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Some Things That Did Make Me Smile Today

Two very different things, in fact:

SF critic james_nicoll lives to stir up his readers. Today, he asked "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Fantasy or SF?" The ensuing discussion, both serious and snarky, is most enjoyable.

Writer Madeline Ashby addresses a topic of great concern to a number of us: Periods, and how to write them. I like the cut of her jib. (Warning: very frank talk about female body functions.)

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lawless523
Aug. 31st, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
What Flemmings said about menopause. It was far easier for me than my periods were, and other than having long ones until I went on the pill and a lot of bleeding the first few days, my periods weren't that bad.

CTHD: Fantasy, although I don't want to get into my reasons why. It could be spun as SF with a change or two, but on its face as presented now, it's fantasy.
chomiji
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)

I used to have pretty unpleasant ones. The tapering off wasn't so bad, but I did have at least one spectacular incident of the type she mentions.

I do think it's more fantasy than SF, although someone in the comments made the point that up to about 100 years ago, so little was known in the U.S./Europe about Asian martial arts that it might have been considered speculative fiction.

lawless523
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
The point is, not everyone has that experience. She writes as if they do.

True, but then that would be their/our ignorance speaking, wouldn't it?
chomiji
Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)

I have a feeling that, as a 30-yr-old woman, she had a few conversations with post-menopausal or menopausal women, and the most spectacular examples stuck in her mind.

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