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October 30th, 2013

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Tue, 19:23: 2500 words on my day, on the drive home from CO. Day 3 is officially a success. Added an unexpected character AND an unexpected plot twist.
  • Tue, 19:26: I've cracked 6000 words in the new part of this thing. It's happening too fast, thus the new character.

04:53 pm
I'm going to just leave this here and walk away, whistling.

The beautiful thing about capitalism is that people are free to sell whatever legal thing they wish to sell. If someone wishes to sell an anthology of short science fiction stories written by women, that person may do so. If someone else wishes to sell an anthology of short stories written by men, that person is also free to do so.

However, the person who wishes to sell the anthology of SF written by women is under no obligation whatsoever to put one out with SF written by men. And the converse is also true.

Now. This is not to say that the person wanting to put out an antho of SF written by men will not get wank about it, because this is the (politically correct) world we live in. And we can certainly have a conversation about double standards and all that happy horse poo. Hell, I won't throw stones in either direction, because as a woman who writes SF and fantasy with (mostly) male protagonists, I have a sneaking suspicion that I am Doing It Wrong, that I am Not Down With The Struggle, and that I am a Traitor To The Sisterhood.

But I'm okay with that, because I'm following my bliss and writing the stories I want to read. And you can bet your ass that I'm going to sub to an antho aimed at lady writers, because I'd be frankly stupid not to. I'm not necessarily one of those people who thinks that women have a "unique voice" or a "different perspective--whatever the hell that means, because we're writing speculative fiction here, people, it should all be unique and different. And if a guy wants to write about princesses (hi, there, jimhines) or if I want to write about my two-fisted werewolf private investigator dude, no one should say "boo." And anyone who does say "boo" can STFU, frankly, because screw them anyway, so there.

And, to the guy going "anything for the men?" on FB? There will be--as soon as you create it. Or, you could open the ToC of, you know, just about every SF anthology ever, and not have to bother creating it.