March 13th, 2009

children of dune - leto 1

to bring enlightenment, or at least, enlightened vocabulary

Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I

As a condensed guide to the language being used in a lot of the RaceFail posts, this is one of the best I've seen so far, and I'd highly recommend this if at any time, you came to the conclusion that you (in general) and the poster were at some point speaking the same words and it still felt like there were entire different meanings behind it. Understanding both the terminology and intent behind what's being said will, I promise you, clear up over fifty percent of any lingering confusion (possibly more if you hit the graduate-level posts about this). It's also in a neat, outlined, easy to read format, with examples. The comments are mostly insightful and interesting, and you know, some of the other kind, but some excellent discussion is also going on in there.

Also, after checking back in my tag, apparently I somehow hallucinated I linked up to this.

verb_noire has been opened. I'll cut and paste from the profile to explain.
The mission:

To celebrate the works of talented, underrepresented authors and deliver them to a readership that demands more.

What does that mean? That if you're a talented writer with an awesome, original story about a POC girl/guy/transgendered character, there is a place for you. And that if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan who has grown tired of the constant whitewashing of these genres, there is a place for you, too.

Now that isn't to say that we will accept ANY ol' manuscript as long as it features a POC protagonist, because we will NOT. What we're looking for is quality, soul and PASSION, something that will resonate with readers for years to come.

"Everyone has a story." These words are the driving force behind this project, because we believe that EVERYONE has at least one good story in them, and that story demands to be shared with the world.

As start-up costs can be enormous, we're relying on the generosity of strangers to help us launch. So far, you guys have been absolutely fabulous in donating your money, time and effort, and we hope you will continue to do so as we grow. Even if you can't volunteer at this time, feel free to spread the word (and the widget) around.

Still reading comments in the Mohanraj post. That's some rapidly commenting commentors over there.
children of dune - leto 1

it's the starships that do it for me

Okay, I cannot stop watching the new(est) Star Trek trailer. I have this strange, sick feeling I am going to like, cry in the theatre just seeing the credits or something. I mean, it's not like this would be a surprise.

For the five people who haven't seen it yet Go to Trailer 3.

Just. I mean. Why the hell isn't it May? Why isn't it May?

(Also, after describing the current story I am working on to niqaeli, she was silent for like a full second before gleefully shouting "IT IS LORD KING BAD FIC" and yes. Yes, it is. And it is like, eleven thousand words of it. There's a very real part of me that really thinks I could totally get someone pregnant just to see what would happen.)
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