I usually try to take Saturday off and just read, but I didn't finish what I needed to yesterday, so more work today. And the weather's been lousy, freezing and borderline icy, with sleet and a little snow on Thursday morning. It's supposed to be in the 60s this weekend, but then it'll go right back to freezing, icy, etc.
* Teresa Frohock: being a woman and writing dark fiction--it's complicated
Beverly's question made me think of the time I surfed through some posts on Reddit about year ago. Someone once commented that women don't write complicated novels like [insert list of male fantasy authors here].
And be sure to read the first comment, by M.L Brennan:
I think the toughest incident I've had (beyond endless people asking, "How on earth did you write a male protagonist?" -- as if gender was more trouble than a change in species) was when I was at NYCC and there was a fantastic book signing set up where Myke Cole, Benedict Jacka, and I sat in a row and signed 100 free copies of the first books in our series for anyone who got in line. It was very cool, but I'll say this -- it was really hard to see male readers who were happy to have their books personalized by Myke and Benedict, but the moment (the *moment*) they laid eyes on me, they said, "Oh, why don't you address it to my mother/sister/aunt". Because my gender was enough to convince them that they wouldn't enjoy it, even though I was writing in the exact same genre and with most of the themes as the man beside me.
* Con or Bust is starting up on Monday, February 10. It's a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction, and the auction will raise money for con memberships. Some memberships have already been donated by WorldCon and other conventions, and there are plenty of great items up for auction this year, like tons of signed books, knitted goods, and gorgeous jewelry. I've got a signed set of the Books of the Raksura and a signed set of the two Emilie books in it.
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February 8th, 2014