Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Quick Update, Four Years Later

Four years ago - FOUR YEARS - I wrote a blog post about a particular abuser in the SFF publishing industry.

Every now and then, anonymous people who have no interest in anything I do with my writing career find the blog post by searching. And they drop anonymous victim blaming comments and deny the accusations and actual legalities made known. You know, the usual people do when upholding status quo and patriarchal power structures.

I will say it AGAIN: from all that I have learned about abuse (physical, sexual, mental) in our society, I believe in and stand on the side of the abused. I do not tolerate victim blaming on this blog. I do not tolerate "Aw, but..." arguments. I do not tolerate projections of calling me a troll, when I am pointing to the lived experience of the victims. And I do not tolerate anonymous comments. It's right there in my comment policy. You will be deleted.

And really? That's the best you can do, hiding behind your keyboard on a four year old post on a minnow writer's blog? Such courage. Very asshole. Wow.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Worldcon, Here I Come!

It's been three years since I've been out of the country, and I chose a big one for my next adventure: Worldcon in Helsinki!

Two years ago I decided to go SOMEWHERE in 2017. That would give me enough time to save money (those international airfares are TOUGH for us kiwis), and Do The Decide. Worldcon in a cool place, or Wiscon (Ultra Absolute Bucket List)? When Helsinki won the bid, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go to Scandinavia.

Making it even better? Some of my Clarion crew are going. Where has the last 3 years gone?

So here I am, two weeks from lift off. Got my new shoes, got a tuxedo jacket, and I'm ready to throw myself into the whirlwind that is one of the biggest SFF conventions of them all. I'm not on any panels or doing any readings, I'm there to soak it all up.

And meet people! Here's where the meat-suited dragon becomes more than a figment of wurds on teh screen. I'm into making connections at Worldcon, and I'm definitely going to the Escape Artists meet up and the Strange Horizons tea party. Everything else is still in flux, but I'll be in the vicinity of feministy sfnal stuff. I'm down for some barconning too. Come find me! Say hi! Please be patient of my anxious assery! And of course, in the best interests of con and safety discourse, Be Excellent To Each Other.

To help identify me:
- My badge name is AJ Fitzwater
- Same as my Twitter handle @AJFitzwater (drop me a message if you like)
- I'll have purple punky hair
- Listen for the kiwi accent and loud laugh