I am speechless with gratitude to Sophie at Blame Chocolate for nominating me to share in the Black Cat, Blue Sea Award. I love her blog, and if you check it out you’ll see that she encourages blogger community, and her reviews are fun and thoughtful. I wholeheartedly recommend you follow them like I do! Thanks so much, Sophie!
Mabon is the Second Harvest, the autumn equinox, the last hurrah of summer. Named for the Welsh god Mabon ap Modron, it is a time to celebrate the harvest and the fruits of the labor that gives us sustenance. It is also a time to venerate the crone aspect of the goddess, the Dark Mother. Below are some recommendations for books that have given me perspective on womanhood, aging, the darkness, darker aspects of human will, etc. Happy Winter Finding, and Merry Mabon! May we all benefit from a crone’s wisdom today, on Mabon, and may the things we harvest sustain us all through the approaching cold dark of winter.
I just have to share this scene from Empire of Storms, and how cool it is to find a reference to menstruation in an epic fantasy that goes further than some Medieval-esque remark about a “first blood,” or “moon” or whatever and addresses the technicalities of questing with ovaries. Cause, you know, when you’re escaping terrifying fellbeasts with a dangerous, 500+ year old Fae warrior and trying to make it to your long lost queen to give her a weapon that will change the course of the war…you’ll more than likely get your period along the way.
Kameron Hurley writes brutal, amazing fiction. Her blog post “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative,” was the first to be nominated for (and win) a Hugo Award. I just listened to her interview on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy and wanted to share it with you, in case you’re as interested in geek feminism, female writers of SFF, and the portrayal of women in SFF as me. 🙂