Micro SF/F stories @MicroSFFThe emperor woke when a hand was placed over his mouth.
"I evaded all your guards," the assassin whispered, "and outwitted all your traps."
The emperor nodded, and the assassin took a step back.
"Is it five three?" the emperor asked
"Yes, I've won five. Let's swap clothes now."
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These are *gorgeous;* somebody write me the novel that goes with the second picture, please! #MSWL
L. D. Lewis 🦊 @EllethevillainI need more books that use settings *as* characters as well. I love living histories! Places can d/evolve and have arcs of their own. Stories can happen *to* and not just *in* them. And exploring that doesn't have to be pigeonholed as worldbuilding alone.
One of the things good gothic fantasy & claustrophobic scary spaceship stories have in common is that they both do setting-as-character well.
Really, any setting can be made to feel like a character. Creepy castle? Floating city? Jungle that *devours* people? YES.
basghetti @enotonikif you're having a bad day, just remember that charlize theron used to knit on set between takes of mad max: fury road and that many of the war boys asked her to teach them to knit too, leading to pictures like this pic.twitter.com/eygHobrHxn
This picture is an entire #MSWL.
Lauren Panepinto @PlanetpintoWill some author pitch a manuscript on the Fantasy series version of this so @VonBrooklyn & I can design covers for it? historydaily.org/female-librari…
YES PLEASE, send me all your equestrian librarian fantasy heroines #mswl
bao ngo @srirachadrinkerlol i lose my shit every time i remember that k-pop was created by the south korean government in the late 90s as an export in order to pay back a $57 billion IMF loan
Someone write me the science fiction or fantasy take on this. #mswl
MENA_Conflict @MENA_ConflictToday I learned about the Harpy eagle, and I wish I hadn't. That motherfucker is scheming to kill me. I know it. pic.twitter.com/VK7A7irx6k
Somebody write me a fantasy novel starring a harpy eagle shapeshifter. I need more terrifyingly weird-looking Animagi in my life. #MSWL
Samira Ahmed @sam_aye_ahmI want to write some Marie Kondo-inspired fanfic where it's just me smacking xenophobic/culturally insensitive/racist critics in the back of the head with unwanted books, which transfers so much joy into said books, they're lovingly re-homed instantly.
#MSWL! I don’t know what genre this would be, and I frankly don’t care.
New year, new (evergreen) #MSWL:
Smash the patriarchy.
Give me men who are gentle, with soft, artistic souls & loved ones to care for
Give me women who are ruthless & sharp-edged w/o being ground to dust for it
Give me NB heroes who are any & all of these, who live their truth
Tasha Suri @tashadrinksteathe fact there isn't a book about elegant, dangerous desi fae or vampires when we have this picture of deepika and ranveer as inspiration offends me on a spiritual level pic.twitter.com/WuCyzqnOEZ
A type of primary relationship I’d love to see more in #SFF: comrades-in-arms—not only warrior/soldier siblings-in-battle, but also people fighting for common causes in politics, in the workplace, in civil society, &c. who believe viscerally in their purpose & in each other #MSWL
Sarah Guan @Sarah_GuanAll this chatter about a vampire (and werewolf) comeback. I have thoughts...
I like my supernatural, human-but-not characters. But I’d love some new takes—not the resurrecting of classics that worked the last time around. Let’s see new perspectives get a bite at that apple.
After a fantastic chat with @hroot, @tayhaggerty, and the Orbit editorial team this afternoon, I’ve realized that one of my evergreen #MSWL items is “sprawling, deeply messed up, magical families who both love and hate each other, and maybe change the world sometimes.”
After Trump’s bizarre statement about exchanging love letters w/ Kim Jong Un, I can’t help thinking it‘d be an interesting SFF novel idea: 2 unstable dictators w/ huge egos inherit world-ending arsenals & a fraught standoff, begin a diplomatic correspondence, & fall in love
Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan#MSWL: feminist #SFF
I don’t mean “strong heroine succeeds in a sexist society.” That exists, and much of it isn’t feminist in a way that reflects the intellectual underpinnings of the concept.
I want “strong heroines work together—intersectionally—to dismantle the patriarchy.”
Given today's events, refreshing this #MSWL. Are you writing #SFF about misogynists getting their comeuppance and women tearing down the patriarchy with their bare hands? Tell your agent to send it to me.
#MSWL: secondary world SFF political systems based on historical governments that weren’t quasi-absolute monarchies—e.g. the Japanese shogunate, the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ancient Greek polis, the elected Khans of the Mongol Empire, the city-states of the Aztec Triple Alliance
#MSWL: anti-colonialist adult #SFF that’s not just about throwing off the hegemon’s rule, but also the complexities of economic independence, recovering lost cultural heritage, & constituting a government that doesn’t replicate oppressive structures put in place by the colonizer.