I didn’t expect to post again so soon. My plan is to write and schedule. But I have a rant and nobody but the internet to talk to at the witching hour.
My name, my full name, is Jessie Bishop Powell. But I get a lot of mail for the following people who don’t exist:
Mrs. Scott Merriman.
Mr. And Mrs. Scott Merriman
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Merriman
Well, Dr. Merriman exists. That’s Scott. But that other person is a figment. My first name is not Mrs. My last name is not Merriman. And no, it is not acceptable to hold onto a titular formula from an earlier era when women’s identities were subsumed beneath their husbands’.… Read the rest
If someone said “Nothing against women writers, but all of my favorite crime fiction authors happen to be men,” how would you respond?
Probably, then I’d walk away.
If I didn’t. If I stayed and kept chatting, I’d add something like this:
Seriously. It’s the twenty first century, and you appear not to notice how offensive the phrase “nothing against women” is, or how it suggests, right off the bat, that you find the women’s works inferior. Also, you are an idiot if you didn’t notice you’re talking to a woman mystery author, so you are implying that you have no desire to read my work at all because it’s sure to be inferior to a man’s writing.… Read the rest