This morning I had the very great pleasure of visiting a summer workshop for teen writers offered through a local university. It was great to feel the enthusiasm of these next-gen writers.Read More
Yesterday, I woke to find a decapitated head in my refrigerator. The chest freezer held a still-articulated human skeleton that appeared to have been burned beyond all recognition and was missing one arm from the elbow down..
It was a nightmare.
It was a crime scene.
It was an anti-feminist comic book trope come to life.
It was April Fool's Day at my house.Read More
“You must learn that it is never, never tragic when something people think is bad happens to you. Because if you can learn to use it right, it can buy you a ticket to a place you would never have gone any other way.” [Joe Davis]
"I think my favorite form of resistance is the unsung heroes, the people who just keep on going in the middle of war all around them. They're still going to plant their crops, they're going to have a baby. I think those are the stories that we probably don't hear enough."Read More
One of the reasons I choose to write fantasy is because I want to play in this grown-up fairy tale sandbox with Mr. Tolkien. But I don't want to play in Mr. Tolkien's sandbox, I want a sandbox of my very own. My writing will include elves, and dwarves, and dragons, but they might not act much like Tolkien's elves, and dwarves, and dragons. This is because I am not playing with Mr. Tolkien's toys. I'm just peering at history and myth through a keyhole that looks out on the same sweeping vista he found so inspiring, and which I, too, am enchanted by.Read More
We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.Read More
Now that I've written that whole four-part series of blog posts about how I hope my writing will appeal to women, I feel a need to add a small caveat.Read More
I suspect that a lot of women who love stories about fascinating people doing important things in exotic places will someday discover that they actually do like science fiction and fantasy--but only when we write their sf/f stories.Read More
In the past few years, some attention has been drawn to the gender disparity among sci-fi/fantasy readers, and a movement has sprung up in support of speculative fiction written by women and for women. I applaud this movement and am eager to see how it develops over time. But right now it is still young and still finding its feet.Read More
By Transporting Us On Breathtaking Journeys To Imaginary Places, These Genres Offer Us The Opportunity To Temporarily Step Back From The World We Live In And Look At It From A New Perspective.Read More