In July I reviewed:
Roller Girl and This Tender Melody on the 3rd;
Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: the science of hedonism and the hedonism of science and Liberator (Flights of Love book one) on the 14th;
A Separate Peace on the 19th;
Neuromancer on the 20th, as well as Modern Romance and The Cybernetic Tea Shop;
Dying for a Living on the 25; and
Queer Wars on the 27th.
Some interesting links:
Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcast interview with Emily Nagoski about Cross Stitching, Neuroscience, ethical porn, rape culture and fantasy. Fascinating. And another of their podcasts: Ashleigh Gardner on Muslim Romances at Wattpad.
Closing the Gap: The Blurring of Fan and Professional by Mark Oshiro at Uncanny Magazine, which talks about professional fandom and internet fame, among other things.
The Delicate Art of Character Folding by Rebecca Makka at The Masters Review talks about the some time necessity of folding multiple characters into one in the redrafting and rewriting processes.
Hilary Clinton (yes really) posted a note on The Toast about its closing which omg is amazing.
I love this post from The Rejectionist about, among other things, “Watching a woman repeatedly subsume her entire emotional and artistic life to a totally worthless man for years”, how these stories are not really that much about women as they are about dudes, and the closing out of queer possibilities in these kinds of books.
How to Finish Your Book in Three Drafts by Stuart Horwitz at Jane Friedman’s blog.
5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore by James Scott Bell at Jane Friedman’s blog. I might disagree a bit about the importance of reading writing guides (because how can I guarantee that the person who wrote that guide is any more qualified to tell people how to write than I am?) but it’s fun to talk about advice to ignore.
At Tor.com Rachel Cordasco talks about Translating the Alien: Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem which discusses the difficulty in translating works from one language to another and what a delicate art it is.
At Go Fug Yourself: Your Afternoon Chat: Your Favorite Romance Novels.
Victoria (V.E.) Schwab on the slow pursuit of overnight success.