Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Speak Up: Yes or No

I've made no secret of it in previous posts on the blog.

After the events in Roseburg, OR, I saw Twitter and most of social media explode in reactions from both sides of the divide. And some of those reactions really got my goat.

Since then, I've been struggling with the decisions of whether or not to say something.

Of course, a lot of the "names" I follow were quick with their say. It was some of these responses that got my goat.

Here's the thing: many of these "names" are people I consider colleagues. Fellow writers. People I'd love to hang out with at cons and such.

But when one of them calls you a "soulless shitlord" or another agrees with an article that you need to have this happen to you, it's a little hard to stand by and not fire off a response.

And for nearly 3 weeks, I fought with myself on what I should do. Am I being a coward by not saying anything? Does this mean I'm compromising my beliefs? Am I letting them walk all over me? Will this let their view grow and flourish while mine withers on the vine?

Back and forth. Back and forth.

Inner battle, tooth and nail, knock down-drag out.

But then I happened on this post by Myke Cole on just that very topic. After reading that and after reminders from some Fellow Writers I trust, I have decided this blog is not the place for those responses.

Oh, I'll gladly discuss it with you in person.

But the blog and likely my Twitter feed are not the places for that.

Here, it's about sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, movies, and all the cool stuff that goes along with them.

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