western-dominant, Eurocentric framework. Founded in 2009, Beyond Victoriana focuses on non-Western cultures, underrepresented minorities in Western histories (Asian / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, First Nation, Hispanic, black / African & other marginalized identities), and the cultural intersection between the West and the non-West.

 

On The Other Side Of The Eye, blog of Laotian American writer Bryan Thao Worra. The focus of this blog is on issues in contemporary Asian American writing and community activism, as well as popular culture and whatever seems appropos the moment.

 

Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our daily updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations, and of course, the inevitable Keanu Reeves John Cho newsflashes.

 

Silver Goggles talks about race, racism, issues of representation and how it intersects with steampunk community practice. It is mostly the pet steampunk project of one Jaymee Goh, or Jha as she is known in many places on the Internet.

 

The Angry Black Woman is a blog is anti-racism and anti-sexism. In Tempest's own words "It’s anti-prejudice of all kinds, but I focus mainly on racism and sexism because I am a black woman. There are three bloggers on this site. All of us are angry, black, and female. Only one of us is the Angry Black Woman. Why am I angry? Lots of reasons. The aforementioned racism and sexism. The way that our culture perpetuates racism and sexism then lies about what it’s doing. The fact that minorities, poor people, immigrants (both illegal and legal), and other marginalized parties are still treated like the gum on the shoe of the white, male power structure in this country and yet we’re all told that things are getting better. Things are not getting better."

 

Accourding to the creaters of Women and Words, "we try to bring you fresh content each week about writing, reading, and publishing. You’ll find guest posts by fellow writers, interviews, book giveaways, writing tips, discussions about issues within publishing and issues that affect writers, and the occasional silliness. Many of the authors and readers here are women who write and read LGBT characters and storylines, and women characters and women-centered storylines, but anyone is welcome to participate constructively and respectfully in our ongoing discussions and virtual house parties."

 

 

Unfortunately the list is shorter than it used to be because a lot of my favorite articles for writers now have dead links. If any of you know some really helpful articles for writers please share them with me so I can add them to the list.

 

Editing Made Easy by Lee Masterson

 

Extraneous sex scenes in erotica by Brenna Lyons

 

Give Me A Break: Things To Think About When Structuring Your Manuscript by Lori L. Lake

 

Minor Details: A Few Self-Editing Rules by Lori L. Lake

 

Promoting Queer and Small Press Fiction by Lori L. Lake

 

The Care and Feeding of a Genre Book Series by Lori L. Lake

 

Writing an Effective Book Summary (For the Back Cover, Data Sheets, or General Promotions) by Lori L. Lake

 

Writing Sex and Love Scenes by Lori L. Lake

 

  Sites with lots of articles on writing  

 

Just About Write - created by Nann Dunne has archived articles with information about improving your writing craft as well as lesfic books reviews.

 

Lori L. Lake Writing Craft & Technique Articles - great articles for new and even more expeienced authors.

 

  Writing Events  

 

The Emergence of the Lesbian Romantic Hero and the Plot She Thrives In

DC Bardfest October 2004 ~ Remarks from a Panel by Authors:Jane Fletcher, Jean Stewart, Radclyffe, and Lori L. Lake

 

(Note from Moondancer: Oh, what I would have given to have been there at this panel.)

 

An Historical Backdrop by Lori L. Lake

 

...And The Plot She Thrives In by Jane Fletcher

 

The Femme Heroine Archetype by Jean Stewart

 

The Hero and The Lady by Radclyffe

 

Other interesting places to check out

 

GCLS Literary Convention (first weekend in June, location varies) This convention is an opportunity for Publishers, Distributors, Authors and Supporters to meet, share ideas, learn and explore the many facets of our growing genre of lesbian literature.

 

Matrafocus web magizine, a cross-quarterly for the Goddess Woman. (archived issues, ezine no longer publishing new issues)

 

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival (first weekend in may at Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans French Quarter, Louisiana). This event was a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the GLBT community. It was also formed to bring the GLBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts. The “Saints and Sinners” LGBT literary festival presents panel discussions and master classes around literary topics to provide a forum for authors and editors to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.


WisCon ( Memorial day weekend at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin) is the first and foremost feminist science fiction convention in the world. WisCon encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon honors writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes and whose voices have opened new dimensions and territory in these issues.