“Game Closet” Feature

Since launching PanopLit, I’ve been working to make it come together in the way most useful to those it seeks to represent. I got to talk a little about this journey (along with museum education, queer imagery, and terminology) on the River House Games podcast “Game Closet.” I’m so grateful to have been featured, and look forward to many more conversations with many more folk.

Josephine

Lately

My novel, A Coven in Essex County, completed its print run as a serialized book. It’s available to read on Visitant, with links to the chapters in an organized list on my blog here: A Coven In Essex County

Meanwhile, I’ve launched an org! I’m collecting data and oral history from tabletop gamers who identify as women, non binary, gender non conforming, and bigendered, plus anyone else who answers the survey and poll questions! Visit PanopLit to contribute your own story, add to that sweet data, or just read about Gay Futures!

I am also on the second draft of my second novel and will be releasing Coven in a new format (print and ebook!) with extended content and a footnoted version of the story it’s a sequel to- H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Thank you for following, and stay tuned!

JMYL

Announcement

It’s old news at this point, but on June 21st, the emerging literary website Visitant. However, I failed to post it on my author blog, so here it is: The official announcement!

Visitant will be publishing my novel, “A Coven in Essex County”, in serialized monthly installments. You can read the first one here: https://visitantlit.com/2016/06/21/a-coven-in-essex-county-part-1/

I completed this novel last year, and the bulk was written while I was working in a museum in the Rocky Mountains. It’s set in the fictional town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts invented by H.P. Lovecraft. The story’s intro has a pretty good overview, so I won’t rehash that, but I am so excited to share these women’s stories.

As each installment is posted, I will also be sharing a little bit about the research that went into the book, or about the personal experiences that inspired each chapter/woman. Be assured that I have been all of these women, as cheesy as that sounds. The circumstances are often far outside my own (for instance, I have never been married, much less against my will), but their reactions to them, their personalities, often have much in common with myself.

Please, enjoy!

J.M.

“Adult” Content in Gaming and Fiction

I promised myself when I started seriously pursuing a writing career that this blog would not turn into me ranting about games and gamer culture, again. But I suppose you can take the woman away from the gaming table, but you can’t… blah blah blah.Continue reading ““Adult” Content in Gaming and Fiction”

Discussing Race through Music Videos

A critique I wrote of the Rihanna video for BBHMM was published on Bitch Flicks called “Horror, White Bodies, and Feminism in ‘Bitch Better have My Money’.” That’s what it’s about: the use of white bodies and thematic elements of horror in the video. When it comes to film critique, there is a lot to talk about. I had to pare down the elements I wanted to focus on, and avoided discussing other films, directors, and art pieces the video references.Continue reading “Discussing Race through Music Videos”

Tabletop Gaming and Personal Identity

I wrote a piece of the rad website FemHype on my experience at the Nexus Game Fair outside Milwaukee at the end of June, and my experiences at conventions in general. There’s a lot more to be said about my experiences as a woman that grew up gaming and going to cons, but I don’t have the time to focus on that right now. Until then, the article will suffice in place of more in depth explorations- Gamemastering Tabletop Sexism: When Conventions Require Defense Tactics.Continue reading “Tabletop Gaming and Personal Identity”

On Women and Mining

I have just finished an internship at a history museum in the intermountain Western United States. The museum primarily deals with mining, since that is what brought many white settlers into the area. Every historical scholarship community has its accepted tropes and narratives, and this small town was no different. Naturally, the first thing I did upon arriving was dive into learning the history and tearing apart those narratives.Continue reading “On Women and Mining”

Poem Published on PDXX Collective

Today, May 15th, a poem I wrote was published on PDXX Collective with lovely art by Tina Bell Vance. The collective was started in Portland, Oregon, and features feminist writers from a variety of backgrounds. Posts come in a variety of forms and analyze political and women’s issues.Continue reading “Poem Published on PDXX Collective”

On the Ute and NW Shoshone in North West Utah

I wrote this article for the museum currently employing me. It’s about the groups of people moving through and living for part of the year in Park City area before white settlement. It has been published in the Park Record:Continue reading “On the Ute and NW Shoshone in North West Utah”