[Finished Draft] Urban Fantasy 101 – A Guide to Shifter Romances | Zina on Patreon

I made a tiny primer for folks interested in getting into shifter romances. 

If you’re a patron at the $3 Tier or higher, it’s up now.

If you’re not currently a patron and want to read the primer, you can either become a patron now or wait a month or two for the post to go up on my website!

[Finished Draft] Urban Fantasy 101 – A Guide to Shifter Romances | Zina on Patreon

thecaffeinebookwarrior:

li-the-aries-goddess:

morathor:

dickless-mic:

crockpotcauldron:

Boring old werewolf instincts:

Sexual jealousy

Constant aggression

Rigid hierarchy

Must win sports

Homophobia And Sexism Is Normal™

Eat people

Cool new werewolf instincts:

There is no five second rule

Corvids are friends

Hang out as a pack

Karaoke

Gotta pee

Also consider:

Separation anxiety

Unconditional love and loyalty

Being able to sleep in almost any situation or position

Irresistible urge to chase squirrels and rabbits

Hating the vacuum cleaner

Wanting to do everything with friends

Loudly and repeatedly announcing to housemates that someone is at the door

Long, shouted conversations to other werewolves across the neighborhood (bonus points at 2am)

Taking advantage of any and all free food

Werewolf-vampire solidarity

Fighting any animal that trespasses into the backyard

Boundless energy

Too much energy

Eating out of the trash if it smells tasty

Being bad at sports because you don’t want to let anyone else take the ball from you. Then destroying the ball in front of everyone because you want to make a point

Trying to fight things 10x your size like a fucking idiot

Being unable to hold a grudge for more than a few hours

Trying to make people feel bad for you over mundane things that aren’t actually that bad. And somehow succeeding.

Snoring

Needing to try a bit of your friends’ food, even if you’ve tried it 5645674 times before and have never once liked it

Getting way too friendly with random strangers

Being in a love-hate relationship with water

Digging. For no reason.

Thinking you’re a badass despite being a hyperactive ball of emotions and hedonism

Loud sobbing while pressing yourself up against the sliding glass door at your friends who locked you out because they were tired of your bullshit and wanted some goddamn peace and quiet

Okay this one is a gem:


Loudly and repeatedly announcing to housemates that someone is at the door

“Thinking you’re a badass despite being a hyperactive ball of emotions and hedonism”

-literally me

I’ve had the idea for a werewolf/monster story bouncing around for a while now, so I must save these.

Urban Fantasy 101: A Collection (2015-2017)

Since 2015, I’ve been writing about different ways that the Urban Fantasy genre can be better. One of the things I focus on is how the genre can be more accommodating to diverse readers by providing representation.

Here’s every single post I’ve done for my Urban Fantasy 101 series PLUS early access to the last UF101 post for this year on sexual assault in the genre.

I’ve put the price at a dollar minimum just because I don’t know if I could go lower, but please feel free to pay what you want!

Urban Fantasy 101: A Collection (2015-2017)

[WIP Post] Urban Fantasy 101 – Preternatural Pop Culture PREVIEW | Zina on Patreon

It makes sense, in the Rivers of London series, for Peter to refer to Harry Potter because it’s contemporary and magic is legit new to him. Outside of his brief experience with magic (this happens thirteen percent into the book, by the way), all Peter has in his head that’d he’d be able to relate back to is Harry Potter.

You know… a character that happens to be the most famous British wizard this side of Merlin.

If I were suddenly exposed to the fact that magic has always existed and that the dashing older gentleman talking to me about it is a wizard, he’s going to butt up against my pre-existing beliefs of what wizards “should” look like. And despite the fact that I’ve read other books that look at the idea of a “wizarding world” (including Aaronovitch’s work), my go to when talking or thinking about wizards always leans toward the Potteresque.

However, referring to Harry Potter or having your character make that mental leap wouldn’t make as much sense in a world where the witches are household figures and are accessible or a world where witchcraft is illegal.

Like I said, I’m taking a break from the UF101 post on sexual assault because that’s a piece that’s been incredibly triggering to me. I’m going through my notes and trying to be good to myself as I research and write, but I’ve been picking at my other active UF101 drafts instead.

This is the one on crafting believable pop culture (and incorporating it) in your urban fantasy. This post is more about craft and worldbuilding than criticism and it’s just a way for me to maybe help authors see a different way to approach one aspect of their worldbuilding that they might not have thought of before.

So I’m asking questions, providing answers, and trying to close the holes caused by this little problem that I’ve found in some writers’ work. I don’t think every single UF author needs to have a developed form of pop culture for their world, BUT, it’s such an easy and dirty way to develop the world your characters live in.

So here’s a piece from the fourth “question” that I did. Please feel free to give feedback or ask questions so that I can incorporate feedback/commentary into the piece!

[WIP Post] Urban Fantasy 101 – Preternatural Pop Culture PREVIEW | Zina on Patreon

[Finished Draft] Urban Fantasy 101 – Sexual Assault in the Genre: Part One | Zina on Patreon

Content warnings: this installment of Urban Fantasy 101 will be dealing with sexual assault in the genre. This means that I will be quoting and talking about sexual assault with vivid and graphic language largely pulled from the books that I’m covering.

I don’t think it’s a secret that many Urban Fantasy books have sexual assault issues. It’s not that they portray sexual violence at all, but how they do it and how its aftermath is handled. It’s how authors and reviewers alike frequently don’t talk about the rape in their books, something that  can cause readers to be triggered by these frequently graphic scenes of sexual violence.

So I wrote about it.

I wrote so much about sexual assault in the genre that it’s being split into two parts. This first part, which y’all on Patreon are getting now, will go up at the end of the year. The second… sometime in early 2018.

As usual: 3x file formats and any feedback y’all can give would be awesome!

[Finished Draft] Urban Fantasy 101 – Sexual Assault in the Genre: Part One | Zina on Patreon

Untitled Urban Fantasy 101 Draft – Sexual Assault in the Genre #1 | Zina on Patreon

Note: This installment of Urban Fantasy 101 and all associated previews will be dealing with sexual assault in the genre. This means that I will be quoting and talking about sexual assault with vivid and graphic language largely pulled from the books that I’m covering.


So because I’m not stressed out enough, I decided to work on an installment of Urban Fantasy 101 that is a super sensitive and triggering subject: sexual assault. It’s cathartic to write about sexual assault and how present it is in a genre that tends to eschew realism where it matters (like with diversity) but can’t imagine worlds without rape.

The full post is currently about 4000 words long (all of which was written today!!) and covers several popular and ongoing series (The Dresden Files, Anita Blake, Dark Swan, and Dark Hunter series) in different segments.

While the tone of the overall piece is “why do writers in this genre write about rape the way they do”, the last two segments of the piece focus on authors who reject writing rape the way many people in the genre do and on methods for writing about rape that are respectful and responsible.

Untitled Urban Fantasy 101 Draft – Sexual Assault in the Genre #1 | Zina on Patreon