The truth about diversity

Consolidation of my tweets last night:

Before I turn in, some words: I am now very wary of the word ‘diversity’, since there are people who ignore it or interpret it (1/2)

for their own personal gains. Or religious “interests”. Don’t use diversity like a ticket or pass. (2/2)

This week, my own country who think that it is diverse is not.

Do you want to be truly diverse? Can you really face up being truly diverse?

This discussion on diversity goes hand in hand with privilege, race and class. And is different in different countries.

What is diverse for you might not be diverse for others. And who decides who and which is diverse? You? Me?

I believe that the US convo on diversity is different from what we perceive elsewhere. And US convo on diversity should not dictate (1/2)

what should be the same in other countries. No cookie-cutter situation: we are different. (2/2)

I think sometimes, people in the States forget that there is another world outside. Or worlds.

We need diverse books, yes. Perhaps in your context.

For SEA, the trick is to get into different markets with different needs.

So, don’t talk to me about diversity, because it’s different for you and me.

Unfortunately, for people who want to break into the US market, it’s basically “follow trends”. Or write “diverse”.

People keep on telling us to write from the heart. But honestly, who is listening?

Now who is truly interested in urban fantasy set in SEA or Chinese werewolves? Another thing is to get people who ARE enthusiastic & (1/2)

and will acquire authors and artists who are not-US and non-Anglo. Where are these people? (2/2)

Sometimes, I feel… no wait, most of the time, I feel it’s pretty talking over our heads and crossed signals when it comes to diversity.

And honestly, writing from my heart – not easy, because my version of diversity does not fit yours.

Different markets, different needs, different interpretations. And intersectional needs. That’s the issue now in the diversity convo.

It also ties in with accessibility. Not all of us have accessible to the diversity convo, or even cons.

Chapter Twelve of Xiao Xiao!

Hint of Spring: Spring Festival is around the corner.

Chapter Eleven of Xiao Xiao

Two princesses clash over… well… sharing one single dragon body: Chapter Eleven

Chapter Ten of Xiao Xiao

Chapter Ten, with a recipe!

Chapter Nine of Xiao Xiao

… is up and running: The Winter Solstice Festival.

Starfang, chapter 9

jolantru:

Boosting this up!

Originally posted on A Wolf's Tale:

Can Francesca survive this? Read about it in Chapter 9.

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Starfang, chapter 9

Can Francesca survive this? Read about it in Chapter 9.

Story in Crossed Genres!

Birth in the Flash Fiction issue of Crossed Genres!

Xiao Xiao (master post)

jolantru:

Xiao Xiao master post, please bookmark this.

Originally posted on A Wolf's Tale:

Note: I will write chapters as and when – I started teaching. So brain matter will go to lesson preparations and school stuff!

Chapter One.

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

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Towards a sustainable future: Thoughts on writing Rider and pictures.

jolantru:

More background stuff and inspiration for the Rider Trilogy.

Originally posted on A Wolf's Tale:

I visited the Gardens By The Bay yesterday and the experience took my breath away. Visiting the Cloud Forest and the Flower Domes reinforced why I am writing the Rider trilogy.

The tale started with a brain-flash and grew into a SFF tale set on a desert planet, with a girl who yearns to be a Rider. The desert world is hostile and the colonists struggle to survive on the planet. The Agri-seer Corps signify the management of the planet’s resources, most importantly conserving Earth species and adapting to new ones. I have often imagined how the Agri-seer Corps City would look like and yesterday’s trip crystallized it:

This was what greeted me when I entered the Cloud Forest. A thundering waterfall. The mist of water caressed my face and I went: “This is what the Agri-seer Corps City looks like!”

The Flower Dome stunned me further:

The experience refreshed…

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