#MSWL day: I'd love to see more F/F in my inbox. give me your adult WILDER GIRLS, your righthand women fiercely defending their gfs, the claustrophobic intimacy of friendship where you might just take a bite out of each other, your SF/F Elena Ferrante, your swordswomen in love.
A.K. Larkwood @AKLarkwood4. it's a story about someone who likes to categorise things meeting someone who resists categorisation, and i do always love a failure of taxonomy
this is both a perfect description of a book I’ve already loved & acquired (@emilytesh_uk’s Silver in the Wood, which is out this very week) & the type of manuscript I will ALWAYS go for. romance as a failure of taxonomy, yes please. #mswl
Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 @jeannette_ngSomeone please write a ghost story/ murder mystery set during the 3-day long lock-ins of the civil service exams of the Ming dynasty.
Three days of exams on moral philosophy & poetry and not being allowed out til its all graded.
I need this. breakfast club meets agatha christie in the ming dynasty. #MSWL
Ruoxi Chen @jruoxichenthrow in some “years later, the past creeps in through the window for her when Rosalind appears needing money to fund a hit on an unworthy husband & they definitely make out while discussing assassin logistics” & I’m at when can I buy your manuscript twitter.com/bylostways/sta…
ICYMI for the Monday crowd. a day later, any version of this is still firmly on my #MSWL
& in general: more f/f fantasy where the main pairing has a complicated history & maybe they're escaping narratives that weren't worthy of them please
chatting panels w/the brilliant @CarolinePerny and it occurs to me I crave a WOC take on the basic Hulk trope that plays with how complicated it is to be angry as a WOC, especially a BWOC. that gives permission for fury & recognizes that yeah, you're always fucking angry. #MSWL
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