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This is the blog of Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison, a professional writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Sarah Monette is my real name; Katherine Addison is a pen name, intended to be transparent.

If you've found me here, odds are pretty good you're looking for something to read, so the following is--to the best of my knowledge--a complete list of everything I've written that's available online:

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If you know of anything I've missed, please leave a comment!
18th-Jan-2010 11:52 am - 5 things + 1
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1. Happy birthday, pameladean!
2. Congratulations, catvalente!
3. It is both sunny and snowing today, which is always just weird.
4. Today's APOD is both gorgeous and amazing, as APODs always are, and a picture of somewhere I've been.
5. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I wish he were alive for this celebration of his birthday. He would be 81.

Finally, with a big thank you to Dave at Steve's Tattoo, here's what I did with my weekend:
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And now, these goblins and I have a book to finish in the next two weeks. I'll be under this hippopotamus if anybody needs me.
13th-Mar-2009 02:43 pm - some links
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The fabulous Mary Anne Mohanraj has two excellent posts on John Scalzi's blog. She also links to Ampersand's post on How Not To Be Insane When Accused of Racism (which is, please note, from 2005).

rydra_wong is compiling authoritative link lists of posts about this debate on racism and cultural appropriation.
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(found via oursin)

50th anniversary of Paul Robeson's Othello in Stratford on Avon, which was seriously a triumph of more than just art:

In 1957, unable to accept countless invitations to perform abroad, Paul Robeson sang for audiences in London and Wales via the transatlantic telephone cable: "We have to learn the hard way that there is another way to sing".

Paul Robeson is one of my heroes, and if I had a time machine--1949, Stratford, Paul Robeson, Othello. Enough said.
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I put my foot in my mouth way back at the beginning of this discussion, and after I apologized for that, I have not felt--and continue not to feel--that I can make any useful contribution.

But I do have something to say. Viz, and to wit:

I personally do not want science fiction/fantasy/horror to be a white-only domain.

I personally do not want people of color to feel unwelcome, excluded, alienated, or silenced, and I am sorry as all hell that they are being made to feel that way. I know that my comments have been construed as attempts to silence people of color; all I can say is, no. That is never what I want.
19th-Jan-2009 02:31 pm - the whole ugly mess
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I have done my part to make the current cultural appropriation debate a clusterfuck, and for that I am very sorry. For what it's worth, I recognize that I failed, and why, and next time I am determined to fail better.

Bear has made an excellent post, and I'm going to shut up and point you to it.

19th-Jan-2009 11:55 am - MLK Day
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King was a better human being than I will ever be. Today seems like a good day both to admit and accept that, and to say that making the effort, trying to be a person like him--even if I'll never succeed--is worthy.

It is worth doing. And it is worth failing at, because that's how any truly necessary human endeavor goes.

You try. You fail. You try again. You fail better.

And you keep dancing.
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