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Number 75

I did something new and terrifying today: I got up in front of hundreds of people and a livestream and addressed the Charlotte City Council on behalf of anti-discrimination. I was speaker #75. I sat in the Council chamber and listened to the hate and fear and rage of the Christian Right, couched in terms…
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Sharing the Table

Copying over from FB for archival and ease-of-referencing purposes.    Disappointed by the Sturm und drang in response to the challenge Tempest made to read more diverse works this year. So pardon the tone and occasional sarcasm of the following, because it’s keeping me from headdesking into the Stone Age. 1.) She’s not ordering everyone…
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Do Your Research, or How Not to Make a Good Impression

I find myself, in general, having less and less patience with people who can’t be bothered to learn the most basic things about the business, or who think that they’re entitled to make other people do the work for them. There’s so much information available, and it’s so much easier to find than my contact…
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Gravity Wells

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. It’s so…arbitrary. If I’m going to do something, I’m not waiting for a certain date (usually), which is why I tend to either make a lot of my resolutions in November (when the summer madness slows down a little) or in April (when the summer madness begins). But, uh,…
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War Stories Award Eligibility

This year’s Nebula Awards nomination period is now open. Just…just wait for me to process this. I *swear* I’m still mopping up from the 2014 award season…OH WAIT I AM. Anyways! Back to the grind, but first… From November 15 to February 15, Active and Associate SFWA members may submit nominations for the Nebula Awards.…
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It’s My Wall, and I’ll Do As I Like!

Repost of a FB discussion Due to multiple interactions that lead me to believe that some people do not understand how internet etiquette works, we’re going to cover some internet manners, specifically re: FB posts and Twitter. I’ve been Very Sternly Told in the past that setting my statuses to ‘public’ meant that everyone on…
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Self-Defense in an Online War

The following is a soup of resources, links, and advice, so I apologize. Organizing it and providing more narrative structure would be a small novella, at least. Disclaimer: I am not a police officer, nor do I work officially for any government organization. This is not official SFWA information. Everything here is based on my…
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War Stories Reviews

We’ve been getting some great reviews for War Stories, but the one that worried me the most came out the best, and completely made my week. When you’re telling stories about a specific group of people–in this case, the military–being reviewed by that group is terrifying, because you just hope that you haven’t obviously screwed…
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Angry Virgin Nerds

Note on recent media coverage of the issues in gaming… Blaming this on ‘male virgin nerds’ is not only discriminatory, but flat-out deadly. Most of the people we dealt with when this issue cropped up in publishing were adult men with lives, significant others, families, etc. The most public face of Gamer Gate is Adam…
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Social Justice Meteor

Image by Ursula Vernon. I’ve written several thousand words over the past week and a half about the harassment and violence that is endemic against women in the industry. I’ve mentioned the VD (I refuse to even use his full name) issue we fought in SFWA, the mess at the San Diego WFC, Valentine’s issues…
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