We don’t talk much about the despair, at least not publicly. I think there’s this belief that authors should project an air of confidence, because if we ever admit our neuroses we’ll drive away all of our fans and readers and then nobody will buy our books, and suddenly we’re back in the Black Cloud of Despair™, and oh God this blog post is going to be the one that destroys my career, isn’t it? Why oh why didn’t I write about rainbow-farting unicorns?
Go read the entire essay, because yeah, this. Every single writer I know, including the bestest of sellers, go through this. Repeatedly.
Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years.
He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a…
So much this. I was just talking about my dislike of Dumbledore to a co-worker yesterday. He let Sirius be taken to Azkaban without trial. He left a toddler on a doorstep in NOVEMBER and left him there for nearly ten years. Then, he subsequently sent Harry back to an abusive home year after year…For the Greater Good, my ass.
You know when a mainstream book goes really big, and it’s something that uses SF tropes. Like, for instance, if someone writes a books with vampires and then acts as though urban fantasy doesn’t exist. Her fans read it. They say, “OMG! These vampires that she’s invented are the best thing ever!”
And then they run across Dracula and are all, “Hey– this Stoker guy is totally ripping off vampires.…
Libraries across the United States can now access the entire catalog of ebooks published by Simon & Schuster. The announcement concludes a pilot program the
This is very cool news. I am a HUGE supporter of libraries (my parents would have gone broke with three voraciously-reading kids, if we didn’t have an excellent local library) and digital needs to be as widely available as print, IMO.
Okay, the fact that S&S publishes both my mysteries and the upcoming fantasy novels (as well as the Vineart War trilogy) makes this relevant to me as a writer, but I’m mostly squeeing as a reader.
And here’s a nice in-your-eye to Amazon: ”In addition, libraries participating in the program will be functioning as ebook retailers for Simon & Schuster. Patrons can now purchase titles through libraries’ Web portals, with the library receiving a cut of each sale.”
Well, thank fuck for that. Relevant to me as a writer, b/c my books are with S&S, but also as a reader who wants to read all those wonderful S&S books!
Also, love the idea of purchasing through the library portal!
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has commented, and is still commenting, on my piece yesterday about sfnal futures and women. I’m reading. I’m nodding and thinking. I’m finding it hard to reply, but I am listening. A number of people have asked what has been going on with me, that I…
karisperring, on being a female writer over 40 (particularly in SF/F).
As a female writer over 40, I can’t say she’s wrong. If you haven’t “hit” before you’re 35, odds are high that you’ll become invisible, marginalized, and forgotten by stores, reviewers, and (eventually) readers. And while this happens to male writers, too, it’s a significantly and telllingly smaller percentage.
And, unlike so much of the internet, the comments on this one are worth reading, I think.
Wow, yeah. I got pro published when I was 46. Can’t say I every “hit” it, though there was definitely a flurry of activity the year Simon & Schuster took over and reissued my first 2 and my 3rd book within 3 months. Kept getting great reviews & attention from RT and other similar women-spaces, but crickets elsewhere.
Then S&S dissolved the imprint (Juno Books), my agent’s agency went kaput after the principal died and I’m in a sort of old-lady limbo. I definitely feel marginalized and forgotten. I was never sought out for appearances, except by family (who thankfully worked in libraries/bookstores), and had to work immensely hard to get my name out there. I’m so glad for the fans I did find, but a part of me knows that my writing is worth more notice. My books are awesome and I have great characters - but they’ve been silenced by the marginalization.
Huh, I did not know how strongly I felt about this. Hadn’t really codified it.
I had two choices today: Clean the living room, kitchen, and cat-bathroom or run errands. Nothing was gross, but I was still feeling edgy because of the clutter, so I cleaned. I made it 2/3 of the way and now I have to take a break…
Yes, so much this. Most days, I can manage. Sometimes I can’t. And in no way do I look any different.
As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because…
I’ve rarely been so pleased to say that nope, I don’t read Slate. I do, however, read whatever the hell I want, without shame.
And so should we all. Kids shelf? Bring it! Adult corner? Go for it. Teen section? Show no fear and march down and grab it off the shelf!
SERIOUSLY! If it’s a good story, who cares what it’s labeled and who reads it? YA is how I discovered Christopher Golden and many other favorite writers.
Yes but enough men that every girl is terrified of smiling to that guy on the bus or talking with the boy in the coffee shop. Every girl has been walking late at night at one point and been afraid of who might be following her. Every girl has referred to someone as a “creep” and every girl has refused a drink from someone she doesn’t know.
Not all men.
But enough men that all women are now afraid of most men. It’s gotten so bad that we have to be afraid of even telling you we are afraid. We can’t ask that you please stop talking to us. Because if we do we run the risk of being labeled a “stuck up bitch” and blamed for murders and rapes in which we are the victims.
So we speak to you with body language that we hope you’ll understand. We cross our legs and look out the window and wear giant headphones that are giant signs that subtly read “DON’T TALK TO ME!” But you insist on ignoring those signs because you have it in your head that our body language doesn’t mean anything. That our bodies aren’t our bodies.
Not all men.
You can start fucking saying that when all women can stop being afraid. But that’s not gonna happen if every man a women opens up to about this issue dismisses her by saying “Not all men.”
an unofficial letter to the skeezball at work all men.
“Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies…
I seriously came a little reading this. ::is language geek::
“Feige confirms Avengers 2 will finally present the backstory of Winter Soldier co-star Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, as well as lay the foundation for a possible solo movie for the Russian superspy. ‘We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March. Widow’s part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and where she came from and how she became who she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.’”—