azhure: (me phoenix)

Found via Theodora Goss’ blog, which is always amazing:

“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.”

Oh, yes.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (dreaming tree)

One of the recent events that will always resonate with me was watching Catherynne M Valente speak at Strowlercon are share her Monstrous Manifesto.

I make no pretence at having anything but love and gratitude that someone like Cat exists in this world, and that she shares her words and worlds with us.

And she’s done it again with her guest of honor speech at Mythcon (full speech at Cat’s livejournal), but I had to share this:

Let me tell you, I am a mouthy, aggressive, ambitious woman. I have been a known monster for quite some time. And to be a woman is to be monstrous, to be queer is to be monstrous, to have a body that is not white, that is sick or broken, that is even the littlest bit out of compliance with an increasingly unreal eidolon is monstrous. To be poor, to be other than Christian, to be old–we’re the ones who live in the frightening forest, waiting to prey on everyone else. It’s not really a metaphor–culture treats all of us as though our souls are catching, as though we must be contained and punished and shown to be wicked, made to dance in iron shoes, so that no further good folk will step out of line. After all, a gay teacher will make his students gay. A single mother will ruin her sons. A career woman will steal treasure from noble knights. As social powerlessness grows, scapegoats must be found. Strong, pale men with might on their side must be dispatched to triumph. Dragon bad; sword pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (dreaming tree)

Sarah Diemer is an amazing woman.  She blogs at Muse Rising, is one half of the team behind Glamourkin (the other half being her magical wife Jenn; Jenn also makes gorgeous flower accessories available at Garden of Antheia).

Sarah has just released her debut novel, The Dark Wife, a lesbian revisionist retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth:

 

 

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

 

 

I snapped up the Kindle version of The Dark Wife as soon as it was available, and also ordered a signed copy from Sarah.  I believe in her and her work so much, and I think that anyone who has any interest in the Persephone mythos should get a copy.

Sarah believes in herself, too.  So much that she’s offered The Dark Wife for free online.  And if you download it, and read and enjoy it, please go to her website and donate some money.

The Dark Wife is also available:

- on Amazon.com (for Kindle) for $2.99
- on BarnesAndNoble.com (for Nook) for $2.99
- on Smashwords (for eReaders/reading online) for $2.99
- print option coming soon!

- Have a Goodreads account? You can add The Dark Wife here!

Shveta Thakrar also has a great interview with Sarah here.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (dreaming tree)

Christina Cairns is an artist I discovered through Terri Windling’s blog, specifically, her series of posts of artist’s desks.  I was immediately enchanted with the colour and life in Christina’s working space, and when I clicked through to see the artwork she created, I was lost.

Like many of the visual artists who inspire me, her work makes me want to create worlds of words.  I purchased a print of her work, Green Jack, through her Etsy store at the end of last year and have it propped above my working space.  Green Jack, is, to me, the image of a character, Jax, in the novel I am currently working on, Never.

I am also deeply in love with this image, Storm Spirit Moving:

All images reproduced with permission.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (dreaming tree)

Most of you who are reading those know that I am a huge fan of Catherynne M Valente’s work.  Today, her newest creation takes flight: The Habitation of the Blessed, book one of her Prester John trilogy.

Cat has a fantastic round-up post on her livejournal, including a giveaway.  And a terribly humourous video ;)

Basically, if you’re a fan of Cat’s work, you’re going to want this.  And if you’re not a fan, then buy it and become one ;

My own copy is somewhere between continents, but due here any day.  I suspect that when it arrives, I shan’t be getting any work done for a few days.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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