Thank you very much, Hayley (from Books Are Delicious) for tagging me in this writing process blog hop!
What Am I Working On?
The timing of this blog hop feels a little surreal to me, for right now I am not working on anything, since I have been suffering from a bad burnout all of April. I hope to be back on track around mid May though. I have been working on a lot of nonfiction/academic projects for the past year though. Right now, I have turned in the finished draft of my contracted book, Women in Science Fiction Television, so this is one huge accomplishment for me. I also have a few other papers (about Supernatural, Farscape, Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Star Wars) awaiting publication, but which are completed, unless I need to touch them up per the editor’s request. You can find all my published and upcoming publications on this page. I also am waiting on answers for other possible publications (about Yoko Tsuno, Pacific Rim, Star Wars, James Cameron’s Science Fiction movies) so I hope some of them will be positive!
The next project I want to tackle once I am back to normal and regular writing (besides my usual Star Wars roleplaying writing hobby which helps my creative muse and keeps me in the writing loop even when I suffer from academic burnout lie now) is a book proposal about Dana Scully from the X-Files. I have a few places where I plan to submit it to and I really hope I can find a publisher because I am very excited about this book project.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
I work a lot on female characters in Science Fiction narratives, most of them on screen (Television, Cinema, Video games). I know I am not the only one who does this, but I am often interested in exploring characters through theme based comparison, as shown in my book, and also certain types of characters, such as what I called the Warrior Mothers (which I hope to expand on in the future). I am well aware that there is still a lot of room to get more layered and richer female characters, but being able to see the good ones that existed, even with some limitations at times, is very important for me. I also have side interests that nourish my main research axis, such as vidding, some 1990’s and 2000’s Bollywood movies, and some French series and movies.
The fact that I write about what I am passionate about is also a driving force in my work and I believe that it shows, although I am careful not to be blinded by some personal preferences. I also don’t mind sharing and writing about the sometimes not so popular opinions I can have regarding certain productions or characters. I believe that all opinions when expressed clearly, politely can bring positive things to a discussion.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
I have written since as far as I can remember, and I already liked telling stories before this. I dabbed into poetry when I was a child, wrote my first novella (Science Fiction for children) when fifteen and completed my first novel (YA dark fantasy) when I was twenty. Neither of these are published so far, though I have good hope to self publish the novella later this year. They are both in French though. I still have lots of notes for other novels, series of novels either in Science Fiction or Fantasy, but I haven’t touched original fiction in years. I believe I will go back to this one day, but now, it is academic writing that is my priority and what I like doing best.
I wrote several research papers over the past decade due to my lengthy studies in film and media studies. In 2009, I started a Ph.D. (which I quit in 2012), so publications and conferences were important. This gave me a renewed and more vibrant love for academic writing, papers and books. Along with my other projects, my writing has helped me establish myself as an independent scholar. I enjoy being able to write about so many topics that I love and being able to contribute to conversations and research about them.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I always keep a notebook with me when I’m not at the computer because I tend to have ideas for future papers/books out of the blue. I have four sub folders in my academic writing one: archive (drafts of published papers and documents from previous talks), in progress (what is accepted for publication but not published yet), published (final digital versions of published papers except when they were published in hard copies. These ones are on a shelf in my room) and various. The last sub folder comprises sub sub folders with what is submitted (and for which I am awaiting answers), book projects, WIP (some proposals that were turned down but that I can rework/resubmit at a later date) and one document which is my master list of paper ideas. This scary thing never ceases to grow.
I like being organized so I know where I can find things and I make sure to update my master list whenever I have a new paper idea. The book ideas tend to stand on their own as mentioned above. I admit that I don’t work on any projects, beyond the note taking, unless I have a place to submit it to for publication. I don’t like writing when I have nowhere to submit to. Finding call for papers where I can submit is extremely important for my nonfiction/academic creativity and focus, especially with all the trillion ideas I have. So, I check this site a few times a week, to see which call for papers I can respond to and then I go on the hunt in my master list and turned down abstracts to find something matching and that I feel like working on at the moment. My upcoming book proposal about Scully necessitated further research for publishers though, as I am interested in reaching out to American University Presses. I like that just like for other papers and previous books, there are guidelines to the different places I can submit to.
I enjoy working with deadlines and word counts. It helps me organize my schedule (so I make sure that I don’t accidentally pile up tons of deadlines at once and panic) and progress in my work. Right now, I am already with three other calls for paper I could answer to, depending on how things go. I always then work from my notes and then make sure to establish the structure of the paper or book, so I can break my word count into smaller parts. I tend to focus on a project at a time when writing. When I was writing my book for example, I was focusing on other papers in between chapters. It is funny how I can easily multitask, but writing several projects at the same time doesn’t work for me.
I always try to be early on schedule, and the fact that all my writing goes through a friend of mine who has extensive experience editing, helps a lot, because she needs time to do the proofreading and editing work before I can submit. I admit that writing in English is much more natural to me now than writing in French, and I am glad to see the improvement I have gone through over the past few years, both thanks to my academic writing and my roleplaying hobby.
Over the past few days, my notes for an upcoming post have been piling up, since I was focused on other things, including my book chapter (which I am now at 6,000 words out of 15,000. I couldn’t believe that I had completed 80% of the overall book Women in Science Fiction Television with 64,500 words written out of the 80,000 final goal!) Finding myself with different links, video teasers and almost ten movies/TV shows to review (from what I have been watching over the past while) made me realize that breaking the monster post in two parts will be better, at least for my own sanity!
Weekend Edition: On writer’s doubt plus good reads and writing advice by Jamie Lee Wallace: I have become an unconditional fan of her Weekend Edition posts and can’t help but recommend them. In this one, she discusses several things including how all writers have to face and experience doubt at some point. The other point which was most compelling to me in her post was when she spoke about how it is totally possible to read many different types of books, even some that might be considered an impossible combination to read, especially back to back. As always she also shares a good many links of interest for those interested in writing. I often find inspiration, if not actual resources from some of them.
The Cutting Room Floor Take 2 by Rose B. Fischer: Even Rose’s Tumblr posts make my brain go on a rampage. I should be perfectly used to it after so many years of friendship, but I guess my brain still easily surprises me, since it can’t scare me anymore.
I haven’t read the Game of Thrones books the series was based on, but I fell in love with the show when it first came out. Tyrion is definitely one of my favorite characters, and Peter Dinklage’s acting is certain for a lot in it, as I remember his character in Threshold had been one of my favorite too. My other favorite characters who still are alive are Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Jorah Mormont and Brienne of Tarth. I miss Ned Stark, Catelyn Stark and Khal Drogo. I find other characters interesting, but I don’t “like” them. The characters I like are far from flawless, but I can feel empathy for them at times. As for the list of characters I hope to see die, it gets longer as the story carries on.
Regarding Supernatural, I fell in deep love with the show when it started. As from season 4, I started to feel a downfall from the show, and I haven’t seen anything since the end of season 6. I am not planning on picking this television show up again. I even only kept my seasons 1-3 DVDs. There were so many good things in the story, great characters, possibilities of awesome and layered development. To me the show was destroyed and characters massacred out of sheer fun by the writers. Dean and John Winchester will always be my favorite characters. I used to like Bobby in the early seasons, then I couldn’t stand him anymore. Ellen Harvelle was my favorite female character on the show and I still plan on writing more about her one day. I also couldn’t stand how they killed characters, brought them back, killed them again, all of this for… No real reason. I am glad for the people who still love the show that they can have this experience. It didn’t happen to me.
I think that Titan AE which Rose mentions in her few words about Joss Whedon, is one of the very few things Whedon did that I’m not big on. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly/Serenity, The Avengers, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and find that Whedon has a knack for making great dynamics within his group of characters, have solid female protagonists (and antagonists). I don’t like everything in these shows/movies and I’m not happy with all the narrative choices Whedon and the other writers working on his shows did, but overall, he is up in my inspiration figure list, along with George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Chris Carter, Ronald D. Moore, Michael Straczynski, Peter Jackson. I’m actually hoping that Joss Whedon eventually directs a Star Wars movie.
Something for #Bloggers who Tweet by Gene’O Gordon: I have been following the Sourcerer for a while and the blog has a lot of great contributions regarding many topics, including resources. I find Gene’s idea really great with his public Twitter list of bloggers. I admit not using lists myself on Twitter, but I bookmarked Gene’s so I can explore the listed bloggers and discover new people. I mentioned it before but I really find that Twitter (and WordPress) are more practical and “natural” for networking than LinkedIn for example.
And on a final note, I have to share the Star Wars Rebels love with posting the two teasers Ignite and Spark. I am very much looking forward to this show. Of course, I am very eager to first get to see The Clone Wars season 6. I don’t like everything that was made in the Star Wars franchise, but I am grateful that there are so many choices, so I can find new things I fancy be it on screen on in books!
Star Wars Rebels: “Ignite” Teaser
Star Wars Rebels: “Spark” Teaser
Happy New Year! Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 filled with joy, good health and success!
Before jumping back into book writing as from tomorrow if all goes according to plan, I decided to finish on my recap posts, as I recently did with books and videos. This time, I want to look at what I achieved in terms of publications in 2013 and what I have to look forward to for 2014 and even 2015.
In 2013, I had three new publications: 1 eBook, 1 article and 1 eBook chapter. The two first were in the USA and the second one in the UK:
- October 2013: Gender Dynamics in Star Wars: The Old Republic: A Focus on Female Characters, Thought Catalog (USA).
- September 2013: “Sam Worthington: Hybrid Faces”, Navigating Cybercultures, edited by Nicholas van Orden, Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK)
- July 2013: “Alternate Universe Fan Videos and the reinterpretation of the media source“, in The Phoenix Papers (USA).
I am very excited about the 8 other publications I have upcoming for either 2014 or 2015. Most of them are chapters or articles, but one is my contracted book Women in Science Fiction Television, which is the one upcoming publication I am still in the stage of writing – until I get eventual edits to make in for the other ones, in case editors and publishers request as such. Those upcoming publications will be in the USA, the UK and Canada.
- 2015: Women in Science Fiction Television, Scarecrow Press (USA).
- TBA: “John Winchester – the orchestrated fall from grace”, edited collection, Edwin Mellen Press (USA).
- TBA: “Mara Jade: Pillar of the Star Wars Expanded Universe”, Macro/MicroCosm, Vraeyda Media (Canada).
- TBA: “Revisiting Indian Traditionalism in Shabd“, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Anaphora Literary Press (USA).
- TBA: “Sam Worthington: Negotiating Humanity”, Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture 7 and 8 (hard copy volume), Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK)
- TBA: “Talyn, the heroic journey” in an edited collection on Farscape (USA).
- TBA: Stories in Post-Human Cultures, co-edited with A. Brackin, Ph.D., Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK).
- TBA: Transmedia Practices: A Collective Approach, co-edited with A. Brackin, Ph.D. and JT Velikovsky, Inter-Disciplinary Press (UK)
Besides those accepted publications, I am also currently waiting for answers regarding 5 more possible ones. I think that 4 are in the USA and 1 in Taiwan.
- 2 full fledged articles (Star Wars: Jedi Knight, Brotherhood of the Wolf)
- 2 article proposals (Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time, Vidding)
- 1 guest blog post proposal (David Nolande)
Once I am done with completing my book for Scarecrow Press, I am planning to start working more on another book project I would like to tackle next, should I find a publisher. Right now I have 3 or 4 book projects, but this one I’m planning to focus on next is one about Dana Scully from the X-Files.