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Articles / January 31, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 388. RWA One Month Later: C. Chilove, Laurel Cremant, Diana Neal, The Officers of CIMRWA has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Happy 15th Anniversary, Smart Bitches!
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Articles / January 31, 2020

Fifteen years ago, the site began. The site launched on 31 January 2005 with a review for Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn and for The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann, and here we are, fifteen years later. The site is now old enough to get its learner’s permit in several states. This is alarming to me, as my older son Freebird was born the same year as the site, so he’ll soon be permit-eligible, too. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING. Fifteen years is, I have learned the Crystal Anniversary. Cool! I love anniversaries with a name (the fifth, by the way, is “wood” so insert jokes here). 15 is also Quinceañera time, should we wish to have truly epic parties in truly epic fashion. This means I get to spend a somewhat alarming amount of time looking at incredibly fun and also vaguely inappropriate gifs. Crystal gif is strange searching, y’all. These crystals are very excited for us, I think! First, as always: Thank you. Thank you for being part of Smart Bitches.  The internet has changed a LOT in 15 years, and our community is still here, still growing, still discussing romance and adjacent topics, and still hilariously welcoming and wonderful. I’ve said…

388. RWA One Month Later: C. Chilove, Laurel Cremant, Diana Neal, The Officers of CIMRWA
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Articles / January 31, 2020

Welcome to episode 388, and the first of a four-episode special event: RWA: One Month Later. I recorded this episode on the 23 of January, one month to the date when a decision from Romance Writers of America was delivered to Courtney Milan informing her that due to an ethics complaint, she was being barred from leadership for her lifetime, and suspended from RWA for one year. If you were online, you might have seen some mention of it. In that month, a LOT happened. And while some major changes have taken place, there’s also a lack of movement, and a lot to discuss. So I wanted to create a time capsule of sorts to capture where we are right now, and more importantly, feature the stories and perspectives of those who were most intimately involved. Because of the timeliness of these episodes, I’m doing a special miniseries: I’m releasing this episode on 31 January. Tomorrow, February 1, I have an interview with past president HelenKay Dimon, and then, February 2, I have a conversation with Jessie Edwards, RWA’s Marketing and PR Manager. Finally, on February 3, I have an interview with Courtney Milan. Today, I’m speaking with C Chilove,…