The Big List, II

Friday, 16 March 2012

in the sun

I've been staring at the sunlight and leaves from beyond my window, wishing the weekend was here already. But before it comes, here's a second instalment of my Big List, mainly because I've been collecting too many interesting things online that must be shared. Only more words this time, less visuals. First up, big news from me: my book has a publication date! 31st of August it is. August is also my birthday month - coincidence? I think not. The book has been added to my publisher's site, The Book Depository, Amazon UK, Amazon, and other places. I admit, my heart pounded when I saw it. It's a strange feeling, almost like everything is becoming 'real' all of a sudden.

A round-up of thanks ...

Sometimes I think I don't thank people enough for their support, kindness and engagement with my blog. So here's a small token of my appreciation:

: : A long overdue thank you to Jen for this post, and also a huge hug of support. What a brave post.

: : Thanks Diana for having me! And thanks so much to everyone who commented on this post, it put a smile on my face. Have you checked out the other guest posts?

: : Thank you Jane and Tamera for engaging so thoughtfully and intelligently with this post. The discussions and comments raised were important to read.

: : A huge thank you to Amy for sending me this print in the mail. It was a lovely surprise, you're a pal.

: : Thanks Lynn for my beautiful package containing our little project, as well as other wonderful tidbits.

: : And thanks Sundari for posting about your exhibition programme, with my essay.

A round-up of various thought-provoking articles, posts and words I've collected ...

: : A good story by Gracia, and another one by Louise.

: : Some lovely pas de deux by Anabela on her shiny new blog designed by Kate.

: : I wrote about Robot Ballerinas for Behind Ballet, and talked to the artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman about his Coppélia Project.

: : Derailing for Dummies (an article I shall refer to every time I get asked to 'prove' that sexism exists).

: : Dear Blogger: You have value. Please work for us for free.

: : A thousand reasons we need feminism.

: : The militarisation of Australia and the democratisation of hate.

: : Why women should be more difficult.

: : Ancient Japanese Fart Scrolls (yep, you read right).

: : He's only saying what we're all thinking.

: : No Place for a Woman: Female Fiction.

And before you go ...

: : The trailer for On the Road. I'm just a little too excited about this:

: : Lastly, I've been meaning to mention these animal organisations ever since I wrote this post: SAFE Pets, The Donkey Sanctuary and The Beagle Freedom Project. I've also listed other organisations I support on my sidebar.

I'm sure I've missed thanking some people or linking articles I meant to, so you'll have to forgive me if I did. Have a great weekend everyone.


Jen said...

Thank you, Hila! xo

Mariella said...

No way! There is a movie from On the road?? This is the first novel I loved with all my heart when I was 15! I want to know more about it!

amy said...

so looking forward to on the road too !!

Amelia said...

I am iffy about Kirsten Stewart playing in On the road. I just don't like her acting.

Those farting scrolls were the funniest things I have seen in a while.

Hotly Spiced said...

How exciting to have an actual date. Now you are truly on the countdown. Congratulations again on an enormous achievement. I can't imagine how excited you must be xx

Monica said...

how bloody friggin exciting!!
and on your birthday month no less.

i saw the railer earlier this week and could hardly breathe.

off to check those links...

Sam | ashore said...

a part of me didn't want to like an adaption for On the Road (maybe because the trailer I watched was titled "new Kristen Stewart movie" and, if there is any book that can hold it's weight with out a starlet tie it should be this one. It's ON THE ROAD, for heaven's sake). But it looks like it's filmed beautifully, and despite myself I am so so excited.

And I think Kirsten Dunst is going to be a perfect Camille. (... I think that's who she's playing judging from the trailer)

rooth said...

Congrats on getting the publication date set!

Kelly said...

How wonderful about your publication date... and during your birthday month. As for the movie, so strange be reminded of those guys (Dean & Jack K.) as really being so very young at the time. And I'm also a little "eh" about Kristin Stewart's involvement. But Viggo!

Nancy Baric *negfilm said...

sooooo exciting!!!

Nancy Baric *negfilm said...


hayden said...

It's interesting that in the midst of some feminist links (I freely admit to not having read or checked all of them at the moment of this comment), you also posted an article where a number of men are grouped together in calling a number of women stupid. Women who, I would say, are very successful at what they do (though I'm not meaning to specifically endorse their chosen careers).
None of them mention men who are contributing to the "culture of idiots", at least in the frame of the article.

Hila said...

Hayden: That did occur to me, and it’s a fair point. I agree with you there. But I also happen to agree with him in his critique of people like Paris Hilton and the Kim Kardashian. They’re people who’ve built their careers on all the worst stereotypes concerning women – they’ve exploited the sexualisation of women, the likening of all women to porn objects, the ‘dumb girl’ persona, and rampant consumerism. They also represent our current infatuation with celebrity over substance. Should he have included some male examples? Probably. Is it a one-sided attack on women who contribute to this trend? Yes, I agree it is, and that’s not fair. But does that mean his critique of those two women isn’t valid? Not in my opinion. To be fair to him, a lot more women use this persona in the media because it’s built upon well-known stereotypes of femininity and it’s an easy way to become famous as a woman in our sexist culture. But they have a brain, they could easily understand the harm this does. I don’t believe in anyone having a ‘successful’ career at any moral cost. Being a feminist for me does not mean ignoring or not allowing myself to criticise other women when they contribute to sexism, and that’s what I think this brand of celebrity culture, or as he calls it, ‘idiot culture’, does.

I also want to point out that sometimes I share things on my blog and twitter that I may not agree with 100%, but that I find interesting. I wanted to link this article because it represents a cultural trend that we seem to just be happy to regard as trivial, whereas I find it worrying. The way this trend is critiqued by some people is obviously problematic (i.e. as you point out, the attack is often against women alone). So there are other ways to talk about it, but I don’t want to ignore it altogether.

Hila said...

Hayden: This is somewhat unrelated,(sorry this is turning into an essay response!), but another thing that bothers me about female celebrities like Kardashian, Hilton, et al: I think when Western women, who are in a privileged position compared to other women in the world, use porn in particular to get famous, it has dire consequences for women elsewhere in the world who are exploited in the sex industry. Without going into too much detail, basically, if we continue to feed this idea that woman=sex object, sex industries will continue to exploit women, both in our society and the rest of the world. Of course, I know it's not that simplistic: there are whole economic considerations here. But I think it's one factor out of many that contributes to exploitation.

Tracey said...

How very exciting to have a publication date for your book ... and indeed, it is wonderful indeed that it will happen in your birthday month. :)

Thanks for the list of links ... I'm going to spend some time visiting these.

PS. Love that trailer too. :)

Sarah Rooftops said...

Ah, exciting news about your book!

Also, I nodded through most of these links but I just wouldn't know where to start commenting about them!

Stephanie said...

Great links! I especially liked the "Dear Blogger: You have value. Please work for us for free" link. I have seen a lot of posts about monetizing blogs, and being paid what you are worth, but this one was particularly good. Such an interesting subject.

Camila Faria said...

Congratulations on your book publication! I'm very excited for you!

Thanks for all the links, I can't wait to check them all out.

Hila said...

Jen: xx

Mariella: there's quite a bit of info about it on the internet. I hope it'll be good, but it remains to be seen whether a successful adaptation of the novel can actually be done.

amy: me too! I hope I'm not disappointed ...

Amelia: aren't the scrolls great? Yes, I'm not a huge fan of her acting either, but I don't think she's as bad as everyone makes out.

Hotly Spiced: thank you!

Monica: I know, I love that it's in August.

Sam: I know what you mean. I'll see it regardless, but fingers crossed that it's actually a good film interpretation of the novel.

rooth: thanks!

Kelly: a lot of people seem to be iffy about her - I don't mind her that much. And thanks :)

Nancy: thank you Nancy!

Tracey: thanks Tracey :)

Sarah: That's how I felt - I have so much to say about each link, that I actually couldn't say anything. So I settled for linking them and letting people make up their own mind.

Stephanie: I really liked that article too. I've been asked to do so much work for free, and unless it's for a friend or a project I believe in, it's a bit insulting really - like my time, skill and effort are worth nothing.

Camila: thank you!