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Jun. 30th, 2015 02:30 am
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We had the special membership meeting on sunday, where we finally got a straight up membership vote on our proposal to sign contracts for rooms at loth to the five core members who are ready to sign and on the membershipping team. And it passed.

So we had a house meeting tonight, to pass budget, make plans, and have the five starter members pick rooms to get their contracts signed ASAP so they can sign other people in.

I’m getting the second floor corner, overlooking the porchswing and the lake. It’s as official as it can be right now. Just have to actually sign the fucking contract, and then wait for the house to open in august. Oh, and, y’know, get the other ex-loth people’s contracts done, and find another 18 roommates and get them through the membershipping process.

But the larger organisation is not going to make us jump through any more hoops or make past members go through the membershipping process again under their supervision, or try to decide for us who is going to live there. We get to make the call. I’m so relieved.

Also so overwhelmed, because not only do we have to fill the house by august, we need to make it run smoothly with a lot of new people and without a fair number of our experts and people who had been running shit.

Now I just have to get more work, while helping with all this, so I can actually pay my room fees, food share and have cash left over. But I CLAIMED MY ROOM TONIGHT, and get to sign contract within days

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jun. 30th, 2015 05:40 am
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 to [personal profile] holyoutlaw , and many more!

In Memoriam

Jun. 29th, 2015 03:02 pm
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Readercon schedule / henna day post

Jun. 28th, 2015 02:07 pm
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It is Henna Day, on a summer afternoon in Los Angeles. I'm not thrilled with the hot weather, but oh well.

Readercon is less than two weeks away, and here is my schedule!

Friday July 11

1:00 PM
The Works of Joanna Russ.
Gwynne Garfinkle, David G. Hartwell, Barbara Krasnoff (moderator), Scott Lynch.

Joanna Russ (1937–2011) was, arguably, the most influential writer of feminist science fiction the field has ever seen. In addition to her classic The Female Man (1975), her novels include Picnic on Paradise (1968), We Who are About to… (1977), and The Two Of Them (1978). Her short fiction is collected in The Adventures of Alyx (1976), The Zanzibar Cat (1983), (Extra)Ordinary People (1984), and The Hidden Side of the Moon (1987). She was also a distinguished critic of science fiction; her books include The Country You Have Never Seen: Essays and Reviews (2007). Of her works outside the SF field, she is perhaps best known for How to Suppress Women’s Writing (1983). Join us to discuss her works.

4:00 PM
Joanna Russ: Critical Importance Then and Now.
Gwynne Garfinkle, Lila Garrott (leader), David G. Hartwell, Barbara Krasnoff.

How has the importance of Joanna Russ's critical work changed over time, and in what ways? Younger writers and readers are still discovering How to Supress Women's Writing and finding that it resonates, but what of her other work? We'll discuss the writers she's influenced, the availability of her nonfiction, and the resonance of her work today.

7:00 PM Reading: Gwynne Garfinkle. Gwynne Garfinkle reads from an ongoing series of poems inspired by classic films, TV, and pop culture.

Sunday July 13

1:00 PM
A Visit from the Context Fairy.
Kythryne Aisling, Stacey Friedberg, Gwynne Garfinkle, Kate Nepveu, Sonya Taaffe.

In a blog post at Book View Café, Sherwood Smith writes about the opposite of visits from the "Suck Fairy": going back to a book you disliked and finding that the "Win Fairy" (to coin a term) improved it when you weren't looking. Are the Suck Fairy and the Win Fairy really two faces of a unified Context Fairy? If context is so crucial to loving or hating a work, how does acknowledging that affect the way a reader approaches reading, or a writer approaches writing? How does one's hope for or dread of the Context Fairy influence decisions to reread, rewrite, revise or otherwise revisit a written work?

Summer Holmestice Reveals

Jun. 28th, 2015 07:01 am
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[livejournal.com profile] holmestice authors were revealed last week!

I was very happy to receive a story for Watson & Holmes, which is a comic set in present-day Harlem, where both Watson and Holmes are African-American men. Volume 1, Study in Black, was published two-ish years ago; I hear that Volume 2 is at the printer’s now. (Yay!) I am inordinately fond of the series, partly because of the characterizations, but also because it’s willing to bring contemporary social politics within its scope. (Make Sherlock Holmes African-American, and his choice to operate outside the official police force begins to look very different!)
A Stitch in Time by [archiveofourown.org profile] HisMightyShield for [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity
Watson and Holmes (Comic)
Sherlock Holmes, Jon Watson
PTSD, Blood and Injury, First aid, Hurt/comfort
Unrated, 2748 words
“Holmes returns with an injury & a solution. Watson, as always, helps with both.”
A lovely exploration of the state of Holmes’ and Watson’s growing partnership, both the pieces that tick smoothly already, and the pieces that still need hammering out. (Be warned that the comments have picked up a troll upset about… the appropriation of white British culture, I guess?)

For my own contributions, I went a little over-the-top, and wrote three things for Holmestice! And as ridiculous as it is, I am proud to say that I have now written Sherlock Holmes stories set in each of the nineteenth through twenty-fourth centuries, inclusive. It is an incredibly dorky achievement, but it is mine. :-P
Setting the Sail by [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity for [archiveofourown.org profile] garonne
ACD canon (“Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” and “Abbey Grange”)
Frances Carfax / Mary Brackenstall
post-canon, femslash
Warnings for non-explicit references to cognitive injuries, stalking, kidnapping, imprisonment, and domestic abuse. (fyi, most of that is references to the two canon stories.)
Teen for sex / Mature for themes, ~6K words
“‘Lady Frances Carfax’—as she is not called—has already lost years of her life to her ordeal. She has no intention of losing anything more.”
My second go at ACD femslash, with an emphasis on surviving the aftermath and publication of the stories. “Setting the Sail” expands considerably on a theme that was more understated in “So Keen a Sympathy” (my previous ACD femslash), one about the hazards of good men operating in an extreme patriarchy. Mostly, though, the story is about these two women striving to build lives for themselves that they might actually enjoy living.

On Verity and Verisimilitude by [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity for [archiveofourown.org profile] Gray_Cardinal
Star Trek: The Next Generation (6x12 “Ship in a Bottle”)
Hologram!Moriarty
Vignette, Timestamp, Mathematics, Philosophy of Science
Gen, 1200 words.
“Moriarty gazed on the stars, and trembled at the possibilities.”
Or as I sometimes call it, “The one in which you know Moriarty is evil because he thought Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem was funny.” :-D

This is probably one of the most self-indulgent fics I’ve ever written, packed full of math and science jokes and my quivering indignation about the resolution of “Ship in a Bottle.” Hilariously, not one person identified it as me. (To be fair, I don’t think that many people read it, and while there’s evidence in my Holmestice sign-ups that I’m a math/science/modeling geek, few besides [personal profile] amindamazed has had much reason to notice or remember that.) Anyway, I giggled madly writing great chunks of it — there just aren’t enough Megalomaniac Mathematician Moriarty fics out there — but I freely admit that its proper audience is fairly narrow.

A Handsome and Generous People by [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity for [archiveofourown.org profile] gardnerhill
Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century / ACD Canon
Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Wt’sn; implied Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Humor, Happy Ending
Teen, 7.5K words
“Watson,” Holmes said, reaching up to clasp my wrist.

“I’m sorry, old chap,” I said, giving him my other hand. “It’s only Wt’sn.”
Based on an obscure children’s cartoon, but as [profile] cherrytide pointed out in her rec, you can skip that and read it as an ACD sci-fi AU, wherein Holmes is trapped in the future, trying to get home to Watson. ACD canon references are thick on the ground, but most of the stories referenced are pretty major, and I tell you what you need to know about the rest.

[personal profile] amindamazed immediately recognized this one as mine, as well she should. I wrote it in part because I’ve been struggling with the continuation of her gift-fic from last summer, “Persistence of Memory:” both fics prominently feature a Holmes living in the future with a worthy faux-Watson and keenly missing the original. In some ways, it is also me getting my geek on about the experience of writing ACD canon: staring at those damn stories, trying to figure out what might be true.

Mostly, though, it’s an incredibly sentimental story about loving people well, and doing the best you can for them. :-)

Let's make it a third

Jun. 27th, 2015 02:07 pm
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Two good things happened this week with SCOTUS supporting ACA and same-sex marriage rights.

Let's make a third good thing with charges being dropped against the brave woman who took down the confederate flag, for a start on this one. Go here to sign petition. Yay to civil disobedience when the laws are wrong.
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Supreme Court.  5-4.  Same-sex Marriage is legal in all 50 states.

Excuse me while I jump up and down with glee (not Glee) and joy amd thanksgiving to the Lord.  The Pride parade is going to be especially ecstatic this year.

In Memoriam

Jun. 25th, 2015 04:26 pm
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Patrick Macnee, actor (The Avengers, et al)

(The umbrella, by the way, was because he refused to use a gun.)

Garden of Memory

Jun. 22nd, 2015 04:23 pm
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  • I stayed with the Cornelius Cardew people a bit longer this year, and was almost blissed out this time. It's like a large and multiple OM.
  • I had a really good time with the theremin, but I still forgot to get a business card.
  • Hammer dulcimer is a lovely sound, but I should not have stayed in that chair that long. Ow.
  • Ran into [livejournal.com profile] kalimac/[personal profile] calimac. Had to shout.
  • Chapel of the Chimes is labyrinthine, and yet I don't seem to get lost in the usual sense.
  • Happy solstice!

In Memoriam

Jun. 21st, 2015 10:19 pm
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Gunther Schuller, classical and jazz musician and teacher.

Roses from the Cowflops

Jun. 21st, 2015 01:00 pm
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  • If you have missed or are studiously avoiding the Hugo kerfuffle, you should ignore this post, not that this post is about that, but I am pointing to delightful by-products, and they won't otherwise make sense.
  • The aforementioned delightful by-products. )
  • Any of the links on this page will get you to selected quotes from the factions. Warning: Have shower and brain bleach standing by.

Requiescat in Pace

Jun. 20th, 2015 03:19 pm
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Phil Austin, member of Firesign Theater and voice of Nick Danger.

Many a night, they were the last thing I heard before sleep.

Afterparty

Jun. 19th, 2015 10:45 pm
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 Folks were very happy today.  (I did not go.)

Gotta say, though, it felt good, psychically.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Jun. 19th, 2015 06:31 pm
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to [personal profile] waywardcats ! and may the Giants break out of  that slump soon!

Serendipity

Jun. 19th, 2015 01:53 am
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So I went to a thrift store today and I found a book I had last seen in the now-closed Chapters bookstore on Ste-Catherine way back in 1998 or thereabouts, and not bought then, but kind of wished I had. And it was like new. Yay.
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