My favorite book to recommend to readers of a certain age, or those shopping for them, is Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragons. It's a perfect rec for middle grade readers with an interest in fantasy who have already consumed the "big" titles at that level -- Warriors, The Unwanteds, Land of Stories, Percy Jackson -- but who … Continue reading But isn’t this a girl book?
An interesting article ran across my eyes this afternoon: "The Cowardice of White Women", by Louisa Leontiades. It discusses the tendency of white women to want to fit in, to receive our power secondhand from white men, and to ingratiate and adapt in order to survive, and how that learned behavior often makes us poor allies … Continue reading Failing to Fawn: How early experiences shaped my ‘fight’ reflex
I've found myself thinking quite a bit lately about writing communities -- and particularly about those which are composed entirely or primarily of women (and, in many cases, transgender individuals and enbies). As someone who was supposed to debut in 2017 and is now debuting in 2018, I belong to a few different groups of … Continue reading Rooms of Our Own
A few days ago, I finally saw Wonder Woman, and it was as delightful as the internet had promised me it would be. I want more movies like this. I want sequels. I want prequels that just focus on the Amazons kicking ass thousands of years ago. I want spin-offs. And I want more heroines, all … Continue reading Wonder Woman, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy Fulfillment
The theatre I work for just closed a new play, Shakespeare's Sister by Emma Whipday, which explores the life of the hypothesized Judith. Whipday's concept came from Virginia Woolf and her style was heavily influenced by Shakespeare in Love. I'm not sure what I was expecting going in -- something lighter, more on the Shakespeare in Love side … Continue reading Constant Vigilance
Carrie Fisher helped me realize -- continues to help me realize, because it's a process, not a moment -- that I can and will produce good things, good work and good art, even in the midst of personal crisis or chaos.
Lo and behold, when she is heard and believed, she is healthier.
First off, if you are somehow on the internet and not yet aware of the #YesAllWomen phenomenon going on over on Twitter, then you need to check it out. If you're a woman, you will probably feel some combination of depressed, heartened, proud, scared, and totally unsurprised by the stories being shared. If you're a … Continue reading Yes, All Women: Cultural Misogyny from a Writer’s Perspective
The Star Wars VII casting news has caused a lot of disappointment and not a small bit of outrage on the internet today, largely related to its lack of diversity. And a lot of that is focused on the fact that of all the newly introduced cast members, exactly one is female. This stings. I'm not … Continue reading Why Do I Care? (On gender disparity and the Star Wars VII casting news)
I read an article earlier today discussing the historical silence of women. It addresses both past and present, in a way, drawing from many of the current issues where women are verbally abused, insulted, and threatened (especially on the internet) if they dare speak up on "men's matters" -- whether that's politics, video games, comic … Continue reading Women’s Voices in History