EPIC
EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, of which I am a proud member, has made an important announcement with regards to the categories for this year’s writing honors. Rather than having a separate award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) writings, they have decided to place them in whatever genre category they belong–whether youth, romance, fantasy or whatever. This is important because it allows books to shine on their own merits, rather than lumping all books with GLBT characters into a single amorphous category.

Some people have a problem with this, and while I am not denying anyone’s right to believe what they want, I congratulate EPIC on doing the right thing.

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Posts may be spotty over the next few weeks as I am both judging and coordinating judges for the EPPIE awards. This is my first time to do either, so it is a steep learning curve. (No, I don’t get to evaluate my own entries, in case anyone was wondering… 🙂 )

Today I entered Heart of Hythea and Ketha’s Daughter in the running for the Eppie awards. Eppies, for those of you who are unfamiliar, are handed out each year by EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection. The last day to submit your book is October 4th.

From their website, in case you wonder if you qualify:

Any e-book published in English and released for sale between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 inclusively, including self- and subsidy-published books, are encouraged to enter the 2009 EPPIE Contest.

Membership in EPIC is not required, but the entry is cheaper if you are. There are thirty categories, and the hardest part for me was deciding which one my books belonged in!

Winners will be announced next March. Wish me luck!

On an unrelated note–
Because it is school holidays, my son and I went to see WALL-E, the latest animated offering from Pixar. I have seen most of the movies made by Pixar at one time or another, and I have to say that WALL-E was a big disappointment. It has been criticized for being boring, because there is no dialog for the first thirty minutes. This didn’t bother me. The amazing animation in the future-Earth scenes made that part of the story entrancing. But when WALL-E, the title character, goes into space to rescue his love, then the movie just falls apart. The plot is thin, and terribly, terribly preachy.

I can’t be the only person who thinks that Disney/Pixar are hypocritical in portraying an world ruined by rampant consumerism. How many Buzz Lightyear toys do you think are clogging the landfills?

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