I have not been using this blog very often due to lack of time and a change of focus. I’ve still been writing and publishing, but I have also been learning how to run fan conventions like Boskone and Worldcon. My latest anthology, The Grimm Future, is now an eBook, I’m chairing this year’s Boskone, and I’m trying to figure out what comes next.
The whole “figuring out what comes next” is what brings me to writing this blog post. I still plan to write, publish, and plan conventions. However, after this election, I also plan to become politically active in the service of women, minorities, and the poor. I am not happy about the election results and I am struggling to come to terms with having Donald Trump as our next President.
I don’t have a TARDIS or a Time Turner. I can’t go back to change the result or do things differently. Instead, I can only move forward and protect our country against the damage that is likely to be done with Trump as a President. The election has changed something in me. It has galvanized me, changing me from victim to something more. So, I’m going to over share here to help you understand why this change is happening.
I was raped as a teenager, I was sexually abused as a child, and I was sexually harassed at work in my twenties — all by different men. I also dealt with all manner of other sexist remarks from catcalls to being told that I couldn’t be a fighter pilot in the Air Force because I was female. A college recruiter also told me that my family was too poor to attend his college. I was also hired because I was pretty and my boss liked my look despite the more qualified candidates.
When these things happened, I was young and scared. I didn’t know how to stand up for myself because the few times that I tried, the results were not good. So, I just kept it all inside of me. I got tough. I learned how to fight and I learned how to write. I protected myself and have been very careful about what I say publicly as well as how I say it.
This election changed me. I am not a victim. I am going to fight for women, for minorities, and for the poor in any way that I can…even if it’s only through words on my blog. However, I plan to go beyond the role of blogger and to become an activist in these areas. I want to let you know this now because I want you to have the opportunity to unsubscribe from my blog, if these are posts that you don’t want to receive.
Yes, I will still blog about science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I will still write about books and conventions. However, I will also voice my opinion and share my experiences…and you may not want to be a part of that. I am tired of being half of a person online. So, I will be sharing and over sharing upon occasion. You don’t have to agree with me, and I don’t have to agree with you. However, I will not be silent or silenced. I’m done being quiet about issues that need to be pulled out from under the rug where we have left them for so very long.
As I get myself moving on this front, I’d love to hear about groups, organizations, and people who would align with my goals. I have a lot of research to do on how to be most effective, and I would deeply appreciate any suggestions — even if I am not able to take them all.
Also, if you don’t agree with my choices or you have unkind things to say about this post, I will delete your comment. This is not a post for those kinds of comments and I ask you to respect my choice. Again, you are welcome to unsubscribe from this blog, if these topics are uncomfortable for you.