P. called her. I had left her a message on Thursday to wish her a happy Thanksgiving. We talked for a while. She said she'd been visiting with her sister, who had P.'s great-nephews with her. I said I was glad she'd had a nice time seeing family.
I left a message for S. to ask if he and his mother had gone to the Black Friday sales. I had told him I was getting all kinds of ads for electronics. I guessed that he and his mom were more interested in clothes. My guess was correct.
I got a few free books from promos. I have to remember that the ARe free book (of their choice) a day starts at the beginning of December. I've seen straight, m/m, and menage with m/m interaction romances in the promo, but not f/f romance. The e-bookstores where I shop have f/f romance, but most of the romance e-publishers where I shop don't have much if any.
There was a spirited discussion on The Naughty Bits about the difference between lesbian and f/f romances. What seems to me to be one of the differences is that f/f romances don't usually have politics in them. In some m/m romances the characters are politically aware, but there aren't feminist politics in those books. I don't want for the protagonists of f/f books that are contemporary or recent-era historicals to not have any idea of issues for lesbians and bisexual women. I don't want the books to be didactic, though. A lot of f/f romances are fantasy (in the speculative fiction sense) anyway, so the question doesn't come up.
Sometimes I want fluff, and sometimes I want the characters of a book aware of political issues. I don't want queer characters in a historical to live in an "OK Homo" world, because it wasn't like that. Here I was thinking of European characters or characters of European descent, A.D., who are the great majority of protagonists in historical romance. Ancient Greece was different, but there people were considered suitable sex partners depending on age and social class.
I have some consciousness of intersectionality now, and I'm not writing like I would have. I remember as a teenager uncritically reading romances with protagonists who were mixed Native American and white. I'd think differently now about how the characters were portrayed. Western romances were very popular for a while there.
By the time I fell into reading romances with GLB characters, I was already thinking critically about what was realistic and what wasn't. Uly and Octobercountry, among others, think about m/m romances in some critical ways, too. One reason I like posting on certain subjects on AfterElton is that it's the next best thing to saying something to someone's face. There are other times I don't like that. Jax thinks critically about m/m romances, too. Those three don't have the background in reading straight romances that I do, so I add in commentary about general romance conventions.