Friday, December 16, 2011

Sometimes beauty's enough

You guys/gals tend to know me more for the long, somewhat philosophical entries here. I could write one of those, and I'm still considering posting about the appalling behaviour of certain moderators and (few) members of a certain m/m-focused book group during the month of November and ongoing. But, know what? You can't cure bigots. And while I'd love to denounce that kind of shit, I'm not going to waste my creative breath (little as I have at the moment) on assholes/bigots/transphobes.

I've been creatively blocked for around 4-6 weeks, thanks to, in a large part, the hounding and persecution that went on in November. You might have noticed that I didn't write my posts here during that time. I was just blogged out and way, way too angry to post anything, whether philosophical or other.

But all things have a positive side, such as the "Embrace the Rainbow" campaign started by Kris, and the distinct sense that the trans* writers in our genre have wrestled some more respect from it all. I'm pretty sure that the next wankfest will happen, but not yet. Me, I'm retrenching, regrouping, and getting my Muse back on track. Those assholes can't keep me from writing, at least not permanently.

Whatever I'll be writing - whether mainstream or not, or both - the best way for me to get my Muse going is music.

So, I'm presenting to you TVXQ! (Suggested by Barbara Sheridan, most likely...) Enjoy. Sometimes, beauty is enough to get stuff rolling.


Jason said...

I kinda wish you would go ahead and post about it. Since I am interested to know what you think happened that I didn't see.

Aleksandr Voinov said...
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Aleksandr Voinov said...

Well, I've seen the emails that some trans* writers have received from moderators of the group, I've seen the hounding in the group and outside, and the attempt to pressure publishers into "revealing" the gender of a writer - including boycotts.

I'm even aware of the attempt to harm Riptide in an effort to "shut me up". I have the emails and could publish the whole sorry lot, but, know what? I prefer to write rather that lower myself down to that level. :)

Happy holidays! Have some music.

Jason said...

I've heard a lot about all these things but no one seems to be involved or know anyone that was. I know I sent you a letter of support that ended up being twisted into an attack. Makes me wonder what else has been twisted that way.

And I know no one who has attempted to harm Riptide since you asked the group not to post anymore of your releases and yet we continue to report your personal releases, along with those of Riptide.

In my opinion, you used a made up situation to tear apart the readers of a genre. I've stayed above all the name calling (which you claim to be above but even after everyone I know has moved on, you continue these silly posts) but if you have something to show, something to say, stop bringing it up then saying 'but I won't go there'. Go there or shut up.

Amara Devonte said...

Behind you 100% Aleks. There is so much I'd like to say, but I'll leave it at... yeah, don't waste your breath. Won't do any good. Make great book instead. Tis better.

And fabulous video. Just sayin.

Aleksandr Voinov said...

Amara - I'd make an awful dentist. I keep hitting those nerves. :)

Yep, that group's entirely fabulous. Great dancing and great writing music. Happy holidays.

Kris said...

Hey, I wasn't the only one behind 'embrace the window'! It couldn't have happened without you and Amara too, Aleks. :)

Amara Devonte said...

Yeah, but you rocked to Kris. You totes deserve the credit. :)

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