On Writing the Good Fight: Hugo Roundup

On Writing the Good Fight: Hugo Roundup

Apr 20, 2014

In the first grade (3rd grade? whatever), my best friend ran for some student office, a rather innocuous one, I believe, like Treasurer or something like that. Treasurer was – I knew, even then – a good bet. He was an exceptionally gifted kid: smart, funny, brilliant; played violin and piano, read chapter books to the class, and had already skipped a...

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

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

Apr 15, 2014

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...

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

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

Mar 7, 2014

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...

What living in South Africa taught me about racism in America

What living in South Africa taught me about racism in America

Nov 13, 2012

I’ve talked a lot about growing up in an area that was largely full of white people (I believe 98% of the county I grew up in was white during the 80′s). The effect this had on me, growing up, was not actually the one you might expect. Instead of (I thought) teaching me explicitly to be a racist, it taught me that racism was some kind of anomalous...

Argo, and the Inconvenient Truth of Sahar

Argo, and the Inconvenient Truth of Sahar

Nov 12, 2012

Spoilers: The hostages get away! The boat sinks! Etc. When I saw the first trailer for Argo, I guffawed at the implausibility of the entire movie. CIA creates SF movie ruse to smuggle people out of Iran? Whatever, Hollywood. I figured it was just a good excuse for the media to fuel itself up for war with Iran (because we don’t have enough wars! And oh, those...

Taking Responsibility for Writing Problematic Stories

Taking Responsibility for Writing Problematic Stories

Sep 4, 2012

NOTE: Contains a fairly major spoiler for GOD’S WAR. I spent a lot of time this weekend on panels at WorldCon talking about the responsibilities of being a writer, and how what we put on the page can mean something very personal to people. I spend a stupid amount of time buried in research books and googling shit on the Internet and digging up first person...

On hitting deadlines, writing a book a year, and subverting the limits of make-believe

On hitting deadlines, writing a book a year, and subverting the limits of make-believe

Jun 12, 2012

For reasons various and sundry, I have just now released a draft of RAPTURE to my editor, agent, and first readers (yes, the book was due 4/30, and I finished it 4/30, but I had to hold onto it due to Boring Business Things). I’ve been toodling around with it, of course, since I finished it. Throughout that process I’ve been alternately going, “OK, this...

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