I thought I was well yesterday, but my fever came back last night. So, ugh, basically. I'm sick, but not sick enough to feel justified in not getting stuff done. I don't think that's helping.
The new (fourth) season of Vera is on acorn.tv now. They only put notices of the new stuff up on their revolving splash page so you have to keep an eye on it. Also, brand new Poirot coming up on Monday.
Couple of links:
* Ten Things I Never Knew About Publishing by Amanda Rutter
As you all know, I was a book blogger for a few years before taking up a position in publishing, and so I went into the process of publishing novels with rather naive eyes. I learnt a lot. And I learnt quickly. And there were some things I learnt that I just had no idea about, so here I present them to you.
This one is going on my section of
Publishing Information Sites for Beginning Authors when I get a chance.
* A Dribble of Ink: Women Made of Chrome by Teresa Frohock
I wish there were more Jane Navios in fantasy. Oh, you see them in science fiction and horror, but not in fantasy. There is an unwritten code that women in fantasy novels must not be older than thirty, or they’re all the grandmotherly types over sixty, but rarely are there any in the forty to fifty range. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but since the 1990s, female characters over forty seem to have faded into the background scenery, and very few are protagonists.
It's been so long since I wrote Wheel of the Infinite that I've forgotten exactly how old Maskelle was. I was definitely thinking late 40s-early 50s at least, and she had children who were now adults.
There was also Ravenna in The Element of Fire, who was in her early 50s, though she was a major character but not the main POV character. (when I was first workshopping the early manuscript, two of the male readers revealed that they thought of Ravenna as ugly, like the caricatures of the elderly Queen Victoria. I pointed out the description of her in chapter 2, which is "Her graying red hair was tucked up into a lace cap and she wore a dark informal morning gown. She was over fifty now, and the years hadn't diminished her beauty, but transformed and refined it. Only the faint laugh lines around her mouth and the shadow of strain at the corners of her eyes betrayed her age." (I based her looks on Katherine Hepburn, around The Lion in Winter time period.) They insisted that I had changed that description after they read it. I hadn't, but they were reading about a powerful older woman and they couldn't help but picture her as harsh and ugly.)
I feel like I'm forgetting some characters. There's Karima, in The Fall of Ile-Rien, who is Giliead's mother. She's not a main character, but she has a lot of effect on the plot.
There are a lot of older Raksuran women in The Books of the Raksura who are major and minor characters. Flower and Pearl mainly, then later Malachite of Opal Night and Ice of Emerald Twilight. I always thought of Blossom as being in the human equivalent of her 40s, too. In "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud" (one of the novellas out this September) Cerise is an older mature queen.
Links and Older Women
August 7th, 9:46