Read Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels by Lois Beckett (the Guardian)
The long read: For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity. Is there any hope of a happy ending?
I found this article because I wanted to read romance novels again. I decided to check out the Romance Writers of America website. I noted several announcements in their news section that started to ping my kerfuffle-dar: they’re hiring a DEI consultant (which honestly would be a great idea for most organizations but based on my observations, organizations only do this after an incident), there have been changes in their board membership, special statements from award nominees withdrawing themselves from consideration… So I decided to hunt down the origin of it all and found this handy summary. That summary pointed me to this article, which I found especially interesting because a lot of it centers on my local RWA chapter, which I have been adjacent to in a couple of ways, though never a member.

It’s a great piece because it illuminates the way institutional racism touches an industry, how people can do antiracist work in their own area of expertise, and also serves as a list of authors to check out and books to read.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go track down some books about BIPOC & LGBTQ people that definitely have happy endings. And then I’m going to read them.

 

Read Advice For Difficult Times (7 Things That May Help) by Leonie DawsonLeonie Dawson
Blossoms, I shared recently that I’m going through some Big Life Stuff. Big Life Stuff that I can’t really talk about in detail as they involve other people’s stories. It’s been an exercise in getting through difficult times. I’ve learned so much from it already.
Read FLYing Lesson: FlyLady’s Moving Tips
Every week, we have several FlyBabies that holler HELP: “We are moving, and I don’t know where to start. We have to put this house up for sale, and it is awful. Please tell me what to do."
Read The Creative Process by an author (A List Apart)
Ideas are like policemen — they’re never around when you need them. Mattias Konradsson sketches a campaign to seduce the Muse.
Read Writing for the Web by Jeffrey ZeldmanJeffrey Zeldman (A List Apart)
When Brian and I launched the original LIST APART in January ’98, we had two goals: to create a noise-free, high-level discussion list for the web; and to cover all the bases of webmaking—fro…
I’ve been solo parenting for almost a week and we’re currently at Defcon Watching “How Far I’ll Go” DisneyMusicVEVO over & over. Single parents, I salute you.