Dear readers, please accept my apologies for being largely AWOL last week from this blog. Between a business trip and a big school project, most everything writing-related got pushed to the side. (A note to professors everywhere: Please put all assignment requirements in your syllabi before your students have completed them as it will prevent much wailing and gnashing of teeth.) Yet it wasn't far from my mind. Chats with other professionals invariably revolved around familiar topics, such as hometowns -- and hobbies. You can guess where conversations with me went.
You know what I discovered? People don't have a clue what "genre fiction" is.
On Neil Gaiman's blog almost two years ago, a fan mentioned that he thought genre fiction was a "hateful" term. I didn't understand his objections at the time, but I think I do now. People who dress in suits and ties often don't comprehend the meaning of the first word in that definitional dyad. And should you try to explain it using easier to comprehend examples (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror), their eyes glaze over like a day-old donut. It's just so difficult to not make it sound stupid.
Tell me, readers, how do you describe what you love to read and write?
(Picture: CC 2006 by Cristian Ghe.)