Places to Give Love and Support

Back when I failed the ALS ice-bucket challenge (because ice-cold water + head = crippling migraine), I donated to the ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/) and spent a little while drawing your attention to other worthy establishments.

If you are in the giving mood right now, for whatever reason–needing to spread joy, needing to help ensure safety, needing to effect change, what have you–please consider the following.

 

RAINN (https://rainn.org/): This is the nation’s largest anit-sexual violence organization.

From their ‘about’ page: “RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”

 

The National Suicide Prevention Life Line (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/): This is run by The Mental Health Association of New York City, with support from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and others.

From their ‘about’ page: “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.”

 

NWA Women’s Shelter (http://nwaws.org/ ): This is my local women’s shelter, serving all of Northwest Arkansas.

From their ‘about’ page: “The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter provides free emergency shelter, food, and clothing to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. We provide a free 24-hour crisis phone line and services to clients. We also offer court advocacy, Spanish bilingual services, children’s advocacy and programming, community education, support groups, counseling, and a volunteer program.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate; therefore, our clients are from across all demographics in terms of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and educational background. We assist any person who meets the criteria for emergency intervention and assistance due to domestic violence or sexual assault.”

 

The NWA Food Bank (http://www.nwafoodbank.org/): This is my local food bank.

From their ‘about’ page:

“The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry.

The NWA Food Bank currently has about 180 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. Since 1988, the NWA Food Bank has grown to serve 180 partner agencies and distributed 8.2 million pounds of food in 2016.”

 

If you’d like to help shelters and food banks in your own community, a simple google search should heed results, or you can take a look at a handy dandy in-network map like the one provided by Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/.

 

Thank you.

<3Marina

 

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Long Time No Post

Hello all!

Long time no post, right? Let me update you on the state of this little one-woman nation.

I had a new short story come out in Flash Fiction Online at the beginning of August. It’s about you. No, really, you. I don’t know how to break it to you, but you’re very sick. The story is told in second person, and I dare you to argue with it. It’s totally about you.

You can read You Are Not a Metaphor here.

I also spent a week-ish in Kansas City for this year’s WorldCon (AKA MidAmericon II). For the most part, I had a blast. Got to see lots of friends, make new ones, and had a great meeting with my editor and agent about NOUMENON’s sequel.

I also took part in a group reading for Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, which was my first-ever public reading. All in all, I think it went pretty well (the panel next door even provided mood music).

Got to observe the Alfies once more (where agent-sib Alyssa Wong took home the Alfie for best short story!), and snapped even worse pictures of the ceremony than I did last time (hey, it was really dark in that theater, and the stage was really bright). For comparison:

 

Last Year

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(George R R Martin, Eric Flint, and other lovely people)

This Year

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(George R R Martin and other lovely people I could not identify in a line up with only this picture to go on)

 

In short, I had a great time (again, mostly. Pro tip: do not grab women at parties and then threaten to get into a violent altercation with their agents, okay?), and book two is going to be AWESOME (capitalization for emphasis…Awesome is not the title of book two…but it should be).

If you want a much more thorough recap of the convention, I suggest you take a gander at the write up penned by David Steffen over at Diabolical Plots. He took a lot of great pictures during the week, so pick an author/editor/cool person you love and go play Where’s Waldo.

Recap can be found here.

So now I’m officially in the throes of writing the sequel to NOUMENON. I will keep you in the loop via a newsletter I plan on starting before the end of this month. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see in a newsletter (WIP updates, writerly tips, jokes, cat pictures, grains of wisdom etc.) let me know in the comments!

 

~Marina

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Happy 4th!

Hope everyone celebrating has a safe and fun Independence Day (speaking of, if you haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence yet, I recommend it if you are into crazy stupid fun, cuz it’s crazy stupid fun).

Go forth, light things on fire responsibly, eat cheap food, and have a blast.

 

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(Note: above Supernatural gif depicts irresponsible firework usage, please do not hold Roman Candles and the like while lit.  Save your fingers and your face.)

~Marina

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What’s Noumenon? Nothing, what’s Noumenon with you?

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How is everyone’s Monday?  I hope your Monday is as fantastic as my Monday, because, guess what?  I get to announce some very exciting news.

My novel, NOUMENON, is officially forthcoming from Harper Voyager, Voyager UK, and Heyne in Germany!

NOUMENON is an interstellar adventure, wherein the world comes together to investigate alien megastructures, what it means to be human, and other mysteries of the universe, despite struggles against rogue AIs, failing generation ships, and hidden saboteurs.

From the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Marina Lostetter’s NOUMENON, an interstellar epic featuring a convoy of starships staffed with clones of Earth’s best and brightest sent to investigate a possible alien megastructure, to David Pomerico at Voyager, in a two-book deal, by DongWon Song at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency (NA). Rights to Emma Coode at Voyager UK, by Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein and to Heyne, by Danny Baror at Baror International.

If you have a subscription to Publisher’s Marketplace, you should be able to view the announcement here.

This should be especially exciting for those of you who wanted more after reading my story Balance (second-place winner in the Jim Baen Memorial writing contest).  This novel expands the story of Jamal and Diego’s convoy, following it from inception to mission’s end.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m SUPER EXCITED.

~Marina

P.S. Big THANK YOU to everyone who worked on these deals, and especially my agent DongWon Song, who guided me through the process and got this book in front of the right people.

 

 

 

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Happy Hop-Hop Egg Day

 

Easter Terminator by MJNL

 

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter (not that Easter tends to be the rowdiest of holidays, but you know what I mean)!

Hopefully the bunny that brought you your basket today looks nothing like this Terminator endoskeleton I put ears on…

~Marina

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Realized I haven’t posted anything in forever!  Sorry about that.  So, here’s a piece of personal art I did a little bit ago, just for the heck of it.  I call it Ten ‘O Clock Magic.

 

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Because midnight might be the witching-hour, but it doesn’t have the market cornered on enchanted time.

~Marina

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Everything is Star Wars

BB8 with lightsaber by MJNL

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Seeing as how it’s the last day of the year, I thought I would send you into 2016 with a little gift. Have you noticed something other-worldly at the grocery store?  Do the cars at the dealerships appear to be from a galaxy far-far away?  Can you take two steps out your door without running into something related to The Force Awakens?

Can you?

Really?

Lest we forget the time that everything was Star Wars, I have written you a song. Please sing it to the tune of “Everything is Awesome.”

Ahem…

Everything is Star Wars
Everything is cool with a marketing team
Everything is Star Wars
In this product-placement dream

Everything is better
With block letters

Side by side
You and I
Gonna shop forever

Leia/Han forever!

It’s not lame
I like Luke
You like BB
They’re both in the pharmacy

Everything is Star Wars
Even shampoo and collard greens
Everything is Star Wars
In a lightsaber-colored sheen

3–
2–
1–

Have you heard the news?
Everyone is LARPin’
Life is good,
Cuz everything is Star Wars

Lost my job, but there’s a new opportunity
More free time for my Star Wars community

Rockin’ a cheese grater
Shaped like D’Vader

Dipped my body in Force-whipped frosting
What flavor, exactly, is Force-whipped frosting?

Smellin’ like the Dark Side
It’s a marketing landslide

Stepped in Payless
Got R2 shoes
It’s Star Wars in Wal*Mart
Star Wars in Macadoo’s

Everything is better
With block letters

Side by side
You and I
Gonna shop forever

Chewie/Maz forever!

It’s not lame
I like Rey
You like Finn
Both can be found commercially

Everything is Star Wars
Even make up ‘n’ Fiat twenty-sixteens
Everything is Star Wars
Nothin’s safe, not even coffee cream

Oranges, bouncy springs
We just named two Star Wars things
A Nobel prize, a piece of string
You know what’s Star Wars?
Everything!

Soup with noodles, little doodles
A book with pop-ups by the oodles

Brand new pants, an ’83 vest
Star Wars items are the best!

Trees, frogs, clogs: they’re Star Wars
Rocks, clocks and socks: they’re Star Wars
Figs and jigs and twigs: that’s Star Wars
Everything you see or think or say is Star Wars

Everything is Star Wars
Like it’s all from Naboo or Tatooine
Everything is Star Wars
In late twenty-fifteen

 

Please sing responsibly.

See you in the new year!

~Marina

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The Last Shimmery Story of the Year

“A Drop of Ink Preserved in Amber” is out on the Shimmer website.  It has the distinction of being the final Shimmer story for 2015 (I’m look forward to more great stuff from Shimmer in 2016!).

Click here to access the full story for free.

~Marina

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Happy Omnomnom Day

Happy Thanksgiving, also known as American Omnomnom Day.  Hope you’re stuffing your face responsibly.  Stay safe, stay thankful, and stay classy.  To inspire you to turkey-day greatness, I leave you with these:

First:

copious amounts of alchohol

Then:

sweet potatos

Then:

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Finally:

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And after all that, finish the day with a hardy helping of:

sleep

~Marina

 

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