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    Urban fantasy rock(?) band wuxia

    So. One of my friends on Twitter and I had a conversation culminating in the following:   Smoke spreads out a bamboo mat on the ground in front of the abandoned bar and set her taiko on its stand. The drum was slightly more than half her height in diameter and hollowed out of solid wood but she manipulates it with ease, her breath smooth and easy, her expression serene. To the untutored eye, the Dragon would have been just another dilapidated building, rightfully condemned and left to decay. To her mage-sight, it blazes with golden light, a shimmering dome encasing the entire structure. She takes a step forward and…

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    Wedding weeping or angry wedding or?

    What’s interesting is that apparently some cultures in China had a tradition where the bride-to-be would spend the days before her marriage crying, sobbing out her sorrow at leaving her maiden home and howling out her anger at the matchmaker. Another tradition, much less practiced to be sure, involved the bride screaming imprecations at the groom and his family on the day of the wedding. Supposedly, this was so she could get all of her feels out of the way before she married into another family where presumably she would have much less freedom and would be at the very lowest rung on the social ladder. Even the unmarried daughters…

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  • Authoring

    My caterpillar eats mulberry leaves

    Hrm, where to start. Yeah, yeah, I know. Stop beating the dead horse, katje! But… but… Anyway, go read Gabrielle’s post and then come back. Or not, if you don’t need a second dose of the same kinda medicine. This whole thing is something I’ve struggled with, actually. The question of whether to try and agitate for more “mainstream” authors to write more diverse characters or to simply turn my back and solely seek out diverse characters who haven’t been discovered yet. Of course, one can ask why choose? Can’t you do both? Well, only so many spoons in a body in a day, really and right now my spoon…

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    On general musings re: Asian(?) characters

    I was browsing through Nice Dragons Finish Last and I was tempted to get it and finish reading because it really is very well-done and interesting and fun… but in the end I decided not to because I had a small (unreasonable, really) quibble that kept me from really getting into it: the idea that dragons are almost all power hungry, ruthlessly ambitious types who aren’t by nature kind or giving. I admit, it’s unreasonable. But I’ve been feeling a bit bruised lately and so I’m choosing not to engage in a situation where I get more battered. Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews did a bit of poking. Before I…

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