Hey there! So, you might have seen earlier this week on either my FB or my Twitter feed that the fabulous Miss Angie and Goddess Beth over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps are celebrating their monthly book swap this week by doing a giveaway of some signed tomes in which I have work (Chicks Unravel Time and Whedonistas), as well as a signed copy of my chapbook, On the Ground Floor! 3 prizes for three lucky winners.

If you’d like to win a copy, head on over to Chaotic Goddess Swaps to enter! You have four hours left to enter! The giveaway ends at 9PM Pacific/Midnight Eastern!


GeekGirlCon: The Squee-port

I’m also working on an “official” “journalisty” (journalisty? Shut up. It’s a word now.) post about GeekGirlCon for, but since this is my blog, I’m giving you my personal, squee-ful account of the first ever GeekGirlCon in all its inspiring, wonderful glory.

But first:

Union Station, Portland, OR

I took an Amtrak from Los Angeles to Seattle for the con. Actually, I was supposed to take a train from L.A. to Seattle. What happened instead was that that legendary L.A. Traffic™ caused me to miss my train, so I had to take a bus from L.A. to Bakersfield, a train from Bakersfield to Martinez, then I’d be able to catch up to my original train there and take it the rest of the way to Seattle. Whew! The things I do for geekery!

Somewhere in Oregon.

Eugene, OR

The GeekGirlCon Vendor Room

All of that to get to…GEEKGIRLCON!

GeekGirlCon was the most chill, welcoming, and inspiring con I’ve ever been to. It was about more than pop culture. It’s not hyperbolic to say that it was about changing the world. Granted, it was primarily about changing the world by focusing on media – but that’s what we all have to do, right? Find our own little corner of the world that we’re interested in and make it better?

Sure, there were some technical glitches I heard about, and the timing of the panels could’ve been tweaked to give con-goers at the Seattle Center time to go from room to room across the expansive grounds, but on the whole, GeekGirlCon was run extremely well, and in many ways better than other larger cons I’ve been to. The staff was extremely helpful, the design of the show was great, and all of the programming was actually substantive. There wasn’t a “fluff” panel on the entire schedule. Each one either taught you how to do something, or brought together panelists who were truly knowledgeable and articulate about the topic being addressed. Unlike other cons, there were panels I was genuinely upset about not being able to get to. The panels also weren’t just about promoting something. Even those that were clearly about a new release (Scott Westerfeld’s panel promoting his illustrated guide to the world of Leviathan; my, ahem, panel about Whedonistas) were interactive and provided more information and insight than a mere overview of a product.

Nancy Holder, Jane Espenson, and Me at the Whedonistas signing at GeekGirlCon 2011

The Whedonistas signing in the morning on the first day was a lot of fun! But it was also really funny. It’s times like this when I’m made accutely aware of how low I am on the writerly totem pole. I’m sitting next to Jane Espenson and Nancy Holder at the University Book Store table for this signing, and people were handing me their books expecting me to ring them up while asking me how much other books on the table cost. 🙂 I was like “Um, I’m in this book, actually…kthxbye.” Heh. Such is life. One day, my name will be on the COVER of a book, and then all those people will pay! THEY’LL ALL PAY! You know…for my book. What did you think I meant? 🙂 I did manage to get some copies of On the Ground Floor into people’s hands – I gave them to everyone who bought a copy of Whedonistas. Getting my work out there, and all that…

See that empty plastic book stand? That's where our copies of Whedonistas USED to be! We sold out in an hour! Boo-yah!

Incidentally, the University Bookstore had limited copies of Whedonistas, ordering on the “safe side” because this was the first GeekGirlCon. Whedonistas sold out during our morning signing. ALWAYS order many copies when Jane Espenson is doing a signing, is all I’m sayin’…

Mariah Huehner, Jane Espenson, Nancy Holder, and Me on the Whedonistas panel at GeekGirlCon 2011

At the Whedonistas panel, Jane, Nancy, and Mariah – all of whom are more experienced at everything than I am – gave the audience thoughtful replies to their questions about everything from Whedon’s work to women in the television/publishing/comics industries. Also, we had a giveaway where trivia questions = a signed Husbands crew hat from Jane and a free copy of Whedonistas. Much fun! I was so nervous about the panel all day, it being my first time moderating one, but people kept coming up to me as I was walking around during the rest of the con and were like “The Whedonistas panel was great!” or “Thanks for a great panel! It was awesome!”

It’s sometimes easy, as a relative newbie to this “Putting Your Writing Out There, Publicly” thing, to feel like I don’t matter, or that I’m not getting anywhere. But the fact that I was sitting on a panel with these ridiculously talented women, and afterwards was treated as if I deserved to be there? Well, that made me feel rather good.

I also felt really good, because I felt like I’d actively helped promote Jane’s new webseries, Husbands, which is one that I believe deserves oodles of attention along with The Guild and Awkward Embraces. When I interviewed her about it for Tor, I asked her to be on a panel for Whedonistas at GeekGirlCon, but I mentioned it too, because I thought it would be a great place to reach a target audience for Husbands. She was already scheduled to be in Seattle doing a talk that was done in partnership with GGC, but she was unaware of the con itself. As she told people about Husbands at the signing, and at the panel, there were people who hadn’t heard about it, despite being fans of hers, and I think she was happy that she was reaching people she hadn’t yet reached. I’m proud to have had a hand in that, and will take this moment on my personal blog to pat myself on the back.

*pats self*

I love bringing people/stuff together for Mutually Beneficial Awesome. 🙂

Bonnie Burton

And then there were the other folks I got to meet! In addition to meeting the fabulous Mariah Huehner for the first time, I got to meet Bonnie Burton (whom I’d chatted with on Twitter, and who’s friends with just about all of my other L.A. friends) who is lovely; writer Amy Berg (Eureka and The 4400) very, very briefly; and Mary Higgins, at long last! After years of the two of us writing for Pink Raygun and corresponding via the intarwebz, Mary and I were finally in the same place at the same time. She’s got a really fun webseries she’s produced called Mind My Brains, Darling! If you love Britishness…and zombies…check it out! 🙂

Me and Javier Grillo-Marxuach

I met Javier Grillo-Marxuach, whom I knew primarily from Lost, but who’s written a jillion other things (like The Middleman comic and television show, for instance). This was particularly exciting for me, not only because I was (am?) Lost-obsessed, but because having a firmly-established, talented television writer/showrunner (and comics writer!) who also happens to be Puerto Rican for me to look up to is rawther nice. Between him and Jane, I’ve got role models that appeal to both my brown-ness and my ovary-having-ness covered! 🙂

Anita Sarkeesian and Me

I also got to meet the fabulous Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency, who headed up the vlogging panel along with Maile Martinez of Reel Girls. I’d seen her YouTube videos before – especially this one she did on Sam Adama from Caprica, which I disagreed with heartily, but whatevs – but didn’t put two and two together that this was the same woman until about halfway through the panel. 🙂 She’s incredibly smart; really knowledgeable about feminist history while also being a huge pop culture geek, and she effectively combines the two. She pretty much does through video what I do with my writing. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better – and taking notes and pointers as I do!

And then there were the lovely and wonderful people I met throughout the con! There was the lovely Jedi family whose picture I took (you haven’t emailed me! I have your photo if you want it!), Jenn (of JustJennDesigns fame), Christina (whom I’d met at the Single Geeks L.A. event, but got to talk to more this time around), Ginny (she of the fabulous Ravenclaw cosplay), Vavia (who helped me pass the time between panels), Talina (who helped me figure out how I can edit videos on a PC), Ryan (of the awesome kilt ensemble)… So many lovely people, all of them as friendly as could be.

And Gail Simone totally let me cut in front of her in line at the Registration table, because I was cutting it close for my morning signing. 🙂

GeekGirlCon was an amazing, inviting, inspiring, and safe environment for women and geekery. The entire staff did an incredible job at making it all happen. (Shout-out to Jennifer Stuller, the programming director!) I’m really looking forward to it next year, and you should, too!

See You At Geek Girl Con!


Thanks to several generous folks in response to my This Little Whedonista effort, as well as a well-timed direct deposit from one of my writerly employers, I WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO GEEK GIRL CON! I can barely contain my excitement.

Why? Well, lemme see:

1) I’ll be crashing with the fabulous Cunning Minx, and apparently, there may be a brownie and porn party if I time my arrival just so.

2) I’ll be doing a signing for Whedonistas along with with JANE ESPENSON, NANCY HOLDER, and  MARIAH HUEHNER at the University Book Store table (Booth  308-309) Saturday, October 8th – 10:30-11:30AM! Come on by, grab a copy of this fabulous collection of Whedon-related essays, and have a chat with us!

3) I’ll be moderating a Whedonistas panel that same day from 5;30-6:30PM with JANE ESPENSON, NANCY HOLDER, and MARIAH HUEHNER. There will be talk of Whedon (natch), as well as the Whedonistas reading short excerpts from their pieces in the book, plus some Q&A, and some Whedon Trivia, where you might be able to walk away with a free copy of Whedonistas (and perhaps some other prizes!). Do you love Joss Whedon? (and really, how could you not?) Think you know everything about the man and his work? Put your knowledge to the test at the Whedonistas panel at Geek Girl Con!

4) My Geek Girl Traveler self will be staying in Seattle for the week following Geek Girl Con as I explore the city for geeky hotspots! It’s my first time in the city, and I’m looking forward to it! If you have suggestions for geeky Seattle locales I shouldn’t miss, email them to me at geekgirltraveler[at]gmail[dot]com!

I would like to take a moment to thank Angela VonSchmittou, Ken Rokos, Matt Curry, Olga Branson, Robert Ropars, and Jade Takakuwa for their generosity in response to my. I will be sending you your copies of On the Ground Floor and/or your autographed copies of Whedonistas once I return from the con.

If you haven’t yet purchased a copy of On the Ground Floor and/or you’d like me to get you an autographed copy of Whedonistas while I’m at the con, the terms of my This Little Whedonista plea will continue to stand through October 5th! Get me thine orders!

And I’ll see you in Seattle! 🙂

This Little Whedonista Needs To Get To GeekGirlCon!

So, you might have heard about this panel I’m moderating for Whedonistas at Geek Girl Con in Seattle in a couple of weeks! I’m very excited about it, and hope that each and every one of you reading this – well, those of you on the West Coast at the very least – will come out not only for the first year of what I’m sure will be an awesome convention, but for this amazing panel of fabulously talented ladies. And also, me. 🙂

Here’s the thing. I’ve just made a cross-country move from New York to L.A, which cost me a lot. I’m a freelance writer, which means I get paid monthly and not weekly, so budgeting is very tricky business. Long story short, I’m reaching out to the geek masses the same way I did to do the Whedonistas panel at Gallifrey One back in February.

Since then, I’ve gotten a lot more Twitter follwers and Facebook friends, so I’ll explain that I’m not asking for donations per se (though I certainly won’t turn them down). Rather, I’m asking you – if you’re following me and enjoy the things I write – to let now be the time when you decide to purchase something of mine!

My chapbook, On the Ground Floor, is available for $5.00 (plus S&H, more if you want it signed/inscribed), and can be purchased HERE.

I’m also selling autographed copies of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds Of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them, in which I have an essay, (signed by me, Jane Espenson, Nancy Holder, and Mariah Huehner) for a $30 contribution to the cause ($15 is the price of the book, and the S&H comes out of the rest, leaving the remainder as your donation!) If you can’t make the con, this is the only way to get a copy that is signed by these wonderful contributors! If you’d prefer this to my chapbook, go directly to PayPal HERE and send me your contribution using my email address teresajusino[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you’d like both, please specify that in your note to me on PayPal! 🙂

My goal? To raise $400 for the whole shebang. More would be wonderful, as I need to stay in Seattle for the week (the friend I’m staying with is having a houseguest and she’ll need my bed, so I’ll need to be gone then), but $500 is the bare minimum I need to get there, and be able to eat and get around. And I would need to have it in my PayPal account no later than September 30th so I can transfer it to my bank in time to use it.

So, what do you think, intarwebz? Think I can do this? I hope so! I’ve already put oodles of planning into this panel. What I didn’t plan on was being this insanely broke by October! Such is life.

It always amazes me how wonderful people on the internet can actually be. Sure, there are a lot of trolls and there’s lots of meanness. But there are also some really great people who make wonderful things happen. I want to thank those who helped me in my Gallifrey effort (I’m excited that I’ll have NO trouble getting to that con this year!), and hope that you all think that Geek Girl Con and this very special Whedonistas panel is worth the effort. Even if you can’t donate yourself, please spread the word.

Thank you all, so much!

Whedonistas Panel At Geek Girl Con!

As you might have seen on Twitter or Facebook, I have the privilege of moderating a Whedonistas panel at Geek Girl Con in October! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH from 5:30-6:30PM to be exact. There will also be a pre-panel signing that morning, from 10:30AM to 11:30AM in the vendor room at the University Book Store table (booth 308-309).

But whom will be on this panel, do you ask? I mean, in addition to fabulous, wonderous me? 😉

None other than the fabulously talented JANE ESPENSON (Buffy, BSG, Caprica, Torchwood, and her new webseries, Husbands), who has an exclusive interview in Whedonistas; NANCY HOLDER (NY Times bestselling author of The Watcher’s Guide among a million other things) whose piece in Whedonistas talks about her time spent on the set of Buffy; and MARIAH HUEHNER (IDW Comics – writer on Angel and True Blood comics, among others!), whose Whedonistas essay talks about why she loves Buffy even when Buffy is sometimes difficult to love. I get to share a stage with these women, y’all. So, if you can get to Seattle, you need to come check it out!

If only to catch me when I pass out and fall off the dais because of the sheer awesome of it all.

So, the deets once again:


10:30AM-11:30AMWhedonistas signing with JANE ESPENSON, NANCY HOLDER, MARIAH HUEHNER, and TERESA JUSINO at the University Book Store table (Booth  308-309).

5:30PM-6:30PMWhedonistas panel with JANE ESPENSON, NANCY HOLDER, and MARIAH HUEHNER. Moderated by TERESA JUSINO. There will be talk of Whedon (natch), as well as the Whedonistas reading short excerpts from their pieces in the book, plus time for Q&A, and some Whedon Trivia, where you might be able to walk away with a free copy of Whedonistas (and perhaps some other prizes!). Do you love Joss Whedon? (and really, how could you not?) Think you know everything about the man and his work? Put your knowledge to the test at the Whedonistas panel at Geek Girl Con!

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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/her  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! 🙂 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. 🙂 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!

Whedonista In Los Angeles!

This Little Whedonista is finally on her way to Los Angeles! 🙂 In fact, by the time many of you read this, I’ll already be there enjoying the fact that there are places that don’t even have slush!

As you all know, the main reason why I’ll be in L.A. is to help promote Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them! If you are an L.A.-based Whedon fan, the following events may strike your fancy!


I will be doing a reading at 6PM at The Talking Stick (1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice) to support both Whedonistas as well as my chapbook, On the Ground Floor. I’ll be reading my essay from Whedonistas as well as a short story of mine that’s never been published/read before! So if you’d like a taste of what to expect from Whedonistas, please stop by! The event is FREE, though I will have copies of On the Ground Floor available for purchase (and signing!), and I will have a laptop with me, should you be inspired to pre-order a copy of Whedonistas on the spot!


THE MAIN EVENT! Whedonistas is hosting a panel at Gallifrey One this coming weekend! It begins at 3pm and features Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Nancy Holder, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, Katy Shuttleworth, and ME! (I know, right? It’s like that song from Sesame Street – “One of these things does not belong here…”) To get into Gally for only that day, tickets are $40. It’s $75 for the whole weekend! (Doctor Who fans, take note!)

While Whedonistas is being launched at Gally, the book actually comes out on MARCH 15TH.

I will also be attending the Awkward Embraces S2 premiere party on Friday the 18th at which Lost’s Michelle Rodriguez will be guest-DJing! There will be no shortage of badass Puerto Rican ladies at that party! 🙂 There is also a karaoke night being planned, which I’ll tell you more about when things are finalized. And, of course, I’ll be all over Gally.

If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, I’ll be updating exclusively on Twitter! So follow me there, if you’re on (@teresajusino), or you can just bookmark my feed if you’re not. 🙂 I’ll be using the hashtag #teresafbt11. What does that mean? Teresa Fake Book Tour 2011. This is the first of what I hope will be several readings I do this year, but as I don’t have an actual book of my own…well, you get the idea. So #teresafbt11 is where it’s at!

Thanks again to all of you who supported Send Teresa to Gally! And the thing is, I genuinely believe that Whedonistas is worth all the trouble and effort! I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy! 🙂