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marthawells ([personal profile] marthawells) wrote2019-01-18 01:07 pm

Friday

There's a thread on Twitter from Gail Simone https://twitter.com/GailSimone/status/1086275965355941893 about awkward/weird convention moments.

I've had so many I honestly don't remember them well but one still stands out. It was at a convention in 2014 or 2015 (after the first few Raksura books had come out and after my Star Wars novel was out, but long before Murderbot. I think the second Emilie book, Emilie and the Sky World, was about to come out.) I got added to a panel at the last minute, because two of the other writers on it had had to leave. It was on writing fight scenes, and was in a fairly big room, with a full audience.

So I got there early and was one of the first to arrive, and I put my name tent on the table. One other panelist was already there, and he was someone I hadn't met before. He takes me aside and tells me about the other two writers who had to leave early and wouldn't be here (which I knew) and how they were very big deals, and that the audience was expecting a lot, and how they had this panel every year, and it was a big deal, and that the audience would ask questions, hard questions, etc, and how he had already asked another important writer to be here so I really wasn't needed.

He was basically kindly giving me the head's up that I wasn't cool/important enough to be on the panel and should leave before I embarrassed myself.

I didn't leave, it turned out to be a fun panel with fun panelists (with one exception) and I was the most experienced writer there, so.
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[personal profile] esteefee 2019-01-18 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
hahah yeah! whyyyyyy? Concern trolling with a nice dollop of misogyny for that piquant flavor. Thanks for the great story.
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[personal profile] lizziebelle 2019-01-18 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, what a jerk. I hope he was appropriately chagrined after the panel! But he sounds like someone who wouldn't be. Good for you!
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[personal profile] cathexys 2019-01-18 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
What a jerk! I wish he'd learn from that but those folks never do...
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[personal profile] celli 2019-01-18 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
!!!!!!
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[personal profile] em_kellesvig 2019-01-19 12:20 am (UTC)(link)
Wow! The misogyny is strong with this one.
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[personal profile] chomiji 2019-01-19 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
Oh ye gods and little fishes. What an asshat!
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[personal profile] voidampersand 2019-01-19 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
Somehow I think perhaps maybe he hadn't been reading your books. Because otherwise he might have HAD A CLUE that you know how to write fight scenes.
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[personal profile] mizstorge 2019-01-19 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Like a boss!
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[personal profile] spatz 2019-01-23 06:17 am (UTC)(link)
Damn right you didn't leave, you're a badass at fight scenes! I almost never get that kind of adrenaline rush from text, just film.