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Works in the book trade (edits adult & YA speculative fiction @erewhonbooks). @Stanford 🎓, New Yorker, Earth citizen. All views my own. (she/her)
Jun 20, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
To all the authors promoting their newly-published books amid this humanitarian crisis:

1. It’s your job. Don’t apologize for making a living.

2. We all need to take breaks from the news and the struggle, for our mental health. Thank you for giving us a breather.
[1/?] 3. Words are important. See how Dear Leader is rebranding “internment camps” and “child abuse” as “tender age shelters?” You have a platform now. Use your words.

4. *If you can,* send a bit of your advance check to an org fighting family separation?…
May 14, 2018 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
On Mother’s Day & every day, let’s kill off fewer moms in science fiction & fantasy.

Yes, it’s easier for a protagonist to have adventures w/o her—or to go on quests to avenge her. What living mom would let her kid endanger their life like that?

But isn’t killing her a cop-out? Let’s stop using women’s pain and women’s deaths as catalysts for (often male) heroes’ stories.

Let’s stop treating women as motivators of protagonists’ growth, as obstacles in their journeys, as objects to be won or rescued—or, as with many dead mothers, as simply irrelevant.
Apr 20, 2018 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
All this chatter about a vampire (and werewolf) comeback. I have thoughts...

I like my supernatural, human-but-not characters. But I’d love some new takes—not the resurrecting of classics that worked the last time around. Let’s see new perspectives get a bite at that apple. I’m still over super pale, sometimes-sparkly, woe-is-me vampires in high school. Really—I was once a teenage girl who lamented the lack of maturity in the majority of my male peers. I *get* why it might be nice to be noticed by the hundred-year-old vampire boy in your math class.