Now that she’s back in the atmosphere….

I feel like I should say something to explain where I’ve been, but I don’t really have an explanation, or for that matter excuses. I still managed to read something like 50 books in 2014, I’ve already read 4 books this year—I’m scaling back other stuff so I start paying attention here again properly.

At this rate, I might even finish editing a piece and send it out for publication. O:

The “c” in “PoC” should stand for culture

… because the color thing is a load of surface level excuses that let people look tolerant without having to educate themselves from either side.

much serious

okay so this is cool: the teacher who owns this dog is using the meme to promote that he’s a puppy mill rescue. So there: adopt a rescue!

My next story is going to feature a protagonist named Lakeesha. Lakeesha grew up in an upper middle class suburb, her parents are lawyers. She played softball through middle school, switched to volleyball in high school, got a 30 on the ACT, and is now studying business in Michigan.

But she’s diverse, because she has a stereotypically “urban” name! Continue reading

How to suck at balancing real and writer life

I work full time. I get up at seven in the morning, home by four. I change, eat, and then I unwind, mostly by doing things that don’t involve using my left brain too much, such as jigsaw puzzles and videogames (I’m taking a break from Prototype, I’m on Catherine right now. It’s wonderful). Continue reading

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Is Wagner’s Nazi stigma fair?

Before y’all think I’ve gone completely off the rails here, I think this is totally relevant to writing, especially since we know for a fact that things will be read hundreds and even thousands of years after their original printing. There are classes that discuss how Shakespeare’s anti-Semitism comes into play in ‘Othello,’ and of course more recently Orson Scott Card has come under fire for his anti-homosexuality. And I’m sure you can name some author or famous person whose behavior is generally not cool (I have this problem where I like Kanye West’s lyrics a bunch but…ugh. He’s Kanye West.) Continue reading

Microsoft Word is Ruining My Typing

No, seriously.

I spend a fair bit amount of time on chat (and, of course, writing things here or on Goodreads) and the amount of errors I make has gone crazy high. It’s most obvious on chat because I don’t bother correcting (real time communication > fancy conventions), though. Continue reading

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Amanda Palmer’s ‘A Poem for Dzhokhar’ – a scathing review on Gawker

NOTE: Palmer responded to the rage in a wonderfully non-defensive way. I still think it was a bad approach to a sensitive topic, and she doesn’t deny (or confirm) picking that title for the views, but okay sure one respect point back. Continue reading

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Ilsa J. Blick on women vs women in the workplace

With the whole ‘big dongle’ thing bringing feminism back into the spotlight (and I’m going to say now that I find that pretty much hilarious, I’m proud of my filthy mind) I’m reblogging this post, which was definitely my favorite from International Womens Week. Not just because I can relate to it (my friends tend to be male) but because it raises this amazing point about how we need to stop ragging on each other and stop dissing the choices or looking at people with hackles up and start being a community. Regardless of what you do, alienating others like you isn’t the way to go.

Lessons from Bollywood: why censorship is bad

(Disclaimer: it’s technically not Bollywood, at least not the whole Mumbai giant machine industry, but eh. Sounded good in the title.) Continue reading