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Get Your Cape On! (at Super Hero High)


Hippolyta let out a big sigh—the one that mothers reserve for their children when they have so much to say but can’t get it all out.

“My dearest daughter,” she said, her voice softening. “You were born to be a leader. You have royalty in your blood. Stay here, and someday you will rule Paradise Island and be Queen of the Amazons, just like me.”

Now it was time for Wonder Woman to be silent. She breathed deeply before saying, “Mother, I love and admire you. But when I grow up, I want to be just like me.”

[excerpt from Wonder Woman At Super Hero High, by Lisa Yee, coming in 2016]

One of my pet rants over the ten eleven years that I have been a mother is the exclusion of women (as characters and audience) from superhero merchandise – and other toys like LEGO which have been traditionally marketed only to boys.

The main reason this is a problem? Kids play with toys, and the toys available to them shape the games they play and the way they see the world. At a time when the superhero concept is at an all time marketing high, it’s a problem that girls have been shown that they don’t get to be superheroes. It’s an equal and overlapping problem that boys have been shown that girls aren’t worthy of being superheroes.

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Friday Links is Watching July Disappear into the Distance

batgirlnewHey July! You and I had a lot of stuff to get done, didn’t we? How are we going with that, then? July? JULY DON’T LEAVE ME, IT’S TOO SOON!

Ahem. It’s been a busy month. Yesterday was Alexandre Dumas’ birthday, and I spent a good chunk of it writing 1000 words of sports commentary for an imaginary sport I made up for Musketeer Space. It allowed me to channel some deeply held misery that has been lurking in my heart since Cesc Fabregas signed with Chelsea. LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IT. Part of the commentary will appear in Chapter 16 (yes I’m that far ahead!), and the rest will be published in a future issue of the Musketeer Space newsletter of extra content that I send out for Patreon supporters of the $3 per month level and above.

In the mean time, links! I haven’t been as linky lately, and I’m sorry for those of you who miss it as a regular feature of the blog. It may be a phase. Anyway, I have several weeks to catch up on, so here we go!

I appeared on the SF Signal podcast talking about Space Opera – it was super fun!

An interesting post was doing the rounds on my various social media spots today, explaining exactly why Australia Post is suffering so badly at a time when Australians are using online shopping so much more than ever before (and the effect this is having on our book industry).

I’m a bit excited about the upcoming Batgirl relaunch, mostly because it looks like DC are finally trying to aim the comic at young women, and moving it away from the grimdark sensibility that is an unfortunate factor in ALL Bat-related books these days. But no one is more excited about Batgirl’s cool new outfit than Supergirl!

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Oods and Hobbitses Taste Delicious

January is a sea of birthday parties for me and mine, and we had an extra one to factor in this year – friends from Sydney came down for a holiday and took an opportunity to hold a Doctor Who party for their three year old daughter on the grounds that she doesn’t have any friends back home who know their sonic screwdrivers from their fish fingers.

Oh, you need a small group of boys and girls who are rabidly interested in Doctor Who? Why yes, we CAN help with that…

We ended up with four families, nine children, all in costume, plus a TARDIS play set and a ridiculous amount of Doctor Who themed food, culminating in a gingerbread TARDIS full of jelly babies.

I was called in to make Ood cupcakes on the grounds that figuring out cheats methods to do ridiculously complicated cake requests is basically my super power.

Some evidence:


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Friday Links is Stream of Consciousness

white queenThe Guardian profiles one of the neglected female writers of “1914,” May Sinclair – an accomplished modernist author (as well as the critic who coined the literary use of the term stream of consciousness) whose works are mostly now out of print.

At the Mary Sue, Becky Chambers writes a stirring essay about her grandmother’s attitude towards video games, the death of books, and how it’s hard to appreciate the new benefits of changing technology when you’re still (understandably) mourning the loss of the art of letter writing.

Phillipa Gregory, author of The White Queen (now a successful female-led historical drama series that I am dying to watch) talks about unearthing history’s hidden women – and how historical fiction is way more fun than writing straight history, not least because of how accessible it becomes to readers. (and, cough, she points out that your favourite historians all use many of the same techniques she does in her fiction, including selective theories, story-based narratives & ‘picking sides’)

No Award looked at how Pax Australia was quite female-friendly as an event, and some reasons why they had not thought that would be the case. This led me to an excellent Ben McKenzie article about why he had decided against participating in Pax Australia.

Cheryl Morgan talks about the gender inbalance in publishing with particular attention to the ‘why’ of it.

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Friday Links Rises From the Serpentine

A giant statue of Mr. Darcy emerges from Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park in LondonThe Shirley Jackson Awards were announced this week – congrats to all winners, but especially to Kaaron Warren who became the first Australian to win one of these for her novella “Sky” from her collection Through Splintered Walls from Twelfth Planet Press.

Speaking of TPP, my new crime novel A Trifle Dead is currently at a super cheap ebook price this week only to celebrate our yummy new book trailer. It’s also available for a sale price over at Wizard’s Tower Books.

Meanwhile, Alisa, Alex and I participated in the latest SF MindMeld: talking Road Trips with a bunch of other cool people.

There’s been a lot of chatter this week about JK Rowling and her new crime-writing pen name Robert Galbraith. This open letter to new and would-be writers puts the early selling numbers of Galbraith’s novel into some perspective.

I’m really excited that Annie Wu, the young comic artist responsible for some fun, retro Valentine’s Day guest work on the Matt Fraction & David Aja run on Hawkeye, is not only about to embark on some more regular work on that title (following Kate Bishop in her own storyline) but is also responsible for the art on a new mini-arc of the digital only comic Batman Beyond – BATGIRL BEYOND! I read the first issue and really enjoyed it – grab this comic. It not only has a futuristic, stompy new take on Batgirl but also features an elderly Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Promising stuff, and lovely to see such an interesting new artist getting to play with cool projects.
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Friday Links is Dressed Like a Reindeer

It was school final assembly day today! I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to three year old Jem being at school in an assembly with me NOT having a toddler younger sibling to juggle madly in order to hear an hour or so of children singing and playing xylophones in Santa hats. I brought three kinds of snacks, people! And it wasn’t ENOUGH.

But never mind that, on with the links.

One of the last reviews (I presume) on the ASif site is Tehani talking about her thoughts on Chicks Unravel Time. Spoilers, she loved it! I am so looking forward to introducing her to black and white Who now that talk of Jamie and his kilt has lured her in.

Our friend (and fellow Who blogger) David McDonald has written his own piece of pop culture commentary: a great post about Worzel Gummidge over at Cult Britannia, a site I had never known existed but will be spending a lot of time at in the near future. Worzel Gummidge, people! Remember him?

The big news of the week was Gail Simone’s unceremonious (and unwarranted) firing off the successful Batgirl title. Much anger and upset about this online but the basics are covered by this article on the Mary Sue.

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What Geek Girls Wear (Is None of Your Business)

Superheroes are hot right now. So hot, in fact, that some of the merch (occasionally) gets targeted at girls.

When sparkly pink and black retro Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman t-shirts first turned up in the girls section of Target a couple of years ago, I bought them for my daughter Raeli because I thought they were awesome. Luckily, she agreed with me, and they came at the beginning of a long and fun (and occasionally frustrating) journey of discovering comic book heroes together.

For the next year, though, the only superhero t-shirts I found were “for boys” and though I grabbed a couple I thought she would like, she immediately recognised the dark blue and black code as not being “for her” and rejected them. (she has since got over this and I suspect still regrets the loss of the awesome plain black Batsymbol t-shirt that her younger sister wore as a dress for 3 years because it was enormous on her)

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Friday Links Invented Lurkers and Flaming

This article looks at where Babylon 5 stands in the history of modern genre television with particular focus on its central role in developing an internet fandom.

Remember what it was like to watch TV without the internet? In Australia, episodes of Bab5 screened late at night on Nine, randomly up to two hours after their scheduled time because of sports shows. Getting to watch an episode was a special kind of treasure hunt, and if you missed half an episode, it was GONE FOREVER (until the VHS release).

Meanwhile, iView has taught my daughter to believe all good TV shows are constantly and permanently available at the flick of a button. She regards our actual television with deep suspicion and resentment because SOMETIMES PLAYSCHOOL IS NOT ON, THAT’S SO WRONG.

The Mary Sue reveals a special bit of programming which means that if you ask Siri to describe the plot of particular movies, she has a certain computercentric view on the storylines. My favourite bit is how Star Trek is about a spaceship and it’s assistant, named Computer.

Tor.com on Mini Free Libraries. I want one. I want six!

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