Of course, there are up to five nominations for fan writer, and I will highlight a couple of the other blogs that I want to put forward, but I really want to spotlight Jim for a moment.
If you’ve been following Writer Tamago for any length of time, you know that I’ve read all Jim’s books. I’ve been a fan of both of his series, albeit they are very different. He’s brilliant when he’s funny; he’s poignant when he’s serious. He’s a very good writer. I’m really enjoying watching his career take off, and watching him get the attention he deserves.
And I really enjoyed having him out to Icon where he was a fun guest.
All that said, I don’t want to talk about Jim’s fiction today. I want you to pay attention to his other writing–mainly his blog, but some of the other work he’s done in fandom as well.
I want you to go over there and look around. Jim’s non-fiction has feet firmly in both worlds of humor and sincerity, sometimes masterfully tied together in the same articles. Let me give you some of my favorite links to get you started.
Jane C. Hines: Jim imagines what his life would be like if he were a female author instead of a male author.
Sexual Harrassment: Bystander Intervention: Because of Jim’s background as a rape counselor, he’s become a resource in the fan community for preventing harrassment. This post is pretty typical of his work in that area.
Not on his blog, but related is Jim’s very good article on Writing about Rape at Apex.
At Jim’s blog, there’s lots of great posts on a wide variety of social issues. There’s great discussion of the writing life. And there’s just some fun stuff.
Of course, if none of that can pull you in, you can always go for the lego porn.
I am only a burgeoning neo-pro author with a small website, but if you like what you see, help get the word out. Jim deserves some sort of recognition for his fine work.