Tuesday, November 30 2021

Quote of the Day

You keep asking why your work is not enough, and I don’t know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don’t need to justify that, or earn it. You are allowed to just live.

― Becky Chambers, A Psalm for the Wild-Built

The end of NaNoWriMo

And I got less blog posts done than any time since I started this blog. Is that kind of funny?

Somehow all of November seemed to be time spent planning for the Christmas holiday season. I’m pretty exhausted from all the prep, honestly, but we are closing in on the end. Some ornaments to buy, cards, last gifts ordered, last travel plans to settle. Maybe by the end of the week I’ll be lucky enough to have everything but the cards filled out.

But while I wasn’t scheming, more novel prep work happened. Huge swaths of worldbuilding was done, and the plot seems pretty general right now but what I have was enough to figure out the genre. Now I need to work on more plot specifics, adding in genre scenes and conventions as I go.

I stopped working on it entirely the week before Thanksgiving, as there was too much real life stuff to do amidst some weird health issues (that turned out to be me getting better and my body rejecting the drugs and supplements I’ve been using to limp through life for the past couple years).

It’s time to start working on it again, and it feels weird getting back into it. It’s starting to feel a little scary real, and I’m finding it hard to sit down and focus. Even working step by step like I am, I still feel like I’m not smart enough to pull off what I want this story to be.

Oh well! Too bad for me. Time to work anyway.


But the links

I’ve had so many links build up in the intervening weeks, most I haven’t had time to read. So here there are in no particular order to get them out of my personal space:

Revisiting Lewis & Clark’s epic journey through an Indigenous lens

America Needs a New Scientific Revolution

Embrace Complexity Through Behavioral Planning

Of hawks and hope: In a climate collapse, a wildlife biologist turns from sadness to action.

The Thick Of It with Jo Gale: Existing in Shades of Grey

‘We Are Here’: Debates Over Teaching History Exclude Native People, Rhode Island Indigenous Parents Say

How The U.S. Legal System Ignores Tribal Law: Q&A With Elizabeth Reese

Artist Hand-Carves Miniature ‘Game of Thrones’ Sculptures on the Tips of Pencils

An Indigenous chef is putting her heritage on the menu with landmark restaurant

The Confident Creative Club

From Amazon to Zoom: What Happens in an Internet Minute In 2021?


Everything about this tweet

Monday, November 8 2021

Quote of the Day

To assert by his talent, the rights of any citizen in any society: the right to work, to be maintained while working, and to share the product with all who wanted it. The rights of an Odonian and of a human being.

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Where did I go

All last week I physically felt worse and worse and worse until on Friday I finally figured out I might be having a reaction to a medication I’ve been on since spring.

Turns out, I was right. It’s kind of a good thing; I was reacting to it because I don’t need it any more. My body has resumed making enough of what the medication is because I’m eating in a way that supports it. Hey! What a great concept.

So I am feeling infinitely better and am ready to jump back in.


What am I doing

That’s what I was asking myself for all of this morning. I sat down to work after a week of being all over the place and was more than a little lost.

So after lunch I sat down determinedly and put together a process flow for myself using Notion. Now every morning I will sit down to a daily checklist that will lead me through setting up my work for the day and track it effectively so I don’t forget where I am or what I am supposed to do next. It worked extra great and I’m actually pretty happy with what I managed to get done in the 2.5 hours I had left of the day.

I know creatively is supposed to be spontaneous and all, but if I don’t have any idea what I am supposed to be spontaneous about, it doesn’t go well at all.

As it turns out, I’ve figured a huge chunk of my worldbuilding, which is literally the first time in my writing life I’ve been able to say that. As a recovering pantser, this sort of thing has never happened. I’m really loving how figuring this out is putting up a lot of guiderails as to what this story can even be about. I don’t have to try to narrow down my plot from all the possibilities in the universe; only the plausible ones that could happen in the world I’ve built.

Which means, after a few housekeeping tasks of getting the physical information into digital reference notes, I get to move on to plotting.

My worldbuilding took about a month. That’s way too long for a short story, but I’ve decided to make it up to myself by committing to write a number of stories in this place, because it’s already super interesting to explore and I bet I can think of lots of characters to write about in it.


Some interesting links

I’m not doing a bunch of research these days outside what I need for my story (and my continued health). So here’s some interesting links I stumbled over, with little commentary:

Beyond Dark Academia: The Real Horror in Magic School Is Systemic Inequality I doubt I’m going to enjoy reading this, but I’m sure I should

The Ones Who Can’t Walk Away: Another Perspective on Omelas I have enough problems with this story, I can’t wait to get other perspectives on it

What Bhutan got right about happiness – and what other countries can learn This can’t be bad

9 cities that could be underwater by 2030 It’s getting grim

AI Generates Hypotheses Human Scientists Have Not Thought Of Well, yeah, that’s why I want to use it in my story!

Thursday, September 23 2021

Quote of the Day

There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.

Ruth Ahmed

Starting again

I’m re-reading Rachel and Trent and I can’t stop. They are so good, I get lost in them. I’ve spent hours over the last few days just sinking into the Hallows. 

Why don’t I sink into thoughts about my own book?

Do I want to write something more like the books that I love to live in? Sure I have this grand idea for a very dramatic, weighty novel, but how do I want to tell it? I could tell it more like Kim Harrison and less like Kim Stanley Robinson. 

This is why I need to write the short stories. Not just to get better–though I need that too–but to try on some writing styles, play in some genres. See if I want to build a world that persists over many stories. See what themes I like best. See if I want romance or adventure or moral subplots. 

Yesterday I watched a Neil Gaiman lecture where he said that he wanted to write a book when he was young that he knew he wasn’t ready for. It took 20 years for him to be ready, but eventually he was. And he worked on it, little by little, over the years, visiting graveyards and thinking about it. 

I think this novel I have in mind isn’t a project. It’s an adventure. It’s a magnum opus, a work of a lifetime, put together piece by piece. Maybe it’ll be done sooner than 20 years from now, but I don’t think time matters with this one. Experience matters. Exploring matters. Craft and growing matters. It’s so big. What I want the final work to accomplish, to encompass, to address is so vast. It can’t happen in the small space of just my head. It’s much bigger than that.

It’s time to explore.


The newest blue

I stumbled over the video on YouTube, and it ended up being super interesting.

Testing The First Blue Pigment In Over 200 years…

The development and trial of YinMn blue.


Suck it billionaires

NASA is so much smarter and better than you.

Solar Electric Propulsion Makes NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Go


Loving this

Even if it is too little too late.

UArizona Launches Center to Advance Resilience of Native Nations, Address Environmental Challenges

The Indigenous Resilience Center is University of Arizona’s commitment to giving back to local tribes who have stewarded this land for millennia and who have endured and sacrificed so much. It is critical that Native nations drive the research questions based on their priorities and long-standing local knowledge, and that the approaches involve decolonized and indigenized approaches with Indigenous scientists actively leading these efforts. Furthermore, the resilience partnerships will aim to involve students who want to give back to their communities through community-based projects that are action oriented and solution driven.

It has occurred to me, while reading The Uninhabitable Earth, that it is very likely that the Narragansett’s tribal land will be underwater if things continue unabated…

Friday, September 17 2021

Quote of the Day

What a sad thing men are. Can’t do nothing good without being so weak we have to mess it up. Can’t build something up without tearing it down.

It ain’t the Spackle that drove us to the end.

It was ourselves.

Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

Will we stop? “Thinking like a planet” is so alien to the perspectives of modern life—so far from thinking like a neoliberal subject in a ruthless competitive system—that the phrase sounds at first lifted from kindergarten…This goes beyond thinking like a planet, because the planet will survive, however terribly we poison it; it is thinking like a people, one people, whose fate is shared by all.

David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth

Two quotes for today

Yesterday I finished reading & taking notes on The Uninhabitable Earth. This morning I finished Monsters of Men, the last book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series.

It’s been a journey, reading those two things together. One lays out the destruction we’ve caused out of greed, willful blindness, and the lie that we can control nature. It asks if we’ll stop, if we can change and mobilize, or if we’ll just keeping causing more and more suffering. The other lays out a story of the destruction we can cause out of a need for control and is asking if we can ever transcend that.

Now that I’ve finished them both, I realize I was kind of hoping for the YA series to tell me if there was any hope that we can change, that we can come up with an answer fast enough to keep the climate suffering to a minimum. A big ask, even for the dystopian YA novels that wrestle with these questions.

The answer seems to be that good people can do awful things in the name of love, and that there are some people with so much emptiness that can’t be filled that they will burn everything down just to see the flames. That we can’t ever be in short supply of forgiveness; that we need to know when to keep fighting and when to stop the cycle of violence.

And, apparently, to know when your leaders have gone batshit crazy and the only thing left to do is stop them from brutalizing hundreds or thousands or millions of people.

There is a part of The Uninhabitable Earth that talks about storytelling, and how we (at least we in the West) don’t have a storytelling model that even works in the name of collective action.

…the dilemmas and dramas of climate change are simply incompatible with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, especially in conventional novels, which tend to end with uplift and hope and to emphasize the journey of an individual conscience rather than the miasma of social fate.

Essentially, our stories center around 1 protagonist who has enough agency to change the world. Even in ensemble stories, that’s still a very small number of people working together with very outsize influence. How do we tell stories of a vision of the future where we come together globally to Do A Thing?

…I guess I know some of the things to start noodling on myself if I hope to write solarpunk and hopepunk.


Speaking of collaborative efforts

An article about the end of World War II, and the existential dreads that can’t be filled with consumerism.

The Incredible Shrinking Man Saw Beyond the Material Façade of Post-War Prosperity

For a country ravaged first by depression and then traumatized by war, they not only Built Back Better, they Built Back Awesome. Super-highways; suburbs; G.I. plans for returning soldiers to access college educations and buy those assembly-line, suburban abodes. Plus, a wealth of consumer goods: all-electric kitchens, TV Dinners, Frisbees for the kids and a backyard barbecue for Dad. The cornucopia of prosperity rained down upon the American citizen, and no one would ever be hungry, sad, or frightened, ever again.

Do I have to tell you that that was horseshit? No, of course I don’t.

Dan Persons

Why is food so hard

Everyone says coconut oil is such a great fat to eat. But is it, if you aren’t already healthy?

Does Coconut Oil Kill Probiotics?

I’m not sure this is 100% the full story, honestly. But I don’t think it’s helping me right now, so I shall put it aside for a bit.


Next steps

Now that I’ve finished The Uninhabitable Earth, I am going to move on to take N. K. Jemisin’s MasterClass on SFF Writing! There’s a section in it on worldbuilding that I am really excited to go through and glean some new strategies before I jump into worldbuilding for my Thanksgiving novel.

Monday, September 13 2021

Quote of the Day

It’s not that you should never love something so much it can control you.

It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.

Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

My brain feels stuffed

So much Deep Thought happened last week that I’m behind and have links all over my e-mail and tabs to save.

Also, I’ve decided to start working on some short stories as well as research for my novel, because the idea that no one’s going to see any work of mine for years and years and maybe a couple more years after that is just intolerable. I was getting very depressed about it. Then I saw one of those MasterClass ads–you know the ones, they are all over social media–and it led me to the trailer for Joyce Carol Oates’s class. And she said this magical thing:

…and we’re going to begin with shorter forms. Because short stories, short monologues, poetry, and things that you can finish and show other people–that’s very satisfying and necessary for a writer. What we all need is the satisfaction of this little uplift that we get psychologically from finishing something.

Joyce Carol Oates

Yes, Ms. Oates!! YES. THANK YOU. Sometimes I feel insane with the need to share my work. I guess that’s normal, actually. And I should do that.

And I’m going to buy a MasterClass subscription, because of her class, and N.K. Jemisin’s SFF Writing class, and Roxane Gay’s Writing for Social Change class, and even Neil Gaiman’s Art of Storytelling class, because even though I don’t love his life choices he is a great writer. And whatever else I can find on there that might be useful.

Anyway, here are the gazillion links, with less commentary than usual.

World’s biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland

Solar Punk Society

The Heat Is On: Stanford faculty are blazing paths in fire control and prevention to help us live in a changed climate.

The blog Ursula K. LeGuin started when she was 81

The Novel Solutions of Utopian Fiction

Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism

Time Travelers Should Be a Lot More Worried About Viruses

I’m rereading the HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH books about the writing of Lord of the Rings. They’re fascinating (for certain values of fascinating); what I’m going to do this time try to extract writing advice (thread)

A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change

The big myth of government deficits

Why William Gibson Is a Literary Genius

People are moving to this Midwest city for one particularly reason

Can Turning CO2 to Stone Help Save the Planet? | Out of Our Elements

Spectacular FLOATING HOME is Self-Built & Off-Grid

Seriously I haven’t had time to read / watch most of these but I really want to some day. Thank goodness for this little blog where they will stay safe until I have need of them.

Wednesday, September 8 2021

Quote of the Day

Men lie, and they lie to theirselves worst of all.

Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go


Still pandemic

The covid endgame: Is the pandemic over already? Or are there years to go?

The fact that this article is under the “Politics” section of the paper.

The words in the article are basically infuriating. Scientists working hard and coming to wildly different opinions about where we are and what the correct next steps are and when this will be “over.”

All I have to say is, all those scientists who are just fine with people getting Covid as long as it only kills an acceptable number: you have clearly never had a chronic disease! And also: “acceptable number” tends to fall too squarely on the most vulnerable for it to really be acceptable.


Frictions

I’ve been reading genre books that make me mad because I enjoy the story so much. The stories are objectively about hardship and pain brought on by the affliction of human nature–knowledge without wisdom–and that makes me so annoyed. I want more stories about how awesome humans can be. But I really enjoy reading these books. Is it really necessary to get to the end of the story with the main character(s) as bloodied and scarred as possible? What does that do to the grooves in our brains? Do we perpetuate violence by watching and reading and enjoying media that shows violence as the first tool in humanity’s toolbox? Do we make misery inevitable when we show it as the only way to grow?

I’ve also been plugging along at this book about climate change, and wow. Humanity is awful and we are ruled by our worst possible instincts, because how else are we letting this happen with no signs of putting it to an end any time soon? Maybe the stories about how eager we are to pummel each other are the true ones.

Let’s just say, I started out wanting to write a book about hope, and I’ve barely started and my hope well has already run just about dry.

Not sure what to do about that.

Monday, August 23 2021

Quote of the Day

You can make time for things that matter, or you can make time for more email.

Joe Pinsker, “The Best Time-Management Advice Is Depressing But Liberating“, The Atlantic

Big badda boom

I was talking with a friend’s parents over lunch this weekend, and they were interested in my novel. We got to talking about “ways to keep people inside,” and volcanoes were mentioned. That would be a very effective way of keeping people inside for a few weeks. I’ve added another research topic to the list.


There really is no such thing as an original thought

The Cognitive Dissonance of America: Writing Through the Terror of Trumpland

Brian Castleberry has come to the exact conclusions I have come to, and is using those conclusions to write a novel, just like I am.

These issues have only further formalized my understanding of what part fiction (the literary genre—not the sort of political fictions I’ve been talking about) can play in this struggle over reality and power. I’ve grown more aware of how people are predominantly shaped by narratives and often by misconceptions, and that we almost always act out of a sense that we’re doing the right thing, no matter how vile. Analyzing the fault lines between what a character thinks they’re doing and the real effect they’re having on others has become central to my process. I’ve come to see history as the missing piece in our culture: we’ve been marketed into a bubble of the present, with only little flashes of nostalgia standing in for history. I feel like fiction has a responsibility, wherever it can, to connect past and present—and to help readers see where progress or its lack have been papered over by political narratives.


I like easy

Hence, Sourdough Brownies.


Fascinating!

Democracy is sentimental: Reason and facts cannot be the basis of political debates and civic life. Love and laughter are the heart of the matter

This essay is almost too much for my brain in some parts–though that could be because my brain is going in a million directions today–but it’s got some amazing gems that I kind of feel define my views on life. Or I would like them to. I would definitely like to find out more, when I’m not about to dive into the middle of a huge project.

If I put a truth serum in your drink, then I have caused you to speak truthfully but I did not convince you to do so using rational persuasion. I circumvented your consent and thus failed to treat you as an agent. Threats of violence, propaganda and advertisements cause us to feel or think things as a way to change our behaviour without giving any reasons for doing so. Feminists used language in unexpected and idiosyncratic ways, and in doing so were able to change how people felt about certain behaviours, rather than convincing them to care through rational persuasion (on their terms). It was to treat their politics like poetry.

Audre Lorde has likewise praised the poetic form as a medium for communicating genuine political insights beyond the confines of public reason. For Lorde, poetry exists outside what can be explained, yet it can communicate genuine political and ethical truths. Poetry can be a valid source of knowledge about ourselves, others and the world, even though what one ‘learns’ from reading a poem might not be fully expressible via reason-based explanation.

According to Fichte, a human’s ‘vocation’ or purpose was not ‘merely to know, but to act’. He believed that self-consciousness or the self was necessarily embodied: its only reality is through action, rather than as an object of reflection or a collection of experiences. Since selves are fully embodied, they are propelled in part by their instinctual nature, or what he referred to as our ‘necessary’ feelings. Fichte thought that humans were driven by their natural feelings into a perpetual striving toward unity or perfection that they would never individually achieve but could ever further approximate as a species.

For Fichte, a self cannot transmit knowledge to another self, because all self-conscious beings must develop knowledge from their feelings. Knowledge was something one does when one develops one’s necessary feelings into publicly communicative insights; knowledge is the process rather than the result. Being in community with others causes us to have feelings and ideas that we then use to develop into knowledge, which means that humans must live alongside other humans in order to know anything.

Fichte understands human embodiment and finitude as a call to action. So long as we can feel and exist in a community with others, then we can learn and continue becoming better versions of ourselves. To think that we could find the truth that would cease our strivings and settle our worries is to deny the necessary limitations of human existence. Though we cannot know whether what we feel is ‘really’ true (because all we know must come from feelings), we contribute to the collective progression of humanity towards perfection through following where our feelings lead us.

It’s time to give up the idea that ‘truth’ is the almighty stop-gap for justification and the hope that reasons will win out if we just find the right ones. Politically transformative work should aim to cause feelings and experiences in one’s adversaries that invite further investigation and reflection. Science, the environment, racial justice – all of these things matter because we care about them. As Nietzsche once mused, the head is merely the intestine of the heart.

Perhaps, then, political disagreements should be approached more like a work of art than a ‘rational’ deliberation, where the success conditions have been set beforehand.

Elizabeth Cantalamessa

Research art

Kim Stanley Robinson: Remembering climate change…a message from the year 2071

This could be helpful for novel research.

Monday, August 16 2021

Quote of the Day

Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Money, n. A blessing that is of no advantage to us except when we part with it.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Did we need to study this?

Deep machine learning study finds that body shape is associated with income

The only thing I can conclude from this study is that the researchers were all tall, slim, and very attractive.


This is what we should be spending AI cycles on

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

Each of these models starts with data about current sources of greenhouse emissions. They include cars and buses, auto rickshaws, airplanes, power plants, home furnaces and rice paddies. The models also include assumptions about international trade, prices, and the costs of new technologies.

Then the scientists force their virtual worlds to change course, by introducing limits on greenhouse emissions. The models then try to satisfy that requirement in the most cost-effective way, as long as it’s technologically feasible and doesn’t run up against limits like the supply of land or other natural resources.

The good news is that the models found a way to meet that target, at least in scenarios where world governments were inclined to cooperate in meeting their Paris commitments. In fact, according to Keywan Riahi, at the International Institute for Applied Systems, in Austria, they found multiple paths to zero carbon.


Excited for this

‘Reservation Dogs’ Is a Slice-of-Life Triumph From Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi: TV Review

Native cast, directors, and writers, shot on a reservation. I’m excited to watch this!


Property values are all

How homeownership can bring out the worst in you

This is really gross. If I had a house, the light rail could go through my backyard. The shelter could be in the house over. People need care, not ROI.

And homeowners across the nation are finding themselves the villains in many stories: opposing a homeless shelter in DC, blocking Covid-19 testing centers in Connecticut and New Jersey, attempting to shut down a homeless shelter in New York, blocking a light rail train in Maryland, and delaying a 100 percent affordable housing project in the Bay Area.

Homeownership is supposed to mean security, opportunity, and a sense of investment in your community. But often, the pressure of tying your family’s financial security to one asset incentivizes homeowners to behave selfishly and antisocially, opposing important public works that could provide significant public benefits.


Only buy the cow chips

Check Out Our Ingredient List

I got cookies from this local chain, and noticed that I didn’t feel so great after eating them. So I looked up the ingredients. It looks like their original Cow Chip cookies, which are chocolate chip cookies, are made from excellent Real Food ingredients. But the other flavors….what the heck is going on there?? They barely qualify as food. Lesson learned.

Wednesday 11, August 2021

Quote of the Day

The cheap knick-knack in his hands now carried with it a sentiment of the present he would cherish, and a reminder of the past he would always loathe. Only the finest art could accomplish both those things at once.

Becky Chambers, The Galaxy and the Ground Within

Awesome

The ocean is about to flip a switch that could permanently disrupt life on Earth: study

If it shuts down, temperature will plummet in Europe while the number of storms increases; changing weather conditions will lead to food shortages in South America, India and Western Africa; and rising sea levels along the North American eastern seaboard will force millions to flee their homes. Considering that AMOC is already starting to decline, this is a serious threat that could radically alter our planet in a matter of mere decades.


But maybe this could help?

Finding our Zen helps us act in support of the common good

“The pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders offered this opportunity to look at how contemplative practices support the capacity to serve a collective well-being,” said Rich. In other words, could contemplative practices help increase compliance with quarantine guidelines meant to protect communities?

Tuesday, August 10 2021

Quote of the Day

They both court dysfunction like it is the cutest debutante at the ball.

Kaylen, friend of awesome

I looked it up twice

How the Climate Crisis Will Force A Massive American Migration

Therefore in the blog it shall be.


Quel surprise.

It’s Grim: The latest UN report is clear: Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels

I mean….yeah?

And it’s really bad. Also….yeah?

It’s exhausting how inactioning we are actioning about this.


Worldbuilding: A Primer

I’m attempting to build a cohesive set of ideas around worldbuilding, ideas that can then be distilled into questions that I can make a worksheet out of. While I understand that there are as many ways to approach stories as there are people, I’m finding it very helpful to stick to one approach while I better learn my storytelling craft of how all these elements fit together. I have worksheets and a solid set of interlinking ideas around plot and character, so now it’s time to work worldbuilding in there. Here are the references that seem to be speaking to me the most right now:

Lecture #6: Worldbuilding Part Two — Brandon Sanderson on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. I like this for Brandon’s realistic approach. I have no desire to think out every last piece of my worlds, and that’s why I find most worldbuilding worksheets useless. I want to focus on the pieces of the setting that help me tell my story. Figuring out the powers of every last god in a made-up religion or how clothes get made in my world is not going to be relevant for every single story.

Fonda Lee on Twitter: The most powerful tool in worldbuilding is POV. This is such excellent advice that I really want to be aware of when worldbuilding. Now to make it into questions that make me think about it.

From The Inside Out: Worldbuilding Through Extrapolation. This is also a method that starts small and doesn’t focus on figuring everything out–just what’s relevant to the story.

The Ultimate Guide To World­Building: How To Write Fantasy, Sci­Fi And Real­Life Worlds. I really like this one because it differentiates between building a world completely from scratch and an alternate reality world, where some real-world things inform your setting. I’m finding a lot of guides are for completely from scratch, and for the novel I’m working on now, that’s not what I’m doing.

N.K. Jemisin’s Worldbuilding 101. If I need to go further down the rabbit hole than the simpler approaches suggested by the other resources, this is the guide to do that without going completely overboard.

Teaching Talk, Models, Pyramids & C.S Lewis…. This is a blog post about teaching, but the last bit is about the model of the Cultural Iceberg by Edward T. Hall. It’s a completely brilliant way of breaking down the individual parts of how culture is expressed and a great resource for how to show all that worldbuilding. So much so that I’m popping the graphic in here.

For More Inclusive Writing, Look to How Writing Is Taught. I am SO EXCITED to read this book, as it bashes traditional workshops, which I loathe, and explains exactly why I loathe them. And suggests ways to do it better! And re-defines all the elements of story?! Seriously, I need this book.

I haven’t read it yet and already I want to try running a workshop based on Matthew Salesses’s recommendations. That should go in the Another Idea For Another Day pile.