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It’s the End of the World (As I Wrote It)
Confession time: I think I’ve forgotten how to write.
That’s the only explanation--it’s been months now and every semblance of creativity, of craft, of intimate emotional engagement with my characters, has up and abandoned me.
Little-Timmy-is-trapped-down-a-well level of abandoned.
Issue 042 Author Interview: Michèle Laframboise and “Ganymede’s Lamps”
Hello, dear readers! How is Issue 042 treating you? Have you read Michèle Laframboise's "Ganymede's Lamps"? We have an interview with her below that you won't want to miss!
LSQ: Multiplying lava lamps, smart carpets, and moving walls—this story and its setting are wildly imagi
Asexual Main Characters in Speculative Fiction
I don’t know about you, but a romantic subplot in my literature is always hit-or-miss. I’m more open to it if it’s queer; I may not even mind it if it’s a slow-burn between a couple of heterosexuals.
Growing up, my lack of interest in romance wasn’t odd enough to comment on—mostly because
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of July 20, 2020
Yes, dear readers, it's possible; our blog just keeps getting better every week. Here's what we posted this week, so you can see for yourself:
On Monday, Ann Langley introduced us to summer novel-writing, and reminded us of the importance of joy;
On Tuesday, we talked with Issue 042 author EJ Sidle about her supernatural story "Minor Mortalities";
7 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books with Little to No Romantic Subplot
I’ve made no secret about my disdain for romantic subplots, especially on this column.
I’ve also recently come out as aroace (aromantic asexual) to the shock of absolutely nobody, and wanted to do a post commemorating that.
However, the amount of aroace cha
Building the Sandbox: Creating the World for Your Players
The first thing that always comes to mind when I think of worldbuilding is the Looney Tunes episode, "Duck Amuck." The animator (a visible "character" in this episode) changes the background rapidly, indecisive with where the episode should take place. With the world around him constantly changing, Daffy doesn't know
Issue 042 Author Interview: EJ Sidle and “Minor Mortalities”
Tuesday again? No problem. Our interview with Issue 042 author EJ Sidle on her story "Minor Mortalities" is sure to get you through the day.
LSQ: Your story starts with quite the reader-grabbing line. Where did the idea for a necromancer-hitman come from?
EJ: The answer isn't as exciting as you
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of July 13, 2020
Dear readers, it is once again the weekend, where we spotlight all the good stuff posted to our fine blog this week!
On Monday, blog editor Jen Gheller examined how foreign accents have been used in cartoons to denote villainy;
On Tuesday, we delved into the world of Issue 042 story "Moonlight Plastics" with author Rachel Brittain;
On Wednesday, Jennifer Karr t
“You Must be Arrogance”: Reading Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Welcome back to our re-read of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. For the month of July, we’re looking at chapters 49-56, wherein Strange finally meets the gentleman with the thistledown hair.
Strange’s book, The History an
Hate the Sinner, Love the Sin: When Authors are Repulsive
It is a question with no simple answer: what should we as readers do when the authors whose work we admire hold or held personal positions on society, race, religion, etc., that we find objectionable? What should we think? How should we feel?
A classic example of this is H. P. Lovecraft. The man was a
Issue 042 Author Interview: Rachel Brittain and “Moonlight Plastics”
It's Tuesday again, and we have for you another dose of Issue 042 author interviews! Read on and let Rachel Brittain's thoughts on her story "Moonlight Plastics" satisfy your craving.
LSQ: At first, Sana thought she was being rescued by a mermaid or a siren. Explain the idea behi
Villains and Otherness in Cartoons
I recently read this comic by Alex Graudins that's been making the rounds across social media, about how you can be a patriot without being proud of or loving your country. Graudins makes excellent points, but being the cartoon-lover that I am, the panel that struck me the hardest was the sixth panel. It points out how lots of villains i
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of July 6, 2020
Is it the weekend again? Didn't we just have one of those last week? Alas, instead of pondering the passage of time, how about we look back at our most recent blog content:
On Monday, we dropped our news flash for July, bursting with all the essential LSQ news;
On Tuesday, our Issue 042 author interviews continued, this time spotlighting Aimée Jodoin and her story "
Issue 042 Release!!! Meet Cover Artist Eleonor Piteira
It's time, dear readers, for Issue 042! This issue contains 12 stories by emerging women-identifying authors bursting with creativity, and is available on our site, in print, and in digital format. As always, we've picked the best cover art, this time brought to us by the amazing and talented Eleonor Piteira! Eleonor was kin
Law & Authors: An Interview with Jacqui Lipton
Jacqui Lipton has been writing the "On the Books" column for Luna Station Quarterly for a while
and, with her new book coming out, we thought we’d turn the tables and ask her some
questions about her own work this month. Editor Jen Gheller took the opportunity to reach out
and ask Jacqui some questions about her interes
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of June 29, 2020
Another month has come and gone, dear readers, but our blog keeps chugging along! Here's all the good stuff we posted for you this week:
On Monday, Tracy Townsend recounted her daughter's unexpected reaction to watching Star Wars for the first time;
On Tuesday, Dianne M. Williams shared wisdom and words about her Issue 042 story "Accidental Kaiju";
Review: You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson
In recent years, I’ve seen a completely amazing trend take root in YA literature: what I like to call “zany high school hijinks but make them gay.” For somebody who grew up at a time when a lot of LGBT books for teens were either a.) all about the pain of being gay, or b.) all
Issue 042 Author Interview: Dianne M. Williams and “Accidental Kaiju”
Welcome to Tuesday, when we interview authors from our latest issue about their stories, writing processes, and inspirations! Today we're talking with Dianna M. Williams about her story "Accidental Kaiju."
LSQ: What were the challenges in writing from the perspective of a lava monst
The Circus is in Town!
Happy Thursday, everyone! In case you haven't heard, LSQ is now open for submissions! Our theme this year is the circus, so we put together a little reading list to help get those creative juices flowing. Get them from a Black-owned bookstore, find an independent bookstore in your neighborhood, or see if your local library has them available in digital format!
Nights at the Cir
That’s Not Horror!: Elements of the Genre
When I decided to write, I knew exactly the genre I would delve into. I wanted to create realities suspended in darkness. Atmospheric and beautifully eerie. Something to make folks shriek and shiver with delight. Unfortunately for me, horror is decidedly a tricky genre to master.
Beside the already daunting task of pulling new ideas out of th
STELLAR SHORT FICTION BY WOMEN-IDENTIFIED WRITERS SINCE 2009
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.