Oh hey it’s Sunday

And I still don’t know what I’m doing with this space. Saturday was long and humid working at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and I am absolutely pooped. I know about the SCOTUS vote, but right now (Saturday night, as I’m writing this), I do not have the spoons to even start to address it. There may or may not be an evening post tonight talking about it. We’ll see how I feel once I have slept.

Oh lord having a chronic illness SUCKS BALLS. I am so glad we’re never working both days of a Fair weekend this year. I don’t think I’m capable because one day makes EVERY. THING. HURT. And it’s not like I’m running all over the grounds. I am alternately standing, sitting, and occasionally walking around a, what, 10 foot square booth? Might be 12. I’m not really sure. It’s not large, anyway.

So yeah. I’m gonna go collapse in my bed and sleep until sometime Sunday. Probably far past when this post goes up. Then we’re going to lounge around the house until we find enough spoons to go see Venom, and then maybe I’ll write some long ranty opinion piece about the piece of shit that just got onto the Supreme Court.

I’ll leave you with some Wonder Women. 20181006_2207247668070089285426173.jpg

Sunday Something

I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to do with this space on Sundays. I’ve done link roundups, I’ve done short updates on life, I’ve even moved a review to Sunday on the rare occasion I didn’t have anything else planned by Saturday night, but nothing has really felt, I don’t know, right.

I’m mulling over the idea of doing opinion pieces on Sunday, or possibly snippets of fiction. (I’ve written a little bit of very short fiction, and would kind of like to practice more.) I’m just not really sure what I want to do here on Sundays.

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In other news, I’ll be roaming around the Baltimore Book Festival today! We went Friday, and attended several panels. I’ve now listened to several authors from my To-Be-Read list, and I think my favorite so far is Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, author of The Root and The Tree. He was on two panels we watched Friday, and it turns out he’s on a few more today. (I’m not stalking him, I swear!) He’s really fun to listen to. Zoraida Cordova, author of The Brooklyn Brujas, was also really fun to watch.

One of my first panels today is about Author/Blogger relationships, so I’m hoping to get a lot out of that. I’m also planning to go to panels about how Cities can be their own characters; Politics, Resistance, and Spec Fic; Magic Systems; Literary Sci-Fi/Fantasy; and maybe a panel about the Marginalized Majority – how marginalized voices together actually become a majority.

On Friday I went to a panel about creating characters, one about worldbuilding, one about heroes and villains, and my last panel was about genres that people think have been overdone revived by marginalized authors. (Do we really need MORE vampire novels? Yes, if they’re not white, cis, and hetero!)

I’ve also been thinking about something Na’amen Tilihun said about dystopias – he likes them for the revolution part. He could do without the first third in which they’re setting up how terrible things are. Thinking about which dystopias I have and haven’t liked – Future Home of the Living God featured a failed, quickly squashed revolution. Hated it. Station Eleven had no revolution. Hated it. But The Power, American War, The Book of M – all featured revolutions. Loved them. Even The Bannerless Saga features people going against the status quo, and a main character who’s starting to realize maybe the status quo isn’t exactly fair. So it’s really the revolutions that I love, not the dystopias. There was a lot to think about from that panel, and I’m very glad I stayed long enough to go to it.

I came home Friday with five books and a mug – two of the books are even signed! (Na’amen Tilihun’s first, The Root, is one of those two, with The Shadow of The Rock being the other.) We’ll see what I bring home today. You can follow my Twitter for updates throughout the day!

Sunday Link Roundup

Between all the Book Riot newsletters I get, there’s been a lot of good links coming my way this week. (In addition to things I found elsewhere.)

Pages Unbound is doing a survey on Book Blogger stats – if you’re a blogger, go fill out the questionnaire! More data just makes things more accurate! They also have the results from the last time they did it, in 2016, if you want to see how you stack up currently!

An article on the responsibility of romance writers to portray domestic violence and recovery accurately.

A excerpt and revew of Watch Us Rise, a new YA book about two teens who start a Women’s Rights club at their high school. It looks excellent.

How Children’s Book authors are protesting injustice. (Like kids in cages and gun violence.)

How people are using Young Adult novels to address the #MeToo movement.

Racism in the Nancy Drew novels. I haven’t actually read Nancy Drew. This was an interesting read.

Americans of Conscience – a weekly checklist of actions you can easily take to enact change. Things like calling your representatives about current issues, writing letters, tweeting, adding the mid term elections to your calendar. It includes scripts for calls and easy ways to look up the phone numbers you need.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is free to read on Riveted until September 30th!

 

Sunday Link Roundup

Just a few quick links this week!

A list of recent and upcoming LGBTQIAP+ books by Asian authors!

This AMAZING dissection of how offensive the 100 “best” fantasy and sci-fi novels are.

Two more articles on fixing Sci-fi’s women problem and questions to ask about beloved books that are problematic.

Sunday Link Roundup

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When Boudicca finds catnip toys, dignity flies out the window.

The Hugo Award winners have been announced, and N. K. Jemisin scored a historic hat trick – she’s now won a Hugo for all three books in her Broken Earth Trilogy, three years in a row. WOW. She’s also the first black author to win a Hugo for a novel at all. Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning, also took home a Hugo for best short story for “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience.” Women almost completely swept the Hugo awards this year, and that’s awesome!

Hannah Gadsby is writing a memoir, and if it’s anything like her Netflix special (Nanette), it’ll be a powerhouse. I can’t wait.

Unbound Worlds has a list of 9 food-based fantasy novels and I want to read ALL OF THEM.

Halloween is coming, and Book Riot has 6 Necromancer Romance novels to read.

The New York Post has an interesting article on how the filmmakers obtained all the old, rare books for the upcoming movie The Bookshop, based off Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novella. There’s a trailer for the movie at the bottom of the article!

I’ve been considering doing a geographic reading challenge for next year, and Book Riot just published a list of the best books set in every state of the US, plus Washington DC. There’s 3 or 4 books listed for every state, so there’s some choices there. And a lot of interesting sounding books, too!

August is apparently Women in Translation month – it’s a little late for me to join in that, but Book Riot has a list of books for it. I might refer back to that list next year!

This absolutely amazing Twitter account that started doing something ambitious back in May and just finished. XD Read the first word of each of her tweets, starting now and going back down her timeline, and you’ll see what I mean!

Sunday Link Roundup

I’ve been looking through the schedule for the National Book Festival and trying to decide which things I want to go to! It’ll be my first visit to the National Book Festival, even though I’ve lived close to DC for six years now. I’ll tell you guys all about it and take pictures and everything!

This store that sells all kinds of exotic meats. I’ve had deep fried gator while I lived in North Carolina – it was DELICIOUS. There’s a few more things there I’ve always wanted to try.

Book Riot has a list of 10 Microhistory books to read this summer, and I need to read one for the PopSugar challenge. Bonk looks rather hilarious, and my library has three copies! I also put a hold on Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.

I may have linked it before, but Book Riot also has a list of F/F Science Fiction and Fantasy, both lesbian and bisexual characters.