New interview at Girls in Capes

I’ve got a new interview up at Girls in Capes!  This week, I interviewed CG from Black Girl in Media about her blogging and being a critical fan.

I don’t want to say too much more, since you should head right over to Girls in Capes to check it out.  I hope you enjoy it, and also that you learn something you didn’t know about CG, her writing, and her mission.

Read the Girls in Capes editor’s letter that put me to tears

It’s a brand-new month and a brand-new issue at Girls in Capes, and this month, you get to read an editor’s letter that had a pretty intense impact on me.

I’m the one who finalizes themes, so you’d think I wouldn’t have gotten so worked up about it.

But I did.

Check out Editor’s Letter: She’s My Sister to open March’s Sisterhood Issue at Girls in Capes.


New post at Girls in Capes: What Korrasami Means for Friendships Becoming Relationships

I’ve got a new article up at Girls in Capes!

For this month’s Shipping Issue, I talked about the development of Korra and Asami’s friendship throughout The Legend of Korra and how the slow change over time from friendship to relationship is a step forward in storytelling.

Check out yesterday’s article over here.

New Collab at Girls in Capes: Our Favorite Things: Canon Couples

I forgot to mention this last week, but I’ve got a new collaborative post up at Girls in Capes!

Once in a while, the staff members collaborate on fun lists, usually about things we like (or don’t like.)  This month, we did a collaboration for Our Favorite Things to discuss our favorite canon couples in time for Valentine’s Day.

I wrote about Korrasami.  And I’ll be writing about Korrasami again at the end of the month.

Check out our collaboration here!

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Cover of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerFrom the publisher:

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.

Parable of the Sower is set in what’s essentially the apocalypse, following a young woman named Lauren in Southern California during an economic and social crisis.  The book explores religion and philosophy, faith in the face of a crumbling society, and the formation of a family in times of crisis.

As something of a disclaimer, I’ve read one other novel by Octavia Butler — a standalone titled Kindred — and gave the book 5 stars.  Much of that was due to the writing style, and Parable of the Sower is written in similarly accessible language: the narrator speaks normally, and Butler’s prose isn’t flowerly, overly technical, or — as I described to a friend — “so complicated that she sounds like an asshole.”

While I didn’t enjoy Parable of the Sower as much as I enjoyed Kindred, I did enjoy it, and the book made me think.  Though set in what was at the time a relatively distant future of 2024, it’s close enough to present-day to make me think of what might be coming.  The novel is about environment, human nature, and the essence of family, and addresses racial and gender realities.

I was reading this book to evaluate whether or not to include it as a Girls in Capes book club selection, and it definitely made the cut.  We’ll be reading this for our April selection to coincide with The Growing Issue at GiC.

4 out of 5 stars