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here is a question: )


I want to drown out the shitstorm Melody Hensley is facing. I think the best way to do that is for all of us, and as many other people as we can convince to help, to tweet "I support @MelodyHensley".



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I was tagged by [personal profile] annathepiper, whose Writing Process post is here. The idea is, a bunch of writers talk about their writing process and tag writers who haven't been tagged to talk yet, and the rest of y'all follow the links and discover new writers.

What Am I Working On?

Today is Bear In Chair Prompt Call day, so I am working on whatever people tell me to work on! Beyond that, I have a distressing number of works in progress. Black Velvet Band Medley wants to be the frontburner project at the moment, but it requires more research and outlining: this is the one in which War On Drugs prisoners slated for prison labor on the Luna colony end up on a transport to set up the Tau Ceti colony instead and our heroes pull a La Amistad, and it's the one (a one?) addressing colonialism and the prison-labor loophole in the Thirteenth Amendment.

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?

Speculative fiction—media in general, but I'm particularly concerned with speculative fiction—is distressingly male, distressingly white, really distressingly straight, and it goes without saying that it's very nearly all cisgender. My work is, for the most part, none of the above.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

It distresses me that I and so many other people can't see ourselves reflected in the media. More to the point, it's wrong that we can't see our media reflections. I have a bumper sticker on my car: "Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture." —Allen Ginsberg. And as Junot Diaz says, "You know how vampires have no reflections in the mirror? If you want to make a human being a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves." I am taking back a little of that control and I am making some damn mirrors.

How Does My Writing Process Work?

Mostly I wing it. With Leah Far-Sighted and sequels I'm trying the snowflake method of outlining, but it isn't going so well. "Start at the beginning, write until you reach the end, and then stop" works much better for me, but it's not really a method designed to result in an intricately plotted novel. The one novel-length project that I've successfully completed using that method is a Harry Potter fanfic, which (since I spent much of it having my characters chase Horcruxes) essentially had the outline laid out for me. I'm trying to get better at outlining before writing.


If you wanna be tagged, holler.

ETA: First tag: [personal profile] perfectworry!

crossposted from conallpublications.com
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on clear winter day
wind blows chill in curlicues
dry leaves spin around

snowflakes fall to damp the ground
earth too warm for sticky snow
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Are we all we are?
Are we as good as we can be?
Open up your eyes and
Look around at what you see
In Bangladesh a building fell
Killed people who made our clothes
Three hundred eighty died
Just so we could get those
Cheaply
Cheaply
We value their lives cheaply

It's only been five months since / The fire where a hundred died )

Our cheap clothes are worth more than their cheap lives!
If we want to be who we want to be, we must strive
To change that, to buy only clothes made in USA
Or places with better safety and pay!
Not Bangladesh or Thailand or China
Or places life's cheaper than in North Carolina
This is our fault! We killed those five hundred!
Our greed and our stinginess! I won't say it blunted!

Are we all we are?
Are we all we are?


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Little sister, you asked me the other day if
I could help you learn about feminism and
gender and sexuality, the whole shebang.
And I handed you bell hooks, though I'm not finished
reading the book I lent you. That should be a hint
that it's not a 101 book. I should help you
find introductory material. I should—
Let me explain. No, it's too much. Let me sum up.

Privilege. Noun. Unfair advantages some enjoy. )

You have so much to learn, sister. I'm glad you asked.


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For the price of sixteen triple-A
ordinary batteries, I can
buy four rechargeable that work the same.
The charger's couple dollars more, and then
my music player runs forever on
four batteries that don't in landfills go.
Why drive faster than fifty-five? I want
to get there quickly—slower saves gas, though.
Combining trips will also save me gas.
Shower in cooler water. Make it short.
Use not dispos'ble cups or plates, but glass.
And there are many things of this same sort.
I hope these tips are of some help to you.
They'll save the earth and save you money too!


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They say that women hold up half the sky,
like Atlas, one of two pillars to keep
its heavy weight from crashing down from high.
We hold it up forever, and we weep
because our daughters will be holding it
up too, with cooking sewing cleaning and
caretaking, never time to breathe, to sit.
Men so rarely offer helping hands.
They work so hard for money; yes, we know,
for we work just as hard, and then come home
for second shift, unpaid, as children grow
to learn that men are steel and women stone.
They support their half the sky with ease,
but theirs is lighter. Little help here, please?


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action verb

2013-Apr-13, Saturday 14:18
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Love is a verb, love is an action word,
a trans'tive verb—actor, acted-upon.
It's not enough to sit back, hope you're heard,
when you don't speak to them. The light won't dawn
unless you light it; communication
requires transmitter and recipient.
Make sure they know it's not a mere flirtation,
that's it's real now and not incipient
or fading like an unfed campfire flame.
Fairly divide responsibility.
Don't act as though your love is just a game.
Doing love is not futility.
They say, if you love someone, set them free.
Appreciate, communicate, and be.


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it is different
to take a thing away from
someone with few things

than to take it away from
someone with many such things

this is as true of
media representation
whitewashed or racebent

as of taxes on wealthy
versus middle-class and poor


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Today I saw a bumper magnet on an
SUV. In red and white and blue it said
"freedom isn't free".

'Support our soldiers', too, in gold )

Those who pay the price are not the ones who get
the benefit. All we want is our fair share!
Secure OUR liberty!


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