Myka isn’t sleeping again.
It is quiet outside. The autumn has killed the songs of crickets.
There is now only the song of divers, plunging into the dark nothing outside, stuck in the pressure crush. The hush rushes around the B&B, filling the room in waves, spinning like the pounding blood through Myka’s ears on nights, oh, these nights.
The nights when she wishes she could tell. Tell the truth about Helena George Wells. And who she was, IS. Right now in this goddam moment. Somewhere out there, is the father of science fiction. And it is a woman. Hot tears come to Myka’s face at the thought of her hiding in Boone, wasting away at a life Helena thinks she has earned; but does a knight earn her hood by having a picnic with the dragon? Helena had given her hope, for so many reasons. Reasons that meant that boys and men weren’t the only ones who could bound into adventures of the fantastic, or harness the possibility of the future. Myka dug her fingernails into the sheet, damp from the wetness in her eyes. It was these nights, she realized, that if and what and who she loved, she loved alone.
FiveThirtyEight — Nate Silver’s data-driven stats analysis site that first got famous for predicting election results — actually tried to crunch the numbers on women in comics and it’s an eye-opening read!
Among the more interesting statistics:
- About 25% of all comic book characters are female
- About 10% of comics creators at both Marvel and DC are female
- About 21% of people working in comics this year are non-white
FiveThirtyEight’s takeaway: "Comic books are still made by men, for men and about men," although that seems to be changing ever so slowly.
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Q:Hey there, I'm a huge fan of Carmilla. If one day I write something half as good I will be happy with my life. So I was wondering how you joined the project and if there is any advice you'd give someone thinking about becoming a writer?
This is sort of a weird story.
Couple things to add:
- Carmilla worked for me on multiple levels beyond my personal connection to the story and my goal of getting queers and bechdel-passing narratives on screen: given its dual niche aspect *plus* the fact that it hadn’t been adapted into a series made it much easier to pitch up the ladder. Most importantly, there were already people who loved the novella and this community was a visible boon while selling.
- Beyond reccing it on twitter, I had been in touch with Ellen to discuss developing her own series. I knew from her fics she had a strong grasp of structure, characterization *and* the ability to mimic a voice. We got Jordan to lead the process and Ellen on board as her writing staff. and what a team they make!
TL;DR - you never know who reads your fic and is going to contact you. But you gotta write more.
Learn production. Write spec scripts (sample eps) of your favorite shows. Study them. Analyze them. Learn how writing differs from platform to platform - screenwriting and playwriting are blueprints.
Read ALL of these pilots: https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-drama/pilot-scripts