I offer a short overview of how the divide within this world forefronts white male straight and western writers. I know it's not a surprise to many but this list might be interesting for those of us who hadn't thought about it before. By understanding this, we can, as writers and poets, push back and… Continue reading How Are Writers’ Demographics used by the Publishing Industry?
How to Dress like a Man 101
Continuing the lists to help writers mess with gendered expectations, here are the items men are told to acquire in order to fit in. Yes, this came from a compilation of such lists for men and by men in 2021. You can use this idea to mess with the stereotypes though, add items from this… Continue reading How to Dress like a Man 101
How to Dress Like a Woman 101
Surprisingly, to me anyway, magazines still push the idea of what men and women SHOULD wear. I offer the list here as ways for writers to play with such expectations. By describing your narrators with a mix of both what are called mens and womens clothing, you can challenge the notion of gendered appearances. You… Continue reading How to Dress Like a Woman 101
We Used to be Tomboys:
I read too much where the author changed the pronoun but little else when they could embody the experience of being outside the gender expectations of our Western culture. That then is the motivation. What will follow is a series of posts/chapters to share what I found. There will be lists in places, academic articles, personal stories and more.
Tramping Te Araroa:
A Journey Through New Zealand with Captain Cook BY Sam Brakeley. ISBN: 978-1-0881-1264-9 ISBN 978-1-0881-1272-4 Sam Brakeley hiked the New Zealand's South Island from tip to tail along Te Araroa, The Long Pathway. Sam had recently found himself suddenly alone after the end of a ten-year relationship - an end he had mostly himself to… Continue reading Tramping Te Araroa:
Poem: I Am Safe Inside This Body
A new poem by the emerging writer, Spencer Jean from Montreal.