Nebula Weekend in Chicago!

Next month, Chicago is hosting the 50th Annual Nebula Awards and Nebula Weekend! A few years ago, I had no idea about the rich resources and networking opportunities afforded by something like the Nebulas. I really wish I had known, and so I’m passing this along to writer friends in the Chicagoland area (and those looking for an excuse to visit Chicago…Come!)

The Nebula Weekend is an amazing opportunity, and it rotates cities. This year (the 50th Anniversary!) and next, Chicago will hosting the weekend. (Chicago in June is so lovely–finally warm and sunny, but not yet sweltering. The lake breezes are perfection, and we have such lush, green spaces.)

The panels offered are targeted at authors. There will be a self-publishing workshop on Wednesday, and experts are participating throughout the weekend to discuss things like the future of cities, intellectual property law, and selling your work to Hollywood.

On Friday evening, the Mass Autographing session is FREE to the public, with more than 50 authors expected to participate, including Cixin Liu, Larry Niven, Greg Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jody Lynn Nye, Connie Willis, Aliette de Bodard, Daryl Gregory, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, Fran Wilde, Alyssa Wong, Usman Tanveer Malik, Sam J. Miller, and so many others!

There’s also the Awards Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday evening with toastmaster Nick Offerman, best known for his role of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation!

Incredible writers and editors who are brilliant and inspiring and delightful are coming in from all over the world. So because I adore many of them, and I adore many of you…you should meet!

Do let me know if you’re coming because I will be there all weekend.

Register to attend here!


Of Art and Coffee 

I had a really great time during our Baybayin workshop last November at Cordillera coffee. Though I was new to this and I don’t know anyone from the group, I really had fun learning about our country’s language, heritage and culture. It was a fun night and one night like this is not enough to discuss such interesting subjects such as art and history. I’m looking forward to more events and workshops like this!

Read the story here: Of art and coffee: Baybayin Workshop


he Rockefeller Foundation supports MoCADA for their great work in bringing artist programming to the public housing developments in Brooklyn. So many New Yorkers comes from a culture where the presentation of art is not a passive act. 

The chipmunk taxidermy workshop with @bloodyberrylicious has officially sold out but there are still a few spots in the butterfly & moth display workshop on Saturday January 31st. Tickets must be purchased in advance on our website! #entomology #butterfy #moth #taxidermy #bazaarbaltimore #divya #friendforevertaxidermy #oddities #baltimore #workshops #hampden (at Bazaar)

Happy Winter Solstice! Our only winter classes are now up for sale on our website! We are having @bloodyberrylicious back to teach butterfly display and chipmunk taxidermy! Also, space is still available in the Victorian hair art class. Tickets must be purchased in advance on our website: #entomology #butterfy #moth #insects #taxidermy #taxidermyworkshop #divya #chipmunk #bazaarbaltimore #baltimore #hampden #victorian #mourning #mourninghair #naturalhistory #workshops
(at Bazaar)


***Attention Bay Area*** #EliteNaach Academy Presents #NrityaShaktiTour2015

Pre-registration deals end TOMORROW! What are you waiting for?? Join us in #SF on Saturday June 27th & Sunday June 28th
City Dance Studios
10 Chase Court
San Francisco CA 94103
1:15-2:45 | Ages 7-13yrs
3:00-4:30 | Teens & Adults
Register online at

#dancewithENA #dancewithSHAKTI #BayAreaBuzz #livetodance #dance #Bollywood #Contemporary #masterclasses #workshops
@mohanshakti @nrityashakti @enakshivyas @suhailaks @naina24vyas @_mayasingh_ @themitten93 @12megdancer (at city dance studios)