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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Tew's Day 
5th-Apr-2005 07:57 am
Hearth
Medical
Taking pills now. Exhaustion, nausea. Nights have actually been worse than days; I've been having balance and voice regulation problems at night this week. Poor Adam. EDIT: Fuck. Just a bad meds day.

Writing
I took an Alanna detour, since it's her I've been seeing a lot lately - but Alanna as tragic figure, broken doll, not Alanna as psycho villian.

I actually have to be careful how much I write of her like this, because I don't want her to be too sympathetic a character!

My problem is that I live half in Shayara - by which I mean I'm always writing there, and too seldom writing things that can be published independently of it. And the publishing of Shayara is dependent on the schedule of my kickass artist, who does not draw as constantly and obsessively as I write. So. I really need to get in the habit of writing more outside of Shayara, so I can, like, get stuff published while she's drawing.

Characters
I commented to rhiannonhero that fanfic writers will not really be able to write slash about my characters. Because for slash, the characters have to be hetero. And most of mine are bi. Well, it doesn't make sense to me to have a society with reincarnation where you remember past lives and can end up in a body of either gender and have most characters be hetero. Anyway, I think most humans are bi anyway, to varying degrees.

So. *nod*

Locals
Anyone want to take my husband to see Sin City anytime this week? Please?
Comments 
5th-Apr-2005 05:45 am (UTC) - I'm up past my bedtime, so welcome to my sleep-dep scrambled brainmeats.
Where by "slash" you mean pairings that go against canon sexuality, rather than strict m/m & f/f? I hear some of the degenerate youth is starting to use the word "slash" to mean "any fic that's got non-canon sexual/romantic pairings", or even "any fic that's got sex that I wouldn't be able to let my mom read".

I prefer to go with the m/m & f/f definition of slash, myself.

With bi characters and a definition of slash that's "characters having sex against the orientations defined in canon", you really do have no slash potential in the traditional sense, so you start having to look with pairings that the author wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, even if the characters really want it to happen. Or you can do pairings of mortal enemies, the ones who have the oh-so-tense hatred for each other, the ones who have feuded through lifetimes and who would never, ever, in canon, sleep with each other (again, if it's a love gone sour).

I can see a thriving fanfic audience writing about an incredibly unlikely consummation of Lyric's Epic Romance, for example...
5th-Apr-2005 05:49 am (UTC) - Re: I'm up past my bedtime, so welcome to my sleep-dep scrambled brainmeats.
With bi characters and a definition of slash that's "characters having sex against the orientations defined in canon", you really do have no slash potential in the traditional sense

Right. Is what I mean. I mean, You have Kieran, and Kieran's kind of a slut, so Kieran/Ryan? That's canon. Kieran/Capri? That's canon. How do you slash Kieran? How do you slash Capri?

I can see a thriving fanfic audience writing about an incredibly unlikely consummation of Lyric's Epic Romance, for example...

Yeah, but that's not slash; that's a male hetero and female hetero character. That's just garden-variety fanfic.
5th-Apr-2005 06:07 am (UTC) - Link on rape in comics - thought you might be interested
I don't know if you've seen this? I got it from devildoll. Doesn't seem triggering in the slightest to moi; just talks about the cliche of rape in comics and how badly it's used.

Btw, read your latest Shayara & enjoyed it. :) I'm always a sucker for emotional stuff linked with cool mindpowers stuff. And it is really, wonderfully obvious that you *care* about your characters.
5th-Apr-2005 06:13 am (UTC) - Re: Link on rape in comics - thought you might be interested
Thanks for the link!

I think the cliche is far more ubiquitous in novels. Drives me nutrs. That may be the topic of a future 2HC rant, come to think of it...

And thank you for the Shayara compliment. :) *hug*
5th-Apr-2005 07:21 am (UTC) - Re: Link on rape in comics - thought you might be interested
Peter David wrote a great column for CBG a decade or so back about how disturbing Red Sonja is as a character: she will only have sex with a man who can defeat her in battle - overpower her - thereby continually reliving her rape experience over and over again, by her own volition.
5th-Apr-2005 06:11 am (UTC)
I actually have to be careful how much I write of her like this, because I don't want her to be too sympathetic a character!

Too late, honey. I've been sympathetic to her since the first moment I met her. She is not the person she was created to be. She was twisted into what she is, and she *hurts* so much. Not that she's not that person *now*. But inside her, she hurts. It's far too late to help her; like a dog with rabies - the only thing you can really do *for* her at this point is put her down. But it doesn't stop me from feeling for her. Would I be afraid of her if she were in front of me? Well, sure. Would I fight like hell? Of course. Would I hate her? Nope. Not in me to hate *her*, because she didn't make herself that way. She didn't even do it the way some children grow up twisted when their parents abuse them...no, she was *deliberately* twisted that way, like a bonsai tree trained to grow in a certain direction. She had no choice in the matter.
5th-Apr-2005 06:16 am (UTC)
It's far too late to help her; like a dog with rabies - the only thing you can really do *for* her at this point is put her down.

Yep.

Julia would have tried, though. Had Alanna lashed out at her, Julia would have lashed back, put her down - but faced with someone broken, someone who clearly wasn't reveling in the destruction and havoc she's wreaked... she'd've tried to heal her. Given time, she would have seen what Alanna really was.

Which is why that could not have been allowed...
5th-Apr-2005 06:38 am (UTC)
Well, yeah. There'd be *no* good fiction written if we let the protagonists actually *communicate*. Huh.
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5th-Apr-2005 06:56 am (UTC)
*nods* All of the monsters here were wounded first, and you can trace their scars. Yes.

Aaaagh. Much more to say on this, but my meds are messing with my head. But you grok.
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5th-Apr-2005 08:10 am (UTC)
Hmm.... *has a thought bubble*

*waves to the dean of students standing behind her* Yeah. Not going to detail this one at school.
5th-Apr-2005 08:12 am (UTC)
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5th-Apr-2005 08:29 am (UTC)
Anyway, I think most humans are bi anyway, to varying degrees.

The gay community has a fantasy/myth in this vein. At least mine up here in VA does - I imagine we must all tell the same-ish coming out stories and gender explanation stories to ourselves in many ways, but the one that this called to mind for me:

When I came out, a friend of mine gave me a book called "Am I Blue?", a collection of short stories about authors and their personal or figurative coming-out experiences. The title story of the book was a struggling teenager wondering if he was gay. Somehow - he made a wish that all the gay people would turn blue for a day so that he knew that he wouldn't be alone in the world. Upon waking up the next morning, the whole world was BLUE. Varying shades. His was an undisputed indigo, his mother a pale robin's egg blue, some people were royal blue and others just sky blue depending on their sexual fluidity - the entire spectrum. Some people surprised him, like his principal - other's he expected. But it was a great illustration of just this concept.

I don't know why I'm feeling so wordy today! Pardon me :) But, wouldn't it do wonders if the world could turn blue for a day just to see the diversity they can't identify by color or ethnic appearances? Happy little dream. Or quite a shocker for those who are fairly certain they have *no* blue in them at all and turn up topaz.
5th-Apr-2005 08:31 am (UTC)
There you go. I agree. Everyone would be blue, to some degree...
5th-Apr-2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love that!
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