And speaking of f/sf, here's a question for you:
In the YA fantasy novel, one of the crits I got at the workshop was that the fantasy world didn't feel like a fantasy world -- it just felt like ancient Sri Lanka. Which is true. So I'm trying to think of ways that I can make the world feel more 'background magical,' without either a) having dragons in the sky (or other typical Western magic tropes), or b) adding in big new plot elements (like either/both sides in the war trying to work with demons, which Sri Lankan folklore does have a tradition of).
This is mostly an issue in the early section of the book, where our heroines are wandering through a forest, and I want to establish quickly that this is a magical place. Kevin suggested demon monkeys, which I laughed at, but now think I might actually use. Any other thoughts? I'm feeling a bit imagination-starved at the moment.