Camp NaNo

Every November, I run a series of NaNoWriMo posts for Persephone, offering encouragement and accountability for fellow writers as we progress through the grind of National Novel Writing Month. The single unifying theme of these posts over the last four years has been one of ‘just write it;’ the single most important act of writing is getting your ideas down on paper. The language, the skill, the storytelling — all these are things that develop out of the practice of writing. You get better, but only if you start.

Then, for the next 11 months, I spend a lot of time not writing. Read More Camp NaNo

Jessica Lange Gif Machine

Earlier this week, Jessica Lange confirmed that she will not be returning for season five of American Horror Story. It had long been rumored that AHS: Freak Show would be her last appearance on the Ryan Murphy show but there was hope that Lange would change her mind — after all, she claimed she wouldn’t be back for season four, but there she was, singing David Bowie covers as Elsa Mars. Though AHS is the rare show that boasts numerous dynamic female leads, including powerhouses like Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Francis Conroy, it was Lange who reigned Supreme over the franchise.  Read More Jessica Lange Gif Machine

Gif it to Me, Baby: When You Have to Roll Your Eyes

There are times in life — specifically internet-life — where it’s not worth the effort to get mad at whatever inane thing some jackass has spouted off about.  It’s not worth your anger, and it’s certainly not worth your energy composing a post to tell them off, and it might not even be worth giving them the finger. For those times, all you can do is just roll your eyes. Read More Gif it to Me, Baby: When You Have to Roll Your Eyes

A Brief History of Women’s History Month

I’ve been self-identifying as a feminist as long as I can remember, but it was only few years ago that I realized I didn’t know the history of March’s Women’s History Month. As part of rectifying this oversight, I wrote “A Brief History of Women’s History Month” for Persephone back in 2011 and we’ve rerun the feature annually since.

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Reading Beyond the Canon

Over at xoJane this week, author K.T. Bradford posted about her efforts to read only works written by women or people of color or LGBTQ authors and challenged her readers to take up a similar goal for year. As this is the internet, it was not terribly surprising that the comment section of the post was filled with scathing rebuttals to Bradford’s suggestion ranging from the relatively mild, “eh, I don’t get the point” to the kneejerk claims of reverse racism.  Read More Reading Beyond the Canon