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[livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc is a community full of book reviews and recommendations. The challenge is to read 50 books, any genre, by an author of color. Many wonderful people are really good at reviewing the books they read on the comm; I am not one of them. This is the only set of book reviews I've written, and I'm woefully short of 50 books, as you see, but it was so worth joining that community. I had a list of scifi/fantasy authors of color (which I link to, below) but I was making my way only haphazardly through it; if I hadn't watched the community, I wouldn't have seen the many recommendations for Colson Whitehead, and that alone has been an invaluable discovery.

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, Imaro by Charles Saunders, The Living Blood by Tananarive Due, East/West by Salman Rushdie, Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf :a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange, E-Mails from Scheherazad by Mohja Kahf )

That's it! Wish I'd read more, but there's always next year.
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IBARW, or common little tragedies and the wonders I have seen this week. )

The [livejournal.com profile] ibarw community is collecting many and myriad links on a daily basis this week; go peruse to find all kinds of different points of view.

ibarw

Aug. 4th, 2008 01:33 pm
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Y'all know I'm a white girl, right? I have my 'white girl, shutting up' t-shirt and my 'grab your CoC and pimp liek whoa' t-shirt and the incredibly soft and comfortable 'I'm now writing my favorite character of color' shirt and there was that librarian shirt when I collected links of authors of color. I probably walk around with not enough shirt to keep my ass from showing occasionally (I hope not too often.)

I was thinking that what might be really neat for International Blog Against Racism Week this year might be to get a DVD commentary on a Teal'c story (or a Bra'tac story, or a Teyla story...) Possibly with an [livejournal.com profile] ibarw slant, potentially with a 'you are a white girl and this is where it shows' slant, maybe a Teal'c character angle, maybe a fandom angle, maybe a writing angle, maybe an acute angle.

The point is, that I'd love to don the 'shutting up now' shirt and listen. If you are interested in commentarying on one of my stories (it doesn't have to be a Teal'c story, it doesn't have to have anything to do with ibarw, but that would be so cool) I have signed up at [livejournal.com profile] dvd_commentary.

If you want to skip that comm and it's public nature, you could find a story to comment on here or under the fanfic tag, and just please link me to it when you post. If that's still too exposed, consider concrit sent directly to my email.

I realize that asking someone else to do the work of teaching me about my own blind spots is putting the burden on others. I do solemnly vow not to infer that an absence of DVD commentaries is a sign that I have nothing left to learn. I will guarantee, though, that my response to commentary and/or concrit will be some variation of thank you.
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I spent the weekend travelling over ocean, via man and woman-power, 30 miles to the islands just off the shore of my town. Most people take the dayboat; we go by outrigger canoe and camp for two nights. It was epic. Also, I have crossed the line from 'pleasantly tan' to 'California surfer chic' or, as we in Scifi fandoms may better understand: 'so freakishly out of proportion with eye and hair color lighter than skin tone, it is clear that the biped standing before you is an alien of some kind.'

But I'm embracing that my lifestyle here has some drawbacks. Like the fact that my biceps are larger than some (skinny) guy's I know. But anyway.

(Did you need someone squashed? I could totally smash anyone my flist needed squashed, srsly.)

While I was away, it turned over into International Blog Against Racism Week 2008 ([community profile] ibarw)! This is frequently an occasion for me to fangrrl Teal'c and his epic awesomness, but this year (unless for some reason I come up with something to say about Teal'c) I shall most likely blog about the books I read for [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc which was intended to encourage reading of books by authors of color. I didn't manage 50, I don't think, but there are some incredible authors that really really deserve pimping, so that post is coming.

[eta: past Teal'c meta includes this post, this one, aaaaaaaand, yes, this one. There are many fic recs in there too, as you may imagine.]

I shall at this point, though, just take a moment to self pimp and tell you that I have written yet another Teal'c story. Only this is Teal'c's friendship with VALA, which felt like such an odd thing to take on, and now I've written it, I'm shocked that there aren't *more* Teal'c and Vala stories. I mean, is that not a fascinating friendship? And they clearly get along so well despite having every reason not to.

Anyway, at the intersection of [livejournal.com profile] ibarw and the [livejournal.com profile] gateverse_remix, I give you: Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo (the Joker's Wild remix). Worksafe, spoilers for the series finale. My story, yay! Remix of [livejournal.com profile] holdouttrout's fantastic Jester's Silence. Also gen, also worksafe.

It is also the one week anniversary of the Gateverse Remix 2008! (Link goes to the masterlist) All stories went live last week, and the last straggler late stories should be rolling in over the next day or two. As such, allow me to point you to a couple of the OUTSTANDING remixes that came in this year (not a complete list, obviously, go check out the masterlist and feed the authors yay!)

My very favorite set of stories (original and remix) are from [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic and [livejournal.com profile] raqs, respectively. They are the story of Daniel struggling to come home, and Jack figuring out what he has and what he needs. Beautiful, psychologically complex, and the remix adds an incredible layer with Daniel's smart, smart and detached POV. There are slash undertones, and it's recovery from a complex injury, but no one does PTSD like these authors do. Strongly recommended. all men will be sailors until the sea shall free them from [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic and ...and the truth shall set you free (the freedom remix) from [livejournal.com profile] raqs. R rated, but worksafe-ish.

[livejournal.com profile] synecdochic's remix this year was a Lovecraft-style remix of a dream [livejournal.com profile] sidlj wrote for Daniel. In the Fullness of Time (The Shores of Lost Carcosa Remix) is from Sid's In the Fullness of Time. I love this for the change in style, as opposed to POV, which takes it from a strange and revealing dream to a remarkably creepy story of love vs. madness in the search for the Lost City. Does anyone else remember Syne remixing a dream in funky style last year for the remix? I'd say she was falling into a pattern, except all of these are so clearly not what you expect. Fascinating to watch an author do such unusual things, really.

Another favorite is the Atlantis story blinking in the sun from [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212. This is a Teyla who belongs, who negotiates and translates and is patient and wonderful. Elizabeth is here in her memories, as are Athosians that few remember except herself, her relationship with Ronon is elegant friendship and John and Rodney are so alien and fond. Extraordinary story, a remix of [livejournal.com profile] raisintorte's Black Light in a Shady Alien Motel Room, John POV. Possibly not worksafe due to creative euphemisms.

Lastly, with the award for most dramatic structural remix, [livejournal.com profile] rigel_7 did a multimedia remix (Spatial Orientation, appropriately) of [livejournal.com profile] lokei's Learning Curve (Tilt). Fantastic tone, and I adored the advertisements in the magazine layout. Worksafe.
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And this is possibly a little too serious for my current elevated temperature state, but it needs to be said:

There are all manner of really intelligent questions being asked about why Jewish people were so uniformly overlooked during [livejournal.com profile] ibarw. Smart, smart people are having extremely civil and well-reasoned discussions about priviledge, invisibility, rights, intersectionality, culture vs. religion, anti-Semitism and addressing multiple issues at once.

I am not in that place right now, where I can say thinky thoughts. All I can say is: I did not notice, and I'm so sorry. I failed to see the people we were overlooking in our best intentions. I let it slide. I am sorry.

I don't know whether I can contribute in a better way to this discussion at this time, but I'm so impressed with all of you for doing it so well. This link takes you to rydra_wong's journal, where she's collecting posts and discussions, etc..
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...so I shan't apologize for the Friday spam.

This is the Teal'c translation post! In it, we shall attempt to illustrate: formal language, humor, brevity and non-wallpaperness.

[livejournal.com profile] tielan, in a very nice post titled Five Suggestions On How To Write Teyla, issues this challenge, which I'm adapting:

From the following ten things, choose four and in one paragraph each, describe how Teal'c would:

--answer the telephone when a telemarketer calls
--tell a funny story
--dance alone at home
--cry (you pick why)
--argue with a truck driver
--vomit
--flirt with a waiter/waitress
--play with a small child
--eat a lobster
--wake up to have breakfast alone
--prepare to go out for an important dinner


Okay, so.

Describe how Teal'c would answer the telephone when a telemarketer calls. )

Describe how Teal'c would argue with a truck driver )

Describe how Teal'c would play with a small child )

Describe how Teal'c would prepare to go out for an important dinner )


OKAY. Quick illustration of Jaffa wordage vs. other teammate's phrasology:

Question: Did that hurt?

Jack would say "Ya think?"
Daniel would say "Ow, yes. Can I have...? Yeah. Thanks."
Sam would say "What? I'm fine. Did we get the results?"
Teal'c would say "Excruciatingly" and continue doing whatever needs doing.

Question: So, movie night Friday?

Jack would say "As long as it isn't one of Daniel's 'educational' movies."
Daniel would say "As long as Jack doesn't talk through the whole thing (like last time)" ("Hey!" "What?" "You talked through Indiana Jones." "Oh please, that movie was completely historically inaccurate!")
Sam would say "Sure! Come get me before you leave, okay?"
Teal'c would say "May I contribute a movie or beverage?"

Statement: I think it's worth pursuing.

Jack would say "Cool, let's pencil it in. Lunch?"
Daniel would say "I really think P48-225 is a bigger priority."
Sam would say "Great, I'll get everything prepped."
Teal'c would say nothing, because he wasn't asked a direct question and doesn't feel the need to speak simply for the sake of making noise.

Anyone else? Thoughts?
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Okay, so I consider myself a fairly well-read person, on account of I like to read, I read quickly, and I enjoy little more than getting lost in a great world. I've been as fannish about some books as television shows, back in the day.

So imagine my shame when fandom started collecting a list of non-pinkish-beige SFF authors and I realized how few of the authors on this list that I hadn't ever heard of.

This is the list, btw: Scifi/Fantasy Authors of Color, suggested by fandom and collected by matociquala )

Aside from Louise Erdrich (who was a favorite, lo 15 years ago), Kazuo Ishiguro (who has been high profile for a while) and the graphic novel The Changers by Ezra Clayton Daniels (v. cool, recommended.) I really, really hadn't ever heard of these authors. And I don't think it's for lack of paying attention.

Race issues are alive and well and living (among other places) in the publishing/PR industry, my friends. And, possibly, in my selective vision, but I'm educable.

Now, scifi writing is not always my cuppa. I lean towards fantasyish stuff, but often as not YA these days, because I want to just fall into it, you know? Plus the shorter length and quick read works well with my lack of huge amounts of free time (on account of which) And the covers can be soooooo cheesetastic on SciFi books, but I'm not really in it for the covers, (or rather, I shouldn't be.)

BUT, then I heard this from ltlj (she has it under flock, so I shall summarize): Charles Saunders wrote a story back in the 80's called Imaro, notable for being a fantastic black hero character in a sword and adventure type novel. The marketing was wretched, and despite critical acclaim from Black Gate (link goes to a review alongside Tolkien) and [livejournal.com profile] ltlj, among others, the books never gained a foothold.

Now the reprint is under threat of cancellation due to poor sales, so a grass-roots campaign is underway.

So Imaro is a mixed-race warrior in a fantastic Africa, from what I gather. His journey begins as a quest for acceptance and continues as he becomes more independent of what other people think. Saunders has been lauded for his world-building, and Black Gate, among others, say that the African setting is a character in it's own right (as well it should be, from one who has actually been there. Africa is a vast, incredible, romantic place, I'm still a little in love with it.) An interview with Saunders is here.

So, I just went to Night Shade Books and spend $14 on the first novel. It twinges a little as throwing money at the problem, but honestly, I don't think that's what it is. There was also this brilliant idea thrown about somewhere that suggested that perhaps a book by a WoC could be donated to a local library. That sounds like a marvelous idea to me.

There's a long list of WoC that I've never bloody-well HEARD OF, my people. I'm starting with Saunders.

ETA: there is a comm called [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc for anyone who wishes to participate in the intention to read 50 books by a person of color by ibarw next year. I signed up, and others have too. You could watch that comm and catch short recs or reviews of these books if you want a little more information before running off to buy (and, of course, you want my or other's opinion.)

ETA2: The first week of October is a apparently banned books week. The lovely [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity has collected some links here.
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Clearly no one consulted my schedule when they picked this week to open up one of the most interesting topics currently relevant in the first world. No, because I had a major deadline yesterday and today and last week, and there was another major deadline earlier last week, and I was out of town over the weekend and stuff.

But I really can't blame anyone else for signing me up to rec at [livejournal.com profile] stargateficrec for the first time this month. So.

In celebration of [livejournal.com profile] ibarw (yes! This week has it's own comm! Lots of fascinating linkage over there, so wrastle your liberal white guilt or rage or pain or whatever and go do some learnin') I've been reccing Teal'c at [livejournal.com profile] stargateficrec with a rec a day.

So far, I've recc'd None But Ourselves (the Redemption Song remix) by [livejournal.com profile] cofax7 and Incredible Luck, Annoying Charm by [livejournal.com profile] ana_grrl.

And I'm totally miffed that [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077 and [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong recc'd Water Moon, Almost a Statesman, With the Dying and Speak the Living over there before I could. *sulks*

So, [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong suggested a meme for this week, titled Grab Your Character of Color and Pimp Liek Whoa.

Rules: Just grab the Character of Color/Colour of your choice, and then pimp like whoa. Dedicate a post to telling everyone why this character is hot/cool/angstful/interesting/awesome and should be getting more fannish love.

Feel free to use any means at your disposal: picspam, essays, fics recs, vid clips, interpretive dance - whatever works for you.

We can always use more celebration of the diversity of characters out there, and it's hard to go wrong with squee.


So, to no one's surprise (though I'm considering chatting about some other CoC at some point this week) I'm going to talk about Teal'c.

In an effort to avoid telling, not showing, how OMG Not!Racist I am, I'm going to talk about fanfiction and Teal'c. I am going to celebrate our beautiful man, and I will count it a win if you find yourself thinking about something... Teal'c-y, and thinky, and perhaps writing a story about him (I shall enable with links at the end.)

To begin with, I've updated my Masterlist of Teal'c Recs. It's substantial anymore, and not just because I'll include any story on there that includes Teal'c in a notable role, even in a team fic, even if the POV is another character's. It's valid, I think, though I absolutely do not feel the need to do that with the other teammates.

So, I have meta'd on Teal'c before, and you can find that here: On Teal'c, backstory, my stories, freedom, owning choices, poetry, hobbies, voice and the all encompassing question: why is Teal'c underloved by fandom?

So, why write Teal'c? Why even pay much attention to him? )

Then, there's the finale (which will, I feel a little silly noting, have spoilers for the finale) )

which we leverage into talking about stages of grief )

But that's just Teal'c )

I seem to be out of steam for the moment, but I am tempted to post a sort of tongue-in-cheek Know Your Jaffa Voice! translation post, but that will wait for another day.

If you are even mildly interested in considering some prompts, I suggest you check out [livejournal.com profile] choc_fic, which has oodles of prompts going right now, and various deadlines for them in September. The idea there is that there will be fic and art posted throughout the month, all celebrating characters of color on every single day. There's been an extra-special extension of the deadline to allow for IBARW, so limited time, etc.

There's also anna's probably just a little tacky post-kerfluffle multifandom inter-racial ficathon or rydra_wong's supplimental Emergency "Brother From Another Planet" Fic Challenge (because Anna's interracial pairings are limited to same-species, and some of us have a little too much love for Cameron/Teal'c.)

Folk are also encouraged to postpostPOST for IBARW, and I think a Teal'c story would be an excellent kind of thing to post. (Shut UP, voices!)
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Characters of Diversity, Fanfic, Mine meme. As seen in [livejournal.com profile] hossgal's and [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm's LJ. Three makes it a meme, right?

Methods and Materials

Fics considered: all posted fics in this LJ, including snippets.

Measurements: Using pov character(s) or main character of focus, count stories with one or multi povs, and classify the race, gender, and other attributes of the pov character.

Considerations/definitions:

Jack is an older male in any fic set after S8.

Non-white is Black, Hispanic, Asian, Arab, American Indian, Hawaiian, African, Space Aliens played by an actor of one of these classifications and just about anything not European. Does not include Jews, Gypsies, Irish, Catholics, Welsh, Slavs, Texans, Blue-Eyed People or other people Just Not Brown Enough.

Old is a character who looks, acts, or is treated as though they are past their prime. Teal'c is not old.

Gay or bi is canonically gay or bi; subtext is irrelevant for the purposes of this census.

Other notes at the end. Author is not a math geek, Scully, and so must point out that these categories are not mutually exclusive.

Census

Total Stories: 24 (wow, when did that happen?)
Total Stories of over 500 words: 24 (yup, that would be all of them.)

Stories with only 1 POV: 22
Stories with multiple POVs: 2
Stories with only 1 pov, Minor Character: 1
Stories with only 1 pov, Original Character: 1

Stories with White Male POV only: 12 (default to Daniel or Cameron)
Stories with White Female POV only: 7 (Sam and Janet and Kate and Vala)
Stories with Non-White Female POV only: 0 (Wow. Again. Since I've written in Atlantis, I'm not going to try to excuse this.)
Stories with Non-White Male POV only: 5 (Teal'c and Bra'tac)

Stories with Old People POV only: 1 (Jack; Bra'tac was a young man in his story.)
Stories with Canon or OC Gay/Bi Character POV only: There are no canon bi or gay characters in Stargate, and I've only written in Stargate.

Stories with Multiple povs, more than one gender: 0
Stories with Multiple povs, including non-white characters: 0

Stories with Mix-Race Relationships, where relationships are distinctly romantic: 7
Stories with Non-White, Old, or Gay/Bi Characters in speaking roles: 13

Authors Notes:none.

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