Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

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My 2017 in Pictures

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I once again regret not taking pictures of all the wonderful people I spent time with this year. If you’re not pictured, please forgive me and come back for another visit — I’ll try to remedy the mistake!
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New Anthology Essay: “Swashbuckle My Heart”

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From Booklist: “At the heart of the collection are contributions that plunge deeply into dark recollections...these essays bear out how superheroes are powerful psychological receptacles, helping us define the crucial strength we need to survive—a sentiment which will be of great value to many soul-searchers...There’s ample insight to be found here, not the least of which is that superheroes have...

Los Angeles, Portland, and the Shape of Life

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I came to Los Angeles over fifteen years ago, when I was 29. I’d returned home from Clarion, gotten a divorce, and fled west with nothing but my car, my cat, and a desire for change. I certainly found it. Life in Los Angeles was the opposite of my life in Maryland, where I’d felt stuck and uncertain and kind of empty. I started studying martial arts and one of the first things I learned was the...

Handmade Book: Matchbook Memories

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Back in 1997, my BFF Sally Felt suggested we attend a week-long workshop at the Split Rock summer camp in Duluth: “Cover to Cover” taught by (the now late) Shereen LaPlantz. We were both really into paper arts at the time, and a whole week making handmade books sounded like heaven. It was not heaven. Shereen worked us so freakin’ hard! In one short, intense week, we made dozens...

F&SF, Asimov’s, and Milestones

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Chris says it best: Many years ago, when Jenn and I started our writing careers, in different parts of the country and different lifetimes, there were two flagship magazines to which all new science fiction and fantasy writers aspired: Asimov’s Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Our careers took different paths through different cities, different Clarions, with...

Upon receiving my copy of the HORIZON paperback

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Padded envelopes and boxes from one’s publisher are among the best surprises to find in one’s mailbox. Today, I received the gorgeous paperback edition of Above World book 3, Horizon. (My reaction faithfully reproduced in Photobooth triptych, above.) The front of the book looks just like the hardcover, but the back has the covers of books 1 and 2. It’s so cool to see them...

My 2014 in Pictures

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2014 wasn’t a great year for my career, but it was wonderful for everything else. I called it “the year of doing things and going places,” and that’s what I did. Here’s a small sampling of my adventures.

Kung Fu Family Photo

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One of my White Lotus Kung Fu classmates went back to college a few weeks ago and requested a photo before he left. Of course, he requested it after class, when we were all disgusting. Still, we were more than happy to oblige. Here, then, is a rare shot of some of my kung fu family. (I’m the one who looks as if she might die from exhaustion.) My instructors are Grandmaster Carrie Ogawa-Wong...

My Very Own T-Shirt Designs

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One of the birthday presents I gave myself this year was to finally start designing t-shirts and putting them online… not necessarily to sell to other people, but so that I could start wearing more of my own stuff. [Edited to add:] If you’re interested in any of these designs, you’ll find purchasing options here: –> 100% Star Stuff –> I want to believe: Mermaids...

The Wonder of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

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Last week, I attended the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming. Here’s the description: Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes...

Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

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This summer, in a galaxy far, far away (aka Laramie, WY), I’ll be attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop! Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional...

Introducing: My First Newsletter

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For the last few years, I’ve struggled to make sense of my online life. How much of my social media posts are professional versus personal, how do I keep multiple websites updated when it’s so easy to click a button and post something to Facebook, that sort of thing. A few months ago, I disabled comments on my blog because I couldn’t keep up with Twitter, Facebook, the blog, and...

Pledge: Daily December

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Well, here we are, in the last month of 2013. I have a personal goal of writing the first draft of a new novel every year, and unless I get some serious time with the keyboard, I’m in danger of failing. Therefore I’m dubbing this “Daily December” and pledging to write 1,000 words a day this month, unless I finish my novel early. (Unlikely; I wouldn’t put money on...

Magic Author Moments

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Yesterday, I was at brunch with nine other people: friends I know through Chris, and their families. We all sat around a huge table. While I was talking to Meghan and her baby on my right, Chris was talking to a 10-year-old girl on his left. The girl’s mother said something along the lines of, “Why don’t you tell Chris about your favorite book?” The girl launched into the...

Event: WeHo Book Fair, Sept 29

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West Hollywood Book Fair celebrates its 12th edition on Sunday, September 29th. This year’s festival will feature literature, art, music, performance and community in an eclectic presentation. A total of twelve outdoor stages and indoor venues, throughout West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library, will host literary and arts programming that will appeal to a broad audience of all ages and...

Farm Box Experiment: First Week

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Last Tuesday, I picked up my first farm box since signing up with Savraw. Here’s what I got: I’d never cooked with most of these things before. Heck, I didn’t even know what some of them were. But the Internet is pretty great for this sort of thing, and so are my friends. I crowdsourced recipe ideas and ended up learning a ton about food. Chard: Sautéed with garlic and added...

Farm Box Experiment: Farm-fresh Eggs

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Inspired by a desire to eat better and support local farms, I joined a CSA/Farm Box organization. The way it works: I signed up and told them what I wanted — a small box of mixed veggies and fruits. (There are large boxes, boxes for juicing, and fruit-only boxes, as other examples.) I added on a loaf of bread and a dozen farm-fresh eggs. Each week, I’ll walk over to the local Aikido...

Seven Years

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Today marks seven years since I met Chris at Worldcon in Anaheim and we started dating. They’ve been the best seven years of my life. We’re celebrating with mini parties for the next month, and with two beautiful new rings: The inlay of Chris’s ring is a layers of dark gray, whereas mine is inlaid with wood. Similar, but different. Just like us. Here’s one of my favorite...

Inspiration Office

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One good thing about having the walls and ceiling of your office space soaked, torn down, and rebuilt is that you get to rethink the space a bit. For example, I replaced the outdated chandelier — my office would be a dining room for most people — with a ceiling fan with clean, modern lines. I’ll be working at home now, and the extra fan will come in very handy during the summer...

Herb Garden Season 2: CANCELED

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In March, I posted about Herb Garden Season 2, my second attempt to grow an herb garden on my tiny apartment porch. Season 2 opened to great ratings and high marks for quality. I was particularly proud of my sage, as I’d struggled with it during season 1. In season 2, it thrived. Take a look at these greens: During the Great Condo Disaster of May and June, Chris attempted to water the...

Beyond June

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June: the Bad Version Well, June was a rough one, no lie. I spent the month recovering from surgery, displaced from my home by the repair crews, while Chris and I dealt with insurance companies, contractors, subcontractors, and lawyers. I got a jury duty summons somewhere in there, and my surgery followup with the doctor took 40 hours of people driving me from Yucaipa to Thousand Oaks and back...

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