Tuesday, 29 December 2009

I hope I don't regret writing this post

So fandom, we're at it again, are we? Another racism conversation? Great.

Look, yes, Racism is bad. *isms at all are bad, but they happen. And there will always be people who don't care. Because of this, *isms won't go away. It also won't go away because you keep bringing it up.

I watched Avatar the other week, and guess what? I loved it. I thought it was beautiful and, given the subject matter, done with class. Why is Avatar, which is an obvious allegory for the settlement of the Americas racist, but Schindlar's List a movie with a message? Both events happened, historically (More or less), so why is one racist tripe while the other is not?

Yes, Transformers II is blatantly racist. I'll give you that. You don't have argument from me on that.

What about Star Wars. They're aliens. They look and act completely un-real and unfamiliar. I never saw Jar-Jar as racist because he, just like Jabba, and Yoda, and Sebulba and Chewy and countless other creatures in Star Wars looked and acted otherworldly. I never realized that Jar-Jar Binks was problematic until Lisa Simpson pointed out that he was "A tired Stereotype".

And that's what Avatar had: Sterotypes. Everyone was a steriotype. A trope. And that's ok.

Of course, if this movie made me think of any other race, it made me think of Gelfling...

I understand the concept of voting with your wallet, and I respect it, but just because you find something to be racist, doesn't mean I do, nor does it mean that you have the right to make me feel guilty for enjoying a piece of artwork. Because that movie, like it or not, was art.

And here's another thing, The biggest argument I always hear is "People keep making these movies because people keep paying for them. Stop paying for them and they'll stop being made." But guess what? It's not just the viewer's responsibility. What about the writers writing racist characters? What about the directors, the makeup artists, the costume designers?
What about the actors accepting racist roles? Why don't they show their self-respect and put their foot down and say "This is wrong. I won't do it."? They have more power than we do, bucket-loads more. Appeal to them, and leave me alone.

Monday, 14 December 2009

In the new year...

I am so totally registered for this course!

In the new year, I'm going to try to finish a page of A Girl Called Kermit every 2 weeks. I've broken it down into chapters now, one for each health issue I want to address. My main problem with AGCK before was that it was too "And then this happened and then this happened..." so I'm hoping that by breaking it down into chapters that will relieve some of the monotony in the narration.

Last night I lay awake pondering how the same mind who created AGCK could also create NecroRaver. If Project C got published, would it's questionable content make others upturn there nose at my other works? And then I remember that Clive Barker has written children's stories and Julianne Moore starred in movies with incest and also wrote Freckle Face Strawberry. But I am not a celebrity.

Welcome to my morning thoughts.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Black Matrix: All of the work for a fifth of the price!

So, as anyone who cares about the publishing world knows by now, Black Matrix's pay rates are 1/5th of a cent per word. ONE FIFTH of one cent. Per word.

And some people are ok with this.

Seriously, people? Seriously?! Are you so desperate to get published that any little acknowledgement is good enough for you? That one word you crafted, let's say it was the best damned perfect word in your entire manuscript, isn't even worth a whole penny?

Why are you selling yourself so short? It makes you appear that you have no confidence in your work or respect for yourself.

Others still, are defending Black Matrix, insisting that "We can't all be multi-published authors and we're just struggling little folk trying to make it, stop being cliquey!"

...I am not a commercially published author by any stretch of the word, though I am trying hard to be. But come on, guys! I'm longing, I'm hoping, and I'm wishing, but I'm not an idiot. No matter how much I tell people "It's not about the money, I just want to get my stories out there." doesn't mean that the Powers That Be can walk all over me and not pay me what I deserve for having put in the time, effort and love (and hate) into the project.

Here's a fun fact! On Elven Lacryment I have two ad-spots provided through Project Wonderful. I've set the ad's base prices to 10 cents and 5 cents respectively. Currently, as I'm typing this, one of the spots is earning 20 cents and the other is earning it's 10 cents. I am earning 30 cents on my webcomic right now, just by running ads. Of course, some days it's less and some days it's more, but the website manages to sustain itself. I'm pretty sure that the comic's entire run has less than 1000 words in it. My comic earns more online, unpublished, than it would if Black Matrix touched it.

They're not helping you, they're preying upon you.

Did you know that one of the requirements for a publishing company to be part of SFWA is to have a pay rate of at least five cents a word?

How can you not see what a dis-service you're doing to yourself and your story? How can you treat your characters, your world that way?

Your art deserves better than that.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The Cat Piano

A short animated film produced and narrated by my beloved Nick Cave

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