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Dec 4

Readers’ love letters to libraries

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Links

Readers' love letters to libraries

Libraries won’t be going out of fashion any day soon, if readers’ love for them is anything to go by.

Read more here.

Sep 17

What I’m Loving Wednesdays

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in My life

I found this idea on this blog and I thought I’d try to do a similar post. This is a really bad time for me (and my family) so it takes a lot to cheer me up.

Here are a few of the things I try to use:

Vegan chocolate balls

Vegan chocolate bars.

My family (two-legged members and four-legged ones).


I love fantasy, science fiction, historic books, non-fiction (mainly history) and mysteries. Today, I’ll name one author: Janet Evanovich. She can usually make me laugh out loud and that’s a huge feat these days. I’ll also mention a very nice book community, Booklikes.


I write original fiction for publication and I edit other people’s work. I also write fanfiction. Lately, I’ve been enjoying visits to Wattpad, which is a very nice writing community.

3D worlds:

I can’t emphasize enough how soothing and relaxing and also intellectually stimulating it is to work on a 3D world. It’s also a lot of fun travelling in Second Life or between OpenSim worlds and explore fascinating regions other people have created. You can also go to concerts and hang out with other people who enjoy the same type of music.

This is me, enjoying a concert in a 3D world:


Vegan friends:

VeganTalk is a great vegan community I can mention. There are others, most less active than this one. Vegan chat rooms. There are mainly two I go to regularly: Vegan chat room UK and Happy Cow).

May 14

Animals Matter

Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 in Animals

Love animals? Show your support for them here.

Jul 14

In love again…

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 in Fandom

I guess it’s kind of easy for me to fall in love, and with many, but right now I’m referring to Alexander Rybak. What a cute, charming guy. What a talent. Those brown eyes and the smile just hit me straight in the heart. But I guess I’d have to get last in the long, long line of hopeful girls dreaming about him.

Dec 14

Slash and Yaoi

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2007 in Writing

Slash and yaoi are getting more and more popular. Both deal with romantic love and sex between men or youths. None of that is completely new, but what is quite unique, I imagine, is that both writers and readers are women, at least the great majority. What surprises me personally, is that sometimes those women are lesbians. In any case, it’s women, who are interested in reading about men involved in sexual relations.

I’ve read many explanations for this. Among others, the fact that these types of fandom (stories written by fans – that is ordinary readers, tv viewers and movie goers) lack positive female characters/role models. That is probably true, but I suspect that slash – the western variety – would be popular anyway.

Another explanation is that the young women who read, watch tv or movies like to identify with their favorite character, who is male, naturally. Most heterosexual young women are fascinated with attractive men. If they identify with a male characters they can hardly – if they’re heterosexual – feel particularly enthusiastic over a female partner for that man. So they pick the male character they like second best and make him the first guy’s lover.

Besides, many men aren’t ashamed of admitting they are turned on by watching two women in a sexual situation, something that doesn’t have anything to do with increased openness and tolerance for homosexuality. Why shouldn’t women be allowed to get turned on by watching two (good looking) men together? These phenomena are probably caused by the same thing.

I think it’s interesting to note that rise of this interest coincides with a time of increased equality in the western world, maybe in Asia too. On the other hand, I find it hard to believe, though naturally I don’t know for sure, that there are a great number of slash fans in the Middle East.

Either way, I think slash and yaoi is connected with increased equality.

One reason that is often mentioned as an explanation why women like to read about men who are lovers, is that we’re not happy about our role in society. Women are stilll, despite the increased equality, subordinate to men in many contexts. For instance, we usually get paid less for our work. Besides, men are still over represented among violent criminals. That might lead to a sense of dejection, that after so many thousand years, we women still risk being beaten, raped and killed by men. How many men are raped and killed by women?

Naturally, there’s also a reaction to this increased equality. Either because of low self esteem or maybe a wish to rebel against what they feel is the feminism of an older generation of women, some young women choose to submit to male dominance. They pose nude, give private sex shows in front of their webcams and they also claim to be eager to be treated as slaves by dominant macho men.

I won’t go into that, because it doesn’t interest me and I don’t really know much about it. It’s completely alien to me.

Looking at the average slash or yaoi story, you’ll find that the lovers are two men, even if in yaoi one of them is a feminised boyish or even girlish youth. No submissive woman. Possibly a submissive male, but usually two relatively equal males.

Naturally you’ll get that in a lesbian relationship too. Two equal people in a relationship. Straight authors naturally lack the interest in this type of thing, but why don’t the lesbians enjoy reading about it? I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to that question.

In any case, the point is that we – heterosexual women who read and write fan fiction and especially slash – don’t like to identify with a submissive woman in a relationship. The ‘pure’ relationship between two men appeal more to us.

You mustn’t think fanfiction fans are very numerous. Unfortunately. There are still many, particularly older women, and possibly teenagers, who enjoy reading the old type of romantic fiction, with couples consisting of a dominant, older, well-to-do man and a younger, beautiful, but submissive female.

There’s no accounting for taste. Personally, as a fan fiction author, who also writes slash, I can only say I’m glad that there are some people who like my type of story.

Dec 13

What is Slash Fan Fiction?

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in Writing

To put it simply, slash means a m/m pairing. Some people say it goes back to K/S which means Kirk/Spock, from Star Trek, The Original Series. Others say it goes all the way back to Sherlock Holmes and Watson. What do I know? It might even go back to Homer’s stories about Achilles and Patroclus. The stories can be about affectionate glances exchanged between young boys or hardcore porn between two consenting adult males. And also rape and other non-consensual sex and S/M.

Guys, before you throw up, there’s also femslash or femmeslash, which of course means a f/f pairing. There’s no historic background really, because frankly, it’s a less popular type of fan fiction.

Oddly enough, slash, meaning m/m sex, is very popular with lesbian writers/readers. Huh? Yes, it’s true. Don’t ask me why. I mean, as a straight woman, I can’t find much interest for femslash, and I would have thought it would be the same thing, only the other way around, for lesbians. But obviously not.

Of course, you also have straight males devouring femslash and naturally, straight females who love slash. But that’s hardly the same thing, is it? It would kind of be like gay men loving femslash, and believe me, that’s probably never been heard of in fan ficion.

I’ve read all kinds of explanations of why women write and read slash. A popular one is that there simply aren’t that many good female characters in any fandom. Why that is, I really don’t know. Others say that female readers tend to identify with their favorite male characters, and obviously it would be hard for them to feel very worked up about a female love interest. There are also some who simply enjoy reading stories about two hot males together. I mean, if one hot male is cool, then two must be even better.

I’m not exactly sure why I love it so much myself. All I know is that I’ve been getting ideas about slash fan fiction or original fiction for ages. Ever since I was a teenager. It’s probably a combination of the three above explanations. On the other hand, I also love writing about a pairing that includes one hot male and a female who is at least a little like me. I’m only human. 😉 This, of course, falls under the heading het adult, or even gen, if it’s totally lacking in sex.


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