I'm trying very hard not to let the Cernunnos thing ruin the whole Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy for me (because I identified with Branna a LOT, and her relationship with Finn had similarities to mine with Odin); still, I loved that trilogy so much up until that point that the identity-reveal of the "demon villain" was a big slap in the face. Even more so, the recent glomming onto Vodou deities as villains--although to be honest, the misrepresentation of Vodou (or demonology/-atry, for that matter is hardly a new thing. Still, why do writers have to go there? Come on, you guys, put your creative caps on and come up with something better--and less racist.
Before I really dive into this, I have to admit to a few things.
The first is, in the reading of Bringing Race to the Table (review forthcoming) there have been a number of stories that have really ripped my eyes open and have broken my heart. 1,419 more words
I don’t know why I thought I ever needed them. Maybe it was because I never thought very favorably of my given name. (I can still hear my mother screeching, “Tear-REEEEss-sah!” in her Eastern Pennsylvania accent.) So even when I grew up and told everyone in no uncertain terms to call me “Terry” (no “i”, please), I still shied away from publishing with the name people called me. 285 more words