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How I Got My Agent: Querying in the Pandemic

This is it… the time to finish your novel. [Man rows through a shipwrecking storm] Hilary Allison I signed with my literary agent in late 2022, after querying through the pandemic. My journey was both so unusual and so boring I decided not to post about it. But then I realized every choice I made,…

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I Hired Sensitivity Readers & This Is What I Learned

Potential triggers: Mention of death, murder, genocide, sorcery, insects, military-industrial complex, upset stomach; images of human skill and paper moths He’s a tourist. He vacations in people’s lives, takes pictures, puts them in his scrapbook, and moves on. All he’s interested in are stories. Basically, Leslie, he’s selfish. And you’re not. That’s why you don’t…

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The Details: I AMM Better Than Ever

The remaking of human history by the technological manipulation of the human nervous system belongs to the literature of science fiction, the [thought] experiments of social science that may illuminate history but not change it. Richard Lewontin As I type this, I’m fighting down worries about Lewontin’s The Politics of Science, where he bitches out…

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The ABCs of Shang-chi

SPOILER WARNING for Marvel’s Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; reprinted from I’m not a real Chinese anymore either! Nobody here is real Chinese. my dad Honestly, I can’t even remember what my Dad and I were talking about. The geomancy of furniture arrangement in my old condo? The chi balance of…

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From Meetups to AMM

Potential triggers: mortality, mental health, anxiety; also includes vulgarity This is the fifth time I’ve tried to write my inaugural blog post. The others made me want to claw my eyes out, so I’m trying something different. I reserve the right to delete this in a rage later. The acknowledgment of our limits is meant…

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