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Preptober 7 / 31 – What Excites Me

The daily NaNoWriMo prep exercise was to journal about what excites me about my story idea. If you ever wanted a window into my process and what excites me about a particular story and the noise in my head when it’s flattened onto a linear prose page, here you go.
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Preptober 6 / 31 – Synopsis

I’m a planster, but more on the side of a pastser than a planner, for NaNoWriMo. That said, this year’s novel has a little more of a synopsis than usual because I’ve been having fun with NaNo to write an ongoing series of short novels. This one picks up where…
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Preptober 5 / 31 – POV

I really like writing in first person POVs. I like having access to the characters’ full sensorium; I like being able to embody my MCs in my imagination. But I also need a justification for why this person is self-narrating, or why they would be narrating to the reader. Who…
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Preptober 3 / 31 – Plot Formula

Todays prompt was “choose a plot formula.” I had to look up what that meant, but it turned out to be the term for things like Aristotle’s Incline (note: this is just a nice write up; I have no connection to the author of the blog), which I’ve used for…
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Preptober 2 / 31 – Genre

Preptober Day 2 prompt for NaNoWriMo: Decide on your genre. This should be simple. LOL One of the reasons I invented a multiverse was because I couldn’t decide on a genre…or maybe I love them all too much.
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Preptober! 1 / 31 – Word Goal

NaNoWriMo Season is almost upon us, and I’m always so excited I want to start RIGHT AWAY. Thankfully, there is Preptober, the month in which we prepare for NaNoWriMo in order to assist with impulse control. Because according to Traditional NaNoWriMo Rules, November 1st at midnight is when hundreds of…
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A Few Tips on Revising Academic Papers

If you’ve been asked to revise and resubmit a paper for an academic journal, congratulations! Here are some tips for people new to the revision process about what you need to do and how it works.
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Mac Carroll Multiverse Novel Notebook

This is a brief flip-through of the traveler’s notebook I keep for stories in the Mac Carroll multiverse. Tools I use: Notebook cover – Chic Sparrow Enchanted Woods Rosewood. Inserts – Paper Penguin and Rock Your Notebook. Pen – Pilot Custom 823. Inserts are for: Working things out which gets…
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Writing an Original Research Article as a Story

I approach the structure of an academic research article similarly to how I approach a piece of fiction. I shared this with a student the other day, and am elevating it from “Random Email I’ll Lose” to “Blog Post I Can Link Back To.” I like to think of an…
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Journals, Planners, & Pens – Daily Journal

I’ve always loved journals, planners, and pens but the past few years innovations (and rediscoveries) have uped my game. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from others, so here I start to pass along the love. Or maybe I just want an excuse to go on about leather, stationary, and…
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Avoiding some early errors in academic writing

By chance, I’ve done a lot of mentoring lately about academic writing. Earlier I posted about rejection. This post is just a collection of random n00b-type things that I’ve found myself explaining to students a lot. Now I can just direct them here bwahaha Disclaimer: My experience with academic writing…
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Work from Home Tips

I’ve been working from home for over a decade largely as a disability accessibility thing & some people have asked me for tips. (Disclaimers: I’m a natural introvert and have no children.) Set up a work space that is for work. Do not do other activities in it until AFTER…
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Rough pen and ink sketch of a young man with a pony tail and a leather jacket tracing a chaos attractor in the air; there is a silhouette of a city in the background. It says "3. Your Genre: Math Punk" on it

Hearts & Tails: Spacetime and Mathematics

FIRST LAW OF THE REACHABLE NOWS: No alternate versions of a person may be in eye-line of each other within the same now, or both will suffer immediate death by fire. My novella “Hearts and Tails” in Spoon Knife 4: Spacetime is set in a soft-SF multiverse where WWI never…
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New Book Excerpt & Interview on All The Things

I’ll write more–maybe too much–about this as time goes on but here is the very first post squeeeee. I am too excited/terrified. Terricided? Excitified? I am a weirdo. HERE ARE ALL THE THINGS 1. The wonderful folks at Wordgathering interviewed me about disability fiction, Hoshi, my next book in Hoshi’s world, and…
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Hearts & Tails: Source and Memory

My twenties were belligerent. A few decades of living in fear will result in belligerency, apparently. They were also creative, beautiful, and engaged in the 1990’s post-punk industrial world of queered-up vampires, feminist philosophies, anarchist role models, cyberpunk promises, and aggro-rage mixed-media music, poetry, performance, fuck-this-shit manifestos. This photo of…
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Mathpunk Novella “Hearts and Tails” in Spoon Knife 4

Exciting fiction news! My short mathpunk novella “Hearts and Tails” will be appearing in this year’s anthology Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Space-time!  The story takes place in an alternate 1991 where there are no computers, but there just might be magic, as well as a space-time connection…
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Stories and Media in the Liminal Universe

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is set in the liminal universe. I call it the “liminal universe” after the first book I wrote about it, which may or may not ever see the light of day. Other stories, though, have seen the light of day, and here is the…
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Backstory: Revolutions 1 & 2 and a Post-post-apocalyptic Universe

I joke that the liminal universe, where Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is set, is a “post-post-apoclyptic” universe. But, seriously, it is! Earth dies, almost for good, and everything is awful, but then it (or at least humanity) recovers, and a few centuries pass and there’s space ships and…
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Backstory: Operators and Civil Rights

When I first started building the world of Hoshi and the Red City Circuit around 2000, I was mostly interested in why our world shits on its artists, scientists, and creatives. Autism and computer science were behind the core concept of the Operators, but autism was less relevant to the…
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Science in the Fiction: Autism, Neurodivergence, and Idioglossias

No, my characters are not explicitly Autistic. Yes, they are implicitly based on how some of us (myself included) experience autism, the intense world theory, and findings related to the associative nature of autistic intelligence (yes, I know “intelligence” is a troubling concept, but I’m not getting into it here).…
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Disability Literature Consortium Reading 3/28

I’ll be reading from Hoshi and the Red City Circuit at AWP with the Disability Literature Consortium Reading on Thursday March 28th 6pm – 9pm. Authors will be: Susanne Antonetta, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jennifer Bartlett, Jeannine Hall Hailey, Cade Leebron, Raymond Luczak, Dora Raymaker.  Read poems from all at wordgathering!…
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Backstory: Invisible Aliens in the EM

The élan vitals–the invisible aliens that inhabit the slow waves of the electromagnetic spectrum and some part of physics we’ve yet to understand–were my invention to play with the notion of: what if ideas were sentient and we could talk to them? They were then sourced from a jumble of…
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Trust & what it takes to get there

Someone recently asked me what it would take for me to feel good about Autism Speaks, a large, wealthy organization that has done repeated and significant damage to autistic people and has claimed a desire to change. My first reaction was, not my fucking weight to carry. They have to…
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Science in the Fiction: Nonlinear Dynamics and Memes

My doctorate is in systems science. I study general ways to make sense of things that are too complex for the usual analytical approach of “let’s take it apart and see what makes it tick.” And by “complex” I mean non-linear. And by “nonlinear” I mean many things affect each…
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Review of Hoshi by Wordgathering

I learned of a lovely review of my novel yesterday. This is my favorite part. This is exactly the sort of conversation I think we need to be having about disability in literature, and what I hope to trouble for mainstream readers: “By telling the story from an autist’s point…
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Authentic Inclusion in Autism Research

My essay on “Authentic Inclusion in Autism Research” is up on the Organization for Autism Research’s (OAR) newsletter. Many thanks to OAR for inviting me to write about some my favorite things. Authentic Inclusion in Autism Research
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A Walk through Red City

Red City, in my novel Hoshi and the Red City Circuit (among other tales), takes its diversity and streetwise from New York, its green-space-urban-planning from left-coast Portland, and its waterfront docks from “the Other Portland.” Five-hundred-ish years from now (assuming we make it that long), I figure we’ve learned a…
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Interview about Hoshi on Spectrumly Speaking

Becca Lory Hector’s latest Spectrumly Speaking podcast is up, with an interview with me. We talk about my novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit, and related topics. Talking with Becca is always delightful! Enjoy! Autism in Literature, with Dora Raymaker, Ph.D. | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 54 From the website:…
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Webcomic (re)Launch – Illustrated World History

I’ve gotten back on a drawing kick, and revived my old webcomic project–this time with (hopefully) new wisdom about how to work the medium. These stories are set about 30 years prior to Hoshi. Operators have no rights. Almost no one knows about the aliens. Also, space pirates make me…
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Cassiopeia Prime, Eden with a Price

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is set on the exoplanet Cassiopeia-Prime. The Mem’s Public Pedia has the following facts to present about it: Star System – Cadmus Natural Satellites – Cepheus, Phoenix Major Settlements – Red City (pop. 18M, Main continental plate) Big Island Interstellar Exchange (pop. 50K, Atlantis…
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Stella – Epic Space Music

This comes from my fascination with space sounds. The space sound samples come from NASA’s Keplar: Star KIC12268220C Light Curve Waves to Sound and Kepler: Star KIC7671081B Light Curve Waves to Sound, both available here: soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/spookyspacesounds It also comes from my fascination with space ships possessed by alien consciousnesses. So…
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Spoon Knife 3: Incursions is OUT!

Happy Equinox! Spoon Knife 3: Incursions is OUT in all senses of the word! I am a pile of melted squee to find myself listed along with these incredible authors. This volume contains my short story “Heat Seeking Entities,” which is set in the same universe as Hoshi and the…
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Power, Allies, and Friendship in Hoshi and the Red City Circuit

Protagonists are defined as much by their interactions with other characters as they are by their own actions. Work-shopping the rough “draft zero” of Hoshi and the Red City Circuit through my writing group, a first-chapter comment went: “That Hoshi chooses to work for a police department that once owned…
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Review of Hoshi by Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

Kelly Israel provided an excellent, in-depth review of my novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. In it, she breaks down a number of the disability rights themes of the book, and how the story is situated within our current reality. Also, she says, “I found myself obsessively devouring chapters…
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Summer Reading: Melissa Scott, Steven King, Mercedes Lackey, me!

I went epic this summer–three “books” that were more like seven. Here are teeny reviews. ★ ★ ★ ★ Melissa Scott – Trouble and Her Friends A friend pointed me to this book because it’s feminist cyberpunk with queer characters, which is pretty much my Thing. As a gen-Xer who…
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Reading at Another Read Through 9/20/2018: Neurodivergent Queer Heroes

Join me at Another Read Through for a reading from my science fiction mystery novel Hoshi and the Red City Circuit, as well as conversation about my neurodivergent, disabled, and queer heroes; cool tech; systems science; and cantankerous detectives. I’ll have books available to sign and buy. Date: 9/20/2018 Time:…
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My Novel is Released!

OMG YOU GUYS! I released a book today!!! I am HOLDING a copy of a novel I wrote and some fabulous people (thank you Autonomous Press and Argawarga Press!) liked enough to edit and put into print. I am more proud of this than anything I’ve ever done. I hope…
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Sorry about the celebrity deaths

Oh no! A famous person has hanged themselves! They will be so terribly missed the world is so much poorer without them how tragic SEE!!! depression happens to people who have everything! Well, David had nothing. He was shit-poor and in retrospect, I suspect, abused. He had a moustache and…
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INSAR 2018 Narratives of Autism and Skilled Employment: Barriers, Facilitators, and Considerations in Professional Settings

Some very preliminary findings from my autism and skilled employment project, from INSAR. Citation: Raymaker, D.M., Scharer, M., Nicolaidis, C., AASPIRE team. (May, 2018). Narratives of Autism and Skilled Employment: Barriers, Facilitators, and Considerations in Professional Settings. Poster Presentation. International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam.
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Mixed Tape 1: 10 in 10

Mixed tape! Wherein I harken back to high school and the hours I spent on mixed tape album covers and spinning magnetic reels! Because fun! Also, because an excuse to listen to music I love. Ten Favorite Albums from the Past Ten Years The “10 favorite albums” question is fun,…
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Huygens Descent – Epic Space Music

After traveling aboard Cassini for nearly seven years, the Huygens probe descended into the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005. It recorded the wind on the way down, along with with its radar and radio signals. The probe was designed to transmit its conversation with Titan for…
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