Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reading Lists

A couple years ago, I made several book lists that I posted to Goodreads. I'm a compulsive lister, so this is like candy for me, but I tried to "groom" them in the general direction of what's appropriate for the feminist blog world, something I don't exactly consider myself a part of. That means leaving off writers who are "problematic" (lord, I hate that word so much) even if their work is integral in some way. (Dworkin, et al.) I understand the need to address of transphobia and racism, feminism's sometime bed partners, but in doing so, I'm making a reading list of "perfect" writers, or writers with supposed "perfect track records," and that simply doesn't exist. Hence no list.

From now on the caveat stays: the reading list links to books that I've found helpful or inspirational or whatever; it's not a guide or an "official" anything.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Camp Update (Last one I swear,)

I changed my word count goal from 25,000 to 20,000. Not a huge difference --maybe a day-and-half's work for me -- but I'm sick of beating this thing into submission. And with just over 8000 words to go, it took a turn for the dada and now I have to reel it in write serious literature or run with it. Yes, of course, serious literature can also be funny and is often quirky and surreal but when I get with online writing groups, no one seems to be doing this. It's either genre fictions, or straight-ahead, plot-driven fiction, of which I'm wholly incapable.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How Machiavellian are you?

According to this test I am a high mach. Maybe not something I should brag about in polite company.

To be more accurate, I scored 66/100, which is a little center of high (I think anything lower than 50 is low). For most of the questions, I chose the ambiguous center circle. I don't think people are good, but I don't think they're intrinsically evil. Most people are too fumbling to be either. But I am quite cynical and I don't think anyone could call me trusting.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Links & Bits: 7/18/14

Jenny Lewis's new video , with some famous friends in drag

Some interesting articles on femmephobia and queer toughness

How writing romance fiction is a feminist act

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Earworm of the Day: Perfume Genius - Queen

From the new album to be released in September.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crowd-sourced drag book

d.r.a.g. by bookthefilm publishing is a crowdsourced book featuring gorgeous shots of well-known drag artists. Check out some of the photos in The Advocate.