I didn’t have time to read anything new because I was going through manuscripts all week – both mine and others’ (BTW, I wonder what beta # I am – I hope I’m #5! ;)). But I’ve started reading a classic, so I won’t review it anyway, although it will count to my yearly goal of books to read. But then I count other people’s manuscripts as well (not mine, or I’d be way over that count, hehe), which I can’t add on Goodreads, so it will probably look as if I didn’t meet my reading challenge by the end of the year. Unless I manage to read 65 published books, that is. But if I read 60 published and 5 manuscripts, I’ll consider I have reached my goal!
Now I’d like to thank all the new people stopping by this blog: January has seen the most visits since 2011 – the previous peak being May 2011 with 1280 visits! January 30 was very close to my previous “most visits per day” goal (I think on that day I went on some kind of search engine and had 170 visits – never happened again, I’ll never beat that record from June 2010, sigh. Although, like I said, January 30 was pretty close).
I pasted together the monthly visits (to the left) and the daily visits (to the right) + the stats for the life of the blog (top right) – see that Best ever 170? Not repeated yet, but close! Final count for January is 1997 visits. So thank you to everybody stopping by – mostly coming from Goodreads but also from who knows where…
I don’t do social networks much – noTwitter, for example – but I enjoy Goodreads, and I have a few groups I belong to there. The LGBT Fantasy Fiction group started a thread about women writing m/m romance or erotica, which prompted someone to put the link to this very enlightening post: How to write like a man, comic relief by Roger Armstrong. I don’t write m/m romance or erotica, but I do write lots of gay characters. And I’d make a distinction between women writing m/m romance and women writing yaoi/shonen ai – the second kind really write women inside men’s bodies!
I still remember reading a friend’s story were both her protagonists (both young, barely out of their teens, but still) cried for everything that happened to them or between them. I remember commenting “ENOUGH TEARS! I can take one whiny character, but not 2!”! Besides, I read some gay literature (and even some gay porn, hush!) before writing about men loving men, so sometimes when I read yaoi I really think it’s women inside men’s bodies – and I’m a woman, so I’m not surprised gay men feel insulted by some portrayals of them.
As for my own writing, I don’t put myself in any of the above categories. Besides, I write fantasy or science fantasy, so even if they’re supposedly human, they can be also Humanoids (like the Sire, who don’t need to shave, and have no hair on their body except you can imagine where – much like the Magical Races of Silvery Earth. What can I say, my ideal man is a little androgynous, LOL!) and they don’t have to behave like the Western Man – which, I think, is portrayed it in the aforementioned link.
I’d like to hear some Asian men’s opinion – from what I could gather Hindustani men dance and don’t feel their manhood is diminished if they do, like it happens in the west, right? I also think boys don’t cry but real men do – maybe not in front of other men, but they do. But then, I have a twisted idea of humanity, and I’m a writer precisely because I like to reinvent it all! And I write mostly about outsiders and outcasts, so if they’re “different”… well, that’s the whole point of telling their story. Normal is boring!
Anyway, I might give a taste of my m/m couples soon, and you can tell me if you think they’re men or women in men’s bodies. Now I need to go back to Star Minds 3 so I can send it out to betas during the weekend! Have a great Saturday and see you for Surprise Sunday!