Posted by dolorosa12 in books, films, linkpost, short stories, television.
Tags: a girl walks home alone at night, abigail nussbaum, aliette de bodard, ana grilo, celtic fantasy, fiona mcintosh, greenwitch, hugo awards recommendations, joanne harris, kat howard, kate elliott, literary festivals, liz bourke, old english, parks and recreation, renay, sara douglass, south african literature, tade thompson, tell them stories, the book smugglers, the dialogue of saturn and solomon, tricia sullivan
I have so many links for you this week! My Twitter feed has been very generous in sharing its fabulous internet finds, and I’ve gathered the best of them to post here.
First up, have a couple of short stories. ‘Translatio Corporis’ by Kat Howard and ‘The Monkey House’ by Tade Thompson absolutely rocked my world. They’re published in Uncanny Magazine and Omenana respectively.
I went on a massive Twitter rant about failures of imagination in historical fantasy novels set in medieval Britain and Ireland, so I found this post on ‘Celtic fantasy’ by Liz Bourke to be very welcome and timely.
Likewise this post by Kate Elliott on writing women characters touched on a lot of things that matter to me in storytelling.
Joanne Harris makes some good points about the economics of literary festivals.
This post by Renay is very perceptive on self-rejection, anthology-curation and the difficulties in amplifying the voices of others.
I found the conversation taking place at the #WritingNewZA hashtag on South African literature really interesting.
Tricia Sullivan writes about the pitfalls of being a mother who writes. (I would say that this potentially applies to primary caregivers of any gender, but there are particularly gendered elements of the problems she’s outlining that lead me to think her emphasis on mothers specifically is correct in this instance.)
Here is a Storify of tweets by Aliette de Bodard about the fallacy of devoting your entire life to writing.
I grew up on Sara Douglass’s books, and while they’re far from perfect, she herself was a really important figure in the history of fantasy literature in Australia. Here, Australian fantasy author Fiona McIntosh remembers her.
I’ve found Abigail Nussbaum’s recent Hugo recommendation posts useful. Here’s the short fiction one, and here’s the one on publishing and fan categories.
I want to see this film!
I’m thoroughly enjoying watching Ana discover the Dark Is Rising sequence over at The Book Smugglers.
This is a good summation of what made Parks and Recreation so great, over The Mary Sue.
Finally, have an Old English text about the wonders of books.
The sun is shining and the sky is clear here in Cambridge. It looks like this weekend is going to be excellent for me, and I hope it is the same for you.