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1) An Alabaster: Wolves update: On March 28th at 4pm Pacific Time, Steve Lieber and I will be answering questions LIVE on Twitter, hashtag #AlabasterComics. Here's the official announcement, with additional details. Note the FREE giveaways: 10 FREE Digital copies of Alabaster: Wolves to participants, to will be distributed when it becomes available on April 11th. And yes, the series will be available in digital and analog formats (this means you don't need a local comic store to get the book, by the way).

2) Every goddamn day something comes along to horrify and disgust me more than the day before. Or something comes along that horrifies and disgusts me more every hour. Today, the worst of it was additional evidence of the prevalence of a resurgence of racism among American teens: Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed. The article began with the creation of this Tumblr page, begun by an admirer of Suzanne Collins' who was outraged by a flurry of racist comments regarding the character Rue. I love the pages' dedication to "Hunger Games fans on Twitter who dare to call themselves fans yet don't know a damn thing about the books."

Initially, I meant to post and discuss several of the actual comments that showed up on Twitter, but then I realized that would only give these dirtbags additional exposure. It's all there at Jezebel, if you have the stomach for this shit. And much of it is genuinely inhumanly vile fucking shit. I'd love to see some of these children wake up black in Birmingham, Alabama in, oh, say, 1964, faced with police dogs and fire hoses. Note, also, that most of these Twitter accounts have since been deleted by the users. I checked in on many of them today.

Spooky and I will see the movie tomorrow. You may recall I loved the novel.

3) Today, I wrote another 1,399 words on "Goggles (c. 1910)," and reached the end of this very, very bleak tale. Spooky almost cried when she finished reading it. I was glad the ending actually came out with a bit more humanity than I'd expected. The story needs a quick polish, but otherwise, it's ready to go to the editor (I'll announce the book's title soon, if you've not guessed it already). And no, I'm not trying to end steampunk. I've written my last steampunk story, and am offering a comment on all those steampunk stories that can be best described as told through "rose-colored goggles."

I think that's all for now.


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Mar. 27th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I knew that when The League of Extraordinary Gentleman film didn't kill steampunk we'd probably have to live with it.
Mar. 27th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
There are times when I feel the need to test my fortitude and read the comments. This was, sadly, one of them. The anger is going to linger.
Mar. 27th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Goggles sounds really interesting (i'm frustrated with the rose colored nature of a lot of steampunk).

I also read the jezebel article and got flat out queasy. I'm new to the books (started Sunday) but can't get how much it can be utterly missed. It's not like the author isn't straightforward.
Mar. 27th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
I don't have the stomach for that shit. That small snippet from you was more than enough.

Humans. Blech. They run a distant second to a cranky cat and a cheese sandwich.

On a happier front, one chapter into THE DROWNING GIRL and you have once again, rocked my socks. I wasn't sure how much I would warm to IMP, after loving Sarah's hard-edged Red Tree voice. But it's amazing. I'm trying to pace myself and not devour it all in a few sittings.

Thank you!
Mar. 27th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
fucking idiots.
Mar. 27th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

I just went through the whole Hunger Games fan!race!fail, going back to the Racialicious article from November last year. I've never read the book, I only even really heard of it recently because of the movie coming out so all the nerds are a-squee and such. So, as to whether the casting is accurate to the book, I am not in that argument. But the fact that these people seemingly can't empathise outside their own race, that suddenly the fate of this girl doesn't touch them any more because of her skintone, it makes me feel ill.

No wonder everything is fucked.
Mar. 27th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I know next to nothing about Hunger Games, just what I've seen in the trailers. The absolutely vile and not particularly surprising reaction to the casting is really what makes me want to go out and see the film, just to piss off the racist idiots by putting my money behind it.
Mar. 28th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
For the life of me I don't get it. How in the world is a movie ruined or not simply because of what color skin a character has? That has nothing to do with this movie.

Character is driven by personality and actions. Skin color is completely irrelevant to that. As I read the novel, I don't recall picturing Rue a particular color, because it didn't matter one iota.

When I go to a film based on a book, I look for solid acting that portrays a character true to the personality of the character from the source material. From what I hear, that's precisely what the actress who plays Rue delivers in this film. I won't see the film until Saturday, but I don't expect to be disappointed by Rue at all.
Mar. 28th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
All I could do when I read the Jezebel link was shake my head. In person I tend to be a bit more vocal, much to my son's chagrin, but reading it...are kids really that stupid?

It also made me think about my reactions to film casting over the past few years, and I realized that I hold two relevant assumptions: there are few films that can't be enhanced by the casting of Morgan Freeman in some role; also, I suspect that Will Smith is the modern analog of Jimmy Stewart.

These kids have no idea...
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Imp, Ahh, Imp
I am about an inch away from reading "The Drowning Girl" again. Peter Straub did that to me with "Lost Boy, Lost Girl." I marked sections to read over and over again.

Same with "The Drowning Girl." Passages of splintered beauty draw me back.


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