Imagine if you were incarcerated and weren’t able to get hold of books to read with which you could identify? That’s the lot of many LGBTQ+ prisoners in the USA.
This organisation helps send books into prisons. I just donated $10 so they can send two sets of books.
Fascinating piece on the “discovery” that the famous warrior found at Birka was female
The last week has been a fascinating and disturbing time for Viking mortuary archaeology in the public sphere.
On 8th September 2017, an international academic peer-review article was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropologyauthored by Hedenstierna-Jonson et al., reinterpreting a single skeleton (i.e. not multiple skeletons from the same grave) from a 10th-century chamber grave from the Viking Age trading settlement of Birka. It was discovered in the 19th-century excavations at Birka by Hjalmar Stolpe (in 1877). The Bj581 chamber grave contained a skeleton in a flexed position on its right side suggesting the person had originally been interred in a seated position. The body had been furnished with rich apparel with Eastern links, weapons, gaming pieces and two horses at the foot of the grave.
This grave’s occupant has been shown through multiple skeletal determinations to be a ‘female’, and the article proves this by presenting…
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Definitely worth a read on the pricing debate in the romance genre
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about ebook prices in the circles I move in online. The gist of these discussions tends to be one of two things:
- Readers complaining about ebooks being priced too high, and making statements like “I’d never spend X amount of dollars on a book that’s only Y pages!”
- Authors complaining that nobody will buy their book that’s priced at X dollars anymore, because there are too many books priced at 99c and they can’t compete with that.
Readers complaining about how authors/publishers price their books come across as entitled, because nobody is forcing them to buy that book. If you don’t feel a certain book is good value for money, then you can give it a miss and buy something else.
Amazon isn’t a magic money tree, sadly…
I’d like to point out that publishers or self-published authors don’t just pull a…
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One of my best author buddies has been writing about his experiences again, please read it.
We at Just Love are absolutely thrilled to present Trans Book Month throughout July, elevating the voices of trans authors, readers, and allies in discussing trans representation in books. Today we’re honored to have author Jay Northcote on the blog, talking about the importance of trans visibility in fiction.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Jay!
Trans Visibility in Fiction: How a Story Changed my Life
By Jay Northcote
Thanks for inviting me to post on your blog during Trans Book Month. I love that you’re celebrating trans representation in fiction, because I know first hand how important transgender visibility in fiction can be.
I’m a transgender man. I finally came out last year (age forty-five), after a long and painful process of sloughing off layers of denial. But if it wasn’t for reading the right story, I might never have realised who I really was.
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Some intelligent thoughts on the power of writing, telling stories and the capacity to fight back and resist being silenced.
A funny thing happened to me one year ago today. A random tweet throwing shade at the typical right-wing response to police brutality put me in touch with an editor for The Hill. Today is the anniversary of adding paid political commentator for a national platform to my other job titles of sci-fi author and stand-up comic. Many, many articles have followed, and I’ve added bylines in other venues such as The New York Times.
Which has given me a unique perspective on how to keep writing about spaceships and ray guns while Rome seemingly burns around us.
First of all, Don’t Panic. We are facing a crisis of a kind our nation has not seen since 1861 at the dawn of the Civil War, but no one person is doing all the work. If the Women’s March taught us anything, it’s that the resistance is massive, unprecedented, organized, and…
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Some thoughts on why the Blue Badge scheme is important and why people abusing it should be fined.
This is a disabled parking bay. There are four of them at my son’s school. They are close to the school entrance and they are wider than normal bays. Doesn’t it look inviting?
This is my son Benjamin’s blue badge. I had to apply for it, and pay for it. Many disabled people have to fight for it. It entitles me to park in the disabled bays at my son’s school (and anywhere else) when I have him with me and he will be getting out of the vehicle, or when I will be picking him up and putting him into the vehicle.
These are four of the cars that were parked in the disabled spaces at my son’s school today. None of them is displaying a blue badge.
Maybe their drivers aren’t aware that although this isn’t a public road the school still enforces the blue badge scheme? Maybe…
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