I want a future in which women...are viewed as independent protagonists in their own adventures—spiritual, intellectual, romantic, sexual, and creative adventures. That's one reason I read and write speculative fiction.' — Marge Piercy

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. - Jane Austen, Persuasion

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. - Toni Morrison

Stories are like children. They grow in their own way. - Madeleine L'Engle

There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. - Toni Morrison

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. - Jane Austen, Persuasion

Writing ourselves into the story

Representation matters. This is not a controversial statement, or at least should not be. The famous Bechdel test, which has been applied to all manners of creative work, beginning with movies, stipulates that

The movie has to have at least two women in it,
who talk to each other,
about something other than a man.

I propose there should be a variant of this test (I am n

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To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control. - Martha Nussbaum

And now you'll be telling stories of my coming back, and they won't be false, and they won't be true, but they'll be real. - Mary Oliver

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream. - Joan Didion

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t reread a phone call. - Liz Carpenter

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world. - Susan Sontag

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. - Muriel Rukeyser

What would happen if we spoke the truth? - Alison Bechdel

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Men explain things to me, still & no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don't. - Rebecca Solnit

A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth. - Diane Setterfield

No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material. - Sarah J. Maas

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? - Annie Dillard

I want a future in which women...are viewed as independent protagonists in their own adventures—spiritual, intellectual, romantic, sexual, and creative adventures. That's one reason I read and write speculative fiction.' — Marge Piercy

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.