Knowing I’d be stuck on airplanes too small to even comfortably open my iPad and keyboard, I asked Twitter whether there was a good app I could use to write with the Apple Pencil. All I wanted was consistently good handwriting recognition and a painless way to get the text into other programs, like Scrivener. A friend recommended MyScript Nebo, which turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It has the simple features that I want, and not a lot else. (If you want simulated papers and inks, this is not your app.) Continue reading Writing Tool: MyScript Nebo
We have a rare gift on the Hugo ballot this year: clipping.’s science fiction concept album, Splendor and Misery. They generously handed out a bunch of download codes to prospective Hugo voters (me included), but you can also listen to the whole thing courtesy of Sub Pop on YouTube. This “experimental hip-hop” album is up … Continue reading Real Players Trip Light-Years
Just a brief note: together with Alyssa Franke of Whovian Feminism, we came up with a panel about gender-mixing in science fiction and fantasy for Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in LA. It was well received! I’ll write my own thoughts on it (and give appropriate shout-outs to my co-panelists and our moderator) later, … Continue reading You Just Got Holtzmanned! on SyFy Wire
Yes, YOU. Applications are now open for Viable Paradise 21! My detailed VP blog is still in the works, because there was just so much! So much writing, so much thought-provoking discussion, so many great new writing family members, so many feels. So many songs I didn’t know how to sing. Such a big stack … Continue reading You should apply for Viable Paradise
Advances in Science & Conservation GHOSTS GRAVITIONAL WAVES ARE REAL!!! Thanks, risktaking science. I hope you can stick around… Pandas off the endangered species list Measles declared eradicated in North & South America First solar-powered airport in Africa opens (George Airport in South Africa–and note: The only other solar-powered airport in the world is in … Continue reading Saving Graces of 2016
2016 was a terrible year overall. But though it feels wrong to say so, 2016 was actually pretty good for me, socially and professionally. Especially in a terrible year like this one, sitting down in December and recording your successes is essential. We’re going to need the reminder to give us fuel for next year. … Continue reading Year-End Review
Apparently it is! 2016 has been a profoundly terrible year for pretty much everyone. It’s been a great year for me, professionally. I had my first ever short story sale and my first pro short story sale, I joined SFWA, and I went to Viable Paradise, where I met writing heroes and found an incredible … Continue reading So, is this an eligibility post?
Ed. note: The below post was written for us by longtime friend Amber Bird. In case my name isn’t a clear enough indication, I’m basically a female human. I grew up on science fiction, which means I grew up on a lot of stories where the main protagonists were usually male. Like many things in my … Continue reading Guest Post: Too Many Women?
Writing the Other: Master Classes are focused, live, online workshops of just a few hours–not a six-week commitment like the excellent workshop that I did–that go more deeply into specific topics. These include writing Native American characters, writing comics/graphic novels, writing asexual characters, writing deaf and blind characters, and other topics. Continue reading WTO Master Classes
Erin, Abby, Patty, & Holtzmann Friends & good causes > isolation & unrewarding work Strength in numbers Women need to watch out for each other Follow your passions, one way or another, even if other people think you’re odd As long as you can find a way to get by–even if it your office is in … Continue reading Everything I need to know in life I learned from Ghostbusters