anthimeria: Barbara Gordon, in wheelchair, hand fisted, with the word "Not half beaten yet" (Oracle: Not Beaten)
* checks date *

* checks date of last entry *

*shuffles feet *

As we used to say in the days of LJ (. . . and ffn, if that's not showing how long I've been in fandom), RL Happened.  I'd like to get back to updating this regularly, but I also know making promises I can't keep is never a good idea.  I also don't think it will look the same, if I do update more often.

Originally, I intended this blog to solely be about my writing, and writing-related things in my life (WisCon, book recs, etc).  And while writing is still very important to me, I have found that twitter is a really good place to put the sort of daily-ish updates and frustrations.  Less formal and quicker to jot off than a blog entry.  That's one non-RL reason I haven't been over here in a while.

I have some ideas about how I'd like this to evolve, while also being aware I'm pretty much talking to myself.  I welcome readers!  I'm also aware I don't HAVE many, and since that's not really the goal, that's fine.  Feel free to unfollow/follow/etc, no hard feelings.

There's a lot going on in my life right now that blog entries might be appropriate for--a new teaching job this summer (teaching talented kids to write fantasy!  Best summer job ever!), I've started a Massive Re-Write of the swan book (totally different outline, much more horror than urban fantasy), and I'll likely be moving for the first time ever as a grownup.  I've moved before, but not what I'd consider properly--I moved 2000 miles with two suitcases, which didn't involve much packing, and I moved within town three times the first year I was out here, but I've been in my current place for almost 5 years now, and I've accumulated stuff.  Unlike the last time I moved across state lines, I won't be able to leave anything I don't want at my parents' house.  The move is probably the biggest thing, really.  And doing new things always makes me want to write about them, and really, that's one thing that won't fit well on twitter.

So.  We'll see how it goes, yeah?

Meanwhile, I'm 1k into the Wingless re-write, and I have 2k more to write today, so I should stop procrastinating and do that.  Wish me luck!

DC Girl

Nov. 2nd, 2013 03:34 am
anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
This is why, in my heart of hearts, I'm still a DC girl.

Right now it feels like my BFF is on the bad drugs, has robbed and hurt people, isn't admitting they're addicted or that there might be a problem, and has punched me and left me somewhere sketchy to find my own way home.  So I'm not interacting with them right now, for my own safety and mental health.

But I can't forget the good times, or stop hoping that maybe someday, they'll join AA.  Things might not be the same--they weren't perfect before by a long shot--but things could be better.  Maybe.  If they get their shit together.

Till then, I'm not seeing them or giving them money.  But I'll read my back issues and my fanfic and watch Marvel movies and work really hard to help make a culture where DC can get better again.

anthimeria: Close up of cecropia moth wings, the words "Don't judge a fairy by her wings" (Fairy wings)
Remember when I said I'd tell you about my new project in my next post . . ?  Well, after eating my words, I am NOW going to tell you about my new project.  A month and a half later.  Oops?

After many moons of research, worldbuilding, more research, more worldbuilding, character profiling, and oh yeah, even more worldbuilding, I'm about to embark upon outlining a new middle grade fantasy.  About fairies.


Right now, my target age range for this is upper middle grade, 10-14.  Of my middle grade novels, I seem to have run the gamut: Skywatch is either true middle grade, 8-12, or edges into upper, 9-13.  Trial is young middle grade, I'd call it ages 7-10.  And this is 10-14.  That's mostly because of the subject matter--this is about war and death and disability and prejudice and racism and systematic oppression and anger, a lot of anger.  Aster is my angriest protagonist yet, and that's a contributing factor as to why this story has taken me so long to get a hold of.  Aster is angry and reckless and self-involved.

The working title, which I came up with literally as I was writing this post, is The Forest War.  (Previous working titles include the terrible and too-obvious Night and Day, and then Epic in homage to its inspiration.)  Interestingly, unlike Skywatch and Trial, The Forest War is a standalone.  I think it's also going to be longer than both of them--pushing the advisable length for middle grade long.  We'll see.

Now I need to get down to outlining.  Here goes nothing.

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
About a year ago, I wrote my first-ever picture book manuscript.  For quite awhile it appeared to be the only picture book I'd ever write, and I know nobody wants to publish a one-off, so after I worked really really hard on it and ended up with something I was actually pretty proud of, I shelved it.  I had novel work to do, and I'm definitely a go-the-distance girl where novels are concerned.

But once I'd written a picture book, I knew I could do it again, if I ever had any ideas.

I've had a few, but one arose from a teasing conversation at work.  There's a picture book series called Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, because the author knows what four year old boys want, and it was discussed that we could make pirates out of all kinds of things.  Somehow mermaids came up, and while we were laughing, we were also surprised we couldn't think of a single book--picture book or chapter book--about pirate mermaids.  (I know of one short story, but it's not aimed at children.  At all.)

Until today.

The manuscript's a mess, since I was still figuring things out as I wrote it, and it's a little long--I'd like to cut at least 35 words, 50 might be better--but there you have it.  I've written my second-ever picture book, and it's about pirate mermaids.


anthimeria: Woman drawing a sword, the words "Sword and Sorceress XXV" (SS XXV)
Yesterday was AWESOME and the writing workshop was useful as always and I met new people and met back up with people I knew from years before and have accumulated, katamari-style, an extended group to hang out with and chat about panels and writing with.

Also, FIRST PANEL EVER yesterday, the Stop Killing Minority Characters panel, which I think went well (and I have asked for criticism and so far people seem to be saying we did well, but would they really tell one of the panelists if there were issues?  I hope so, this being WisCon, but who knows).  It was fun, anyway, and I got to practice good panelist behavior (face the audience, don't cover your mouth, be succinct and let other people talk) with other panelists who were also awesome.

Plus: on a panel with Nisi Shawl!!  EEE!

The discussion was interesting and the audience was awesome and basically it was a blast.

Then dinner, in which we accumulated our group katamari-style (I'm stealing this phrase, it is awesome) and then more panels and parties and lastly a midnight-to-one panel and then crashing.

This morning I ended up accidentally sleeping through the Spontaneous Writing Contest, which I had signed up for, but at least it was a situation where me not showing up meant someone else could participate in my place.  A morning panel about the whole Author is Dead school of critique and how it works (or doesn't) and how it works with social media, and interesting chatting with part of the katamari-group from last night and the panelists afterward, and also I want to do a follow-up panel next year called "So the Author is a Zombie: Now What?" about fanfic and other fanworks as critique and/or commentary on source material and how fandom and living, available authors interact and influence each other especially in longer-running, serial, and multi-author works like comics, movies and television.  Anyone interested in doing that panel at WisCon next year let me know!

So I breaked for lunch, skipping the journeyman writer's meeting because I am meeting and talking with other writers in the hallway, and now I'm scarfing lunch and writing this basically to keep myself from imploding or exploding.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, see y'all later!
anthimeria: Gears, some magnified (Gears)
Final day of Nova Albion=as awesome or awesomer than the first two days!  (It's been a long day, okay?  Critique my grammar when I'm getting paid for it.)

The last day of a convention is always my BUY SHINY THINGS day, both because I will have had adequate time to peruse the vendor tables and because I'll have a good guess of what the con is costing me (there are always last-minute costs--or sometimes, surprising savings) and thus whether the money I have set aside is too much or, rarely, if I have more than budgeted.  I probably circuited the vendor halls two or three times before making any purchases; a few vendors to whom I returned several times obviously recognized me and my very fine hat.  Generally I try to buy from those vendors whom I've returned to again and again--both because hey, I've been ogling their wears and not purchasing!, and also because it's usually a good indication that I really do want whatever I've been eying, and will not regret the price tag.

So, morning vendor hall circuit and first purchase of the day, then three panels, including a fun writing-and-publishing-steampunk panel that nicely got down the business brass tacks and in which Gail Carriger (in her, I believe, third steampunk outfit of the weekend) kinda-accidently took over mod duties.  Notes and other fun-for-writer-me things resulted!

Then the panels I was interested in ended, and I was faced with decision time: last round through the vendor halls.  I made a pass through one and rejected two things I thought I wanted and ended up with another I didn't know I wanted.  At the last vendor hall, I got to chatting with a vendor from whom I bought new decorations for my hat (it is not finished yet; there is not enough stuff on it) and a fellow congoer at her booth.

Said fellow congoer was enthusiastic about my hat and my outfit.  We were chatting and discussing maker stuff and buying things at cons and I mentioned that I longed for a particular unique costume piece, but needed to save up because I work retail and costuming is not cheap.  He sympathized, having just made a large costuming purchase himself, and then proceeded to whisk me off to the proper booth and finance my purchase, including customization, of said costume piece.


I was stuttery and flabbergasted and probably red the whole time.  Said piece was not terribly expensive, as costuming goes, but well beyond my budget.  He was blithe and kind and very much a people person; upon hearing I was at the con alone, grabbed the next passing person he knew and introduced us, with a remarkable lack of awkwardness.  They in turn convinced me to go to Maker Faire, which is in ~two weeks, and which I've never attended.  We exchanged e-mail addresses, he asked after my DSF story, and with, again, a remarkable lack of awkwardness of any kind, finished the transaction and left to join his friends.

. . . I'm still in shock, a bit.

It's definintely proof than humans can't be taken in generalizations; we exist in all parts of whatever spectrum you can come up with, and probably off it, also.  For no reason at all beyond a passing acquaintance, he gave me a wonderful gift.

Not just the costume piece (though OMG), but a great story and a reminder to always pay forward that which we can't pay back.  I can't repay the experience.  One day, I trust, the universe will drop a similar situation in my lap, and I'll get to pay it forward.

Cons, for all their potential faults, have as many or more potential rewards.  They are remarkable in that they create an instant community, with incredibly strong bonds given the incredibly limited time, and at the best cons, people in that community take care of each other.

For every time I've gotten side-eyed as a girl/feminist/queer, for every guy who makes suggestive comments about women's costumes, for every panel that gets derailed, there are fellow activists, there are men who shoot those comments down, there are panels that do meaningful work and reach new conclusions and new people.

And apparently there are fairy godpeople out there, too, for the fan who dares to voice a wish.

Glasses raised to Maker Faire, WisCon, and the hope of a Nova Albion 2014.

PS: If you see this (you know who you are), thank you.

anthimeria: Woman drawing a sword, the words "Sword and Sorceress XXV" (SS XXV)
We know I've been querying Skywatch, and tonight, just out of curiosity, I googled myself to see what an agent would see if they tried it.  I have to put in the "K." in the middle because there's a model and a volley ball player named Lauren Moody who come up way more than I do if you just search "Lauren Moody."  So, googled "Lauren K. Moody".

Most of it was ordinary and stuff I'd like an agent to see--this blog, reviews for SS25, The Girl She Truly Was on DSF, etc.  Then I clicked the second page--I don't actually expect an agent to look at more than one page of Google results, but like I said, curiosity--and found this.


I had no idea.  I mean, I do fairy tale gender messing with in that story, but I didn't know I'd gotten recommended!  Results are in, didn't get nominated, etc, but seriously, I got recommended for an awesome award and didn't even know it.  I'm on a website with 76 other works that did interesting things with gender in 2012.



Jan. 4th, 2013 04:15 am
anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
A real post will come soon, promise, but I just found this on tumblr:

It's a community-based superhero story!!  Well, anti-hero.  He started out as an OC Batman villain and he's still sort of that but there's a whole world of heroes and villains and other anti-heroes growing up around him and people are adding to the mythos as fast as they can type/draw and I need sleep and I DON'T CARE because this is the coolest thing I ever seen happen, people.  Community-sourced superhero!  I'm beside myself.  SO COOL!!

anthimeria: Gears, some magnified (Gears)
. . . even when the person doing said thing is them and not a character.  For instance: I appear to have written a picture book.

It's been percolating in my brain for a month or two now, but suddenly last night I wanted to write and I wasn't feeling up to a whole chapter of Trial, so I scrolled through my story ideas file.  An idle idea I'd had about a picture book starring a not-so-bright robot proceeded to whack me upside the head, and half an hour later I had a 500-word rough draft on my hands.

Twenty-four hours later, I'm on draft iv and it's been cut to 400 words.  It's definitely aimed at a 2-5 audience, it's fun to read aloud (even the two-dozenth time, as I can already testify), and has a quest-plot, a twist at the end, and a dummy of a robot to love as the main character.

I'll give it a week to rest in my brain, and then see if I still like it.

I really had to give a go to one of the few markets harder to break into than novels, didn't I?  Le sigh.

anthimeria: A laptop keyboard and the Latin "Quot libros quam breve tempus" (Quot libros)
. . . my roommate's way of speaking is infectious, shut up.

AT ANY RATE, the dragon book (Trial) is going well.  Not steadily, which is weird for my usual novel-writing, but I haven't successfully full-out written a piece of any length in a while, so I hope this is just--I dunno, getting-back-on-the-horse jitters.  I'm managing a chapter every time I sit down.  Because this is a shorter book than Skywatch, a chapter's between 1000-1500 words.  I can do more in a session (witness some of my lovely word counts on here), but so far one chapter at a time seems to be working.  It's messy and flaily and I can tell it's going to take a lot of cleanup--Eva and Scorch's voices are way too similar, I'm not sure my haphazard exposition makes enough sense, and for some reason I can't get any of the other senses engaged besides sight--but such can be fixed.  I need a draft to fix,so I am making a draft.

I'm doing alright so far switching POVs every chapter, but I can tell it's going to get tricky.  I've already had to move things from one chapter to another; I know there are probably chapters later where this becomes ludicrous, but that's a problem to tackle when I get there.  And even then, it's a problem to tackle in draft two.

Probably one of the most important things I learned from my creative writing degree and in the years since is that drafting is not just important to me, its essential.

Writerly rambling. )

Five chapters down, twenty-one to go.

anthimeria: Stars in space (Starscape)
Cultural appropriation is always a messy topic, and it's one I think about a lot because as a writer I'm deliberately trying to include people from a number of cultures, races, genders, sexualities, abilities and classes.  Our world is diverse and our stories should be, too.  But I'm a white girl, and I don't want to hurt anyone or perpetuate white supremacy, so I have to put in a little work and educate myself.  It's always worth it to not hurt people.  Or at least, do enough to learn how to fail better next time.

What does this have to do with Halloween?

As lotesse reminded me this morning, costumes that make fun of entire groups of people via racist stereotypes are still popular.  It's one of the reasons I try to avoid Halloween costume websites and stores--everything there is brought down to the lowest common denominator, and it makes me angry.

Whether it's "sexy nurse" or "white trash" or "gangsta" or "harem girl", these are all harmful stereotypes that not only give the idea that this is The Only Way women are, poor people are, black men are, Muslim women are, but also reinforce the systemic power that gives the reigning ideology the right to mock them.

Ohio University's Students Teaching About Racism in Society has a really neat poster campaign, here.  I really like--for a certain value of "like"--the juxtaposed images.  Makes things very clear.

So have a Happy Halloween, and if you need last-minute costume suggestions (and how to put them together without giving money to the institutions that sell these costumes), I'm your girl!

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
Do we still need First Girl Ever stories?

In the real world, these stories happen and are still happening, but we've been telling them for several decades--the Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna), by Tamora Pierce, came out in the eighties, and I've read opinions that this trope is "tired and overused."  (To be clear, this isn't the only place I've read/heard that, Brennan is just very clear.)

While I definitely agree with Brennan in the article linked above, that I would love to see more Second Girl Ever stories, I'm wondering if there's still a need for the First Girl Ever story.  Is it still important?  There are girls making huge strides in male-dominated fields today, but as Brennan points out, they're largely in "field[s] that, while not exclusively male, [are] still heavily skewed that way."  Which makes the Second Girl Ever story all the more important.

So what do you think?  Is the First Girl Ever story tired and overused?  Or an important story that needs to be told, no matter how many times we've already said it?

(Crossposted, since I'm hoping to get as many opinions as possible.)
anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)

I've been watching BBC's Sherlock. It has flaws (*cough* The Blind Banker *cough* A Scandal in Belgravia *cough*), but with the callbacks to the ACD stories, Sherlock's probable nonneurotypicality, the way they handle Sherlock's complete disinterest in romance (and the commentary on the Watson/Holmes romantic pairing--"People might talk." "People do little else."), I've been enjoying it.


Which is why I was DEEPLY DUBIOUS when I heard about the new CBS proposed pilot, a modern American update called "Elementary."


Last week, a few friends and I (let's call them R, M and S) were talking about Elementary and speculating on what an American television production would do to Sherlock Holmes, especially since they have to avoid being too much like Sherlock.


Then today we had the following e-mail conversation:


Warning for heavy use of sarcasm. And no editing.


Very heavy use of sarcasm. )

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
This will make more sense if you've seen the Syfy channel original television series Warehouse 13, but can, I believe, be read without that knowledge, as I make several points that are salient to speculative fiction/sci-fi storytelling and social justice therein in general.  It is also entirely my personal experience with and opinions about Warehouse 13, and I welcome alternate viewpoints.

SPOILER ALERT through the two-part season three finale, "Emily Lake" and "Stand."

So I didn't get into Warehouse 13 until its second season, which I'm convinced is a good thing.  That's because this is a show that took a while to find its feet.  I attempted to watch the pilot, but I was put off by two things: one, shaky plot and mediocre dialogue, and two, it was Yet Another Sci-Fi Show About Straight White People.  The main cast seemed to be three white people, two men and a woman, and a Magic Negro in the form of Mrs. Fredric and her appearing/disappearing act.  There was also Lena, the secondary black woman who ran the house where everyone stayed and was generally relegated to the background.

That is the definition of what I Do Not Want in my storytelling.

However, when clicking through channels I picked it up in season two and got hooked, for two reasons: one, the show had figured out what kind of story it wanted to tell and how to tell that story, and two, Myka and Lena had been joined by Claudia, geek girl and former mental institution patient, and Mrs. Fredric had become an actual person with agency and power.

Wow.  Suddenly a show that the pilot episode promised was about the white guys turned out to be about a group of people who included women, characters of color, and nonneurotypical characters as actual people, with story arcs and agency of their own, who drove and moved the plot and were not subservient to the white guy's plots.  That IS what I look for in my tv.

Three seasons, issues and triumphs. )
anthimeria: Mask of feathers (Feather Face)

I'm torn.  I've been torn for months.

Writing the werewolf book isn't fun.

I can see the finished product in my head, and it's a good book--it's fills a niche (a small niche, but still) that I don't think any other urban/modern fantasy book fills, it tells a good story, by the end of the book I think I'll be happy with the characters and the way they've grown and the possibility of setting a series in this universe, around a core cast with my alpha werewolf Dani as the lead.

But--but I feel like I'm writing in circles, and it's boring, and the people who aren't put off by Act One's length will get put off by my main character's biases, or the surface picture we get of the more interesting characters, or the fact that it's a werewolf book without bloody murder or action sequences or romance or a gun-wielding heroine facing down Evil.

My heroine wields math and mediocre people skills, and there isn't any big-E Evil--just the terrible things people do to each other, and how a bunch of messed-up werewolves who've been essentially trashed by their own society deal with it.  My cast is poor and of color and queer and nonneurotypical and disabled and they don't have any idea how to deal with themselves, let alone each other.

Objectively, I don't want to give up on this book.  Subjectively, it's a really, really hard book to write, and my life that isn't writing is exhausting right now.  The temptation to throw in the towel is strong.

There have been books I never started because I knew I wasn't ready for them yet.  For the first time, with this book, I thought maybe I was--I still think I am.  I think if the job that pays the bills wasn't crazy like a crazy thing right now, I'd be much farther along, and I'd've sped past the doubt and skipped the tempation to give up and had a finished rough, and once that happened editing it would be inevitable.

I haven't given up on it yet, but y'all--I haven't written since July.  I haven't worked on Skywatch since the beginning of June.  It's mid-September.

So--opinions?  Thoughts?  En/discouragement?

Or ignore this post, since it's a little self-indulgent.  Whatever floats your boat.

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
Apparently, manuscripts with LGBTQ, disabled, and/or nonwhite main characters regularly get rejected by agents--or rather, get accepted, as long as the protagonist becomes straight, able, and/or white.

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA

by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

(Link goes to Publisher's Weekly blog, Genreville.)

Appalled is not too heavy a word to use for my reaction here.

ETA: minor link soup below.  I haven't read all these, but I intend to; this is mainly for my own reference.  Link soup will be edited again once I've had a chance to read about all sides of this, er, kerfluffle.

(also, I'm not re-linking the links in Elena's comment, but they're necessary reference, too.)

Cleolinda summarizes as of 9/16:

ETA part the second: Having read Cleolinda's roundup as well as Kate Hart's on YA Highway, I'd say go read both and see what you think.

There's a multitude of links in both places; IMO, Cleolinda's post comes off pro-authors and Hart's pro-agents, but both are pretty calm and the posts themselves attempt to present all sides and fend off derailment.  Both also admit their own biases, which I appreciate.

Right now, as angry as I'm sure the actual people involved in this are (and boy, if I was on either side I'd be "never speaking to you again" pissed), I think the internet-community's response so far as been "The issue is that we need more LGBTQ YA fiction, so put your money where your mouth is as readers/writers/agents/editors."

Which I agree with.  So.  Let's go do that, and hope the internet doesn't explode over the weekend.

9/19 ETA: Apparently the internet didn't explode, but [personal profile] via_ostiense  did a good job of articulating some problems with the solution "buy more books".  And also [personal profile] ephemere , on the concept of "just business".

[personal profile] oyceter  on everyone pulling in harness, instead of putting the entire burden on any one part of this equation, and also intersectionality, which is incredibly important to me because it is the basic way I  approach this sort of thing as a writer and a reader--not "which" minority identity, but "how many."

ETA again, more posts to read, mostly discussing issues brought up by this kerfluffle, and all are meaningful and interesting and contain links of the own:
(I'm definitely going to read all the comments on deepad's at some point when I have time, because recs and anti-recs are useful!)
anthimeria: Astro City superheroine Flying Fox (Flying Fox)
So, I saw Green Lantern . . . some time ago, Harry Potter in the midnight showing, and just this afternoon I kicked on over to Captain America.

SPOILERS BEWARE!  Though nothing big or unexpected, really.

Green Lantern )

Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hollows pt 2 )

Captain America )

And those are the movies I've seen lately.  Sadly, the only one that passed the Bechdel test was Harry Potter, but at least Captain America had a period-relevant excuse.  I was pleased to at least have a female main character; asking for two from a period superhero flick might've been too much.  Though it would've been nice.  Green Lantern has no such excuse.

In short: GL=dull, HP=okay, Cap=YAY.

anthimeria: unicorn rampant, first line of Kipling's "The Thousandth Man" (Default)
A friend of mine who also has an infrequently-updated but always entertaining blog (link off to the right on my sidebar) has just posted a really neat entry about advice on how to be a writer and when NOT to take it.

Check it out.

I do think that one of the things writing "rules" tend not to mention is that there's a good chance few if any of those rules will apply to everyone.  I know I have my own process that took me years to work out, and in many ways I'm still figuring it out (and I have a degree in writing).  What Elena has to say is smart and down-to-earth, and I agree with her--even if the very thought of trying to write the way she does makes me twitch.  My process is very different than hers, but we're both still writers.

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
M and I and a friend of hers went to see Michael Chabon talk yesterday!  I got home way too late to post about it then, but I shall now!

Michael Chabon knows a lot about comics. )

Also, I will forever and ever be envious of him, because he's spoken to Will Eisner.  Eisner was the first person to believe in and advocate for comics as an art form.  The comics industry awards are called Eisner Awards.  And I'm never going to get to talk to him because he's dead.  Deeply, deeply envious.

anthimeria: Woman drawing a sword, the words "Sword and Sorceress XXV" (SS XXV)
Working working working.

Brought in my first paycheck, which is good!  It isn't enough to pay off the debts I incurred getting out here, which is less good.  At least I will (theoretically) be getting those paycheck thingies regularly, and they soon will amount to enough to pay off those debts.

In more exciting news, I read the rd of Skywatch for the first time!

City in the Sky )

I am using my Sword and Sorceress icon today because I stayed late at work and couldn't face Skywatch, and thus I am working on a short story instead.

The icon reminds me that, for as excited as I was to see the cover (my story's going to be published in a book!  With a cover!  That people can buy in stores!), I was a little disappointed as well.  As far as I can tell (I might be wrong, someone please correct me if I am!), Sword and Sorceress has never had a woman of color on the cover.

On the one hand, I can understand this.  Like women who take hold of their own destinies, COCs are thin on the ground in sword and sorcery.  It's possible that there are no women of color in many of the anthologies.  But S&S is a feminist collection that's about breaking away from the sexist habits of sword and sorcery, and since all the characters in my story are of color, I admit to a faint hope that this would be the first collection to have a woman of color on the cover.

Alas.  Maybe next year.

In the meantime, it still has a woman with a sword!


It has been pointed out to me that I'm very, very wrong!  And I'm cool with that!  Take a look here, where I get schooled, and also follow the shiny link to S&S XXIV's cover, which I had never seen.


anthimeria: unicorn rampant, first line of Kipling's "The Thousandth Man" (Default)
Lauren K. Moody

Positive Obsession

There is hope in error, but none at all in perfection.
--Ursula K. Le Guin

The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.
--Muriel Rukeyser

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


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