The phrase, Men Behaving Badly, is rather gender specific. Fair to say, it is a well-earned aphorism. History is rife with examples of male instigated-warfare, greed, corruption, and scandal. Let’s give ourselves a big ole testosterone-infused high-five.
In the current sci-fi world I’m crafting, I want to explore a ravaged earth saved by benevolent aliens, with one nonnegotiable premise in exchange for helping to clean up our planetary playpen. Cede earth to the females, serve, nurture, and respect them without fail. Not the first time writers have played with dominate female societies, but while researching popular titles of the genre in fiction, my spam folder got a serious workout. Movies were fifties-era bombs like Cat Women of Mars and too many book-covers with copycat characters right out of Legend of the Cryptids (see The Good, the Bad, and the Scantily Clad).
The challenge? Can I construct a quasi-utopian, matriarchal society that may over time, deteriorate into suspiciously male-like irrationality, and not have it become a comic book Wonder Woman society of Amazons that reads like a guy wrote it?
It is an honor to welcome, Eileen Charbonneau, award-winning author of ten novels, nine of them novels. Eileen is represented by the Aponte Literary Agency, (that’s Natalie Aponte sitting next to her).
My pal and fellow Aponte Literary agency novelist Juilene Osborne-McKnight is fond of saying that we humans are hotwired for story. As professional storytellers both separately and together (as Sisters in Story), we have experienced the profound power of story first hand.
I remember sweating bullets when I was last on the bill at a regional Boy Scout meeting. After the ceremonies, the loud sing alongs, the sugary snack time, I felt like I was walking into the ring of Dante’s Inferno. But as soon as I began the story of a boy who made friends with an eagle and asked to fly with him to Skyland, all was quiet. What would happen next? Why didn’t the boy heed the eagle’s warnings about boundaries? Would the boy ever find his way home?
I’m blogging today as DT Tarkus at http://ow.ly/fhxLK and embracing my inner funny bone about holiday indulgence. Tell me what you think.