These are now available here:
ETA. 29 Jan – got some hostile feedback indicating I’d glossed over the content of the original tweet. Fair point: have edited the first para to include more detail.
ETA. 24 Jan – the invective surrounding Dr Gee from the scientific community has now reached the point of being beyond ridiculous. Since his one comment on his ill-judged tweet, he has been compared to Ike Turner, wife-beaters in general and terrorists. I fully expect an upgrade to “axe-murderer” the following morning, for God’s sake. This is unedifying, and I want to post my support for Dr Gee, whom I found warm, supportive and charming.
There is a lot of buzz going around the internet at present about one of the editors in the worldwide science magazine Nature, Dr Henry Gee. He is getting a lot of stick for issuing an angry tweet about a person critical of him, using his official account. This tweet mentioned the critic by name: while that is not a total secret, she generally blogs pseudonymously. It also slighted the status of her work by saying it was of no consequence. Before we go any further, I want to say that I don’t condone that tweet. Neither, on reflection, does Henry Gee himself.
But then – Seeing references on my twitter feed, and looking through the archives that this person had written, I saw her refer to Dr Gee in 2011 as a “feminist antichrist”.
And that stopped me short.
Because I have had dealings with Henry Gee, when I sent him those two relentlessly feminist short stories he published in 2010 and 2011, and which – gasp! surprise! – he was happy to publish. Apart from being uncomfortable with referring to a Jewish man as “the antichrist”, such a term was not my personal experience of him at all and she might imagine that she speaks for quite a few people – but she does not speak for me.
…because I have got an email from the publishers to let me know that I have been assigned an editor and the edits are due to start on White Feathers next week.
I am very excited about working with Liz Hudson, who has a great portfolio. I’m honoured to be numbered among Claire Kilroy and Arlene Hunt!
I am trying not to think of Operation Transformation, when the very hefty book tremblingly shuffles onto the scales and the announcer says – “Your starting weight…is…Oh Jesus -” breaking off in disgust – “how did you end up in this state?”
No more literary porkpies. It is TIME FOR BOOTCAMP!
If I weren’t a writer, I should have been a musician, I think.
Continue reading “Writing, Music and Me”
For those who are following or have entered the Walking on Thin Ice short story competition on the theme of mental health, stigma and power, the shortlist is now available here.