A few weeks ago, I posted a video about how disability and chronic illness is represented in fiction, both insensitively and sensitively. The video was inspired by a blog post by author Hannah Heath, who deals with chronic pain and other issues related to her Lyme Disease, and who has included characters with disabilities in her own fiction books.
I reached out to Hannah and asked if she would do a Skype interview with me for my YouTube channel and she said YES! This video is longer than my usual videos (30 minutes) but totally worth the time. Hannah tells her story with chronic illness, discusses the three most common misrepresentations she sees in fiction, and recommends some books that tell a great story while sensitively including key characters with disabilities.
Today is the day! You are about to blast off on a twelve-day journey through many worlds, some that look like our own and some that are far, far away. What souvenirs will you collect on the way?
I'm so excited to be participating in a fantastic Christmas event, featuring a new SFF author every day. Do you like free books? Book swag? Discounts? Then you've come to the right place! Remember, the goodies are available for THAT DAY ONLY, so keep an eye on social media and the authors' blogs to know what's happening where. Or (better yet) sign up for the authors' email lists to get an email reminder on the day of their event. I also have a handy list at the end of this email to help you keep all the details straight. ?
Today is my turn to host and I can't wait to share the fun with you!
(Also, here's a video that explains the event!)
Free & Discounted Fantasy and Science Fiction!
I'm super stoked to announce that this Sunday kicks off a fantastic event, the 12 Days of Christmas SFF Blog Tour, featuring books by twelve talented science fiction and fantasy authors. Every day, stop by a different author’s blog and/or social media page to nab books and bookish delights. The goodies are available for THAT DAY ONLY, so take a look at the list below to know whose blog to visit on which day. Better yet, sign up for the authors' email lists to get an email reminder on the day that they host the event.
Maybe it's imperfect. Maybe the flow isn't great, maybe the characterization is just a little flat, maybe there's one glaring plot hole.
And maybe it's still one of your favorite books.
Today I'm talking about those imperfect books that still capture the magic of story. Share your favorite flawed book!
I have three separate chronic illnesses, so when it comes to science fiction and fantasy that portrays characters with disabilities and chronic conditions, I am especially interested. Is the character a well-rounded, realistically-portrayed character? Or is the character a stereotype for "disabled" in order to wring sympathy from the reader or provide motive for some later action?
This week on "Coffee With Yaasha," I discuss my thoughts in relation to my own story and to the thought-provoking blog post "Writing Disabled Characters: What You're Doing Wrong" by Hannah Heath. I also collected recommendations from my fellow authors and bookworms about SFF books that portray disabilities and chronic illness well.
The recommended books:
Bethany A. Jennings at @simmeringmind asked this question this week on Instagram and her observations resonated so powerfully with me that I decided to discuss it further in this week's "Coffee With Yaasha." In this digital age, we can feel pressured to read, post, review, bookstagram... instead of just reading. Check out Bethany's story and my follow-up story:
Do you feel like social media has overcomplicated reading? If so, how do you distance yourself so that you can enjoy the benefits both of being part of the bookish community and reading just for pure enjoyment?
Join the conversation and comment below!
I'm so stoked to share with you one mistake that I've seen sabotaging people from their goals.
It almost sabotaged Bilbo Baggins, it almost sabotaged me, and it's currently sabotaging a lot of indie authors and goal-setters.
You don't have to make this mistake!
Check out the newest upload to my "Coffee With Yaasha" playlist, entitled, "A Lesson From Bilbo Baggins," or keep scrolling to read about it.
I first learned about Inktober last October, when I was browsing through my Instagram feed. What was this? Fantastic ink drawings? These people were seriously talented! I wanted to do that too!
Twenty minutes later, I crumpled my piece of paper and threw my pen with disgust. Nope. I was not an artist.
In January 2017, I started to bullet journal and, because no one was watching and there was no pressure, I began to draw again. Those early drawings were awful, but they improved. And now, this October, I realized I was ready to take on the #Inktober challenge. To my delight, I discovered that not only artists, but authors, had now joined the challenge! While artists penned an ink drawing according to the Inktober daily prompts, authors penned 50 word microfiction. The results from these authors are just as spectacular and talented as the results from the artists!
This week I talk about how we measure time in real life (it's more fascinating than you think!) and how fictional worlds develop their own concept of time.
I realized earlier this year that, although I've been blogging since 2011, it isn't what it used to be. I felt like I was struggling to truly connect with people the way I want to connect, and to truly express my joy in reading (and writing) awesome fantasy and sci-fi.
I wanted to talk directly to fellow fiction fans and authors. Video seemed the better way to do it.
That's why I revived my YouTube channel and began posting episodes of "Coffee With Yaasha," weekly casual chats about all things books, with heads-up about current discounts, deals, and sales on various fantasy and sci-fi. (For example, I just finished filming an episode in which I discuss an interesting phenomena: female readers who prefer books by male writers.)
But there's more!
I write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that burns through the darkest realities with truth and redemption.
Learn more here!