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In the ApolloCon workshop, I talked a bit about worldbuilding, so I want to do a post at some point on some of the basic concepts to keep in mind. Hopefully I can do that this week.

In the meantime, here's another link to the partial list of non-European fantasy by women writers, if you missed it before.


Claudia Gray: "I'm not like other girls."
A good friend of mine named Jen Heddle loved Star Wars as a kid, then as an adult, so much and so deeply that she now works for Lucasfilm. Every single one of those women grew up loving Star Wars. No, it wasn’t just me.

And you know what? I loved Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy too.* Why? They were cute, damn it. And that is JUST FINE.

Because we’re all individuals – we’re all big enough to contain multiple enthusiasm, multiple ways of life. Everyone. And, as I said above, everyone includes girls.


Yesterday was a day for sending bullying emails to writers. (Except pretty much every day is that day. Writers get threats of death, assault, sexual assault, etc or are endlessly harassed for anything from expressing feminist opinions or political opinions to not having someone's favorite character become the main love interest in a series to the publisher not releasing the ebook on time. (The ebook thing is not an exaggeration.))

Lavie Tidhar: Fascism for Nice People

Kameron Hurley: In Which I Share My Hate Mail

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I'm bracing myself for the next few weeks: I have a new book due, and that will mean an upswing in the negative mails, alas.

Congrats on the book coming out! Hopefully the fun part will outweigh the negative.

I found that piece of mail sent to Kameron Hurley amazing....people are just crazy. Man.

I couldn't help but peer at the 'Fascism for Nice People' link and boggled a bit at the comparison of steampunk to fascism and the resultant dramafest. But I can't help but feel as if the comparison was made mainly in an intent to stir up some controversy, because "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

I mean, now I know Lavie Tidhar is an author of steampunk novels! Though I found the included short story rather... academic.

I really hate that writers, there are others but so many of my friends are writers, have to maintain webpages, and blogs and such to be marketable because it means that idiotic people have easy access to fire off stupid, hateful words at them.

I haven't had much email harassment as a pro writer :knock on wood:; most of it has been here on Live Journal. I had one woman who bought one of my books and decided that gave her the right to tell me what political links I could post. (The links she posted were hosted by white supremacist sites.) I had to ban her and ban anonymous comments for a long time. She was really poisonous and crazy. Before I realized how crazy she was, she would also complain when I posted about things she didn't have direct access to (like a British TV show I saw on one of our cable channels, and a set of frig magnets I bought at a mall store) like if she didn't have it I shouldn't talk about it. (We're talking a $3.00 set of frig magnets here.) I should have known something was wrong with her.

There is no escape from the crazy people. Sadly.

Hello again! I thought you'd appreciate this story and hopefully it will give you a nice pick-me-up.

So when I travel I like to do a lot of reading. Particularly I enjoy going to a new town, wandering around until I find a nice quiet park, then sitting down and reading for half an hour watching people walk by.

Recently I've been re-reading the Fall of Ile-Rien series for the dozenth time. Two days ago I was visiting Monaco of all places, and while sitting at a bench in a secluded little corner of this random park this pretty girl walked by. This was the first person to walk by in half an hour, so I looked up. Anyway I smiled at her, she smiled at me, then her face lit up. She quickly closed the distance between us, and when she reached me exclaimed, "Ships of Air! I love that series!" We ended up sitting there talking for about 45 minutes about your books, Monaco, and stories of our recent travels.

I thought it was just a really cool circumstance to meet another fan. I am finished studying in Spain and am returning to the US today, and started Gate of the Gods again last night. Anyway I hope this story makes your day a little brighter. Have a great afternoon! (morning over there I guess?)

Oh cool! Thank you very much for letting me know! It did make my morning brighter. :)

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