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Comments on the Death of Ann “A.C.” Crispin (Ongoing)

In 666, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Ann Crispin DEAD, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, Crispin, Crispin Dead, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, lawsuit, lawsuits, Legal Issues, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Patrick Niclsen-Hayden, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Price Of Freedom, Preditors & Editors, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Whatever, Writer Beware, Yog's Law on September 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

“The idea that it’s okay to lie and smear people you don’t know doesn’t die with them.  I see from all these trolls that Victoria and company has taught them that this, and a ludicrous arrogance, is okay.  They haven’t an idea just how much damage it does to them.”

“Ann Crispin has done similarly, cancer often being the result of years of misdirected anger or feelings of martyrdom.”

“Some people make the planet a better place for having got the hell off it, eh?”

“We might wonder what Victoria Strauss was actually doing for that month ‘meeting a deadline’ for her latest claimed paint-by-numbers flotsam. I don’t follow her or any of these dishonest cretins, but I’d probably have heard if she’d said another word about it.  What was she doing?  Is she also ill?”

“One down and 1.5 to go . . . if Richard White (Who?) really counts.”

“The end of Writer Beware is on the horizon. Victoria Strauss lacks the competence as a researcher and is a literary underachiever. Why would anyone trust an author that has produced 8 novels that have flopped; she’s not a household name. Keep the pressure on The Write Agenda!”

“So, ‘A.C.’ has died. Allow me to be the first to extend my hand to her family at this difficult time…and then slowly raise my middle finger.”

“Crispin was Crispin. Crispin was Writer Beware. Victoria Strauss isn’t Ann Crispin . . .  the rest is history.”

“Strauss doesn’t have the skin (or ovaries as you say) to do justice to Writer Beware. Crispin’s death marks the death of Writer Beware too!”

“Amen The Write Agenda. Amen.”

“I never understood the Writer Beware concept. It’s not like they really accomplished anything other than regurgitating information. Posting shit on people or organizations that they have not been involved with is reprehensible. Yet, I never liked Crispin, not at all. That last thing she wrote isn’t a novel anyway, whatever it is. I don’t like it. Not at all. It suffers horribly  and it’s so narcissistic. And to me, also, it seemed so false, so calculated. Combining the plain woman with an absolutely megalomaniac egotism. I simply can’t stand it. Victoria Strauss . . . seriously?”

” Crispin’s work and and Strauss’ are evil, and they are the most unhappy beings of whom one can say that it would be better had they had never been born.”

“Crispin’s prose is a cold black suet-pudding. We can represent it as a cold suet-roll of fabulously reptilian length. Cut it at any point, it is the same thing; the same heavy, sticky, opaque mass all through and all along. Rest in Hell Bitch.”

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” – Dalai Lama

“May she live in the land of publisher’s advances beyond her wildest dreams.  Meanwhile, we still have work to do.”

“I doubt that any BIG publishing entity will take the time to eulogize Ann Crispin. May this fact serve to prove how SMALL she really was.”

“Ann Crispin spent her time fooling authors and convincing them that purchasing her books (and Victoria Strauss’) was a ‘show of support’ for the not-for-profit thing better known as Writer Beware. Fortunately, she only fooled the under-educated author and the Kool-Aid drinking minions . . . a very small group of literary putzes.”

“The Write Agenda (TWA) has done an awesome job weaving the cast of characters in the literary folly perpetuated by Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss, James Macdonald, Macallister Stone, Lisa L. Spangenberg, Teresa Hayden, David Kuzminski, Writer Beware, Making Light, Absolute Write and Preditors & Editors. In this effort, it does appear that Yog’s Law is true. Money does flow to the author . . . especially those authors listed above. Keep following the money TWA! You’ve certainly pissed off this group and that has validated you; they are not ignoring you. Keep exposing their scams that are being perpetrated on the unknowing author.”

“To her credit, Ann Crispin was a public person and visible. Victoria Strauss, who is publically shy and painfully reclusive, hides behind Twitter and other online services and pales in comparison. If Writer Beware is going to survive it’s going to take a more publically stable individual; I’ve personally witnessed the public Strauss and it isn’t pretty. Writer Beware cannot thrive solely on the narcissistic endeavors of a reclusive hag like Victoria Strauss. Writer Beware is surely to follow the same fate as Ann Crispin . . . DEATH. Strauss will not be able to hack the challenges without Crispin and her ego would not tolerate a replacement.”

“What? Writer Beware’s & Victoria Strauss’ first post . . . FIRST POST! . . . after the death of Ann Crispin links to Twitter postings by The Write Agenda? Seriously? Rock on The Write Agenda . . . you have arrived as a worthy opponent to the reclusive one (Victoria Strauss). Strauss states:  ‘I was considering letting the blog sit silent for a week–but in light of the fools and trolls who are dreaming of Writer Beware’s demise, I’ve decided to carry on as usual. It’s what Ann would have wanted’ . . . it’s no ‘dream’ Strauss, The Write Agenda has called you out and Writer Beware will ‘sit silent’ soon! It’s a great day to be a ‘fool’ and a ‘troll’ people because Victoria Strauss could not remain silent! Strauss can’t sell any of her dreadful books . . . how will she continue to sell Writer Beware? There’s no validity here; not with the author and not with the mission she claims to advocate for. However, you can purchase her books as a sign of ‘support’ of Writer Beware. I hope the people that are reading this are now puking. You just can’t make this shit up!”

“Strauss has BIG shoes to fill and obviously The Write Agenda has become public enemy #1 to Strauss & Co. The death of Crispin is a historical benchmark and a pinnacle turning point for the future of Writer Beware. The Write Agenda has obliviously intimidated the living shit out of Victoria Strauss! Savor the moment The Write Agenda. Victoria Strauss should have ignored you . . . she didn’t. I agree with the other commentators . . . the death of Writer Beware is foreseeable, Strauss avoids facts, Strauss uses ad hominem tactics, avoids real issues (hmm like Charlie Petit?) and makes personal arguments against an opponent instead of against their argument. Strauss doesn’t have the moxey to publically represent Writer Beware in a fashion anything near to Crispin. She had to comment to save her face. Thank you The Write Agenda!!!! When a person is ‘saving face,’ they are struggling to keep their reputation and the respect of other people . . .  clearly The Write Agenda has injured Writer Beware and Victoria Strauss.”

“Hell hath no fury like one author gleefully savaging another author’s work. That’s all I can say.”

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often wanted to criticize Ann Crispin, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from other readers; and therefore I had to stop every time I began. When’s the funeral? Or, are they going to toast her remains? If not,  I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

“I couldn’t stand Crispin (I despise Strauss). Nobody will think to ask because I’m supposedly jealous; but I out-sell both of them. I’m more popular than they are, and I don’t take either of them very seriously…oh, they come on like the authors advocates, but they are just boring little middle-class girls hustling their crappy books. Crispin dead? Great! Now this group is left with Victoria Strauss: What she does is not writing, that’s typing.”

“I’ve followed Writer Beware since its inception. Conceptually, it has been a great idea and they have accomplished some great things. However, as a dues paying member of the SFWA I’ve had issues with Crispin and Strauss using the site as a marketing tool. The SFWA is a not-for-profit organization; Crispin and Strauss have, as The Write Agenda has indicated, pressured followers to purchase their books as a ‘sign of support’ for their volunteerism. BULL SHIT! This is wrong and they know it’s wrong. However, it’s not that it really matters because only a small group of worshippers have actually bought into this marketing ploy. Neither Crispin nor Strauss have become household names resulting from this activity. Crispin had her 15 minutes of fame and now her flame has burned out; Strauss, now beyond middle-age, dreams of just having a public spark. Strauss is wiped out and has little chance of redeeming herself. I agree with the post regarding the ‘public’ Victoria Strauss . . . is really is not pretty. She may be able to maintain Writer Beware as a recluse but to build credibility beyond the comfort of her home in Amherst, MA . . . it’s probably not going to happen. Crispin and Strauss both have maintained independent sites; that’s where you market your book . . . not on a not-for-profit site. I’m also very concerned about the selective ‘reporting’ of Writer Beware. For example, an attorney retained by the SFWA commits fraud and it’s swept under the table; not reported by Crispin or Strauss? The American Book Publishing story by Strauss . . . so what? A ‘police investigation’ that may have actually been fabricated by Strauss herself? The Write Agenda caught my attention when you contacted all of the police organizations in the jurisdiction and found nothing to substantiate Strauss’ claims. I’m a loyalist by nature; with personal difficulty I commend The Write Agenda for calling out Crispin and Strauss to be honest. The SFWA is beyond housecleaning; John Scalzi is a putz, Crispin & Strauss  . . . self-serving and new President Steven Gould . . . G-d help us . . . Gould truly is the rectal spawn, of former SFWA President, John Scalzi that was fertilized by author James C. Hines. I will not be renewing my SFWA membership.”

“I’ve always thought that The Write Agenda (TWA) was FOS (Full of Shit). However, I’ve honestly discovered that TWA does tell the truth. Admittedly, I’ve been a SFWA & Writer Beware fool. The ‘under-informed’ & Kool-Aid drinking flying monkey! Yes, that was (was) me. Thank you TWA for the epiphany! The wakeup call was well deserved . . . mea culpa! I have also witnessed ‘the public’ Victoria Strauss and completely agree with the other posters here. If Strauss is going to redeem Writer Beware  . . . she has to get schooled in PR (how to do public appearances) quickly. Ann Crispin is well documented on video sites like You-Tube etc; there are no videos of Strauss. TWA you have hit the nail on the head. If Writer Beware is going to survive, Strauss (and only Strauss; Richard White is a peon and has less credibility than Strauss) is going to have to step up. That is going to require her to get more factual in her “reporting” and become a more public. Personally, I don’t see that happening. Strauss has been in a comfort zone, she’s publically shy and she’ll always be in the shadow of Ann Crispin.TWA you have successfully converted this SFWA member; I’m also not renewing my SFWA membership. Well done TWA! To my SFWA (soon to be former) BUY the TWA books posted as a ‘sign of support’ for their work.”

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Michael Cohen Review of Absolute Write, Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden . . . Validity Test

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, Absolute Write, Absolute Write Water Cooler, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Atlanta Nights, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Crispin, David L. Kuzminski, James D. MacDonald, Jenna Glatzer, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Lisa L. Spangenberg, MacAllister Stone, Making Light, Michael Cohen, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Preditors & Editors, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Travis Tea, Veracity Check, Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on August 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

Michael Cohen Review of Absolute Write, Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden et al . . . Validity Test.

“The harsh criticisms of Absolute Write on this site are justified, and then some. As a former member of the AW inner circle, I was present at several behind the scenes discussions with Lisa Spangenberg (alias Mac Stone), Victoria Strauss, James D. Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, and others. The mix was different from time to time depending on who was around and what writer or editor was being torn to pieces on the board…. (more on the following link.)

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Charles E. Petit ( Former SFWA Attorney) Speaks Out Regarding the SFWA

In A.C., A.C. Crispin, BARBARA BAUER, BARBARA BAUER LITERARY AGENCY, Bauer vs. Glatzer, C. E. Petit, Charles E. Petit, Charles Emil Petit, Charlie. Petit, David L. Kuzminski, DEFAMATION: Cretella v. Kuzminski: The Case Against Preditors & Editors David L. Kuzminski, ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION AND DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, Jenna Glatzer, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, John Steinbeck, Lawyer, Michael Capobianco, Mystery Writers of America, Nancy Steinbeck, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Shark, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Victoria Strauss, Writer, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on July 13, 2013 at 2:57 am

“This is one corporate culture that really does need a change.”

Charles E. Petit

Former SFWA Attorney

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Forthcoming Changes in Corporate Culture

 

 

Steven Gould, SFWA President, Unable to Produce Double-secret “SFWA Confidentiality Rules”

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Vox Day, Whatever, Writers on July 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

“Steven Gould, the President, were able to provide me with any evidence for the existence of the double-secret “SFWA Confidentiality Rules” to which they had both appealed.”

Theodore Beale

See “Response: part I” on Beale’s Blog site. 4% of the SFW membership is behind this effort; a very easily identified group to expose.

Yet, recent tweets by SFWA President, Steven Gould, appear to mock exactly what he trying to enforce:

Like this “retweet” (Hmm . . . humor in censorship?)

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Or this stunning reflection on “elected” officials . . .  how’s that for calling the kettle black?

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Remember, it was SFWA President, Steven Gould and How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office that is significant here. This Twitter post just speaks for itself. Do you think that SFWA President, Steven Gould had an “agenda” against author and SFWA Presidential candidate Theodore Beale before he took office? He posted this on Twitter 17 days before his term as SFWA President began. Sound like a Scalzi clone? Predisposed? Run members of of SFWA . . .quit now! Gould took office on July 1, 2013. 

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REFERENCE

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/response-part-i.html

Catherynne M. Valente, SFWA’s Eastern Regional Director Resigns After 4 DAYS IN OFFICE!

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Catherynne M. Valente, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections on July 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

“It was a rewarding and challenging experience to work with a group of dedicated, tireless advocates, but personal circumstances have brought me to the realization that I cannot serve out the remainder of my term effectively. I thank the Board for their service and support, and will continue to be an active member of the organization.”

Catherynne M. Valente

On June 5, 2013 the SFWA announced Jean Rabe’s resignation as editor of the Bulletin.

Yes, friends the reign of new SFWA President Steven Gould has begun; what a week Steven is having!

Also see:

 

REFERENCES

http://www.sfwa.org/2013/07/change-of-eastern-regional-director-of-sfwa/

SFWA President, Steven Gould . . . How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Theodore Beale, Vox Day on July 5, 2013 at 4:29 am

SFWA President, Steven Gould . . . How He Treated a SFWA Member Before He Was in Office

This Twitter post just speaks for itself. Do you think that SFWA President, Steven Gould had an “agenda” against author and SFWA Presidential candidate Theodore Beale before he took office? He posted this on Twitter 17 days before his term as SFWA President began. Sound like a Scalzi clone? Predisposed? Run members of of SFWA . . . quit now!

 

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SFWA President, Please Start Acting Like a “President” . . . What confidentiality rules?

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould on July 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

What confidentiality rules?

Is this a wake up call for new SFWA President Steven Gould? Oh, what a week the new President is having . . . how are you liking this shit Gould? You wanted it . . . you got it. And, now, people are quitting the SFWA!

What confidentiality rules?

REFERENCE

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/what-confidentiality-rules.html

Have you recently quit the SFWA? Contact Us ASAP . . . 36 Quit; The Exodus is Here!

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Crispin, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, The Write Agenda, Theodore Beale, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Whatever, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on July 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

“”Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.”

– Benjamin Franklin

 

If you are one of the “36 people” that  have quit the SWFA or if you’ve decided not to renew your membership . . . please feel free to contact us here with your story or with any information that you would like to share. The contents of your responses will remain anonymous, and your confidentiality will be protected under the highest standards of research ethics.

The Write Agenda is pleased to see this erosion beginning within the SFWA. It’s a sign that members of the SFWA are beginning to wake up and realize that the SFWA’s leadership (including Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss, John Scalzi and Ann “A.C.” Crispin and now status quo President, Steven Gould) have  engaged in promoting “dissension and dissatisfaction throughout the organization with their inept activist leadership.”

 

RECENT POSTINGS FROM THE WRITE AGENDA

 

The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to 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 and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titled Kolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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Theodore Beale Comments on SWFA Strife: Trying to pull Pournell’s strings

In 2013 SFWA Elections, 2013 SFWA Presidential Election, A.C., A.C. Crispin, Ann "A.C." Crispin, Ann Crispin, Crispin, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Robin Wayne Bailey, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Strauss, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Vox Day, Watchdog, Writer, Writer Beware, Writers on July 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

“[I]f 36 people have really quit  [the SWFA] of late, then obviously the responsibility lies with those who have actively sown dissension and dissatisfaction throughout the organization with their inept activist leadership rather than the so-called “rabid weasels” who have been there for years, if not decades.”

Theodore Beale

See posting at: Trying to pull Pournell’s strings

 

REFERENCE

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-never-will-be-attacks-jerry-pournelle.html

 

The Write Agenda will be releasing a sequel to 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 and Passion Blew II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin, Writer Beware & Others  . . . it will be titledKolorsong; to be released during 2013.

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Mary Robinette Kowal: Proof that the SFWA Membership is Eroding

In John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Passion Blew, PASSION BLEW II: The Case Against Victoria Strauss, 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, Passion Blue, Publisher, Publishers, Publishing, Robin Wayne Bailey, Scam, Scams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, SFWA, SFWA 2013 Elections, Steve Gould, Steven Gould, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, The Write Agenda, Victoria Strauss, Watchdog, Writer, Writer Beware, Writer Beware & Others, Writers on July 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Mary Robinette Kowal: Proof that the SFWA Membership is Eroding

See the following link:

Dear Twelve Rabid Weasels of SFWA, please shut the fuck up.

How ironic that she never told Robin Wayne Bailey to shut the fuck up?

“I do it for power and popularity. It’s all about the power. And the popularity. Really. It used to be about fame, fortune and free sex.”

– Robin Wayne Bailey

Noteworthy Link from Vox Day (Click Here).

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-convention-policy.html

See:

Volunteer for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: It’s Not About Free Sex Anymore!

and

When the Facts are Not on Your Side, Edit it: How Teresa Nielsen Hayden Manipulates the Truth

Other Relative Postings from The Write Agenda

REFERENCES

http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/dear-twelve-rabid-weasels-of-sfwa-please-shut-the-fuck-up/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/when-the-facts-are-not-on-your-side-edit-it-how-teresa-nielsen-hayden-manipulates-the-truth/

https://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/volunteer-for-the-science-fiction-fantasy-writers-of-america-its-not-about-free-sex-anymore/

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-convention-policy.html