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Lisa L. Spangenberg: Fact or Fiction?

In Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Bauer vs. Glatzer, Jenna Glatzer on June 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

The Write Agenda received this on our “tip line” today. Fact or Fiction? Let us know your thoughts on this here. [TWA members & T.W.A.N.G, additional info here.]

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From a tip on Alexa: Lisa L. Spangenberg is the real admin and owner of Absolute Write, she runs the show and not the phony Macallister Stone. Note on her blog, and elsewhere, that she lives in Seattle area: http://about.me/lisaspangenberg

But when you learn of her husband, Michael Cohen (see proof below) who lives in Santa Monica, investigative searching takes you to:

http://ca.trace-calls.com/business/digital-medievalist-santa-monica-3107945011-id-645965-zb3k3oqlh

Well, what do you know! Lisa Spangenberg in Santa Monica. Yes, that’s her. The AW Big Cheese, hiding out in Santa Monica while pretending to be in Seattle. She notes a PO Box in Seattle area just for show. And we know Macallister Stone’s address is a storage place. Has anyone ever seen Macallister Stone? Has she ever attended a writer’s conference? No, and no. She has no real existence. There is one photograph associated with her name on Flickr, that’s it. There is a blog which stopped running years ago, probably because Lisa got tired of keeping it going. What better way to take the heat off oneself for lawsuits if people don’t know where you live, and don’t even know you are the real admin/owner of the site.

If you do a WhoIs of Absolute Write you’ll see further obfuscation. Corespace is simply the hoster, not the owner of the domain. This is in violation of ICANN rules regarding true identity of domain ownership.

And further, on her Linked In profile, NOTE AS FOLLOWS:

Experience
Writer
Self-Employed/Written In Stone (SHE SAYS “Written in Stone” – Macallister Stone? This is part of the Stone pseudo she created)

(and below is a “recommendation” for her talents from a guy named Michael Cohen–well, that’s her husband! Note further her pitch for herself as running Absolute Write)

1 recommendation

Michael Cohen
Contributor at TidBITS Publishing Inc.

I collaborated with Lisa on *The iPad Project Book*. The book was not part of any series, the topic was a new one to us, and the production schedule was tight. Lisa confronted these challenges with determination, inventiveness, and, that most…View

Sys Admin and Webmaster
Absolute Write
May 2006 – Present (7 years 2 months)

I am an Admin for the writing forums, and the Webmaster.
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Note also, on an early post on Absolute Write, Lisa Spangenberg, in her pseudo as Medievalist, called herself “Medievalist Cultus Gopherus MacAllister” … This is when Glatzner was running things. When Glatzner bowed out, Macallister and Medievalist did a cell split and became two personalities. Surprise!

Here is the post: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10211

So, you have the old name above with Macallister in it, then you have her Linked In motto, “written in stone” and what do you have as cute pseudo: Macallister Stone.

Add up the hiding of her real address which corresponds to Michael Cohen’s address in Santa Monica:

http://www.whitepages.com/name/Michael-E-Cohen/Santa-Monica-CA/6z0h0py
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http://ca.trace-calls.com/business/digital-medievalist-santa-monica-3107945011-id-645965-zb3k3oqlh

And you have what? Again. Someone trying hard to hide what they really do and where they really live. Why else except to maintain anonymity and avoid lawsuits or retaliation on the part of people she has viciously attacked, and with two personalities.

Author Victoria Strauss; Garnering the Brain Dead & The Under Informed

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You have to go here first, (click the link) READ THIS:

Cleo Voght! Who Are you? . . . Victoria Strauss Must be Drinking Kool-Aid

Then read the comments (below); note also who the entries are from. For example, Steven Gould, Richard White, MacAllister StoneMichael Capobianco (the dying Ann “A.C.” Crispin’s Husband), Randy Dotinga, Rachael Saltzman, Brett T. Mazzoni ( a real loser), Jenna Glatzer (LOL! Jenna Glatzer . . . how dare you even mention Internet harassment!), and the Queen of the Cease & Desist Orders . . . P.n. Elrod. The best thing is that we didn’t write the post that Victoria Strauss is referring to. Victoria, Ann, Randy, Richard,  MacAllister, and Glazer . . .  we’ll just continue to keep our comments here. Have some more Kool-Aid.

They just can’t ignore The Write Agenda and when there’s nothing going on . . .  they just make up stuff.

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: Theodore Beale Nails the BIG ONE! . . . Move Over Scalzi, Hines & Making Light

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[Theodore Beale’s blog posting today. Once again, Beale has demonstrated that he is a real force to be reckoned with and why Scalzi, Strauss, Hines, Nielsen-Hayden & others fear him. Well done “Theo” . . .  Well done. Interesting that the statistics have increased during the 2013 SFWA Election – The Write Agenda]

WEDNESDAY, MAY 01, 2013

The One Million month

Thanks very much to everyone who visited here in April, especially those who took the time to get involved in the various discussions in the comments.  I remember scoffing when ten years ago a reader predicted that this blog would one day have a million pageviews in a year, so it seems incredible to me that VP and AG now see that level of traffic in a single month.  

With a few notable exceptions, most blogs hide their traffic reports these days, but I think this is a tactical blunder.  The primary problem with doing so is that it allows the Left to dishonestly attempt to marginalize right-wing blogs in the eyes of others.  Recall that I have been portrayed for ten years as an extremist whack-job whose writing no one read even as the readership steadily grown, and I was regularly reminded that PZ Myers, John Scalzi, and a number of other left-wing bloggers all had much bigger blog readerships than I did… until it was revealed late last year that the traffic here alone, (never mind that of the  WND columns that those bloggers were reading and attacking), had passed up some of those blogs almost two years ago!  Never forget, the Left is heavily dependent upon lies, and one of their biggest lies, perhaps the one to which they resort the most readily, concerns their pretense that their opinions enjoy much more popularity than they actually do.  Therefore, the more metrics that are visible to everyone, the less they can get away with it.

That is why I make my Sitemeter and Google Analytics statistics public.  (VP uses the old template, which is why there is no monthly traffic widget in the sidebar as is the case with AG.) That’s why I’ve begun a quarterly Top 10 Game blogs report that I expect to expand to a Top 25 report in the second quarter. That’s why I encourage everyone who is in any way sympathetic to the neoreactionary traditional Relightenment to be open and public with their statistics. The truth is on our side. Victory through data!

Let’s face it, it is very difficult for the rabbits of Whatever to continue to claim that the Chief Gamma Rabbit of their warren is a vastly influential individual, and their sick transcis-quax-gendered view of human intersexual relations is the mainstream perspective, when everyone now realizes that Whatever has only two-thirds the traffic of my blogs and one-quarter that of the Great Prophet of the Crimson Arts.  Open metrics make it clear that it is the influential Cathedralites such as Jim Hines (Alexa Rank 729,110) and Making Light (375,254), who are actually the marginal ones. Despite their artificially elevated positions in the field of SF/F, they cannot maintain sizable blog readerships, not even with the benefit of occasional puffing by their ideological allies in the mainstream media.  They may be big fish, but they are big fish in a much smaller pond than the ocean they attempt to claim.

It’s not that their opinions aren’t relevant or that no one shares them, it is merely that their perspective is nowhere nearly as dominant as they are desperate to have you believe.  They can run from debate and they can refuse to permit substantive criticism or even a semblance of genuine discourse on their sites, but the one thing they cannot avoid is the harsh light of statistical reality exposing their pretenses.

It is ludicrous to imagine that it is popular writers such as Sarah Hoyt and Larry Correia who are the societal outsiders when their influence is an order of magnitude or more larger than most of the supposed “big names” in modern SF/F.   Sure, the Cathredralites sell more books, for the time being, because their capture of the genre’s gatekeepers means they have access to its media and distribution channels. But what we are seeing now is the early stages of a Fox News-style transformation in the SF/F industry, as new media outlets and new transmission channels is in the process of seriously upending the tilted playing field.  The cultural battle in SF/F isn’t over, as the self-appointed winners would have you believe, the heavy cavalry is just beginning to enter the field and the unarmored footmen without shields are quaking.

However, the fact that the Left is wrong about equality, wrong about economics, wrong about the past, and wrong about the future does not mean there is nothing that we of the Right cannot learn from them.  The one thing the Left does very, very well is the force-multiplication of its various assets, no matter how small and insignificant they truly are, and that is something that the neoreactionary Right will have to learn in order to mitigate the damage our progressive counterparts have inflicted upon us and upon themselves.  That’s why I’ve created the Standout Authors and Friends of Narnia, and I encourage other writers and bloggers of the Right to devote at least some effort to building up others of the Right even as they continue to pursue their own diverse and independent ambitions.

Consider that Prospect Magazine declared the top World Thinkers of 2013 on the basis of 10,000 votes.  10,000 votes!   That’s nothing, and yet the Left will gravely – and absurdly – pretend, on that basis, that Richard Dawkins is widely considered to be the greatest intellectual of our time.

We can do better. We should do better. We will do better.

REFERENCE

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: April 26, 2013 – Deadline to Vote

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2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: April 26, 2013 – Deadline to Vote 

 

2013 SFWA ELECTION COVERAGE: Apology to The Write Agenda™ From Author, Jim Hines

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In a most sincere and so very heart-felt fashion, Author Jim Hines apologized to The Write Agenda™ for “getting [The Write Agenda’s] sockpuppets confused with those of Ms. Ba–  . . .  the ‘anonymous’ commenter from New Jersey.’” Mr. Hines was of course referring to Agent, Barbara Bauer and commented on our “cozy” relationship with Ms. Bauer. It kinda makes you misty . . .  does it not?

Firstly, we don’t know Ms. Bauer; we know of her and the alleged “bullying” that she’s gone through.

Secondly, we’re not “cozy” with Ms. Bauer.

Thirdly, we do know that Ms. Bauer filed a 42 count complaint that alleged defamation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and conspiracy to defame. Basically, it was a cyber-bullying case.

Fourthly, we do know that the named defendants were: Jenna Glatzer, MacAllister Stone, James D. Macdonald, Kent Brewster and Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, Miss Snark The Literary Agent, a fictitious name, David L Kuzminski, Thomas S. Tully, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., Victoria C. Strauss, Shweta NarayanLesia Valentine, Christina Walden, Wikimedia Foundation and Stephan Spencer. Do you recognize any of these names?

Fifthly, we know that the defendants were accused of the allegations stated here.

Sixthly, we know that a key Defendant, Jenna Glatzer, co-authored a book on “bullying” and it was published on August 7, 2007. The Bauer v. Glatzer case was filed on January 31, 2008. (How quickly [in five months] we forgot the message of the book regarding the “bullying threat on the internet.” Shame on you Jenna.)

So, after Jim Hines posted his “apology” who do you think were the first to reply to it? Well, of course, none other than two of the Defendants in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case: Victoria Strauss and the always narcoleptic Teresa Nielsen Hayden:

Babs [Barbara Bauer] has commented on my blog [*] a time or two using the real names of people who’ve criticized her. I can always tell it’s her–not just by the IP address, but because she can’t resist mentioning googlebombs, lewd licking actions, and/or Miss Snark.

Victoria Strauss, March 12th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Cripes, Barbara Bauer and her obsession with “lewd licking actions.” It’s just embarrassing. Where’s C. Lee (Cheryl) Nunn? Doesn’t she usually turn up for these occasions?

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, March 13th, 2013 at 1:18 am

Are these not the most indignant people? Arrogant? They will never show any remorse for their despicable actions and the allegations that were presented against them. Yes, Mr. Hines you do have egg on your face. It’s not because of what you failed to do. It’s simply that you’re one of Victoria Strauss’ sockpuppets.

Fortunately, for Mr. Hines, he was not a defendant in the Bauer vs. Glatzer case. However, say (and feel) whatever you wish about Barbara Bauer, but remember, there was only one defendant in the Bauer v. Glatzer case that was exonerated . . . Wikipedia. the case was dismissed in part and the Court left the door open for the Plaintiff to refile . . . Judge Paul Kapalko and Judge Jamie S. Perri did allow Bauer and her agency to go forward without prejudice

* It’s interesting to find Victoria Strauss refer to Writer Beware as “my blog.” Note that the header on the Writer Beware site has changed. Also note how Strauss ripped-off the 2012 BEA award for “independent” bloggers.

 Could Author Jim Hines be the son of Debra Doyle & James Macdonald? (Oh, that’s Dr. Debra Doyle . . .  is her “Doctor” designation really legitimate? You know, they did question Barbara Bauer’s credentials. Things that make you go hmmmm.

DoyleMacDonald

REFERENCES

American Book Publishing: No Case, No Criminal Contact & No Legal Action Taken | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/american-book-publishing-no-case-no-criminal-contact-no-legal-action-taken/

Bauer vs. Glatzer | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/bauer-vs-glatzer/

Bullyproof Your Child For Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting, and Bullying forGood: Joel Haber, Jenna Glatzer: 9780399533181: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.).Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Bullyproof-Your-Child-Life-Taunting/dp/0399533184

Jim C. Hines » An Apology to The Write Agenda. (n.d.). Jim C. Hines. Retrieved March 14, 2013, from http://www.jimchines.com/2013/03/an-apology-to-the-write-agenda/

Teresa Nielsen Hayden | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/teresa-nielsen-hayden/

The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/

Why Victoria Stauss Should be Disqualified from the First Annual Independent Blogger Awards: Questions of Eligibility Remain Regarding the Meaning of “Independent” | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/why-victoria-stauss-should-be-disqualified-from-the-first-annual-independent-blogger-awards-questions-of-eligibility-remain-regarding-the-meaning-of-independent/

Writer Beware™ . . . Were’s the Pledge of Support from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America?` | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/writer-beware-weres-the-pledge-of-support-from-the-science-fiction-and-fantasy-writers-of-america/

Retrieved from https://www.eff.org/files/filenode/wikimedia/BauerSecondAmendedComplaint.pdf

THE 2013 SFWA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: HYPOCRISY, HERESY & HATE (PART IV)

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Part IV: Organizational Partisanship & Biasness – The Need for Change Within the SFWA

Part 4 of 4

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Proverbs, 18:21

Another necessary concern regarding the SFWA 2013 Elections to consider is the ongoing negative blog postings relative to Theodore Beale. As stated previously, the negativity is reaching the level that caused the Bauer vs. Glatzer[1] lawsuit. What’s next on the horizon?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create a list of the “20 Worst Candidates for SFWA for SFWA President”?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions create YouTube videos to humiliate Theodore Beale?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to the same tactics that led to the lawsuit against them?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to boycotts of Theodore Beale’s books?

Will the Defendants in the Bauer case and their minions resort to creating a “Thumbs Down” list for SFWA candidates that they deem undesirable?

Many of these individuals have already had their fair share of lawsuits and cease & desist requests.  However, there is a very qualified difference here. As an example, what Bauer vs. Glatzer lacked in terms of prosecution, it made up for in terms of customary (anticipated) blogger commentary and potential liability; unfortunately most of them have not learned their lesson yet. Moreover, new case law is always being developed regarding this kind of activity and the Teflon is getting thinner. Someone with in this group of mashuganas is going to eventually take the fall . . .  and it’s going to be a big fall.

It will be interesting to watch how this continues to play out . . . both pre-election and post election. Could Theodore Beale consider possible legal action against these Internet posters? Will it be another Cretella v. Kuzminski (i.e. The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski)? Will it reach this level? Are slander and defamation actions imminent? Could Beale establish a claim for loss of opportunity?

It’s interesting to ponder these scenarios; even if they are hypothetical. However, generally speaking, most of the comments currently being made by independent bloggers would most likely not be cloaked with the protections of the Communication Decency Act (CDA 230) which protected Wikipedia but not necessarily the remaining defendants in the Bauer case; nor did it completely exonerate them.

No man [woman] is an island, entire of itself, every man [woman] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

William Blake

In Part III of this series, we indicated that John Scalzi was no Moses. By contrast, Moses gathered people together; he fused people and created a communal entity far more than a collection of individuals.

A group that gathers together can also move apart, and even while together, the union is not compete; an examination of the SFWA voting history clearly supports the notion that it has become segregated. There doesn’t appear to be any spirit of unity. What, if anything, binds and unifies the members of the current SFWA? How defunct is an organization where its President (Scalzi) is elected on only 11% of the entire possible vote?

Moses was the epitome of self-transcendence; every aspect of his being was committed to others. He was able to inspire transcendence. Moses has been described as a shepherd. He infused harmony even when facing different factions or contrary opinions. The establishment of unity among the membership is essential to the health of organization. The more that a leader is able to develop his/her own harmony, he/she will be more open to others and be willing to relate to them as equals. This will encourage the expression of the inner bond that all members should share . . .  versus being in a constant state of discord. What motivates a leader to rise above their personal agendas? A leader’s service should begin with marshalling the different aspects of their own being first. Then, and only then, can the organization work towards unity and harmony.

 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Psalm 109, v8

The dreadful reign of John Scalzi is finally coming to an end. Selah! Change is also coming to the SFWA. The pending election will either result in “sweeping” change or simply a change in leadership. This is not merely a promise; this is something that can be anticipated today. Regardless of who may ultimately win the 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Theodore Beale or Steven Gould, either of them has the potential to establish a new harmony within the organization (SFWA) and to spread that harmony among the membership. Moreover, both candidates have the opportunity to create sweeping changes within the SFWA and shed the tarnished image left by the Scalzi and his minions:

“Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

SFWA members: this year it’s IMPORTANT to vote in the upcoming officer elections. Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, is running for SFWA President. If you know the name, you’ll know why that’s scary. If you don’t, read the post below… My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead. [Emphasis added]

 Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

Victoria Strauss

Elections, and organizational change, represent the opportunity to search. The need to search is not a choice but a necessity. The search is personal (i.e. within the SFWA membership) as well as institutional. The process of searching gives all members the opportunity to take corrective measures (voting), find what is missing and identify the needs of the organization.

I’ve never expected SFWA to do anything for me because I require nothing from it. However, I have the luxury of regarding my membership as an affectation; other members of SFWA might actually want it to do something useful for them. I happen to think SFWA can be useful; I happen to think it doesn’t do a particularly good job of being useful.[Emphasis added]

John Scalzi

Contrary to John Scalzi’s dogma, dues-paying members of any organization do expect something in return; something far beyond a mere “affection.” Organizations have a purpose to establish a “commonwealth” . . .  something for the greater good . . . for its members, not something that an elected official can be half-heartedly dedicated to. Admitted, Scalzi was honest about this point and where his priorities stood:

I’ve been a SFWA member long enough to know that it’s a fairly thankless position, with lots of herding cats and dealing with aggravating minutiae, and I have a career to look after at the moment. [Emphasis added]

 –         John Scalzi

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Shaming another in public is like shedding blood.

Talmud, v6

 In conclusion, the huge difference in these organizational elections is that they do not include political parties . . . they involve people . . . human beings. Accordingly, they should be civil and partisan. This particular race for SFWA President is turning into something very political . . . with the same cast of characters showing their true colors again. However, it’s unique that the negative attacks are being waged against one of their own . . . Theodore Beale. Theodore Beale’s only crimes are that he writes controversial pieces and that he disagrees with John Scalzi. Being controversial is nothing new when it comes to past (or present) SFWA Presidents. Why is it such a big issue now? Unfortunately, this whole ordeal is making Scalzi and his minions look like a bunch of schlemiels.

 “Scalzi, current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, responded by calling [Beale], ‘a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that.’”

 Queerty, Free of an Agenda, Except that Gay One

John Scalzi had the opportunity to stand up (for once) and demonstrate that he had true leadership qualities. Criticism and contrary opinion are to be expected for elected officials . . .  Scalzi doesn’t appear to have learned that lesson. Instead, in a very farcical move, Scalzi has rose up in opposition to Beale by publically endorsing Steven Gould; not a very “Presidential” maneuver when an unbiased stance would have given him the appearance of being a leader. However, Beale has given us all a glimpse of how “Presidential” he is. We do not ever recall an outgoing president of the SFWA to have ever publically endorsed one candidate over the other. Again, John Scalzi never was and never will be a Moses.

People join organizations, such as the SFWA, to have a voice, to be represented and to be members of a group. This 2013 election is the perfect time to deliver the SFWA from the mindsets of the likes of Scalzi and readjust so that it can take on a more purposeful mindset. In choosing our leaders, we should not select only those who are like us in temperament and personality. Nor should we choose only those who act in a certain way that we find agreeable to our personal lives and acceptable standards. In selecting the next SFWA President you will have to abandon your proneness to conformity and/or complacency.

Educate yourself and vote accordingly . . .  but DO VOTE and encourage other SFWA members to vote.

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Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others: The Write Agenda: 9781482538588: Amazon.com: Books. (n.d.). Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Blew-II-Victoria-C/dp/148253858X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362745709&sr=1-2&keywords=passion+blew

Sci-Fi Writer Donates Money Every Time Anti-Equality Troll Comments On His Site / Queerty. (n.d.). Queerty. Retrieved from http://www.queerty.com/john-scalzi-counteract-a-bigot-20130208/#comments

Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC Slams Author P.N. Elrod With a “Another” Cease & Desist Order | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/tate-publishing-enterprises-llc-slams-author-p-n-elrod-with-a-another-cease-desist-order/

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Theodore Beale Starting to Look “Presidential”: How Not to be SFWA President | The Write Agenda™. (n.d.). The Write Agenda™ | We scrutinize claims made by others in the publishing industry to evaluate the transparency and accuracy of their reporting. Retrieved from https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/theodore-beale-starting-to-look-presidential-how-not-to-be-sfwa-president/

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Dissention on the Rise Within the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA): Scalzi’s Departure Raises Concern About Undesirable Presidential Candidate(s) and the Future of Writer Beware™

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“SFWA members: this year it’s IMPORTANT to vote in the upcoming officer elections. Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, is running for SFWA President. If you know the name, you’ll know why that’s scary. If you don’t, read the post below… My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead.” [Emphasis added]

Victoria Strauss on Facebook 2/1/13

Normally, the members of the SWFA and Writer Beware™ cast their aspersions on publishers, literary agents or their critics. In the wake of SFWA President, John “No Balls” Scalzi’s announcement that his current term, which ends on June 30, will be his last, they are attacking their own members this time . . . and it’s getting very ugly.

In the mist of the controversy is SFWA member, and author, Theodore Beale. Beale recently announced his candidacy for the post being vacated by John “No Balls” Scalzi. One thing that has become very clear, especially from those that have the most to lose (e.g. Victoria Strauss etc.) he’s (Beale) a serious threat to the “cultish” status quo of the SFWA.

“ . . . . [H]aving been a member on and off (currently on) for well over a decade, I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that the downside of it far outweighs the positives. SFWA has become a cult, dedicated first and foremost to the preservation of the cult. It has increasingly little to do with creativity, commerce, or the actual business of science fiction.”

 Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Husband of Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Scalzi, in his departure discourses, has stated the following: 1) that he’s “delighted and honored to [have served his] fellow science fiction and fantasy writers; 2) that he “had a hell of a lot of fun” and 3) that he “published three novels during [his] tenure” as President of the SFWA. These are pretty lame statements to be making while exiting an organization. Exactly how did Scalzi serve the members? Sure, on an author’s salary, getting free meal tickets (at the expense of dues-paying members) can in fact be “a hell of a lot of fun.” In addition, the audacity of Scalzi to even mention the publication of three new books when, in fact, there were overdue compliance issues and tax filings that required more attention for the SFWA. So, either it takes very little effort to actually write a Scalzi book or Scalzi’s presidency was more akin to the half-hypnotized, “do-nothing” Peter Gibbons in the movie Office Space. Scalzi’s blog, entitled Whatever, clearly seems to support the notion of his lackluster performance as President and how he approached the day-to-day business of the SFWA. Moreover, it appears that Scalzi is more likely a man of words  . . .  not a man of action. Author Jim Hines hinted that this post has its challenges . . . it may be that Scalzi is simply burned-out. (Note: He recently took a cruise [i.e.  “I need a vacation.”] with his wife and committed not to be on the Internet for 10+ days . . .  sound like a burn-out?) Beale also has been critical of Scalzi’s authorship and of the SFWA:

 “I do not wish to have what passes for John Scalzi’s stature in the science fiction field.  If I had any desire to write unoriginal and derivative takes on Heinlein, Dick, Piper, and Star Trek, I would do so.”

–          Theodore Beale

Most outgoing officers of organizations will tout their personal accomplishments and successes. “No Balls” Scalzi’s discourse appears to be devoid of delineating any accomplishments. Moreover, it appears that his term in office was nothing more than a self-serving, self-indulgent and self-promotion opportunity. Seriously, what did “No Balls” Scalzi accomplish?  His dialog almost seems analogous to SFWA member Robin Wayne Bailey, who stated: “I do it for power and popularity. It’s all about the power. And the popularity.[sic] Really. It used to be about fame, fortune and free sex.” Yes, this is the face of your current SFWA.

If “No Balls” Scalzi accomplished anything at all it was bringing the SFWA into compliance by finally assuring that the Annual Reports and Federal tax returns were completed. The organization, which does have one full-time employee (paid), was non-compliant in this regard for years.

2012 appears to have been a busy year for compliance filings for the SFWA. The Secretary of the Commonwealth, Corporations Division of Massachusetts received six years  (Yes, six years.) of Annual Reports from the SFWA’s Treasurer’s (there’s been several elected and none of them appear to have been capable to fulfill the duties that they were elected to execute; e.g. filing a posted-dated “Annual Report” for 2001 in 2012? 11 years late?)  Really, what does “annual” mean? If Scalzi and the one full-time employee can’t get the job done . . .  who can?

Filed on November 1, 2012 were the “Annual Reports” for 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 on behalf of the SFWA . In addition, our research has also confirmed that the SFWA had not filed federal tax returns (Form 990) for 2009, 2010 or 2011. We recently posted the updated Tax Returns which were “filed” during 2012. Note the date stamps of the IRS; not the date in the signature line. See Science Fiction Writers of America – Tax Returns.

Who should be held accountable for the lack of timely reporting? Its President, John ScalziScalzi, in our opinion, appears to be more interested in self-promotion, selling his books (which he’s doing a great job of) and pompously celebrating his status as president of the SFWA; while doing absolutely nothing . . .  NOTHING . . .  to enforce the fiduciary responsibilities of the SFWA’s officers as well as his own duties. Scalzi, who has historically been elected on marginal votes, completely ignored his fiduciary responsibilities to the SFWA and its membership.

Let’s revisit some of the voting results which led to putting Scalzi in the position of President of the SFWA. The SFWA claims to have a membership of 1800. During the 2010 elections, only 305 ballots were received (16%). 44 ballots were discarded due to SFWA procedural requirements; leaving 261 qualified ballots (14%). President, John Scalzi received merely 208 votes. Therefore, approximately 11% of the entire membership voted Scalzi into office. Treasurer Amy Casil Sterling was elected with 151 votes (8% of the entire membership). Comparatively, national voter turnout in federal elections has been as high as 56.8% in recent years. What was the cause of this dismal voting behavior? Was it due to disenchantment or indifference?

This is the perfect time for a shake up within the SFWA and Writer Beware™.

Victoria Strauss’s Reactions to Theodore Beale’s Candidacy

“If he did win, he’d be like the dog that caught the car–Holy shit. This wasn’t supposed to happen. What do I do now?

–          Victoria Strauss

Pointing her Facebook friends to a blog posting by the always over-reactive Jim Hines, Victoria Strauss has now has launched her own hate and a “Get Out the Vote” Campaign against Theodore Beale. Strauss stated: “My cat would be the better choice. And my cat is dead.” Speaking of “dead cats,” let’s not forget that it was Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin, the “watchdogs” of the SFWA sponsored Writer Beware™, that failed to report the Charles E. Petit scandal visited on the John Steinbeck Estate. Petit was one of their own, as is Beale, and was at one time the attorney for the SFWA . . . prior to being disbarred. The mere fact that Strauss has come out swinging against Beale (and not Petit) appears to indicate that Beale’s candidacy is something more than an idle concern to her . . . it’s more likely a threat to her position with Writer Beware™. It’s interesting to watch Strauss & Company treat their own members as vermin and with the same disrespect for the “trolls” on the Absolute Water Cooler forum. (Also See: American Book Publishing “Investigation” Research Released: No Proof of Victoria Strauss’ Claims.)

Strauss, who rarely makes public appearances, unless they are online, has never indicated what her day job or true occupation actually is. Judging by the copious daily Internet postings it’s likely that she doesn’t have one. Her income has to come from other sources or a sugar daddy; it’s certainly not from book sales (based on her sales rankings). (Note: Interestingly Strauss’ Amazon Rankings are pale compared to Beale’s.) There has to be a hidden agenda to Strauss’ heightened concerns. Would a Beale Presidency threaten the continued existence of Writer Beware™? We could only hope so.

Both Strauss and Ann “A.C.” Crispin have served more than their fair share of time as the administrators of Writer Beware™. Moreover, Crispin is in the middle of a very aggressive battle with cancer and her continued contribution to the site is highly questionable. Therefore, one can reasonably assume that a possible vacancy at Writer Beware™ may be on the horizon.

Regardless of whoever eventually wins the election as President, it is readily apparent that change within the SFWA and Writer Beware™ is both timely and necessary. Considering Strauss’ strong emphasis on how “IMPORTANT” this election is, it’s a very clear indication that her post may be in jeopardy. However, change would bring about more responsible reporting of literary scams and move Writer Beware™ back into a credible and worthwhile resource for the publishing industry; something that it has lacked for a long time.

Considering that both Strauss and Crispin have utilized Writer Beware™ for self-promotion purposes. It’s time for new blood and it’s time for Strauss and Crispin to have the ovaries to step down. John “No-Balls “Scalzi’s words are most appropriate and should be heeded:

“I also believe that SFWA as an organization is not well-served by its leadership role remaining static for too long. It’s time to let someone else take the wheel.” [Emphasis added]

–          John Scalzi

Public criticism of the internal processes and workings of the SFWA (and Writer Beware™) are vital to this election process. It is rare for those within the SFWA to be so openly critical. Nevertheless, it should prove to be quite entertaining to monitor. Considering that Scalzi was voted in on only 11% of the members votes, hopefully this will result in a higher voter turnout. Moreover, we pray that the process puts dedicated and responsible officers in place for the organization.

We expect this heated debate to continue and anticipate that others will join the race for President of the SFWA. Whether he wins or not, Theodore Beale may be the right candidate to bring about the necessary change. We fail to find this opportunity “scary.” Whatever.

REFERENCES & ADDITIONAL READING

“Absolute Write (MacAllister Stone) . . . is it ran out of a rental storage unit? Are Authors Paying the Rent via Google Ads? « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski: The Write Agenda: 9781482354607: Amazon.com: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Letter to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Office Space.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Passion Blew!: Scamming the John Steinbeck Estate: The Case Against Attorney Charles E. Petit The Former Attorney for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: The Friends of Nancy Steinbeck: 9781482095159: Amazon.com: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (SFWA) « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Science Fiction Writers of America – Tax Returns – 2010, 2011 & 2012 « The Write Agenda™.” The Write Agenda™. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Search Results sfwa – Whatever.” Whatever. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Theodore Beale.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Vox Popoli.” Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

“Vox Popoli: Rabbits gonna rabbit.” Vox Popoli. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.

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