Writing Prompt: The Talk

With all of the on-screen and off-screen steamy sex scenes, sexual tension, and shipping fodder in the literary world, it’s probably a good thing to know what your character is attracted to and what their romantic/sexual history is. However, fewer writers address what their character knows about sex or how they learned it. Many a YA/children’s book or memoir has been devoted to the awkward stage that is (pre-)puberty and one’s first (attempts at a) sexual encounter, but it seems largely neglected in speculative fiction, save for the occasional body horror story, supernatural transformation/gene/power activation parallel, or anything by Tamora Pierce.

This is especially important in fiction with historical, secondary world, or futuristic settings, as it is a key aspect of life and so a key aspect of worldbuilding. Thus, in the vein of that infamous Hogwarts Sex Ed fanfic and Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, I propose writing a scene in which your characters gets The Talk or a talk or otherwise discovers Their Changing Body and what this whole sex thing is about anyway. Continue reading

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At Dawn We Ride. Er, Submit.

Well, I did it. I submitted a book. Not The Book but a book. Well, technically a novella, but, if published, it would be in book format. With cover art. And an ISBN number. Book! Book I say! It still feels all weird and new and tingly and nervous-like. But I’ll stop carrying on like a literary Tom Cruise and get down off my couch of bookish novelty. Or novella-ty, as it were. Anyway, here’s the blurb for it. Wish me luck. Continue reading

One Small Sentence for Man, One Giant Leap for Procrastination

The other day, Tor.com posted on Facebook about six word Fantasy/Sci-Fi stories, prompting all manner of creative responses in the comments. I went ahead and tried my hand at it. Here are a few I came up with. I encourage any and all of you to leave your own in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with. Continue reading

The Invisible Man: speculative fiction and disability

That’s how we roll in sci-fi.

I don’t know if any of you have seen the infographic floating around about representation in science fiction movies or not, but I wanted to talk about an issue I had with it, namely what constitutes a “protagonist with a disability”. I won’t post a link to the infographic here because my intention is not to call it or its creator out. In fact, I applaud them for raising awareness of representation issues. However, I am bothered by the infographic’s problematic take on this specific issue, as well as by this discussion in general (which seems to happen every few years when there is a renewed controversy over Barbara Gordon). Continue reading