Discrimination Pisses Me Off and I Spent A Weekend With the Web

It's been almost insanely busy at Office Andi. The secret project I've mentioned here and there is finally in its countdown stage. Less than 24 hours to go. All will be revealed tomorrow!

This has been months in planning and production. The amount of people involved is nothing short of miraculous. This has been a full-scale production similar to film projects I've worked on. I am fortunate to be working with so many talented people who don't seem to be running scared from my rapid fire email blasting.

So, tomorrow-- bright and early expect a BIG announcement-- not just here, but in several places around the webs. Trust me, you've never seen anything like this project.

In other news, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are refusing to carry Amazon published titles. I don't' know about you, but this makes no business sense at all. I am beginning to believe that bookstores want to go out of business. Our local B&N carries more gifts and tchotchkes than books it seems. Now, they are getting down right petty. Must be interesting to have the shoe on the other foot-- B&N was fine when they were buying up small publishers to get their hands on their back-lists. Now, they don't like the competition so much.

And oh my, silly Jonathan Franzen is at it again. He's on his soap box about e-books being the death of literature. Head over to NPR for more on that front.

So, while I am on the topic of stupid. The Romance Writers of America chapter Romance Writers Ink, in it's infinite wisdom stupidity, decided that same sex romances are not eligible for their More Than Magic competition. Mind you, there is Rainbow Writers chapter within the RWA and members pay the same dues across the board. Additionally, the RWA describes romance fiction as depicting romance between two individuals. Several LGBTQ authors are blogging about it.

For me, as a LGBTQ author and community member-- I am disappointed. Disappointed for fellow authors and the LGBTQ community as a whole. As the parent of an LGBTQ child I get a bit on the crazy/outraged spectrum. This really bites that we are still having to fight this kind of disenfranchisement. I am tired of telling my kids that things will change. That conversation is old and really tiring. My kids and their peers do not have the same hang ups that older generations have. These kids live in a world where they are blind to race, gender, and sexual preference. We've done good as parents.

More people are on the side of marriage equality than are opposed. We need to get involved. We need to raise our voices in support of the LGBTQ community. We need to be louder than the others.

So, read more in the links below and sign the petition if you feel moved to do so:

"Uncomfortable" = Discrimination by Stephani Hecht

What Year is This? LGBT Romance in the Trenches by Kari Gregg

Less Than Magic by Kimberly Gardner

and a post by RWA member, RWA Rainbow Romance Writers chapter president, Heidi Cullinan RWA Shouldn't Be in the Business of Discrimination

Sign the petition here:

RWA Shouldn't Be in the Business of Discrimination