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text 2017-11-05 03:44
Blog Tour Spam
Note from a blog tour company says WordPress thinks some blog tour posts are spam. Well, when you say that tour hosts must post certain things, and give hosts stuff to copy and paste, and especially release day blitzes with no original content... What do you expect?
 
This is on you, blog tour companies. Lay off the "must include" bz, and maybe WordPress won't think tour posts are spam. ("Must include" = stuff like blog tour banner, contest, author photo. i.e. Stuff I'd leave out so hosts can personalise their post.)
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text 2017-08-21 16:06
Fake Allies
If you're shocked that Whedon is not as good an ally as you thought he was, there are more names in SF/F we could tell you. But generally communities don't want to know that their precious isn't as awesome to everyone as they are to their community. Because a guy can be awesome in the SF/F community, but mistreat women in the romance community when they try to advise him on how he could be a better ally to women.
 
But everyone time people have tried to speak out about the fake allyship, it's the guy who gets supported and defended. Instead of the people who had the courage to speak out, and were stomped on for their efforts.
 
And every time you hear people defend, support, and praise the fake ally, it never stops hurting that the SF/F community doesn't want to know, and definitely doesn't want to believe that their precious isn't 100% perfect in his behaviour towards the people he's supposedly an "ally" to.
 
So yeah, thinking a lot about fake allies today. For quite some time Whedon's fake allyship has been known, but it's only today that someone "important enough" spoke up that people actually decided to believe.
 
As for the name I'm not speaking here...the romance community knows, but the SF/F community doesn't want to hear.
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text 2017-08-17 16:29
She's back
She's back.
 
Remember that revenge hit-piece an author published in Vulture? Now she's planning to write a piece about the life and death (suicide) of someone in the reading community.
 
The author asked people for information, but they rightfully turned her down because KR can't be trusted not to use her platform to punch down on the community's most vulnerable people.
 
Here are some threads:
 
I still have unpublished Storifys featuring KR's friendly interactions with a G*merG*ter, and the other unsavoury characters who praised her revenge hit-piece (including a screenwriter dudebro, and the comics guy who made Captain America a Nazi/Hydra). Along with MAGAs, and "western civilisation" people, and there are probably other terrible people too who praised her after I stopped collecting Tweets.
 
And I'm still pissed off that members of the publishing community are Liking her Tweets, thus enabling her continuing shit.
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url 2016-12-31 11:52
People in Publishing Showing Their Privilege
In short: someone Tweeted something that was unintentionally ableist. She was called out on it, so she deleted it. I never saw it, so I never saw how many people called her out. She took to her Facebook to talk about it. I know she didn't mean any harm. But the comments on her not-Public (Friends-locked) Facebook post are very telling. Not hers - the comments of her friends who are also in publishing. Including authors. It shows that even though people may seem liberal or vote Democrats, they might still be inconsiderate towards people with disabilities. OK, so if they didn't think the joke was ableist, that's one thing. Another thing entirely when they're told it's ableist...and then they go on rants about "victim complex", and how people are "looking to be offended/outraged", and "if they're mad about this, wait 'til they hear about Tr*mp." My Twitter thread (click the title of this post - should link there) includes screenshots of some of the comments from people in publishing you may have heard of (i.e. male YA authors). Also includes my reactions to their fuckery. In short: authors act differently in private than they do in public. Namely, they're inconsiderate dicks without compassion in private, no matter how much of a supposed "ally" (actuality, they're a fake ally) they may seem in public. If the post and comments were public, I'd archive.is them. But since they're not, you'll have to take my word for it, unless you follow the original poster.
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url 2016-12-19 10:47
So this happened today...

https://twitter.com/TezMillerOz/status/810721923479064580 Link is to my Twitter thread. Public, so you should be able to read it.

I never tagged her, so I was unsettled when she contacted me. But yes, my Facebook post was Public: https://www.facebook.com/tezmilleroz/posts/10155546790074179

Lesson of the story: Authors, if someone hasn't contacted you with questions or clarifications, consider why. If they're not professional journalists (I'm certainly not one), they may not feel safe contacting you, in case you exploit the power dynamic already in your favour to punch down on someone with a lower following.

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