**women in fiction

Women’s Work: The First 20,000 years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber, 1996

This is a great book, all about the work of spinning and weaving, how it developed, and how and why it was women’s work. It makes the great point that women’s work is ephemeral - food, cloth, it’s all things that don’t survive archaeologically, so that it’s something that gets overlooked. The author also knows how to weave herself, and has tried out weaving some ancient cloths, pointing out that it’s only by doing something like that that you can work out practical issues. 

One of the things that was really great was the author pointing out that the most plausible reconstruction for the Venus de Milo is of her spinning:

Even better, is that since the book has been written, an artist who makes 3D printed sculpture has made a 3D model of what she would have looked like - and you can buy one for yourself:

She was riding the motorbike and I was sitting behind, gently holding her waist. It was a cold morning and I had no gloves. After a few minutes, she stopped at the red light. I startled when I felt how she carefully took my hands and put them in the pockets of her jacket to warm me up.
—  lesbianespresso.tumblr.com

I wore this shirt to my NY author event with the wonderful Nova Ren Suma at the end of October and I have been fielding questions about where I got it ever since. The answer: I made it and had it printed by Redbubble specifically for the occasion BUT, I have made the listing public so if you would like your own Unlikable Female Protagonist shirt (or stickers or a coffee mug!) you can buy it in a variety of colors and styles here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/courtnival/works/22983530-unlikable-female-protagonist

Let me tell you this shirt is a time saver. I don’t even have to tell people what I’m about anymore! Now they just know.


(I also made an Unlikable Protagonist option if that is more your style: http://www.redbubble.com/people/courtnival/works/22987863-unlikable-protagonist)

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Queer and/or POC anthologies:

Unburied fables: A fabulous compilation of fairy-tale retellings. Canonically queer characters and happy endings.

Valor: A comic anthology of re-imaged fairy tales. Strong female heroines.

Dates: An anthology of queer historical fiction comics. No one dies.

An anthology of fiction by trans woc:the stories confront many important issues such as the fears and dangers twoc face, the prejudices of ignorant people, poverty, sex work, murder, the need to implement changes in legislation, mental health, self-acceptance, and how difficult is to love yourself in such an unwelcoming world, in a world that doesn’t care.

So, people on here are saying I was wrong to mock Trump’s fear of stairs.

*Sensible Sharon* “Well, maybe it’s not right to make fun of a weird phobia. Even if he’s a dick. You have OCD yourself. Be mature.”

*Crazy Sharon* “But what if this is all some wacky Dalek conspiracy? Oh, it makes sense. Is Trump a Dalek? People want the democrats to save them now? Maybe they should be asking for Dr Who instead.”

Do you remember when we danced in the kitchen waiting for the water to boil? You wanted green tea. I wanted you.
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Happy Revenge of the Fifth (belated happy May the Fourth be with you…). 

Okay, so scowls-ahoy General Hux got very little screen time. We know very little about the angry dude. But what we do know, from books like The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, is that his father was a Commandant.  His father, Commandant Brendol Hux, had some very…harsh views on how to raise a soldier. Very survival of the fittest. I can’t help but imagine that young General Hux had a very strict upbringing…and I wanted an excuse to draw him again.