What: I Wrote the Accent: A Black Writer Considers “Urban Romance” by Brittany K. Allen
From: The Toast
An article from The Toast that left me with several questions about who the author was, who was the publisher she was referring to, and a few questions about intent and tone. While there were some interesting observations made by the writer, and I admit to sharing some of the same experiences and suggestions from both publishers and readers, I’m still processing the writers actual words and how she chose to state her point.
Of course, there are plenty of other (and for me, closer-to-home) writers of “African American Women’s Fiction,” who eschew “Hood” tropes while writing about somebody’s Black experience. The author Imani King writes about Black women ensnaring mostly white millionaires and billionaires. Nia Forrester’s multicultural protagonists range from writers to rappers to D.C.’s political elite. But these are not the titles I’ve been pointed to as I prepare to write my own novella. I’m afraid I know what kind of “Urban” is expected of me, and the idea of writing a closer-to-home story and then being told it isn’t “Urban” enough is a prospect so unpleasant that I stay the “Hood” research course.
Although the article is interesting, as usual, I found the most interesting conversation in the comments which is often the case:
Check out the full article here.
Language has always fascinated me and this segment on NPR had me riveted. He, she, they, they cool stuff 🙂 …
As ordinary as it is, that use of “they” has always been a bit disreputable — you might say it, but you wouldn’t want to write it down. But now it’s a pronoun whose hour has come.
A few months ago, the Washington Post style guide accepted it. And it’s been welcomed by people who identify as genderqueer and who feel that “he” and “she” don’t necessarily exhaust all the gender possibilities. Universities allow students to select it as their personal pronoun. And so does Facebook, so that your friends will get notices like “Wish them a happy birthday.”
This use of “they” has been around for a long time. It shows up in Shakespeare, Dickens and George Bernard Shaw. Jane Austen was always saying things like “everybody has their failing.” But the Victorian grammarians made it a matter of schoolroom dogma that one could only say “Everybody has his failing,” with the understanding that “he” stood in for both sexes. As their slogan had it, “the masculine embraces the feminine.”
You can listen to and read the full transcript here.
From: Musings From a Romance Junkie
This is the thing that made me frown the most this week. Patrice from Musings of a Romance Junkie, began her weekly “Monday Musings” segment with a very straight forward statement:
Lemme preface this post by making it abundantly clear that this is not a shade post against any one particular author or Facebook group. It’s 2016, and if I personally have beef witcha, I’ma talk to you directly. Now, let’s continue…
You would assume that after reading this statement, anyone reading the remainder of her post would understand that she was not attacking one particular person or group directly, but stating her opinion and personal experiences. Your assumption would be wrong. This is another situation where the comments and commenters add another layer to the conversation.
First let me state, that I shared in Patrice’s opinion. Not all Facebook book groups are as she described them, but some indeed are. As an author, I have joined many, both to discuss books and to support another author. However, I’ve also joined many that are geared solely for book promotion. Unfortunately, the total number of groups I joined was well over one hundred. Trust me when I say, that if you are in over 100 book groups, it is difficult to to both manage and avoid seeing drama. At some point, it was an almost daily occurrence.
After reading Patrice’s post I did what I had been thinking about for a while…I left almost all of my Facebook book groups and most of the author groups. Will I stop supporting those authors? Nope. I’ve always shared new releases, have made open invitations to authors that there are welcome to guest post on my personal bog, and signal boosted the heck out of those who have done the same for me. I don’t need to be part of their Facebook groups in order to do that.
Absolutely no one can state that there aren’t some level of drama and bullying that occur in some of those groups. However, a few people commented on the post, who either didn’t read Patrice’s preface or flat out ignored it. The resulting conversation in the comments, I think was handled as well as it could be. but I couldn’t help but laugh at the entire situation as the comments proved Patrice’s original point. Some people love to bring and create drama. I for one only prefer drama in the books I read, not the life I live.
You can red the full post and the comments here.
From: The New York Post (and the best Facebook friends)
Are you looking for a change in career? Not sure what you’d like to do? Consider creating dictures! I was tagged in this video on Facebook and couldn’t stop laughing. A woman in New York was so fed up with receiving what she considered sub par dic pics, that she decided she would begin professionally photographing them…with little doll outfits. Warning, this video is Not Safe For Work…unless this is your job, in which case bravo!
You can watch the original New York Post video here.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”