Author Archives: Shawna (A Mediated Life)

About Shawna (A Mediated Life)

Writer, singer, parent, fan, media maven, and general ne'er-do-well.

Oh, hey, I have a blog!

This summer has been a whirlwind of meatspace-life chaos, and I’ve barely had time to keep up with Twitter, much less any media that takes a longer time to consume/create. I haven’t been completely idle, however! In July, I released … Continue reading

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Realized I forgot to post about my new book here! Tesserae is my third novel, and the first of a two-part story (the sequel will be released later this year.) Basic gist, if you don’t want to read the back-cover … Continue reading

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Subtext and Subversion: Update

The Vikings season finale just aired this week, so I figured it’s time for an update on the show’s amazing, and in my opinion groundbreaking, central male/male relationship, which I commented on last summer. Our pair, Viking king Ragnar and his constant … Continue reading

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Woman’s world

This piece on about writing female characters is terrific stuff. Go read it. It also, however, makes a good jumping-off point for something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while: How the boring reality of everyday life … Continue reading

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Shipping and homophobia

“Shipping” — fans cheering on a relationship between characters in a story — is nothing new. The concept drives most love stories, after all: the writer wants the audience to pull for a given potential pair and then either pays … Continue reading

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Diversity and the perception of “normal”

Diversity in YA creator Malinda Lo is currently doing a great blog series on how reviewers often betray underlying biases when reviewing books about characters from marginalized groups. Highly recommended read. The topic is also a big jumping-off point for … Continue reading

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So, Gamergate . . .

I’ve been blathering about this on Twitter, but there’s only so much ranting one can do in 140-character posts without it turning into spam. Since this whole mess is really kind of up my alley, being a nerd, gamer (to … Continue reading

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