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02 June 2015 @ 11:09 am
Yes, again. This time to Chicago for the 50th Anniversary Nebula Award Weekend. The host hotel is the historic and beautiful Palmer House, and the weekend promises to be very special, indeed. Here’s my schedule:

Thursday, June 4

8:00am - 5:00pm

While some attendees spend the day touring the Argonne/Fermi Labs, soaking up knowledge in the Self-Publishing Workshop, or enjoying an afternoon of writer-focused programming, I’ll be involved in the SFWA Board Meeting. Although the Board is in electronic session constantly, this is one of two face-to-face meetings held each year.


Welcome Reception: Wherein attendees are welcomed, Larry Niven, SFWA’s newest Grand Master is honored, and Ad Astra: the 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook is launched.

Friday, June 5

Another full day of programming focused on SFWA history and information for writers. There are several I hope to be in the audience for. And then this:

2:00pm - 3:00pm

What SFWA Can Do For You: Various programs SFWA has for authors and how you can get the most out of your membership. Panelists: Kate Baker, Lee Martindale, Sarah Pinsker, Bud Sparhawk

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Mass Autographing: One of my favorite events on any Nebula Weekend schedule. A opportunity to see and visit with folks I might not otherwise get a chance to the rest of the weekend, meet some fans, and – ohyeah – sell copies of The Ladies of Trade Town and Bard’s Road. Looking forward to this.

Saturday, June 6

10:00am - Noon

SFWA Business Meeting: All SFWA members encouraged to attend.


Disability and Narrative: The write-up: “Disabled characters are often omitted from science fiction and fantasy. Many of those that do appear are characterized through the use of stereotypes and tropes Panelists will discuss existing representations of disability, both positive and negative, and talk about ways to accurately research and engage with disabled characters.” Panelists: Walt Boyes, Russell Davis, Annalee Flower Horne, Matthew Johnson, Lynne Thomas, Lee Martindale

Beginning at 6:00pm

Awards Reception, The Banquet, and the Awards Ceremony: “And the Nebula goes to....”

Sunday, June 7

Another full day of good programming, and – since I’m not scheduled – I have the chance to sit in the audience and soak up info. Or I may play hooky and head for the Field Museum.

It’s going to be a quite a weekend.
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20 May 2015 @ 11:48 am
I'm getting ready to run away into all of space and time with a man in a blue box. Well, if it’s like previous years, there will be several iterations of the man, and at least two blue boxes. Not to mention a number of guests from both sides of the camera and out of a broad spectrum of Whovian history.

I’m speaking, of course, of TimeGate, the wonderful Atlanta-area Memorial Weekend convention focused on all things Doctor Who and several other Brit-based media fandoms, literature, and culture. I’m honored to be returning again as a guest, and I’ve been gifted with a lovely schedule of panels and other assorted fun to get into. Here’s what’s on tap for me. (All panel descriptions are from the program.)


6:00pm: Opening Ceremonies

7:00pm: Trip of a Lifetime: The 2005 Season. “Looking back at 10 years of new Who - not to mention 10 years of TimeGate.  We’ll reminisce about “Rose” and the amazing season that brought back The Doctor at last. Panelists: Martin Hennessee, Ashley Raburn, Chad Colvin, Lee Martindale, Kathy Sullivan.”

8:00pm: LIT: Sense of Wonder. “American and British authors tend to have different sensibilities. Our panelists discuss the differences and whether the Brits have a better ‘sense of wonder’”. Panelists: James Palmer, Lee Martindale, Bill Ritch.”


11:00am: LIT: A Remembrance of Sir Terry Pratchett. “Discworld, the Wee Free Men, the Long Earth. Terry Pratchett brought humor and thoughtfulness to fantasy. We remember the man and his work. Panelists: Lee Martindale, Dawn Benton, Sue Phillips.”

3:00pm: Don't Stop Me Now: Season 8 (2014) Review. “Listen! Take a trip through the 2014 series, from Victorian London to the Matrix Dataslice, from Sherwood Forest to the North Pole with Peter Capaldi’s compelling new Doctor. Panlists: Louis Robinson, John Rabon, Lee Martindale, Ashley Raburn, Martin Hennessee.”

10:00pm: Game! Of! Thrones! “(Say it like Wheel! Of! Fortune!) Are you hooked? Yeah, we know you are. Come detox with us and talk about what you love (and who you hate) Plus, no Game of Thrones panel would be complete without speculation about who is next to die. Panelists: Aaron Dunne, Hannah Hudson, Lee Martindale, Ellie Collins.”

11:00pm: OutlantaCon Presents: The Match Game. “For the 21+ crowd. The classic game comes to TimeGate - hosted by OutlantaCon.”


11:00am: LIT: Books We Would Like to See as Films. “Our panelists suggest books that have not yet been given the film treatment...should they or shouldn’t they? Panelists: James Palmer,  Bill Ritch, Lee Martindale”

3:00pm: LIT: So You Want to Be a Writer? “Our panel of experts answer your questions about breaking into the field. Panelists: Lee Martindale , James Palmer”

6:00pm: Wrap-Up

Am I going to have fun? Youbetcha! For a look at the full schedule and other tasty tidbits of info, including a complete list of guests, go to
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22 April 2015 @ 11:52 am
The programming schedule and assignments are up for my next convention, OutlantaCon, and I do believe they’ve outdone themselves in the “put Lee in a pile o’ mischief and see what happens” department.

Friday, May 8

6:00pm - 7:15pm: Opening Ceremonies

In which we kick off the festivities good and proper. May be the first and last time “proper” applies to the weekend.

10:30pm-11:45pm: Writer's Story-Telling Improv

From the write-up: “It's like Who's Line Is It but for authors. Our host will pose the games and authors will make up the story line based on audience suggestions.” Host: Lee Cox.
Story-Tellers: Ally Blue, TC Blue, Lee Martindale, & Kiernan Kelly

Note: I’ve done something like this many times at MidSouthCon under the title of “It Was A Dark And Stormy Night”, and a couple of times at BayCon, where it’s called “A Shot Rang Out!”.  It’s always been great fun for audience and panelists alike. And with this being OutlantaCon...

Saturday, May 9

noon - 1:15pm: Snappy Comebacks to Common Nonsense

The write-up: “Ever thought of a good comeback to an insult or silly comment 10 minutes after the opportunity to use it? Learn how a little prior planning equals thinking fast on your feet. Interactive role-playing and snark could be involved here.” Panelist: Lee Martindale

Note: Snark? Moi? Okay, okay, these folks know me pretty well.

6:00pm - 7:15pm: How NOT to Get Published: Tips for New and Aspiring Writers on the Mistakes and Pitfalls on the Path to Publication

The write-up: “This panel discusses the frequent mistakes that keep otherwise good stories from seeing publication.” Panelist: Lee Martindale

9:00pm - 10:15pm: Match Game

The writeup: “Our most popular event of the con, contestants attempt to match answers to humorous questions as provided by our panelists.” Host: Darren Nowell
Panelists: Java Green, Lee Martindale, Moxie Magnus, & David Yost

Tradition lives and I’ll once again be channeling Fannie Flagg in a version of the venerable TV game show with a distinctly OutlantaCon flair. (Note to self: pack a flask.)

10:30pm - 11:45pm: Confidence: The Ultimate Sexy

The write-up: “There's just something about a person who's comfortable in his/her own skin. The panelists explore what that is.” Panelist: Lee Martindale

Note: Really looking forward to this one.

Sunday, May 10

1:30pm - 2:45pm: Activism 101: Yes You CAN Make a Difference

The write-up: “Effective activism techniques for beginners.” Panelist: Lee Martindale

3:00pm - 4:15pm: Hollywood Squares

From the write-up: “It's OutlantaCon's version of the classic TV game show where panelists answer trivia questions to help contestants win prizes. “ Host: Jose Quiles
Panelists: Lee Martindale, Moxie Magnus, Jason Bush, Ellie Collins, Kiernan Kelly, Pinky Shear, Kage Alan, Brandon Ley, Don Teems

Note: what a way to finish out my programming schedule!

4:30pm - 5:45pm: Closing Ceremonies

The write-up: “We can't believe it's time to close out another Outlantacon. Please join us as we regale our 2015 The Outlantacon Team."

Yes, I’m going to have a great deal of fun. And that’s just part of a truly outstanding programming line-up, and the rest of the weekend’s activities, at
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05 April 2015 @ 04:52 pm

Happy Easter to those who celebrate The Resurrection, and Chag Pesach to those celebrating Passover.

For your reading pleasure: the HarpHaven Website has been updated. Travel news, a report on AnachroCon, story news, and Adventures in Handicap Travel. You'll find it at


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25 February 2015 @ 10:50 am
My first convention of the year (and let me tell you, I'm ready!) is AnachroCon, a wonderful gathering in Atlanta that brings together the best in steampunk, costuming, time-travel, and alternate history programming. My programming is evenly split between the Literary Track and the Time Vortex (Doctor Who) Track, and the topics and panelists promise to be a lot of fun.


3:00pm: “Exploring Gender in Alternate History”. Discussing the construction of gender, gender roles, and related issues in steampunk and alternate history. Lee Martindale (M), Tyra Burton, Meghan Harker

5:00pm: “The Uses of History: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Alternate History” How historical fiction, historical fantasy, and alternate history differ from each other. Is there such a thing as too much alteration in alternate history? Lee Martindale (M), Toni Weisskopf, Milton J. Davis, Leanna Renee Hieber, Charlotte Babb, Julia Morgan Scott, Meghan Harker

7:00pm: “Monsters: What Works, What Doesn’t?” The Doctor has faced many monsters over the years. Which have been the most successful, which fell short of the mark, and what makes makes a Doctor Who monster “work”? Robert Lloyd, Hannah Hudson, Lee Martindale, Caro Brown


12:00pm: “Season 8 Review”. A new regeneration of the Doctor, a companion shifting tact, and a new take on an old nemesis made for a lots of discussion in the Whoverse. We’ll talk about our opinions of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, which stories we liked, what didn’t work for us, and other topics likely to get me lynched. Josh Wilson, Robert Lloyd, Mike Faber, Lee Martindale

1:00pm: “So You Want to Write Alternate History . . .” Advice from authors and editors on writing alternate history novels and short stories. Lee Martindale (M), Toni Weisskopf, Leanna Renee Hieber, James Palmer, D. Alan Lewis, Milton J. Davis, Catherine Barson, Meghan Harker

2:00pm: “10 Years of New Who” The “modern era” of Doctor Who began on March 26, 2005 with David Tennant in the iconic role. We’ll look at how and why of its remarkable success. Robert Lloyd, Daniel Pierce, Mike Faber, Lee Martindale

4:00pm: “50th Anniversary In Review” A look at Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year and how a remarkable birthday was celebrated. Hannah Hudson, Daniel Pierce, Mike Faber, Lee Martindale

7:00pm: “What The Master Teaches Us About Gender” When, in 2014, one of The Doctor’s most iconic adversaries came back with a difference that sent Whovian discussion and show canon off in spirited discussion. We’ll talk about what it means and where things might go from here. Josh Wilson, VandyBeth Glenn, Lee Martindale, Ken Spivey


10:00am: “What’s Up in Steampunk” Current trends, possible directions, and things we’d love to see. Lee Martindale, Toni Weisskopf, D. Alan Lewis, James Palmer, Milton J. Davis, Meghan Harker

11:00am: “Steampunk Themes in Who” Over the course of 51 years, there have been definite elements in Doctor Who. We’ll look at how Steampunk has been represented. Aloysius Fox, Robert Lloyd, Lee Martinale, Ken Spivey

12:00pm: “Exploring Race and Ethnicity in Alternate History” How well does alternate history handle issues of race, ethnicity, and culture diversity? What can it do better and how? Lee Martindale, Milton J. Davis, Meghan Harker

Yes, I’m going to be busy, and I couldn't be more pleased. It should be a fun convention all around.
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01 January 2015 @ 03:27 pm
We started of the year here at HarpHaven in the usual way. Slept latish, then up for a breakfast of hot-out-of-the-oven orange danish rolls and coffee while watching the Tournament of Roses Parade on HGTV. There's a ham in the oven for supper, and it smells wonderful. And I'm up to my eyebrows in bookkeeping files. Closing out 2014, setting up the files for 2015, and hoping everything goes the way it should.

Took a break, however, to update the HarpHaven website with, among other things, 2015's convention schedule as it stand at this point in time. Take a look at:

Happy New Year!
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31 December 2014 @ 09:52 am
...and the drinking and the partying and the kissing at midnight. New Year’s Eve 2014 is upon us, and we’re staring down the barrel of a shiny new 2015.

Around the halls of HarpHaven, 2014 hasn’t been too bad a year. My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary of marital mischief, causing money to change hands from those who swore we’d kill each other at various points along the way to those with a slightly more positive outlook. I hit the milestone birthday that officially marks me as a Senior Citizen, prompting the sudden and frequent appearance of junk mail and telemarketing calls for hearing aids, Medicare supplement insurance, and medical alert systems. My husband earned his MBA.

Bard’s Road, a collection of twenty-nine of my short stories, came out in June, and The Ladies of Trade Town, the anthology on the theme of “the world’s oldest profession” continued to sell well. I sold a story to Esther Friesner for Chicks and Balances, the next Chicks in Chainmail anthology due out June 2015. Others stories are under the noses of editors, and more stories are being written.

I served as ToastMistress for two fine conventions (MidSouthCon and Imaginarium), and guested at a double-handful of others, all enjoyable, including a much-anticipated return to DragonCon. The BattleChariot survived all encounters with the airline. I survived another year on the Board of Directors of SFWA without too many calls for my head on a pike. And I enjoyed every minute of all of the above.

Retire? Slow down? Don’t be silly.

2014 was not without its hardships and losses. Too many of my colleagues, friends, and heroes either lost loved ones or passed beyond the Veil themselves. Too many others are carrying the fight with serious health issues into the New Year. Time has, and will, been spent mourning the losses and supporting the fighters.

So into 2015 we sail. Here’s wishing, for all of us, that it be happy, healthy, and prosperous.
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24 December 2014 @ 03:27 pm
To all who stop by here from time to time, all the best of the Holiday Season. And a Very Merry Christmas to those of who celebrate it.
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01 December 2014 @ 08:41 am

At no point in my long and wicked life have I been what one would call an "early adopter". I don't follow fashion trends. I refuse to beta-test new technologies unless someone is paying me to do it. I wait while someone else works the bugs out and they prove themselves to be robust and not a flash in the pan. I upgrade my smart phone and my computer when I have absolutely no choice in the matter. My mantra in such matters is that fine old saying of technicians everywhere: "If it aint broke, don't fix it."

The same goes for my adoption of social media. I've been on LiveJournal the longest, and didn't join FaceBook until a few years ago. And it wasn't until this weekend that I finally got a Twitter account.

If so inclined, feel free to follow me: @Lee_HarpHaven. I'm still learning the ropes, so be patient.

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22 November 2014 @ 09:26 am
The long-delayed update of the HarpHaven website has been achieved. Story news, con reports, and other tidbits at:
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