Archive for November, 2008

Every little step

November has been a roller-coaster month for the Americans, possibly more so for its homosexual population. During the presidential election week, LGBT rights took a beating in three states. While new lobbying strategies and appeals are in process, out in Miami-Dade county in Florida state, on Tuesday, Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman gave a brilliant judgement systematically demolishing the 30-year ban on homosexuals not being allowed to adopt children as being unconstitutional, and being bad policy. Her Honour follows in the brave footsteps of Monroe Circuit Judge David John Audlin Jr. who, in August, had ruled against the ban, who eviscerated long standing case law, but the state chose not to appeal and so that ruling did not set precedent.

Her Honour’s judgment can be read here -the good stuff starts at page 38-and is based on good law, or at least good practice, in the emotionally charged field of Family Law. I haven’t read the complete ruling yet but what I, and many others, are hoping is that the Supreme Court will not chicken out deny leave to appeal, as they have done on previous occasions, and to either affirm or overrule Lederman’s decision.

Until then, one family’s fight to be together is won.


November 27, 2008 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Interview on Chroma

An interview with me on Chroma’s blog where I’m chatting with Gill McKnight about

For an extended version of the interview, check out

November 22, 2008 at 1:27 am 2 comments

Spec-fic writing workshop

Clarion West is currently accepting applications for it’s 2009 writers’ workshop. Six weeks of intense shaping for those wouldbe professional spec-fic writers. I hear it’s a premier course.

Totally lifted from and enjoyed works of CW alumnae, Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge.

November 22, 2008 at 1:15 am Leave a comment


A massive cross-border archive for Europe, sponsored by the EC, arrives today.

EUROPEANA the European digital library, museum and archive – is a prototype website giving users direct access to some 2 million digital objects, including film material, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers.

The digital content will be selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. The prototype aims to have representative content from all four of these cultural heritage domains, and also to have a broad range of content from across Europe.

The interface will be multilingual. Initially, this may mean that it is available in French, English and German, but the intention is to develop the number of languages available following the launch.

Oh, the rich pickings!

November 21, 2008 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Gifts for the lesbian in your life

Looking for a gift that’ll last through the next year? Judy Francesconi, photographer, has been producing fine art calendars by and for lesbians for many years. The photos are lovely. Very lovely. Like Yum!

Take a look at some of her studio shots here.

Her calendars and other prints are available here.

November 19, 2008 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Pet pic

I started this blog nearly three months ago with a pic of our aquarium. Time for another picture.

Fish pic Nov '08

November 18, 2008 at 12:37 am Leave a comment

The future of spec-fic

Lovingly still called sci-fi by the New Scientist – but then they might have a bias – in this week’s issue they talk to six superstars of the genre, including Ursula K Le Guin and Margaret Atwood, about the future of  sci-fi literature.

Read the article and the interviews here.

November 16, 2008 at 12:20 am 2 comments

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News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.