How I Spent My Friday Afternoon

I just spent an hour and a half on the floor of Waterstones hunched over a heavy, 608 page book. Well, first I tried to sit on a tiny, uncomfortable window seat (possibly not actually meant for sitting on), but the floor soon seemed like a better idea. I strained my neck. I got a paper-cut.* My foot fell asleep and got all tingly. But it was time well-spent.

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Some Thoughts on Books that Matter

*brushes off dust*

Oh, right, I have a blog.

In the wake of the holidays, my attention was hogged by these pesky things called assessments.  You know, the academic sort with deadlines that really matter.  The stuff that will determine whether I receive a piece of paper that says MA on it.  Yeah, those things.

But I’m back.  I’ve emerged from my cave and I have something I want to talk about.

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On Xs and Ys (Chromosomes, That Is)

I’ve been reading a lot lately about writing and gender, specifically discussions about women writing genre fiction.  These discussions usually center around questions like:

  • Do readers gravitate toward male writers of fantasy/sci-fi?
  • Why are women continually left off Best Of lists despite often winning an equal share of annual fantasy/sci-fi awards?
  • Are female authors taken less seriously?
  • Can readers really be gender-blind when choosing books?

I don’t have all the answers–it’s a pretty complex subject–but I definitely believe there is a bias and that’s a problem.

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