Jun. 27th, 2014

pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
Who’s coming to Nineworlds and/or Worldcon?

I’ll be around at both on evenings and weekends. Don’t have enough annual leave to do all the weekday stuff.

Identity clash is going to rear its head. I’m pretty clear that Nineworlds is primarily fanspace and I’ll be there as pennypaperbrain. Worldcon, though… there’s RL friends and publishing acquaintances on the programme and I’m quite sure there will be other people wandering around who only know me as my professional self.

My policy these days is basically don’t promote and don’t deny. If anyone finds a newly-discovered aspect of my life surprising, well, that’s educational for them. Still, exciting variations on the following questions may arise from different directions (or if I’m lucky they could all happen at once in a group conversation):

You write fanfiction?!

You’re a pervert?!

Bipolar? You? Are you sure?!

You write fanfiction about perverts/mentalists?!

You write [written-for-hire stuff]?!

You edit [day job stuff]?!
You (used to) work for who?!

You self-published a novel about S&M?!

Or any combination of the above. Should this occur, I’ll be trying for a philosophical approach along the lines of ‘Why yes I am complex and interesting; surely you are too?’ I'm sure I won't be the only person present trying to maintain a balance of this kind.

(50 Shades, tho. I hate the thing, but there is a weird upside to it for me: as of its impact on the publishing industry, I challenge anyone in the trade to look me in the eye and tell me SM is anything other than a valid cultural topic.)

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