I really hate to do this, but I’ve been talking with a lot of people. The demands on my time are getting more and more intense and with the new film I’m working on, plus some other things, it’s just going to get worse. So, after a great deal of thought and consultation, I’ve decided that I’m going to withdraw from the race for SFWA VP.
In part the decision comes because I’ve realized that my vision for SFWA doesn’t match that of the membership. For instance, we’ve just rolled the website back to the earlier incarnation based on both demand and also to redefine our goals. Membership has been growing too rapidly and it is important to keep it confined to only real writers. The earlier website embodies tradition and also provides an important hurdle for new members. If they can’t figure out how to navigate it, we don’t want them.
We’re also going to return to sending all communications by traditional mail. SFWA is about writing, after all, and that means paper and ink. It indicates a seriousness and commitment when it is in tangible form instead of in ephemeral electrons.
So what’s next? According to the bylaws, the president is able to appoint a replacement for me and I’m happy to announce that long time member, Alan Smithee will take my place.
What will I be doing with my free time? I’m glad you asked. Here is a sneak peak of my next project.