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Martha Wells

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I'm hoping to have the ceiling holes fixed today, at least the initial dry wall, which should stop the rain of dust and dead bugs.

If you missed my plumbing disaster, some of the photos are here: (that's actually not all the holes) and the story is mostly here and here.

(Insurance is thankfully going to cover part of it, but we still have to pay a big chunk, so if you know anybody who might be interested in cheap ($2.99 US) DRM-free reprint ebooks of The Element of Fire, The Death of the Necromancer, City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite on Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. (It does help to buy and rec the other books too, but with the reprints I get paid monthly by the retailers. With the others, if the book has earned out, it might be six months to a year to never before I get paid.))

Book rec:

* An excerpt of A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

* Kickstarter: Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History
Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.

* Black Gate: The Land The Ravens Found and Naomi Mitchison


* A new review of Emilie and the Hollow World which will be out on April 2.


* My Amazon bestseller made me nothing
This past summer, my novel, “Broken Piano for President,” shot to the top of the best-seller lists for a week. After Jack Daniel’s sent me a ridiculously polite cease and desist letter, the story went viral and was featured in places like Forbes, Time magazine and NPR’s Weekend Edition. The New Yorker wrote one whole, entire, punctuated-and-everything sentence about me! My book was the No. 6 bestselling title in America for a while, right behind all the different “50 Shades of Grey” and “Gone Girl.” It was selling more copies than “Hunger Games” and “Bossypants.” So, I can sort of see why people thought I was going to start wearing monogrammed silk pajamas and smoking a pipe.

But the truth is, there’s a reason most well-known writers still teach English. There’s a reason most authors drive dented cars. There’s a reason most writers have bad teeth. It’s not because we’ve chosen a life of poverty. It’s that poverty has chosen our profession.

Even when there’s money in writing, there’s not much money.

* Daily Fig: Five Ingredients for a Spectacular Writing Group by Alaya Dawn Johnson

* Black Gate: My Characters Don’t Give a Damn by Violette Malan, on the uses of profanity in fantasy.

* Lee Moyer: R E S P E C T Artist Lee Moyer on sexism in fantasy art:
If you draw a man you make a picture, but if you draw a woman you make a statement.
This is a cultural thing and it is probably fading away as we speak, but for now it still seems to be true. Which is why a picture of Conan can be accepted at face value as what the character looks like and what he wears, but a picture of a scantily dressed woman is seen not as a depiction of a character, but as a statement about women.

* 5 Moments That Prove Mr. Rogers was the Greatest American

* Washington Post: Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

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On the topic of profanity in fantasy, one thing that I've done in my writing is that I pretty much avoid profanities entirely. Instead, I simply mention in the narrative that the character cursed, leaving it up to the reader to fill in the blank of what they might have said, while also leaving ambiguity as to what might be considered a profanity in said fantasy world.

I do find myself using 'crap' a lot though.

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