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Weather Report

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So, for the past few weeks since I posted last, I’ve been t hinking.

I’ll also been doing really draconian revisions, but that’s another story.

And what my thinking has boiled down to is this:

I really don’t have the stomach to be a censor, and I’m not going to do it.

Unfortunately, that leaves me in the same position I was when all this nonsense started.  I can do one of two things:

1) Accept the fact that perfectly neutral, in no way negative statements about fantasy and science fiction will be taken as an act of war with gauntlets laid down and fight my way through the ensuing firestorm


2) Censor myself by making sure that I never say anything, no matter how bland, about the genres in question


3) Preface anything I do say about the genres in question, again no matter how bland, with mousy little acts of propitiation like going “Of course, there are many things to admire in sf and fantasy, but…”

Number 3 positively makes my head explode, and I’ve replied to both of the people who suggested it the same way:  I’LL start doing that when the rest of you start prefacing your contempuous put downs of the fiction I love dearly (rememberBurning Questions?)the same way.

But the simple fact of the matter is that I just don’t have the stomach for this.  I started this blog so that I could talk about the books I love and ideas that don’t have a home on either side of the political divide and other things that just sort of wandered through my head.

I don’t want to have these petty arguments.  I don’t want to go back to high school and defend what I do and don’t like or dislike in the way of reading  material.   I don’t want to watch my words and put up a smokescreen of “nice” to fend off attacks.

When I explained this to one person, he suggested that if this is the way I felt, I shouldn’t be writing a blog at all.

Maybe he was right.

I’ve spent two weeks trying to write a post, and every time I’ve tried, I’ve ended up so furious I couldn’t actually type anything.

So let me make explicit what has been tacit for more than half a month.

This blog is on hiatus.  I may come back to it at some point, or I may not, but it will not be any time soon.

I do, however, want to leave one little note for the sf and fantasy people:

THIS is a criticism:

“Heroic fantasy is nothing but a lot of adolescent posturing–virtue! honor! villanny!–punctuated by mind numbingly boring “epic” battles and hyperemotive delusional sex.”

THIS is NOT a criticism:

“All the sf I’ve read is about government employees on government missions.”

That above is just an observation, and says nothing negative about sf or anything else. 

Nor does noting that a lot of fantasy sentimentalizes the Middle Ages, although they change the places and the names and throw in magic most of the time.

If you really can’t tell the difference between that first thing up there and the other two, then let me suggest that you CONSIDER the possibility that you are so hypersensitive to any discussion of the genres involved that you’re not able to properly interpret mentions of them.

I’m going to go watch Dr. Who.


Written by janeh

December 1st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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  1. I’ll miss your blog, but it’s yours, and it would be unreasonable for me to expect you to continue with it when you’re not only not getting anything out of it, you’re getting infuriated and upset by the responses to it. Life’s too short for you to put up with that.

    I hope to see you back again sometime; meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for your next book.


    1 Dec 12 at 5:54 pm

  2. I will also miss your blog but its not my place to question how you spend your time.

    I shall check the link from time to time to see if you have posted anything.


    1 Dec 12 at 8:08 pm

  3. Having just discovered your blog, I too am sad that you are stopping, but do understand. Life is too short to put up with idiots.
    I look forward to your next book, and hope you have lots of cogenial people to discuss books with.
    Good luck and best wishes.


    1 Dec 12 at 8:29 pm

  4. Colour me distraught but, as the others have said, it’s your blog.

    Thanks for everything to date, Jane.


    2 Dec 12 at 3:52 am

  5. I’m sorry to hear this. I’m going to choose to look on the bright side. This will be an opportunity for me to go back into the archives and read everything you posted before I found this blog. I’ll parcel them out – one a day. It should keep me going for awhile. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to your next book — and the next. Wishing you well.


    3 Dec 12 at 10:38 am

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