After several months of work, I have finally completed an extensive redesign of my website/blog.
Here’s what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately in the realms of SFF: Gravity Falls, Kipo, Scooby-Doo, and Breaking the Glass Slipper.
Here’s what I read in 2021.
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about in the world of accessibility: birding, description lists, personalization, video games, audio descriptions, and the contrast triangle.
I am now a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies!
I took the exam!
What, specifically, should an organization do to practice accessibility?
Inside the United States, what rights do people with disabilities have and what laws mandate accessibility?
Outside the United States, what rights do people with disabilities have and what laws mandate accessibility?
What’s the state of disability rights and accessibility laws in different regions across the world? What are the key treaties, agreements, and standards?
What international declarations and treaties affect the rights of people with disabilities?
How does accessibility relate to usability and user experience?
What are the principles and guidelines behind Universal Design for Learning?
What are the main ideas and guiding principles behind universal design?
What are the main ideas and guiding principles behind web accessibility?
What are the benefits of accessibility?
What is universal design? And how does it relate to accommodations?
How can we be kind toward people with disabilities, rather than jerks?
How many people have disabilities? From looking at statistics about people with disabilities, what else can we learn?
What are different types of disabilities? What are their characteristics and associated barriers? What are appropriate adaptive strategies, assistive technologies, and social and/or environmental supports?
There are many different types of disabilities. What are the different ways we can categorize them?
What are the different ways of understanding disability, and what are the strengths and weakness of these different models?
Let’s take a moment to get our terms straight and talk about different professions that deal with disability and accessibility.
I am planning to take the CPACC exam, and I am going to blog my way through the body of knowledge as I study.
Here’s what I read in 2020.
Here’s what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately in the realms of SFF: Kim Reaper, Adventure Time, Uprooted, and more.
I recently made several accessibility updates to this site.
Here’s what I’ve been reading and listening to lately in the realms of SFF: portal fantasies, Robin Hood, D&D, and more.
I’m trans/nonbinary. I use nonbinary pronouns such as they/them, and I came to this bit of self-knowledge through the science fiction and fantasy (SFF) community.
In August, I posted about how I’ve recently discovered and have been falling in love with the world of digital accessibility. Here’s what I’ve been up to since then.
Here’s what I’ve been reading and listening to lately in the realms of SFF: Becky Chambers, tabletop RPGs, and more.
I’m becoming an accessibility geek. It began when I started my new job back in January, and it’s accelerated over the past few months.
Here’s what I’ve been reading and listening to lately in the realms of SFF: comics, short stories, blog posts, and podcasts.
I recently finished designing Graph Paper, a Jekyll website integrated with Bootstrap and packed with all the features you’d expect in a modern website/blog.
Here are my favorite short stories from 2019.
Here’s what I read in 2019.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: short fiction, epic fantasy, nonfiction, and more.
Standard Ebooks is a volunteer project that produces high-quality ebooks, incorporating modern typography and design standards.
Or, the classic American tradition of wanting a bold program of social reconstruction but not being willing to cut the military budget or super tax the super rich to pay for it.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: science fiction and fantasy about imperalism, anarchism, Trump-era politics, and the end of capitalism.
Over the last two months, I taught myself the Bootstrap framework for web development, and I used it to redesign my website/blog.
Here’s what I read in 2018.
Here are my favorite short stories from 2018.
For the first time in over twenty years, we have a plethora of new work entering the public domain!
On the face of it, this is a book about prisons, but it’s really concerned with systems of discipline and with disciplinary power, which are at play all throughout society — in prisons yes, but also in schools, in business, in government, in the military, and even in our private lives.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Liu Cixin, James S.A. Corey, and Carrie Vaughn as well as queer and trans short stories and comics.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: genre classics and recent political nonfiction.
The Skiffy and Fanty Show is a science fiction and fantasy podcast network and a blog. And now, I’ve joined the team! I’m writing a monthly short fiction review column for the Skiffy and Fanty blog.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: novellas, nonfiction, and plays.
Here’s what I read in 2017.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Ann Leckie, James S.A. Corey, Rosa Brooks, and more.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: short stories, a memoir, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, and a fascinating book about Islamism.
Reading Ian Johnson’s essay and watching this documentary have made me excited all over again to be heading to China next year.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, Paul Cornell, Brian K. Vaughan, and Pia Guerra.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Ursula Le Guin, John Green, Lawrence Lessig, and a Chinese political thriller that I highly recommend.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: novellas, nonfiction, and manga.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: Iain Banks, Martha Wells, SFF poetry, and more.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: children’s books!
I’ve migrated from WordPress to Jekyll.
The Left Hand of Darkness gets lauded for doing really cool stuff with gender. That wasn’t my experience of the book. It’s still a really good book.
While it’s easy to pick up and read a short section, it’s difficult to read this book straight for an hour. You’ll have to keep pausing to reflect.
I will read whatever Binti book comes next.
I wrote this scene in the summer of 2015. If I leave the scene unchanged, it feels outdated. But the humor of the scene won’t work if I make my fictional president a capricious buffoon.
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe stunningly succeeds as a feminist re-imagining of Lovecraft.
I have a new core pillar in my sacred halls of science fiction.
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: queer theory, poetry, and Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.
The Foundation books weirdly feel both outdated and fresh.
Commons offer one of the most hopeful visions of the future that I have come across, and this book encapsulates that hope in an interesting, accessible way.
All in all, a fantastic collection.
Perhaps I have been reading too much SF lately, but this book didn’t work for me.
In all those portal fantasies we love so much, what happens after the hero returns home to our world?
An argument for preemptive sustainable development rather than post-hoc military interventions.
How much can you hate on a book for not being the book you want it to be?
Parker brilliantly weaves accessible, fun, and funny writing with interesting philosophical ponderings.
Ted Chiang is brilliant, and the image he crafts in your head during this story is startlingly original and beautiful.
The world’s greatest philosopher sells his soul to the devil, and the demon managing his case thinks he’s up to something.
The 2015 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Poetry of 2014 edited by Rich Ristow
Have you heard of the Science Fiction Poetry Association?
This series is stupendously fun.
This is well-written science fiction that’s imagining a future I’m not seeing elsewhere.
Start with Lovecraft, toss out the racism, replace it with sophisticated racial commentary, and you’ve got The Ballad of Black Tom.
If you’re looking for a page-turning mystery-thriller, look no farther.
If you are interested in Baltimore, go read this book.
Fantasy Magazine Issue 58: Women Destroy Fantasy! edited by Cat Rambo, Terri Windling, and Wendy N. Wagner
My favorite story here is “The Dryad’s Shoe,” a reimagining of Cinderella that asks: what if Cinderella just wanted to garden?
“Dialogue is the essence of revolutionary action.”
I’ve been reading a lot of short stories recently.
Wilson has a great talent for taking a large, mind-bending science fiction concept and weaving it around an intimate, personal story.
Just go read this. I stormed through it in a week and found myself trying to sell it to a good handful of my friends.
Plays always lose something when you read them instead of watch them, and this play loses more than most.
Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education by Megan Sweas
It feels appropriate to have read this as my service year is winding down.
This play is awesome.
This book did a good job of uniting, solidifying, and gently expanding what I knew of the Jesuits and Ignatian spirituality.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story to be heard, first and foremost. It’s an audiobook or perhaps a back porch epic.
I’m a big believer in short chapters; they make a book much more readable, and The House on Mango Street scores many points just for its structure.
I’m struck by how original I found this nearly 50-year-old staple of fantasy.