Thursday, November 19, 2009


What's Jack up to? Jack is doing good. Feeling a lot like his old self and getting back into trouble again. I've had to shoo him away from the trash one too many time lately so I'd say he's on the mend.

As for me I'm feeling unsettled. It's a word I tweeted yesterday about the uproar over folk's responses and RWA's response to Harlequin Horizons. Yes, I still see both sides of the argument but RWA taking away Harlequin's status does leave me just that, unsettled. Don't throw tomatoes please. I know the bylaws and the rules. I do get it both sides and the whole protection thing (ish).

But it also brings to my mind the many fine writers that write for Harlequin and how they must feel and the legitimacy of the RITA's if Harlequin writers are not included (hmm). I mean it is called Romance Writers of America, a pretty broad name, and am I correct in saying that Harlquin is the largest romance publisher?

Now I could go on and on bringing up how it would be nice for fine e-pubs to be included too and let's level the writing playing field but the whole thing is a slippery argument slope and I got Mammogram 40 or 50 confusion to be pissed about too today. So there is plenty of unsettled to go around don't cha think?

Much love and keep breathing y'all. Remember dialogue is good and I hope there is a solution to this soon where this off feeling stops and the love flows.



Kristen Painter said...

This new RWA board is brave. Removing HQ could not have been an easy decision, but it was the right one for the membership. Now we wait to see how it all shakes out. I, for one, have hope that new standards are soon to follow, ones that are more accepting of epubs and the like.

Ina in Alaska said...

Sending love out there to all you writers.... xoxoxo

Sheryl said...

We need to take a lesson from our canine friends, live in the moment and lets get in the trash once in a while :)

Maddie is glad that Jack is feeling better. I hope you are feeling better soon, too.


Jax Cassidy said...

I feel the same way you do, Kwana.

Totally unsettled.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I agree with Kristen, this board has balls. Considering how many authors in RWA write for Harlequin or are hoping to write for Harlequin can't have been an easy decision but the by-laws are the by-laws until they are changed. If they make an exception for Harlequin what does that say? I'm hoping that some resolution can come before Nationals in Nashville otherwise the general meeting is going to be interesting.

Lisbeth Eng said...

The HQ/RWA debacle is huge. But in my as-of-yet-less-than-fully-informed opinion, RWA is throwing out the baby with the bath water. I don't understand why RWA can't recognize Harlequin as a "legitimate" publisher for the lines which are not subsidy/vanity or whatever you want to call HH. Harlequin is the biggest romance publisher and this is going to hurt so many RWA members. I agree with you, Kwana. Very unsettling.

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