To SFWA or Not to SFWA

There was a time when I was a card-carrying member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, otherwise known as SFWA. I let my membership lapse for a collection of reasons, specifically including the fact that a huge amount of its energy was being spent defining who could be a part of it and who could not. I’m thinking about that a lot lately, and to be honest I’m not 100% sure why. Perhaps it’s because at neither Worldcon, nor ConFusion did I hear a single conversation between writers that focused on SFWA or its membership–instead, I heard conversation about SFWA and writers’ issues and participation and the long-term health of the organization.

I find that refreshing.

I’m now in the process of reassessing things and trying to determine the wisdom of rejoining. Anyone who has a strong feeling one way or another please feel free to toss me their two cents worth.

Two writing accomplishments today:

a) Finished the “final” draft of my gift story–which I’ve now adjusted the title to be just “Primes.” It’s sitting in Lisa’s TBR pile, which she’s promised to read tomorrow. Can’t wait. [grin]
b) Made final adjustments of episode two of my Lords of Existence series. I expect I’ll get back to it full-time in early March.

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