My day job plus my desire to still be a working writer on top of it does slow my reading down just a little bit, but I wanted to mention here that I’m currently reading – at last! – Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate by Adrienne Kress, and enjoying it immensely. I’m also poking my nose, tentatively into Felix Gilman’s next book, Gears of the City, which will likely be what I read next week, when I’m off to San Francisco for a conference.
I may post a full review later on. I’ve discovered I’m not actually any good at writing reviews, though, compared to people like Charles Tan and Larry from Blog of the Fallen. Really, it is an art form, and one at which I do not show great talent.
I can barely communicate the content of my own stories, much less other people’s…
Look, I figured out what those words really mean. You see, the alternative lifestyle – i.e. the one that is not mainstream, is not traditional, and has a very, very limited basis in history, but not reality – is the one wherein two chaste virgins marry and never even neck until after the ceremony, is the one that must be the alternative that I keep hearing about.
Really, you’re talking about gentrified, pre-arranged couples, in the upper class, among a very small part of the human population, during a limited time in the history of those nations. Frankly, even there, the only “chaste” one was the female, and it was still very, very normal for engaged couples to do what came naturally.
All in all, it’s the only definition of “Alternative Lifestyle” that makes any sense whatsoever.
(In case you don’t know why I bring it up, look back a few days. I encountered a magazine that surprised me with its guidelines. I’m still trying to reconcile the person I know with the guidelines… But, I won’t tell you which one, and I’ll delete any comment that names it specifically. We are not here to bash magazines. We are here to wonder, amazed at an aspect of the market that seems representative of a prejudice in our larger culture. It is her magazine, after all, and her guidelines can demand stories about one-legged monkeys on spaceships, if she so chooses.)