The vacation is over and it is time to get back to work. The list of things to do is long and getting longer. But, after almost two weeks away from the desk — for the most part — and time spent with my son, I feel recharged and ready to get back into the swing of things.
One of the best things about taking the time off was it kept me from digging too deep into the latest BS swirling around the Hugos. Yes, I broke my silence one to comment on Tor artistic editor (director?) Irene Gallo’s comments calling Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies, among other things, “extreme right wing to neo-nazi” and “unrepentantly racist, misogynist and homophobic.” Now I come back to find that there are those who feel the protests being sent to Tor and higher up the corporate chain all come from one or two people — all at the behest of Vox Day — who have hacked and botted and who knows what else.
All I am going to say on the matter is if you sent an email to Tor et al, follow it up with a letter. If you haven’t yet contacted them and feel you need to, then do so. You can find the pertinent addresses over at Cedar Writes. You will also find some very good guidelines about how to keep your letter business-like so it won’t be dismissed out of hand.
For another take on what has been happening and how it is impacting authors who are not part of Sad Puppies, much less Rabid Puppies, check Peter Grant’s blog. In particular, I recommend these two posts to see not only why he is taking the stance he is but the sort of unbelievable attacks being thrown at him because he dares to take a stand.
Then there is the mischaracterization being tossed around by some that SP3 stands for no message in our fiction. That is, as I said, a mischaracterization. What we want is for story to be the driving force. Yes, you can have a message but don’t hit the reader over the head with it because, whether you want to admit it or not, it will turn most folks off it they think they are being lectured to.
Now, here is the important part. If you are eligible to vote for the Hugos, do so. Read the nominees and vote on them based on their merit — not on who backed them. It is that simple.