Anne Winchell’s Thoughts on Speculative Fiction and the Importance of Imagination:
Speculative fiction is not about escapism or some abstract future. It is about all of us, today, and how we imagine the world we want to create. If we imagine a better world, we can achieve it. If we imagine a worse world, we can avoid it. But if we imagine nothing at all, we let others dictate what will be created and we lose the only chance of freedom we have.
I’ve been slowly compiling all of my favorite songs from my teen years onward. There are some classics along with newer music, and it crosses into most genres. Recent additions focus on K-Pop, my latest favorite!
Events, Presentations, and Publications
“Chapter 19: Storytelling in Video Games” was published in Teaching the Game, a peer-reviewed book of collected video game syllabi.
“Helping Students Engage in Discussions in the Fully Online Classroom” was presented at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association in February 2021.
“Dystopian Galaxies: Visions of the Future” was published at Amazon on June 5, 2018!
“The Last War” was published at Amazon on May 21, 2018!
“YouTube in the Classroom: Late Night Comedians and English Composition” was presented at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association in February 2018.
“K-Pop and Visual Literacy: Engaging Students by Interpreting Korean Music Videos” was presented at the National Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association in March 2016 in Seattle, WA.
“Female or Male: A Not So Simple Choice” was presented at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association in February 2016 in Albuquerque, NM.
“Female Representation and Sexualization in Tabletop Gaming” was presented at the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association in February 2015 in Albuquerque, NM.
“Video Games as a New Form of Interactive Literature” was published in Syllabus Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal! The issue went live on January 30th, 2015.
“Mental Disorders in Video Games: Stereotypes and Savants” was presented at the Women and Gender Research Collaboration focusing on mental health at Texas State University in March 2014.
“Not Pregnant at Mercy Hospital” was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association 2014 Writing Contest in the Adult Short Topic category.
“The Creatives” was published at The Story Shack on September 23rd, 2013!
“The Moon of Lycca” was published at Amazon on March 23, 2013!