…ah. I see why I got no comments on last week’s post. It’s because for some reason it saved a s a draft instead of actually publishing. Aheh.Well, this is rather a day late and a dollar short at this point, but I’ll post it today anyway, because it’s written. And for some reason the Magical Words site is posting invisible letters when I type, so if this is full of typos, it’s not my fault.
This is also going to be a very short, mostly fanboy post, because I’m on my way out the door to meet George R.R. Martin, who is in Ireland right now because they’re filming the pilot for hit television series A GAME OF THRONES, based on his best-selling novels.
So what I’m going to talk about, briefly, is one of the very cool aspects of SF/F fandom, which is that virtually all the professionals in the field are also fans. We’re all people who read in the genre, who admire writers in the genre, and who are generally genuinely excited to meet others of our ilk. I’ve watched authors who are well-known in their own right turn to gibbering idiots when presented with the opportunity to meet one of our greats, and that’s just pretty much flat-out awesome. I’ve also personally experienced meeting an author whose work I adore beyond reason, and realizing that “I love your books beyond reason,” I have almost nothing else to say to them. (This is more pronounced if the other writer is cripplingly shy, which in at least one instance was the case. Usually I can get a stone to strike up a conversation…:))
I think one of the things I love best about the professionals in my genre is that they’re almost always willing to share the limelight. Sometimes it gets difficult because everybody’s got something to say and they all want to say it Right Now–it’s not that we don’t want to hear what the other’s got to say, it’s just So Exciting!–but I haven’t yet met anybody who’s a diva. (I have heard nigh-unto-unbelievable diva stories about writers in other genres, so maybe I’ve just gotten really lucky with the SF/F authors I’ve met, but they’ve genuinely all been terrific people.)
Ithink possibly my faborite meet-a-writer story is my husband’s. We were at WFC a few years ago, and joined a circle of writers standing around chatting. Well, a circle of people, a few of whom I knew and who were writers. Introductions were made, including a white-haired gentleman who shook Ted’s hand, said, “Hi, I’m David,” cheerfully,” and on went the conversation. About thirty seconds later Ted got a glimpse of the guy’s name tag, and it was David Drake, one of Ted’s favorite writers.
Ted nearly had a heart attack from sheer excitement, and from the amusing fact that this guy, who has been writing for decades and is a pretty significant name in the field, didn’t think it was worth mentioning his own last name in a groupl of SF/F readers and writers. But that’s my general experience with our clan–so if this post has a point beyond ZOMG I GET TO GO MEET GRRM!!!, it’s probably “don’t be afraid to introduce yourselves. We very rarely bite and we’re almost always willing to talk.”
And now, if you’ll excuse me, ZOMG, I GET TO GO MEET GRRM!!!