Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Word List: Tornadoes and Summer Storms

I like words a little too much, and I often notice how people talk about different experiences, situations and events. I also like to make lists, so I figured that I might as well share some of my lists.
For descriptions! For vocabulary! For word nerdiness! Onward!

Oh, and the picture above shows my grandmother's old car that was damaged by last year's derecho, and not a tornado. But anyway... this list is a short examination of a variety of words that can be used to describe storms. I heard some of these words while listening to the news, and then decided to add some more.
You can add more in the comments as well.

Also, here's the Weather Channel's Weather Glossary.

Word List: Tornadoes and Summer Storms


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

HAHAT Winner!

Hi, everyone. My Hop Against Homophobia giveaway winner is Xakara!

So, she'll receive the $10 Musa Publishing gift certificate. I'll send her an e-mail today.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by my blog and thanks to everyone involved with HAHAT.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Identity

Yeah, I know I'm running a little late to this blog hop, but I've been looking at pretty pictures today. (You can follow me on Pinterest if you feel so inclined). Anyway, welcome to my spot on the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I've decided to talk about identity. (Also, there's a giveaway at the end of this post, so pay attention)

People spend a lot of time involved in their identity--Finding it, affirming it, living it, etc. -- in the situation of GLBT people, identity can be a more complicated issue because sometimes identity must be fought for and defended. Society scrutinizes people based on an arbitrary set of rules that it has established as normative. Marriage equality and equal rights movements mark that GLBT people are making progress on being incorporated as whole members of society--which is great obviously. I've actually been surprised at how quickly some states (none of the states I've lived in, though) and countries are moving towards this realization and affirmation that GLBT people are part of society. It's not "just a phase," "a choice" or something done "for attention."

So, in this "society" context it's easy to understand wanting marriage equality, adoption rights, and various other protections (like not losing your job or housing due to your sexuality or gender identity, the list goes on and on...)--I'm not going to discuss these things in detail, but felt that I needed to acknowledge them because I'm not writing in a vacuum.

Identity can be complicated in general, but trans* identities can be more complicated. This is even more so if you're trying to place your own views and expectations upon trans* individuals. Going back to the normative society thing, it is easier to understand transgender people who want to make the complete physical switch between genders and appear on the binary. Trans women who look and dress in a feminine manner, have surgeries and hormones, and are attracted to men. Trans men who look and dress in a masculine manner, go through surgeries and hormones, and are attracted to women. It's not that simple, though. And you cannot ascribe your expectations onto others.

Even cisgender people, those whose self-perception of their gender matches the sex they were assigned at birth, don't have identity pre-sets and GLBT people should not be expected to either. It leads to pain all around. Saying that someone isn't "man enough" or "woman enough" is fucked up. Do we really need to get into a long philosophical discussion about what it is to be a man or woman? (I've had to do that in a college class once and it was annoying, but enlightening--too involved for this blog, though) We can decide what characteristics we think identify and affirm our own gender, but will everyone express their gender as we do our own? No. It's ridiculous. Identity is not a "one size fits all" kind of thing.

Some people don't operate on the binary at all. They might identify as Trans*, non-binary, genderfluid, bi-gender, two spirit, etc. How these individuals express this identity is up to them. Not you.

Here is a link with some general information on being a good Trans* ally.

And now for the giveaway portion of this post--I will be giving away a $10 Musa gift certificate so that one lucky winner can buy some books from our Erato and Pan imprints. (I suppose you're not obligated to buy from only these imprints, but this is a GBLT-themed blog hop so there you go.)

To be considered for the drawing just reply to this post and leave me your e-mail address so I can contact you. Entries close at 11:59pm EST on May 27th. I'll announce the winner on my blog on the 28th and will contact you directly that day. I will be using a random number generator to choose a winner.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the other stops--

Friday, May 10, 2013

Gender, Roadside Signs And Randomness

Well, I've missed a few posts due to having to go back to Ohio on short notice last week. I've been sick this week--flu-like fun. And I'll be heading back to Ohio to attend my great uncle's funeral at the beginning of next week.
Other than that, I do have some random things to share with you today...

There's been some debate about gender and book covers happening in many places this week...It was all kicked off by Maureen Johnson on Twitter, and has resulted in Coverflip: Maureen Johnson Calls for an end to Gendered Book Covers with an Amazing Challenge (Images), and this The Most Incongruous Book Covers of All Time--those are especially odd to look at.

And today I watched this video about Gender in Advertising-- I love the reversed gender roles portion at the end, especially the Marlboro woman...

And to round out our gender extravaganza I'm including Paul Richmond's Cheesecake Boys and I'll throw in The Hawkeye Initiative for good measure.

Unrelated to gender, but related to book covers--
Good Show Sir--the worst in Science Fiction/Fantasy book covers

Here are a couple roadsigns I've been meaning to share. These are actually to the south of where I live. I really didn't notice the elephant when I took this picture because everything was grey and it just blended into the surroundings. Yeah, really. I'm not sure if We Got Stuff is still in use....

...but this hotel is not. You could buy it though, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a great business venture because there's not much of anything out that way. I really like that the sign advertises the presence of color TV's and phones in the rooms. Then there's the bright yellow roof which is probably the only reason I noticed it.

There's also a place with some signs advertising a hotel further up the road, but the hotel sign and an empty lot are all that remain once you arrive.

And this last picture is in honor of my birthday weekend. I'm turning 30 on May 12th and don't have anything much planned to celebrate it. I thought this picture was pretty absurd...
What I want for my birthday is for whatever viral illness I have to go away, and to find the presser foot screw for my sewing machine.The presser foot screw has earned the distinction of being the most annoying item that I've ever lost...And I've actually been to JoAnn Fabrics since it went missing, but it's so insignificant that I can't remember that I need to buy another....ugh

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Links and Deadlines--May 7th

Deadlines First--

Dark Bits--Horror flash fiction up to 500 words
Deadline--May 15th

Prospective: A Journal of Speculation--Theme: “After the Fall, Angels are Kind of Dicks”
Deadline--May 15th

Horror Without Victims
Deadline--May 30th

Litreactor's  May Flash Fiction Smackdown--25 words, 2 sentences, use the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as inspiration.
Deadline--May 30th

Gettysburg Review
Deadline--May 31st

Grain Magazine
Deadline--May 31st

Shock Totem
Deadline--May 31st

Dark Discoveries
Deadline--June 1st

World Weaver Press: Specter Spectacular II
Deadline--June 15th

Strange Critters: Unusual Creatures of Appalachia 
Deadline--June 30th

Deadline--June 30th

Crossed Genres: Fierce Family--
Deadline extended to June 30th

THEM: A Trans* Lit Journal--Writers must identify as Trans*
Deadline--July 15th

Dark Continents: The Sea
Deadline--June 1st to July 31st

Long Distance Drunks: A Tribute to Charles Bukowski.
Deadline--December 31st 

Crossed Genres Magazine
Different deadlines and themes

Links of Interest--

Food Timeline-- So much information useful for Historic Fiction

The Modernist Journals Project--Issues and art from the Modernist era

Litreactor: Stocking Stuffers: Thirteen Writing Tips from Chuck Palahniuk

Litreactor: Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using