1. L.S. Engler
    September 19, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    You definitely covered my own little cheat for handling diversity. The nice thing about writing a lot of fantasy and science fiction in a different world is that you can reflect real-world issues with a certain comfort zone of your own construction. But I do feel it’s incredibly important to have those issues imbued into your fantasy/sci constructs. Certain aspects of the different cultures reflect different cultures in our world as a wider reflection that humanity, no matter where it exists, share some of the same joys, fears, problems, loves, etc, etc, etc. : )

    What a great post, Alica! And I agree with the last bit, that the best way to add diversity is just to have the varying factors just be a part of who the person is, part of their character, though not necessarily a key point of the plot.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      September 20, 2011 @ 1:50 am

      Thank you so much I’m glad you enjoyed it. I agree exploring our issues is important. In fantasy worlds you can explore them in a unique way that help to open people’s eyes in a new way that doesn’t directly challenge beliefs they grew up with.


  2. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    September 19, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    What a beautiful musical video. His voice reminds me of someone and it’s bugging the **** out of me because I can’t think of who it is. Absolutely lovely voice.
    Thanks AGAIN for introducing me to something NEW! Yippee!
    And I loved your explanation re: integrating other cultures into one’s writing.


    • alicamckennajohnson
      September 20, 2011 @ 1:40 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it- he’s very fun and he does have a great voice.
      Glad you liked my first tip- more next week!


  3. rddenton
    September 20, 2011 @ 3:28 am


    A beautiful post, and well-stated! It can be hard to decide when to bring specific issues over into a fantasy world and when not to. Terry Pratchett once had a fantastic quote that I’m going to paraphrase: “Why would black and white fight when they could band together and go against green?” I think it’s definitely something to think about!


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