I love the comic above (you can click to enlarge it, or visit the source). I've seen various people post it around the Internet. Sometimes, they state the reason why they enjoy the comic. For me and some guy friends, it's mostly due to the quote from the second to the last panel:
"But you don't become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process."It's a great line but it only tells half the story. As Zombie Marie Curie points out, there are other important women in the field, and they tend to be overlooked or shortchanged.
I mention this because recently (or rather, a few months ago), I screwed up. Redstone Science Fiction just uploaded Paul Clemmons's interview with me. For the most part, I'm happy with it, but there are errors in it--some factual, some typographical--that's part of the perils of transcribing a live interview (and for the record, I've also transcribed interviews in the past and made those same mistakes and more).
What bothers me, however, is the injustice I did to Mia Tijam, and this is entirely my fault. I could make the excuse that it was a live interview so my thoughts weren't articulated before I started blurting the first thing that came to mind, but it doesn't absolve me of blame. Here's my initial statement when it comes to Mia Tijam:
Mia Tijam used to be the girlfriend of a writer friend, and she is a talented writer herself.I cringe whenever I read that. Because it's the type of answer that's entirely inappropriate (yet I said it). We don't define other writers and editors by their relationships but their accomplishments and roles. I catch myself in the succeeding sentences where I describe Tijam as an editor and a talented writer, but it's interesting how it's prefaced by her relationship status. The damage has been done. Ooops.
My apologies. It's unfair. I screwed up.
And yet, I also want to ask, how many people overlooked that mistake?