New Place

Aug. 3rd, 2011 11:08 am
cat_rood: (Wonder)
As the title states, I have a new place. On Friday it will have internet. In 14 days I will have writing time again. for now i only have my phone (forgive the errors!) and email. Wish me luck!


Aug. 30th, 2009 07:23 pm
cat_rood: (Rules)
I've been thinking lately, about returning to my old routines. I need to write, in ways I cannot explain.

But, I need a routine to do it in.

That may sound strange, but there you have it. I need a set time every day, set aside for nothing but writing.

These last few weeks have had me caught up in so much other stuff that I couldn't write.

There was too much external stuff going on.

There still is a lot of external things going on. Kids are back in school though, and that should give me time to actually work on my writing.

Frankly, I hate to be mean, but my new room mate is going to have to respect the headphones, as well as all the kids. My kids are trained to respect the headphones and know what they mean. They mean Mom Is Working.

I know my new room mate will though. She understands how important the writing is to me. And I won't totally cut myself off. We have the lounge to clean tomorrow, and then we'll see what happens. I plan on putting on my headphones on my head, with my MP3 player and seeing if that helps.

I haven't decided just who I'm going to be writing yet. But it's definitely between Ari and Mira/Hyst. I might look through tonight to see what jumps out at me.

I want to finish up a couple old ideas, before I start worrying about new ones.

See, I have some world building to do. A lot of world building. I'm going to be putting some of it up here, but a lot will be going up on my IJ, under the writing tag/group.

I'll be putting up links here, to whatever it is I use that's an online resource.

I do however want to give a good resource. See, writing doesn't mean that you have lots of money. I've been using AbeBooks to search online used book stores! C'mon used books! That's awesome.

Tomorrow, I'm returning to routine and starting to write again.

Just need to figure out who.
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I've been very concentrated on packing and finishing this draft of KoO, but I haven't had my head in the sand. Things that happen on the internet still garner my attention.

Firstly, let me give you some background:

I've grown up in institutionalised sexism. Around here, even if a woman can hold her own, and can sometimes beat the men, she's considered less than, just for being a woman.

Never mind any accomplishments by women, ever. It's the "good old boy" network around here, plain and simple.

The clich├ęs about rednecks are epitomised by the people I live around every single day.

To this end, every time I've stood up and said "no thanks" to condescending "Here let me get that for you, pretty little woman" or had an opinion that differed from what any of the men around were expressing, I've been called frigid, loud mouthed bitch, and worse. (Those that read my personal blog will know there are exceptions to this, but they are friends for a reason.)

It's something I've lived with every single day.

There, that's my background, beyond saying that I am a woman.

As a woman, and someone who prefers fantasy to romance, I've noticed a trend in fantasy and sci-fi that's always been there, and hasn't changed in the last 50 years.

Seemingly, to the sci-fi/fantasy community, I do not exist. Ask any magazine, or novel marketer, and they will say they are attempting to reach a demographic of "12-25 year old males." Why? Because that's who the "good old boy" networks are familiar and comfortable with.

The "good old boys" know that age group, because they used to be part of it. And if any women want to join their "club" then they too need to cater to that group.

It makes no sense. If women are good enough to write sci-fi/fantasy (Marion Zimmer Bradley, CJ Cherryh, Mercedes Lackey, Tanya Huff, Anne McCaffrey) and be published multiple times over, not only in short stories, but in novels, then why are we not good enough to read it?

Now, you may ask why I wrote the above paragraph. It's because the genre is going through some radical changes right now. Changes that are stirring up a lot, and putting itching powder in the highly tailored suits of the "good old boys".

I said before that the market has always been directed at 12-25year old boys. It's simple to tell that is the truth, just by looking at chicks in chainmail. That's just three small examples. Gleaned from Google. This one also came up.

It's indicative of a trend that's been around a long time. (Most recently, WoW) The fantasy genre uses objectified women to draw in their targeted demographic.

Except their targeted demographic isn't buying the magazines and the books. Women are. And if we never bought books with the art work, good women writers would never be bought either. (Sara Douglass, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and more MZB)

Recently, this subject was brought to a head, because Realms of Fantasy, a rather prominent sci-fi/fantasy magazine just relaunched themselves, under new ownership/management. And someone asked "More man-butt please." And, shockingly, the first cover of this newly relaunched magazine? Right back to the same old, same old. No one's really shocked, but a more than a few are disappointed.

I, personally, write a lot of fantasy. I like playing in new worlds, and deciding all the little things that make a world real. But I have to say, if any of my female protagonists ever ended up looking like them? I'd laugh my head off.

Back to sexism: The real fail here is the fact that when it's brought up some people don't "get it" on an epic scale. (My personal favourite is Clint Harris. He's such a winner. But I have to give mad props to Jim C Hines, who linked me to all of this.)

The same old arguments are being rehashed. "Well, if she were more polite."

No. We're tired of being polite. We've been polite, and all it's gotten us things like this. (Although, to combat that THIS is a thing of beauty.)

Polite hasn't gotten us anywhere. Now we're being loud. Are we willing to be patient, and wait to see the next cover of the magazine that started all this? Yes. We are. (Or at least I am. This cover has gone to print. Let's see what they do with the next one.) But there needs to be a shift in the way that the entire genre views not only the women in the stories, but the women in the real world that are actually buying the stories.

We exist, boys. Get over it.

Edit: Quick reminder: Jim Hines' auction to benefit NCADV ends at midnight EST July 23rd. The bid's up over $100 meaning that the winner gets an extra book thrown in, and it's for a good cause!


Jun. 20th, 2009 07:54 pm
cat_rood: (Rules)
Lately, I've been really, really focused on research, and on just getting KoO done.

I've been failing pretty hard at the last one. I'm down to 14 scenes left, and about 50k on my estimated word count.

I think I'm probably going to come under it.

I'm planning a move and that's also taking a lot of energy and time. Moving 300+ miles isn't easy. I hope it'll be worth it though.

So, unfortunately, things have been falling by the way side. Most notably, this blog. I'm hoping, after the move and some settling in, I'll have more to say about writing, and the writing process.

For now, though, I need to go get working on KoO, and get the next scene done. Then, it'll only be 13 scenes left.

One step at a time.


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