Happy April! In New England, we’ve gotten a lot of rain and some snow. Great. It’s also my birthday month. What will I be doing to ring in twenty-nine, you ask? Well, right now the only thing on my calendar for my actual birthday is a 3pm therapy session.
Sarah wrote up a great summary and response to RWA’s statement on diversity. If you’re looking to read more books by authors of color this year, the twitter account Diverse Aesthetics is a good resource. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but there are still plenty of tweets to go through. Additionally, I cannot recommend WOCinRomance enough.
A note from Sarah: Each week I email out tips and suggestions on how to declutter your schedule and organize you time using Google Calendar and all its many powers. I’m also answering your questions about how to organize a tricky task or repeating appointment – and I’ve helped a number of people so far.
My goal is to help you gain more control of your time and your schedule so you have less of that can’t-catch-up, overwhelmed feeling we all dislike so much, and instead have more time to read. (That should be the slogan on a Facebook ad or something, shouldn’t it? “More time to read? I’ll tell you how!”)
Stacey Abrams, a Black romance author running for office in Georgia, keeps kicking ass:
Marie Claire: Do you feel like an outsider?
Stacey Abrams: Always. Look at the power structure I’m facing right now running for governor in a country where there is not a single African-American governor. But I want people to understand that while being an outsider is something you must acknowledge, it is not a permanent impediment to success.
MC: How do you stay positive?
SA: I was at an event recently with mayors from across Georgia. A gentleman whom I had previously met and who recently won an election for a city council position came up to me and said, “I won my election; I told you I would,” and I said, “I know.” And he said, “You just have to speak it into existence”; I said, “That’s what I’m doing.” He smiled and said, “You know, I don’t know if we’re ready for you yet, but I’m glad you’re trying.” So even in his moment of joy about his success, he told me,“But you’re not going to win because you’re black.” When this first started happening—especially when coming from people I’ve known for years, whom I admired and who I thought shared my vision for my path forward—it was very nullifying. But I remind myself that though this might be the biggest stage on which I’ve stood, it’s not the first time I’ve faced these questions. And I’m not doing this alone. I may be the only one with my specific profile, but there are women, people from the LGBTQ community, Muslims who are seeking to reassert their patriotism after being denounced by many, and all of us have naysayers and doubters. We must remind ourselves that our success is inevitable.
Don’t forget to vote this year!
Are you a queer individual who loves trivia? Autostraddle needs you!
Autostraddle is putting together queer trivia nights around the US in April. This is the one in DC but there are many others being planned that I know of. This page will have the list – and if you’re interested in putting together a trivia night, get in touch with them!
Want more woman-driven fantasy? Check out this awesome flowchart! Which others would you recommend and how many of these have you read?
Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!
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