Married Lesbian Couple Rescued 40 Teens from Norway Massacre
If, as I insisted, you'd read Tove Jansson's elliptical, elegant Fair Play or her marvelous The Summer Book, you could perfectly envision the Norwegian island chain where married lesbians Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen [adidas] were eating at their campsite when they heard shots and screams across the water. Did they run and hide? No, they're lesbians, so they jumped in their boat and sped toward the slaughter....
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Please help Samuel Holiday, an 87-year-old Navajo code talker and military veteran. Mr. Holiday has lost his home to arson, not long after having lost his wife. He gave a lot for the country, so let's see if we can give a little bit back.
Read the story Mr. Holiday's story in the Navajo Times.
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Mr. Holiday's website and a video Here is Mr. Holiday's website, Navajo Code Talker - Samuel Tom Holiday.
I am calling out to my friends to sponsor me in the Clarion West Write-a-thon this year. Think of a Write-a-thon like a Walk-a-thon, but instead of miles walked writers set a writing goal to complete each week for the six-weeks. My goal this year is to revise 3 chapters or more from Shadow Magic, the sequel to Ancestral Magic. At the end of each week I will post a small excerpt from the section revised at my blog and updates on how the work is progressing.
You can sponsor me for the Write-a-thon at any amount per week ($1/week, $5/week, $10/week, $20/week and so on…) or a flat amount for the whole six weeks. At the end of the six weeks I will have a drawing for all those who sponsored me, and the wiinner to receive a copy of one of my novels of their choice, including the soon to be released Worlds Collide. You can sponsor me here, and also please comment on my blog post on live journal or dreamwidth so I have a list of sponsors for the drawing. Thank you very much for supporting such a great program.
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Today I'm here to present the first of the promised Wiscon updates, namely the one for Friday, May 27th. I admit I was uncertain whether we ere going to make it Friday morning in time for my writers workshop at all, with two kids in tow and a third adult to pick up on the way (my sis xakara ), but I managed to get there okay. And hence, where the ongoing fun begins…
(note: you will notice a lack of names and lj links, because after an evening of working into the weehours on my Nativepunk (as in Steampunk) outfit I can't remember who I wanted to mention who has an lj/dw, just toooooo many faces from Friday floating in my brain all at one. Feel free to poke me lj/dw Wiscon friends and I will add when more coherent ;) Same if you see typos I need to fix :P )
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While I was working on revamping my website I realized I failed to mention my e-book novella released this past March. Duh! Even over the entire weekend of Wiscon, I can’t recall a single time I even brought the novella up. Super duh! Just proves how much I suck at self-promotion. The novella is called “Seeking Light in the Shadows”, and it’s the first time, I believe, I have focused on the Fae folk of my world as a central character. Is just over 10k, and at $2.99 in e-book format it’s a great chance for new readers of my work to get a taste of my style of writing. Here’s some information on the story…
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There's always a risk of "getting it wrong" when you're dealing with writing about anybody outside of your own experiences. I worry about it all the time as someone who writes characters of different cultures, nationalities, even characters who live with disabilities that are beyond my personal experiences. The best you can do is research, talk to as many people as possible within that group, and when someone from that group tells you said or did something offensive or problemsome, listen and learn. Another important thing to remember is to respect when someone from that group says "No." It is not their responsibility to educate you, but if you are respectful and open, your chances are pretty good at finding someone more than happy to talk to you.
As far as how and where to gather your research outside of the obvious talking to people from that group and asking respectful questions ( and honestly listen to the answers), go to the experts. Not just a random person from that particular group, but one of their scholars, educators, community outreach folks, etc… For example, every tribe, in my experience, will have departments dedicated to historical and cultural information.
One very important thing to remember is do not assume if you know about one nation's traditions, that information will suffice for all Native American traditions you write about. It won't. This may sound like a "duh!" statement, but I have lost count of the amount of times I've had a writer send me something that was a mismatch of tribal tradition, region, housing, food details, etc… When I told them Native Americans were not hive minds and the author had to "choose a tribe" they didn't understand what the big deal was. It's a huge deal.
For me personally, if you want to write Cherokee, or any contemporary Native American character ( please are plenty of poorly done historical depictions, unless you must do history fiction to keep your muse happy, please set your native character in a contemporary or even futuristic setting) hit up the website of the Cherokee group you want to center the character in, and not only talk to the cultural department, and see what books on the website or by e-mail they recommend to learn more about their traditions, stories, and history. There is a lot of crap out there. The experts within the tribes themselves can help guide you through the minefield of garbage to where the the gems lay.
Many contemporary Native Americans feel invisible in the eyes of the average American, only remembered as seasonal trimming during the thanksgiving holidays or as the mystical advisor for some white hero in movies or books. We need the faces of contemporary Native Americans in the stories read, as well as TV movies or any other sort of popular entertainment. Realistic examples of contemporary of Americans, not caricatures or unrealistic idealizations no one could ever live up to. It’s not as hard as some people think it is. The “Others” in a lot of ways we’re not so very different. It's important that people remember that we can be heroes too, we can have romances, we can fly spaceships.
Authors do not have to be afraid to write POV characters who are not like them, as long as they're willing to do the work it takes to do the best they can, and be willing to listen and continue to learn even if they do get something wrong.
Now that Shadow Magic is off to the publisher, I've been really cranking on National Rebirth (debating on changing the name), in the past week or so I've gone from 14K to...
It's like an early Nanowrimo. I set my internal editor on vacation, not to return until it's time for revisions. Hopefully, when it's time to read over the thing, I will not find that it's a lot of crap and have to redue a bunch of it. Just for the fun of it, I'm posting the first page or so of Chapter 1 (unedited mind you) just to give folks a sneak peek.
I’ve been thinking…
Since food so often makes its way into my stories, I’ve considered for a time creating a cookbook based on recipes in my novels and maybe even short stories. I was working on revisions today on Shadow Magic (the sequel to Ancestral Magic) and thought it might be fun to post recipes on my blog, with explanations from the characters that create these yummy dishes, as a regular thing. Maybe if folks like these, I will put them later in a free ebook or something…this sound interesting to folks?
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Genre: Lesbian / Romance / Paranormal
“Moondancer Drake has created a fantasy which harmoniously plucks elements from many different cultural and spiritual dishes to mix up a delectable fusion feast. Few other authors offer a multicultural, multi-spiritual world as a given, both of which lend strength to the story.” ~ K. Tempest Bradford
An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty’s dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty’s family, where she and the baby will be safe.
Dusty’s family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness..
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