Strong Women in UF

IMG_0948[1]I’m over at SF Signal’s Mind Meld today, weighing in on the whole “strong women in UF” trope that is fairly prevalent in much of today’s UF books. Heh – it’s actually sort of funny, because when I set out to write A Brush of Darkness, I deliberately tried to avoid the whole “kick-ass lady in leather” concept – which is why Abby isn’t a slayer of any sort and why she’s so physically damaged.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the books that have kick-ass ladies in them – I’d just read so many of those book recently that I didn’t really want to write one, if that makes any sense.

As to the picture? That’s a shot of my piggy bank from when I was a child. With my dad selling the old house, I’ve now got a plethora of Really Old Stuff hanging around my house (which I will be documenting in subsequent posts.) Incidentally – this is one of those old-fashioned sorts of piggy banks – you need a hammer to get into it.  >_<

And so, it’s been that full since I was 2 or 3 – which is when I attempted to put it back on my dresser. (The one my son now uses, no less, ha ha.) I dropped that sucker on my foot and broke my big toe and it’s been sorta messed up ever since.

Do I have a point?

No. No, I don’t.  (Don’t  lift stuff that’s too heavy for you? Probably a good thing to keep in mind, whatever your age, really.)

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