Mental Illness and Mental Health / The Third Age

Mental Illness in Athering

So today I’m taking a little bit of a detour from Character Snapshots in order to talk about Athering’s approach to mental illness. I’ll be using examples from the books (Bellica and The Jade Star of Athering), so spoilers ahead. Why? Well, it’s #BellLetsTalk day, and I like contributing to it on the blog. As it is also a Wednesday, I figured this would be a chance to talk about how Athering approaches mental illness. In a word? Badly. Let me elaborate.

Character Snapshots / The Third Age

Character Snapshot: Ghia, 4021

Hello, and welcome to another instalment of Character Snapshots! Today we’ll be talking to Ghia, who was introduced in Bellica and continues her journey in The Jade Star of Athering. There will be spoilers for both books in this interview, so if you haven’t finished them and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read ahead! As before, my questions are bolded and the character’s answers are in italics.

Character Snapshots

Character Snapshot: Yarrow, 4020

Welcome to Character Snapshots, the new series where I interview my characters at certain points in their lives. Today I’m interviewing Yarrow in 4020, after the events that take place in Bellica. Beware of spoilers! Name? Yarrow Achi deZameera Zarqon. Er. Queen Yarrow, I guess now. That’s tough to get used to. Age and birthday? 30 years old; Duema 2nd, 3990. If you want to give me a gift you will never go wrong with whiskey. Or porn. Puppies are nice too. Time of snapshot: What day is it? I don’t know. I’m tired. Sometime near the end of

dispatches from the loony bin / The Third Age / Writer Life

Rape Culture in Fantasy Settings

[TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of rape and sexual assault] It’s a Thing. It really is. We’d like to think that the worlds we think up are oh-so-evolved, but the truth is that many of the worlds we think up have a rape culture in some shape or form. Possibly because it’s nearly impossible for us to imagine humanity could be better. Or maybe — and this I find more likely — maybe we really believe, deep down, that rape is something that just happens and it’s something we just have to deal with. I don’t believe that’s completely true. I