Pink Out the State Capitol!

static1-squarespace-1Sacramento readers, I hope you’ll join me at the California State Capitol (West Steps) from 11:30AM – 1PM tomorrow (January 17th!) Planned Parenthood supporters will be rallying to protect the funding that is so important to the health care of women. Dress in the warmest, pinkest clothes you have and stand with Planned Parenthood to send a message to California legislators. See you there!

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What I Did on My Winter Vacation

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We took a month off from book club which meant I took a month off from blogging (on this site, anyway). I actually took a month and a week as there was no post last week. I regret nothing.

So Readers, what did you miss? Well, over break I got as far as page 475 in the biography of Hamilton that we are reading this month – check back on Friday for more about that! I also got the CD for Christmas and am now pretty throughly obsessed. It gives me some comfort to know that politics were messed up back in the day as well as now. The mind reels at the thought of Jefferson and Hamilton subtweeting about each other on Twitter, which you know they would have done.

I had a lot of doctor’s appointments and tests and things and as a result I have a Fitbit and a new exercise bike and a tendency to bitch about kale.

I started doing some form of activism every day. Sometimes I write a letter or make a call. Sometimes I sign a petition. I cannot tell a lie – my favorite days are petition days because I can knock out a week’s worth of actions in about 15 minutes. On days when I do something very time-consuming, like a rally or protest of march, I let that action count for several days. I’ve so far taken some kind of action about captive elephants, climate change, various political appointments, human rights, reproductive freedom, and our local mall. I knew I was getting a good head of steam when I put my senators’ phone numbers in my phone contacts so I could stop looking them up every week.

I watched a lot of Lost, a show I used to be obsessed with. Season One still holds up as fabulous. Sayid is still my sweetie-kins. Shannon is still The Worst.

Also, I slept a lot. My health issues being what they are, my rules are sleep, exercise, and eat healthy, in that order, and THEN write. The exception was, of course, the week of Christmas during which I ate piles and piles of cookies while sitting on my butt. It was great.

So Dear Readers – how was YOUR December? Ready for 2017? To the barricades!

 

Water as Muse: My Latest Gig With Sacramento Public Library

mcclatchy_library_500x323_img_0605Sacramento peeps, I will be speaking at McClatchy Library this Sunday (October 23, 2016) at 1PM on the topic of water and Californian Literature. I’m excited to be part of a series sponsored by the library: Sacramento 95H20. Here’s a full list of speakers and dates:

Sacramento 95H2O: 

A Series on Water and What it Means to Sacramentans

 

Water as Muse: 

 

Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm. Writer Carrie Sessarego presents “Flowing over Golden Pages: The Role of Water in California Literature.” McClatchy Library.

 

Water as Life:

 

Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 pm. Julian Fulton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Sacramento State University presents “The Future of California Water: The Quest for Sustainability in an Age of Climate Change.” Central Library.

 

Water as Energy:

 

Sunday, November 20 at 1:00 pm. Environmental historian Scott Sault presents “Sacramento and Hydro-Electric Power: How the Lights went on in the River City.” Central Library.

 

Water as Dialogue:

 

Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 pm. Keith Coolidge of the Delta Stewardship Council presents “The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Its History, its Problems, what’s Currently Going on and Why, and Ideas for Fixing it.” Central Library.

 

Water as History:

 

Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 at p.m. Social historian and geographer Andrew McLeod presents “Confluence: The Natural History of Where the Sacramento and American Rivers Meet.” McClatchy Library.

 

My Con-Volution Schedule!

cropped-2016ConvoAgeOfMonsters_withDates-100pxI’m so happy to be retruning to Con-Volution: Age of Monsters! I have so many friends at Con-Volution that I’ve come to think of it as a family reunion.

Con-Volution is happening at the Hyatt Regency SFO from Sept 30 – Oct 2. Here’s my schedule:

It’s Shirley Been 100 Years

Friday 17:00 – 18:30, Boardroom V (Hyatt Regency SFO)

In December of this year, Shirley Jackson turns 100. Best known for her story “The Lottery” (1948), Jackson has been read by teenagers across the world. But her novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle endure almost as strongly. What is Jackson’s legacy to modern horror? What women are carrying her torch in today’s horror market?

Carrie Sessarego, Lillian Csernica (M)

Our Favorite Fangs- Vampires and Werewolves

Friday 21:00 – 22:30, SandPebble D (Hyatt Regency SFO)

A look at our favorite toothy monsters in fiction and media.

Shael Hawman, Fred Wiehe, Horror Author (M), Carrie Sessarego, Zoë Moss, Lex Rudd

Making Monsters: For the Love of Frankenstein

Saturday 8PM – 9:30PM, Sandpebble C

Discussing Mary Shelley, and why her monster continues to have such a strong place in genre stories through the ages

Sacramento Public Library Presents: To Kill a Mockingbird

To_Kill_a_Mockingbird (1)I’m so excited to be part of Sacramento Public Library’s presentation on To Kill a Mockingbird. This presentation will include live music, performances, and a panel discussion with Sacramento Theater Company Director Buddy Butler. The presentation is happening at Central Library at 1PM on Sunday September 18.

You can find more information about the event here.

And for more information about Sacramento Theater Company’s adaptation of the novel, look here!

Fall Brings All the Dates! Come See Me!

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It’s been quiet over here on Geek Girl, with the exception of the ever-busy Between the Lines Book Club. Our family survived The Great Bike Trip of 2016, San Diego Comic-Con, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We crawled home, got sick, recovered in time to have houseguests who we adore, and started back to school (Dear Daughter just started seventh grade). Since we got home I’ve been fighting a miserable fibromyalgia flare up (Team Fibro Represent! Whee!) and always feeling about fourteen steps behind – but also feeling happy to be home, in my own bed, with two cats and a dog sleeping on me. Here are some links to posts about Comic-Con and Wizarding World:

The Gleeful Hysteria of Hall H

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, California Style

SO. Now that Dear Daughter is Back to School, is back to other events for me, and here’s a list of them!

I’m doing two talks with the Sacramento Public Library this Fall. On September 18, 2016, I’ll be taking part in “Sacramento Public Library Presents: To Kill a  Mockingbird.” This presentation is happening in partnership with Sacramento Theater Company, who is putting on their own production of the story. It will open with live music and include a Q&A with the play’s director. The presentation takes place on September 18th, at 1PM, at Central Library.

I will also be giving a presentation about the role of water (and lack of water) in Californian Literature. This is part of a series

October 23, 2016, at 1PM, I’ll be giving a talk on the role that water plays in Californian Literature. It’s part of the series “California H2O” and my talk will be held at McClatchy Library.

From September 30 – October 2, I’ll be a guest at Convolution 2016: The Age of Monsters. Convolution was the first convention that put me on a panel, and it’s become a family experience for me – so many of my friends are there, my daughter and husband come along, and the atmosphere is relaxed and joyous. I can’t wait! Location: Hyatt Regency SFO.

I hope to see some of you in person sometime this Fall!

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Nighty Night

Logo of SDCCNo blog post today because mayhem. Yesterday was the last day of Comic-Con. Because there might be, like, three people in all of Southern California who I didn’t see yesterday, we are going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the day after tomorrow. Today: sleeeeep. So much sleeeeep.

Night night. Dream happy cosplay dreams!

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