Seasoned Fan Woman

I am "old" but not dead. Writing, archaeology, and (clearly) "The Hobbit," Doctor Who (back from the days of Tom Baker), Dungeons and Dragons (the pen and paper version), Children in the Archaeological Record (toy marbles), Star Wars, all sorts of things are part of the mishmash that makes up my interests - you HAVE been warned. (Fandom - Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Loki/Tom Hiddleston, and a lot others)



Ming-na Wen and Retta at NerdHQ’s A Conversation with Badass Women (x)
Retta: My parents are from Liberia, and Liberians are ALL about school. It’s like, no joke. Most of them send their kids to the States to go to school because they think that’s where the best schools are, that sort of thing. And I was a math-science girl, I was pre-med. I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon.
And I remember when I started doing stand up, I was like, “Shit! My mother is going to be like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me right now?’” And I remember calling my mom and saying, “So I’m going to drive to California and do the stand-up thing so I can get into TV.” And my mom, you know, she didn’t freak out like I thought she was totally going to freak out. My dad freaked out. He was like, “Please get health insurance.” That was his big thing, “GET HEALTH INSURANCE.” But my mom was like, “Just remember you’re carrying around your father’s last name. So don’t embarrass him.” She was like, “Do the best that you can. Don’t go playing. If you’re going to do, do it.” So, I dropped my last name so as not to embarrass my father.
But God bless, because a lot of parents wouldn’t…

Ming-na: You know, we have to talk. Because I dropped my stage last name Wen for the longest time when I did ER - which, by the way, I got to tell my mom, “I got to be a doctor for 5 years so, write that off the list.” because of same issues, fatherly things.
But now, I have it back because I’m proud being who I was born as. And we have so much to talk about, girl.

It’s interesting that Nerd HQ’s “A Conversation with Badass Women” is more diverse than the SDCC’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel…and doesn’t only focus on women who physically kick ass.

^that’s AWESOME!

(Source: manquant)





*the queen of hell wonders just how many will join in on…* chest appreciation day
winchester87 triplefuckingnope mypreciousmind1 just-call-me-mrs-hiddles fassbender-me-over captain-krazy jossmayfair areubeingserved vanillabeanlattes 

I am joining now… NOW… and I know
would like to join for one particular chest for sure:p
I wanna join too! This Queen of Hell has some good ideas. And yes,
, there are a few chest I would happily oil up on here.

I’m joining in!





7 Things Women Writers are sick of hearing.

See more here.

"Why is your lead always a girl?"

"Who’s her love interest, then?"

"What kind of young adult do you write?" (I don’t write YA…)

"Oh, you do fantasy? Like Twilight?"

"Women just can’t write men. I mean, men can kind of do both just because it’s been done so much, but women always write men too girly."

"Are you going to hide your name like JK Rowling so you can get published?"

AND THE WORST ONE: Upon hearing my writing group is predominantly women… “Oh, I don’t think that’s for me. I do serious writing.”

I always hate the subtle slam on YA and romance in these things. I write YA and I love romance, but I will still kick your ass.

When I went to BookCon a few weeks ago, I asked as many people as I could about their recommendations for science fiction and fantasy books written by women and at least three times I got, “So you’re looking for YA?” I don’t have anything against YA, but to have gotten this comment more than once was very telling of the publishing industry’s view of women authors in those genres: they write for young audiences. This is just not true and it was disheartening to hear it over and over again and have to say, “no, I’m not necessarily looking for YA. I’m looking for mostly adult works,” and have them just look at me in confusion. 

Women write YA, this is true. Women write romance and mystery and middle grade and teen. But women also write serious, beautiful (not that those things can’t be) fiction, science fiction, fantasy. The fact that they are forgotten about and shunted to the side and deemed “lower” than male writers of the same genre is disheartening and upsetting. 

This is why I started this blog. To promote these authors, to learn about these authors, and most importantly to CELEBRATE these authors. This blog is not about tearing down male authors, not even close. This blog is about showing the world that women do not just write YA. That women are capable of writing male characters. That women write stories that are earth-shattering and beautiful and make you reconsider your world because of the world they have created with their words. 

It’s too early for this.


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—Ernest Hemingway (via maxkirin)