Mar. 17th, 2017

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1. Oddities of Costa Rica

2. Wildlife in Costa Rica

3. Sunsets, The Beach and Salsa Dancing in Costa Rica

In other news, I've started reading "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on my phone, because I forgot to bring my Kindle on my commute.

I'm not sure what it says about me that I found the bit about the aliens demolishing the Earth in order to build an hyperspace interstellar transport system rather amusing. Also reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter-House Five, where the Trafalmordian's destroy the Universe when one of their test pilots tries out a new interspace travel system.

The one thing that Scalzi, Vonnegut and Addams have in common, is they all appear to suck at writing believable or any for that matter, female characters. A lot of male sci-fi writers have this difficulty, particularly those of certain generation. Scalzi is actually not that bad in comparison.
Not that female writers are much better with male characters in the romance and sci-fi genres, again of a certain age.

Not sure what that's about. I find writing both genders rather easy. You just write them as you would anyone. People are people. I think the difficulty lies in placing too much emphasis on gender differences...resulting your own (ie. the writer's) biases regarding gender coming to the surface. The same thing occurs with race -- if you place too much emphasis on it, your own bias and prejudices surface. I'm not saying you should ignore it, just not make it the main factor. Sort of like focusing on the fact that Barbara Striesand has a huge nose, as opposed to how great a singer, actress, strong woman she is. If that makes sense? Don't see the nose to spite the face. Or the gender to spite the character. Or the race to spite the character. People are people. Race, gender, big noses...aren't distinguishing factors to the degree we think they are. If corresponding on the internet has taught me anything -- it's that. I don't know what someone's gender, race, size of their nose is..unless they tell me. For long time, people online thought I was a guy, until I told them otherwise. (I know, I'd have thought, shadowkat would be a woman's alias, but no, men use it's rather generic. Yet another example of why one shouldn't make generalizations about these things.)


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