Rebecca F. Kuang @kuangrfi learned about nüshu, a Chinese script that only women could write and understand, a long time ago but ran across it again in a reading today and now i can't stop thinking about it. where's the SFF treatment of this? the possibilities!
nüshu magic—ink witches sending spells and messages through hidden script that changes on the page, empires crumbling on the strength of a carefully wrought character, sworn sisters taking vengeance for their own—I want every iteration #MSWL
Sasstral Projection @CarolinePerny@jruoxichen Elder banshee aunties teaching fledgling banshees how to perfect their ethereal shrieks! A chapter where everyone contracts the same cold and all the banshees temporarily loose their voices and must chug honeyed tea! MOAR VENGEFUL YELLING!
this has now fixed in my head as an actual #MSWL
BANSHEE PALACE: soap opera energy, palace intrigue, queer banshee romances, dialogue worthy of a Chinese period drama. misandry in the time of vengeance. I want it.
Ruoxi Chen @jruoxichen@kuangrf she's been vampire hunting for decades, and now these jiliguala youth think they know what they're about, but they do not, and all unburied things cause trouble for the living. pic.twitter.com/A4HHadNsWe
mostly this entire thread that is rapidly getting out of hand with publisher duels & puppies but also a genuine #mswl for the general concept of an old school auntie vampire hunter—if we can have 25 van helsing adaptations we can have 25 of this!
Katherine Locke @BibliogatoI am not an agent or an editor, so I'm just throwing it out there for writers who do humor better than me:
I would kill for a YA book that captured the tone and feeling of the late great tv show Dead Like me.
selfishly expanding this into a #mswl for adult SFF that hits that Dead Like Me sweet spot of charming sardonic & reserved w/a deep undercurrent of heartbreak & stunning empathy that will break into the main storyline without warning. high concept but make it lump in your throat
in light of recent snake news, I'd *really* like a queer own voice retelling of Bai She Zhuan where Suzhen & Xiaoqing fall in love while on their rescue mission & realize that striving for an immortal human soul is the patriarchy & being a snake witch is better. #mswl
Sarah McCabe @sarahrmccabeI *need* a YA adaptation of this (times a billion).
YES except also as adult fantasy about the rash decisions you made as an impetuous youth & an impetuous witch but now you're falling in love in your grumpy 30s over a magical contract you didn't think though w/lots of resigned sighs & awkward eye contact & netflix #mswl
Bo Bolander @BBolanderIndiana Jones but she's an old woman and she just has to travel the world learning all these sacred trades so they don't die out
#mswl so hard I almost dropped my phone into my coffee. decolonize Indy! remove the specter of defunct masculinity from the character’s hallmarks. make her a bulwark against the dying of a hidden world. make Indiana Jones the auntie we deserve.
Lindsey Hall @LindseyHall17#MSWL mid-age or older protags in a long-term romantic relationship. One that feels lived in, hard-earned, three-dimensional. There are so many uniquely awesome & stressful situations an SFF world— I want to see the ups & downs of getting into them w/ a longtime love by your side
Co-signing. Show me characters falling in love for the fourth time, with all the warts, while quietly and competently figuring out the galactic war/revolution/dystopia. #MSWL
R.O. Kwon @rokwonSomebody please write a book titled THERE WILL BE MARGINALIA. 💓 twitter.com/jruoxichen/sta…
Ah now I want this for real! Low fantasy magical realist House of Leaves meets Divine Cities trilogy about a historian from a conquered place discovering her own history via marginalia and then rewriting the colonizers' version by weaponizing it. #mswl
Would love a mythical take on PERFUME (Suskind) with paints instead of scents: historical/secondary world fantasy where True Ochre requires the hair of a just man who's never known bitterness, True White the tears of a serpent who's lost her love etc. Art, blood, hunts. #mswl
Andrea Tang @atangwrites@jruoxichen ngl 10/10 would write this bantery tongue-in-cheek spy fi plot 😂
YES. I'm just going to sit on my hands and wait for this to show up in my inbox. Heroine who finds her highly skilled profession out of resistance to stereotypes & SPITE! 5 levels deep code switching banter & hijinks! Alias meets Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Chang-rae Lee! #mswl
Tiffany Liao @Tiff_Liao#mswl where my jiangshi stories at? twitter.com/isabel9thLP/st…
Someone write pls write me the bone-dry acid-quick novella about an As-Am jiangshi who's scammed a yoga class full of white women into thinking the hopping is an exercise trend (& not slow food vampirism) that's really about the commodification of WOC in white spaces #mswl
Ruoxi Chen @jruoxichen@gaileyfrey I forget where on the internet I saw this, but someone once told an anecdote about their little brother learning that baby teeth fall out and adult ones grow in and then asking, "when do your baby eyes fall out?" The thought of baby eyes has HAUNTED me ever since.
Sidebar: someone write me an sf/f story where your baby eyes falling out is a rite of initiation that presages the loss of innocence and the onset of true eyes and true Sight. Happy nightmares, everyone. #MSWL