Comments for Sophia McDougall http://sophiamcdougall.com The website of author Sophia McDougall Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:26:06 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on SPACE HOSTAGES — the book trailer! by Paddy Belton http://sophiamcdougall.com/2015/06/25/space-hostages-the-book-trailer/#comment-13240 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:26:06 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=598#comment-13240 Well done that clever lass – I’m pining for some Krakkiluk love poetry…

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Comment on The Rape of James Bond by Sexuellt våld i fantasy och ursäkterna som används för att försvara det | In Another Library http://sophiamcdougall.com/2013/03/13/the-rape-of-james-bond/#comment-8632 Thu, 08 May 2014 14:24:57 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=171#comment-8632 […] Brouke: Realism, (Male) Rape, and Epic Fantasy Sophia McDougall: The Rape of James Bond by Anna on maj 8, 2014  •  klottrigt  •  Kommentera Taggar: […]

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Comment on Comment Policy by Diane N. http://sophiamcdougall.com/2013/03/21/comment-policy/#comment-8436 Sun, 04 May 2014 13:47:55 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=182#comment-8436 I know this is an old post, but I came across it as I was researching a novel I’m writing about life in the aftermath of rape. The story begins with a woman who was recently raped seeking help from her male cousin. But when the cousin is raped, she finds herself helping him instead. There’s also a supporting male character who is emotionally scarred after being raped under the influence of telepathy several years earlier.

I chose to write about this subject for many of the reasons you describe, and I’ve made a conscious decision to make all rape occur off page because I want to emphasize the characters’ attempts to cope and get justice.

I’ve been going to critique groups, and the most disturbing comment so far has been that it’s a good thing I’m showing how powerful the woman is up front so readers won’t think she’s lying. This came from a female writer! How will rape culture end when women are supporting it?

I have a feeling criticism is going to get harsh when the man is raped, and I doubt anyone will publish the book. But it’s a story I have to tell. Have you ever had one of those stories that you just can’t stop writing?

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Comment on The Next Big Thing — Mars Evacuees! by Sophia McDougall signing, New HP covers and new Patricia Briggs book http://sophiamcdougall.com/2013/02/08/the-next-big-thing-mars-evacuees/#comment-6342 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:45:45 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=152#comment-6342 […] from 6 – 7pm! The book is a Middle Grade novel published by Egmont – read Sophia’s Mars Evacuees FAQ on her blog for more info about the book. ALWAYS CARRY DUCT […]

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Comment on by Cover Story, March 2014 | Stainless Steel Droppings http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/02/12/263/#comment-5579 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:35:01 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=263#comment-5579 […] McDougall gets candid about author fears about book covers and her own excitement with Potts’ work on Mars Evacuees […]

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Comment on by Dolorosa http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/02/12/263/#comment-5201 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:44:55 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=263#comment-5201 It looks fantastic! I’m glad you’re happy with it.

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Comment on by Mar Evacuees cover revealed | Longvision http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/02/12/263/#comment-5200 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:37:21 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=263#comment-5200 […] Enchanted Books. Sophia herself, along with artist Andy Potts, discuss the design <a href=”http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/02/12/263/”>on Sophia McDougall’s blog</a>. The US cover, which will be the work of artist Goro […]

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Comment on by Robyn Slinger http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/02/12/263/#comment-5199 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:52:51 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=263#comment-5199 It looks beautiful! Well done :-)

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Comment on Fantasycon 2014, and why you should come by Ramsey Campbell http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/01/18/fantasycon-2014-and-why-you-should-come/#comment-4878 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:12:32 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=259#comment-4878 We’re coming for sure.

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Comment on Fantasycon 2014, and why you should come by Sophia http://sophiamcdougall.com/2014/01/18/fantasycon-2014-and-why-you-should-come/#comment-4876 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:53:37 +0000 http://sophiamcdougall.com/?p=259#comment-4876 I tend to use SFF to include the whole spectrum. There will certainly be panels on horror and heroic fantasy (surely the latter’s included within the “F” of SFF?)

There’s very little in the post about fancy dress, except that we plan to include a fashion show (we intend this to be attached to a panel on accuracy in writing/designing historical costumes). However everyone is very welcome to wear whatever they like throughout the con and that includes costumes. I disagree that this will damage the con’s reputation, on the contrary, I think banning or discouraging costumes would give a much more damaging impression of joylessness. A lot of people put a great deal of creativity and skill into costuming and I consider those people to be an asset to the event rather than a liability. I also believe the mix of backgrounds and interests at a con is potentially beneficial and inspiring for all concerned; today’s nerd in a Daenerys Tagaryen costume might be tomorrow’s star author or editor, I’d rather she felt welcome than took her talents elsewhere. But no one who doesn’t want to wear a costume will have to wear one, the great majority of events will not be focused on costumes and I don’t believe that in practice other members’ clothing choices will dominate anyone’s experience of the con.

I don’t mean to dismiss anyone’s prior work in terms of outreach or welcoming and am sorry if I gave that impression. However, I feel there remains work to be done; not just by Fantasycon or the BFS but by the whole genre community. This post is primarily for people who have *not* so far been reached.

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