I get awards! Dorian, from the adorable Dorian’s Hand, recently awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and Matthew over at Horrorville gave me The Sunshine Award. Dorian is probably the most intelligent baby I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and Matt’s was the first horror blog I discovered on WordPress, so I gratefully accept, thank you. The V.I.B. requires absolutely no work on my part, while The Sunshine Award comes with some questions, which I’ll answer shortly; but, before that, another rant…
Everyone knows my feelings on celebrities by now, right? Let me assure you that this applies across the board. If you’re an actor, I care about your acting; a singer, your singing; painter, poet, comedian; whatever it is that you (the celebrity) do, that’s pretty much the only aspect of you that I care about. It works a little differently if I discover them some other way. This is especially true in writing.
There’s a fairly well-known author whose WordPress blog I follow. He had (maybe has) a pretty public feud with another well-known author (no names) that took the same shape as a lot of “high-profile” online disagreements nowadays; basically it was one guy saying “You’re a bully and a dick with a horrible attitude and that’s why my stuff sells better!” and the other guy saying, “Yeah well, fuck you.” (SORRY DORIAN)
I felt the need to say something, so I left a comment, something to the effect of:
“I wasn’t aware of your politics when I found your book. I loved it, and have since read the rest. Now that I know what your political beliefs are, I can assure you they have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the fact that I find enjoyment in your writing, and I will continue to be a fan.
I won’t lie, if I had been aware of this author’s political stance (“conservative right-wing gun nut” that’s in quotes because people are WAY more than their politics), I probably wouldn’t have bothered to read his books, and I’d have missed out on some very enjoyable fiction. The other guy, who claimed the “moral high ground” based on his political views? Seeing the way he handled what was a simple disagreement firmly cemented in my head, “Yeah, fuck this guy.” He could be the best writer on the planet, and I’ll continue to miss out on it simply because he behaved like a self-righteous prick and insisted on trying to push his idea of what’s “right”, and behaved poorly while doing it. That’s my prerogative, and one fan more or less doesn’t really amount to much. What I won’t be doing is running around trying to convince people why they should or shouldn’t read one or the other.
Which brings me, kind of, sort of, back to this…It’s been five days. Five days between articles about H.P. Lovecraft’s racism. This time it’s The Guardian, yet again explaining how some fans and writers feel like the World Fantasy Award should be changed to something other than a bust of, arguably, the most well-known author of weird fiction of all time.
[QUICK NOTE: Dorian, please just stop reading here, I'm going to get ugly]
Whether they like it or not, it’s as simple as S.T. Joshi says:
“If Nnedi Okorafor and China Miéville are so offended at owning the WFA, they should simply return it and be done with the matter.”
That’s right folks, it really is THAT FUCKING EASY. You could even, in fact, start your own little club and hand out your own awards. You’re WRITERS; write up a fucking charter, charge some dues, and hit the streets to promote your new fancy club and your new, fancy, all-inclusive award. But the WFA has been around since 1975, and it’s recognized as being pretty prestigious. Why start your own shit when you can just attempt to co-opt something that already has a long, well-respected history; all because the statue that goes along with the HUGE FUCKING HONOR of being recognized as an incredible writer makes you feel “oogy”. Grow the fuck up. This is pretty much the same shit people are pulling right now in the online atheist/skeptic “community”, the same shit people are attempting to do with video games. “This is problematic because ‘muh feelings’, and it needs to be changed…” How about you piss up a rope? Here’s a lesson I learned as a very small child; not many people are going to give a fuck about your “feelings”. Start your own online community, make your own goddamn video games, create your own fucking award and spend the years building up it’s reputation; no one is here to cater to you or your precious fucking feelings. Write, be read, and stop fucking crying.
Sorry about that, it just gets my goat.
So, on to Matthew’s questions (if anyone is still reading):
1. What’s your favorite movie genre?
It’s horror, of course. :)
2. What’s your favorite horror movie?
I’d have to go with The Descent, because that spelunking scares the shit out of me. I’m not usually claustrophobic, but all that sliding into small spaces surrounding by tons of rock…ewww, no.
3. Do you love horror (if so why)?
Yup. I love to be scared, even though it doesn’t happen often.
4. What are your hobbies?
I recently discovered a love for complaining on the internet. I also do a lot of exercising and cooking. (more: reading, riding my bike, writing)
5. If you could be in a movie which movie would it be?
I think Grave Encounters would be fun, or Natural Born Killers.
6. If you could meet someone who would it be?
Jim Butcher. If we’re including fictional characters, Spider Jerusalem.
7. What is your favorite sports team?
I don’t “do” sports.
8. Why did you start blogging?
I ask myself this everyday, and still don’t really have an answer.
9. What have you learned from your time on WordPress?
I can’t say I’ve actually learned anything, but it has reinforced several things I already suspected. Lots of people love to generalize other sorts of people, most people seem to actually be fairly rational, and every culture or subculture has its own fair share of dickheads.
10. What is your biggest fear?
That I’ll never finish writing one book, let alone several.
If anyone IS still reading this, I’m always open to opinions. I will not be giving out nominations, I fear someone will claim photophobia, or that the word “inspiring” is one of their triggers.