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oracne and truepenny are talking about female and male POV characters.

Which got me wondering. I've been aware for a while that I'm shy a few lesbians as characters (I have straight women and straight, gay, and bisexual men in droves, as well as more esoterically queer persons; but my gay women are few and far between (oh noes!), and I'm actually considering turning a male character in The Sea thy Mistress into a female character to redress this. The person he has to sleep with to drive the plot is female, but nothing says he has to be male. Although that kills some of the subtext in a lovely uncomfortable father-son scene I adore... though, yanno, it could be a lovely uncomfortable father-daughter scene just as easily. The baggage is different, though.

Why am I shy lesbians and/or bi women? Damned if I know. It's not like I'm skeered of 'em. Maybe they're not alien enough, frankly; I spend a lot of time trying to write people as different from me as possible.

Anyway, truepenny's comment made me want to make a list, and see where my characters--and my POV characters--actually fall.

We'll, ah, just do the novels now. Yes. Because otherwise things get ugly. (Hey, I'll do POV, too, why not?)

So, in order of writing:

All the Windwracked Stars: original draft was a single first-person narrator, female, heterosexual, with a third-person epilogue. New draft is going to be multiple third person limited omniscient, two females (both straight), three males (one of them bisexual, one presumably heterosexual (he's a stallion and the last of his species, so it's hard to get practical confirmation), the last a trysexual), epiloque from the POV of a different male.

The Sea thy Mistress: original draft had five each male and female POV characters, some major, some minor. If I do turn Cathmar into a girl, swap that to four and six. The men were, two of them, bisexual and three straight; the women, one asexual and four het.

By the Mountain Bound: three point five first person narrators, one female, two point five male. I suspect the revision will lose the point five. One of the male narrators, the primary protag, gets twice as much screen time as either of the others. (POV alternates a,b,a,c,a,b,a,c etc) straight female, it'd be a spoiler to talk about the boys. *g*

Hammered: female first person primary narrator, about nine other POV characters, more or less evenly divided between male and female though (I think) tending female. Jenny's painfully straight; so is Gabe. Of the rest, one bisexual male, one woman who at least cheerfully goes to second base with other girls, two straight males, one straight teenaged girl, and a couple about whom the issue never arises.

Blood & Iron: primary third-person limited omni female narrator, two secondary third-person limited omni male narrators. Narrative games about a third of the way through the book. All of these characters are straight by preference, although the exigencies of fate may intervene on occasion. Matthew is abjectly heterosexual, though.

Scardown: as Hammered, above--more even gender split on the secondaries, though. An additional gay male character, who does not get POV, IIRC.

The Stratford Man: two primary narrators (male, one of them queer as a proverbial three-dollar bill and the other, well, he's pretty adamant that he's straight. *g*), two secondary (as in, one scene apiece) male narrators, one equally secondary female narrator, all third-person limited omniscient.

The Cobbler's Boy (with Sarah): one first-person male narrator, still trying to figure out his sexuality, thank you.

The Journeyman Devil two primary 3pl narrators, one secondary (all male.)

One-Eyed Jack: five male narrators, two first person, three third person. One profoundly gay (and butch), four straight. (Though there's a small cottage industry devoted to "proving" that Elvis liked boys, so the jury is out....)

Worldwired: As Hammered, with more of a skew toward male POVs, one of them bi and one a flaming queen.

A Companion to Wolves: One third person limited omni POV, male, heterosexual, and wouldn't he be much much happier if he wasn't. (Heterosexual, I mean.)

Carnival: four POVs, all third person limited omni, one gay male, one bisexual male who prefers men, one heterosexual female, one genderless.

Whiskey & Water: Ahh, this book is the killer. It's in true omni. It does however feature a lesbian couple who have the distinction of having the best relationship of any committed couple in anything I've ever written. They're so cute.

This is also the one with the intersexed character. Further deponent sayeth not.

Undertow: everybody in this book is straight, much to my agent's amusement. four male POV, one female POV, one hermaphrodite. All 3pl

Dust: POVs so far seem to be three female, two male. I suspect this book may go omni on me.

Patience & Fortitude: one female, two male 3pl (bi? maybe? inventive, anyway; straight; polymorphously perverse, in that order), but it might go omni, too.

What conclusions do I draw?

Dang, I need more lesbians.

Tags: narcissism

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