It's not terrible. Pretty neat, actually. Less boom-boom than I was worried about. I joked on the dayjob blog that rather than "based on All You Need Is Kill", we might say that the film is "thematically adjacent to All You Need Is Kill." Yes, it's whitewashed, but given the sales of the books and the orders coming in for the mass-market tie-in edition, the film remains a great commercial for the novel!
In other news, I have a new essay up on BullSpec, about my new novel Love Is the Law (which is under eight bucks, and fits in Christmas stockings, btw), in which I explain why it's actually like The Alchemist.
First up, and most outside my usual wheelhouse, I am pleased to announce that my story "We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War" will be appearing in the anthology Robot Uprisings, edited by Daniel Wilson and John Joseph Adams. The book will be released April 8th, 2014, and I am super excited to be part of a lineup that includes Charles Yu and Cory Doctorow (with whom I will one day conquer the Magic Kingdom and claim it in the name of our dark forces). My story is about toys and children and the dark side of Toy Story, and I think many of you will find it very upsetting. Yay!
On more familiar ground, we have Shattered Shields, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, featuring a brand new Toby-verse story about the Luidaeg, set during the time of the first big Merlin War, and following Antigone of Albany as she tries to walk the line between faith and family. "The Fixed Stars" will be available November 4th, 2014.
Finally, I have been invited to be one of the contributors for The PaulandStormonomicon, an anthology of very short stories based on and/or inspired by Paul and Storm and their songs. (I am actually very proud of being one of their contributors, since I love their music and seem to have gotten invited on the basis of saying "But what about the LADIES?" when I saw the initial contributor list. It's a small thing. I am still pleased.) The Kickstarter has already reached the level at which the book is guaranteed, and it will be available for sale, but supporting the project is going to be the cheapest way to get it. It's like a pre-order, only not quite.
And that is today's anthology news. Look at all those pretty stories!
- Current Mood: excited
- Current Music:Halestorm, "Get Lucky."
Random quote of the day:
“Between the psychology of the man of genius and the pathology of the insane, there are many points of coincidence; there is even continuity.”
—Cesare Lombroso, The Man of Genius, 1895
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.
Mirrored from Better Than Dead.
You know I use Twitter a good deal, Gentle Reader, yet recent discussions made me realize I am following many rules of etiquette and expecting others to abide by the same in a very Mademoiselle Geraldine manner. Searching about the net proved that only the very basics seem to be discussed out there. So I thought I might involve Mademoiselle Geraldine's on the blog today, and have Lady Linette cobble a few etiquette suggestions together, (mainly so I can direct friendly twitters at this blog post when they accidentally commit a faux pas).
Mademoiselle Geraldine's Lessons on the Etiquette of Fine Twittering
(Featuring Lady Linette's commentary)
Basic Tweeting ~ or the Primary Flutter
- If you wouldn't want to read it, why should anyone else? LL ~ The same rules apply to Daily Fashion Periodicals and gossip over tea.
- No more than three hash tags. LL ~ Hash tags are like accessories: best used in moderation and important mainly for aesthetic or deadly reasons.
- Saying: "Bad day, going for a drink" is OK. Saying: "Don't worry about me, I'm fine" is passive aggressive. LL ~ The one inspires sympathy the other solicits self-aggrandizing drama.
142 Characters Makes for the Perfect Gathering
- Nature requires 132 (giving 10 spaces for others to play)
- Custom gives the following formula: 142 minus (number of characters in your handle plus 3 character spaces for retweets)
- Laziness takes all 142
- Wickedness uses an extension service to lengthen tweets
(Based on "Nature requires five, custom gives seven, laziness takes nine, and wickedness eleven." ~ C. Stevermer on the subject of sleep)
Proper Citation in All Things
- Attribute sources. LL ~ Even Evil Geniuses list who they steal from.
- RT means you are quoting directly and in total. LL ~ Rather like gossip.
- MT means you have cut someone else's tweet down or otherwise modified it. LL ~ More like rumor.
- "via" calls out the original source, so far as you know, and indicates that you're eliminating the chain of RTers. LL ~ Something on the order of hearsay.
- Trim the @s. If a conversation is going and not everyone is still participating, don't include handles of those not involved. LL ~ Only gossip about people *behind* their backs. (For another side of this subject Lady Linette suggests you read Seanan McGuire's excellent post: The terrible intimacy of @.)
- Don't solicit a RT of a public figure. For anything, no matter how good you think the cause. LL ~ For example: Poopsie's animal shelter, Auntie Petronella's surgery, your church's werewolf chopped liver social. Put yourself in their shoes, they don't know you, they don't have time to research the validity of the cause, and if they do it for you they have to do it for everyone.
Let's Talk Direct Messages (DM) ~ Or Sending Round Your Card
- Please don't set up an auto respond DM for when someone follows you. "Thanks for following me, please visit my Facebook page LINK!" LL ~ This is the digital equivalent of allowing your dirty dog to jump all over someone's beautiful white dress.
- DMs are for correspondences of a private nature. If you do not know the person you are DMing intimately already, consider a polite short link-less DM first, introducing yourself. LL ~ Like a calling card.
- Don't solicit over DM. LL ~ I should hope this goes without saying.
- A DM that contains nothing but a link will be perceived as spam. LL ~ Like ordering around someone else's servants. Shocking.
- A DM that doesn't contain specified information for your recipient will be perceived as spam. "I think you would love this LINK" is bad, while "Gail, look at this octopus LINK" is good. LL ~ Always personalize your calling card with a note.
- If your DM will take more than two tweets, you should ask for some other means to communicate instead (in other words, take the conversation to Facebook or email.) LL ~ Do not waste calling cards were a letter should suffice.
Spam ~ Or Coping With the Enthusiasm of Others
- Never follow a link in your DM unless it is tailored to you with specifics you recognize as legitimate. LL ~ Are you a servant to be ordered about?
- Never follow a link that is anything like the following:
- "Ha ha, what are you doing in this picture? LINK."
- "This person is saying nasty things about you LINK"
- "I lost 20 pounds just like this LINK"
- LL ~ I know this great hat shop, you just have to tip the driver, eat three scones, and dance a jig first.
- Never follow a link that then requires you to "re sign in" to Twitter, this is a fishing scam. LL ~ Multiple introductions? I think not.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1950 Screen Shot|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|Island Arbor by Christopher Puzio|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Open Up! Writing the Opening Scene
PROJECT ROUND UP
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now!
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. Release date to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins in 2014.
Finishing School Tumblr is full of great content these days.
Quote of the Day:
“Our own observation is that there is nothing that so loosens the hinge of the tongue, soothes the temper, exhilarates the diaphragm, kindles sociality and makes the future promising.”~ Around the Tea Table, by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)
The Deadline Dames will be taking a break over the holidays. But not to worry! We will be back in the new year with giveaways, excerpts, and other fun surprises.
So please stay tuned.
Wishing you and yours happy holidays, happy New Year, and of course–happy reading!
After I posted my Convention Harassment Policy Starter Kit, I learned about a study Nicole Stark had done about harassment policies at fan conventions. Stark’s article is available on Google Docs, here. I’ve seen a fair amount of discussion on harassment policies and why we do or don’t need to worry about them, but this is the first example I’ve seen of a more rigorous academic survey and discussion of harassment policies. Stark gave me permission to link to her paper, and to discuss some of the highlights.
From the abstract:
This study uses content analysis to evaluate a sample of 288 fan convention websites. These conventions took place within the United States from March to November 2013. The analysis was used to determine how common sexual harassment policies are and their characteristics. This study examined both frequencies and descriptions of codes of conduct, including promoted and prohibited rules, sanctions, reporting guidelines, and the existence of a sexual harassment or general harassment policy. Less than half of the sample contained any behavioral policy at all. Those behavioral policies that were present were found to be generally informal, unstructured, and devoid of a sexual harassment policy. However, many policies contained rules that could be used in the prevention of sexual harassment. These rules, when made clear and recognizable, may work as effective policy in informal spaces. (Page 2)
Stark opens by discussing an instance of sexual harassment from New York Comic Con, and goes on to note that:
A study on sexual harassment policy in manufacturing firms revealed that an available written policy resulted in a 76 percent reduction in one year’s reports (Moore and Bradley 1997).
In other words, to anyone arguing there’s no need for a sexual harassment policy, there is actual research showing that such a policy can significantly reduce sexual harassment.
I expect some people to protest that a convention isn’t the workplace, and that’s true. There are likely to be some differences in the dynamics and effects of a harassment policy in a convention space vs. a workplace. But the underlying premise and conclusion here is pretty straightforward: “We created a written policy on sexual harassment, and sexual harassment decreased significantly.”
I assume most people would like to see sexual harassment at conventions decrease significantly as well. Ergo, creating a written policy seems like a really basic and obvious first step.
Stark’s sample comes from the costume.org website’s list of upcoming conventions. The cons were all from 2013, all located in the U.S., and included media, anime, literary, gaming, comics, relaxicons, and more. So what did she find in her study?
Of the 288 convention websites, 59.38% had no listed policy on their website in regards to behavior or code of conduct. Less than half of all websites (40.62%) had at bare minimum, a behavioral policy explaining acceptable or unacceptable actions while at the convention. These rules ranged from a basic ‘be polite’ to lengthier explanations and examples of what was acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Of the total sample, only 3.47% used the phrase ‘sexual harassment’. However, 13.88% used the word ‘harassment’, not detailing readily available distinctions between harassments, whether sexual, bullying, or annoying otherwise.
Fewer than half of conventions have a posted policy about acceptable behavior, let alone harassment. And the policy is only the starting point; what about instructions on reporting harassment and other unacceptable behavior?
Only 15.27% (44) of the 288 convention websites contained guidelines on reporting. Of the three conventions participating in Project: Women Back Each Other Up, only one employed the use of purple ribbons to indicate female staff members who were prepared to intervene and handle potential sexual harassment. Several policies listed that if there were emergencies, to dial 911 or building security. This left 84.72% (244) of the convention websites devoid of response or guidance to potential victims.
Stark goes on to recommend:
…in evidence of the language and audience in these informal spaces, the following are suggestions for a comprehensive policy at fan conventions. The policies need to be recognizable and readily available (Moore & Bradley 1997), properly enforced, include and define sanctions, train employees for prevention and response, (Harmus & Niblock 2000), detail complaint procedure (Fowler 1996), and define sexual harassment in terms that the audience understands. (Emphasis added)
I have very little to add beyond Yes. That.
I recommend anyone interested in the ongoing conversation about sexual harassment in fandom read the full study. And my thanks to Nicole Stark for letting me link to and chat about her research here.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
I have no idea who is saying this or to whom, or why....
Here are some things I need to finish:
You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
Patience and Fortitude
Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.
An Apprentice to Elves
Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
"This Chance Planet"
"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.
When Cecily was three years old, she announced that she was "stared of the scares," meaning the basement stairs. It stuck. Especially since Cecily wasn't scared--or stared--of almost anything else.
I loved you not.
There are no unremarkable worlds.
As the innate perversity of the universe would have it, Officer Jericho was up to her elbows in the guts of a roasted pumpkin as big as her chest when her pager shrilled.
The universe will always need plumbers.
"A Time to Reap"
Krissy paused in the wings stage left, in air thick with the smell of dust, imagining thunderous applause.
- Current Mood: lethargic
Anyway, it's hit 3k and may have a while to go yet but I'm thinking it's Pre-Draft - that is, I know where it starts, where it ends, and have a whole bunch of stuff happening in the middle that stands up to being poked.
And it has, no lie, a 73-word sentence in it. Yes, a functional, intentional 73 word sentence. Well, it wasn't intentional that there be 73 words, but I knew it would be...extended.
Fight scenes, man. They're either brute-force short, or elegantly elongated.
stillsostrange — and I survived the zombie run, despite bankruptcy (theirs), cold (Texas's), and insufficient packing (mine.)
I'm plugging away on Karen Memory, though I've hit that bit in the middle of the book where I have to stop and think about things. This is complicated by some reasonably scary family medical stuff that's causing me fairly significant anxiety. Still hoping to make my deadline, but it might be a near thing. Fortunately, scott_lynch — will be coming out to visit me after his Exciting Toronto Book Tour! (He's signing at the beautiful Bakka Phoenix this weekend!) and that will help make everything better.
But the really exciting news is that Emma and Will and I have finally finished "Dark Leader." Or at least, nearly. It's got one scene left to be written, and then it goes to beta read, and there will be NEW MUCH-DELAYED SHADOW UNIT. And after that, three more episodes. 0.0
And I just got a bunch of other small projects cleared up. So all that's left is Karen, really. And some nonfiction stuff I need to do.
I need to get on this. 0.0 Augh, deadlines and life.
And here's my honeydew list now.
Thing for Boskone: 10 December 2013
"Covenant" line edits
Interview questions for JJA
Award reading and judging
Karen Memory: 6 January 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February or April 2014
Tiptree story: 30 June 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
Other apocalypse story: 31 December 2014
Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": ?
An Apprentice to Elves: ?
travel and appearances 2014:
MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 10th at 6 pm. (with scott_lynch)
Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts, February 13-15, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, AZ, March 14-16, 2014
Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge MA, March 22-24, 2014
RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia, April 25-27th, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 20-23, 2014
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014
ICON: Iowa City, IA, October 31-November 2, 2014
Windycon: Lombard, IL, November 14-16, 2014
Weird West story: August 2015
- Current Mood: cranky
- Current Music:Shriekback - Mercy Dash (Ready for This)
My contributor copy of Caledonia Dreamin' came in today. See?
It's a nice-looking volume. My story is "Drive the Warlike Angles Into the Sea!!!" and I hope people read it. It was a labor-of-love type story, in that I was eager to be in this book for, among other reasons, the chance to write some Yes propaganda (the book itself is neither for nor against). I also only got £20 for it. But these days, I feel that a lot of anthologies are fairly cynical, with themes designed either for Kickstart friendliness (e.g., Twenty Authors With Blogs!), or being created via mix'n'match—Steampunk Zombies! I liked that this one is focused closely on language and place, and was wide open as far as storytelling goes. Check it out.
Colin Wilson died last week—we wondered if it wasn't a hoax when only the Times (of London) had an obit. It took all weekend for the other papers to get their file obits together. The UK press is playing one last round of "Bash Colin" as well, as in this sort of concern trolling into the afterlife.
Haven't seen any US newspaper obits for Wilson yet at all. The New York Times wrote about him... back in 2005. Don't wear yourselves out, Gray Ladies!
I’m glad you caught yourself before you did it, but I’m just going to tell you anyway… do not ask your newly-pregnant friend to show the ultrasound pictures by excitedly shouting, “SHOW US YOUR BEAN!!!”
It might be misinterpreted.
All my love,
Aka, yipee, the snakelet let me write! Still no headspace for a novel, though I’m slowly getting back into my research and wrote a whole new scene in my chapter 5 (aka, all Hell breaks loose for one particular character, who really has no luck whatsoever).
Temp title “What the Sea Holds no Sway”. Snippet:
In Bao Lan’s dreams, bots danced: they banked and dipped and turned over the red soil of Mars, moulding the clouds of dust they raised into ephemeral figures–the boy Cuoi and his banyan, the strategist Khong Minh and his crane-feather fan–they whirled and reared, tracing words in the flowing writing of calligraphy masters, poems like the ones hung on doorways for New Year’s Eve, bringing up memories of bygone feasts in a vanished land, in the days before the evacuation…
Sent it off to a couple readers, and meanwhile will go see what the %%% is wrong with our hot water supply…
Cross-posted from Aliette de Bodard
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