Happy Gally! (My Gallifrey One Schedule)

Gallifrey One 2012 is finally here! I’m lucky enough to be attending this year with my friend, Tara Reich, who was also the designer of the fabulous Dalek dress I wore last year (and will be wearing again on Saturday along with my newer Dalek earrings made by Olga Branson!), as well as appearing on four panels over the course of the weekend! Below is my schedule for the weekend. When I’m not in panels, I’ll be in the Dealer’s Room, or listening to interviews in the ballroom, or wandering around taking pictures of costumes, or in the karaoke cafe! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you see me, say hi! I’ll also have copies of On the Ground Floor on hand, in case you’d like to buy one. For Gally, it’ll be pay what you will. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to seeing you and celebrating Doctor Who!

And yes, there will be reportage. And even video. ๐Ÿ™‚

** GALLIFREY ONE: NETWORK 23 โ€“ February 17-19

Fri, Feb 17, 12:30 PM: Miracle or Mistake: Torchwood Series 4 in Review โ€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Roberta Bettis, Graeme Burk, and Sarah Underwood)

Fri, Feb 17, 9:30 PM: Doctor Who, Sexual Tropes and the โ€œGay Agendaโ€ โ€” Scottsdale (along with Sarah Baum, Nicole Carlson, Samson Dunlevie, and Mark Oliver)

Sat, Feb 18, 12:00 PM: Why Arenโ€™t there More Captain Janeways? โ€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Nancy Holder, Gillian Horvath, Ann Morris, and Jill Sherwin)

Sun, Feb 19, 12:00 PM: Serial Crunch: Great (And Poor) Endings to TV Sci-Fi โ€” Chicago/Dallas (along with Taylor Deatherage, Nancy Holder, Shaun Lyon, and Craig Miller)

Whedonista in L.A. Part 1: The Reading and Lessons Learned

Photo by Mike Bucher

I was nearly pissing myself with nervousness.

After having planned the event from across the country, sight unseen, I was finally in L.A. last week and pissing myself, because I actually had to go through with the damn thing! After all, I’m a nobody! I’d done very little promotion, and I had no idea what kind of clientele The Talking Stick would have in on a Tuesday night. I Tweeted and Facebooked as much as possible, then sat back and hoped. I didn’t expect a big crowd.

I just didn’t want to be reading to no one but the cashier and the kitchen staff, you know?

I needn’t have worried. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Talking Stick is a great, homey coffeehouse in Venice with a stage that’s set for all sorts of music and spoken word events. It’s not tiny, but it’s not enormous, and there was a respectable group of people already there when I arrived with my friends (and hosts for the week), Heather and Alexis.

Alex & Heather attentive. The rest, unattentive, but captive! Photo by Mike Bucher.

Nervousness set in anew when the rest of the friends I expected were held up in traffic (the first in a series of lessons about L.A. traffic sucking hardcore), but after waiting an extra 15-20 mintues to start I finally had to get on with it. With the world’s biggest knots in my stomach.

Which is funny, because I’ve spent years as an actor and am a karaoke whore. I don’t get nervous in front of people. Well, I didn’t. Apparently, I do when I have to read them my writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo by Mike Bucher.

LESSON #1: Give yourself time to make sure your microphone and stand (and water) is exactly where you need it.

The gentleman behind the counter, who was the most awesome hippie ever, helped me with the music stand, but I adjusted my own mic, quickly, and I adjusted it wrong. The top of the stand stayed loose, and I ended up holding it up for much of the first story I read. After a while, I just took the mike off the stand and held it, which made me feel like I was doing stand-up. Except that my short story wasn’t particularly funny. Speaking of…

LESSON #2: Make sure you time your selection ahead of time. Don’t read anything over 20 minutes long.

I thought my short story would clock in at about 20 mins or so. So, imagine my horror when I glanced at the clock on the wall and saw that I’d been reading the same story for over 40 minutes! Never mind the audience, I wanted to boo myself off stage!

However, once I got to the story’s climax I looked out at people’s faces and saw that they were interested and right there with me. So…it was a little long getting to the exciting stuff, but once the exciting stuff started happening, the folks were into it! So, yay! But in future…

LESSON #3: Don’t read a “new” or “in-progress” piece unless you’re famous.

I thought it’d be a good idea to read something more current than what’s in my chapbook, as my chapbook stories are older and I like to think I’ve improved as a writer in the intervening years. The thing is, while those stories are older, they’re also polished and finished. As I read “How to Be Ignored at Parties,” I felt each and every place where it still needed editing. It was kinda excruciating. I got through it, and people seemed to enjoy it by the end, but still. If you’re selling a book, you should read something from that book. No one cares about stuff that’s still in-progress unless the author is famous and already has several reliable novels/collections under his/herย  belt.

Juliana, Josh, and Amy! Photo by me. (See how it's not as good as the others? That's how you can tell.)

LESSON #4: Practice really does make perfect.

My friends who’d been stuck in traffic arrived at the tail-end of my story, which ended up working out as they’re the real Whedon fans, and I wanted them to hear my essay from Whedonistas. I’d read my essay over and over beforehand, not really in the interest of practicing so much as in amazement that it was actually going to be in a book, but that prepared me for the reading anyway. I was so familiar with the piece that by the time I read it at the Talking Stick, I was able to pretty much act it out like a monologue! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still had to look at it from time to time, but I was able to engage more with the audience.

And for the record, the audience grew considerably between my first and second selections! After the rest of my friends arrived, other folks came in, and as I read my ode to Joss Whedon, which is also my geek “coming out” story, I started getting supportive comments from the audience as people started shouting things like “It’s stupid to hide who you are!” and whooping or clapping when I was talked about their favorite Whedon show. I got a really warm round of applause at the end of that piece, which was amazing, and afterwards my friends and I hung around for the music act that came on after me.

And then, something awesome happened.

As I went to the back of the store to get sugar packets for coffee, a gentleman named Jose stopped me to tell me how much he enjoyed my reading! Then he said “You know, I haven’t read much sci-fi in a while. I used to read it all the time when I was younger. Listening to you made me want to pick some up again!”


I can’t begin to tell you how good that made me feel! (Though I’ll certainly try) It was such a thrill to think that me reading my little old story and essay made someone rethink their entire relationship with a genre. I inspired someone back to sci-fi! ME. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that, right there, is the power of the written word, mo fos.

And yes, it was only one person. And yes, the “crowd” I read for wasn’t enormous. But I’m of the mind that affecting one person is just as important as affecting a room full. And that if I – random freelance writer going to a state where few people know her and setting up a reading to share her work that no one has heard of – can do it, anyone can.

For another take on my reading, check out this generous review of it at ChinaShop Magazine! It’s where the Mike Bucher photos are from!

And the Winners Are…

The contestants...

The Send Teresa to Gally drive is officially over, and I’d like to send another HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who bought a copy of On the Ground Floor in the past couple of weeks in order to help. You’ve helped me buy a plane ticket and provided me with the getting-around money I needed to join the Whedonistas panel at Gallifrey One, and I am so, so grateful.

The drawing... (the shirt I'm wearing does not mean I endorse the movie advertised. It came in a swag bag I got today, and I'm wearing it to sleep.)

Other than posting crappy pictures of me in my pajamas, the purpose of this post is to announce the TWO lucky winners in my drawing for free copies of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them! I entered the name of everyone who bought a copy of On the Ground Floor, or who otherwise supported my Gally effort, between January 17th and February 5th. Then I swirled the folded pieces of paper in a little bag and chose two of them at random! The first one was…


And the second was…


CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! You have each won a free copy of Whedonistas that I will be snagging for you at Gallifrey and getting signed by the panelists (including me!). Thank you so much for helping the effort and for getting me to Gally!

I wish I could shower each and every one of you with presents for being so nice to me! Thank you again, and stay tuned for news of my L.A. itinerary and more! ๐Ÿ™‚ TO GALLY!

TERESA GOES TO GALLY: Last Week to Enter and Win!

February 5th is SATURDAY, so this is the last week that your purchase of a chapbook will enter you to win a free copy of Whedonistas! I hope you’ll consider it, as 1) I’m proud of the stories in On the Ground Floor, and think you might enjoy them, and 2) you’re gonna want to get your mitts on Whedonistas, as it’s going to be a great book!

Also, there’s been a new development. While the Send Teresa To Gally effort put me over my goal, and I was able to purchase my plane ticket, the price of the plane ticket went up slightly from when I originally priced it. I also just found out today thatย I have to pay to get into Gally! I didn’t realize that was the case, and it was totally an assumption on my part that I wouldn’t have to. I should’ve planned better. In any case, it’s $75 for the weekend and $40 just for the day of my panel.

Suddenly, that “extra money” I thought I had isn’t so very extra anymore. But I refuse to be discouraged about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’ve been meaning to purchase my chapbook, this week would be a great time to do it! You’ll both be helping me hugely, as well as entering to win a wonderful little prize for yourself!

Thank you so much for your continued support! And if you’d like to get your hands on a chapbook, CLICK HERE and follow the instructions!

TERESA GOES TO GALLY: Win An Autographed Copy of Whedonistas!

Today was the day! I purchased my plane ticket to L.A. I’m officially going to Gally and will be in Los Angeles from February 13 to February 20th!

Already, it’s looking to be an eventful week:

MONDAY (14th) – most likely a big karaoke gathering. Still being planned, but details will be posted far and wide for anyone in town who’d like to see me and/or hear me rock White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, or Baby, I Love You by Aretha Franklin.

TUESDAY (15th) – I’M DOING A READING/SIGNING AT THE TALKING STICK! Thank you, Amy Ratcliffe, for the suggestion of venue. I’ll be reading some fiction and my essay from Whedonistas starting at 6PM. It’s FREE. So if you are in town, and can’t go to Gally that weekend, or want to see me and hear a story I’ve never read/published anywhere before, please stop by and say hello. I’ll have copies of On the Ground Floor to sell/sign, and you’ll be able to pre-order a copy of Whedonistas, too!

FRIDAY (18th) – The launch party for Season 2 of the most amazing webseries to come along since The Guild, Awkward Embraces! Seriously, check out this show and donate your cubits so they can keep it going! It’s amazing. I just mentioned to a friend of mine that if you watch this show, you will completely understand who I am. She watched it and agreed.

FRI-SAT-SUNDAY (18-19-20th) – GALLIFREY ONE. ‘Nuff said. The Whedonistas panel is on Saturday the 19th at 3PM on the Second Stage (Atlanta/Boston Rooms). Watch in amazement as I look totally out of place sitting next to people way cooler than me! ๐Ÿ™‚

And in addition to all that, there will hopefully be quality hanging with friends time, a hike through a canyon (I hear there are these things called “canyons” in L.A.), touristy things (I’ve never been to L.A. properly before), lunch with my ChinaShop editor (whassup, Barbie!), and some interviews I’m hoping to conduct while I’m in town. I’m tired just READING all that….

And I can’t WAIT.

Now, as I’m going to be there a full week, and my friends in town all have jobs and lives, I’m going to be on my own most days while people are at work, and will probably be taking a lot of public transportation and/or cabs to get around. Then there’s food. And getting into said touristy things. There’s also the convention itself, as well as buying alcohol, which is extremely important…

So, if you’d still like to help as Teresa Goes To Gally, please purchase a copy of On The Ground Floor by February 5th, as I could still use some extra funds to make sure I can get around and not starve. ๐Ÿ™‚ As an added incentive, two lucky customers/donors will be chosen at random to win a copy of Whedonistas autographed by members of the Whedonistas panel! Plus whatever other swag I can snag at Gally. (Yes, if you’ve already donated, it counts toward this prize, too!)

Special thanks to Olga Branson and Sylvie-Anne Goulet Casey, who have generously donated since my last blog post. Love you ladies!

And thank you all so much for your enthusiastic support and kindness.


Awesome drawing by weallscream4icecream at DeviantArt

After only a WEEK into my Send Teresa to Gally effort that had a deadline of February 5th, I am already OVER MY GOAL! This means, not only can I afford the plane fare to get to L.A. in February, but I can afford to eat and stuff, too!


(can you tell I’m excited?)

I’m writing this post, first and foremost to say THANK YOU! First, to the Geek Girl Army that so willingly and graciously used their social networking mojo to spread the word of my effort far and wide. Thank you Jill Pantozzi, Janna O’Shea, Kristin Rielly, Amy Ratcliffe, and Kat Hill for your support, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to join forces for the sake of one lowly member of the geek girl community. Each of you is truly awesome. And as if the promotion wasn’t enough, some of you also bought copies of On The Ground Floor! I’m so grateful to know you ladies, even though I’ve yet to meet some of you in person!

I have to thank my earliest donors, who were on the bandwagon long before it was cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Lisa Fary, George Sirois, Arlene Dreifus, Deborah Stanish (one of my Whedonistas editors!), GeekGirlDiva, Kevin Dilmore, Melissa Kutteroff, Angela VonSchmittou, and El Tremendo, for your generosity on the very first day!

Lastly, I have to thank everyone who’s given since; some of whom have given a ridiculous amount of money to someone they don’t know all in the name of geeky solidarity. I am forever grateful to Ruth T., Abby Geiger, Norman Mirotchnick, Michael Lusby, Pema Newton, Christian Young, James Stewart, Doug Welch, and Rhea Dowhower.

I don’t know what I did to deserve all this kindness. Actually, I don’t think it had anything to do with me at all. I mean, maybe it did, but the fact is, people really are good and kindhearted if you give them a chance to be. I’ve always believed that, and my tendency is to give people the benefit of the doubt, even when the world tells me not to. It’s nice to be able to point to something like this and be able to say, “See? I told you so!” ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you all so much!

Now, I’m going to keep this effort going, because 1) conventions are expensive, and my friends out in L.A. may or may not be able to cart my butt around for a week, so I forsee a lot of cab/bus rides in my future, and 2) I did say this would be over February 5th. So, if you were thinking about buying a copy of On the Ground floor to support my Gallifrey One effort, YOU STILL CAN.

As an added incentive, when I get to Gallifrey, I’m going to snag two copies of Whedonistas to give away at random to two people who have donated between January 17 and February 5th. (So, yes. If you’ve already donated, you’d still be eligible!) They may even be signed by my fellow panelists, including Jane Espenson. We’ll see what I can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, yes, THANK YOU for getting me to Gallifrey One. If you’re so inclined, feel free to spread the link around between now and February 5th with the knowledge that anyone who purchases a copy of On the Ground Floor by then will be entered to win one of two autographed copies of Whedonistas.

And stay tuned here at The Teresa Jusino Experience (or at my Facebook page, or Twitter) for more ramblings about the road to Gallifrey, and how anyone who’ll be in the L.A. area between February 13-20 will have the chance to see me and say hello!


Send Teresa to Gally!

As you’re all aware if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ve been included on the panel for Whedonistas at Gallifrey One this year on the Saturday at 4PM! So not only is Whedonistas the first thing in which I’ve been published that can be purchased where actual, hard-copy books are sold, but Gally – the biggest Doctor Who convention in North America – will be the first time where I’ll actually be on a panel! I was so excited when I was told the news. Did I mention that I’m going to be on this panel with Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Nancy Holder, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, and Katy Shuttleworth?! I know, right?!

However, I’d told my editors I could attend long before one of my part-time jobs decided to passive-aggressively fire me by not giving me hours on the schedule for a month without explaining why. So now, finances are an issue, and I can’t really afford a flight anymore.

As this is way too amazing an opportunity to pass up, I’m reaching out to the geek community, who would be the most likely to understand how important this opportunity is. But I’m not just asking for donations.

What I’m asking is that you buy my chapbook, and get other people to do the same.

I have friends in LA to stay with, so it really is only the flight I need to pay for (though extra spending cash would be nice), and I’m looking to raise $350. As I would want to leave Feb. 13th, I would need to know this is happening and book my flight by Saturday, February 5th.

$350 by February 5th. Can it be done??

The base price for my chapbook is $5.00. So if 70 people bought just the chapbook, I’d make my goal.

If 59 people bought a signed copy ($6.00), I’d make my goal.

If 50 people bought a personalized copy ($7.00), I’d make my goal.

And I’m going to kick this Send Teresa to Gally effort Kickstarter-style. Meaning that, if I don’t make my goal of $350 by Feb. 5th, everyone who sent me money via PayPal will get their money refunded to them (unless you specify that you want the chapbook regardless). So there’s no risk in supporting the effort if I don’t end up actually being able to go.

As for why I deserve this opportunity and your support? Well, for starters, I write good. And I should be able to show a room full of people that I write good.

In all seriousness, I’m extremely proud of having taken the initiative to pursue Whedonistas in the first place, I’m proud of having been chosen to be included in the anthology, and I would love to see the journey of this little essay I wrote to its end, by being able to attend the Whedonistas launch with my publisher, my editors, and my fellow contributors. It might seem like a silly, small thing, but this is the first time I’ve ever had the chance to do anything like this, and I’d hate to not be able to do it because of money.

Also, if you read any of the websites I write for, you might be interested in my reportage of the event, particularly over at Tor.com, where I do the majority of my Doctor Who writing.ย  So, you know, there’s that.

If you’re at all interested in what I do (which I’d assume you are if you’re reading this blog!), and you’ve been thinking about getting a copy of my chapbook, NOW’S THE TIME. Consider purchasing your copy of On the Ground Floor between now and February 5th, and help Send Teresa to Gally!

Thank you, from the cockles of my geeky little heart.