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Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in The F Word | 0 comments

Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Spoilers ahoy!   When I was sixteen, I dated a guy a with a madonna/whore complex. I had no idea what that was, at the time, being a young woman from a rural town where belittling women as sluts and whores was pretty typical. You were either “the type of woman men married” or you were… well, probably a slut. All I knew was that when he talked about me, he said I was some transformative goddess, superior to all other women – smarter, and sexier – and all other women he spoke about were bitches or whores. He disrespected his...

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I’ll Sleep When It’s May: Stop. Drop. And Write.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in admin, the writing life | 0 comments

I’ll Sleep When It’s May: Stop. Drop. And Write.

I’ll be in stealth mode throughout April this year. I’ve got edits due on THE MIRROR EMPIRE and a writing retreat later in the month exclusively dedicated to burning through pages on book 2, and the last thing I need to be doing when completing loads of work is chatting with other humans, even and especially on the internet. The good news is I do have a few things I’ve already completed and/or have scheduled to go live in April, so I’ll swing by to share those when I can. But I’ll be far more sporadic than usual....

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If you liked ANCILLARY JUSTICE and GOD’S WAR you’ll love…

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in bookery | 0 comments

If you liked ANCILLARY JUSTICE and GOD’S WAR you’ll love…

Much to my surprise, at least, both Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE and my book GOD’S WAR have been shortlisted for the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Awards this year. Women on the shortlists actually isn’t as newsworthy a thing as perhaps it’s been touted in the media, but having two books that explicitly tackle tricky issues of gender, race, war, and colonialism all at the same time may be a little more rare. That said, I was surprised to see someone on Twitter say that reading these books had “Proved that the future isn’t just...

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Rage Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum, or: Understanding the Complex Continuum of Internet Butt-Hurt*

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in assumptions | 0 comments

Rage Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum, or: Understanding the Complex Continuum of Internet Butt-Hurt*

I once stood at a bus stop in Durban while two young, drunk men murmured sexually explicit threats and promises to a young woman standing next to me. It was just the four of us – the woman being threatened, me, and the two perpetrators. South Africa is not the world’s safest place, though with how often folks pull out guns to solve disagreements in the US – legally! – now, I’d argue it’s not so safe here, either. In any event, I kept my mouth shut. After all, they weren’t threatening her with an actual weapon. They were just...

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in admin, The F Word | 0 comments

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege

I had the questionable delight of hanging out with a 3 year old for the last week, and at some point, when I hauled off his pants so he could go “Pee-pee in the potty” he proceeded to sit on said toilet for a solid five minutes having an argument with me because I’d said “Hey!” when he tried to hit his mother. “You YELLED at me!” he yelled. “We don’t yell in this house.” “We don’t hit our mom, either.” “We don’t YELL. You HURT my FEELINGS.” At some point, this child will understand the difference between a...

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Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Illusion, by Paula Volsky

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in bookery | 0 comments

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Illusion, by Paula Volsky

 In this irregular series of posts, I want to highlight some of my favorite fantasy epics – gritty and otherwise – of the last twenty years. I discovered Paula Volsky’s Illusion the traditional way – it was recommended by a friend in high school, who fairly forced it into my hands and said, “You need to read this.” Illusion was a revelation. It was the first book I recognized as taking historical events and meshing them with a rich secondary world. In this case, Volsky took events of the most famous of the French...

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Die Hard, Hetaera, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in The F Word | 0 comments

Die Hard, Hetaera, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant

I watch Die Hard at least a couple of times a year; it’s one of the best written films out there. But there were always two moments in the film that confounded me from the very start, even when I watched it as a kid. There’s a moment when John McClane is upstairs in the floors under construction, and he’s trying to figure out how to get the attention of the police even though the phone lines are cut. During this high tension scene, the camera’s attention swoops with John’s to the building across the way, where a naked woman is...

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Surprise! I Have No Idea Your Book is Coming Out

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

Surprise! I Have No Idea Your Book is Coming Out

I was listening to a podcast about the Hugos yesterday, and then this morning I read a post from another author about how, you know, as an author – especially fifteen+ years ago – you weren’t expected to do a lot of self-promotion. In fact, one of the reasons I got into this, too, was because it was a profession that would let me sit in a little room and write by myself. As an introvert, this was about the most perfect profession I could imagine. I didn’t have to hang out with people. I could just… work. I...

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Ain’t No Party Like a Novel Party

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Mirror Dark | 0 comments

Ain’t No Party Like a Novel Party

A lot of what people see of the writing life is actually the part that has nothing to do with writing actual novels. What you see are the blog posts, the tweets, the convention appearances, the book signing, the G+ hangout, the author D&D, the podcast, the workshop… all the stuff we do *around* the writing to draw *attention* to work which has already been written. I’ve spent the last three weeks living out loud, with twenty-something guest posts, a manic Twitter pace, giveaways, a convention, and even some grumbling on Facebook. I...

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God’s War Wicked Winter Carnival: WE SURVIVED!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in God's War | 0 comments

God’s War Wicked Winter Carnival: WE SURVIVED!

With today’s post on tragedy as comfort fiction over at Charlie Stross’s place, so ends my three-week blog tour for the paperback release of GOD’S WAR in the UK (hint: buy one. Buy another for a friend). There was a lot of incredible news this week that I’ve been sitting on for a bit. The biggest being the 2-book deal with Angry Robot books for a new epic fantasy series, starting with THE MIRROR EMPIRE, due out this September. This means that… yes, my friends, we’ll be doing this all over again in September....

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