I'm not really in the mood for chatter, but one memory sprang to mind as I read Colin's Wikipedia page a few moments ago. Wikipedia tells of how Colin once told John Fowles that the worst movie adaptation of all time was no longer that of the latter's The Magus, as Fowles was fond of claiming: the movie based on Colin's The Space Vampires, called Lifeforce, had knocked The Magus off that pedestal. Even before the movie was released I heard from Colin, who'd seen the rough cut, that it was a dud. "The only good part," he told me, "is all the full-frontal nudity."
- Music:Liszt: Humgarian Rhapsodies
And look, I’m back again already, with more news fit to be shared.
NEW SALE! – This is actually one I forgot to mention last time. Shame on me! I sold my urban fantasy story, “Keys” to the anthology, A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, edited by Scott Sandridge, to be released by Seventh Star Press, in 2014. I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome it is that this story finally has a home. When the time comes, I’ll devote a post to its long and strange history.
NEW PUBLICATION! – My short-short, “The ‘Tilly’ Crown Affair” appears in the Cleis anthology, xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance, edited by Kristina Wright. The release date for this collection bounced around somewhat, originally targeted for February 14th before being moved to January, but reports are in that the book is actually available from Amazon…now, in print, with ebook to come on December 16th. Another great stocking stuffer for those with a naughty side! For those of you who might possibly remember my story, “Love on a Real Train” from the Sacchi Green-edited Girl Fever, this story also features my movie-obsessed lesbian couple, Charlene and Tilly, as they sex up another classic movie scene…
NEW REVIEW! – My review of Ben Bova’s Mars, Inc.: The Billionaire’s Club, has gone live on Tor.com.
Hopefully, I’ll have more news for you soon. Hey, it could happen.
I was saddened to learn last night that Nelson Mandela had passed. In life he fought the good fight and in doing so liberated all of South Africa. All with a quiet dignity, the courage of forgiveness and maybe his most important strength was leading by example.
My Christmas Catcus has started its bloom – white flowers this time.
Nah, really? Ya think?
"Just the Reality": Pipeline Safety Official Admits He'd Avoid Buying a Home Near Pipelines Like Keystone XL
I have to get moving. Have a good one!
ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops for Refusing Treatment to Miscarrying Woman - good!
A Challenge To the No Fly List
IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT GUNS AND THE SUPREME COURT
Welsh church uncovers stunning medieval wall paintings - cool.
The HPV Vaccine Controversy
Shocking: New Finding Suggests Our Ancestors Mated With Unidentified Species
US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes
Libraries fear 'ravenous' NSA
A Glimpse At How The Media Treated Women This Year Is A Look At Way Too Many Cringe-Worthy Moments
5 Minutes Of What The Media Actually Does To Women - bingo.
Watch These Little Girls In Afghanistan Be Better At Skateboarding Than You'll Ever Be
How the Christian Right Plays Victim While Imposing Its Ideology on America
NSA Opponents Want To Cut Off Utah Facility From Water Supply
Oops! Shot my gun off in church, but nobody got hit. Just a woman! GunFAIL XLVI
Eric Cantor "caught pulling a Boehner"
Long term study finds lemon sharks go home to reproduce
Inappropriate Elf on a Shelf - I’ve always thought that these things were creepy but now here are some creative uses for them.
A Very Good Idea!
Go sign the petition:
The Commerce Dept's Internet Policy Task Force proposed making it a felony to stream copyrighted content (aka SOPA Section 201).
Interpreted broadly, this proposal would apply to anyone who uploads a YouTube video of themselves covering a song without permission, a video with copyrighted music playing in the background, even your friend's embarassing karoke performance or your family singing "Happy Birthday To You."
The federal government wants to make streaming -- including material which falls under the "public performance" category -- punishable by years in prison.
As was pointed out last time they tried this, many artists depend on uploading YouTube covers to jumpstart their careers (including the young Justin Beiber...), and many others enjoy streaming creative interpretations of existing songs on their own websites or blogs. This proposal would make both subject to felony prosecution.
Click here to tell Obama NO to making streaming a felony, and NO new SOPA-style censorship: http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/stre
It is best that you watch this:
'We're building a domestic army' -Marine Corps colonel speaks out
***How Government Cover-Up on Fish Farming Affects Your Health - Canada has a problem. It’s lengthy but worth the watch.
Petitions that need your signature
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Change the world one loan at a time – visit
- Mood: calm
- Music:none at the moment
And people wonder why I spend so much time wanting to set the world on fire.
I think it's very telling that the people who say it's wrong to want representation in fiction are almost overwhelmingly white. If I want to read about white people having amazing adventures and doing incredible things, being heroes and villains, simple and complicated, handsome and hideous, loved and hated, all I need to do is pick up a book at random. There is a literally 90% chance that I will get all those things from whatever book I've chosen, especially if I'm going for the "classic literature" of the science fiction/fantasy/horror world. 90%! And that may honestly be low-balling the number! If I were a straight white man, of course I wouldn't see any issue with representation in fiction—I'd be on every page I turned! Even as a straight white woman, I'd be on a lot of pages, even if half those pages would have me either naked or screaming (or both, if I had happened to grab a Gor book). There's no problem with representation here!
But I've never been a straight white man. I've never been a straight white girl, either. I was a bisexual kid with a lot of questions and not very many answers, and it wasn't until I encountered ElfQuest that I actually felt like I saw myself on a page. No, I didn't think I was an elf, although I sort of wished I was, because elves are awesome, but it was Cutter and Leetah and the rest who introduced me to the idea that I could love boys and girls, and not be a bad person. I wasn't indecisive or wicked. I just had a lot of love to give, and my set of criteria for who got it wasn't based on gender.
Let me restate that: I was already bi. I had already been attracted to girls, guys, and a kid in my class who went by "Pup" and refused to be pinned down to either gender (and my second grade teacher never forced Pup to commit either way, which was pretty damn cool of her, given that this was the 1980s). Books did not make me choose my sexuality; books told me a) that my sexuality existed, and b) that it was okay, it was natural, it was not proof that there was something wrong with me. And especially in grade school/middle school, sexuality is invisible in a way that very little else is. No one knew I was queer until I came out. It wasn't even a matter of openly hiding it; sex wasn't on the table, I didn't feel like sharing, I didn't share. No one knew that I was different. Everyone thought that when they read their books about little white girls having adventures, they were reading about me, too.
You know what's not invisible? Race. "I don't see race" is bull. When we read those books about little white kids having amazing adventures, we knew that it was white kids having adventures, because adventures are for white people. At the age of eight, we all understood that our non-white classmates were not represented in the books we read, and very few of us had the sophistication to jump to "this is a lack of representation." Instead, we jumped to "I guess Oz doesn't like black people." Because books shape your view of the world, books remake you in their image, and the books we had said little white kids go on adventures, little kids of any other race are nowhere to be seen.
This is a problem.
So some of us grew up, and for whatever reason—maybe it affected us directly, maybe it affected our friends, maybe it was just pointed out—we started trying to show a world that looked more like the world we actually lived in, where everything wasn't a monoculture. And for some reason, this is being taken as a threat. How dare you want little Asian kids to go on adventures. How dare you want queer teenagers to save the world. How dare you imply that transwomen can be perfectly ordinary, perfectly competent people who just want to not get eaten by the dinosaur that's been eating everyone else. That's selfie culture, that's diversity for the sake of diversity, that's wrong. And after a great deal of consideration, I have come to this conclusion:
If that's what you think, you can go fuck yourself.
That's not politic, and it's not nice, and it may cause a couple of people to go "what a bitch, I'm done," but I don't fucking care. Because I am tired of people needing to thank me for making an effort. I am tired of receiving email that says it was distracting when so-and-so turned out to be gay, or asking why I have Indian characters in three separate series (and the fact that having an Indian woman show up and never speak a line is apparently enough to put Indexing on the same level as Blackout for some people just makes me weep for humanity). I am tired of "oh you feel like you're so open-minded" because I write about gay people, bi people, poly people, people who are exactly like the people that I know. I want to be unremarkable for my casting choices, and only remarkable for my characters being awesome (because let's face it, my characters are awesome).
A lack of representation in fiction leads to a lack of self-esteem, because selfie culture is important: we need to see ourselves, and the people who keep trying to dismiss that as somehow selfish or greedy or narcissistic are the ones who've had a mirror held up to them for so long that they don't even see it anymore. White becomes so generic, so default, that it's not mentioned when describing a character ("blonde hair, blue eyes" vs. "oh, she's black, of course, that's the biggest thing"). Humanity is huge and diverse and amazing, and saying that only a small, approved sliver of it belongs in fiction is a dick move. If diversity is distracting, it's because it's so rare.
We can fix that.
- Mood: cranky
- Music:Frozen, "Frozen Heart."
Once again I woke up later than I hoped, and have wound up feeling rushed this morning. I have a tentative 10 am appointment at my hold workplace, and a firm 10:45 am leading to a group lunch. I'm planning to spend the afternoon with
How can I feel so busy when logically I am taking things easy? One of life's sweet mysteries. Meanwhile, efforts proceed apace on securing clinical trials, and various other life issues such as car repair, fixing my broken recliner, and dealing with the problems I've been yammering about of late. As for the personal generosity that has been shown to me this week, thank you so very much. You know who you are...
Off to the cold soon. It is currently zero degrees F outside here.
Graveyard of spacefaring dreams, Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA.
Photo © 2012, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
United States, Israel opposed Mandela, supported Apartheid — The attempt to make Nelson Mandela respectable is an ongoing effort of Western government spokesmen and the Western media. He wasn’t respectable in the business circles of twentieth-century New York or Atlanta, or inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He wasn’t respectable for many of the allies of the United States in the Cold War, including Britain and Israel. And yet he prevailed anyway, and we were wrong.
'Tis More Blessed - Week 1 — In which I am part of a holiday raffle. (Well, one of my books is.)
Typists who clear 70 wpm can’t even say where the keys are — We don't have much explicit knowledge of our good friend, the QWERTY keyboard.
What the English alphabet used to look like — Cool.
The Coolest Music in the World: Listen to Siberian Ice Drummers Use Frozen Lake Baikal as an Incredible Musical Instrument — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)
China's first lunar probe 'Chang'e-3' enters Moon's orbit
23andMe Puts Health Reports on Hold — Personal genetics company 23andMe will only sell ancestry reports and raw data as controversy with regulators continues.
10 Things Traditional Christians Got Terribly Wrong — Although progressive Christians have been at the forefront of social justice, conservative Christians are often on the wrong side of history. I’m pretty sure “often on the wrong side of history” is far too kind. Every one of these things was a cherished religious belief, a Biblical injunction which must be obeyed by all of society, not just the believers in question. Every one of these things was once the eternal and inviolate word of God. Every one of these things by happy coincidence sustained the prejudices of the Christians of the time. Every one of these things is now considered wrong. How do you suppose the current Christianist views on the prosperity gospel, evolution, climate change, homosexuality and abortion will hold up over time? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Of Myths and Modesty — Feminist Mormon Housewives on whether or not to wear a bikini top. That intelligent adults of faith can be consumed by questions like this is one very good reason I am an atheist.
Confederates Look To Win 'Second Battle Of Olustee' In Florida — I will never understand the conservative need to support and defend their profoundly racist rebellion against their allegedly beloved Constitution.
Fox's Latest Christmas Scare Deemed A "Vicious Dissemination Of Untrue Information" — That would pretty much describe everything that ever is said on FOX about any subject, insofar as I can tell. Your Liberal Media, hard at work sustaining the conservative narrative since forever.
How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea — Yup. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
What would the Union Jack look like if the Scottish bit were removed? — Huh. (Via my brother.)
California GOP defends its fake health insurance web site — When you can’t win on your ideas, lie. The GOP’s core mantra is proven over and over and over again.
?otD: When did Johnny strike up the band?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired and ready for some things to smile about.
- Amateur Photographer Shoots Largest Ever True Color Photo of the Night Sky. Composed of 37,000 photographs, this is “a 360-panoramic view of the sky taken by trekking 60,000 miles across the western United States and South Africa…”
- High-resolution, zoomable and navigable version is here.
- Best #BisexualFacts. Apparently Bisexual Facts was a thing on Twitter, and resulted in a number of humorous “facts” … which have now been turned into lovely images, suitable for framing or giggling over.
- Best #BisexualFacts, Part 2.
- Australian pigeons team up to use a public water fountain. Because Australia! (Link from Laura Anne Gilman)
- Also in Australia, scientists basically brought a heart back to life without a body. I don’t know whether Australia is the most awesome place in the world, or the most terrifying. (And yes, I know the correct answer is probably “both.”)
- Image gallery from the Hubble telescope. Wow…
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
- Thu, 13:57: I wonder how many necks Zack Snyder's Wonder Woman will snap...
- Thu, 18:02: I shouldn't be this excited from figuring out some of the new keyboard shortcuts in Office 2010, but I am #TheSpellmacroChronicles
- Fri, 01:10: I'm excited for Vampire Bill to drain this poor man's Julie Andrews wannabe #TheSoundOfMusicLive
- Fri, 01:54: AS YOUR MAKER, I COMMAND YOU TO START ACTING! #TheSoundOfMusicLive
- Fri, 03:22: Researching cronuts for the new book has now made me hungry for one #damnyoufancydonut
- Fri, 05:43: I thought it was a nice touch that the Von Trapp Family Singers were chased offstage by the Van Helsing Family Slayers #TheSoundOfMusicLive