It’s Contest Time, Again!

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Contest time at my hubby’s magazine! Tell us about your favourite tobacconist and win prizes!

Smoking Jacket Magazine

Yes, you heard that right, it’s contest time, again here at Smoking Jacket Magazine!

Thanks to our great sponsors at Sutliff and their new partnership with Brigham, we’re able to bring you this contest!

Great prizes await including pipes, tobacco, hats, mugs, and T-shirts!

And now, you ask, “what do we have to do to enter?”

One thing at a time, first let me tell you about the contest.

In celebration of Sable’s new book, we embarked upon a western Canadian book tour.  As part of that tour, I took the opportunity to visit various brick and mortar tobacconists in the cities we visited and wrote about my experiences with them.  Sable also took the opportunity to write a review involving one of the tobacconists we visited that shone a negative light upon them, though personally I wouldn’t have wasted the ink.

Well, now the book tour is over and…

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Review: GOTHAM ACADEMY #1

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Comics Grinder

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October sees a lot of Batman comics and “Gotham Academy” is one particularly good comic from DC Comics that you will want to check out. What is noteworthy about this one is it really strikes an authentic girl power chord. Every page rings true. You can thank the writing team of Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. I recently interviewed Cloonan and, as you may know, she’s sure to deliver with girl street cred. Art by Karl Kerschl; Colors by GeyseR; and Cover artwork by Karl Kerschl. Everyone delivers the goods here.

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Writing, Readings and Cons, Oh My!

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Reblogged from Colleen Anderson’s website: wish I’d been there!

Colleen Anderson

ChiSeriesVancouverPoster-web-2014This weekend is VCon, Vancouver’s SF and fantasy convention. I haven’t gone in a few years but I will be attending this year and will be on a panel about Finding Your Muse, tomorrow at 1:00 pm. I have a reading at 7:00 pm where I will read from a story that was long listed for the Stoker Award. And on Saturday I will be on a panel about the role of religion in speculative fiction. If you’re not doing anything come on down and experience the breadth and depth of convention fun.

I should also mention that my poem “Family Tree” has come out in the collection They Have to Take You In, edited by Ursula Pflug. “The Collector” came out earlier this year in Cemetery Dance. My story “Pearls and Swine” will be coming out in the New Exile Book of Canadian Noir, and Our Lady of…

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Feminist Friday: What Are Strong Female Characters?

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Hannah Reads Books

You may have noticed I’ve been blogging about female characters all week! Well, there’s a reason: I want to discuss the concept of “strong female characters” today. That phrase gets thrown around a lot, but people have widely varying ideas of a) what a strong female character is, and b) what a strong female character is supposed to accomplish in the real world. So, let’s compare notes.

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In its most casual usage, the phrase seems to mean either a female warrior or a female character who gets a lot of “screentime” in the story. Both of these things can certainly be important. Women are traditionally not portrayed as warriors or physically/emotionally “strong,” and as we talked about two weeks ago, the Bechdel Test illustrates that women are often only present as token supporting characters in a male character’s story. (There’s nothing wrong with telling stories…

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