YA REWIND: Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld

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August 8, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind I’m joined by three friends for a chat about their childhood favorites, then I talk about using fiction to teach kids about history, as with Henry Winterfeld’s Detectives in Togas, and the surprise discovery that the original 1956 text was written in German. Later I bring back my friends to share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

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July 25, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind I talk about middle grade fiction and books for young readers including a favorite from when I was a kid: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Then I explore the differences between the rules of magic for kids and the rules of magic for adults, and later I share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

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July 11, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the great Lloyd Alexander and The Illyrian Adventure, the first of his books to feature intrepid orphan Vesper Holly. On the Casting Couch, I pick out my ideal cast for a Vesper Holly movie and discuss some upcoming YA adaptations, and in the new Book Jacket Theatre segment I perform a melodramatic reading of a book summary from the ‘paranormal teen romance’ section of Amazon.

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Bookie Fever

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June 23, 2012

After discovering Paul F. Tomkins’ podcast Dead Authors through his connection to The Thrilling Adventure Hour, I pitched a blog post to Quirk Books about podcasts with a literary slant. After I pitched it, I realized that I didn’t actually listen to podcasts other than TAH and the occasional Nerdist, and to do the thing right, I needed to sample a selection.

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Ace Answers Podcast #3 and the End of Asexual Awareness Week

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October 30, 2011

The end of this momentous week really deserves a thoughtful, well-crafted reflection post, but I spent most of the weekend trying to sew a TARDIS dress that I ended up half-crafting with blue and white duct tape, so I’m not really in the mood. My room is seeking funds from FEMA, I haven’t worked on my book in weeks, and I’m still unemployed – but I’d happily work on Asexual Awareness Week again next year.

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The Ace Answers Podcast #2

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October 27, 2011

The second Ace Answers podcast is now available. This episode tackles the topics of misconceptions, challenges faced by asexuals, and asexual representations in the media. I’m working on finding the best way to upload and share these podcasts, so hopefully they can be streamed at some point. I received a number of great responses, but I would still love to hear from a larger sample of the community.

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The Ace Answers Podcast

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October 25, 2011

For Asexual Awareness Week 2011, I joined the planning committee (more on that in an article to be published this week on the blog LGBTPOV.) All the members had their own projects, and I decided that I wanted to give people in the community the chance to answer questions that no one was really asking. Given that we are often overlooked, ignored, or invisible, I wanted to offer the wider world an opportunity to hear from real, live asexuals, in their own voices.

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