Geek? Me? Er…

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This is how quickly my conversations go geeky.

Allons-y!

Je Me Souviens — Remembering The 14

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Plus Jamais — Never Again

I was in my second year of an Electrical Engineering bachelors degree at McGill University in Montréal in 1989. Twenty-five years ago today, at École Polytechnique, just a few kilometres away, fourteen fellow students lost their lives, and the rest of us lost something more intangible.

One of my good friends was in the building that day. My best friend’s sister, a couple of years ahead of me in her engineering studies, attended Polytechnique, and when I received word of the tragedy, the only thing I wanted to do was find a phone and call to make sure she was OK. The people I was closest to made it. Some of their friends didn’t. Women I’d met. Smart, interesting, beautiful women. Women who were going to make the world a better place. Women who got gunned down for the simple fact of being women.

It pains me that 25 years after the events the poster above commemorates, things haven’t changed very much. Enrolment in STEM fields for women is still a meagre percentage. Women are still being violently attacked and even killed because some men perceive us as less than human. Packs of trolls online target women for daring to have a voice in male-dominated fields. The gun laws that many worked so hard to put in place after Polytechnique have been eroded.

So if you see me posting items that encourage women in science and technology, that denounce harassment of women and girls in its myriad forms, that point out stereotypes that demean women, this is why. Because I remember. And because we have more work to do.

Plus Jamais — Never Again

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967) mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department.
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student.

Details

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I just started David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. I’m not very far into it at all, so have no opinion on the story yet, but I noticed that there’s a clock on the header of each page. The clock starts at midnight. Or noon. Or vertical, whatever you prefer. It rotates through the hours on each turn of the page.

I don’t normally do this, but I skipped to the end. Not to read the last sentence. Nope. Learned my lesson there long ago. But I wanted to see if the clock ended at midnight on the last page.

And it does.

Small loving details in book design.

Reading at Talisman Books & Gallery

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If you’re on Pender Island this weekend, I’ll be doing a reading at Talisman Books & Gallery on Saturday, November 22 at 1PM. Talisman Books are my local independent bookstore (when I’m local to Pender Island, which is quite a lot, since I split my time between Pender and Vancouver). The Christmas Craft Fair is on at the same time, so I’m sure there will be plenty of goodies besides books to choose from. I’m also sharing the event with an art show opening for “birds and bridges” by Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote of Blood Star Gallery. If you want to get your culture on, this is the place to be. :-)

If you need a map or want to export the details to your calendar, you can find everything you need on my handy-dandy event listing.

Come on out! Bring your friends! Taken in some artwork. Listen to me read from Untalented.

More Goodreads Goodies

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It was my birthday recently, and with holiday season fast approaching, I’m feeling in the giving mood.

I’m running another giveaway on Goodreads. This time, I’ve got two copies of Untalented available, and anyone in Canada, the UK or the USA is eligible. The giveaway states it’s for the U.S. edition, but if you’re in Canada or the UK, I’ll ship you a Commonwealth edition.

Oh, and while you’re at it, the Goodreads Choice awards are running right now. I’ve got a couple of friends (good luck Marko!) with books nominated in the SF category, but you can also submit write-in votes in any category (hmm, there’s a YA fantasy I’m particularly partial to…). Go vote!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Untalented by Katrina Archer

Untalented

by Katrina Archer

Giveaway ends November 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

A Favour To Ask, A Vote to Cast

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I was very excited when Untalented was shortlisted for the Creation of Stories Awards (fingers crossed for next month!). That also makes it eligible for the People’s Choice Award. It seems voting is now open (complete with excerpts for your reading pleasure), and you could do me a solid by checking out the link, scrolling down a bit and voting for Untalented in the Young Adult category. As an even bigger solid, I’d love it if you spread the word far and wide and told all your friends.

Thanks a bunch, and good luck to all the finalists!

I’ll be busy making cupcakes for everyone.

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Goodreads Canadian Thanksgiving Giveaway

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Even though it’s been up in the sidebar for a week, I totally forgot to blog about this:

It’s coming up on the time of year when Canadians get together to be thankful, and I’ve decided to thank Canadians for supporting Untalented.

So I’m giving away another trade paperback edition of Untalented on Goodreads. This one’s only for Canadians, and only running for a couple of weeks, so the odds of winning should be higher.

If you like Untalented, I would be very thankful if you gave it a review on Goodreads or Amazon.

Giveaway ends Oct 13, 2014.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Untalented by Katrina Archer

Untalented

by Katrina Archer

Giveaway ends October 13, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Shortlisted!

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I’ve splashed this all over my social feeds already, so I apologize if you’re already sick of me by this point, but:

Untalented has been shortlisted for The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards, in the Young Adult Audience category. The award is sponsored by Blurb, and will be presented at Inspire! The Toronto International Book Fair by The Association for Art and Social Change.

I’m over the moon. A big congratulations and shout out to all the other finalists. It looks like I have some pretty stiff competition.

I should probably be dignified about this, but right now it feels a little like Christmas around here.

Elf

 

VCon Special!

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To celebrate my first con as a guest, I’m offering Untalented free on Kindle all weekend long. If you can’t attend the con, what could possibly be better than curling up with some free SFF?

So if you were thinking of picking it up, and haven’t, you no longer have an excuse! If you like it, please consider leaving a review.

Have a great weekend. I know I’ll be enjoying mine.