No winners?

Well, the self-imposed moratorium on Hugo related posts has come to an end. I had to take a step back and breathe deeply. I needed a break from the attacks against people I respect. I needed a break from the arguments over who science fiction and fantasy belong to. Most of all, I needed a break from the internet voices telling me that I am not a real fan because I don’t go […]

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(This is a repost of today’s Twisted Writers entry.) I remember when I was younger, there was a locally owned bookstore that I loved to frequent. The owners were always there. The employees knew the stock and could carry on an intelligent conversation about books. They knew the different genres and could make informed recommendations about what to read. After your first visit or two, when you returned, you would be greeted […]

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Weekend Promotion

I haven’t done a promotion for awhile, so I thought this weekend I would. The first books of each of my three series are available at discounted prices. If you like paranormal romance/suspense, urban fantasy/police procedural or military science fiction, there is something for you. Hunted (Hunter’s Moon Book 1) (Written under the pen name Ellie Ferguson) Free through Sunday When Meg Finley’s parents died, the authorities classified it as a double […]

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Nanny state redux

I will be back later with a full post but, in light of what I put up yesterday, I found this article particularly interesting. Apparently, it is now bad to serve up a Mexican food buffet for a science fiction themed event if you have SF aliens depicted. It is insensitive, according to the administration at Stevenson College and appropriate sensitivity training must now be had by all. You can find the […]

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Welcome to the nanny state mentality

Several months ago, the question of whether or not a parent should be allowed to let their children walk alone in their neighborhood, much less play alone in the park, hit the national news. Danielle and Sasha Meitiv thought they were teaching their children, ages 10 and 6, to be independent. Apparently at least one of their neighbors thought they were being neglectful, if not abusive. Enter the Maryland police and Children’s Protective […]

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Review — Goodnight Stars

I’ve written before about how my love for Science Fiction began. I was young, late elementary to early junior high, and staying at my grandmother’s house in Ardmore, OK (also known as the armpit of the world, at least to a kid with no mode of transportation other than her feet and who was much too far from the library). My grandmother wasn’t much of a reader, something that still amazes me […]

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So, what is a troll?

According to Arthur Chu, a troll is someone who learns they have the right to vote for something and then — gasp — actually does so. Yes, that is a paraphrase but, if you read the article, you will see that is exactly what he is saying. This former Jeopardy champion is now trying to make a name for himself by drinking the kool-aid and regurgitating all the worst slurs being thrown […]

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The Hugos, Vox Day and all the wailing and gnashing of teeth

I was going to simply repost Dave Freer’s Mad Genius Club post but it seems folks out there are determined to raise my ire. The continued personal attacks by certain parties against Brad Torgersen is one example. But it is the misrepresentation and the failure to consider that they might just be wrong that really pisses me off. So, if you don’t want to read how there is more to Sad Puppies […]

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Fan Writers – reposted from Cedar Writes

(My friend, Cedar Sanderson, has written a post this morning highlighting those people, including yours truly, nominated for Best Fan Writer on this year’s Hugo ballot. Cedar, too, is nominated. She’s done a very nice job pulling together posts that show work by all of the nominees. Now, I’ll step aside and let you read the original post.) As readers of this blog already know, I was nominated for the Hugo Awards […]

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If it’s Sunday . . . .

I’m continuing my Hugo-free posts until tomorrow. For one thing, I put myself in time out yesterday and refused to read anything Hugo related. For another, I have seen a couple of things this morning I want to look into further before commenting on them. I refuse to do what others have (mainly from the side of those opposing Sad Puppies but not exclusively) and misconstrue — or lie — about what […]

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