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Thanks for all of the suggestions and discussion on my Hugo Fan Writer post yesterday.

I’ve been struggling for a little while now to balance blogging, the fundraiser from last month, finishing CODEX BORN, and other stuff. Looking back, I realize that I rushed to get yesterday’s post done, which resulted in it feeling clunkier and a bit less thoughtful than usual. My apologies for that.

As I was reading through the names people suggested, I immediately kicked myself for not including some of them. Others were unfamiliar, which is awesome, as it gave me new people to go check out.

One of the most interesting recommendations was for Racheline Maltese, who writes both essays and fanfiction. Which got me thinking … so I checked out the category definition over at the Hugo site. As far as I can tell, wouldn’t fanfiction writers be eligible for the Best Fan Writer award?

::Bracing myself for the outraged backlash::

Anyway, here are some more names to check out, both for potential nominating purposes and just because they write stuff that’s worth reading. Please note that this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, and I would love to see more suggestions and recommendations.

Charles A. Tan - This is definitely a “kicking myself” recommendation. I’ve been following Tan’s roundup of writing/publishing/spec fic links for ages. He’s an active reviewer, and also contributes essays to places like the World SF Blog. I will almost certainly be nominating him for Best Fan Writer.

Bogi Takacs - I hadn’t come across Takacs’ blog before, but it received multiple recommendations in the comments. I read through some of Takacs’ reviews, which focus on underrepresented groups in SF/F. You can see a master list of tagged reviews here, or check out Takacs’ Hugo Eligibility post.

Ana Mardoll - Naomi Kritzer recommended Mardoll’s essay about Twilight and disability, specifically with regards to Bella’s clumsiness. I live with someone who deals with chronic pain, and for whom a fall can mean a trip to the ER, so a lot of this resonated with me. I continued reading about Mardoll’s thoughts on video games, bullying in Narnia, and eventually decided that if I was getting this drawn into her blog, I definitely needed to give her a shout-out.

Foz Meadows - Her top ten posts from 2012 include essays on bullying and Goodreads, rape culture in gaming, racism in Revealing Eden … how come I’m not already reading this person’s blog? I blame ALL OF YOU for not bringing Meadows to my attention sooner!

Tansy Rayner Roberts - Another “kicking myself” name, because Roberts is another person I’ve been reading for a while now. She’s written about women in comics, unpacking fantasy vs. historical sexism, Doctor Who, and so much more.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



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Jan. 9th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
You're not to blame. Clearly all those dreadfully uncomfortable poses have resulted in brain damage. No doubt you'll recover with time and the appropriate treatment.
Jan. 9th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
I must totally second Foz Meadows. She writes fascinating posts, and then I rarely comment on them because my brain is too busy digesting what she's written to actually respond coherently for a while.
Jan. 9th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love these posts and seeing all the new thinkers and writers I should be following.
Jan. 9th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Funny you mentioned Takacs’ blog. Yesterday I had a few spare minutes before class, so namechecked myself on Google, looking for new reviews of my stories, and a month ago she reviewed by story "End Run" on Giganotosaurus. I poked around there and figured I'd add her to my reading list.

And the World-sf blog namechecked your list on their discussion of Best Fan Writer noms.

It IS a small world.

Dr. Phil
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
I wanted to say that I nominated yourself and a fan fiction writer last year :)
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)

I'm a bit surprised by the lack of unhappy comments here about the fanfiction piece, actually.
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting idea, and one that presents a problem of anonymity. I immediately thought of a fanfic author I'd love to nominate, who has gone to great lengths not to link his legal name with his fannish writing. Can you nominate by online handle? Is that sufficiently like a pseudonym?
Heck, can you nominate fanfic in the fiction categories?

(I ask these as discussion questions and not because I think you have The Answers. :) )
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Very good point re: anonymity. I don't see why you couldn't nominate by the person's writing handle. But he/she would have a dilemma as to whether to accept publicly, privately, or not at all if he/she won.

I don't see how it could simultaneously be OK to nominate professional writers for the Fan Writer category but not OK to nominate writers of fanfic, and I actually think the latter is more appropriate. (Not meant to be a dig at you!) Perhaps the lack of objections stems from the fact that boundaries have loosened a little in recent years.
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
There are a couple pieces of fanfiction (based on public domain works or real historical figures) that I very much wanted to nominate last year, but I was worried their authors would not actually appreciate it.
Jan. 11th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell, wouldn’t fanfiction writers be eligible for the Best Fan Writer award?

I've long thought that was perfectly reasonable. But it would make a few too many heads explode, methinks . . . .
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I also have no idea what the legal aspects or ramifications might be.
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Nobody knows, because there haven't been any definitive legal cases. And unfortunately, given the way our laws and judiciary have been trending, it would probably not come out in favor of such an award.
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