So….2020. What the fuck was that even? I don’t know, but I’m glad it’s almost over.
I’ve never been much of a technology person, but for some time I’ve been thinking about how to drag my Luddite tuchus into the twenty-first century to promote my work. It seems the plague has now forced me to take drastic measures — that’s right, I made a YouTube channel. A YouTube channel, I made. Could 2020 possibly get any weirder?
Our social nature has caused us to turn blind eyes to abuse, and it is our social nature that must be reoriented to face it.
No one should have to fear for their lives because of the colour of their skin.
Writing, editing, and the arts in general may prove to be more valuable than ever, with people being quarantined or staying home out of an abundance of caution.
I’ve been listening to Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes after burning through most of her videos this week. Her frank and unflinching approach to death…… Read more “This Mortal Coil of Mine”
This year has been a blazing furnace of insanity. The world is burning, but this time we did start the trashfire—or at least we insisted on fanning the flames. Fortunately, the world hasn’t ended quite yet, and while we are facing a time of great change, there is also tremendous potential and hope.
The Canadian speculative fiction industry has been shocked by the sheer number of accusations against ChiZine Publications, a small Canadian publisher of horror fiction. What started with allegations of non-payment of royalties from a few authors exploded into dozens of stories of non-payment for editors, publicists, and other professionals, as well as allegations of sexual harassment, threats, gaslighting, and various other forms of emotional abuse.
Tonight, I’m hearing numerous horror stories from other members of the publishing industry about abuse and toxicity at Canadian horror publisher ChiZine. This is sad and awful news. My heart goes out to all the writers, editors, publicists, and others who have endured emotional abuse, harassment, or gaslighting from the publisher or anyone affiliated with it, or who have been denied payment for work they have done or royalties earned. This behaviour is disgraceful and unacceptable.
You can never have complete control over the process. Stop trying to avoid failure and embrace it instead.