Dealing With a Bunch of Fucking Nerds: Research and “Getting It Right” 5

I’ve gotten some interesting blowback since I decided to go public with my irritation over JRR Tolkien’s puzzling geomorphology. Among the “well actually” and personal insults, there’ve been a more interesting complaint, with variations. To paraphrase: “Writers shouldn’t have to be an experts on everything just to tell a story!” Well, yes and no. To ...

How to “win” an argument on the internet (without losing your mind) 5

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Let’s get that obvious and ultimately unhelpful piece of advice out of the way. If you’re here and reading this post, you’ve already given in to the siren song of someone being wrong on the internet. But all is not lost. Change happens in you, my friend. Your perspective needs some adjustment for the sake of ...

DCC: “For Exposure.” 4

There’s something I’ve been wanting to growl about since July, but I’ve been waiting to see if anyone from DCC would get back to me. So far it’s a big no, and I’m not a fan of the “respond to me or I’ll say something publicly” style follow-up because frankly, I shouldn’t have to make ...

Too Long for Twitter: I don’t like fantasy maps 39

I made the mistake of mentioning on Twitter that some day I would vent about why I hate fantasy maps, and that got enough people asking that apparently today will be that day. DISCLAIMER THE FIRST: These are my personal opinions as a reader. If you, as a reader who is not me, happen to ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #3 Summary 2

This meeting felt incredibly fast and quiet compared to every other meeting. We just ran right through things. A little over thirty minutes from start to adjourning sine die. Retrospective Improvement Part 1 is ratified without debate. Retrospective Improvement Part 2 is ratified without debate. Universal Suffrage is ratified without debate. What Our Marks Really ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #3 Liveblog 1

Usual rules apply! 1001: Meeting called to order. 1006: On to the ratification of constitutional amendments still remaining. 1006: Retrospective Improvement Part 1. This is a replacement for retro Hugos. This is to allow retro Hugos for the four year window between the third and fourth WorldCons because “there was a disruption.” “The late unpleasantness.” 1009: Retrospective ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #2 Summary

Summary for the rather short main business meeting, since I didn’t show up until after site selection and the WorldCon Chairs photo. Best Series is ratified. It will continue as a regular category. It will be up for re-ratification in 2021 and automatically added to the agenda. Three Stage Voting fails ratification. EPH+ fails ratification by ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #2 Liveblog 2

Sorry to be a few minutes late, everyone. What we missed: By unanimous consent, the word “volume” in Best Series was changed to “installment” to indicate it doesn’t necessarily have to be a full novel added. Now we join our meeting, already in progress. 1108: Dr Farah Mendelsohn for the ratification of Best Series. Basically ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #1 Summary 1

Summary for all the action on Friday! Kevin Standlee gives the report for the MPC and we re-elect the standing members. Nitpicking and Flyspecking Committee report by Mr Eastlake. All members reappointed by the chair. FOLLE Committee continues with no objection. YA Award Committee officially sunsets this year and are thanked for their hard work. ...

[Worldcon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #1 Liveblog 7

Good morning everyone! I feel less like death today, so keep your fingers crossed for me. Liveblog will commence shortly, normal rules apply. Just waiting for the secretary of the meeting to arrive… 1004: Kevin Standlee calls the meeting to order. 1011: MPC report. Good news, marks were registered in the EU last year. 1013: ...