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Friday Links Are Hiding in Plain Sight

I love that people send me links to articles about Roman women turning out to be extraordinary! In this case, a scholar of Trajan’s Column is talking about the relevance of female figures on the relief sculpture, suggesting that women were more involved in military forts than previously thought.

colleen mcculloughColleen McCullough, one of Australia’s bestselling authors, has died. Rather than link you to the meme that did the rounds after the shameful obituary that did the rounds, I’ll send you over to Hoyden About Town who wrote respectfully about McCullough’s life, work and attitude. She was basically awesome. And oh, thanks to those Masters of Rome books which I read at a critical point in my teens, she basically shaped my life.

Kameron Hurley has done that rare thing of publicly discussing her book advances, comparing them to actual day job income and also showing how her Hugo wins affected her financial bottom line: What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job I also want to point writers (especially writers who have dayjobs) to her Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process post, which shows that not all writing methods work for all writers, and one amazing writing day per week can be more effective than seven steady sensible days. I’m pretty sure Kameron’s current system would kill me, but I appreciated her showing it as an alternative to the accepted wisdom (ha) of ‘write every day’.

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Friday Links Has Many Companions

Companion-Piece-cover-web-200x300 (1)Companion Piece, the new ‘Chicks Dig’ essay collection from Mad Norwegian Press, has just announced its official Table of Contents. Edited by a wonderful assortment of Lizes (L.M. Myles of the Verity! Podcast, AKA Scottish Liz, and Liz Barr of No Award, chair of Continuum 11), this book is packed full of essays about Doctor Who companions, and the women who are fascinated by them.)

I’m in the book, talking about Sara Kingdom! And Tehani is in it, talking about Tegan! And I am so excited to read all the essays, I can’t even tell you. Mags L Halliday writes here about the personal side of her own essay about Barbara and Ian.

L.M. Myles, meanwhile, wrote a great ‘My Two Cents’ piece in response to recent Verity! episode, Companions Who Never Were. Because yes, Verity!’s theme for this year is Doctor Who companions too. Liz’s piece is called The Companions Who Should’ve Been.

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Friday Links is Going Retro

fffsssSince Christmas we’ve been embracing the joys of the 1966 Batman series, with its stately Wayne Manor and Bruce’s obsession with Dick’s education, and Aunt Harriet sneaking off to find out nightclub trends, and DID YOU KNOW THAT LIBERACE WAS A BATMAN VILLAIN?

Ahem. It’s been pretty awesome. I’ve also introduced Raeli to the Batman ’66 digital comic, which she has delighted in, at least partly because it has given her a taste of some of the later seasons’ treats we are yet to reach in our viewing, like Eartha Kitt as Catwoman and Batgirl on her purple motorbike. The comic captures the camp, family-friendly tone of the TV series perfectly, with retro fashions and a whole lot of fun.

wonder woman 77Given my ongoing quest to find comics suitable for an advanced reading but occasionally sensitive pre-teen girl to read, I was delighted to hear the news that after the success of Batman ’66, the next digital comic to be launched will be Wonder Woman ’77, based on the Lynda Carter TV show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the most interesting and innovative DC Comics material right now is happening in their digital comics.


Paste Magazine on why 2014 was the Year of the Female Comic Fan.

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Friday Links is Kissing Under the Mistletoe

sharkIt’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! That means some of the links aren’t terribly recent but they are all things that caught my attention.

No Award has put up their Holiday Gift Giving Guide. It involves sharks, as well as a great range of mostly Australian themed awesomeness.

The Female Factory has just been released! This boutique collection by Angela Slatter and Lisa Hannett is Vol 11 of the epic Twelve Planets series.

A great essay at the Mary Sue on why the New 52 reboot of Wonder Woman’s origin is not the one that should be used for the DC Movieverse.

Daniel José Older at the Guardian: Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are coming through

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Friday Links is a Small Business

wonder-woman-aloneYes there will be a Wonder Woman movie. Still thinking through my thinks about this one. But it’s well overdue, so…

Hark! a Vagrant has updated this week with a great piece on the noir trope of the Femme Fatale.

Kameron Hurley has written some great pieces this week. Here, she talks about the importance for writers of treating themselves like a small business, and being cautious about the rights they sign away. She also addresses the recent Requires Hate controversy with a beautifully-constructed personal essay looking at the complexities and consequences of reinventing yourself on the internet.

Leigh Sales interviews Annabel Crabbe about her new book, The Wife Drought. It’s a lovely, casual piece between two women who obviously know each other very well and share strong feelings about how difficult it is to be a working mother. I particularly liked what Crabbe had to say about the different but equally unfair expectations placed upon men and women in the workforce once they start their families. I’ll be buying her book!

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Friday Links is Still a Feminist in case you were wondering

un-women-1024x817So this has been the week of Emma Watson, who gave an impassioned speech at the UN (full transcript here) about the responsibility of men to support and promote gender equality. The #HeForShe campaign launched by Watson gained plenty of traction with many celebrity men making public statements about being feminist allies.

“When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

But of course as with any public stance on feminism, there were the detractors and the attackers – that’s the depressing thing about the world we live in. Threats were made – though this later appeared to be a hoax, which makes it no less problematic – to expose nude pictures of Watson as had happened with Jennifer Lawrence and others in recent weeks.

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Friday Links is Blue and Gold

blue beetle now kissThe news of the week as far as I’m concerned is the return of Ted Kord as Blue Beetle, my all-time favourite male superhero, to DC Comics. And yeah, Booster’s coming too. I am officially going to start reading Justice League 3000 now, because REASONS. Much love to Tara O’Shea, who let me know about this exciting development on Twitter, because I was one of only 2 people she knew who would care. YES I CARE.

And for those of you who share Friday Night is Arrow Night with me in real life, no I’m not gonna stop squealing with anticipation every time someone walks past a box labelled Kord Industries.

In other news, NY Mag put up a piece recently on the Most Feminist Moments in Sci Fi History. It’s a good list.

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Friday Links’ Eyes Are Up Here

thorFrom the Mary Sue: Does the Marvel Cinematic Universe Play to the Female Gaze? Well sure, sometimes. Most TV action shows are learning this lesson too – why else do Arrow & Dig whip their shirts off so often? (though sadly never at the same time)

The amazing Nancy Kress argues against the weird idea that living in a science fictional future makes it less interesting to write science fiction – right now, she’s taking inspiration from genetic engineering.

“Science fiction made personal, because the future always is.” Nancy Kress.

Jaym Gates talks about taking inspiration from RPG gaming to take control of her life – On Her Own Damn Game.

Salon on Why The Most Exciting Crime Novelists These Days Are Women.

Katie Schenkel on “I Guess Comics aren’t for me”, how gatekeeping and sexism actively dissuades so many women from an entire creative medium.

Charles Tan on How To Live Safely In an Online Universe.

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Friday Links is a Series, Not a Standalone

You Can't Take The Sky Kanga From Me

You Can’t Take The Sky Kanga From Me

Friday links lives! It lives! The biggest obstacle to Friday links, in fact, has been that my mother has been babysitting for me on Friday mornings, allowing me a blissful several hours a week to type frantically in a library where the wifi is so slow I don’t even turn it on – distraction free writing time!

So in an effort to return to old traditions, I’m putting Friday Links together on a Thursday night. How’s that for a life hack?

Justin Landon at Staffer’s Book Review has proclaimed that The Series is Dying. And The Internet Killed It. I don’t want to agree with him and I’m not entirely sure that I do – but his point about which books are getting buzz feels very accurate to me, and I have turned into that reader who enjoys and raves about the first book in the series, but can’t quite be bothered to pick up the second, so who am I to throw custard pies?

Kameron Hurley has been blogging up a storm all over the internet, promoting her new book The Mirror Empire. Which I am very excited to read, but I pre-ordered which in my world means I get it three weeks after everyone else. #sadfacts I was particularly drawn to this piece she wrote for SF Signal – 5 Things I Learned When I Stopped Worrying About Genre. We could all pretend that I’m not recommending this article purely because Kameron refers to the genre implications of Wonder Woman riding a giant kangaroo through space, but we all know that we would be lying to ourselves.

Speaking of genre, Damien Walter had some interesting thoughts this week on Space Opera and how it’s the thing that’s about to be super hot right now (not his actual article title). This is a thing with no drawbacks.

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Friday Links is So Jet Lag. Much Napping.

A woman sleeping on a lounge chair in the observation lounge car.I’m home, but keep regularly (or irregularly) crashing to the ground like a redwood in an endangered forest.

Some things I’ve read in the last day or so, since I’m apparently not good for much except staring blankly at a computer, napping, and cuddling my much-missed daughters:

The full masterlist of links is up on SF Signal for the Australian Spec Fic Snapshot – 189 participants this year! That’s amazing. Katharine interviews me here.

Also at SF Signal: the Hugo winners.

Aliette De Bodard on a subject very dear to my heart: writing novels with a baby.

Big Blue YA News reviews Kaleidoscope.

The lovely and charming John Chu – So I Won a Hugo.

Jamie Rubin: To All The Hugo Award Winners, Thank You, You Saved Science Fiction For Me.

A Loncon3 con report by Ana at Things Mean A Lot – plenty of pics here, including a review of a panel (about writing reviews) featuring me and Alisa!

Renay at Ladybusiness has some really interesting thoughts on Kameron Hurley’s iconic and now Hugo-winning Essay: We Have Always Fought.

Kameron herself on Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All In This Together.