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THERE’S COFFEE IN THAT NEBULA! Captain Janeway’s Dark Chocolate-Coffee and Strawberry Mousse

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Star Trek. And since I also love strong women characters, it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Although she was afflicted by the A Strong Woman Cannot Cook trope (seriously, having a woman burn a pot roast in a replicator is so much more insulting to her strong-woman-ness than her being able to whip up a soufflé), she remains to this day one of my most admired fictional characters. She was smart, witty, and compassionate, and treated all life forms, even holographic ones, with respect. She Read More

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STRONG WOMEN CAN’T COOK AND OTHER ANNOYING STRONG WOMEN TROPES

I’ve been thinking about strong women protagonists lately as I write the sequel to The Seeds of Winter. I tend to value strong women in my creative outlets. The characters I write, the movies and TV shows I watch, the books I read, and even my avatars in the video games I play all include strong women protagonists. Writing the protagonists that carry your story is tricky. Writing strong women protagonists can be even more so, especially if you’re a writer who is conscious how the facets of your character’s personality and actions relate to and represent woman-ness (did I Read More