I just dropped one buck in the Amazon coin box and got myself a digital copy of Chuck Wendig’s Irregular Creatures.
There’s a number of reasons why I did.
The first is that I have completed a story, and I had promised myself a little treat.
The second is, I like Chuck Wendig’s books, I loved his writing handbooks and I still have a small number of his novels here for when I feel blue.
And of course, third, Irregular Creatures has a winged cat on the cover. That’s my sort of cover.
But the foremost reason why I spent some money on a Chuck Wendig book is, Chuck Wendig’s just been fired by Marvel.
You know Marvel, the guys that publish those superhero comics. The guys that make those superhero movies. The guys that fired James Gunn. Those guys.
Wendig’s crime, apparently, was being too political and speaking about being civil on Twitter.
And in fact, I followed Chuck Wendig’s Tweet storm about civility, and I fully agree with his position: bullies will often point their finger and start whining when we react at their bullying. They will hit you as long as you do not react, but if you do, all of a sudden they’ll accuse us of not being civil.
They can be bullies, you can’t call them that because you’re being oh so rough and impolite. Shame on you.
Wendig’s style of communication is exuberant, fiery and fun.
He plays a part, and plays it to the hilt – he’s a smart, sophisticate writer playing at being the rude mechanical.
Also, he is a freelance writer. Freelance writers have it hard. I know how hard. Firing him is a horrid gesture, one that hits his means of support.
So, as a small gesture of solidarity, I dropped a coin in Amazon’s coin box, and got me a copy of an ebook with a winged cat on the cover.
I can’t spend more right now, but I wanted to do it.
I invite you to do the same.
Some are calling for a boycott of Marvel.
I’d like to call for a wide support of Chuck Wendig. Check out his catalog, and buy a book (Blackbirds could be a good starting point). To give a signal, and to help a writer that just lost his job for very futile motives.
And screw bullies everywhere.