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we lived in the gaps between the stories

So, hey, I joined tumblr. And I'm loving it so far. Honestly I think that much of my lingering struggle with posting on lj comes from the fact that I used to use this so much when I was younger and teaming with teenaged issues. It means that talking about my ~feelings~ here and now just feels self indulgent, whether it is or not.*

Obviously, this is stupid. And it doesn't mean that I'm leaving you lovely lot, but rather that there'll be a great deal of cross posting. I'm going to try to do a big, serious post at least once a month, but otherwise I'll be reblogging pretty pictures oof books, nifty quotes and important political thoughts over at http://betweenthestories.tumblr.com. So, if you tumbl, please follow me?

2012 has been interesting so far. It got off to a great start, obviously, partying with iltaru, helenfharvey, ardvarc and myriad others, in an event which went on for several, several days and left me on top of the world. On the down side, I've recently left my lovely band Fjords due to "creative differences"** which have been breaking me since early December. I'm writing, planning all sorts of schemes with helenfharvey and the brilliant Beth Webb*** and applying for jobs like an unemployed fiend, but feel weirdly naked without a band & upcoming gigs to call my own. However, it's a new year and there are Plans Afoot. I'm sure I'll have some better news soon.

I've been doing a lot of theoretical writing thinking over Christmas to give my brain a break from book!stress, and keep stumbling over posts on the place of gay characters in fiction. (Summary: We Need More) Bookshop has a particularly important article, I think, but I'm also going to link to you sarahtales talking about the "Circle of Suck" because a. this is important, and b. she has even more links than me, and c. she is witty and brilliant and far more intelligent than anyone seems to give her credit for. Her post also talks about the representation of PoC in YA writing, which is equally important and equally absent or compressed into sterotype.**** And I know you already know but none of this is ok!

When I think about my favourite quote from The Handmaid's Tale, resplendant in the title of this post, I tend to think of it from the perspective of a writer. As a writer, I chose to focus on the story, to slip my own life in around it. And, in return, my experiences almost certainly linger in the margains of the stories that I tell. But guys, guys, a lot of the time the writer is not the only person in the margains. Writers' unintentional stereotypes, readers' expectations, social norms, the edits a publisher might - in perfect innocence - suggest --- all of these can leave homosexual characters... characters of colour... differently able characters... anyone different from the "norm", in the margains. Subtext. A running joke about two characters' relationships. Generic stereotyping. The list goes on.

And you know what? Despite my earlier statement, I am going to take a moment to talk about my feelings. Because as a writer, I chose to live in the gaps between the stories. But, as a queer woman, it's chosen for me. And that makes me angrier and sadder than all the band dramas in the world.

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*See, I can't even reference them without irony. I hearby call this meeting of the self-deprecation party to order. Eurgh!
**Which is not, for once, a coded phrase for drug problems. Hate to dissapoint, but...
***more on these later. They are great and exciting in every sense of the word and I can't wait to let everyone know fully! However, I am also declaring them TOP SECRET for now
****you know what I really can't wait to see. Pariah is what I really can't wait to see.

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heartequals
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
!!!!

This is a lovely post. You sound like you've got a lot of different creative things going on and I can't wait to hear about them.

I added you on tumblr, I'm birdcage.
parenthesised
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
As soon as they come anywhere near fruition, I will let you know. Until then...

*stalks across vasty internets*
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