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August 12th, 2008

The Lovely and Talented [Aug. 12th, 2008|01:54 pm]
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There's an interesting conversation going on over at Gary Braunbeck's LiveJournal on a topic I've long been aware of but have never really put into words before:

[W]hy is it that when a magazine -- be it on-line or a print publication -- runs an interview with a female horror writer (or any female genre writer, I've noticed), the blurb is always something like: "...the lovely and talented," or "...the beautiful and talented," or something of that ilk? When was the last time you saw a magazine or web site say something like: "...our interview with the gorgeous and talented Brian Keene," or "The devastatingly handsome and talented Tom Monetelone"?

Am I the only one who finds it insulting to said female horror writers that they are almost always characterized by their physical looks before their writing talent? And why aren't more female horror writers pissed off by this?

As it turns out, I had more than two cents to throw in on this topic. You might too.
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Good News [Aug. 12th, 2008|10:42 pm]
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My friend twisterella got engaged this weekend! Hooray for her and F.! They've been dating for several years now, and though we all suspected it was coming eventually, these things always seem like a pleasant surprise when they finally happen, don't they?

I seem to have reached that age where all my friends are either getting married or having babies. I think I'm one of the few left in my circle of friends who is unmarried. Of course, I've already been there, done that and thrown out the t-shirt, but still, it's an interesting position to be in, watching my friends go through these stages of life. Almost like an anthropological study!
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