Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feminism ala 1970

Wow! A writer friend of mine just sent me this quote from one of her favourite books. Beware, it will be judged as feminist, when in reality, it is simply strong willed:

"I think I am a Man; I think you had better call me a Man. I think you will write about me as a Man from now on and speak of me as a Man and employ me as a Man and recognize child-rearing as a Man's business you will think of me as a Man and treat me as a Man until it enters your muddled, terrified, nine-tenths-fake loveless papier- mache-bull-moose-head that I am a Man (And you are a woman) That's the whole secret. Stop hugging Moses′ tablets to your chest, nitwit; you′ll cave in. Give me your Linus blanket, child. Listen to the female man."
 
                                                                                                   --'The Female Man' by Joanna Russ---
 


Just bought a used copy of 'The Female Man' on one of my favourite sites http://www.abebooks.com/ . This site is great for rare, out-of-print, and hard to find books. I shall have to see what this friend of mine has been raving about. I shall update you soon.
 
Stella out!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A big poo-poo on most Canadian art forms

While I know that the title of this blog post alone will discredit my opinion on the matter, I must still make it heard. If I pick up a book at my local bookstore and I read on the jacket that it takes place in Canada, or that the author is Canadian, I drop and run from that book so fast someone might as well have yelled "Stella! Your ex is behind you!"

Now I know being a fledgling Canadian writer myself makes me a huge hypocrite. Here I want people to one day read and enjoy my work when I don't give fellow Canadian writers the same chance to win me as a reader. There is a reason behind this train of thought, and recently I've discovered others with a similar school of thought.

Throughout my school years it was Canadian songs I sung in music class, it was Canadian poems I deciphered, and it was Canadian books and stories I read. It was primarily Canadian music we heard on the radio, and Canadian programming I watched on TV. I at some point decided without realizing that I was tired of Canadian.

It wasn't that I couldn't appreciate Canadian art. It wasn't that at all. I was tired of having everything Canadian pushed down my throat and feeling like I had to support it because it was Canadian. I don't want to support it all because a lot of it is crap. So much of it is garbage that's so safe and PC I feel the need to cuss just to make things seem more real.

I don't want to read another story about hard times on the east coast, or about arctic life. I don't want to watch a TV show about a gas station in Saskatchewan that tried to be a comedy. When in reality the audience would have to be held at gun point to find 'Corner Gas' funny at all. I don't want to watch shows that stereotype regions into the categories everyone thinks they are, because that is what Canadian programming is to me.

Take the TV show 'Heartland'. This show represents Alberta to our nation and what is it about? It's about a horse ranch and a woman who has inherited her mother's talents as a 'horse whisperer'. I don't think I've seen one promotional shot of this show where there wasn't a cowboy hat worn by everyone in it. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I can hear them in Toronto now. "See, I told you. Alberta's just a buch of hicks!"

In this picture we have almost all the Alberta steriotypes. At least two cowboy hats, a truck, a horse trailer, flanel, and an Alberta suit (Jean jacket and jeans worn together). All we need now is some beer and to wait for this fight to break out into a hockey game. This type of $%!# drives me crazy!


There has been a long list of terrible Canadian movies, and the most painful part is that most all Canadian TV and movies gets funding from the government. How could anyone with two brain cells to rub together, not be able tell that a movie like 'Decoys' was going to be terrible? Who is spending money on these types of movies? Who? They actually made a sequel. ERGGGGGG! Surprise! Surprise! It went straight to video.


There have been some good movies, they haven't all been bad. Most recent good movies I've seen have been 'Partition' and 'Passchendaele'. 'Partition' was fantastic. 'Passchendaele' was good but melodramatic. Paul Gross carrying that kid across the battle field on that cross at the end made me want to cover my eyes and pretend the scene hadn't ruined to whole movie for me. *sigh* It was a great movie up to that point.



















I haven't said much about Canadian literature because I've avoided it like the swine flu since school. Unknowingly however, I've recently read a series that I was unaware was written by a Canadian author. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out. The author was Kelley Armstrong and the books were 'The Summoning' and 'The Awakening'. I shall review them in my next post.

Let's hope Canadian art forms can push through the safe limits of what we are used to. I'm ready for the change.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Hunger Games are here! The Hunger Games are here!

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

August 24th the next installment of 'The Hunger Games' will be released. I can't wait!! I must prepare! LOL! So 'The Hunger Games' aren't here yet, but soon...my precious.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A year of new beginings

I was inspired by my friend Caroline's blog, so I decided to freshen up my own for the new year.

I have to say that this new year has me excited. The possibilities are endless. So many things feel like they are going to change. I'm pumped, because I love change. As I near the end of editing my first novel it seems the road has been an interesting one. I've learnt so much about my self I'd forgotten and never known. I had forgotten how easy it was to lose myself in a project. I have come to terms with criticism and could bush off the most disheartening and turn it into a victory of some sort. I have been rejected by many literary agents and it only makes me want to try harder.

Here is a toast to the new year!

When we are anxious it is because we are living in the future, when we are depressed we are living in the past. So first let us start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, then suddenly we shall be doing the impossible.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Male Amendment; Mock cover vote

So, I decided to post the mock cover I'd made of the man with his hands chained behind his back. Let me know which cover piques your interest more. I shall keep the epigraph, I think. I like it, does anyone have any feedback for the epigraph? Remember, I don't have the rights to either of these pictures. They are not mine but they convey what I was going for. Let me know by either leaving a comment here on my blog or leave me a comment on facebook. Which cover would lure you to pick up my book and read the jacket? Epigraph:
In the dream there is a message. There is a transition you must work through, a transformation to be made. A bridge, where change takes place. Danger lurks in the amendment because a new perspective is needed. Let go. Much can be attained, if, you work through the clouded fog. Insecurity pushes your prejudices, for you do not know where this bridge will take you. You must change, even though you cannot see were the alteration will lead you. You must.
--Stella Telleria--

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Male Amendment; Mock Cover

I have been working on editing my book quite a bit and needed a short break. Being the creative weirdo I am, I decided to brainstorm cover art ideas for it. I tinkered with ideas of liberty symbols like the liberty bell. The end result was horrid. Then I threw around the idea of a man with his hands chained behind his back. It looked good, but I didn't want people to wonder if this was supposed to represent Eben's character look-wise. I hate books with pictures of what their characters look like. It drives me crazy!! What do marketing departments in these publishing companies think? That if I think the characters are hot I'll buy the bloody book? Grrrrrr! So I went back to my original plan of looking for a more metaphorical approach. I thought of symbols of change, uncertainty, and struggle. In the process I found my epigraph as well. Woot woot!! This is based on the symbolism in dreams. I think it's perfect because both main characters cross bridges before a huge change happens in their lives. Ding! Ding! I don't have rights to this picture I used, but this is just to convey the idea of what I want. The epigraph is below. Let me know what you think, pretty please. Are you going to make me beg? Would you pick this book up and read the jacket if you saw it in a bookstore?

In the dream there is a message. There is a transition you must work through, a transformation to be made. A bridge, where change takes place. Danger lurks in the amendment because a new perspective is needed. Let go. Much can be attained, if, you work through the clouded fog. Insecurity pushes your prejudices, for you do not know where this bridge will take you. You must change, even though you cannot see were the alteration will lead you. You must.

--Stella Telleria--

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