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I just made a 100 word micro-submission to The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. If it gets in, I get a free book, so wish me luck.


This was going around twitter: Ally Carter: The Crazies Now, many new writers might think that The Crazies go away after the first book, or after you hit “the list” or after...or after... And maybe they will diminish someday or at some time, but I can safely say that six years, seven books, five New York Times bestsellers and two major motion picture deals later, my Crazies are still here and stronger than ever.

I've always heard this called "Imposter Syndrome" and yes, it never ever goes away. Never. Ever.

I meant to link to this but got busy at the con and forgot: Thanks to kossari_mage for reminding me about it: Elizabeth Moon: It Ain't Equal 'Til It's Equal... The comments to that article made it clear that the same attitudes of gender bias about writers in the 1950s and 60s, when I was in school and college, are still alive and kicking. There are writers (who are men and need no qualifying adjectives) and women writers (who are a separate class, expected to be less suitable for academic study except in specialized "women's studies" programs, although a few Queen Bees have been brought in as proof of non-bias.)

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I've always wondered why it's not just... 'writers'. What does gender matter?

But then, I've never really thought of 'singer songwriter' as a genre, either.

It's words, stories, music, song. The gender of the writer makes no more difference than the color of their eyes.

Now... some CHOOSE to make it matter, but that's a different kettle of wax entirely.

... and yes, it never ever goes away. Never. Ever.

::whimpers::

Doesn’t go away with 20 years experience in writing software, either.

But... but... I *want* it to go away!

*pouts*

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