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I'm resisting the urge to write more about Prometheus today. Specifically, I'm resisting the urge to vent spleen towards all the people who I've seen whining that the film lacked racial and sexual diversity. Right. Let's forget the captain and his copilot, who sacrifice themselves to save all of humanity – the former black, the latter Chinese. Oh, and complaints that the engineers are "white men." And...okay. Never mind. This is just stupid. Tell you what. Bring unto me a film like this wherein a majority of characters are not cisgendered – actors and characters – and then maybe I'll listen to your kvetching about evil -isms and the representation of minorities in Hollywood. Oh, and it can't be a movie wherein transgender characters appear for comic relief, or a film about being transgender. It has to be all very matter of fact, no attention drawn to the fact that they are transgender. Until that happens, nope. I might hear, because that's an awful lot of noise, but I won't be listening.

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Over breakfast, Spooky informed me that one of her friends who was at Pride last night – Pride, the Godhead of Hangovers – was rudely awakened this morning because "...the maintenance guy was blasting some rap version of the oompa loompa song." I almost choked to death. I mean, what the fuck? I didn't know either of us had any friends in Providence. Anyway, me, I'm a total loser and stayed home. I celebrated Pride by digging out my freedom rings the ones I got in 1992, and wearing them while..well...doing nerdy shit. I'm pretty sure celebrating Pride in the marginal safety of one's own home defeats the purpose.

Yesterday, I began a new piece, which will appear in Sirenia Digest #79, titled "Quiet Houses." I began with a single sentence: "The forest is full of wolves." No forethought whatsoever where it might lead me. Just that one sentence. To quote Ray Bradbury on writing: "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down." I hardly no any other way to do it, though, yesterday was an unusually high cliff. I wrote 1,016 words.

Meanwhile, Kathryn was working on the more minor line edits to the typescript of Blood Oranges. Indeed, she worked on it from about 3 p.m. until about midnight. Nine motherfucking hours of tedium. But she finished it. And as soon as I am done with "Quiet Houses," I'll tackle the more complicated edits. It would be very good to get this to my editor on Tuesday, as she expects it on Monday. Yeah, well.. I expect a pretty, pretty pony, a herd of Kentucky fainting goats, and sex with Natalie Portman, but I don't see myself getting either.

And, while we are on the subject of Blood Oranges, yes, Amazon is already taking pre-orders. Which I say is utter bullshit, and I expect no one to order this soon. I haven't even handed in the edited typescript. Anyway, now we know the release date will be February 5, 2013. No, I didn't know that until it showed up on Amazon. I was guessing April 2013.

Have I mentioned Spooky's birthday on the 24th, and her wish list. You know, kittens, without her, you wouldn't get a single story or novel from me, right?

This morning, the Lamictal dose was upped to 350 milligrams/day.

Oh, and typos be damned.

The Impossible is Possible,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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Shannon W. Hennessy
Jun. 17th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
... well, there's white and then there's MAGGOT FLESH white. I mean, let's FORGET THE CONCEPT that those dudes were, for all intents and purposes, SUMERIAN GODLIKES... That doesn't matter... why's the Sumerian godlike gotta be a white man?"

That's... wow. O.o
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
why's the Sumerian godlike gotta be a white man?"

They're fucking aliens. We encounter a million unknown factors, Which is to say, why the hell not?

and then there's MAGGOT FLESH white

I especially liked that.

Edited at 2012-06-17 06:01 pm (UTC)
seph_ski
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, and complaints that the engineers are "white men."

Wow. I'm so glad I haven't heard that from anyone yet.

I thought they were blue-gray aliens. What movie was I watching?

People are obviously trying way too hard to find things to complain about, which is just further evidence that this is a great film.

Edited at 2012-06-17 06:14 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)

Wow. I'm so glad I haven't heard that from anyone yet.

I thought they were blue-gray aliens. What movie was I watching?


That other one.

People are obviously trying way to hard to find things to complain about, which is just further evidence that this is a great film.

There's a great horde of people who prowl the internet, looking for anything to whine about.
whiskeychick
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wish you could have been at celluloid_jam 's birthday party last night. There was deep discussion about Prometheus -- and none of it really centered on any of the annoying things we've been seeing. Again, I'm still amazed at WHO those individuals are. However, I'm grateful that such light has been shown to their, dare I say, idiocy?

Although, I personally did have a visceral reaction in the theater to the autodoc being programmed for males only (however, with my female vet lens -- that hit close to home). However, it proved to show Shaw as quick-witted despite her cross-toting-ness, which I feared was going to be her downfall.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)

There was deep discussion about Prometheus -- and none of it really centered on any of the annoying things we've been seeing.

Frankly, I'd rather confine my comments to the blog. Even in a friendly crowd, I'd likely become...too animated. If the subject comes up at a Readercon panel I'm on, I intend to politely say that I loved the film, that it's brilliant, and then, politely, excuse myself from the room.

Although, I personally did have a visceral reaction in the theater to the autodoc being programmed for males only (however, with my female vet lens -- that hit close to home). However, it proved to show Shaw as quick-witted despite her cross-toting-ness, which I feared was going to be her downfall.

I had no such reaction, as I'd already figured out Weyland was onboard, and that it was intended for his use.
vulpine137
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Umm yeah, cause those engineers look like your average WASP walking down the street...*rolls eyes*
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)

I think they were from San Francisco.
captaincurt81
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Two Things
1)Saw PROMETHEUS for the second time this morning and enjoyed it much more upon this viewing. I seem to need to watch the thought-provoking films at least twice so I may process the plot and the ideas separately. I disregarded the Alien connection and saw it as a standalone adventure of questing and exploration and it passed the test with flying colors. It's only the time and money constraints that will prevent me from viewing it again in theaters. As for the forthcoming DVD release, it's definitely a keeper.
2)Love the Bradbury quote. What's that from? I'm making it a point to read some Bradbury when I get a bit of time off in July. What a treasure he was. So glad we still have his work to read and share.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Two Things

1)Saw PROMETHEUS for the second time this morning and enjoyed it much more upon this viewing. I seem to need to watch the thought-provoking films at least twice so I may process the plot and the ideas separately. I disregarded the Alien connection and saw it as a standalone adventure of questing and exploration and it passed the test with flying colors. It's only the time and money constraints that will prevent me from viewing it again in theaters. As for the forthcoming DVD release, it's definitely a keeper.

Good for you.

And article in the Brown Daily Herald (24 March 1995).
robyn_ma
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
'Bring unto me a film like this wherein a majority of characters are not cisgendered – actors and characters – and then maybe I'll listen to your kvetching about evil -isms and the representation of minorities in Hollywood. Oh, and it can't be a movie wherein transgender characters appear for comic relief, or a film about being transgender. It has to be all very matter of fact, no attention drawn to the fact that they are transgender.'

I can't even think of one film with one transgender character who meets all those criteria, never mind a majority of the characters.

The only way I could think to do it would be to set it in the future and have an opening crawl establishing that 90% of all humans are now transgender, and then never speak of it again in the script. Imagine, for instance, Prometheus with such an opening crawl. Now figure that 90% of the characters are transgender. Shaw may or may not be in the 10%, depending on whether SRS has advanced to the point where transwomen can produce ova. So too with Holloway, if transmen can produce sperm by then. Or you just get away from that entirely via something more advanced than SRS, like brain transplants.

(If you prefer 'GRS' to 'SRS,' my apologies. I just always figured surgery doesn't reassign gender, since a transperson is the gender s/he identifies as with or without surgery; it reassigns physical sexual signifiers. I'm happy to be corrected on this point, though.)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)

I can't even think of one film with one transgender character who meets all those criteria, never mind a majority of the characters.

Bingo.

The only way I could think to do it would be to set it in the future and have an opening crawl establishing that 90% of all humans are now transgender, and then never speak of it again in the script. Imagine, for instance, Prometheus with such an opening crawl. Now figure that 90% of the characters are transgender. Shaw may or may not be in the 10%, depending on whether SRS has advanced to the point where transwomen can produce ova. So too with Holloway, if transmen can produce sperm by then. Or you just get away from that entirely via something more advanced than SRS, like brain transplants.

That's brilliant!

If you prefer 'GRS' to 'SRS,' my apologies.

I'm fine with either.
trvolk
Jun. 17th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
"diversity"

They are never happy. For any given work, they will complain it lacks diversity or it portrays some group unrealistically. Such is online outrage theater. Some people just wanna bitch.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Some people just wanna bitch.

Now I am considering the "bitch gene." But, really, when is diversity truly diverse? We quickly enter a real of infinite regression, as well as a realm wherein it is impossible to satisfy the demands of one group without offending the demands of another.

Edited at 2012-06-17 08:26 pm (UTC)
trvolk
Jun. 17th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
to satisfy the demands of one group without offending the demands of another

I believe you just entered a sub-realm of the mythical writer/reader contract.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 17th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)

Yep.
jessamyg
Jun. 19th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
Can you imagine the studio reps having the conversation with Ridley Scott about equal time to all races and sexes?

Rep - Now, Ridley, where is the the gay Pakistani Glaswegian? We have to appeal to EVERYONE, Ridley, come on, we need to put this through a group brainstorming session. Be a team player.

Ridley - Fuck off.

Hell, imagine people proposing this shit to Harlan Ellison. I'd love to see that.
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