I live in Ridgewood, Queens, so I spoke recently at the Ridgewood Neighborhood Association's monthly meeting, telling everyone how to deal with feral cats that live on their block. TNR (trap-neuter-return) really works to get rid of the problems, while protecting the cats.Here's an article about it.
Mayor Bloomberg was speaking at the same meeting. Here's a pick of me and Mayor Bloomberg on stage having a chat.
Lolita and I gave John Weis the Sexual Freedom Award on Sunday at Folsom Street East. Here's the photos on Lolita's blog. John really deserves the Sexual Freedom Award from GMSMA - he's been an activist for 20 years, founding the Leather Leadership Conference and serving on the NCSF board. He also founded Folsom Street East and produced 10 of the past 13 fairs.
John's latest news is that he was just elected Chairman of Community Board 4 in Manhattan. I'm backing him all the way! We may end up having a leatherman on the City Council if he keeps this up.
I was filmed for CBS news doing a big trap/neuter/return project for feral cats. Here's the link.
This block in Chinatown has at least 50 cats. We got 16 cats neutered and pulled out 15 kittens. We're doing another project there in a few weeks. Can you imagine trying to sleep with 50 cats all breeding in your back yard?
I can't wait to see how it turns out. It suddenly turned freezing that day, and tears were leaking out of my eyes as I tried to talk! But I had such a blast being back at Area 51, and I'm sure that comes through in the show.
I haven't written for Star Trek in many years, but my editor Marco Palmieri remembered that I love writing in the mirror universe, and he asked me to pitch a story for the Shards and Shadows anthology. I wrote Bitter Fruit, which is about Kes and B'Elanna going head-to-head – literally – as Kes tries to capture B'Elanna in order to reunite with Nelix.
"If you'd told me a couple months ago that two of the best stories in Shards and Shadows would be by Dave Stern and Susan Wright, I'd probably have encouraged you to go back on your meds, but here we are. 'Bitter Fruit' is a capable extension of KRAD's excellent work in The Mirror-Scaled Serpent, managing both the luridness of the MU [mirror universe] and some genuinely dark character material."
I'm not sure if that meds comment was against my previous writing or because the high caliber of the other writers on this anthology. Either way, it's fine by me!
At the end of the thread, Moody elaborates:
"Overall Shards and Shadows, like so much recent Trek fiction, is competent but seriously lacking in ambitions other than filling in continuity. Most stories that are particularly successful- "The Sacred Chalice," "Bitter Fruit," and to some extent "The Greater Good"- work because they focus on creating (or expanding) characters with specific personal backstories, as opposed to the generic victims of less impressive efforts. The problem with dystopia is that it crushes difference: in oppression, everyone is made alike, which is not that dramatically interesting. Atypical characters like Kes, Deanna Troi, and Christopher Pike provide the greatest interest by breaking with this pattern."
I just wanted to let everyone know about a new website I'm involved with. This site, Bookviewcafe.com, serves up fiction for free from over 20 published authors in a number of genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I'm very excited about this project, not only because I'm working with a dynamic group of people, but because we're using a new model of Internet distribution for our work.
The site promises new material every day, so it's an easy way to get a taste of authors you've never before read. Just a few of the 20 authors are Ursula Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre and Christie Golden. We'll be offering free novels, stories and blogging about writing and our lives.
My out-of-print science fiction novel, Slave Trade, will be available in free chapter downloads every Tuesday:
Slave Trade by Susan Wright
Human slaves can never defy their alien masters – or can they?
Rose Rico never believed the rumors that the government was secretly selling human beings to the Alphas in exchange for advanced alien technology. The idea that human sex slaves were a luxury item throughout the galaxy was just too ridiculous to take seriously – until Rose found herself, along with hundreds of other human captives, bound for the far reaches of space, and compelled to cater to the depraved desires of her new alien masters.
November 16, 2008 - This week, members of the BDSM-leather-fetish, swing and polyamory communities joined protests in cities all over California against the recent passage of Proposition 8 which outlaws same-sex marriage. In addition, dozens of NCSF board members, staff, volunteers and Coalition Partner representatives attended protests staged nationwide on November 15th by Join the Impact.
NCSF urges community members to go to Join the Impact to submit your photos and stories about the demonstrations.
"NCSF has close ties and relationships with LGBT organizations and has always supported equal rights for everyone," says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. "We support gay marriage not only on behalf of our own LGBT members in our communities, but also because marriage is a fundamental right that shouldn't be denied to anyone. These protests are an important way to show the world that we stand up for those rights."
NCSF supports the freedom of consenting adults to discover and to practice the intimate relationship structure that best meets their emotional and human needs. We champion the basic human right to do so free of governmental, societal or institutional coercion or favoritism.
A joint Project of NCSF and ITCR: The Foundation of NCSF
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a national organization committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face discrimination because of their sexual expression.
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom 822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127 Baltimore, MD 21202-3707 917-848-6544 email@example.com www.ncsfreedom.org