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Why I Love Science Fiction

I've loved science fiction since before I knew what a genre was. I first saw Star Wars at age four, so that was my intro to the genre. I'm sure I could barely read at the time. I always found all stories about planets, stars, space travel to be fascinating. For books, it was probably A Wrinkle in Time that put me on the path in middle school. Then my dad gave me Asimov's Foundation in 9th grade. By that time, I was solidly hooked. I didn't realize there was a gender gap in the genre until I … More »

Returning to Reading

I've always been a reader, but at some point after becoming a parent, my reading gravitated entirely to nonfiction. Partly the function of my work as a writer, researcher, strategist, etc., partly due to my cluelessness as a parent (let's just say I digested my fair share of parenting tomes), and also a practical function of time. A few months ago, I decided this had to change. In late October, I realized that I truly missed fiction. I missed reading stories at my own pace, vs. following at … More »

The Digital Mystique Turns One

This week marks the first birthday of my book, The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life -- Online and Off. The past year has been quite a ride, and as with any new author, I've learned a LOT. The landscape for books keeps changing, and when I first jumped on this merry-go-round, I knew I was in for a wobbly ride. I made a commitment to the long haul as an author, not just to a one-hit wonder. I think that's the right strategy. I didn't write my book to get … More »

Talking About Raising the Next Generation of Digital Citizens

This week, I'll be joining my friend and colleague, Veronica Arreola, in a discussion at the 2015 BlogHer conference in New York, #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Veronica's built her career around studying diversity in STEM. I've built mine around the intersections between digital media and society, having grown up online before most people knew what the Internet was. I'm also looking forward to meeting Kelly Wallace of CNN who will be moderating. We're all parents and we'll be discussing the … More »

What I Did This Spring: TechCamp

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR. After a grim few days in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) where we were harassed by black marketeers and giant hotel cockroaches, our group languished in the friendlier atmosphere of Riga, with its intimate parks, basement … More »