Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Almost the end of the semester!

I haven't been on here as often as I like, due in part to the end of the semester. Students and the day job comes first, and then the writing. Then the blog. I'll have a lot more time when the semester ends in two weeks, so my posts will be more sporadic until then. In the meantime, I've collected reams of material and read about a million books. I'm behind I know, but I have to pay the bills! Talk to you all soon!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Before I start the baking, I wanted to list a few things I am thankful for. Everyday I give thanks for my husband, because without him I don't know where I'd be. If I hadn't had the bad experiences that I've had in my life, I would never have met him, but I still can't make myself completely grateful for some of this shit I've gone through. But, here's a list of things I'm thankful for. It started out as 10 and evolved to 20.

1. My husband.
2. Paper books and the authors who write them
3. Music
4. Kindle
5. My four furry children
6. The internet
7. My writing, and my imagination that fuels it.
8. Hope that things will get better
9. A day job that I love (most of the time!)
10. The First Amendment and all my freedoms as an American
11. My individuality and creaticity
12. My Wiccan nature/faith/spirituality
13. Women everywhere
14. Zombie movies
15. Trash TV and soap operas because where would I be without my not-so-guilty pleasures?
16. My Master's Degree
17. Chocolate
18. Food
19. our warm woodstove
20. Magic and Faerieland, and the fact that despite everything, I still Believe...

And a special thanks to South Park for creating the Alien Thanksgiving episode because The Truth is Out There! I have some flash fiction based on this that I'd like to share if I can get around to posting it later.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some thoughts on Anne McCaffery

I wanted to write my own tribute to the passing of Anne McCaffery. Like other writers and readers who posted about her passing I wanted to add my own contribution. This was sad news to hear, because some of her books were influential to me, not as much as a writer but definitely as a reader.
It's very difficult, in my opinion, to be a successful sci-fi writer. Sci-fi is a difficult genre to master, and Anne McCaffery did it--AND did it in a way that was enormously successful. What was also unique about her is that she was writing in the genre during a time when sci-fi was mostly dominated by the boy's club. One of the things that one sees a lot in sci-fi, unfortunately, is a lack of believable and realistic female characters you like to root for, or in roles in which women are typically wives, mothers, and the emphasis on their importance in the story has only to do with their reproductive qualities. Sadly, this trend still exists today. But Ms.McCaffery was one of the first, if not THE first woman sci-fi writer to break that stereotype. Yes, women can be leaders, as shocking as that can be.
And like many other readers and writers, I too discovered Anne McCaffery while in middle school. I will never forget one book in particular that helped to take me through some rough times, one I checked out from the library over and over again. So this is my small thank you for taking me to a cave by the ocean with a half dozen mini dragons, for writing this story, and many others, and for making dragons into companions.

On Loneliness, Pt. 2

He stops short of the entryway, and his shadow falls long over the carpet. "Come out and say how-do," I say jokingly. It was a f...