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Writers of the Future continues to exude the unmistakable odor of desperation

I already posted here that the Los Angeles-based Writers of the Future award event must be getting desperate.

I concluded that because with less than 2 weeks before the event, they were broadcasting e-mails about the free event with free parking.

I also pointed out that those broadcast e-mails were not being sent to aspiring or accomplished artists and/or writers. Those e-mails were being broadcast to people on the Scientology mailing list.

So much for the lie that there’s some kind of firewall between WTF and the Church.

But today, April 6, Joni Labaqui followed up her April 1 e-mail blast with another e-mail blast that got additional mileage out of the artwork of the April 1 e-mail.

Joke’s on you, Joni, you April Foole.

Apparently the April 1 e-mail wasn’t enough to convince sufficient people to RSVP for the WTF award ceremony. So apparently another e-mail blast was necessary.

Making the desperation of Author Services that much more evident.



Writers of the Future <[email protected]>




For All Artists


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 10:41 am

“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form. “In these modern times, there are many communication lines for works of art. Because a new works of art can be shown so easily to so many, there may even be fewer artists. The competition is very keen and even dagger sharp.“It is with this in mind that I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.”

—  L. Ron Hubbard, 1985

It was with these words that Ron started the Writers of the Future contest over a quarter century ago.

This year is the 28th year of the Writers contest and the 23rd year of the companion contest, Illustrators of the Future.

The celebration is right here inLos Angeles- all details are in the below invite.

All we request is your name on our guest list – there is otherwise no entry fee, no parking charges. Please e-mail me at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you and any guests you may bring.

Joni Labaqui
Contest Administrator
[email protected] 




Author Services, Inc.
7051 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 



The irony in Joni’s e-mail is that it disingenuously makes it sound like imagination and communication are being encouraged by the Church.

After all, LRH himself says Unless one can originate communications one’s imagination is in bad shape. The reverse does not happen to be true. The imagination is not that thing which is first imperiled and then results in failure to originate communication. Failure of communication origin then results in failure of imagination, so the rehabilitation of communication origin rehabilitates as well the imagination. (LRH, Dianetics 55!)

This is ironic because the central problem in the Church is failure of communication origination on the part of parishioners, and invalidation of communication origination on the part of staff toward parishioners.

The result is no imagination on the part of parishioners. And thus no imagination in the Church. Only force.

Yet Author Services is pretending that the Church is not doing that by saying that it is encouraging imagination and communication on the part of writers and artists.

You can’t have it both ways, Joni.

It’s become patently obvious that the Church is trying to get some free goodwill off the back of well-meaning but duped science-fiction writers.

Maybe Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven and Orson Scott Card will wake up and smell the unctuous bull-droppings the Church of Scientology and Author Services and David Miscavige have been shoveling.

L. Ron Hubbard’s heritage and image have been stained and soured by Miscavige’s self-righteous willingness to get something for Miscavige at the cost of L. Ron Hubbard.

Attaboy, Dave!

We know what team you’re working for.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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