Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the Interwebz April 13-19, 2014

TipsdayLet’s see what we gots here …

Part 9 of K.M. Weiland’s Creating Stunning Character Arcs series:

the 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette for Writers. Anne R. Allen’s blog.

Agent Carly Watters on why you want an agent who reads:

Eight steps to an agent, a publisher, and a two-book deal by Becca Puglisi.

Brevity in Science Fiction – Veronica Sicoe. She was my new discovery this week, thanks to MJ Bush 🙂

Jami Gold wonders whether genre fiction can be art:

Justine Musk on Beauty in the broken places.

(Mel’s note: I write an SF story called The Broken Places. Not sure if it’s beautiful, but I’m biased.)

Patty Jansen on how she writes:

And Roz Morris on hers. Follow the strange. LOVE!

6 things you should know about your story.

The WoMentoring Project. Just check it.

Rochelle Sharpe: Be relentless.

Muses rejoice!

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz April 6-12, 2014

TipsdayAnother eclectic bumper-crop here on Tipsday.

Wired podcast with Elizabeth Bear:

MJ Bush’s WritinGeekery. A balance of strengths to take your story higher.

Robin Lafevers on Writer Unboxed. Dear soon-to-be-published author.

And Lisa Cron on The importance of letting ‘em see you sweat.

And … Jael McHenry on the relative value of writing craft books.

3 tips for writing better action scenes from BookBaby blogs.

Wlater Benjamin’s thirteen theses from Brain Pickings.

Agent Carly Watters answers the question, Can I write fiction for a living?

Patty Jansen offers her thoughts on when hiring an editor isn’t necessarily the answer.

The Outlander fan gathering. If you’ve been drooling over the coming Starz series as much as I have, you’ll want to see this 🙂 BTW, for my Canadian friends, Showcase will be broadcasting (eeeee!). this summer. Can hardly wait.

How to be the lord of your novel’s timeline (timelord, get it?) from Roz Morris.

10 ways pre-published authors can start their careers now, from Anne R. Allen.

K.M. Weiland on the elephant in the room. Are you ignoring your writer’s instincts when it comes to revision?

Enjoy, my friends.

What kind of “-ist” am I, anyway?

Over the past few months, I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and articles on sexism and misogyny in writing and publishing.

Just to refresh your memory:

There have been scandals involving Penguin and the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).  Patty Jansen has posted extensively on women in SF.  Being one of those women, she has an inside track 😛  Just search by that string, “women in SF” on her blog, and see the results.

John Scalzi frequently posts about online and real life harassment and recently talked about his thoughts on feminism and whether he considered himself a feminist.  He wouldn’t be insulted, btw.

Being a woman writer who writes fantasy and SF, among other things, I have a stake in these issues.  I share much of what comes across my desk on these topics on Facebook, my primary avenue for curation.

Yes, I know, get with the times, Mel.  Why aren’t I doing this on Pinterest or putting out a on the topic?

Cause I’m writing.  That’s why.

So what the heck am I?

This all has got me to thinking: what variety of “-ist” am I?

I don’t think I’m a feminist.  I espouse feminist views and support the goals of feminism.  The problem is that I’m a bit more than that.

I believe that everyone, man or woman, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, of any religion, spirituality, or world view (including atheism), of any culture (I don’t believe in race, we’re all human) to do or say what they wish, so long as it does not violate the law, or the civil rights of another human being.

There’s a pagan tenet that sums up my philosophy: an’ ye harm none, do what you will.

I also believe that bullying should be a crime, because of the evil it fosters.  Yes, I said evil there folks.

I believe that animal cruelty is a gateway crime and that penalties for it should be increased and enforced.

I believe in the right of a woman to do what she wishes with her body.

I think I’m going to stop there, before I get into trouble 😉

So what does that make me? I don’t know.  Maybe you’ll have to sort that one, dear reader.