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So you may have noticed that I'm not posting short fiction recs very often. For newer readers I used to post monthly recs of my short fiction reading but I've only posted one in the last 6 months. I started a new job in August last year and since then I haven't been reading nearly as much short fiction. I keep thinking once I get settled at work I'll go back to reading all the short fiction, but its been six months and I'm feeling pretty settled. So I think I'm going to have to admit that this the new normal. I'm still reading some short fiction, so I'll still be posting recs now and again but probably not as often as before. I'll also still be writing "Short and Sweet" for [community profile] ladybusiness. I'm sorry if anyone has been disappointed by the lack of short fiction recs. I wanted to let everyone know what's up and what to expect going forward.
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I've been doing fanish stuff almost as long as I can remember but it's only in the last several years I've started to think of myself as someone who's part of fandom and even then it's with caveats about which part of fandom. (Ie SFF book fandom but not really transformative works fandom.) It might be more straight forward to talk about weather I consider myself a fan, but it's not so much about my identity as someone who likes stuff I've always felt comfortable saying I'm a fan in that sense it's more about my sense of belonging to a community.

As kid I used to play pretend games based on my favorite books, have long philosophical arguments with my friends about what book characters should do and just generally obsess of my favorite fictional things. At one point I had a handmade spreadsheet of ElfQuest characters. All of that made me a fan, but since I was mostly doing it by myself it didn’t make me part of fandom.

I first encountered the idea of fandom as teen reading author personal essays about going to cons, voting in the Hugos and doing SWFA stuff. Some of them even talked about writing fanfic. The library had a several collections of Hugo winning stories with commentary by Asimov where he wrote very affectionately about cons and such. (I didn't learn about him assaulting women at cons until years later.) So I knew as a teen that SFF fandom existed but it didn't feel like something I could be part of. It seemed like something you had to go cons to do, and that was pretty scary for me back then.

This was also around this time that my family got home internet access. I was soon joining forums and mailing lists to talk to other people about books on the internet. This would have been in the early 2000s. But at the time I didn’t really think about what I was doing online as fandom that still seemed like something that happened in person.

I’m not sure when exactly I started thinking of myself as part of fandom. Not for a long time after I’d be active in online fandom. Maybe after I started voting in Hugo Awards? When I started writing short fiction recs regularly, which happened soon after? When I started writing for [community profile] ladybusiness? Maybe not until I started going to conventions. I can’t recall a moment when I suddenly thought well I’m in fandom now. Looking back it's a bit sad that I struggled with this so much.

I had imposter syndrome about belonging to fandom. Like me now would definitely tell my teen self that she was part of fandom. But always felt like I was just on the edges of that space.

Right now I’m pretty happy with my place in fandom. I have friends to squee about lovely media with. People read things I rec and enjoy them and that makes me happy. I go to cons and enjoy them. I write a regularly for a Hugo Award winning blog! But all that is because of network I’ve been building up slowly over a long time.

When communities are amorphous and have ill defined boundaries it can be hard to feel like you belong. And when you take part in fandom online but don't go to cons or write fic it can feel like fandom isn't aimed at you. Community is hard. I still sometimes feel like I’m just shouting into the void. Feeling like you belong can be elusive. I want everyone to have fun enjoying media and talking about it with other people, but I’m not really sure how to use my experiences to make people feel included.
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*"Bits and Bobs" is what I call my lots small unrelated things make a post posts. Feel free to comment on only one or two points.

*I've been having many thinky thoughts about DW culture and Tumblr and change but nothing that's solid yet. I've been in retrospective mood thinking about fandom and the past. I'm not quite in transformative works fandom though I've been adjacent to it for years. (I think I'm finally comfortable saying I'm in SFF fandom but for years I would have said I was fandom adjacent there too.) But I've been thinking about my fanish activity online now and it the past. I have really concluded anything. Maybe if I do I'll write a longer post

*Its been raining a lot here. I'm glad we missed out on the polar vortex though -- that looked way too cold. I'm hopeful that we will have another year of not a drought anyways.

*recently I've been trying to learn how to make egg-in-the-hole, you know toast with the egg cooked in it. Sometimes it works better than other times. Luckily it tastes fine even when the egg does go where I want it to go. I think the sliced bread we get is a bit too squishy and I want to get some more nice sourdough and try again with that.
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Rec me some theater fluff/ Something where the characters are putting on a play (or some other type of performance I guess) and hijinks happen, but not to much angst or tragic past.

Things about kids presuming a preforming arts career could also work. I love the Shoes books but every now and again I try to read recent book in this vein and its full of angst and/or bullying which is not what I want from that type of book.

ETA:any media is great! Books, movies, tv, comics, fic, ect
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I recently finished watching season 3 of Legend of Korra. All the people who said that this season is better than the first two were right. There was very little teen romance in this, and the little there was was not awful. Also the season seemed much better paced and held together better thematically. This season had lots of my favorite characters plus it introduced some new characters that I liked a lot. So I really enjoyed the season though of course I have one or two complaints as well. But overall it was good season and I’m glad I watched it.

***Lots of Spoiler Containing thoughts*** )
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I’ve been reading a lot of comics, graphic novels, manga ect in the last month or so. So here’s quick rundown of some things I read and what I thought.

Gin no Saji Silver Spoon, Vol 1-4 by Hiromu Arakawa This a manga about a kid who goes to agricultural school to escape his parents’ academic expectations. I liked it a lot. There’s thoughtful exploration of agricultural ethics and finding or having a vocation.

The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks It's the final volume of The Nameless City Trilogy and I liked the resolution. The central friendship of the trilogy is just so great.

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha What it says on the tin. I now know a bit more about Korean food but I didn’t try any of these recipes. They seem pretty approachable though.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 10: Parents' Day by Shannon Watters et al. This was cute installment of this series about girls at summer camp having supernatural adventures. It was fun to see our campers with their parents.

Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber This was on my goodreads TBR for years and years and I finally got via IIL. And it was ok? I guess? It's basically paintings of owls with no words but I couldn’t really follow what was going on and I didn’t love the art style. I think past me who added this to the TBR would have liked it more than present me does.

Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Sally Jane ThompsonI feel like a book about bird themed magical girls at a boarding school should be my thing but this never quite clicked with me.

The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki I think the creepy parts of this outweigh the parts I liked. There's mentorship and the art is really nice but also the main character's mom died by suicide, and there's very inappropriate romantic relationship and lots of creepy magic. So I think I won't be reading more of this.

Fruits Basket Collector's Edition, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya I was really into this series years ago then I went away to uni and never finished it. (I used to be part of friends group that consumed a lot of manga and anime together but we drifted apart while I was in uni) Recently [personal profile] umadoshi has been talking about it a lot, so that reminded me that it existed. So I got this volume out from the library. It's still very cute. I’m a bit more eyerolly about teen behaviour than I was back in the day. And the magic caring depending on know when someone is the “opposite sex” is problematic to say the least. But I also have a lot of nostalgia for these characters and enjoyed reading and plan to continue the series.

I’m enjoying reading lots of comics. I’ve got some more on hold at the library. In the past I’ve been reluctant to read unfinished series but right now I’m trying a few to see how that goes. Have you read any good comics lately or have any recs for me?
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Stephanie Burgis was kind enough give me an ARC of Thornbound, her new short novel coming out February 25. It's the sequel to her novella Snowspelled which I loved. If you haven't read it you can get it on sale for 99 cents unit Thornbound comes out.

I loved Snowspelled so much I was little bit afraid that my expectations for this sequel where too high and that I would be disappointed, but I'm pleased to say that wasn't the case! Thornbound does an excellent job of continuing Cassandra's story building on what came before while still surprising me. I especially appreciated the themes of disrupting traditional gender roles, community building and women mentoring other women. It was very much my thing!

I very much recommend this series. (There's also prequel novella, and the planned next book is going to focus on and F/F couple)
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It feels like DW has been different and more active since all the Tumblr drama. Things feel busier and buzzier here, I've been getting a more comments form out of network folks (welcome!) and just in general. Its nice (well presumably less so for tumblr folks, sorry).

Anyway some people I know are doing February is for shitposting. I've read several discussions about what shitposting is and I'm still not sure I understand. But it seem to mostly involve being absurd and/or not thinking about it too hard. There doesn't seem to be a formal challenge for this just "go forth a do things! Have fun". Well I prefer more formal goals. Having achievable goals and achieving them is nice feeling. So for February I'm going to set myself a nice easy goal of post four(4) unpolished posts. Stuff that I don't draft but just post without thinking about it too much.

Have you noticed a change in DW in the last few months? Are you thinking about taking part in the February challenge?
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R and I finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation last night. We've been doing a good parts version where we skipped the worst episodes. It been a fun thing to watch together and talk about. I mentioned in my TV Wrap Up that I hadn't written much about it since season 4 and I think the main reason for that is that I don't really have anything new to say. I still wish this show did better by it's female characters, I still love the arts and crafts bits (in season 7 we got to see a bit of Kilgon Opera which was great), I still hate the prime directive, I still like that the show is optimistic mostly. Anyways the final episode gave us Future!Cambridge and Future!Data with a houseful of cats which I very much enjoyed. Data's idea of how a professor should dress also amuses me.

I think next we are going to watch a non-Trek show but eventually we plan to watch Voyager. The new season of Discovery has started airing but our plan is to wait until the whole season is out and watch it all then.
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I saw Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse in a theater. Its been a really long time since I saw a movie in a theater and it was super nice. R and I made a date of it and had lunch out before the movie. Its very meta which I thought was fun. I mostly liked the animation but sometimes I thought it was bit distracting. Its got all these old school comic book dots which took me a bit to adjust to.

I also got Your Name, a recent anime movie, out of the library and watched it last week. It is extremely pretty, both the small rural town and Tokyo are look amazing. I was worried for a bit that the movie might set up a contrast but making Tokyo ugly and I'm glad it didn't. There's quite a bit of Shintoism in here that I enjoyed but don't really feel like I can comment on. There where some bits where I felt like the male character had more agency than the female character, but there was also some interesting commentary on gender socialization. (And now I'm having complex thoughts about my tolerance of ambiguity it media presentation of straight vs queer relationships ... I need to think about it more and possibly get some more examples to ponder.)

I made my self a list of longer stuff to read for Hugo nominations and I've been working my way through it. Its not a super long list. Rather than list everything I might I want read I mostly just listed the things that I think I might really love, and all of the stuff I actually own that is eligible that I haven't read yet since I tend to only buy things that I think I'll really love anyways. I'm going to talk about some highlights form the list below.

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma was indeed wonderful. There's scene with a queer not very observant found family celebrating Shabbat that was amazing. It really touched on what Jewish rituals mean to me. The rest of the novella was lovely too --so many found family feels.

I reread the 1st two graphic novels in The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks so I could read The Divided Earth the third and final book. I liked the ending. Plus Rat and Kai's friendship is so great. I had not read this since before I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender but this time through I really noticed the influence.

I've started reading In the Vanishers’ Palace finally and I really like the worldbuilding so far and think the character are interesting but I'm not sure about the promised romance.

On the other hand I've made very little progress on finishing up my 2018 short fiction reading which is disappointing. I think once I finish the longer works I own I'm going to focus more on the short fiction side of Hugo reading - my TBR bookmark folder is pretty big.

Also if anyone else is going to FOGcon programming sign ups are now open!
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Hugo nominations are open and quite few people on my reading list are talking about what they plan to nominate. This year the Lodestar Award for Best YA book finally has name and I get little trill when I see people calling it the Lodestar. It is really truly lovely to see something I worked on behind the scenes out in the world.

For those of you who are nominating and would like some resources to help I have some links.

First my friends and [community profile] ladybusiness have spreadsheet of eligible works. This open source so if your favorite isn't there please add it!

A.C. Wise maintains a very helpful list of eligibility and recommendation posts.

There's also this page that lists writes eligible for John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

And this page lists things that are eligible for semiprozine though they don't seem to have updated in a bit.

Have any other useful resources? Please share! Also I'm happy to answer technical questions about how the Hugos work or about WSFS (the org that runs worldcon and the Hugos)
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As fun 2018 wrap up I wanted to talk about my favorite fictional moms that I encountered in 2018. As many Most of these are from 2018 media but not all of them.

The mom in “Flow” by Marissa Lingen
This story was one of the standouts of 2018 short fiction for me and one of the reasons was the main character’s relationship with her mom. It starts out quite with the mom playing less prominent role than the dad. However by the end of the story the main character and the reader come to appreciate the mother and the caretalking she does.

Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in Steven Universe
I love that there are so many moms in Steven Universe! These three are Steven’s adoptive moms also magical gems who go on adventures with Steven. I love that they are shown having very different parenting styles, and sometimes making mistakes but still get to be shown as good parents.

Ekaterin in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga
So Bujold has several characters who are moms but I want to focus on Ekaterin because she’s the main character of The Flowers of Vashnoi, a novella that came out this year. I love Bujold’s other moms but they get most of recognition as awesome mom characters where Ekaterin doesn’t get talked about as much. Despite this Ekaterin is the mom we see interacting with her children during their childhood the most. I really loved Ekaterin’s relationship with her son Nikki. Sadly for me Nikki doesn’t feature much the new novella but it was still nice to see a story about someone being a parent to small children and having an adventure.

Tessa and Isabel in Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers
This book had multiple viewpoint characters and two of them were moms! Tessa is the mother of young children and the one we see struggling with practical parenting choices. But I also really liked Isabel who’s an archivist and grandmother (and married to another woman, incidentally.)

Dr. Mensah form the Murderbot Novellas by Martha Wells.
Ok maybe this strange one because it's barely mentioned that Dr Mensah, the human leader from the 1st novella who Murderbot forms a relationship with, is a parent, but that’s exactly what I liked about how she’s written -- being a mom is something she does but it doesn’t take up her whole life and it doesn’t stop her from having adventures.

Queen Angela in She Ra and the Princesses of Power
I’m always pleased these days to see a mom character in fiction, so I was excited to meet queen Angella even when in her first scene it's clear that her relationship with her daughter Princess Glimmer can be rocky. It's nice to see Angela and Glimer work on their issues over the course of the first season. Also I love that Angela is so fierce and protective. And she has awesome looking wings!

I still have bunch of mom books that people recommended to me to check out as well. Plus I’ve got In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, which is a dark f/f retelling of beauty and the beast where the beast is dragon with teenage children, in my ereader waiting for me. And I just started Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma which has mom as viewpoint character -- so far I’m really loving it.

Did you consume any media with great moms in 2018? I’d love to hear about it!
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In 2018 I finally started watching TV by myself. That's something I’d been reluctant to do for years, possibly out of a misplaced snobiness, I don’t know why really. But having not watched much TV until recently means there’s been a lot of good stuff for me to catch up on so I’ve been really enjoying the process. Here’s a run down of all the shows I watched this year in roughly chronological order. I’m including links to any write ups I did during the year -- a few of these are proper reviews but others are critical looks at topics that caught my attention.

Show: Great British Bake Off (GBBO)
Other thoughts: This the first show I watched by myself is very long time. It's very relaxing show with lots of cake and people helping each other so it was good way to ease myself into TV watching.

Show: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Write Up:Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 Thoughts and Feelings (Yes for some reason I only wrote about season 4 even though now we are in the middle of season 7)
Standout Episodes: “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “The Measure of a Man”, “Lower Decks”, “Relics”, “Face of the Enemy”
Other thoughts: This is what R and I have been watching together. I’m enjoying the optimistic future, but still wish the women got to be awesome more often. Though Troi has gotten better since they started putting her in a standard uniform. I’m still really into all the random arts and crafts. And Data being baffled, baffled Data is the best Data.

Star Trek: Discovery, Steven Universe, Avatar: the last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Yuri!!! On Ice, Stuff I’ve watched with my toddler )

Given that almost everything on this list is animated I guess I quite like animation which isn't something I hadn't really thought about until recently. But it's nice to know that about myself now.

I have several more things I want to watch soonish. First I want to finish watching Korra and I also want to watch The Dragon Prince and Hilda. Maybe I'll try some live action shows too. And I want to get caught up with GBBO so I can talk to my officemates about it. R and I are almost done watching TNG and when we get done we plan to watch Voyager -- though we might take a short break between the two shows.

What TV did you enjoy in 2018? What do think I should be watching?
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Happy new year everyone! As part of my looking back at 2018 I wanted to talk about some of the SFF criticism I wrote and read over the year.

Here’s two things I worked on in 2018 that I’m still really proud of:

Where Have All the SFF Moms Gone?

Short & Sweet Roundtable Discussion: Short Fiction Reading Habits Thanks so much to all my rountable participants! I hadn't done something like this and you all made it easy and fun! Plus you were all so insightful.

I also wrote Short and Sweet a quarterly(ish) collum for Lady Business, and for the 1st half of the year did approximately monthly short fiction rec posts here on my journal.

Now I want to remember some of the excellent criticism that other people wrote in 2018.

First here’s three really good essays about domestic labor/motherhood in SFF:

Writing While Woman: Mothering in SFF by Tiffany Meuret

“In The Far and Dazzling Future, People Are Still *People*”: A Round-Table on Domestic Space Opera

Aliette de Bodard on Motherhood and Erasure

I’m so happy that people are talking about these important issues that are dear to my heart! I hope people write even more about this in 2019!

Next there's these two really different but really good essays on disability disability in the Vorkosigan Books:

Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse by Rose Lemberg and

Miles Vorkosigan and “Excellent Life Choices”: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga by Ira Gladkova (full disclosure: I read this is draft)

And a couple of things that don’t really fit into a category:


The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress by Marissa Lingen This an excellent take on different types of progress and how they are treated in science fiction.

LITCRIT FROM ANOTHER PLANET: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction (1986) is really good discussion of an essay that’s personally very meaningful to me and my journey as a critic.

What online criticism did you enjoy in 2018? I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of things since I tend to read this type of thing haphazardly. So I'd love to hear about your favorites -- or things you wrote.
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This year I’ve formatted the questions I generally try to answer about my end year in books in a more meme-ish format. I think it will be handy for me next year. Feel free to take these questions and answer them yourself (or modify them) if you want.

Books Read:123 (according to goodreads -- but I didn’t record some of the shorter comics I read this year because they were so quick to read.)
nonfiction: 16
oldest book: Citizen 13660 by Mine Okubo
Most recent book: Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Books by non-white authors: 37 (30% !!!)
Graphic stories: 30
Novellas: 11
Highlights: Wells & Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens, The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Provenance by Ann Leckie
So how about those reading goals?: So for 2018 I had bunch of reading goals and I only completed one of them. My goals where:
1)Read 24 books by new to me non-white authors
2)read 10 scholarly books
3)reread 20 books -- because I need to remember not to always rush after the new shinny things
4)read one book more than 100 years old

The 1st one is the one that I finished! But it was so hard because I’ve been avoiding reading dark things and POC have hard time publishing cheerful books. But it's probably why I did so well on my percentage of books by non-white authors. For 2017 I read 21% POC so 30% is big jump! As for the other goals I read 6.5 scholarly books, reread 12 books, and didn’t read anything more than 100 years old.

What are your goals for 2019? Given that I didn’t do great at my 2018 goals I’m going to scale down a bit. I think that if I don’t push myself I won’t read as many books by non-white authors as I’d like so I’m going set a goal of 30 books by non white authors with 40 as stretch goal. And I’m sad that I’m not reading all the interesting non-fiction that I want to get to so I’m going to set a goal of reading 15 non-fiction books (with 20 as a stretch goal) and try to worry less about how scholarly they are.

I’ve got started working on a couple of other 2018 in review posts about media I consumed so expect to see those in the next couple days. I might also do a favorite short SFF of 2018 post but seeing as I haven’t read much short SFF in the second half of 2018 I have so caughting up to do so if that happens it will be in a month or two.
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So it's been a long time since I’ve done a short fiction post (I used to do one of these about once a month) but I’ve been reading a little bit of short fiction lately and I wanted to share some.

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho I was very excited that Zen Cho had published a new story, I love her stores so much and this one lived up to my expectations! It about Imagi and remaking your life when things don’t go as planned.

“Say it with mastodons” by Marissa Lingen A very short story about love and love and soil science.

“Compulsory” by Martha Wells New Murderbot story! Full of Murderbot goodness. If you are a Murderbot fan already you'll enjoy this little piece of its history, and if you aren’t a Murderbot fan yet this would be fine place to start.

The Thing About Ghost Stories by Naomi Kritzer Ok this a sad story about a dead mom but I’m recing it despite that because I loved it anyways. It really resonated with me.It's about a folklorist who has recently lost her mother to alzheimer's disease, and goes around collecting ghost stories. So it's also a story about why we tell ghost stories and dealing with lost.
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1) Aliette de Board on Motherhood and Erasure is now live!

2)over at [community profile] ladybusiness we are celebrating RecMas where a variety of people post recs to create a themed rec list every day from Dec 1- 25. I've taken part in quite a few of the lists so far.

3)Welcome new and returning people!

4)Happy Hanukkah everyone! So far I'm having a very nice holiday with plenty of food fried in oil.
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1)The Bay Area was full of smoke form wildfires to the north for about two weeks. It was very unpleasant. We had to keep the kid inside and E who is in her 70s and has some breathing problems got quite sick. We were able to plan a last minute escape to Morro Bay where we spent two nights. I saw many sea otters! We hung out on the beach which was lovely, and E slept a lot and has recovered. So I'm really glad we had the time and money to do that

2) Our Thanksgiving was nice. I hosted for my family, and my turkey came out well. I still miss being in the UK or grad school and having peers to invite but its nice to have the family too.

3) I'm one of many people over at Lady Business discussing our anticipated books for 2019.
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Aliette De Bodard has published a list of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people based on recommendations she got on twitter while working on an article. I'm excited to read the article when it's published but in the meantime I thought my readers would enjoy this list.
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I just watched Avatar: the Last Airbender for the first time. It was great! I loved the characters and how they grew and changed over the show. I also loved all the attention to wordbuilding details like building styles and food. I have some thoughts about how the show depicts traditional femininity and domestic labor that I wanted to share.

Spoilers )

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