July 9th, 2017
thawrecka: (Angel)
posted by [personal profile] thawrecka at 05:56pm on 09/07/2017 under
• I've been reading Raven Stratagem for a few weeks (no spoilers, I'm only halfway through) and having a strange sensation: that if I didn't already know that Lee was influenced by some of the same storytellers as me (i.e. Joss Whedon) I would be able to tell from this book. It's not the first time I've had a similar sensation with books or movies recently - I think part of why I reacted so strongly to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is because I could tell how much of it came from the same primordial soup as the stuff I write. I'm already tuned to that frequency. I'm only going to feel this more and more as more people of around my age are creating more of the stuff, obviously.

Anyway, I was at dinner with a friend who loved this book and Ninefox Gambit last night, but who has grown to hate Whedon, and told her that thought -and then she thought for a moment and said I had ruined Mikodez for her, hahaha. But obviously not influenced by the parts of Angel that we've grown sour on, at least.

• I have my quibbles with it occasionally but the Romance Writers of Australia is such a great writing organisation, I often wish there were a similar organisation for Aussie sf/f writers. I know there's the Australian Horror Writers Association if you write that genre, but that is not the kind of speculative fiction I'm trying to write. And I know a lot of established Aussie writers join SFWA but part of what appeals about RWAus is that (a) it's explicitly an Australian organisation and (b) it's involved in helping authors at all stages of their careers. Which is nice, and one day I'm totally going to write that paranormal romance manuscript I fantasise about, but an Australia sf/f writers organisation would also be super duper awesome.

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