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The Secret Lives of Friday Links

rapunzelTwo amazing and thought-provoking essays about the changing face of technology:

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens chronicles the rise and fall of teen entrepreneurs who built effective Tumblr networks and monetised them. Yep, this is what the new generation is doing when you think they’re just ‘spending all their time on the internet:’ dominating their own realms of social media.

At the Toast, a love letter to the era that was Livejournal, a time when we wrote intensely personal diaries for public performance.

Kate Elliott’s tour-de-force essay on Writing Women Characters into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Deb Biancotti on the Appeal of Icy, Remote Research Stations. Buy her new book!

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Friday Links Provides the Recipe

bittyI’ve been mildly obsessed with pie-baking over the last few months (thanks largely to watching far too many seasons of Supernatural in a very short time frame, good thing I’m not also going around shooting ghosts with rock salt) – and fans of the Livia Day books will be pleased to know that Tabitha has been likewise engaged! Mmm, pie.

Our friend Alexis had a Game of Thrones Murder themed party for his 40th a few weeks ago, and I happily dived into the Game of Thrones themed cooking blog. I went looking for Sansa Stark’s lemon cakes and came out clutching a strawberry pie recipe to die for! I especially love the thyme in the pastry. For the party, I made these as mini pies with pastry hearts on top (it was Valentine’s Day!) and I think they worked even better than the full sized pie I tried a few days later – the combination of strawberries and lemon curd is VERY sweet, so little mouthfuls work better. But oh! *dreamy sigh*

Speaking of pie and emotions, there were some major developments in Check! Please this week, one of my favourite current webcomics. Year Two of the story of Bitty, a tiny gay pie-baking, vlogging-and-tweeting hockey player navigating the weird world of bros and frathouse living at a very LGBT-friendly college, finished up with three updates and Major Boy Kissing. Fansquee was probably heard from Mars. If you haven’t been reading this comic, now is a great time to get started!

Jim C Hines wrote a great article for Uncanny Magazine, Men of Their Times, which addresses the common refrain we hear when trying to point out the extreme racism (or other problematic behaviour) of historical figures such as Lovecraft who are held up as icons of our field. I love articles like this, which mean you no longer have to argue certain points when the topic comes up on the internet (in this case: that you can’t judge people from the past for their racism, or how they expressed it, because history is super racist), you can just post a link, drop the mic and get on with your day.

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Friday Links has Fearless Optimism

lightsabersL.M. Myles, known to many Australians as Scottish Liz, has a lovely essay up at Uncanny talking about her search for an SFF grandmother, and how the author Naomi Mitchison so beautifully met her very specific requirements.

There’s been so much interesting commentary on Star Wars: the Force Awakens this month, and I particularly liked this Mary Sue article by Kate Bennion on the Feminist Message of the Dudes in The Force Awakens, talking about how the kindness and emotional narrative of Finn, Poe and even Han Solo himself make them more likeable and appealing characters to women, while poor old Kylo Ren represents contemporary toxic masculinity at its worst.

In How It Feels To Be Self-Published Me, Zetta Elliot finds her inspiration in a seminal essay by Zora Neale Hurston on coming to terms with being despised for her race, and comes to terms with her own identity as a self published author (as well as a woman of colour) who writes and publishes books for marginalised children.

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Friday Links is Holding Out For A Hero

4794879-patsy_walker_aka_hellcat_1_coverIt’s been all Jessica Jones all week for me!

Here are this week’s episode reviews, which cover Episodes 6-11:

Jessica Is Her Own Worst Enemy
Jessica Jones Wants You To Do The Hero Thing
Jessica Jones Takes Control (9-10)
Patsy’s Gonna Save You, Jessica Jones (11)

There’s been some other fantastic critical writing about Jessica Jones since the series dropped on Nov 20:

Jessica Jones is a Primer on Gaslighting, and How to Protect Yourself Against It (by Emily Asher-Perrin, at Tor.com)
Jessica Jones Was An Awesome Origin Story For One Of Marvel’s Oldest Heroes (on Patsy Walker/Hellcat, by James Whitbrook at i09)
What Rape Apologists need To Learn From Jessica Jones (by Natalie Zutter at Tor.com)
Yes, There Is A Kilgrave Fandom — And Here’s Why I’m Not Condemning It (by Maddy Myers at the Mary Sue)

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Friday Links Has Feelings About Frankenstein

shelleySady Doyle went off on a magnificent Twitter rant aimed at the director who thought the original Frankenstein novel was boring – she lays down some important lit crit and historical context about Mary Shelley and her sister Frances which is pretty damned epic.

I’ve been reviewing Jessica Jones episode by episode over at Tor.com – here are the posts so far:

Jessica Jones Does Not Respect Doors
Jessica Jones Can’t Have Nice Things
The Jessica Jones Paranoid Conspiracy Support Group

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Friday Links is Coming Up Tansy

come homeBecause I’m lazy, this week’s links are all things I should have blogged about this week.

Crowdfunding now! And Then: The Great Big Book Of Awesome is at Indiegogo. I really want this book to go ahead (though it looks like it’s two books now!) because it has my dragon circus novelette in it, about (broken) reformed assassins and trapezes and found family. Here’s a snippet:

Cicero was light in the air – as if a puff of that dry, sand-laced city wind might carry him away. Cato was more solid, moving like a knife through silk. They tossed Inga from one perch to another with a practiced confidence, as if she was a silk ribbon or a painted hoop.

Inga picked up their moves and cues and then developed whole new moves of her own, forcing the Birds of Paradise to follow or be left in her dust.

This was it. Kurt had lost her to the circus. First there were dragons and now they’ve taught her to fly. No coming back from this. She’s found her retirement plan.

I also have an article up in the latest issue of Writing Queensland Online! The topic is ‘Put Some History in Your Worldbuilding.’

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Friday Links Loves The Gallifreyan Shopping Network

Xena_Eternal_Bonds20 years on (wow), the Mary Sue looks at some of the ways that Xena: Warrior Princess changed television. Also, a message from Lucy Lawless. Xena is the definitive best. Thank goodness for my DVD collection! She will never leave me.

A new Uncanny Magazine is out, and the article everyone’s talking about this week is Masculinity Is an Anxiety Disorder: Breaking Down the Nerd Box by David J Schwartz. There isn’t nearly enough intelligent discussion about toxic masculinity and its cultural influence, so this piece is definitely worth a look.

I’ve subscribed to Tremontaine, an upcoming fiction serial based in Ellen Kushner’s beautiful swashbuckling, queer-friendly Riverside, incorporating art by Kathleen Jennings and writing by Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson and others. Come and join me, this is going to be fun! Here’s Kathleen talking about her artistic process.

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Friday Links Can Temper Steel

grandmaI was fascinated by this article about a trans woman’s history with the art of blacksmithing – how she originally used it as a kind of ‘free masculinity points card’ to make herself seem like a less “girly/queer” teen male, but then after her transition found that it worked against her because the idea of a woman blacksmith was perceived as socially radical. Despite history. BECAUSE HISTORY, PEOPLE!

Seriously, there is a reason we don’t crowd-source history (except on Wikipedia, sigh). People always think the olden times were more gender essentialist than they actually were. And I say this having spent a year at college in a blacksmithing club with my three best (female) friends.

Octavia Butler’s book Dawn is being developed for TV – the interview with the producer covers issues to do with diversity and how badly it has often been handled in film & TV. His attitude sounds very promising, with quotes like “I think that perception in Hollywood that we have to enter from a white male perspective has been proven wrong, especially recently.”

Another vaguely promising Hollywood interview comes from Paul Weitz, writer-director of new Lily Tomlin vehicle Grandma about how he realised he was only telling stories about dudes, and is now all about telling stories about interesting women. Mostly if it means he gets to work with Lily Tomlin, who is amazing. Grandma, which is Tomlin’s first lead role in a film since 1988, is about a cranky bohemian lesbian grandmother on a road trip with her granddaughter to help her raise money for an abortion.

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Where Have All The Friday Links Gone

poster2My Fridays are so much more jam-packed than they used to be so Friday Links have fallen by the wayside. Whoops! I have so many juicy bits and pieces saved up, though, I had to do one today.

Judith Tarr visited Charlie Stross’s blog to ask the question Where Have All The Women Gone – or, more precisely, to talk about why that question is so damaging.

Also on Charlie’s Diary, Nicola Griffith brought the stats to the party with her post Data, books and bias looking at the gender breakdown of awards versus how seriously those awards are taken. Stirring stuff that will be super useful for Alisa’s thesis.

Some Australian SF Year’s Best Tables of Content! Fablecroft’s Focus 2014 collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards recognition. Over at Ticonderoga, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled the TOC for The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror. I’m honoured to be in both books, with two different stories – Focus is taking “Cookie Cutter Superhero” and Ticonderoga are taking “The Love Letters of Swans.”

My thoughts are on women’s role in the history of science fiction right now, so I was delighted to read Vonda McIntyre’s post at the Women in Science Fiction website, talking about “Starfarers,” the best long-lost SF TV show of all time. A diverse cast, an original premise (university faculty steal a starship when their travel funding is cut) and unusual aliens… oh and it was totally a hoax she made up in order to get through a dull panel topic at a convention. It has its own fandom. Oh, SF community, this is why we still love you.

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Friday Links Rides With Lady Justice

cooler batmanIt’s been a week full of rainbows. Thanks to the US Supreme Court bringing in equal marriage, Australian politicians are finally acknowledging that it might be worth asking if that’s what our country wants too. (Spoilers: yes, for the majority it totally is)

One article doing the rounds on Facebook looks at the idea that equal marriage threatens “traditional marriage” quite seriously: because it challenges traditional gender roles. The people who are against same sex marriage are often the same people out there talking about how single mothers are terrible, or working mothers shouldn’t be putting their kids in childcare, or men shouldn’t be taking their share of domestic responsibilities. Equality: it’s for everybody.

As Alisa said on Facebook about the idea of “traditional marriage”: the current version was tweaked in 2004, it’s barely got cobwebs on it. Yep, that would be the 2004 Marriage Act Amendment which defined marriage in Australian law as being between a man and a woman. I predict a lot of inverted commas around the word traditional for the foreseeable future. And a whole lot more equality rainbows.


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