Category Archives: Commentary

White People Really Need to Stop Writing About White People

White people really need to stop writing about white people.

There’s this crazy movement in fantasy literature right now, and it’s about exploring the diverse populace that make up each and every world writers create. And for some reason, white people keep writing only about white people. Oh, there may be a token character, or an offset of society (usually not fully-fleshed out and left a bit vague) that supports the notion of racial equality in the world, but the larger portion of writers are wearing some frost covered snow goggles. Continue reading White People Really Need to Stop Writing About White People

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Why English, Creative Writing and the Fantasy Genre are all good things

When people ask me what I’m currently doing, or what I’m majoring in, I tell them the truth. I tell them that I am currently working towards a BA in English, with an interest in creative writing. Normally, there are only two kinds of responses to my revelation. The first is usually just “Oh, that’s good.” or  “How interesting”  with the kind of tone that belies what they just said. The second case is when people ask “Oh, well what can you do with that?”. I can’t tell you how many times this happens to me and it gets old relatively quickly. Continue reading Why English, Creative Writing and the Fantasy Genre are all good things

Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment

And you thought gamergate controversy was over.

Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival
Image of the SXSW logo for their 2016 festival

On October 27th, news spread that South by Southwest (SXSW) decided to cancel two panels about harassment in the gaming community after receiving numerous threats of violence. After just announcing the panel last week, the cancelation would seem hilariously ironic—a harassment panel being canceled due to harassment—if this wasn’t a vicious problem that has made real women very scared. Continue reading Running Scared: SXSW’s Reaction to Harassment