i've got a YA asian fantasy coming out inFortunately, another publisher bought the book, and Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia is coming out from HarperTeen in April.
may : Silver Phoenix
when i met with a [sci fi/ fantasy] publisher
at a writing conference last year, he had read the first
12 pages and said to me : "why is this fantasy?
this is amy tan meets crouching tiger."
like it was a BAD thing.
also : "asian fantasy does not sell."
i was crushed.
It's called Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, and I just preordered it (thanks to trade-ins to Amazon's game trade). I'd suggest you check it out, too.
White Louisiana cops shoot and kill an unarmed elderly black man in front of his family and allegedly move his handgun over next to his body to make it look like he was threatening them. "If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names," the local police chief says. "I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested."
And in west Texas:
Texas cops pull over black and Hispanic motorists and give them a choice: give up their cash, valuables, and vehicles, or be charged with felonies and have their children put in foster care. "It was give them the money or they were taking our kids," reported one victim. "They suggested that we never bring it up again. We figured we better give them our cash and get the hell out of there."
Horrifying abuses like this is exactly why we have to keep fighting against racism in ourselves, and internalized biases, as well as wherever we can. Anything that will make society, as a whole become less and less approving of things like this happening will also help make a safer world for those who would be wronged as well.
...thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation” and said that if states decide to secede from the union, that Texas would lead the way.
“Anyone who has been around Texas for any length of time knows exactly what we'd do if the going got rough in America,” Norris wrote.
Um, point and laugh at c-list actors with delusions of grandeur?
"The reason it’s called RaceFail ’09 is to distinguish it from the one last year, the one in ’06, and the smaller blow-ups that have happened in-between. Something that you’ll see a lot in the earlier posts this go-round is some variation on the Cylon Clause: All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. All of this will happen again—do please lift a hand if that doesn’t fill you with horror.
If the Fail is happening anyway—if havoc is already being wrecked in the hearts of authors and fans of color, if people who shouldn’t be driven out are already being driven out (or at least too damn close to out)—then I kind of want it to impinge on the space of as many white fans and authors as is humanly possible. Yes, it IS too high a price for mere education, but if the price is being paid regardless, let’s goddamn GET something for it. The more clueless-but-well-meaning white folk (I firmly include myself in this category) see the hurt being caused and start reading, thinking, and trying to understand the things being said by the myriad brilliant fans/authors/theorists of color (and allies!) involved here, the more likely it is that something will have changed by the time the next high-profile racial screw-up rolls ‘round. "
1. Elizabeth Bear writes a post about "how to write the Other"But daedala's summary barely scratches the surface. Here are other more detailed, but still brief summaries of events:
2. Avalon's Willow critiques one of her books on racial tropes
3. Bear agrees unequivocally in writing
4. Commenters defend Bear in increasingly racist language.
5. Massive fail all over the internet.
6. Bear says that she was lying in 3. in order to model appropriate conversation.
» A reader's digest of RaceFail '09 by white_serpent, which dmarley kindly provided some contexts here.
» A summary of RaceFail '09 by withdiamonds.
» A Timeline (of the Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of Doom '09) (a summary of the beginning of RaceFail '09) by Willow.
» Because "tl;dr" shouldn't be an excuse (a summary of the middle and later part of RaceFail '09) by rydra_wong.
» Endangering somebody is okay when you do it under your real name (a summary of later events of RaceFail '09) @ unfunnybusiness.
» Racefail09: Just This (a summary of the beginning and later part of RaceFail '09) by mpoetess.
And here are a few longer overviews:
» A themed summary of RaceFail ‘09 in large friendly letters for those who think race discussions are hard by Ann Somerville.
» O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict by tablesaw.
» I have stayed quiet about something for too long, and I am ashamed by popelizbet.
For a comprehensive overview though, rydra_wong has provided an almost chronological link list here and you could follow the discussion at her gcadod 09 tag. And among the many, many people who have spoken up about RaceFail '09 are asim, bossymarmalade, ciderpress, coffeeandink, deepad, helsmeta, inalasahl, nojojojo, oyceter, Seeking Avalon's Willow, shewhohashope, sparkymonster, spiralsheep, vito_excalibur, vom_marlowe, yeloson and zvi_likes_tv.
Thanks to wistfuljane for providing the code.
Anyhow, what I'm wondering, without any major spoilers is: Does Neku become less of a stupid douchebaggy ass anytime SOON? Because he's really, really getting on my nerves, and the MAIN CHARACTER of a game is inherently unlikable, and stays that way for most of the game, I'd say that's a deal breaker and I'd rather trade it in to Amazon Game Trading and get some more amazon credit.
So, though the concert we ended up going to was One Night Of Queen (which was friggin' awesome, btw), we had gotten some outfits from Gentleman's Emporium for Christmas and like heck we weren't going to wear them to the symphony anyhow, overdressed or not.
I'll post or link to jadrqa's pics as soon as either I get them or she links to hers, so here are mine.
( I kinda look like a robber baron! )
She's going to be in the hospital at LEAST until this Sunday. One of the problems that's surfaced is that her body is having getting enough oxygen to her body and bloodstream, partially due to an enlarged heart. The doctors are helping her with some occupational therapy at the hospital, and they're pretty sure she's going to need to be on oxygen at home.
So, to help with health care costs, I'm offering commissions.
For every five dollars you donate, you will will get a minute of someone MC Frontalot declared officially awesome (me) rapping about a subject of your choosing. This will be a custom-made rap, including vocals, backbeats, everything.
And this rap will be made just for you about anything you want. Want me to rap about how awesome you are? Great! How about an ode to your guinea pig? You got it! Diss track against someone who flamed you in your favorite Dragonball Z forum? It's all good.
Samples of my rap style are available here, here, here and here.
Beat, "King in Yellow disses Cthulhu": three stanzas/
opyl - ~My Choice~
pretzelcoatl - "Nightmare Fuel" First stanze done, some of chorus
erf_ -Need Subject!
brunomik -Need Subject!
miltjones - C0llaboration
ETA: I have completed beats for every commission so far except for the collaboration. Now to work on lyrics!
Like, I realize the closest to Toroth I'd get is "Torasu". For the name, would it be in katakana?
NOw, "show" titles... I also have no idea how to properly write like, "Let's Learn, Toroasu!" for one show.
"Double Dragons: Bluescales and Torasu" would it be more aesthetically pleasing or natural sounding to write out "bluescales" in katakana, or find the japanese equivalent to saying "blue scales (like reptile scales)"? HOw would I write all of that anyhow?
And of course, now anime-ish spin off would be complete without a magical girl series, so jadra wil get her own series "Jadra: Princess of PIckles".
Now would anyone with Japanese knowledge be willing to help me out?
So! I think I should be back to okay again.
In more awesome news, I FINALLY got glasses, after needing them for several years. It's so nice to be able to make out details on far away stuff (I'm 20/40 in my left eye and about 20/55 in my right). So! Pictures!
I ramp up the nerd factor by also wearing the geekiest shirt I own.
( Run, before it's too late! )
MUPPET NEWS FLASH: It's great to see this FPP, because Paul Williams just wrote four new songs for the upcoming brand new Muppets Christmas TV movie that's going to be airing in just two weeks -- Wednesday, December 17th at 8 PM on NBC! It's called "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa", starring the Muppets, of course -- plus Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Jesse L. Martin, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, and Whoopi Goldberg and a few other humans you might recognize.
Here's a video preview of one of the songs from the special on NBC.com (USA only, sorry) -- twenty-some-odd singing and dancing Muppets (and Jesse L. Martin and Mayor Mike Bloomberg) at a New York City post office! The other three songs are wonderful, too -- Gonzo and Fozzie have one that is simply amazing.
If you have a Facebook account, here's the invite for the premiere! Please "attend" and then use the link in the top righthand corner to invite your friends to attend too. It's open to everyone.
Also, Paul Williams himself shows up in the special in a small (hah) role as one of Santa's elves. Which is funny because he's, y'know, really short.