Mar. 18th, 2010

manifesta: (Dangerous)
First things first. [personal profile] liv is hosting a giant non-fandom friending meme. If you're on DW, go check it out and toss your bio in the pile.

Second, I'm in the process of revamping things here at[personal profile] manifesta. I've been fortunate enough to have two super encouraging professors this quarter that have helped me to push my analytical capabilities even farther in the topics areas that interest me. As a result, the way I use this journal will be changing.

Black Widow's Walk currently stands at about 60k and has for over a month; for various reasons, I've let it go.  I may eventually return to it, but if I do, I most likely will not announce it here. Writing novels isn't where my heart is at right now. To the people who have come here in the past for my entries on writing, I apologize for this change but I thank you for all the support you have given me.

The focus of this journal will continue to be on analyzing genre books and the publishing industry from a feminist perspective. This quarter has done nothing if not convince me that there is a gaping hole in feminist theory regarding genre fiction, particularly in regards to romance and scifi/fantasy, both which are powerful forces in the industry right now. They reflect American society far more accurately than we realize, and my goal is to continue exposing the many layers that disguise these biases.

Topics considered fair game: books that I'm reading or have heard about; anything posted, said, or done by authors or readers, including comment threads; anything posted on book review or industry commentary sites; cover art; publishing fail; etc. A lot of it will consist of the day to day reaction-response posts that I've always done. The primary goal will be to write longer, more in-depth posts that take a deeper look at the dynamics and implications of what it all means.

Some more minute changes:
-Many, though not all, personal entries have been privatized. Entries that discuss the books I've been reading will remain public.
-The tags will be revamped to more accurately reflect the entries themselves.

What's already live? For new subscribers that have recently found their way here, Portrayals of Women in Romance & The Raven Prince is a good example of the longer (albeit hopefully less scattered and more specific) analysis I will be doing, while Gender Violence in the Military is more of my usual link round-up.

What's to come? Right now I'm brainstorming a series of topics to post on. I never did finish my post on women and sexuality in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, which happens to be one of what I consider to be my baseline ideologies for this journal, so that's at the top of the list. I also recently finished writing a paper on compulsory heterosexuality and male power in romance novels, so I may rewrite it for this journal.

Any content ideas, suggestions, etc. are welcome. Feel free to PM me or comment with any of the latest industry news, books, etc. that seems relevant.

Thank you for your patience!