Archive for January, 2012


Writing Gender Stereotypes, Part 3

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

I previously posted a link to my articles on Fantasy-Faction about defeating gender stereotypes when writing fantasy, and part three went up today… interested? Here it is!


Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes, Part 3: Alphas, Betas, and Losers, Oh My!


malestereotypeI didn’t choose the images that went along with it, but Marc (who posts the articles) did a great job illustrating this one. Don’t miss the final jab in the bottom image (and make sure you’re not drinking anything when you look at it)!

(If you missed the first two articles, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)


A Few of My Favorite Things (#1)

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

So, this blog is currently very dull. There is a distinct lack of explosions, dragons, and space battles happening on this page, so I’m going to do my very bestest to make things more exciting around here from now on, even if that means posting random pictures of dinosaurs, Star Trek captains, and/or robots. And I can’t promise that I’ll shy away from gushing over various things I love, because, you know what? This is MY blog, and I’m tired of trying to find clever things to say when I simply don’t know what to say. So, instead, I plan to add a little more “me” and a little less “abandoned blog because I didn’t know what to post.”

Without further ado, here is the first post in my new (weekly? monthly? whenever I feel like it?) series about my the things I love. Why? Because I can.

And because it makes the world a little bit brighter when you think about your favorite things (seriously, Maria von Trapp did NOT lie!) and share them with others. Go ahead and SQUEE with me… and why not leave a few of your favorite things in the comments?


Favorite Thing #1: Leverage (TV series)


This is, without a doubt, THE BEST THING ON TELEVISION right now. I blew through all four series in a remarkable amount of time, and I’m going to be very, very sad waiting for the next season because I feel personally invested in the lives of these people and their zany capers. I love them. Truly. Parker most of all.


Favorite Thing #2: Skylanders (video game)


I think I played about 15 hours of this game after cracking it open for the first time. Then I went hunting around my city and a neighboring city, looking for MORE SKYLANDERS. Everywhere in the universe was sold out (until this week… needless to say, I’m going to Microplay later tonight), and every display I checked had sad people standing at it, wishing there were more Skylanders to buy and play with in the game. And when I say “people”, I mean “myself and several 8-year-old boys”. I am not ashamed.


Favorite Thing #3: Star Wars (WAY OF LIFE)

star wars

We’re talking films, books, games… need I say more?


Favorite Thing #4: Dragons (“mythological” creatures… *pfft*)


Yes. These. Fire, flying, and pointy bits. LOVE.


Favorite Thing #5: Cheesecake (food) 


Because WHO DOESN’T LOVE CHEESECAKE?!?! I prefer baked cheesecake, and if you’re offering me a version containing chocolate, pumpkin and/or raspberry, you will be my friend for life. If you also provide a decent cup of coffee at the same time, you will be my friend for INFINITY.


…and those are a few of my favorite things. Smile


Because I Think I’m So Clever…

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

…which I’m really not, but I was feeling particularly ridiculous the other day, so I wrote a storypraxis that technically isn’t, but I’m claiming that it is. Is what, exactly? Well, you can figure that part out.

The prompt was “a book hitting the wall”:

a book hitting the wall

…yes, I know, I’m hilarious. But not really. Smile with tongue out 

…just felt like sharing. 

Go ahead, do something silly today! I give you permission. Open-mouthed smile


Happy New Wotsit!

   Posted by: Faith    in Rye Thoughts

plansHere it is… 2012! A new year, a new start… and a chance to refresh one’s habits and make new plans. Yes, I’m talking about blogging, writing, reading, and general social media interaction.

2011 was an interesting year. I made a lot of changes at the cost of other things (blogging, time spent visiting blogs, time spent with friends on LibraryThing and various writing forums I’m a member of, reading GOOD books), so this year my plan is to reintegrate those things on a more casual but scheduled basis.

Otherwise, being online might take up all the writing time I have!!!

So, along with the rest of you who are posting resolutions online, here are a few things I’m planning for this year:

  • Blog posts minimum twice a week
  • 1/2 hr. minimum on LibraryThing daily
  • No more crappy books – if it sucks, stop reading it!!!
  • Complete edits on the two half-edited books I have, and submit them
  • Post once a week on The Ancient Standard again
  • Re-watch the entirety of Star Trek: TNG (what? some resolutions can be fun! Smile)

Mind you, my actual plans are more detailed than this (I have some weekly charts drawn up), but that’s the general idea.

That said… hope you all had a great holiday!!! Anyone else making resolutions (or plans, at the very least) for the year ahead?