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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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ursulav
Jun. 15th, 2015 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Which way the venom flows
Mr. Torgersen, I don't think you know me. Up until this Puppy thing, I didn't know you.

I've got a Hugo, as it happens. I won it in 2012, for Best Graphic Story. I've been a little afraid to talk about this now, because of some of your friends, but perhaps it's time that I say something.

Can you understand why being told that our much cherished awards were an affirmative action movement, and we weren’t REALLY creating anything worthwhile, might not have inclined some of us kindly toward you?

From my point of view, "Torgersen" went from a name on the Campbell ballot to a dude who had just insulted something I poured a decade of my life into. And then various other people on the Sad Puppy leadership began talking about Glittery Hoo-has, and...wow. Way to reduce a project that I sweated blood over, a project that I was very proud of, to a vagina joke.

Way to diminish something I worked damn hard on, to reduce it down to "Oh, well, 700+ pages for years of your life, that doesn't matter, the only reason anybody could possibly be impressed with your stuff is because you're a GIRL."

Do you understand why that would upset me a little?

Can you at least reach across the aisle to understand why I might think you weren't a very nice guy after that? When I'd never said anything about you at all, and you started off by attacking something I was very proud of?

Why maybe I wouldn't be very happy at the Sad Puppies, when the beginning of your campaign was to insult me, and people like me, by implying we hadn't earned the thing that we were proud of?

I'd never spoken a word to you, and you insulted my work out of the blue. That's why I'm upset.

I suppose you probably won't read this. But at least I'll have said it, and that's probably worth something.

Edited at 2015-06-16 12:26 am (UTC)
dirkdada
Jun. 16th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Which way the venom flows
I'm thinking you probably won't get a reply from the one you are hoping to, but you deserve a reply and in my small capacity I can give you one. So . . .

Well said, Ursula. So very well said.

And very worth saying.

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