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13 October 2010 @ 04:38 pm
1) From The World SF Blog -- Yakoub Islam's fascinating essay on The "Muslim" in Muslim Steampunk. This has me thinking, of course, about the traps I can fall into as a non-Muslim writing Muslim steampunk characters.

Frankly I've mostly dodged, so far, by having the focus on the secular-political. Because I know how little I know. But if I go for the novel, the differing philosophies among Muslim sects in India at the time is going to be central, and I'm gonna have to do a lot of immersive research to get them right without overdoing it in a "shiny factoid" way. Because Aurangzeb is a major character, and ya just can't separate politics and religion where he's concerned.

But the real shiny! is the novel that Yakoub Islam is planning. Because OMG SHINY WANT! And while I'd normally think that sharing things about an unfinished novel is unwise, in this case I think it's brilliant, because it does so much of what the field is missing.

2) Also from The World SF Blog... actually I'm not telling. Check out the most recent post *grins* -- it's one of many reasons I'm glad to be a WSB reader :)

3) Via my beautiful TOC buddy samhenderson, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded review! That calls The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar dazzling! And makes me so want to read all the rest of the book!


Still not up for comment-responses, been feverish for two days.
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13 October 2010 @ 05:38 pm
So I recently wrote about bullying, though in the context of racism and assimilation, but I wanted to add this: adults, here's something to really NOT tell bullied kids: "If they don't like you, you must be doing something wrong."

There's a reason I remember that line verbatim; it is what pushed me closest to bullying-induced suicide as a kid. (Yep, I have been there. Nope, I didn't say so before except in very-private. But now I think that was the wrong decision.) Obviously it's very close to things other bullied kids were told; I'm quoting so that people can look at one example of the trend and think about just how Wrong it is..

This topic brought (back) to me by Seanan McGuire's heartbreaking post, the post by Kate Harding that inspired it and rings utterly true to me, and several posts on my f-list, many of them locked.

(ETA: Just realized something obvious. The inability to write beyond "clever" till I was in my late 20s, and the fact that I seem to come across as about 10 years younger than I am a lot -- these probably come down to the bullying-induced rejection of (emotional) self. In some ways I am still about 23.)

Annnd here's a unicorn chaser (or possibly one form solutions can take): catvalente's wonderful Monstrous Manifesto.
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