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.
You've seen the cover, you know the release date. Now enjoy this book trailer for WINGS BENEATH WATER!
"They say if you see wings beneath the water, you get a second chance to live."
Ever since Risha was found on the shores of the river and adopted into the tribe, he and his brother Uraun have been inseparable. But when a neighboring tribe ignites war, killing the boys’ father, their lives start on a path that begins to divide them.
As the tribe goes to war, Risha’s gift awakens. He is the Siyeen, capable of reading a person’s true nature—and in Uraun’s nature, he reads only vengeance.
Fearing that his gift will endanger Uraun, Risha flees to the marshes. To save his brother’s soul, Risha must learn the secrets of the first Siyeen and seek the redemption that will grant his brother a second chance.
Every nation has its tales of the Stranger, even the distant Septeru... In peace or peril, the sighting of the Stranger is nothing to ignore, for he shapes the fates of the nations. You have seen him, Katryl, and I believe that there is a purpose to it, that, though not apparent yet, will prove in time to be of grave importance.
For NaNoWriMo 2015, I wrote the first book in the Firewing Chronicles, a five-book series that I've been writing since I was fourteen and which I am completely overhauling some thirteen years later. In April 2016, I wrote the second book.
Now, for NaNoWriMo 2016, I am preparing to write the third book.
Did you know that speculative fiction fans have their own term? That's right, they're called spekkies! I didn't know that until about a year ago, but now it's my new favorite term.
I put together a short video to help you explain to your friends what speculative fiction is and why being a spekkie is awesome. Enjoy and share!
The Sunshine Blogger Challenge is a "get to know the author" challenge that asks 11 questions of the blog author. Then the answering author tags other authors with 11 of his/her own questions. For this challenge, I'm answering the 11 questions posed by speculative fiction author Bethany Jennings of The Simmering Mind.
I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to play, answer my 11 questions at the bottom of this post and comment with a link to your post. (Or just answer in the comments. That works too.) I'd love to read your responses!
I write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that explores fantastic and interconnected worlds, with stories that burn through the darkest realities with hope and redemption.
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