Apr. 18th, 2011

azn_jack_fiend: (bowie)
I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya. Oh wait, wrong blog. Anyway, I had a super busy weekend. I did chickensitting (don't ask) and filed taxes for my dad.

I'm pretty pumped about Game of Thrones. I can't wait to watch it. I've been hearing it's good. Everyone has been up in arms about the negative NY Times review, which is the sort of review that after you read it, you think, "I now hate this writer so much that if they hate the show, I'm sure I'll love it." I won't go into the details but it's an awful gender-policing slap in the face to women like me. I just hope Ginia Bellafante learns some lessons from the reaction and maybe even publishes a retraction.

On to something less positive: the racial stuff. I quit reading or watching high fantasy a while back because of the incessant, boring eurocentrism and feudalism. I'm sick of all the dark evil people lurking in the South and East of the world maps, a trend that Tolkien started and that shows absolutely no sign of abating.  The ASOIAF books certainly continue it. Everyone is sort of European and white on the main continent, and then on the other one you have the Savage Pseudo-Mongols. Oh, and in the exotic deserty south, there are Sex Arabs!

Jason Momoa plays the head Pseudo-Mongol. I love him... I stumbled across a Ronon-centered episode of SGA once, and it mislead me into believing that I was watching a good show. And he's sort of Asian (Pacific Islander... we get lumped in with them sometimes) so that's cool. But he doesn't look very attractive in the pics I've seen... something about the full beard in combination with the heavy eye makeup. I think one or the other would work but not both together. It's got too much of a "I am savage and uncouth" 300-style connotation. Cut for vague spoilers if you haven't read the book and mention of rape )

But I'm disappointed that the pseudo-Mongols as a group aren't even played by Asians. I'm certainly not speaking for anyone besides myself when I say this, but having to choose between the lesser of two evils, I'd rather have powerful baddies than be erased (given a different choice between erasure and the servile cringing stereotype, I'd go for erasure). Fu Manchu is slightly better than nothing, as far as I'm concerned.

I'll still watch Game of Thrones despite the disappointing Asian pseudo-erasure. At least I'll always have Mongol. Damn, that's a good movie.

I'm happy to hear about several things coming out by people on my f-list! There's an Alice in Wonderland reimagining compilation coming out in October called re(Visions): Alice. That's a long way away but I'm very excited about it; it sounds complicated and fascinating. And then [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy's YA novel Hollowstone is coming out soon. I don't even read YA, but I might have to make an exception because just judging from his posts he's a dynamic writer with a sense of humor I really enjoy.

[livejournal.com profile] heddychaa and I are still burning up THH. To make sure that the structure is sound and the pacing is consistently exciting, we're working from a complicated planning document which I won't bore you with details on, but after reworking some stuff this weekend, I think we'll be ending up with a 55k-60k short novel, and we're rapidly approaching the halfway point.  Collaboration makes the process so much easier. For example, we were getting stuck at the end of Chapter Seven. In frustration, I typed out a short, prosaic description of the action that was supposed to happen next. We were both, "meh." Then [livejournal.com profile] heddychaa went back and fleshed it out and added something amazing that was off the chain and advanced the story emotionally and thematically. I like how we're writing in a mostly linear way but have these going-back-over and filling-in and jump-starting moments as well. In fact, one of the favorite passages I wrote was one where I started at the end of the chapter and worked backwards.

I bought Scrivener as a way to make that kind of non-linear writing easier, and from what I've used of it, it's good, but I don't see how it works for collaboration, so we're just using Google Docs separated by chapter. I'm angry with Scrivener, too, because it keeps crashing on startup  on my Mac. So I really can't recommend it.

The characters in THH have come alive at this point, to the degree that I almost feel bad about having to kick them around... right now things aren't too bad, but about two-thirds of the way through the book, they're going to be in an impossible situation and readers are just going to drop their jaws and think OMG THEY'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT. You'll see! :D

It's so exciting I would even give it to my stepfather to read, even though he's more the country music and big trucks kind of straight guy, because he'll read anything that's exciting and has magic or robots. He read my John Varley Titan-Wizard-Demon series which has ridiculous amounts of explicit human/sexually-indeterminate-centaur sex (don't ask), so he can probably handle a little (or a lot, maybe) of m/m action (ETA: now that I read over that it sounds like I'm implying that one would be the gateway to the other... yikes, I probably shouldn't have brought it up in the first place! I don't mean that. But he can read out of his comfort zone, that's just what I wanted to get across).  I'm definitely letting my husband read it; he's been very supportive.

Hope everyone else had a good weekend!

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