The Strange Horizons readers’ poll results are in. “Ranra’s Unbalancing” placed first in the poetry category. “Long Shadow” placed second in the poetry category. My folkloristics essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” shares first place with “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in SF: A Conversation” by Polenth Blake and Bogi Takács.
Archive for the ‘essays’ Category
The Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll runs traditionally for two weeks of January, this year from 4-17th. Voting is free and open to everyone. If you read Strange Horizons, you can vote. You can vote for fiction, poetry, articles, columnists, and artworks. I blog about this poll every year because I think it’s fun and important
My essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” is up at Strange Horizons. This essay was a part of An Alphabet of Embers non-fiction rewards, and is dedicated to Arachne Jericho. I chose the topic and made all the choices about the content of this essay. I say this, because some
With thanks to Joanna Russ. I am keeping the “she” pronouns as in Russ’s text, and also because it refers to the experiences of Mari Ness, Haddayr Copley-Woods, and Lee Martindale (in this I09 essay and interview), but this is applicable to people of all genders, and to all people who need access. ———— She
Earlier today, I had a series of tweets on accessibility and geek social fallacies under the #accessiblecons hashtag. I am putting my tweets in a post with some additional links and edits. #ACCESSIBLECONS I have thoughts about #AccessibleCons and Geek Social Fallacies. There’s been a lot of talk about Geek Social Fallacies in the last
I have been quite sick for a while and on top of that, moving, but I have two new things to report. First, will have a letter in Letters to Tiptree from Twelfth Planet Press; it’s about translations of feminist SF, samizdat, and more. Thrilled to see the collection – the full ToC is here.
This discussion started on Twitter, and I am moving it here because I feel this is a developing and gray area of publishing. Question is: are locked works posted on Patreon for pay considered published? Responses from SFWA-qualifying markets, from 2014, are collated here. (I just saw this link when Amal mentioned it on Twitter).
I have assorted news to report today, including one of epic nature. My curse poem “Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune,” aka the Monsterpoem (first published in Bull Spec 4, 2010), will be reprinted in Angels of the Meanwhile, an anthology to benefit PopeLizbet. My essay “On the pitfalls of merit,” published on this blog last year, will
I want to engage with Kameron Hurley’s chewy and important essay on “The Privilege to Publish and the Power to Persevere,” in which Hurley considers writing as an activity that is supported by privilege. Sometimes I think it’s because the only ones of us left in this business are the writers with safety nets. The
Charles Tan has kindly storified my tweets on perseverance, writing, and the editorial process. Today I saw a few people wanting to refer to this conversation in blog entries, so I have very slightly tweaked these tweets and am putting them in an entry format here. This conversation continues various conversational threads from #dontselfreject (also