Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I’m absolutely down for defending the first-class status of genre fiction that boldly goes where no or few stories have gone before. But if you think that working science fiction and fantasy relieves you of your obligations to coherent plotting and character behavior, or if it’s an engine to deliver free naked ladies, then you can stay in your mom’s basement, and off my bandwagon.
Alyssa Rosenberg, in Damon Lindelof’s Blithe Treatment Of ‘Star Trek’ Sexism And Why Genre Fiction Gets No Respect (via themarysue)
As someone in the middle of reading an epic BDSM NCIS/SGA crossover which is decidedly NC-17, I can’t be too concerned about Amazon’s supposed move into fanfic given their current requirements.
(It does feel awfully like someone is cynically trying to get their hands on some of that 50 Shades cash but they’ve missed something in their analysis….)
Get ready for Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way.
Content Guidelines for Kindle Worlds
Pornography: We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.
Offensive Content: We don’t accept offensive content, including but not limited to racial slurs, excessively graphic or violent material, or excessive use of foul language.
Illegal and Infringing Content: We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their content doesn’t violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights.
Poor Customer Experience: We don’t accept books that provide a poor customer experience. Examples include poorly formatted books and books with misleading titles, cover art, or product descriptions. We reserve the right to determine whether content provides a poor customer experience.
Excessive Use of Brands: We don’t accept the excessive use of brand names or the inclusion of brand names for paid advertising or promotion.
Crossover: No crossovers from other Worlds are permitted, meaning your work may not include elements of any copyright-protected book, movie, or other property outside of the elements of this World.
No explicit sexual content? So much for that, then.
For some of my friends, “no explicit sexual content” is equivalent to a “poor customer experience.” :)
Oh boy. This can’t POSSIBLY go wrong.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
When a highly respected university publisher doesn’t use correct grammar in their emails
I apologize on behalf of my people. …and to my people, I say
So far having two air conditioners has been SO worth it. (Though I think my old one is the better one, so I kind of regret putting that one in the living room.)
At least once per week:
ME: Ow! Snookums, don’t bite me! Ow!
WAX: Take your hand away.
ME: I don’t want to hurt his feelings!
WAX: He doesn’t care. He’s a cat. He’s just grooming you out of instinct.
ME: DON’T SAY THAT MY PRECIOUS SNUGGLEBUM DOESN’T HAVE FEELINGS
(via i like cats)
Monday, May 20, 2013
flying penis monster
Decretum Gratiani with the commentary of Bartolomeo da Brescia, Italy 1340-1345.
Lyon, BM, Ms 5128, fol. 100r
When something terrible happens…
You know, from the other side of things I can say this is exactly right. Your editor’s (or agent’s) definition of “something terrible” is usually very different from yours, dear author. Which is why I spend half my life doing this: