My Writers of the Future Experience

Writers of the Future has been the subject of much discussion in writerly circles again recently. The contest’s connections to the Church of Scientology have people uncomfortable, with a few former winners speaking out against the contest and recently at least one finalist publicly withdrew their story from consideration. I, myself, tweeted the other day that until the Church of Scientology can show reform, I’m no longer comfortable supporting the contest.

Well, someone asked me to share my story. I’m not sure it’s what either side of the conversation is hoping for, but for what it’s worth, here it is.  Continue reading

Can We Talk About Race?

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle going on right now with regards to race and racism in an organization that I’m part of and love very dearly. The really frustrating part is that it’s closely mirroring a similar kerfuffle that went on in academia about a decade and a half ago. As a result, I feel I need to break this blog’s long silence and break my “no politics” rule and chime in with what we learned over there in the hopes that it will help those in the SF/F community (fan and professional) cool down and start communicating better.  Continue reading