June 11th, 2007


[personal|writing] Office, Mainspring day

Off to the Omaha office in a moment. Also, tomorrow is the official drop date for Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ]. I've been asked to remind you to please form an orderly double line outside the door of your favorite bookstore when queueing up to purchase the book.

I believe I'll have a contest to give away a signed first edition hardback. Maybe a caption contest for the recent momo photo. What do you all think?

[contest] New caption contest

Here's the new caption contest. Prize is an inscribed first edition of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ], with possible bonuses as my moving duties and imagination permit. As usual, please leave in comments your suggestion for the funniest or best caption for Collapse )

After a few days, I'll convert the captions to a poll. Remember to keep them short, the poll code truncates the entries. All eligibility and judging is both capricious and final, though I will exert myself to be as fair as possible. And have fun!

ETA: Contest is now closed. Feel free to post more entries, but the voting poll is now up.

[personal] House deal approaches finale

As some of you know, the house deal has been a bit wobbly. It's unwobbled, with a pleasing turn of events. Nuevo Rancho Lake is closing next week, a few days before JayCon VII/J-Con I. This means I'm back on for moving Sunday, June 24th as originally planned. This is All Good, trust me. More as it develops, but those of you attending JayCon who are possessed of weak minds and strong backs are invited to come round Sunday as well.

[writing] (fe)male stories

One of the rather intense topics of discussion last week at Rio Hondo was the concept of masculine and feminine writing. Not, specifically, stories by persons of either gender, but more generally the idea that stories themselves have gender. While there are analytics such as Gender Genie which do textual mapping based on established algorithms, the discourse ran more toward the themes and types of stories which get written, and how they can be thought to have gender associations.

There are easy stereotypes which can be pointed to, about how stories resolve, whether they're internally or externally focused, and so forth. We dug deeper than that, which was fascinating, though like many such topics it does not lend itself to resolution.

I was also struck by how this discussion overlapped with the recent kerfuffle over gender and race in editorial acceptances. The fact that our field is fundamentally committed to writing about the Other lends a strange cast to all these discussions. It's not as if there's a specific qualification for SF, unlike women's lit or post-colonial lit or whatever.

What do you think differentiates a masculine or feminine story? Can you offer (or ideally, link to) an example?