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ASterling
Aliso Viejo
Interests: travel, wine, dog, hiking, writing, clothing
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It's charming and delightful that we anagnoresis and peripetia folk have exposed our children to so much of our music. The young 'uns may not be able to say all the names of the members of the Who or the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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For some weeks, I would lie alone in the quiet night, imagining what it would be to take all my walls down. So long they had been up, so tall, broad and strong. Brutal and jagged, as thick as the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Today I will be a lion for literature. Lions, by the way, do occasionally eat carrion, but only as a last resort. They prefer fresh protein they hunt themselves. Today, I saw Igor Goldkind reference this quote, and it struck... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I realized something extraordinary while re-reading Lois McMaster Bujold's wonderful Barrayar books. First, these are as fresh today as when they were written nearly 30 years ago. There's not a thing dated about them - fortunately - because they're set... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I was a very, very bad Amy at one of my Baycon panels. I think the programming committee saw that I'd checked I'd be willing to be on the "Romance in SF/F" panel and saw "female" and added me to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Just in from Paul Levinson - the NYU summer reading list is more female than male. I'll make Paul an "honorary lady" LOL! Because his book is on this great list! http://hashtagnyu.tumblr.com/post/85932771956/10-perfect-summer-reads-authored-by-nyu-alumni
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I asked Prof. Immerwahr about it and here is his take on a potential factor or reason for the phenomenon (which isn't as pronounced as I thought due to ... heck I don't know!) "... one possible reason why you see women looming fairly large as authors before 1950 has to do with their inability to work in most other areas. From pretty early on in the nineteenth century, it was socially acceptable for women to work as writers, assuming they stuck to certain topics. They still faced considerable sexism, of course, but nevertheless the bestselling book of that century was Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and there are a number of other serious and well-regarded female writers like Margaret Fuller, Lydia Maria Child, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman who wrote in that period. That continued into the twentieth century but presumably the effect is somewhat diminished as women gain the ability to enter politics, business, and government. In other words, on this interpretation it is in part the relative weakness of sexism in publishing that pushed talented women who might otherwise have invested their energies into other pursuits toward writing."
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Pat, that is an interesting point. The bestseller list over the past 50 years is running approximately 30% female/70% male ... Ron Collins just informed me I'd counted wrong and those figures were always just about the same and it was never 50-50 early-on as I'd counted up last year.
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Thank you so much, Chris ... I cannot understand why literary agents feel they must state this type of thing, since they have zero market metrics and only the performance of the past upon which to base such comments and statements.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2014 on Toward Renewed Humanism at incipit vita nova
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Let's see what the interwebs have to say. The top web result for this query, entitled "In Which These are the 100 Greatest Writers of All Time," has 14 female and 86 male writers on its top ten list, going... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Always an Ice Rooster ... Beta reads are coming in for Like Fire, and surprise! Readers are reading the Helmanders correctly as similar to Vikings. By the way, here's Astá by Kirbi ... Hull and Gisl are coming ... All... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Hey - all you burglars out there who'd get a treasure trove of BOOKS, a few avocados, a nice kitty litter box and some dog food while I'm gone - there'll be people in my house. While I'm at Baycon... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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OK, this one's going to burn. I've been reviewing in-depth marketing information for Chameleon and to me, the lessons are clear. Especially when one views the NY Times bestseller lists. Here's what we have from this week. First up: David... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I've taught An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks to a number of English classes now, and the last chapter of the book tells the story of his visit with the remarkable Temple Grandin, PhD. During later classes, students watch... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Yes, author, you can self-publish your own book as an e-book or Print on Demand paper book and make money. Most self-publishing advice is geared toward e-books. The global e-book market is projected to reach more than $15 billion by... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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One of the key misunderstandings in the legacy publishing industry is that future purchases of product are based on factors as superficial as "color of package" or "size of print on label" would be in another consumer goods industry. Just... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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The daily missive from Digital Book World contained this gem in a discussion of how books and the internet will supposedly "blend and merge" leaving no distinction between the two: Of course ebooks as they currently exist are fine for... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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There's some legacy posts on this blog that deal with resumes. My resume's decent. LOL - it's outstanding. It's a lifetime of work starting at age ... seriously I've been working since age 13 - but let's say age 17.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Like Fire's Facebook and webpage are now available. The book will be released in e-book January, 2015, with trade paperback and hardcover to follow. 60,000 words of the book were written during the November 2013 National Novel Writing Month challenge,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Thanks to Mindy Klasky, my fellow Book View Cafe member and gifted writer, who invited me on this blog hop about what we're working on! Mindy's writing a hot series of nine romance books about the Diamond Brides ... they're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Anagnorisis: or the journey from ignorance to knowledge. Peripetia: the moment, in Greek tragedy - an awful one - of realization of a life-changing truth. I don't think in today's world that peripetia need be tragic or horrible at all.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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Vikings Season 2 is in some ways better than Season 1! In light of a somewhat disturbing panel on military battles in fantasy at ConDor, during which other panel members asserted that female military commanders or just plain warrior females... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at incipit vita nova
Looking at the 25th Anniversary WoTF video... Somebody looks better than she did in 1998. Dump Dairy. Dump Wheat! Dump Additives and especially HFCS! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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I recently got a response from a beta reader of Like Fire that informed me I was using "passive" language. Language like "He was" and "they were" and so-on. After a bit of discussion, this turned out to have originated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at incipit vita nova
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My horoscope for today began with, "You might be a real motor-mouth ..." Apparently, Mercury the Messenger is visiting - and that guy just never knows when to shut up. First, I don't know how this Rick Levine guy keeps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at incipit vita nova