And now for something completely different.
I give the side eye to any article that mentions The Help in a favorable light, but it's only a small bullet point in an otherwise very interesting article. Kelsey McKinney writes about how It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love
Dear fandom, I have sinned. I am not a big fan of Joss Whedon. I know, I know. But even so the guy has some good advice on how to get shit done, which lord knows we all have problems with.
Who I am as a writer can in part be summarized thus: I like to take tropes and twist them. I've always thought of No Deadly Thing as a fractured fairy tale of sorts. Oh, I ought to warn you that the first link is to a T.V. Tropes page. Abandon all hope of productive work, ye who click here.
So, Laurell K. Hamilton's newest Anita Blake book, Affliction, is out. Fangs for the Fantasy has a review up here . I am weirdly obsessed with LKH. I find her gender politics absolutely disgusting, the treatment of rape as well, not rape really gross, and the blatant homophobia deplorable. Yet at the same time these books have hidden gems there that I just want to dig out of the mud and admire. She deals with things that I want to address in my books (polyamory, BDSM). She writes a world like mine. But she has been off the rails for at least ten books. I don't understand! I can't stop watching!
In positive news, Donate to the Carl Brandon Society!
Robert Lashley is the smartest. Seriously, check this guy out.
And since I think it's important to spread love as well as outrage, Warren Buffet continues to be a class act.