I keep forgetting to mention this, but I have a tumblr where I post the same posts I post here (say that three times fast) plus a lot of other stuff. So if you prefer to tumbl instead of LJ, that's where I am.
* Of Awards Eligibility Lists and Unbearable Smugness by Amal El-Mohtar
You cannot with one breath say that you wish more women were recognized for their work, and then say in the next that you think less of people who make others aware of their work. You cannot trust that somehow, magically, the systems that suppress the voices of women, people of colour, disabled people, queer people, trans people, will of their own accord stop doing that when award season rolls around in order to suddenly make you aware of their work. You MUST recognize the fact that the only way to counter silence is to encourage speech and make room for it to be heard.
* Battle of the Sexists (aka Let The Self-Promotion Roll, Ladies) by Gwenda Bond
Don't be an imperfect vessel, kids. Which seems to mean, among other things, don't self-promote, don't believe your own work is worth promoting, and for eff's sake, don't imply that it's worthy of critical consideration OR that which books get attention really does often come down to initial perceptions of the people who make those decisions... Perceptions which are undeniably colored by impressions created by the track record/history of the author and the packaging (and I'd include marketing push there). And if you believe that women's and men's work are packaged the same, or that women authors whose works are or are perceived to be primarily about and/or for girls or women are on equal ground in this equation, then I have some lovely beachfront property I'd love to sell you with a library full of Franzen the Grouch novels. Just send me a cashier's check.
* Atlas Obscura's Essential Guide to Bioluminescence
* elanya commented with this and it's awesome: Peter Mayhew is posting old behind-the-scenes photos from making the original Star Wars: here, or on The Wookiee Roars twitter feed
January 11th, 2014