The Passion I have for Genre Literature is a two edged sword, especially today.
Today, revelations, information and documentation came out regarding a particularly ugly episode in the small, intense hothouse of online genre literature. See Laura Mixon (MJ Locke), here, for starters. There has also been stuff from Athena Andreadis, and Jim C Hines, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear. And more.
Back in the day, back when Requires Hate was at full bore, I was harassed not by her directly, but by people in her coterie. After (what I thought) was an innocuous comment in another venue, they decided to come to my blog (this one in fact) and started commenting randomly on posts, haranguing me. Cyber-bullying, essentially. I know from real bullying to see and know it in an online form.
They eventually gave up doing so and left me in peace.
Compared to some of the stuff in Dixon’s report, however, it was *nothing*.
Some days, like today, I wonder if I shouldn’t give up being a genre voice. Just watch, listen, buy books. Forget podcasting, blogging, reviewing, commenting, tweeting. Go dark. And then I realize that would eviscerate the passion I have for Genre literature in the process. It would make me less of who and what I am (“A Change of Mind”, the Prisoner episode, comes to mind).
But still…being a connected fan in genre is tough. Its a good life if you don’t weaken, as Elizabeth Bear says, but today I feel weak.