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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.

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storm59
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
I need to study geography 'Archipelacon on the island of Aland' didn't ring any bells and I had to look up the event and location. It all sounds awfully tiring - and incredibly exciting.

As for Sad Puppies I am flummoxed. This most interesting bit for me was produced by a Google search of "sad puppies"+"hugo" which yielded about 50,000 links with an incredible amount of text. Using an arbitrary and totally unscientific assumption that the links each contain at least 500 words dedicated this topic, we get about 25 million words dedicated to it; the Eric Flint page you mention, including comments, has over 30,000 words to it.

grrm
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Scary, isn't it?
storm59
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
More of a head scratcher for me. I do that a lot when I see the things we fight about. All the belligerent finger pointing, name calling and chest beating never did make sense to me. It seems to be on the rise. In fact, I better stop scratching; I'm likely to end up digging straight through the other side. ;)

Edited at 2015-06-10 10:11 pm (UTC)
chris_warrior
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
i did this math for a few of the writers involved. i think my friend Nick M might have also written about it. it's one of the most frightening thing about this mess: how many words were written in defense and complaint about the Sad/Rabid Puppy actions, and how much of that time could have gone toward fiction. it's crazy.
storm59
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Amen. I have to kick into gear and do some writing myself. Perhaps, if I work hard enough, I may travel to Aland some day, though it will more likely be 'A Land Called Brooklyn.'

End of the work day approaches, so you'll forgive the pun.


Edited at 2015-06-10 11:37 pm (UTC)

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