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Int’l Blog Against Racism Week 3 is This Week!

By way of [info]oyceter:

For 2008, IBARW will take place between August 4 through August 10.

If you would like to participate, here’s what to do:

1. Announce the week in your blog.

2. If you use a blogging system that allows post icons/pictures, switch your default icon to either an official IBARW icon, or one which you feel is appropriate. To get an official IBARW icon, you may modify one of yours yourself or ask someone to do so. Here’s a round up of IBARW icons.

3. Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is intersectionality.

more at IBARW3 livejournal post here 

I don’t know what I’m writing yet but there will be something for IBARW3 going up this week.

Writing Day & Weird Tales Flash Fiction Writing Contest

So I have a bunch of things to work on so I’m making today a Writing Day.

Before I go off to be creative though I want to link to the Flash Fiction Contest Weird Tales is running. The top three entries will be published  online at WeirdTalesMagazine.com. The entry has to be under 500 words and based on a piece of spam you’ve received. If you haven’t been getting spam/have thrown all yours away there is a link to a page with Spam headlines in the post itself. Work fast though because entries are due by Aug.4.

Links – Female, Muslim & Mutant, Olympic Rumors, WoC & Beauty Carnival, Publishers Contract Issues – Deja Vu & Why Say No?

Links for today!

*Broken Mystic explores the position of Muslim Women in comics comparing the American-created Dust and super-heroines created by Muslims such as Noora, Hadya, Jalila and Aya in two parts – Female, Muslim and Mutant (Part 1, Part 2) . All characters are deconstructed and its a very interesting exploration of the true existence of Muslim women and the biased Western views of the lives of Muslim women. Also the comic he talks about “The 99″ sounds pretty awesome I’m picking up the English translations as soon as payday swings around.  

*Racialicious talks about black athletes being banned from bars in Beijing during the Olympics and the xenophobia and racism that’s been directed at Chinese since these unsubstantiated rumors popped up. It all exploded at Perez Hilton’s blog and the comments are really quite horrifyingly racist and soul-killing – Perez Hilton Hates Yellow People.

*A new carnival is looking for submissions. The Women of Color and Beauty Carnival looks to explore:

This Carnival is intended to focus on beauty and what it means to and about women of color. In particular, I would like to see discussion go beyond a focus on the ways in which women of color can internalize self hatred to the ways in which women and communities of color recognize and celebrate beauty.

Submissions from women and men of color are welcome, focusing on these areas:

What does beauty mean to women of color?

What is the difference between beauty and ethnically based sexual stereotyping? How does stereotyping and white supremacy affect our concepts of beauty, and how can we create change? What kind of responsibility do white women who identify as allies have to analyze and take ownership of their privilege in this area?

How do popular standards of beauty based on generalized whiteness affect our relationships with ourselves, each other, and between different groups of people of color?

The deadline for submissions is August 5 so hop to it, I’m gonna try to come up with something myself for this soon.

*If you’re even marginally involved with the publishing world in any capacity then you probably remember last year when Simon & Schuster and the Authors Guild went head-to-head over a change made in their contracts. If you didn’t hear about it or want a quick refresher go here. Pub Rants is a great blog by Agent Kristin who blogs about new writer mistakes, query letters, contract negotiation and more. This morning she brings us news that though S&S’s bid to change the contract failed here in the States the Random House Group is now trying something similar in the U.K

*Liz Henry over at Feminist SF – The Blog! asks:

Why are characters in SF so reluctant to Undergo The Great Change or quaff the vial of super-spice or be part computer or become immortal or have my DNA reengineered to be part-alien and merge with the giant group nanoconsciousness?

Then asks readers what they would do if offered that kind of choice. Head over and join the discussion. I’ll go into more detail in my reply over there but the simple answer is I would not hesitate to “quaff the vial of super-spice” at all.

Call For Submissions Feminist Fans of F/SF Carnival!

The 21st Carnival will be launched May 1st and since the last one was way back in Feb. they are accepting submissions reaching all the way back to February 7th. More details here! The theme this time is “Who Do You Love?”

Anything you’ve read or written that has a feminist slant on something F/SF? Submit it, really. I know you’re thinking “well they have much better things lined up….” and blah blah blah but when I did the 13th one I got maybe 3 submissions and had to go trolling for all the rest. I don’t regret it at all and in fact am thinking of volunteering to do the next one but it’s easier if emore people submit. Let the person running the carnival decide if it fits with the Carnival. Just submit.

Carnival of Allies Call For Submissions… & Free Fiction

The Angry Black Woman is putting together a new blog carnival for allies, it’s about allies educating each other. Yesterday I told you about all the white supremacists that rolled over there to call her the N-word repeatedly after her post Thank You White People, well after thinking on it she came up with the idea for this carnival.  Head on over read her post and think of something you could write for it, doesn’t have to be long and profound but just something you want to say to other people who you share a commonality with about some prejudice you see them displaying. Due by May 5th, also she includes a small primer in the post for those unfamiliar with the idea of blog carnivals.

Gwyneth Jones, a Sci-Fi writer I must admit I haven’t read before (but I seem to remember being recommended to me a few times) is offering some of her short fiction free on her site. I’ll be heading over there and reading some of her stuff soon but I’ve been busy this week and didn’t want to wait until I got around to it before I posted about. Go! Enjoy! and tell me all about it.

In terms of this blog some might noticed that I’ve added another page at the top called Posts Elsewhere that has a list of the posts I’ve done over at various blogs. I’m not much for cross-posting so I figured this was a nice middle ground of keeping them somewhere on the blog but not actually reposting them.

Writing

So I’ve been doing a lot of link blogging (of course with my opinions thrown in because that’s the kind of person I am) lately so I figured it was time to update a little bit on me. I’m still waiting to hear back from my first choice Grad School but they said decisions would be made and letters mailed out this week so I should be hearing pretty soon. As for writing, I have successfully suppressed my ludditism an am actually doing pretty good. While I haven’t been working on my Novel-of-Doom as much as I’d like I have been writing a good 1000 words a day of a short story. I’m also showing the short story that got me into Clarion West to my writing group, once I have their notes I’m going to go through it once more and then start submitting it.

But the story I’m currently working on is a futuristic totalitarian society where for the most part people of color, women, queer folks and just outsiders in general have been hunted and driven underground. I started it after seeing this Call for Submissions for a Queer Utopia Anthology and I can hear you saying “But that doesn’t sound like any kind of utopia to me.” Yeah well, you’ll just have to hope it gets accepted so you can see how I tie it all together. And of course for me it’s important that this not become a simply Queer vs. Hetero thing because the issues of identity, assimilation, rebellion and oppression are not so simplistic and easily defined.

Anyway I’d say I’m about half-way through my first draft of it @ 3000 words and still kind of liking it. We’ll see how it goes from here. Hopefully be done by mid-next week.

Currently Reading:
Gynecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Isis Rising by Jean Stewart

On Deck for Reading:
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Paper Knives by Yoon Ha Lee

Call for Submissions: People of Color in Sci-Fi Carnival #9

via skywardprodigal @ deadbrowalking:

The People of Color in SF Carnival #9: “What I heard about you, and what that meant for me.”

The theme, “What I heard about you, and what that meant for me” further addresses the theme of intra-poc/nonwhites relations as touched upon in the PoC in SF Carnival #8. This carnival focuses on the relationships poc and nonwhites have with characters and actors that are of color-nonwhite as well as aliens and magical creatures. The focus will be on science-fiction and fantasy, as well as speculative fiction and all the visual and media arts. Why the visual and other media arts? Because historically, even when the topic wasn’t aliens in outer space or magical-and-mysterious creatures, foreigners and strangers decided to call different foreigners and strangers that are poc and nonwhite, aliens. And mysterious. And sometimes magical.

As in the POC in SF Carnival #8, as the phrases People/Fen of Color are not universally used terms, especially by fans living in Africa, the Caribbean, Central, Latin and South America, Asia, Oceania, and any other place I’ve missed/that’s not in Canada or the United States, I encourage those who honor themselves according to their histories and cultures by defining themselves according to those realities to contribute.

Please post this notice far and wide if so inclined. And hosts are needed for subsequent Carnivals. Please volunteer!

Send your links to: skywardprodigal at gmail dot com

Deadline: April 27th
Host: skywardprodigal
Location: Soaring (aka skywardprodigal’s LiveJournal)
Questions: skywardprodigal at gmail dot com

New Website GeeksWithColor.com seeks Contributors.

I saw this on the livejournal group deadbrowalking which you all should join if you haven’t already. Anyway there’s new website GeeksWithColor.com looking for contributors. I’ve emailed the individual about it, because really it’s a necessary website. Her example of wanting to discuss Ultimate X-man and being confronted with stupidity/racism/ignorance/etc. is true to life and we need space to just not deal with it sometimes. Like I said in my previous post sometimes it’s about conversing without whiteness. So here’s the call:

Greetings fellow GOC (geeks of color)

I’m starting up a new website very soon. Geekswithcolor.com and the focus of this website will be YOU, yes YOU.

Haven’t you ever wanted to have a discussion about the latest issue of Ultimate X-Men, and not have some ass backwards white guy saying something stupid/racist/ignorant/idiotic/just plain dumb? It happens all the time and I’m sick of it. Hence, the website.

What I’m looking for are contributors. That’s where YOU come in. I’m going to have several categories, and if you feel you’re an expert in the field, or just want to make a poignant observation, then holler at me.

Categories include:

Movies

Music

TV Shows

Comic books/manga

Sci-fi

Food (nothing to do with being a geek, but who doesn’t love a nice greasy burger while watching Battlestar Galactica?)

Video Games

Wrestling

Other categories will be added later.

Interested? Email me: scolunga80@att.net

Thank you.