Morning Cuppa – 04/15/13 – Scalzi speaks on sexism! Vampires! Werewolves!

Spring has come and change is in the air… I’m going to try to release some blog posts that I’ve been working on some time this week about the state of my novel(s) and another about the state of geek culture vs consumerism. Until then, here’s your cuppa…

  • John Scalzi responds to a commenter on his blog who asks, “Women in Geekdom. Why is this all exploding now? Where is it going?” While the questioner is perhaps sincere it still speaks to the actual subtext, which is: what’s up with the raging debate on sexism in geek culture right now? He does his best to answer the question and says that he feels it’s becoming such a talked about thing because it’s on its way out. I hope he’s right, but I think there’s a lot of work left to be done, especially by the folks like he and I, the white male geeks.
  • This couple are desperately looking for a vampire willing to turn them both into vampires before the end of the year so that they can share their love for eternity. If you’re a vampire, maybe consider helping them?
  • Horror shows get a bad rep, and Netflix’s foray into the genre, Hemlock Grove, is no exception. It’s not even been released yet the Hollywood Reporter has already taken a pass on the show. The reviewer watched two episodes and had to call it quits. I’m hopeful that this person was just not a genre fan but we’ll find out when it’s released this Friday.
    I’d love to see something that evokes the quality of American Horror Story (season 1… season 2 totally lost me). Anyways, if you’d like to get a taste for what the show might hold you can check out Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, which the show is based upon.

Morning Cuppa – 04/08/13 – Writing and longevity! BooksOnBoard! Sexism!

Let me know what you thought of the second episode of Game of Thrones over at my twitter! I’d love to talk about it but don’t want to spoil it for anyone here in the cuppa.

  • I pray to the old gods and the new </gameofthronesreference> that when I’m 90 I have the presence of mind to sit down and work on a novel. The Passive Voice picked up this article about Elizabeth Jane Howard who, at 90 still gets up every morning to write. Not only does she write but she has published 15 novels, sold over a million copies in her most popular series and the BBC is running a 45 part dramatization of her series. Good health!
  • Indie ebook seller BooksOnBoard has shut down their store amidst rumors of non-payment to publishers. If you’ve purchased any books through them you should probably head over to their site now and download them before the site is completely shut down.
  • The games industry has some serious issues with misogyny and sexism, but so too does the tabletop games, rpg games and scifi/fantasy genres. This essay, on Rock, Paper, Shotgun has some food for thought that is specifically about the video game industry but could easily translate to all of our other passions as well. It’s worth the read, especially (as an ally) for the part about accusations of ‘white knighting’.

This particular response is designed to undermine the writer, not only suggesting that caring about equality is something inherently driven by a desire for sex/validation, but that the very idea of caring at all is so unrealistic. Either the accuser cannot conceive of the notion of caring about another’s rights independently of one’s own gratification, or they are so fearful of the potential of equality that they’re driven to undermine those who argue for it. Either way, if you’re typing the words “white knight”, you’re revealing more about your own peculiar understanding of how humans interact than anything else.