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Women and Words

By Jove Belle
Women and Words is a blog (and now podcast) dedicated to women and words. And whatever other fun bits of string that drift into our focus.
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Women and Words: Hootenanny. It's a thing.

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Women and Words: Final (maybe) Women and Words Podcast
Use your powers for good. Andi and Jove wander through hockey, DJ'ing, "what if" and Star Wars in this, the most likely final episode of the Women and Words podcast. They're putting the podcast on extended may come back later or it may not! They feel like they had a good run with this one but it's time to shift their energies and focus to other things. THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have followed us and who have listened and may The Force be with you. :)
January 25, 2020
Women and Words: The episode that almost wasn't
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January 13, 2020
Women and Words: Adulting can be kind of dark
Andi and Jove discuss plans for the new year, the ethos of Gen X and cool things younger generations are doing; how blank journals can be intimidating; and learning not to judge yourself too harshly if you can't get some things done. Like writing. Also, now they both want the same kind of planner Carsen Taite has. Jan. 1: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite gave us a round up of things on her plate this year and can we just say OMG. Have a look. Jan. 2: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle has some thoughts about trying to recapture her writing mojo this year. Join her. Also, Andi is a meteor fan and stayed up way late to watch a few of the Quadrantid shower, which happens in January. For more info about that shower, see this link at
January 04, 2020
Women and Words: Kathleen Knowles reads an excerpt from Somewhere Along the Way
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December 13, 2019
Women and Words: Hootenanny. It's a thing.
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December 08, 2019
Women and Words: The world needs to be disrupted in a Lizzo kind of way
Andi is now obsessed with The Great British Bake Off (I know!!!! WHAT TOOK HER SO LONG???), as is R.G. Emanuelle. Then she and Jove sent lots of love to Lizzo and noted that Linda Hamilton is still freaking awesome. Also, Jove has some great tips for helping those dealing with cancer. And please consider buying a copy of R.G. Emanuelle's A Year in the Kitchen, cuz all proceeds go to Oregon Food Bank. WOOO! Nov. 25: Author and Women and Wordster Renée Bess had a great discussion about the importance of literature by marginalized people during difficult political and economic times. Read it. Nov. 26: Author and Women and Wordster Lee Lynch went to the movies for the first time in twelve years with her wife and saw the latest Terminator movie. And...well, she had a great time. Find out why. Nov. 27: Author and Women and Wordster Jove Belle with a topic very close to her heart -- tips for helping people deal with cancer. Go see. Seriously. Nov. 28: REMEMBER! THE HOOTENANNY'S COMING! Andi Marquette with a reminder to authors to sign up on the handy form. Nov. 29: Share the luv and buy a copy of chef, author, and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle's book of recipes! All proceeds go to Oregon Food Bank! Go see.
November 30, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: RG Emanuelle talks about A Year in the Kitchen
A Year in the Kitchen with R.G. Emanuelle - a collection of recipes for $3.99 and the 100% of the profits go to the Oregon Food Bank.
November 28, 2019
Women and Words: In the weeds only 56 percent of the time!
Andi and Jove might have wandered in the weeds more than 56 percent of the time today, but oh, well. They're super-stoked about R.G. Emanuelle's A Year in the Kitchen, which is 12 recipes R.G. developed the first year of Dirt Road Books (which she co-founded with Andi, Jove, Michelle Teichman and Gill McKnight). All proceeds from this book go to the Oregon Food Bank. They also had a long discussion of LGBTQ rep in mainstream publishing, talked about Gentleman Jack (thanks, Stevie Carroll!) and movies. And other stuff. Because weeds. 56 percent of the time. Nov. 16: Women and Wordster Danielle Zion talks science fiction. WOOO! Check it out. Nov. 17: Author Karen Frost with an excellent discussion about getting LGBTQ books into mainstream markets. Seriously. Read this. Nov. 18: Author, explorer, and Women and Wordster Stevie Carroll managed to get in on a Calderdale Heritage Walk titled "Cliffe Hill - The Walkers and Others," which has gotten majorly popular because of the BBC series Gentleman Jack. Cliffe Hill was the home of Ann Walker, who married Anne Lister. Find out more. Nov. 19: Author and Women and Wordster Ash Bartlett doesn't like the movie You've Got Mail (1998) and finds Point Break (1991) a much better kind of statement. Find out why. Nov. 20: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson was on jury duty, but that's not really the point of her story, which is more about the kind of validation being legally married can bring you. Ruminate with her. Nov. 21: Andi Marquette stepped in on R.G. Emanuelle's day to remind authors IT'S HOOTENANNY TIME SO GO GET SIGNED UP! MUAH! TUCKER THE MERRY ELF SAYS PLZ SIGN UP FOR HAPPY FUN TIMES! And you can pre-order a copy of R.G. Emanuelle's A Year in the Kitchen on Kindle -- all proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank!
November 24, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Q&A with Gill McKnight
You know those questions you never thought about asking? Well Jove Belle, your host, asked Gill McKnight all those questions and more. Learn more about Gill at
November 19, 2019
Women and Words: Kittens and other goodness
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November 16, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Say hi to Penny Taylor!
Penny on Parade, the story of Penny Taylor's induction into the British Royal Army in the 70s, is available now from Dirt Road Books.
November 13, 2019
Women and Words: Andi is withholding the title
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November 09, 2019
Women and Words: Dear queer listeners--that should be all of you bitches
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October 27, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Introducing Louisa Kelley
Get to know our newest author, Louisa Kelley, during this brief Q&A wherein she tells us all the cool things there is to know about who she is and what makes her tick. You can learn more about her and her latest release, Fianna the Gold, online at Dirt Road Books.
October 16, 2019
Women and Words: When at altitude, hydrate!
Andi and Jove almost sound like they know what they're talking about as they discuss youth, creativity, peer pressure, the language of queerdom, writing prompts, hope, and stress. But of course they spend some time wandering around in the weeds, too. Because reasons.
October 06, 2019
Women and Words: Mother-fucking tomatoes and other improv scenarios
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September 29, 2019
Women and Words: Nobody was stoned in the making of this podcast (though you might think so)
Jove has a new job and it's awesome! She's working at a plasma center, and she'll tell you why donating plasma is so important! Andi then waxed all history nerd over Stevie Carroll's blog and Jove took Andi into the weeds where they rambled on about word games, blog tours, haiku, and Andi's excitement over the release of two of her works in audiobook format. Also, don't plagiarize! Dick move!
September 22, 2019
Women and Words: Andi usually comes up with a title
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September 15, 2019
Women and Words: Don't fuck with the river
Jove got the tech stuff figured out and she and Andi are fancy colleagues once again IN SEPTEMBER!!!! WHAT? It's SEPTEMBER? And they talk vacation, spirituality, misfit produce, and things that help them with stress management. Andi also offers some advice for those of you who plan on getting outdoors, like, don't use pool toys as your river transportation.
September 08, 2019
Women and Words: That Pumpkin Spice Shit (PSS) is back
Andi and Jove note that last week they tried to put an episode up, but tech foiled them at every turn and they had the sadz because they liked that episode a lot. Dammit. This week they chat about whatever-the-hell, including kids back in school, Lee Lynch's ice cream penchant, things that help get you through the summer, personal shit authors may go through, and, as KD Williamson points out, pumpkin spice shit, which is back in full-force and flavoring things both good and HELL NO. And shout-out to faithful listener (bless yer heart) Jen W., who wrote in and made us laugh with a "Women and Weeds" reference WHICH, dear listeners, Jove may just put on a T-shirt...
September 03, 2019
Women and Words: Get your own tamale lady! (or, get your own tamale, lady)
Andi and Jove are kind of obsessed with tamales (can you blame them?), and they agree with Angela Grace that people need to unplug from their devices at least once a week. Meanwhile, E.J. Kindred has a debut novel out; fanart is awesome; EVERYBODY has trust issues; and ermahgerd what's up with this paper shortage thing? That sounds kind of...dystopic. 
August 18, 2019
Women and Words: What is this "adulting" thing of which you speak?
 Andi and Jove talk teens, books, "adulting," Georgia Beers' fanfic, Carsen Taite's chat with Georgie, Toni Morrison, sex toys (because Andi and Jove), and coatis. Srsly. 
August 11, 2019
Women and Words: Arbitrary dickheads, junk drawers, and vibrators
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August 04, 2019
Women and Words: That time Andi tried to out-sexy Jove by losing her voice a little.
 Andi might be the voice to remember this time around, as she sounds like she did a few rounds with tequila and a bar dance at Coyote Ugly. Jove agreed. Then they talked about Pride, foster parenting, boots, some politics (ugh...but it wasn't too bad), and building community. Basically, your usual wandering in the weeds podcast! LOL 
July 21, 2019
Women and Words: That time Jove had a fight with a table saw and a wooden bowl...
 Andi and Jove discuss Jove's latest injury, fangirl over Cheyenne Blue, enjoy drink recipes supplied by Angela Grace, and wonder how they missed Fiona Zedde's traipsing around Marrakesh before she got to France. Andi also totally got where Sam Ledel was coming from with regard to the Women's World Cup. 
July 13, 2019
Women and Words: Canada has no Internet! (unless you checked your phone plan)
Andi and Jove talk about Jove's vacation north of the border and why it might take longer than you want to write a book. Plus, Andi binged the third season of Stranger Things and R.G. is on the road for the 4th. And if you're dealing with mental health issues, please reach out for help. There's no shame in that. 
July 06, 2019
Women and Words: That time the Gulf of Mexico tried to kill Jove
 Andi's battling a cold and Jove's getting ready for vacation, but they still managed to talk a lot about hair, misogyny, Everest, writer's block, If These Walls Could Talk 2, periods, and mental health, thus demonstrating that these two love spending time in the weeds. 
June 22, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Passive voice and why it sucks
Jove and Andi discuss the downfalls of passive voice in fiction, how to identify it, and, most important, how to avoid it.
June 22, 2019
Women and Words: Sweating, Swearing, and Heavy Breathing
 Jove and Andi talk about Jove and her air conditioner while Andi attempted to explain the zip line she designed back in the day (it totally didn't work). They also got a little deep discussing Pride and police and representation in media 
June 16, 2019
Women and Words: Tiling bathrooms, Vegas plans, and Pride
Jove is finally tiling her bathroom after a lot of research (and Andi wants pix). Also, Ann Etter recommends some cool books that feature characters faced with difficult circumstances and Pascal Scott has a new book out while Carsen Taite has launched a new fun and flirty series. And Anika Batson and R.G. Emanuelle talk Pride. 
June 09, 2019
Women and Words: Wandering in the Weeds
 Andi and Jove realized it was a fifth week on the blog and KD Williamson was busy on edits, so they filled in a lot of space with various discussions and rants that may or may not have anything to do with anything else. They were excited, however, that author Kate Christie now has a boxed set of her work available! YAY! 
June 01, 2019
Women and Words: Even Andi doesn't know who the hell she is, but whatever! Listen anyway!
 Andi and Jove talk spring, weeds, appliances, Pride, Gen X, Gen Z, and other random cray that may or may not relate directly to the podcast. lol 
May 25, 2019
Women and Words: Judging books by their covers and sleuthing with Sapphics
Andi and Jove try not to talk politics but goddammit, they did a little bit. Sorry! But then they talked writing! Book covers, Sapphic sleuths, and audio stories. 
May 19, 2019
Women and Words: Air-conditioned pilots and zombie burlesque
ERMAGERD Andi and Jove managed to remember to record a podcast! Life is crazy busy, y'all! Anyway, Ann Etter is on the road (literally), Jove and her wife are planning a trip to Vegas next summer, and Fiona Zedde is jetting off to Spain (again). Author Sam Ledel could use some luv with her writer's block/burnout and author Rose Marini has a cool debut novel you might like. Also check out Anika Batson's book recommendation and Val Agab's discussion about internalized homophobia. 
May 12, 2019
Women and Words: Sorry we missed last week but HERE ARE SOME DEEP DISCUSSIONS! Maybe.
 Andi has been on the road and is freaking strung out on exhaustion but talks politics anyway with Jove (dammit, Jove). But yay! Yvonne Heidt stopped by to chat about her latest obsessions and KD Williamson lets her geek flag fly and reminds us that REPRESENTATION FREAKING MATTERS. R.G. Emanuelle wonders how changing technology will affect writing, reading, and publishing and then Andi somehow manages to remind people to try to have some fun and share some love in these nutso times. 
May 05, 2019
Women and Words: Cooties, queer spaces, and ClexaCon
Y'all, Jove has MOAR COOTIES WTF. These cooties are particularly shitty because they stole most of her voice. Bastards. So Andi muddled through with various noises from Jove (you're all welcome), spouting about beta readers, cool literary festivals, links between acting and writing, subways, and ClexaCon. Also, Branwell Brönte might've been a jerk. 
April 20, 2019
Women and Words: When  Andi's away, Jove and Ashley will play.
 Jove and Ashley did the podcast thang this week because Andi is running around at ClexaCon in Vegas.  Enjoy.
April 13, 2019
Women and Words: Who has time for drama and some unicorns might be scary
  HELLO, dahlings! Jove and Andi are BACK after illin'-ness. We hope all is well in your part of the world. Jove wonders if it's possible that older main characters in books aren't as common as younger because being older, you just don't have time for drama, which generally drives a story. Andi laughed quite hard at this discussion. Also, if you have a mad skill in something, OWN IT! Plus, R.G. Emanuelle might actually believe unicorns could exist and Andi's getting ready for ClexaCon.
April 07, 2019
Women and Words: It's time to plant your potatoes, folks!
 Andi and Jove had crazy weeks. Andi's on the road and Jove is just...Jove. So happy St. Patrick's Day! Also, gray hair can be awesome. So can hot springs. And if you're going to be a judge in a book contest, maybe you should act out scenes to see how the narrative flows. Or something. 
March 24, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Interview with Sacchi Green
In this episode of Riding Shotgun with DRB, Jove sits down with award-winning editor and author Sacchi Green to discus her new release, Wild Rides and other Lesbian Erotic Adventures, available now from Dirt Road Books.
March 19, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Ready to launch (part 2)
In this episode of Riding Shotgun, Jove and Michelle discuss the virtues of a virtual book launch.
March 15, 2019
Women and Words: Be responsible with your crossbows, people
Andi and Jove talk weaponry (because why not), audio books, understanding your own dysfunction (everybody join in!), and a few other things that may or may not make sense. You be the judge.
March 10, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: We're a go for launch (part 1)
In this episode of Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, Michelle L. Teichman joins Jove Belle to discuss the joys of a traditional book launch.
March 07, 2019
Women and Words: A call for submissions, age discrimination, and representation
Jove has added (at least temporarily) to her household while Andi admits she's really freaking tired after being on the road for a bit. Also, no matter what anybody says, age discrimination is a thing and workers are still getting screwed. They are also passionate about representation in media (Black Lightning and Captain Marvel!) -- all kinds of media.
March 02, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Points of view in narrative
This week on Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, Jove and Michelle discuss points of view in narrative. Yes, it's a lot sexier than it sounds. You should totally give it a listen.
February 27, 2019
Women and Words: Toddler bags, plus, penguins are pretty fluid
Andi struggles to keep Jove on track but then joins her in the weeds as they ponder reality TV, trigger warnings, Rachel Weisz (because seriously, who wouldn't), ants and other bugs, and writing from the not-so-happy places in your mind. 
February 24, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: What to think about when you're thinking about writing a book
On this episode of Riding Shotgun with DRB, Andi Marquette joins Jove Belle to discuss a few things to seriously consider before entering the world of publishing.
February 19, 2019
Women and Words: Dentistry, Introverts, and Big Gay Movies
 Andi and Jove discuss National Toothache Day (wtf), decide they would love to work with Jessie Chandler at a Home Depot, think writing postcards to elected officials is a really cool idea (just don't Andi it up) and agree with Fiona Zedde that the movie When Night Is Falling is kind of cheesy, but they like it anyway. 
February 17, 2019
A Litany of Privilege: what's coming across which border?
In this episode of A Litany of Privilege, Ashley and Jove talk about how the US border patrol guards (or not) the Canadian border.
February 14, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Acquisitions and other such torturous activities
In this episode of Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, Michelle asks Jove what she looks for when acquiring a manuscript.
February 12, 2019
Women and Words: Copper pipes only look like they sweat, depression and creativity, and unpacking identity
 Whew! Jove and Andi got kinda deep this week (thanks, contributors, for writing stuff that made us do it!) and they talked about depression, identity, and water conservation (no, really). Also, could author Chris Zett please tell us more about smuggling vodka out of Russia? 
February 10, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: It's all been done before Part 2
Michelle and Jove continue the conversation about the main story lines in fiction.  Dirt Road Books
February 06, 2019
Women and Words: Consequences are a thing, parenting is STILL hard, and air travel can suck
Consequences are a thing, parenting is STILL hard, and air travel can suck (so does bronchitis). It was KD Williamson week up in here! Which is fine by us, cuz Andi and Jove LUUUUV KD and all the wisdom she drops as well as the fun stuff, too. Also, Yvonne Heidt would really like a good 2019 (same!), author Anna Ferrara is working on another project and Andi is grappling with giant philosophical sociopolitical questions with regard to "free speech" issues versus Terms of Service on web platforms because Andi doesn't do anything half-assed.
February 03, 2019
Women and Words: 12-Gauge Birthdays and Remember to Be Kind
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January 27, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: The awesome that is writing prompts
In this episode of Riding Shotgun with DRB, Michelle and Jove talk about the awesomeness of writing prompts. Visit our website to learn more about Dirt Road Books.
January 22, 2019
Women and Words: Killer hammocks, shooting stars, and the awesome that is genre fiction
Andi and Jove accidentally talk about writing (and genre fiction) thanks to Kate Christie. Also, therapy is a really good thing. And you should totally try to see a shooting star/meteor shower. Check out the Women and Words blog.
January 13, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: The believability of fiction vs reality.
In this episode of Riding Shotgun with DRB, Jove Belle and Michelle L. Teichman talk about the realities that are simply too strange for fiction. Check out their website to learn more about Dirt Road Books.
January 08, 2019
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: YA kicks ass and you should read it!
Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books In this episode of Riding Shotgun with DRB, Jove Belle and Michelle L. Teichman discuss the kickass nature of young adult fiction. Also, they're pretty sure your life would be much happier if you read it too.  Visit Dirt Road Books online to learn more about them.
January 07, 2019
Women and Words: Resolutions, meditation, and family wonkiness
29 Dec. 2018: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta had a few new-to-her books and authors to start out the new year, including Sam Ledel, who will be blogging with us on a Friday each month, starting next week. Check it out. 31 Dec. 2018: Author and Women and Wordster KD Williamson had a list of cool things going on during her past year. Movies, gaming, and some other stuff. Go See. 1 Jan. 2019: Women and Wordster Anika Batson talked about coming out in her Jamaican family. Link. 2 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster Carsen Taite has all the things planned for 2019. Check it out. 3 Jan.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle made a resolution this year. See what it is.
January 05, 2019
Hootenanny is over!
The very first episode of Women and Words!
January 05, 2019