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19 March 2012 @ 11:14 pm
Bingo Card 15  


Bullying/ abuse causes psi or causes psi to manifest
Person develops psi as a way of “rebelling against God” (or authority)
Psi people have their freedom of travel restricted
Psi people only allowed to marry each other/ whomever the gov’t approves
Telepathic “signal” follows the inverse square law
New Age fluffy bunny hired as film consultant -- look how thoughtful we are!
Former “police psychic” hired as film consultant -- look how thoughtful we are!
Segment on “real psi research” added as special feature on DVD -- look how thoughtful we are!
Gov’t takes psi youth from his or her family because he/ she is a “dangerous misfit”
People who abuse psi people (youth or adults) never held accountable by the formal legal system
Precognitive characters do not have healthy romantic relationships
Hatred of psi people (as a class) comes from psi people (not the non-psi characters)
Free Space: Psi people vs. non-psi people -- it’s “us vs. them”!
Psi people as “life forms that prey on ‘normal’ people” (psi as predation)
Psi people sterilized (e.g. for not being “psi enough”)
Non-psi people hating/ fearing psi people = justified, psi people hating/ fearing non-psi people = unjustified bigotry!
Psi characters are characterized as/ accused of hating non-psi people (even when this hate is not shown)
Psi people have an agenda to enslave all the non-psi people, or feel that it's “inevitable”
Parents (even psi parents) refer to their own child as a freak, monster, etc. for being psi
“Breeding program” for psi people (e.g. to make more or “stronger” psi people)
If there are psi people, there must be anti-psi people to even the score!
All psi people (or all telepaths, all precogs, etc.) agree with each other politically
Precognition = continuous [time segment] “preview” into future
Eliminating psi or psi person = “natural restoration of balance”
Mega-agency (benevolent, evil, amoral, etc.) that employs/ controls all psi people
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Katje van Loonkatjevanloon on March 23rd, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
Those are a lot of bingo cards! O.o

Also, hi. It's maitressekatje who commented on your review of the Rowan; I have a new LJ for authory stuff. :)

I've been a bit AWOL, and haven't been keeping up with reading your reviews, which I had meant to do. First was the stress of getting the book out (which, I think, is okay regarding psi characters, and I'm putting in the effort to make the sequel[s] better), and then I had a spinal injury, and now I'm doing a show. So. I've been AWOL from a lot of stuff.

Anyway, I'll be catching up as can in the next little while.

-Katje
critpsitheorycritpsitheory on March 23rd, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
Hi! Welcome back!

Sorry to hear about the spinal injury. Hope you're feeling better.

Life happens -- I didn't add any new reviews to this blog for several months because of stuff in my life, too. But I'm back now, and I've posted some bingo cards.

I have plenty more of them to post (really). There is a large set of "real life psi bingo" cards -- that fail sometimes overlaps with fail in fiction, with life imitating art or art imitating life. There is also this ever-growing list of fiction-specific fail.

I continue to be frustrated with the organization of the cards, though, because I keep finding new squares to add, and wishing I could move them around to put them near other squares. (And then I do, and then it changes again.) It is a work in progress.

And I have several reviews in progress -- I will eventually post a lengthy response to Minority Report, both the short story and the film, with what I want to be a strong intersectionality analysis re: ableism (the short story is so very, very ableist in so many disgusting ways). Drafts of my writings tend to go up friends-locked on spacehawk before (if) they come out in public here, so if you are interested in seeing any of that, let me know.

Also, if you have any specific questions of concerns about your writing or anything you've read, I'm always happy to give feedback.
Katje van Loonkatjevanloon on March 25th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
I've never read Minority Report or seen the film and I have no idea what it's about.

I do have concerns about my writing regarding my psi characters, but I'm also terrified you'll hate it all and me and blah; I'm insecure about my writing, especially with people whose good opinions matter to me.

I mean, it is the first book and I am planning on expanding on psi characters in the future, so maybe I shouldn't worry so much, but I'm a new author and I do, and this is a new area for me within social justice.

Ok, sorry, I'm blathering now. Yes, I would love your feedback on my book and my handling of psi characters, when/if you have time to read through it. No rush. :)
critpsitheorycritpsitheory on March 25th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've never read Minority Report or seen the film and I have no idea what it's about.

You'll find out? >_< It's one of the most high-impact psi fails, up there with Carrie and several others.

this is a new area for me within social justice

For you and everyone else, me included, since as far as I can tell I invented that way of looking at it (others may have independently come up with the idea, but I don't know). Very simply put, I have a social justice background, and I got fed up with how people like me were presented in fiction (and omitted from non-fiction).

Yes, I would love your feedback on my book and my handling of psi characters, when/if you have time to read through it. No rush. :)

As I said, I would be happy to read it over and give feedback. As for being scared, well, it's always hard to take possibly critical feedback on one's work.

What I can guarantee you is that there is absolutely no limit to the horrible things one can write about psi people in fiction without being called out by anyone -- in fact, the high-impact psi fail works are all "award winning". That's sadly the way it is, at least in the USA. I find it a tiny bit ironic that my feedback can be seen as so scary (not just by you!!) in the face of so much legitimization of the opposite (e.g. Academy Awards, Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, etc.).

Who am I? Just a blogger who runs a tiny magazine.

Edited at 2012-03-25 09:49 pm (UTC)
Katje van Loonkatjevanloon on March 26th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well, for me, the opinions of bloggers with tiny magazines are more important than how many awards a book may win. I find that award-winning books are usually full of fail. (Example: Thirteen Reasons Why had to be one of the most misogynistic, rape-culture-supporting pieces of trash I've ever read...yet, because a white het cis dude was saying "Hey you guise, girls get bullied in high school!" everyone praised his finally calling out a real problem that marginalized folk have been talking about for a while, and no one noticed the fail. Except bloggers.) So I don't see that as legitimization.

Though I do know what you mean, and it sucks, yeah.

Anyway, I'm working on the third edition right now and will hopefully have hard-copies (paperback) in my hand in a week or so. I can send you a paperback if you prefer that to ebook. :)
critpsitheorycritpsitheory on March 26th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
So book 1 has been published, and the other books are not out yet? Or is book 1 still at a stage where edits can be made?

I also wanted to make sure it's clear that I am offering to provide this feedback unpaid, just because I care about these issues -- and that that is recognized. You don't have to agree with or even listen to anything I say, but please recognize the time and energy spent here.

I've never read a page of your work, so I have no idea what my reaction will be. I do not go into new interactions with authors assuming I will "hate" them -- that's an awfully strong word -- especially if that person has made an effort to reach out and try to learn How Not To Fail, and the author takes my feedback in that light and tries to learn from it.

I do pick up spec fic with psi assuming that there will be fail, however, because this is almost universally the case. Even works I love have fail (I still do love ST:TNG, even though it has some ouch moments). Even psi authors can replicate the fail, often without knowing it, because we have all been raised on the same problematic tropes. I've done it. Friends of mine have done it. The goal is to learn to see it, and to stop doing it.

The best way to earn my good opinion of your writing is to assume you've messed some stuff up, listen to my feedback and that of others, and do your best to fix the fail.

FYI, I also did a double take because for any marginalized identity at all (this isn't just about psi, this is in general), "oh no you might hate me when I show you what I've been saying about people like you" can come across as very self-focused. Marginalized person you vaguely know over the internet might "hate you" is not >> actual hate directed at marginalized person by friends, family, lovers, co-workers, etc. on account of being in said marginalized group.
Katje van Loonkatjevanloon on March 27th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
So book 1 has been published, and the other books are not out yet? Or is book 1 still at a stage where edits can be made?

Book 1 has been published; I'm working on Book 2 currently and have plans for other books in the series.

I also wanted to make sure it's clear that I am offering to provide this feedback unpaid, just because I care about these issues -- and that that is recognized. You don't have to agree with or even listen to anything I say, but please recognize the time and energy spent here.

I do, and I thank you for it.

I've never read a page of your work, so I have no idea what my reaction will be.

I've got the first 9 chapters + prologue of Bellica up on a Wordpress site. These are older versions of it; not much has changed, but there is a bit of a difference.

http://bellica.wordpress.com/

I also did a double take because for any marginalized identity at all (this isn't just about psi, this is in general), "oh no you might hate me when I show you what I've been saying about people like you" can come across as very self-focused.

Sorry; my communication skills have been lacking in recent months.

It's less fear that "oh no you might hate me when I show you what I've been saying about people like you" and more fear for not doing right by people.

I view storytelling as sacred, and in undertaking it as my career, I am trying to do right by people and the gods. So I worry constantly that I am not doing right by people and the gods, because writing is my life.

Because I have some pretty big mental health issues regarding self-esteem and how others view me, if I know I'm Doing It Wrong and it's a really BIG Doing It Wrong, in my brain it translates to 'everyone hates me' and can send me into a deathspiral of depression, and the fear of fucking up again can make it really hard for me to continue to try and fail. (This is with everything in my life, not just writing.)

This is why it's so hard for me to ask for feedback on these sorts of things; it's bone-terrifying to me that I may not be able to fix my fail.

I realize it's not the same as actual hate directed at marginalized people, and I wasn't trying to say otherwise. I was just trying to be completely honest about my own mental process w/r/t these things; but as I said, my communication abilities have been sorely lacking these past few months and I wasn't clear.