Tomorrow night at 5 pm EDT I’m going to be on Pagan-Musings Podcast. (Thanks for making me sound awesome, guys!)
Content warnings also apply to the Toy Soldier Saga. Keep in mind I consciously patterned it after elements of the Napoleonic Wars, World War II and the Vietnam War. I mention a very similar variety of horrors, all of which are based in real events I pulled from history. And I went there because I believe it’s important to tell these stories, as cautionary tales if nothing else, so we don’t repeat them – and the fantastic medium allows us to take politics out of it and look at it all with some perspective.
There’s an oft-made argument in genre fiction circles that sexual violence shouldn’t be used as a plot point. It’s regressive. It’s demeaning to women. It’s gratuitously violent, grotesque, and unnecessary because we don’t need to see violence against women to know that this was a historical truth, we know it well enough–
Except we don’t.
The Poppy War is centered around the 1937 Rape of Nanjing. This also happens to be what I wrote my thesis on. I have spent over a year reading personal accounts of the bystanders, victims, and perpetrators. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned after months of research, it is that the west frankly does not care.
The west has never done a good job of caring about sexual violence done to women who aren’t white.
I’m not interested in writing utopias. I don’t like writing the alternate histories where gender equality is taken for…
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By Maria Avxentevskaya
People have been dreaming about space travel for hundreds of years, long before the arrival of the spectacular technologies behind space exploration today – mighty engines roaring fire and thunder, shiny metal shapes gliding in the vastness of the universe.
We’ve only travelled into space in the last century, but humanity’s desire to reach the moon is far from recent. In the second century AD, Lucian’s True History, a parody of travel tales, already pictured a group of adventure seekers lifted to the moon. A whirlwind delivered them into the turbulence of lunar politics – a colonial war.
And much earlier than any beep of a satellite, these dreams of moon travel were given real, serious thought. The first technical reckoning of how to travel to the moon can be found in the 17th century.
Read the full article at The Conversation.
And why wouldn’t you want a copy of this awesome set? 22 novellas and novels by 21 different authors in worlds of low or no tech! Features my Toy Soldier Saga novella “Homefront,” which is published here for the first time.
It’s only 99 cents, and only available for a limited time (90 days.) And we’ve removed the digital watermarking, so once you’ve bought it, it’s yours forever. We trust you not to post it to pirate sites. And if you do decide to share it, why not encourage your friends to support my Patreon?
Here’s two more book trailers if you’re not convinced yet:
Patrons will find their names in the Dedication section of my contribution, as promised; and thank…
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No writer truly writes alone.
Many writers have famously said that writing is a lonely profession, but that’s only true of the actual writing, and that’s only a small part of the process. A writer lives a life, then takes snippets of it and translates it onto pages to represent the human experience in a meaningful way. After that she must edit, and, if her work is to have meaning to the world, she must publish. Then she has to get the word out about her work to enough people that some might be inclined to share it with others. All of that is a team effort.
I’m asking you to be a part of the team.
You may be interested in supporting some projects but not others. For that reason we’ll use the “charge by project” model here. Each month we’ll focus on a “Featured Project.” Each pledge you…
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By Fran Wilde
Once upon a time (cough, August 6, 2013, actually), Tor.com published “I Hate Boats,” by Carl Engle-Laird. Carl’s gone on to brilliant things, but I still want to argue with him about the post, and especially this sentence in particular: “Whenever my beloved protagonists get on a boat, I groan, put the book on the table, and pace around the room muttering angrily to myself, alarming friends and loved ones.”
Carl, now that you’re a big-deal editor at Tor.com, I’m finally ready to tell you that I feel exactly the opposite way. I love boats, and when I see one in a book, I feel a lot of hope. I grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, reading nautical histories, and what I want in my fiction is a boat that feels real and suits the plot. When a book takes me over water, I’m eagerly…
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I have finally figured it out! The Toy Soldier Saga will be a thing!
Some of you may know about my Spelljammer fanfiction the Toy Soldier Saga. For those who don’t, it has a special place in my heart for many reasons. The first is that I love the Spelljammer D&D campaign setting. I think it’s an amazing amount of fun! A few characters that I played in that setting have stuck with me. One of them gave me part of my Pagan craft (and pen) name.
Another reason is that I have what I think is a really good story that works well in the setting. I’ve been trying to get someone’s attention at Wizards of the Coast for years, but no luck. The closest I got is when some friends or fans of Troy Lockwood bitched me out in my comments section because I had inadvertently altered an already altered graphic for inspirational character art, that someone used as their profile…
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Hello all! As you can see, it’s been a while since I posted anything here. To be honest, it was because I was getting quite discouraged. I wasn’t seeing a lot of Patron support, and I kept receiving criticisms that I should separate my geeky and fiction writerly stuff from my Pagan stuff, because people might want to support one thing but not the other thing. This made me sad, since I was asking for monthly patronage in general, and seemed to me a general rejection of my person, no matter what side you wanted to butter that bread on. Also, to do that and create individual Kickstarters for things kind of defeated my purpose. So for a while I gave up.
But I think I have figured out a way to accommodate this desire from my would-be Patrons, and that is to charge by creation instead of by month.
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The elves in my stories use snuff as an alternative to smoking pipes in the phlogiston; so here’s some basic information on it.
By Jan Sieslieng
What is Snuff ?
Tobacco leaves from the finest fields are carefully picked, dried and grounded into a powder.
Once the tobacco is ground, various essential oils are added for developing a blend in a variety of snuff tobacco flavors.
The finished snuff tobacco product is stored in airtight packaging to ensure that the flavors are well penetrated into the powdered particles. Once it is matured it is ready for use.
Snuff tobacco products are available in a number of forms ranging from dry to moist and coarse to fine. Meant to suffice individual requirements, one can pick a snuff tobacco product that stays in harmony with their individual needs.
Nasal snuff is a finely ground flavored tobacco taken in the non-offensive form of a simple sniff into the nostrils. As snuff is becoming so popular, many have questioned its health issues. Like any tobacco…
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