Tag Archives: Genre trouble

Genre Trouble: The May Day “NO MORE UNCOMPENSATED EMOTIONAL LABOR!” Post

Once in a while, I do a census of my friends, because hey: who am I hanging with? After this third year of re-entry to SF/F fandom, this is what I notice: I have no friends, no trusted colleagues, who … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: All Art is Interactive (or Why There Are Many Ways to Review)

As I have been reading and reviewing, I’ve listened to a lot of conversations about the “right” way to review. Part of the current backlash against People Who Are Not Our Demographic Producing Things We Produce (be that video games, … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: (Mis) Use of the Muse

This post is dedicated to my colleague E. E. Ottoman, who raised the question in this Twitter conversation. The glory of Twitter is that you can have conversations with friends and colleagues, then come back to them later. This exchange … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: The Genre Queer Manifesto (For Young Writers Who Have Contemplated the Genre Straitjacket, When the Story is Enough)

(For Stephanie, on the occasion of her MFA.)In November 2010, I finished my first ever NaNo novel, the first one that had a completed story arc, the first one that I could hand over to beta readers.  I sent it … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: Works and Days

Writing is the only trade I know that has a forty-year apprenticeship. If you talk to me in ten years, I will tell you that it’s the only trade that has a fifty-year apprenticeship. We’re never quite there yet. Always, … Continue reading

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Genre trouble: toneless realism (definition with polemic asides)

Back in 2011, one of my NaNo buddies asked me to define “toneless realism,” which I’d used in the course of critical response. The e-mail I wrote in response is an essay with examples, reproduced here. *** What is toneless realism? … Continue reading

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Genre Trouble: Acute vs Chronic (Notes from the Muse of Research)

Recently I was talking with an engineer-in-training about the leap from classroom theory to actual practice. It’s a gulf, and you jump hoping to make it; the blow is softened somewhat (but only somewhat) by moving some of the transition … Continue reading

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