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This Week in the Geekverse

I’ve rounded up a few topics from the Geekverse that I wanted to discuss : the challenges getting reviewed as a female SF&F writer, the OMG awesome new Thor trailer, and hair styles (both Loki’s and Lindsey Stirling’s).  Maybe I should have mentioned that this post is for all my geek gal pals, so no boys allowed in the treehouse!  ;)

So, without any further delay…

Challenges Being Reviewed as a Female SF&F Writer

The Mary Sue featured this article this week:  Are You a Female SF&F Writer? You Might Be Able to Get Published, But Good Luck Getting Reviewed. Speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons has conducted a survey for the last couple years about book reviews, both those being reviewed and those doing the reviewing. Their results? “As in previous years, in the majority of the SF review venues surveyed, disproportionately few books by women were reviewed, and disproportionately few reviews by women were published.”

Well, that’s not really what I want to hear. I’m a genre-fiction-writing gal, and if I finish this damn novel, I would like equal chance for someone to review it, maybe telling potential readers about my story too. /shrugs I know that is a crazy idea. Something that jumps out at me (and mentioned by Rebecca Pahle too) is that more fantasy is written and reviewed by women, and more science fiction written and reviewed by men. Maybe the real issue is that these speculative fiction magazines lean much more heavily towards “hard” science fiction and do not have a level playing field for fantasy writers to participate. I don’t have the inside scoop, so I’d love to hear some speculation from others.

Thor: The Dark World Trailer

I’m super psyched, aren’t you? And Chris Hemsworth as Thor is still pretty damn awesome. xD No, I most definitely did not watch this trailer more than once. That’s crazy talk right there! ;)

Reactions to Loki’s New Hair

Apparently there have been many delightful reactions to Loki’s hairstyle on the Tumblrverse. It’s not as slicked back as it was before, which can maybe be attributed to the helmet with the horns, and he is looking much more emo. I didn’t think that guys with cascading raven waves were “in” right now, but I guess I was wrong. :P

How to Style Your Own Awesome Hair

I’ve been in love with her amazing style since I first watched Lindsey Stirling’s violin dubstep Crystallize(What, you haven’t seen it?  Well, click on the link.  If you read my posts about covers, click here.  Even better, click on this one!)  She makes that violin rock, and her hair and makeup are gorgeous.  Anyway, I’ve always wondered how her hair stays looking so good when she is dancing around and playing the violin.  She has shared her secrets, and I’m sharing them with all of you (that would be all girls with more than a pixie haircut and all guys challenging gender stereotypes… oh, come on, we know you’re reading this too :P )

Thanks for the girl talk. ;) I’m gonna go paint my toenails jade green now.

15 comments on “This Week in the Geekverse

  1. philly
    April 25, 2013

    Reblogged this on phillideethree.

  2. dysfunctional literacy
    April 25, 2013

    I know I wasn’t supposed to read this (I’m a guy), but I did anyway. You’re writing about Thor; of course, I’m going to read it (though I’m kind of ambivalent about the hair).

    • tracycembor
      April 26, 2013

      It’s okay. The GGP (Geek Gal Pals) will take action when the time is ripe. ;) I’m not gonna knock you for wanting to read up on Thor, but I am disappointed you don’t have a hot vs. goth opinion on Loki though. :P Glad you enjoyed!

  3. MishaBurnett
    April 25, 2013

    In my personal and non-statistically significant experience, I know more women writers than men writers, and I know more women who run book sites than men who run book sites. These are mostly genre writers and reviewers I’m talking about, too–Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and Mystery.

    I suspect that may be, in part, because I know mostly self-published authors and independent review sites. The big publishers and magazines may still hold onto the stereotype of boys playing with rocket ships and girls playing with dolls, but they are becoming increasingly irrelevant. (I mean, who even knew that Locus was still being published?)

    Self-publishing and the internet levels the playing field.

    • tracycembor
      April 26, 2013

      Agreed, self-publishing (Now with Internet Power!!) is a great leveler. I was surprised when I read the study because I don’t feel like women are under-represented in genre fiction. Maybe women (and smart men) are too busy with their book sites, blogs, and writing to worry about the speculative fiction mags.

      And you shouldn’t be in the treehouse, sir! /shakes finger at you ;)

      • MishaBurnett
        April 26, 2013

        Sorry about trespassing, I just couldn’t resist Chris Helmsworth. I have a weakness for high quality beefcake.

  4. ericjbaker
    April 25, 2013

    I’m sorry, but I climbed into the tree house. I’m afraid of heights, so give me a little credit for overcoming that.

    Thor is on my “to see” list. I have a total mancrush on Chris Hemsworth, too. Who wouldn’t?

    • tracycembor
      April 26, 2013

      You can stay since it was a herculean task to climb up here, but you’re going to end up with a pedicure. I just bought some red and blue nail polish, and I think the Supergirl look is very in right now. :P

      I have a girl crush on Natalie Portman, so that’s okay. We can talk about which one has better hair. ;)

      • ericjbaker
        April 26, 2013

        I find the size mismatch between the two leads in that franchise to border on comedic. He must be double her weight and well over a foot taller. Then again, he is a superhero.

  5. lukebbtt
    April 26, 2013

    Lindsey Sterling is indeed awesome. She won me over with her cover of Radioactive by the Imagine Dragons.

    • tracycembor
      April 26, 2013

      Yeah, I kinda listened to her Radioactive cover a half dozen times last night… Hey, what are you doing in the GGP (Geek Gal Pals) treehouse? :P

  6. Michelle Proulx
    April 26, 2013

    I don’t know anything about the women in sci-fi thing, other than that I’m a woman writing sci-fi and people have been very encouraging about it so far. :) As for Thor … SO EXCITED!!!

    • tracycembor
      April 26, 2013

      YAY!!!! We finally have a girl in the GGP (Geek Gal Pals) treehouse! Would you like some cookies? How about a pedicure? come on in, sit down, and stay for some girl talk. ;)

      Yeah, I was surprised when I read over the study. I don’t feel like women are under-represented in genre fiction. Maybe women (and smart men) are too busy with their book sites, blogs, and writing to worry about the speculative fiction mags. /shrugs

  7. L. Palmer
    April 29, 2013

    This is a great, nerdtastic list.
    I think there is a greater amount of women writing YA sci-fi/fantasy than adult, hard sci-fi/fantasy, and that is probably part of the reason the women have less reviews. Maybe it means all of us lady-nerds need to finish our great novels and share them with the world.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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