Dusting off the blog, setting a new purpose

*blows dust off blog*

*chokes and wheezes*

Wow, yes, I’m a very bad blogger. But that doesn’t mean I have to keep being a bad blogger, right? I just need a new plan, an actual blogging goal and purpose, and that will help me stay on track better.

What do I love talking about? That’s easy–books! I know there are plenty of book blogs out there, but one more won’t hurt, and we all love talking about books in different ways, don’t we? What I hated about a book might be what gets someone else reading a book, because that’s their jam and I just sold it to them. Or what I loved could be what someone else hates (I hope it isn’t).

I’m also all for setting a low bar that I can easily hurdle, because then I don’t have so much pressure when my time gets short and my deadlines get close. In honour of that, this is the schedule I will aim to follow:

  1. One book review per week.
  2. No minimum or maximum word counts.
  3. Review books I have things to say about, not just things I loved.
  4. Write more reviews each week if I want

See? Low, easily hurdleable bar, with room to do more if I want to. That’s achievable.

I read mainly SFF and romance. Some of the romance I read is queer, some isn’t, most of it is historical. Some of the SFF I read is queer, some isn’t, most of it is fantasy.

If you don’t read either genre, this isn’t the book blog for you. If you only read one of those genres, maybe I can entice you into the other. I hope I can entice you to pick up a few new things or a few old things that you hadn’t thought to try before.

Because books are the best and adding to people’s teetering piles of books to read is my mission in life.

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Hacking the writing process

One of the things most writers learn early on is how they work best. What environment they need and how they need to approach a story to make progress on it. It’s something we learn through trial and error as we go, developing our process as we develop our skills at plotting, pacing, world building, and characterisation. When you read a lot of writing books, they talk about the importance of finding your process and sticking to it. They’ll advocate particular processes and extol the virtues, sometimes explaining (in detail) why their process is the only way to work.

Plotter. Pantser. Distraction-free environment. Free-writing. Coffee shop writing. Group writing. Solo writing. Detailed research. Research on the fly. Placeholders to do the research later. MICE quotient. Structure. No structure. Scene-sequel.

There are so many parts of the process we develop, and when we find one that works, we stick to it. Sometimes to a degree that’s ultimately unhelpful. Kameron Hurley talks about hacking her process on her blog: being unafraid to change it up and try something new. We can get stuck in a rut of “this is how we should write, because it’s what we do and it’s what has previously worked” and that can hold us back. It’s important to try new things, even try things we can’t imagine working, because it might lead us to something that works even better than what we were doing.

And ruts are usually a bad place to be, right?

I’ve always been a pantser. I’ll go in with, at most, the milestones on the way worked out and that’s it. The idea of outlining has always made me nervous because it hasn’t worked with me–I’ll write the outline and then I feel satisfied because I know how the story goes, and I can’t actually write the story. I’m starting to suspect this is a holdover from writing fanfic: you’re writing about characters you know so well already, often in settings you know (unless you’re writing an AU), and if you know them, the arcs they’ll take, and the detailed plot, what is left to discover? You need need to have something new to find as you write, or it becomes mechanical and passionless.

I guess one of the things I’ve realised is that I’m a discovery writer more than a true pantser. As I edited the book I finished earlier this year, I found that most of the big structural issues it had would have been caught and fixed before I ever began if I’d outlined it first. I went in with some research–characters sheets, some world-building, a really highlights-only idea of the plot direction–and I ended up with a mess. Most of the edits were dealing with the huge structural issues, the plot problems, and the missing character arcs–most of which could have been cut off at the pass with an outline.

My newest project (er, the one I’m tinkering with when I have spare time after my NaNo words) is different. The idea happened, I developed it, and I ended up with a one-page outline that felt fairly complete. All the major and minor plot points, right there on the page. I worked on it a bit more, added more details. When I set up the Scriv project, I set up chapter folders and added more details to the outline as I sketched in the chapter descriptions. I caught a few issues, found places that needed more thought and worked on them, and now I’ve got an outline that feels pretty solid. The main characters have arcs, the plot isn’t filled with logical inconsistencies or impossibilities. It’s an outline that, hopefully, won’t leave me with the level of mess I’ve been cleaning up for three months in my other book.

I’ll probably expand it as I go. Some of the chapters I outlined feel too full, so they’ll probably be turned into multiple chapters. An outline isn’t a line-by-line recipe, after all.

What I’ve learned is that for this book, with this outline, I’m still discovering it as I write. I’ve just finished the opening chapter, and I already feel like I’m finding out new things with each new scene. The outline is there, but it’s the details I’m discovering, so I’m still excited to find out what happens next.

Perhaps my old pantser ways only really work for the way I write fanfic, and my process for original fiction had to change. I’ll know better when I finish this book and see how it turns out. Hopefully it will be less fundamentally flawed and messy.

The other part of my process I’ve been playing with is environment. I’ve never been very particular about where I write–sometimes I’m at my desk, sometimes I’m on my iPad elsewhere in the house, or in a coffee shop, or in the lunchroom at work. It’s the reason Scriv for iOS has been so good–it’s fitting in with my habits really well. But for years, I’ve been writing in silence. No music. Having someone else’s words in my head made it impossible to hear my own words.

I’m also really easily distracted and I’ve been finding it difficult to get myself into the word space, which impacts on productivity. If I’m writing 50 words, checking twitter, writing 100, checking email, writing 25, checking twitter…you can see how that’s not really working, can’t you?

So I decided to try something. One evening, I downloaded a ton of classical stuff on Spotify and plugged in, and it’s working. No words, just orchestral–mainly violin or cello concertos, or symphonies–and suddenly, I’m actually getting a fair amount done each time I sit down. I get into the right wording zone and everything zooms along. At a certain stage, I stop hearing the music, but it’s okay because it’s become a background hum helping me to concentrate. It was the one part of my process I refused to consider changing for years, and it’s made a huge difference.

Finding a process that works for our writing is important, but so is trying new things. Sometimes, we need to hack our process and find a new way of working. It might not always work, a change you try might even sound counter-intuitive to everything we’re told by ‘experts’, but we should be open to experimenting.

You never know what you might learn and yourself and your writing.

Weekly reading, 23 June 2016

Last book finished: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. It is a thing of joy that made me ridiculously happy and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The graphic novel portions were fantastic and entertaining, and made me wish Lovelace and Babbage had lived that life, but it’s the footnotes and endnotes that really made the book. Trust me, it’s wonderful.

I also read one of the Hugo-nominated novellas, Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson. I expected a lot from this, because I usually really enjoy Sanderson’s work. His worldbuilding is always creative and his writing is compelling. This wasn’t a bad novella, but it wasn’t one of his best works by any stretch. Even Sanderson on an off-day is better than many writers, so I wouldn’t anti-rec it, but it’s definitely not the best work on the ballot or one of the highlights for the author.

Current read: Still working on Russian History: A Very Short Introduction. This will always be my status. Bribes still aren’t working. Maybe I need to put a reminder in my calendar, block out fifteen minutes a day for it.

My main physical book read is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. This wasn’t a book that I expected to love, I’ll admit, but I’ve been surprised before. I didn’t expect to like The Fifth Season, because I’ve previously bounced off Jemisin’s work, and it’s been one of the best things I read this year. Zombies are totally not my thing, but I fell in love with Mira Grant’s Newsflesh anyway. This is all to say, even if I go into a book with low expectations, I can be changed by good writing

Seveneves has elements that are usually right up my alley. Yes, I’m not hugely into Hard SF, but global disasters are completely my thing. I’m a disaster movie fan, and an SFnal disaster should be something I love. I’m about 140 pages in and I can say that, so far, the ideas are great but the execution is…not. Overwritten, way too much information about the background of every character and object, which all comes out in tangents that kill any attempt at pacing and tension. And despite all that background, the characters have the life and consistency of cardboard. A good disaster story relies on character to pull us in and keep us there, rooting for them, as the stakes go up. I really couldn’t care less about any of these people. Right now, I’m reading because I want to see how the next part of the plot works out, but it’s a slog. And at some point, I’m probably going to stop slogging, because 860 pages of this may be 600 pages too many. It’s currently at the bottom of my Hugo ballot and I don’t think it will rise higher.

My other read is Out on Good Behaviour by Dahlia Adler, which is exactly the fluffy F/F romance I need as an antidote to the turgid prose of Stephenson.

Next read: I’ve had a couple of preorders in over the last couple of weeks, so it will probably be one of those. Either zombies or dragons, they’re both vying equally right now. On the Kindle, I should probably get on with a couple more Hugo nominated novelettes and novellas.

What are you reading this week, and would you recommend it?

Impostor Syndrome

Anyone who knows me a little, will know this about me: I have a fairly major case of impostor syndrome about my writing.

I’m not even published yet, and I’ve managed to develop it. “I’m just a hack”, I’ll regularly say. “I’m not writing anything earth-shattering”, I mumble. “It’s just XXX, not quality writing, and probably nobody will ever want to read it”, I mutter. “I haven’t done any courses, everything I know is from practice and reading, not like your proper learning”, I protest.

“I’m just a hack, not a real writer.”

I can’t even blame my fanfic-writing background, although that’s usually what I pin it on when asked. After all, I know plenty of great writers who are being nominated for major awards, who started in fanfic. It was writing in other people’s playgrounds that taught them the important elements of telling stories that keep people reading, before they ventured into their own worlds. It was writing fanfic AUs that taught them how to world build. Fanfic is, I know, a great way to learn how to write and how to write things people want to read.

I know all this, in the logical part of my brain. Most of the time, I even believe it. My impostor syndrome is so deeply ingrained, though, that I can’t shake it even in writing groups with other unpublished writers. We’re all on the same level, but in my head, they’re all just letting me tag along to watch the grown-ups write. Even though they’re not, and the logical part of my brain knows they’re not.

My impostor syndrome doesn’t contain itself to writing. I’ve been working in the IT industry for ten years. I still feel like, any day now, someone is going to notice that I shouldn’t be here and send me…somewhere else. I don’t know where, but that’s because impostor syndrome isn’t logical. Every positive annual review is a shock, every promotion is a surprise, and every bit of praise on a successful project must be talking about some other person on it, not me. I’m the impostor here. Eventually they’ll notice.

Impostor syndrome sucks. It’s also so common there’s a name for it. When published, amazing writers talk about having it, I feel relieved. It’s not just me, I’m not the only one who is waiting for someone to notice I shouldn’t be here.

It’s also a little depressing, realising that it’s probably never going to go away completely. That I could sell my work, sell a lot of it, and some nasty corner of my brain will still be chewing away and trying to persuade me that there’s been a mistake. Or that everyone else is clearly still more worthy of being at this table because Reasons.

(Those reasons are never defined in my head. It’s a moving goal posts problem–I keep moving them.)

Understanding that I’m not alone, though, is the most helpful part. If everyone else thinks they’re the impostor, maybe that should tell us something. Maybe that should tell us that none of us are impostors: that we’re all worthy of sitting at this table, doing our thing, and nobody is going to suddenly make us leave because we belong here. We deserve this.

Presenting…my Hugo nominations

The Hugo short-list will be announced on Tuesday and I bought my MidAmericon II supporting membership last night in preparation, thanks to a recovering loonie. A few weeks ago, I promised to post my picks after nominations closed, and with the official list so close, I should probably get onto that very soon.

Today.

So without further ado, I present the list of my personal nomination choices for this year’s Hugo Award. You can take this as a rec list of amazing stuff that you might want to check out, regardless of what actually ends up on the short list 🙂

Novel

  • Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  • The House of Shattered Wings – Aliette de Bodard
  • Updraft – Fran Wilde
  • Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear
  • Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho

Novella

Novelette

Short Story

Campbell

  • Ioan Sharma
  • Alyssa Wong
  • S L Huang
  • Sunil Patel
  • Zoe Sumra

Fanwriter

  • Sunil Patel
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Erik Flint
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Jim C Hines

Fancast

  • Women at Warp
  • Verity!
  • Fangirl Happy Hour
  • Slash Report

Semi-pro magazines

  • Booksmugglers
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny Magazine
  • Apex Magazine
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Fanzines

  • Pretty Terrible
  • File 770

Related works

  • An Archive of Our Own
  • Writing Excuses Season 10

Dramatic Presentation (long form)

  • Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
  • Mad Max: Road Fury
  • Agent Carter Season 1
  • The Martian

Dramatic Presentation (short form)

  • Doctor Who: Heaven Sent by Steven Moffat

Graphic novels

  • Rat Queens Vol 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth – Kurtis J. Weibe

2015 was an amazing year for novels, and I ended up with a much longer list that I had to whittle down to five works. That was an incredibly difficult thing to do, because I felt that everything on my list was award-worthy and I loved all of them to bits.

If you missed any of these books last year, you should run out and find them, because they’re amazing:

  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher
  • Chimera – Mira Grant
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant – Seth Dickinson
  • A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab
  • Prudence – Gail Carriger
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen – Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Ancillary Mercy – Ann Leckie

The Bujold was a particularly difficult one, but in the run-up the close of nominations, the Hugo Award committee put out a lot of reminders about how a work is considered eligible in a given year. From what they said, even though Gentleman Jole was available as an eArc in late 2015, its official release date was February 2016 and that’s the date I went by. I’ll be nominating it next year, in all likelihood.

 

Podcasts!

I listen to a lot of them, but which ones do I recommend?

Let’s begin with a blanket comment of “I recommend most BBC content”, because otherwise I’d list a ton of them here, and that wouldn’t be a dull list for everyone. If you only listen to one BBC thing, grab the Friday Night Comedy–both The Now Show and The News Quiz are absolutely hilarious.

The rest, I can break down into two broad categories, so here we go.

Writing

Writing Excuses

For anyone who doesn’t know it, Writing Excuses is a weekly podcast hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Dan Wells about writing. Many of their episodes are about the craft of writing, but they also go into the most business side of things, too. Each episode is fifteen minutes, so the generally stick to one small topic in each episode and really break it down. It’s broken down into yearly seasons, and lately they’ve had a running theme through each season. Last year took us through the nuts and bolts of getting from initial idea to a finished story or novel. This year is exploring the concept of Elemental Genre. I’ve learned so much from them and it’s worth digging through the archives, because they’ve tackled some really fascinating things. I credit Writing Excuses for getting better at writing cliffhangers, among other things.

Ditch Diggers

Hosted by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace, this podcast is more focused on the business side of writing, but they do have episodes on craft sometimes, too. I just listened to the one on writing humour and took away a dozen notes plus a couple of book recommendations. While Writing Excuses is great for beginning writers as well as more experienced writers, Ditch Diggers is definitely aimed more at writers in the early stages of their pro careers. They talk about contracts, convention behaviour, the tough side of writing, and everything else that a writer breaking in might want to know. Plus, they get some really great guests in to talk about that, too. I recommend hunting down the episode with Gail Carriger, because she’s both entertaining and incredibly informative.

Fannish Meta

Verity! Podcast

Six women talk about Doctor Who. Yup, that’s the core of this show. It’s so refreshing to hear women talking about Doctor Who, because so many geeky podcasts are mostly by men, and these women know their stuff. They have different backgrounds, different perspectives, and always make me think. This year’s theme is Firsts: first episodes, first appearances, first companions, and any other first they can find. Last year’s theme was Companions. And when Doctor Who is airing, all themes go out of the window as they discuss each new episode in beautiful geeky detail.

Women at Warp

Several women talk about Star Trek. There may be a theme here. It’s Star Trek from a feminist perspective and they talk about everything. One of the things that’s surprised me is how positive they can be about certain parts of Star Trek. We all know that it isn’t always a feminist paradise, but they’re reminding me of characters and episodes that I’d forgotten about that have fantastic stuff for women. They also talk about spin-off media, including an entire podcast talking to Diane Duane about her work. And it’s not just the on-screen elements they discuss: I learned so much from their episode on D.C. Fontana.

Fansplaining

It’s billed as the podcast about fandom, by fandom. And that’s what it does. One of the things that I really enjoy about it is that it’s discussing and explaining many aspects of fandom from the perspective of people inside fandom, but in a way that feels accessible to those who are outside or fandom-adjacent. After reading so many media articles about fandom that are wildly inaccurate and unhelpful, this podcast is a breath of fresh air and one I’d recommend to anyone inside fandom and anyone who just wants to know more so they’re informed. After all, if we’re writing in the SFF genre, it’s a good idea to understand the fandom!

Fangirl Happy Hour

Ana (of The Book Smugglers) and Renay (of Lady Business) talk about all things media and fannishness, and it’s delightful. They talk about books, comics, movies and TV. They squee about the great stuff. And they’ll rant about the bad stuff. They also talk about the wider issues inside fandom, including the awards controversies, so the rants can get a little sweary. And they warn if they’re going to be discussing something so new that many people won’t have seen it yet, so that we can skip forward or over.

The West Wing Weekly

Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina (yes, that one, the Will Bailey actor) rewatch and discuss every episode of The West Wing. It’s great, because Hrishi is such a big fan and Joshua can add background due to his role on the show and his long-standing professional relationship with Aaron Sorkin–he read for a role before the pilot was shot, but couldn’t work on the show due to his existing role on another Sorkin show. They’re a fun and knowledgeable combo, and they’re able to pull in some good guest starts, too. Last week, they discussed “A Proportional Response” and got Dulé Hill on the show.

Conclusion

After many years of just using the native app on my iPod, I recently switched to using Downcast as my podcast manager and it’s terrific. The best part is that it gives me access to podcasts that aren’t on iTunes, such as Fansplaining, which makes my life much easier. Plus, it doesn’t crash on the BBC podcasts, which is also important.

So, what do you listen to and recommend?

Links for your weekend reading 18/03/2016

This week’s link collection was a little more extensive than I realised, but now that I’m over the heart attack of looking at the folder, a lot of them are on similar themes. It’s been a bit of a week.

TV and film – still talking about *that* The 100 spoiler and LGBT representation

Variety had a good piece on the ongoing discussion of why so many people were upset about the death of another lesbian character. It goes into the history sets the debate into context for anyone unfamiliar with it, as well as explaining why this death had been the last straw for so many.

Related to that, Autostraddle compiled a list of all the lesbian and bisexual women who have died on screen. At last count, it was 142. For contrast, they also compiled a list of all the lesbian and bisexual women who got some form of happy ending. It’s…ah…a much, much smaller number.

Labels and the M/M community debate

Alexis Hall wrote an interesting and balanced post on the current debate raging in the M/M community around the Gay For You and bisexual erasure. It’s worth a look because it delves into both sides, both arguments, and demonstrates why it’s a debate that has no real solution.

And El of Just Love Romance wrote a beautiful piece on why labels are so important for some people.

Writing

Katherine Locke, a freelance editor, wrote a great piece on common problems she sees with manuscripts she edits, and suggestions on why they’re happening (so that you can fix them before they hit an editor or agent).

Things to consume

Sarah Maclean tweeted 100 romance recommendations and she storified them for our perusal. All the subgenres, all the combinations, and the ones she recommended that I’ve read are amazing so I’m sure the rest are, too. My wishlist grew so much while she was doing this.

There’s a new West Wing podcast starting, going through the series episode by episode, and one of the contributors is Will Bailey. Yup, Joshua Malina will be one of the voices. All the actors in the show were intelligent and politically savvy, so I’m anticipating this with great glee.

Andrea Philips is compiling a spreadsheet of conventions. She’s looking for contributors to help out, because that’s a huge task, and I’m frankly delighted. If you’re interested in going to SFF cons, for any reason, it can be hard to find out what is running, where, and when, in order to plan your schedule. This should help so much.

And finally…

This week I’m sharing a short story by Laurie Penny. Your Orisons May Be Recorded is about angels, demons, and a call centre where prayers are answered. I’m going to thinking about it for a long time.

Links for your weekend reading 11/03/2016

Those new Harry Potter stories

NK Jemesin wrote a powerful piece about what could have been, and why so many fans are feeling hurt by the Magic in North America stories.

American Indians in Children’s Literature has pulled together a list of links to responses by Native people to the stories, to give us more context on why the stories are getting so much negative attention.

Gender and sexuality

There has been a lot of discussion during the week about bisexuality and biphobia, particularly within the M/M romance community. On Twitter, liz blue wrote a series of thoughtful tweets that were storified here. And on Buzzfeed, one user wrote an essay on the three ways that biphobia affects mental health. Powerful and important reads.

On Dangerous Women, Joni Meenagh wrote about the social heiarchies of relationships, beginning with challenging the forms that so often ask us to define ourselves by our marital status. 

Tropes in fiction

There has been a lot of discussion in the gay romance community this week about the “gay for you” trope and whether it is a form of bi-erasure, among other sins. It was triggered by a poorly worded blurb for a book that various reviewers are saying is, in fact, nothing like as problematic as the cover makes out, but the discussion has been wide-ranging and ocassionally acrimonious. On her blog, Heidi Cullen took the unpopular side and talked to several authors about their books and why, although badly named, the trope is an important one to explore when it’s done thoughtfully.

On Smart Bitches, Ellen discussed the intersections between romance and fairy tales, including a few recommendations for good modern fairy tale retellings.

And finally…

Not a story this week, but a yummy recipe. Lemon thumbprint cookies. Enjoy!

The tragic lesbians: why representation needs to include more HEAs

Representation matters, right? We all agree with that. We all want to see more LGBTA+ in our fiction because it’s important for those voices to be heard. It’s important for people to see themselves in stories, because when they don’t, they become invisible.

The other part of the representation matters argument is this: the type of representation matters. I’m not going to gatekeeper and say that only certain types of representation should exist, but I do think it’s important to think about how we’re portraying people in our writing and question the choices we make.

Go and read this beautiful piece about the problems of the tragic lesbian trope.

Are you back? Right. Good.

When I was growing up and trying to figure out who and what I was, one of the confusing and painful parts was that every time I saw a girl falling for another girl, it ended badly. One of them died. In every story I saw or read, one of them died. Women who love women–lesbian or bisexual–never get their happily every after. Their lives are angst-filled and painful, and then they die. If they’re lucky, they get to kiss the woman they loved, but they always die. It’s why the Tragic Lesbian Trope (TM) became so well-known and hated, and it’s still happening all the time. Just look at The 100 fandom last week.

Visibility is important, but positive visibility is even more important, in my opinion. The hard stories need to exist, obviously, but so do the happy stories. We need to write the stories where women get to live. Where lesbians and bisexual women get their happily ever after with the woman they love. Where coming out isn’t the worst thing that ever happened to them. Where meeting the love of their life isn’t the first step towards their death or their lifetime of loneliness.

We need to see the women who have been together for thirty years and are still deeply in love with each other. We need to see the women who propose and get married without losing their families over it, because that’s legal now and I’m still furious about Jenny’s Wedding. We need to see the girl asking her best friend to be her prom date and actually going to the prom as a beautiful couple, instead of being rejected and ridiculed. We need the lesbian romcoms with happy endings.

For the young women trying to figure out who and what they are, we need to let them see that falling in love with another woman is not the end. It’s not going to end in tragedy. Bisexual women don’t have to push down that side of them and pin all their hopes on meeting the right man to be happy. Lesbians don’t need to feel condemned to sadness and loneliness.

When it comes to representation, the happily ever afters matter.

Links for your weekend reading 26/02/2016

New experiment for the blog: a round-up of all the links I’ve collected over the week, rather than writing half a dozen little blog posts for each of them.

To start, in response to last week’s Booksmuggler’s problematic column about alphahole heroes in romantic fiction, Ilona Andrews wrote a fantastic, well-researched blog post analysing the same trope: Brief Analysis of Alphahole Trope in Romantic Fiction. When we said that the article should have been written by someone who knows the subject and can do the research, this is what we meant!

(Plus, it’s funny. I particularly enjoyed the ironic use of pink hearts.)

Most people have read this, but for those who haven’t: Mark Oshiro detailed his experiences at ConquesT last year. Trigger warning for racism, homophobia, sexual harassment…really, everything that should never happen at a convention.

In response to that, and so many other incidents, Mikki Kendall wrote about why conventions need to get behind codes of conduct better: On Bad Cons & How You Kill An Event in Advance.

Jim Hines is as sensible as ever on this, too, and includes summaries of just a selection of harrassment incidents at other cons: The Importance of Having and ENFORCING Harassment Policies at Cons

Canadian readers, looks like we’ll be losing Doctor Who from Netflix soon, too. CraveTV is getting an exclusive streaming license for New Who from the summer. I’m not surprised, but it’s making me cranky. I just signed up for Crave (for the Star Trek) and the interface is shite, but it looks like it’ll be our only option soon (if we’re too lazy to walk across the room and get the DVDs out).