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Vol. 97, Writing: Ancillary Skills Required

Posted on 29 August 2013

My friend and I were discussing dance and I was telling her how—although I used to be a dancer, I haven’t danced formally in years. Recently, I participated in a friend’s flash mob and could not for the life of me remember the choreography. We discussed the fact that the skill of remembering choreography is… »

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Vol. 96, Writing Requires Mental Fitness

Posted on 13 July 2013

I remember when I traveled a lot, people used to tell me: I wish I could do that. I always thought to myself: No, you don’t. Of course they wanted to see the world, make new friends, meet new cultures, but all of that came with a cost. There was a certain level of mental fitness… »

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Vol. 95, Thoughts vs. Reality: A Novel Time Line

Posted on 30 June 2013

It’s absolutely incredible how hogtied we are by the things we *think* we aren’t capable of. Oftentimes our actual level of capability has zero correlation to our perceived capability. In other words what we think we can’t do has nothing to do with what we actually can do.   If you would have told me… »

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Vol. 94: Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters

Posted on 7 June 2013

When I was younger, my mother’s bookshelf was my library. It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman’s literature. I could grasp plots that featured grown-up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me. This didn’t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on… »

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Vol. 93, Wiscon 37

Posted on 29 May 2013

This past Memorial Day weekend I attended my second Wiscon Feminist Science Fiction in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year was my first Wiscon. It was like a rambling carnival of conversation, literature, sharing, and mental expansion. This year I had the added excitement of being the Tiptree winner. (I was looking forward to meeting my co-winner… »

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Vol. 92, Embodiment

Posted on 30 April 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about embodiment. About how dipping deeper into your inspirations and instincts can be the antidote to artistic paralysis and confusion. This past month, I had the opportunity to see a few live performances that pushed me to further meditate on how full immersion strengthens your art.   One of the… »

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Vol. 91, The Wisdom of the Ages

Posted on 28 March 2013

In many artist circles we are obsessively focused on talent. Who is more talented than who. What less talented artist achieved more fame and notoriety than another more talented artist. Becoming older, I realize the importance of other factors. Hard work is an easy one, but a commitment to completion, a willingness to put your… »

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Vol. 90, Reconciling Fantasy With Reality

Posted on 12 March 2013

These are exciting times. I’m writing a novel. I’m not “working” on a novel, I’m not “restructuring” my novel. I’m not doing some interminably long project, I’m writing a novel. I’ve always deeply felt the limitations to me writing a novel. All of these limitations were real, but underneath my issues was a willingness to… »

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Vol. 89, Secrets to Continuing On

Posted on 6 March 2013

Award Announcement I few days ago, I received the wonderful news that Ancient, Ancient won the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. award: www.tiptree.org. Part of the prize is all-expenses paid to attend Wiscon, the feminist science fiction conference I went to last year. Last year another Aqueduct author, Andrea Hairston, was the winner of the Tiptree…. »

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Vol. 88, The Rippling Effect of Art

Posted on 27 February 2013

I think as artists, sometimes in our more bitter moments, we might think, what are we getting out of this? If we aren’t get money, fame or attention, we think, what’s the point? But art doesn’t work like that. Art is not linear; it doesn’t have a straight line of cause and effect. It ripples… »

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