Getting Published – Panel in Castro Valley on Saturday

Karin Kallmaker Business of Books, Events and Appearances, Readers and Libraries

program flyer for CV library program getting published

This is an event for new(ish) writers who are generally located in the East Bay. (I dislike reading about a cool sounding event and only finding out at the end that it’s thousands of miles away.) So Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Dublin, Fremont, Union City and so on and on. You can come from farther away if you’re up for it! The CV Library is not even two blocks from CV Bart. Read More

Cover, Indomitable the Barbara Grier Story by Joanne Passet

Indomitable Should Be in Your Public Library

Karin Kallmaker Readers and Libraries, Sisters of the Pen 5 Comments

“Glorious and inglorious complexity.” The phrase captures Barbara Grier to perfection, and is used by Katherine V. Forrest on the dust jacket of Indomitable, this new, richly detailed biography of the woman who “changed, for the better, every lesbian life…” as Lee Lynch adds. That means your life, even if you don’t recognize the name.

I’m not exhorting you to read Indomitable (you should). There’s something more important that you can do from your seat.

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A Fowl Mood (That Turkey Brine Thing We Do)

Karin Kallmaker Chocolate and Inspirations, LIFE + STYLE 4 Comments

Turkey on the Fence

Update 2016: Since I’ve received several email requests this week for “that turkey brine thing” I thought I’d repost this April 2008 entry with the recipe.

Turkey on the Fence

No doubt others before me have used this fowl pun, and why you may ask am I writing about turkey in April when Thanksgiving is six months away? There’s a turkey sitting on my back fence, that’s why. Read More

wood desk with typewriter vinyl record scrabble tiles paint and music

A Novel SongTrack

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Captain of Industry 3 Comments

Music has often inspired titles and moments in my stories. The title Substitute for Love I owe to Madonna and The Kiss that Counted to Catie Curtis, for example. What’s rare is when particular songs – their lyrics, tone, power – drive the creativity so much so that I know it’s a song that the characters have heard and responded to as well. After all, the characters are real people, right?

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Dead Lesbian Scene on the 100

Reblog: “I Am Not Your Plot Device” – Steven Spohn at Terrible Minds

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing, LIFE + STYLE 1 Comment

This. To all writers, THIS. First, empathy in the specific. This essay by Steven Spohn isn’t about lesbians, it’s about a group of people even more marginalized in every form of entertainment culture. Empathy.

Then gritty determination in a universal resistance to marginalized people’s lives being used as palatable plot devices for tragedy. Read More