Under Her Protection: A Short Review

Posted By on Saturday, August 30th, 2014, 21:00

Turtleduck Press has brought out a new book, called "Under Her Protection", an anthology of stories of women to the rescue.

The stories are:

Guardian, by KD Sarge.
Reaper Girl, by Erin Zarro.
The Raja and the Madman, by Siri Paulson.
Drifting, by Kit Campbell.

I'm lucky and get to review it. Beware of minor spoilers—I'm not going to do a hugely in depth review of each story; I had intended to but a little thing called depression reared its head and I just… *sigh* Maybe one day I won't let people down. …hear more of the echoing dust…

Call Me Rapunzel

Posted By on Monday, August 25th, 2014, 00:30

I've been watching Tangled a lot in the past couple of days. It will be fun to have some choice quotes, though I don't think J is willing to go as Mother Gothel for the "your birthday was last year" scene. *mock sighs, grinning* As I have said previously, Rapunzel is my favourite princess. And in watching Tangled, it has occurred to me that Rapunzel is a very apt choice for what will likely be my first official presenting as a girl.

And because it's my blog and I can, I shall endeavour to elaborate on Rapunzel's side of things. I feel if I point out the applications to me, it's not quite as powerful, and besides, I also think I've made it fairly obvious. …hear more of the echoing dust…

Rapunzel Cosplay

Posted By on Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 17:00

J: Well it's a costume party (musical themed, naturally).
Di: …maybe I should buy a wig and come as Angel. Totally lazy costume for the win!

J: Also, I'm surprised you're passing up the opportunity to come as Rapunzel—Disney musicals are included.

And it has since snowballed from there.

I have ordered a Pascal, another friend is buying me a small lightweight frying pan, I have a pair of shoes because bare feet may work for Rapunzel in Corona but in reality that is not a good idea (also I can't imagine any establishment approving of bare feets)…

All that remains is the wig and the dress. And they're going to happen.

I am seriously going to be Rapunzel, my favourite fairy tale character and my favourite Disney Princess.

Introducing Under Her Protection

Posted By on Saturday, August 16th, 2014, 15:15

Turtleduck Press has brought out a new anthology and I have been remiss in not attending to it earlier. Bad Di! However, to introduce it is Erin Zarro, so I'll let Erin take it away from here. I'll follow this up with a post on my thoughts in a couple of days, life permitting.

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "dudes in distress"?

Well, I think of a guy in need of help of some sort. I also wonder who's giving the help, or doing the rescuing.

This time, it's a woman. But not just any woman. She's strong. She's sympathetic. She's smart. She's not afraid to run to a man's rescue. But, most of all, she's special, because it takes a special woman to turn the trope upside down and right side up.

The theme of our new anthology is exactly that: damsels who are doing the rescuing, special woman who save men. And men who need their saving. We at Turtleduck Press never go for what's normal or usual; we try to mix things up and walk the path less traveled. We exist to be different, which is why this anthology is so us. …hear more of the echoing dust…

A Personal Discourse on Depression

Posted By on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 01:30

I've been thinking on and off after hearing about Robin Williams' suicide. As such, this post may be triggery and upsetting, so be warned. I'm placing the rest under a cut and plenty of ellipses after just in case anyone comes to the post page so they can go back if that's what they want. …hear more of the echoing dust…