How to suppress women’s writing in the age of social media

cassandraclare:

Inspired of course by  by Joanna Russ. And not set off by anything in particular, just an aggregate of comments and a good friend being treated terribly for posting some of her fiction for free online.

She tweets and tumblrs so she must not be working.
She never tweets and tumblrs so she must she think she is too good for her fans.
Her books don’t sell so she must be a failure.
Her books do sell so she must write for the money.
She writes too much of one series. A good writer would write books set in lots of different universes. 
She should write more of the same series because that is what I like. Hope she doesn’t think I will buy her new stuff.
She talks about and answers questions about her books, why won’t she leave her fandom alone? Why is she trying to impose her views on them?
She doesn’t answer questions from her fans or listen to what they say. She must not care about them.
She sells her work for money so she must just want money.
She posted her work for free so it doesn’t really belong to her.
I like her main female character so she must be a Mary Sue that the author based on herself.
I hate her main female character so she needs to learn how to write women.
I wrote her a nasty message and she didn’t answer so she is a coward.
I wrote her a nasty message and she did answer so she is a bully.
She contradicted me when I accused her of something so I know she did it, otherwise she wouldn’t be so defensive.
She didn’t contradict me when I accused her of something so I know she did it, otherwise she would have defended herself.
She wrote it but she tried too hard to be literary so I couldn’t get into it.
She wrote it and I really enjoyed it but because of the subject matter I know it’s trash, really.

This is so, so, so true. Unconscious bias bubbles up over and over, poisoning discourse. It’s enraging and it’s also really boring after a while. 

joneslibteens:

Packed house! Thanks everyone for coming to see hollyblack cassandraclare AND special guest, illustrator Scott M. Fischer, hosted by Jones Library and odysseybookshop!

Thank you INDEED! And thank you, Scott, for coming out and being amazing.

yainterrobang:

BARRY LYGA’S BLOOD BOY TO SUPPORT HANY
Barry Lyga decided to do something pretty cool: every last cent of proceeds from his new novella Blood Boy will be donated to the Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY) and the Adam Lynch Award.

In Lyga’s I Hunt Killers series, character Howie suffers from hemophilia.

“When I first created Howie, I didn’t know much about hemophilia. In the five years I’ve been writing him, I’ve been fortunate enough to hear from people in the hemophilia community, who tell me how much Howie means to them,” said Lyga in a blog post.

HANY was founded in 1952 and focuses on promoting awareness and education for people with hemophilia and other blood clotting disorders. The Adam Lynch Award is a scholarship dedicated to the memory of Adam Lynch and gives money to college bound hemophiliacs interested in arts and media.

Blood Boy is currently available on Kindle, Nook and Kobo. For more, visit Barry Lyga’s website or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

YOU ALL KNOW THAT BLOOD OF MY BLOOD IS OUT NOW RIGHT?! RIGHT?

missmorgenstern:

Soooo, I just finished The Iron Trial … And I can’t quite believe … how it turned out …

I am so happy.

missmorgenstern:

Soooo, I just finished The Iron Trial … And I can’t quite believe … how it turned out …

I am so happy.

lucky13-452:

Glass Swamp and Thistlewitch by Larkspurk.jpg on deviantart.com

Beautiful.

lucky13-452:

Glass Swamp and Thistlewitch by Larkspurk.jpg on deviantart.com

Beautiful.

Scholastic has put together some Magisterium banners, icons, and backgrounds if you want to share your Iron Trial love.

the iron trial was probably the best thing that happened to me over the last few weeks thank you so much for this story, for these characters (special mention to callum which is definitely my babe), for the GODDAMM PLOT TWISTS, for the pony school, for havoc, for everything that made me smile (and ok sometimes cried), for jasper too because i came to love him as well. THANK YOU (AND CASSIE), it was such a perfect book. I already can't wait for the second one.

Thank you SO MUCH. Let me tell you that when a new book comes out, I chew on my fingernails and drink even more coffee than usual and pace my house hoping that people like the book. It’s a huge relief that you did like it!

walkingnorth-art:

I just finished The Iron Trial by hollyblack and cassandraclare and had to quickly sketch Tamara, she’s such a tiny, grumpy badass <3P.S. Does anyone want to talk to me about this book? I need to fangirl with someone, the ending was sooooo good.P.P.S. Does anyone else ship Callum/Aaron?

Hee hee.

walkingnorth-art:

I just finished The Iron Trial by hollyblack and cassandraclare and had to quickly sketch Tamara, she’s such a tiny, grumpy badass <3

P.S. Does anyone want to talk to me about this book? I need to fangirl with someone, the ending was sooooo good.

P.P.S. Does anyone else ship Callum/Aaron?

Hee hee.

scottryantracey:

This speaks to me. 

Is this real? 

scottryantracey:

This speaks to me. 

Is this real? 

WHY DID YOU PUT THE PLOT TWIST AT THE END OF THE BOOK I DID NOT EXPECT THAT

That’s exactly why we put it there. 

You just made my day. :D

COUNTDOWN COMPLETE: One day remains before The Iron Trial is out! In fact, mere hours remain! Here&#8217;s Cassie and I getting ready to road trip to New York for our launch event at Books of Wonder tomorrow!!

COUNTDOWN COMPLETE: One day remains before The Iron Trial is out! In fact, mere hours remain! Here’s Cassie and I getting ready to road trip to New York for our launch event at Books of Wonder tomorrow!!

Hey, I was just wondering if the Nottingham Playhouse appearance includes a signing afterwards? I'm really looking forward to being there!

There will indeed be a signing afterwards.

cassandraclare:

My favorite piece of Magisterium art, by Scott Fischer. Call stands before the Iron Gate. At the end of each year at the Magisterium, students must pass through a gate to prove their mastery of the elements. Call knows he shouldn’t cross this gate — but he wants to.

And Scott Fischer is going to be joining us at the Jones Library event in Amherst on Sunday!

cassandraclare:

My favorite piece of Magisterium art, by Scott Fischer. Call stands before the Iron Gate. At the end of each year at the Magisterium, students must pass through a gate to prove their mastery of the elements. Call knows he shouldn’t cross this gate — but he wants to.

And Scott Fischer is going to be joining us at the Jones Library event in Amherst on Sunday!

cassandraclare:

Me and my godsons celebrating TWO DAYS to the release of The Iron Trial! #magisterium
Hi Cassandra I would just like to say that you and Holly did a good job on “The Iron Trial” I got a reading copy from my mum because she owns a book store keep up the good work and I can’t wait for TDA. :) :D — datnephilimfan
Aw, best kind of review. :)

Two days to go! I believe Eli thinks the wait is delicious.

cassandraclare:

Me and my godsons celebrating TWO DAYS to the release of The Iron Trial! #magisterium

Hi Cassandra I would just like to say that you and Holly did a good job on “The Iron Trial” I got a reading copy from my mum because she owns a book store keep up the good work and I can’t wait for TDA. :) :D — datnephilimfan

Aw, best kind of review. :)

Two days to go! I believe Eli thinks the wait is delicious.

Hey Holly! Congratulations on your new book baby. I'm looking forward to reading it. Can you recommend any online resources for types of faeries? A faerie encyclopedia-type-thing?

Thank you!

In terms of online resources (and resources in general) for faerie folklore, here’s what I have on my site: http://blackholly.com/for-writers/research/