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““You know, and for me, I don’t know that writer’s block is the same for everyone, but for me what I eventually realized was, what the block was really about was about fear, and it was about doubt. And it was about sort of a loss of faith of myself in myself as a writer. And, you know, the thing that actually really helped me was, and I know a lot of people love this book: Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.” –Rahul Mehta

Writers block is real folks. It is not a fallacy. In the latest episode with author Rahul Mehta we discussed how he was able to push through this block as he wrote his new novel, No Other World. 

‘Double Black’ and ‘Sheep Song’

I really feel the need to appreciate how the creators of ‘Bungou Stray Dogs’ have used the poetry/prose of the respective authors to influence their ability. Some high quality analysis must have been put in to create and translate this onto paper. Please forgive this rant, I’m an English student and can’t help it…

The character of Chuuya has a chant that comes from Nakahara’s ‘Sheep Song’, everyone knows that, but the rest of the poem almost describes the effect of corruption after it has been nullified. For example, when we know the line ‘O acquaintances, grantors of dark disgrace,do not wake me again!’ activates corruption the rest of the poem becomes more interesting. The narrator describes his arms, which are ‘seeming already useless.’ and his eyes that ‘open doubtfully’ and ‘stay motionless for a while’. This is reflected in Chuuya’s exhaustion after corruption is finished. The writers of BSD have done a great job translating that into their own character of Chuuya, with corruption having it’s physical effects that will kill him if not nullified. 

Similarly, there is important insight into the character they have created from looking at the original works of the author, personality traits are reflected in the newly created characters. The narrator in ‘Sheep Song’ says his heart ‘believes in others more than itself.’ and this also, has been very cleverly translated into the manga as seen in Chuuya’s trust in Dazai to stop corruption when he has no control. The poem ends on a sombre note, with the narrator saying ‘I enjoy nothing anymore but my wretched dreams.’ Loneliness seems to be a bit of a motif in Nakahara’s poetry, and to an extent, this was also translated into BSD when Chuuya’s character was left without the person who can eventually stop him from destroying himself, or maybe the character is just very lonely.

To conclude, I appreciate the writers of BSD for analysing these wonderful author’s works and translating them so well into a form for the modern generation to enjoy. I hope this gets others into reading poems and literature from both Asian and European/American authors, as the original works are amazing, and in my opinion, this manga has done a great job to almost immortalise these authors and their works, and translate them into a story all can enjoy. BSD creators, I salute you!      

Introducing New LGBT YA Novel, Miranda and Jaelin!

My YA lgbt romance novel Miranda and Jaelin! Based on a comic book I created in college.

“For years, shy and awkward Miranda Taylor has been struggling to fit in at one of the most selective public high schools in NYC. Then in her junior year, she meets a new student, the androgynous Jaelin Kim, a confident basketball star who quickly becomes popular with the other school athletes. When the two are paired up for an assignment in AP English, Miranda‘s infatuation with her new classmate becomes more than just a crush. Suddenly, Miranda learns a lot about herself as she grapples with the bigotry that surrounds them both at school and with their friends and families.”

Available here in E-book and paperback!

Why The Raven Cycle isn’t getting any diver$ity cookie from me.

This contains mild spoilers, and text from The Raven King.

The way Henry was introduced in BLLB was unforgettable. We saw him making an offhand rape comment. This is pretty common. See All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic where their lone!good!moc could be seen making the same proclamation throughout the series. I am willing to let it slide, maybe, this is not about race.

Moving forward to The Raven King, we get to know Henry Cheng better. He’s half Chinese and half Korean. His mother Seondeok is a Korean dealer of illegal antiquities. White authors can’t seem to write East Asians without associating them with mob, yakuza, and mafia? Another example: All For the Game series by Nora Sakavic

This is the part where it gets nauseating. 

“Principles? Henry Cheng’s principles are all about getting larger font in the school newsletter,” Ronan said. He did a vaguely offensive version of Henry’s voice: “Serif? Sans serif? More bold, less italics.”

Blue saw Adam both smirk and turn his face away in a hurry so that Gansey wouldn’t see, but it was too late.

“Et tu, Brute?” Gansey asked Adam. “Disappointing.”

“I didn’t say anything,” Adam replied.

It was explicitly stated Henry’s second language is English. I’m going to assume Ronan is mocking the way Henry speaks, the intonation or accent of his voice. Whichever fucking way I look it is racist. Nobody even called Ronan out. The gross thing, the author made it into an “inside joke” for pynch.

This didn’t end right there. We have another pynch scene where they made a punchline out of Henry’s ethnicity.

“Adam made puerile jokes at Henry’s expense (He’s half Chinese? “Which half?”) and sniggered clannishly; Blue called them on it (“Jealous, much?”): Gansey told them to put aside their preconceptions and think about him.

Really? This made into the final publication? Minority’s ethnical identity isn’t a subject for crass puns.  Blue and Gansey’s meek intervention is not going to pacify me. I’m not here for this. Once again, this become a “cutesy” pynch scene.

These vile ~scenes~ about Henry’s otherization serves no purpose. It doesn’t contribute anything to the plot. You can reason out the narrative is implying Adam and Ronan are jealous (of Gansey’s new attachment to Henry,) but the author could’ve made a different approach of executing that. This is deliberate.

Another troubling scene with Henry and Blue

It was this: Blue, teetering on the edge of offence, saying, I don’t understand why you keep saying such awful things about Koreans. About yourself. And Henry saying. I will do it before anyone else can. It is the only way to not be angry all of the time.

Great another Korean character written by white author who might or might not be experiencing internalized racism. Sounds familiar? See Ellen Oh’s intake of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

I see a lot of bloggers here are now clamoring for Henry, maybe it’s because he’s greatly sculpted, or because he’s Asian and his characterization speaks to you. If your reason is the latter, I have news for you. There are plenty of Asian authors specifically Chinese, and Korean, who are out there doing a spectacular job at it. Here are some of them; Jenny Han, Renee Ahdieh, Cindy Pon, Malinda Lo, Ellen Oh, Maureen Goo, Marie Lu, Lydia Kang, Amy Zhang, Celeste Ng, S. Jae-Jones, and more.

I am so god damn tired of people complaining about Cassandra Clare. She has such wide representation and is always, always willing to talk about it. She answers asks, she listens to her fans, she cares. Like, she wrote one of the first m/m couples in a YA fantasy series. She fought hard to keep them in it. She then proceeded to give that m/m couple a long relationships, with realistic ups and downs. She is writing a book about them, rather than a f/m couple who she was offered more money to write about. She has also given us 3 bi characters, a f/f couple who is married, another m/m couple, an autistic character who is so adorable and cool and who is going to be one half of an m/m couple (i think), a bi half fae who we see with men and women (you know like a real bisexual), many PoC characters, including a black woman who goes on to be the literal leader of the pack, a bi asian man/warlock who she is writing a 3 book series about with the help of an asian author, a biracial chinese/english character who has a chronic illness, and more than one latinx character. She has also shown us a legitimate poly relationship, she has proven time and again that she cares for the LGBT community, and that she wants to give kids stories they can see themselves in. 

Cassandra Clare could literally shit on me and I would still avidly read her books. She gave my ever-confused bi-self Magnus Bane. I will always go hard for cassie. 

BOOK PEOPLE

I’m working on a project for one of my grad classes about how we should incorporate more texts in high school English courses by non-canonical authors, especially authors that are:
-Of color
-Female
-Disabled
-LGBT+
-Non-native English speakers

So I’m looking for books (any length, time period, or genre) that go along with these criteria. Basically: What did you *not* read in high school but wish you did??

xoxo

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Jenny Quantum  //  DC Comics Post-Flashpoint

Jennifer Emily Quantum is 11 years old and a member of a new version of Stormwatch. This version is a super-secret organization that researches and defeats alien threats to Earth. Jenny Q. is currently being mentored by Adam One.

Jenny has displayed teleportation, molecular manipulation, force-field generation and the manipulation of dark energy among her powers. It appears that her powers depend on her understanding the principles of physics involved in energy manipulation and reality bending, and so she is being tutored by the Martian Manhunter on quantum physics and its associated fields.”

anonymous asked:

Um one, she's a coward for not posting all the asks she's been sent. Two, you're defending a user who's probably mentally ill. Three, you can't ignore the fact Asians write better, which is why she writes like that. Four, your comments told ME to fuck off before I did.

1. You’re not really in a position to speak about cowardice, anon. 

2. Remember what I said about assuming? Stick to that. Also why would that even matter?

3. I’ll be honest with you I’ve read all of like five pieces of literature written by Asian authors, I am not ignoring anything. I am simply stating that you’ve formed an opinion on Asian writers does not make it a universal fact. That’s not how facts work. You’re still belittling her talent. 

Fact: The mitochondria is the power house of the cell because it produces ATP for the rest of the cell. Here are my receipts: here, here, and here

Opinion: Cats are better than dogs. Where the receipts at? And I mean science journals don’t give me some cosmopolitan shit.

4. That’s fine tell ME to fuck off that’s cool. I don’t care if you’re rude to me, but why were you rude to her? 

5. All the questions I asked are meant to be rhetorical. 

huffingtonpost.com
30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016
Required reading.

“For the second year in a row, we’ve curated a list of essays and articles that defined conversations about race, pop culture, politics and identity in 2016. They cover a wide array of topics, from reactions to the election of Donald Trump, to the huge role young black people play in internet culture, to the genius of James Baldwin. The criteria is simple: all pieces on this list were written by a person of color and published within the last year online.

As a look back, this year-end list is by no means fully comprehensive of all the stellar work written by writers of color in 2016. Feel there’s a glaring omission? Nominate your favorite pieces in the comments. In the meantime, check out these powerful, thought-provoking and entertaining reads from this year.”

See the list of great reads here

Planning to write a small novel...

So…I am planning to write an Apocalyptic-fantasy-epic story on Wattpad…In English, this time! I’ve written some other stories on there and they are quite popular (but they’re in French…) so I’m very motivated! The story will have some POC main characters (!! because POC are awesome and beautiful, k) , won’t be stereotypical, have lots of lgbt characters who live until the end of the story (or die in a beautiful and heroic way) and lots of realistic characters you can relate to. Thoughts?

anonymous asked:

So when did it become ok to copy The Hunger Games? Kind of unsure why The 100 chose this route...I love The Hunger Games, don't get me wrong. But it feels like outright thievery here, although I know The Hunger Games itself is derived from another book - I believe it came from an Asian author, potentially? I'm drawing a blank, but this seems like an interesting plot choice to say the least. I know shows all harken back to each other & Beats the hell out of Clarke taking the flame, but, still....

Baby, welcome to sci fi. It’s all tropes. Don’t worry about it.

Not to mention the fact that, well, stories steal liberally from other stories. On a regular basis. Since like forever. 

We don’t call it stealing. We call it “literary allusions.” It’s all part of the way we tell stories. 

We’ve already seen Battlestar Gallactica, Lord of the Flies, Persephone, The Illiad and the Odyssey, The Matrix, Tangled, Dante’s Inferno. Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings. I mean, It’s part of the thing they’re doing and it’s fun. I love trying to pick out the references. 

South Asian lit is so underrated. It almost pains me to know that. Despite going on and on about diversity in literature, we only read those diverse books that make the cut; to bestseller lists, shortlists etc. There are some really good books that people don’t even know exist. This one is one of those books. 

YA & MG Speculative Reads by Asian and Asian-American Authors

Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park - Twelve year old Kevin Kim, A Korean American math whiz, is shocked beyond belief when a young man, complete with bow and arrows, crash lands in his bedroom. And that’s just the beginning. The man, called Skillful Archer, claims to be Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea. There’s not a moment to lose as Kevin uses Korean history and folktales, math, and the Chinese Zodiac to help his friend travel back through time before the Year of the Tiger ends. If Archie can’t get home, history will be forever changed. (MG)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout - In a future world, Fisher is the last boy on earth. But evidence suggests there may be a far-away survival bunk with other humans. In order to get there, he’ll need to rely on a ragtag team he assembles, including a robot, a mammoth, and a prairie dog with basic English skills. Readers will be riveted as this unlikely team races toward survival. (MG)

Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard - A retelling of Ramayana, the epic Indian love story of Rama and Sita. Sera is Lakshmi reborn, a human avatar of the immortal Indian goddess. Marked by the, magic symbols of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world. Torn between her present life and her previous incarnation as Sita — the wife of an Indian god — Sera is the key to an epic battle between good and evil.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End #1) by Susan Ee - It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi -  Balsa was a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescued a boy flung into a raging river – and at that moment, her destiny changed. Now Balsa must protect the boy – the Prince Chagum – on his quest to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source in the sea. As they travel across the land of Yogo and discover the truth about the spirit, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga … and the prince’s own father. 

Returning My Sister’s Face and other Far Eastern Tales by Eugie Foster - Noted short story author Foster offers a dozen enchanting and sometimes chilling tales alive with elegantly sketched characters and sensibilities drawn from Asian folklore. Revenge and family loyalty drive the title story as well as The Tears of My Mother, the Shell of My Father and the historical fantasy A Thread of Silk. In Shim Chung the Lotus Queen, good deeds and sacrifice are rewarded, but The Raven’s Brocade shows how easily those rewards can be lost. The most memorable stories follow shape-changers: the fox spirits of Year of the Fox, the lively rabbits-turned-human of Daughter of Bótà and a most unusual tea kettle in The Tanuki-Kettle. Readers who long for a break from European medieval fantasy will be charmed and entertained by Foster’s tales. 

Bird by Crystal Chan - A girl, who was born on the day her brother Bird died, has grown up in a house of silence and secrets; when she meets John, a mysterious new boy in her rural Iowan town, and those secrets start to come out. (MG)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Cat Girl’s Day Out by Kimberly Pauley -High school sophomore Natalie “Nat” Ng has a “Talent” she’s not proud of: the ability to talk to cats. Her younger sister is a “supergenius” with chameleonlike abilities; her older sister is proficient in truth divination and levitation, and has X-ray vision; and her parents work for the Bureau of Extrasensory Regulation and Management. When a film crew comes to Nat’s Chicago high school to shoot a takeoff of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off things get fishy: the female star isn’t acting like herself, and Nat learns from a cat that celebrity blogger Easton West may not be who she claims to be. Along with her friends Oscar and Melly, Nat gets dragged into a whirlwind adventure to find out what happened to the real Easton.

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anonymous asked:

hi! idk if you've made a list already or if i didn't see the tag, but what are some books with asian female characters?

I thought I already made one! But here’s what I found:

@fizzlereads also recced some here earlier this year. I’ll add some of my favorites that aren’t included there below:

Young Adult:

Middle Grade:

New Adult:

My friend also has an account dedicated to Asian authors + books that have Asian characters. You can follow @asianya.

Note:

*Attempted rape