It's always cool how the internet can orient us to people we've never met in person - giving some different insights and perspectives. For example, based on certain online venues, one might think most SFWA members are . . . let's see . . . what's the right word? Boobs? Incompetent putzes? Schlmiels? Kvetching failed SF writers living in caves, huts, or trailers without utilities?
Here's a newish member who's not in those categories: Lee Goldberg. I was just informed yesterday that this gentleman actually ran for SFWA office in recent memory. I think "silent majority" has a very different meaning for the organization than many might assume.
So busy bee here has some books to cook, and orders to fulfill on behalf of the incoming SFWA President, Russell Davis -- I should add -- on behalf of the whole organization. Seems to me this could be a good "bridge" year, which will encourage more qualified candidates to run for office in the future. I guess sometimes it takes a huge mess to draw people's attention. If the mess hadn't occurred, I wouldn't have run for Treasurer, that's for certain.
Some really amazing comments regarding the Nebula Awards (via Tempest Bradford) -- and from out here in happy land, a warm and happy feeling to see that genuinely fine writing received the awards. I'm not 100% certain what this project is that Tempest mentions, but it sounds worthwhile. If it is something meant to prevent people from grabbing others' body parts, that is definitely okay with me.
And: I already told Andrew Burt I regretted his feeling badly in the wake of the SFWA election and thanked him for the numerous projects he has done over the years for the organization. He did congratulate Russell Davis on his win via the "private" SFWA message boards. But I saw this the other day and I can't help it. It supports Prof. Casil's suspicion that there may have been some negative classroom moments here and there. According to the blogger, Eric Roth, SFWA is one of the "nerdiest organizations" ever. Ayup.