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Fight Music!

The phone is ringing.

"Yeah?"

"Hey."

"Hey, Trent."

"Ben. I'm just ringing to tell you that I've become the shining white knight of the Aurealis Awards."

"No shit?"

"No shit." In the background, I can hear a motor start up. "Yeah, I signed a form. Ah, basically, it means that I can't start my own award. I had a catchy title, did you hear? The Trenties I was going to call them--

"Dude, what's that noise in the background?"

"The plane."

A loud cough of an engine hitting full, a mechanical monster roaring, preparing.

I say, "Plane?"

"Yeah, we're coming to bomb you. You being the enemy and all, y'know?"

Yes, I am talking about the Aurealis Awards again, because, once again, people are calling me an asshole because I said some things about an award. Not Trent, incidentally. Trent's a friend, and he has a blog post about what the award means to him, which is quite reasonable and nice, and where he also notes that while he liked getting the award, it doesn't mean much about his work, and it didn't change his life. Trent's worked as a bookseller, as well, so he offers up some thoughts on it from that side. No, no, it's not Trent saying anything about me, no. No, instead I am directing you to the logic of Lee Battersby, who, having read Trent's post, wrote that he was going to be publicly positive about the awards, that he was only going to talk about the good things, like his winning, and how it was a focal point, how he became a Clarion Tutor, how he got invited to a bunch of anthologies, and how he's almost got an agent. All that positive shit, you know? All that good stuff. And then he gets a comment and--

"I'm just sick of listening to the likes of Ben Peek piss and whine year after year without having the balls to do anything about or be a part of anything."


--Wait a second, that's not fucking positive at all!

That's taking a shot at me!

That's negative!

It's over here, too, on Ben Payne's (benpayne) blog, where he says, "People who take potshots without committing anything of themselves to the process anywhere along the line are simply snipers."

Well.

I'm horrified. How hypocritical. To say that it's all about the positive, and then just riff on that to take some shots at me, while also screening all the comments on your blog, and only allowing a certain kind through. What kind of judgment could be made about such a person? I suppose it's not nearly as bad as that time I was called a cancer, but still, it does make one wonder, doesn't it?

Anyhow, I thought I'd just link it, since it doesn't really require a lot of comment from me, and I know people get a laugh out of this shit. Even if it doesn't, it makes me laugh. To think, all of this is over an award, and a few critical pieces I've written. It's a golden shower indeed.

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kathrynlinge
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
I can sympathise with you being screened by Lee because it happened to me too! I commented on his blog after he accused me of block voting to get on this year's Ditmar short list and it never made it through moderation. It was frustrating but I can't say I was surprised when he did it.

I can appreciate electing to screen comments to avoid spam and anonymous abuse. I think all comments should be accountable. However, to screen comments just because they disagree with your opinion or views is pretty cowardly, IMO.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
oh, i didn't leave a comment. i know they're screened, so why bother?
kathrynlinge
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
i know they're screened, so why bother?

Is it common knowledge then??

I guess I won't bother in future either.
box_in_the_box
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
I've heard this said before ...
... And I'll apply it here:

If you have a problem with popular things being criticized, then the problem is not with the critics, but with you.

I mean, what the fuck? If this film is as much-beloved as everyone else is trying to tell each other that it is, why should they care what you think, unless they actually agree with you, but wish that they didn't?

It's kind of like American politics - those who argue hardest in favor of their positions often do so because they believe that they're wrong.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: I've heard this said before ...
hey, man. thanks for the comment. how you been?
box_in_the_box
Jul. 31st, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Read my journal and find out. ;)
No, seriously, been doin' okay.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
myeyesmyeyesthefanficburnsmyeyes
heh.

that's good to hear, man.
ataxi
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
To be honest, as a card-carrying non-member of the Australian fan scene, and a non-aspiring-writer-or-anything-else, anything at all is more than I want to read about the Aurealis Awards.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
aw. well, i do apologise, man, but it's like my little hobby. i've tried to ton down the australian things here, since i figure they're kind of boring (and they're boring to me), but i just cannae help meself with these things :)
ataxi
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Just thought I'd comment as the token representative of the "I'm not writing this to tell you whether you're right or wrong, or that Lee Battersby is actually a nice guy with a lot of defensible opinions about you, but that I don't give a shit either way" party!

If your blog becomes yet more stuff I don't want to read from time to time it's only reaching the natural level of my flist -- and everyone else's probably -- so I wouldn't bother apologising! The blogosphere has really lost its sheen lately.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
yeah, i feel that seen loss a bit. occasionally i think i need to do something creative here, something stunt like, but i really have no idea what. ah well. no big. something will turn up--it usually does.
ex_chrisbil
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hey man... I had a little comment on the other Ben's site. I was probably delightfully inarticulate.

S'alright, I guess. I'm not here to make friends. Well, not with tossers. Heh.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
heh. well, so long as you're having fun, man. i doubt you'll get any kind of answer, though.
roberthoge
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think the argument from others, especially Geoff, is that Ben doesn't have a right to criticise unless he gets involved. The argument is that if Ben feels so strongly about it he should get involved in improving it.

But that's up to him.

I think it's time everyone in the community accepted that Ben has a fetish about the Aurealis Awards and moved on. Essentially these are the same criticisms he put out there last year and the year before that. He doesn't like the awards - to the point of selectively quoting parts of Trent's blogs and admitting to misrepresenting how the awards are run to further his argument.

Same Ben. Same story. But at least a new insult/joke about bodily functions.
benpeek
Jul. 31st, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
aw, robert, i like how you write to me here as if i don't exist. how nice.

anyhow, you seem to have missed the point of this entry, but thanks for playing, and thanks for enjoying the golden shower joke. be sure to return later.
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