How To Be a Fat Novelist

Hi folks! I’ve been neglecting this blog of late due to exciting indications that my writing career is starting to gain some traction. Currently I’m in the midst of revising one novel and writing the next. With 100+ hours split between my day job and my (as yet) unpaid writing job, I don’t have much time to post. But never fear, I’m still here doing big fat things and thinking big fat thoughts. To prove it, I’ve made this little list for aspiring fat novelists.

HOW TO BE A FAT NOVELIST – 5 EASY TIPS!

  1. Put down the two whole cheesecakes. You can’t write with cheesy fingertips. I suggest getting those Philadelphia cheesecake poppawhoozits, much cleaner.
  2. Tell the dude playing the tuba to stop following you around. He’s distracting your delicate muse.
  3. Hire an on-call repairman to fix all the desk chairs you break. While he’s there he can patch up the cracks in the floor from you walking to and from the refrigerator between paragraphs.
  4. In order to write a novel, you have to write. So training for the Two Whole Cakes,  Baby-Flavored Donuts, Live Deer, and Crisco Sandwich -eating competitions? Might need to be put on the back-burner for a while. Unless they’re research for your novel. Then go nuts. Salty, salty nuts.
  5. Have a sense of humor. Some things really are satirical. That goes for you skinnies, too. I’m watching you. I can’t see you all that well in the tall grass, but I’m watching you. Yeah, sure, it’s probably because I want to eat you, but HEY LOOK OVER THERE! Nom.

Fat Fiction Project – Who’s Game?

For a while now I’ve been thinking about fat characters in fiction — there’s my post about science fiction, and spoonforkfuls post in response to a comment on fat people in fiction, and a forum post on Big Fat Blog talking about fat characters in fiction (with a link to cowcake’s post about fat people in fiction).

I’m just finding my feet as a fiction writer (with respect to the rest of the world, I’ve actually written fiction basically since I learned to write). I’ve often considered doing a project comprised of short stories that are fat-positive, or that at the very least have fat characters who are portrayed in a positive light (that is, in a way that doesn’t paint them negatively because of their fatness). But I don’t have much time, considering I’ve just wrapped up one novel and am noting out about five more.

However, it would be great if there existed some blog somewhere that was a collection of fat positive short stories and podcasts to which I could submit. We could have a little writers’ forum for fat-positive writers, a section for straight text and another for audio, an a page with pictures and short bios of all the authors (who would be admins or contributors on the blog). Perhaps we could eventually add a section for fat-positive art, as well. I imagine over time we could start to take external submissions.

So my question to you is, if I create this space, would you like to contribute? If so, what level of contribution would you prefer — regular author with an account on the site, or a sometimes-contributor?

And for others — would a site like this interest you, as readers?

Fat Heroes in Science Fiction

I’m doing  a research project on fat heroes/protagonists in science fiction, and am curious if any of my readers are familiar with fat heroes/protagonists in particular. Fat heroes/protagonists from books, short stories, movies and comic books are all cool, but they definitely have to be clearly painted in a positive light.

I’m having a hard time thinking of any off the top of my head.

The second part of the project is the investigation of supporting characters (including villains) which support the ‘positive’ criterion (or sympathetic, if they’re villains). I’m sure there are many more of these.

Any tips are greatly appreciated! All the information I gather will be integrated into a post of its own, at some point in the future.

Restrictions: science fiction, tending more towards hard sci fi or social sci fi. Extra points for older stories. :)

Finished the First Book!

I may have mentioned it before, but I’ve been working diligently on a novel this winter and spring (which is part of the reason my blogging volume has dropped a bit). It’s hard science fiction, kind of sociological science fiction but also sports some new technologies and takes place in a different solar system with different people. It’s very character driven.

Why is this relevant to size acceptance? Simply put, the characters in my book are the size that they are, no apologies, no imposed artificial diversity or lack thereof, and so on. I try to make it as realistic as possible. There is also no particular size for a particular gender or race encouraged or imposed by all, or thought universally beautiful (and the book does, in an indirect way, engage the reader as to what ‘beauty’ really means).

My main character is a war hero who is tall, broad, and fattish. She is a martial arts expert and consummate hacker with PTSD and a very confused, bigoted upbringing.

My secondary main character was a villain from the war, but now that the war is over must work with my main character to nip a current growing conflict in the bud. He’s tall, broad, semi-muscular, otherwise thin.

My supporting characters range from very thin to petite to very fat to willowy and everything in-between. Many of the women in my book just happen to be on the fatter side — a very kickass supporting character who must assassinate her enemy (and former lover) in order to save her people is quite plump, but it is never mentioned as anything but a descriptor, and is used in a positive way once or twice. One of my other main supporting characters is very petite—short and thin, and she is very good friends with my main character, who is tall and fattish. Yet another supporting character wins an election to become one of the most powerful political leaders on the rocky satellite, and she is quite fat, though considered quite generally very beautiful.

So — Book 1 is done! I’m in the editing stage now. I’m very excited; I’ve written novels before that I’ve thrown away (practice!), but this book was written with publishing in mind, and the end product is eminently publishable, in my humble opinion…editing will take about six – eight weeks (I can only work part-time on it, naturally) and then it’s off to a small group of readers who will give me some feedback. After I get the feedback it will have another edit pass through, then off to the agent search service. Eeek!

Note that I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the second book, as well, and have planned out the 3rd and 4th (there are four total books in the series). Given that I’ve written 1  and 2/3rds quality books since November, I hope whatever agent/editor gets this thing in their hands realizes that they’re sitting on a potential cash cow.

So, wish me luck….and we’ll see how it goes!

Just as an FYI, I do have a straight-up FA sci-fi book writing itself in my head right now — it’s called Xi and Ya, and it’s a teenage love story in a (not-so-distant?) slightly-dystopic future.