Comment Policy

The comment policy for Pretty Terrible is pretty simple. Your comment should contribute constructively to the discussion. To steal a page from Hoyden About Town, be either friendly or insightful. Both is better.

Comment Guidelines

If you need more specific guidelines for how to behave in a comment thread, there are many excellent resources available online, one of which is John Scalzi’s “How To Be A Good Commenter,”. Use the Googles! I believe in you!.

Comment Moderation

Moderating the comments is important. I reserve the right to moderate, publish, edit, and delete comments as I see fit. This site is my private property, and I am under no obligation to provide a platform to people who are trolling, derailing, abusive, obtuse, or are otherwise trying to stir up shit. Any complaints that you are being silenced by not being allowed to shit all over my comment section will be met with mockery, possibly public.

Fuck You, Pay Me

You are not entitled to my time, audience, or attention, and being tiresome is not a particularly good way to attract it. If you want me to do your homework, you can pay me for my time and expertise.

This is not a free speech zone.

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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"It's chaos, be kind."
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