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
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
Kishōtenketsu: We don’t need your conflict
“So the Hero has decreed through his mouthpieces the Lawgivers, first, that the proper shape of the narrative is that of the arrow or spear, starting here and going straight there and THOK! hitting its mark (which drops dead); second, that the central concern of narrative, in
The Madhouse Keeper: 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 June, we’re looking at chapters 41-48, wherein more than one wife is separated from her husband.
With the patronage of the we
Issue 042 Author Interview: Jennifer Lee Rossman and “Depth and Meaning”
Strap in, dear readers, for another Issue 042 author interview. Today we chat with Jennifer Lee Rossman with her relatable story, "Depth and Meaning."
LSQ: This story hit me hard because it's just so darn relatable. How did you feel while writing it? What called you to write
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of June 8, 2020
Dear readers, you're all perfect just the way you are. To show how much we love you, we've compiled all of this week's blog posts for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
On Monday, we went over all the June LSQ happenings in our monthly news flash;
On Tuesday, author Carol Scheina gave us insightful answers to our questions about her Issue 042 story "The Midwife";
The “Copying” in Copyright Law
One thing about copyright law that often confuses authors, and many other people, is what it means to “copy” someone else’s work for infringement purposes. A copyright holder has a number of exclusive rights in their work under our law. The main rights that concern authors typical
Let Black Characters Be the Lead
We all know by now that diversity is crucial if we're ever to achieve a rich world of equality. Really good efforts are being made every day, and it seems like more and more stories not centered on cis straight white people are being produced, and doing amazingly well. And the amplification of Black voices is shining through. Just look at Black Pa
The banks of Sulphur Creek in southern Ontario were my childhood haunting grounds. The creek lay at the bottom of a ravine, a beautiful place where a remnant of the old Carolinian forest of eastern America stretches into Canada. One of my favorite memories is being hot and sweaty on a summer’s day and taking a drink. Unknown to me then, the water was foul with toxic waste, two major st
Speculative-Inspired Arts: Supporting Black Arts Communities
It’s now Thursday, and the fervor that was #BlackoutTuesday is two days past, but active antiracist support must continue if we’re to create real and meaningful change. This month for “Speculative-Inspired Arts,” I’ve put together a list of resources and organizations that supp
Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of May 25, 2020
As we get pumped for June and the impending new issue, let's also look back on what we published on the blog this week!
On Monday, Tracy Townsend kicked off the week with a crash course in nonverbal interaction and how it can boost your characterizations;
On Tuesday, we posted the last of our Issue 041 author interviews with Tiffany Meuret and her story "Mouse, Crow
I’ve Got White in My Ledger–and I’d Like to Wipe it Out
There are six hundred projects I should be working on, and I’m doing exactly none of them. Instead, I’ve chosen to procrastinate by focusing on the Pandora’s box opened in my last blog post--where I discovered a truly shocking lack of female characters in my writing.
Never one to procra
Issue 041 Author Interview: Tiffany Meuret and “Mouse, Crow, Cockroach, Valkyrie”
Here at Luna Station, we like to pick our most recent issue authors' brains about their masterful stories. Today on the table we have Tiffany Meuret and her story "Mouse, Crow, Cockroach, Valkyrie."
LSQ: Writing from the point of a view of a non-human character can be difficult,
Have I Told You Lately?: Nonverbal Interaction In Fiction
I’m a sucker for nonverbal cues in stories. Give me a meaningful look between characters on screen, or a hesitant touch of a hand on a shoulder on the page any day. I’ll take them before your declarations of grievance, proclamations of love, or long-winded monologues unpacking [insert basically any em
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.