So I mentioned that I am working on a larger piece about Urban Fantasy. I decided to read Marjorie Liu after realizing that I did not include much work by WOC. Dear lord has it been tough getting through. It’s constant, I have known for 1 hour and lurves you. I am going to put myself in danger and possibly die for you though I don’t really know you. It really is Harlequin with a few shapeshifters thrown in. I was starting to feel like I was really being punished until I thought about the character Artur who is prominently featured in the second book of the Dirk and Steele series. Though he is a caveman with the whole unga bunga me man you woman, you mine routine, the commentary on his upbringing really does point to the ways in which class limits options. His mother put him in an orphanage because she could not afford to feed him. He entered a life of crime to avoid being homeless and to feed himself. Though Liu seems to be saying that his problems stem from his WOO WOO (magical powers), I think the constant reference to his class background is more interesting. It is an interesting approach from an American woman considering that far too many Americans believe that they are solidly middle class, when they are in actuality working class. I think I am going to have to think about the character Artur more before I simply disregard Liu.
tumblrbot asked: WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?
I cannot say specifically what my earliest memory is but I do have memories starting at about the age of four. I remember my favourite dress and what my room looked like and where we lived at the time.
Sometimes I find writing at Womanist Musing so draining. I decided to start a tumblr so that I could have a place to let less and unwind and write about things that interest me. Here I think I will write about my kids, cooking, of course urban fantasy and any projects that I am working on.
Right now I am working on a project involving Urban Fantasy. As much as I think that doing social justice work is important it is nice to focus on the paranormal and step outside of the world world. I know Vampire, werewolves, fae, incubus and necromancers oh my. I am trying to determine whether or not urban fantasy and paranormal romance are interchangeable. I am really starting to have my doubts though after reading Marjorie Liu. Her work feels like a Harlequin novel with a few shap shifters thrown in for fun. Also the instant I lurve you is getting annoying but I suppose I have to read them if I am going to make an accurate accounting of this.