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"Listen, we know that getting to WisCon is not economically feasible for everyone. That’s why we have our Member Assistance Fund. Maybe you need gas money, or a plane ticket, or a hotel room, or even just dogsitting. We might be able to help."
WisCon welcomes nominations -- and it's absolutely encouraged for you to nominate yourself. The deadline is Wednesday, February 28th, 11:59pm Central Time.
"Panel Surveys are open until March 13. Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 41. The survey is a big part on how programming is decided every year!"
You do need a wiscon.net account to indicate your interest in attending, participating on, and/or moderating panels, but -- as I understand it -- it's ok if you haven't yet bought a WisCon registration.
...apparently not, if I'm using my streak of 50 as a topic for a post.
Tomorrow my actual streak will likely be broken (though my Habitica streak will be fine, since I'll rest in the inn), because I'll be out of town all day visiting family and friends.
-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card
earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors
I call upon you
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies
bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity
(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)
in my name
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
Bind them in chains
So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
Finishing up Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, written by an African-American criminal lawyer about his experiences advocating against the death penalty, as well as against harsh prison sentences for juveniles and the mentally disabled. For the most part, this is structured around the main narrative of a death penalty appeal where Stevenson was able to win the release of a man who was wrongfully accused, interspersed with chapters that give a broader overview of a particular issue in the criminal justice system. As you can imagine, this is a pretty rough read (because of the many injustices chronicled, as well as the truly horrific backgrounds that many of the criminal defendants discussed in the book have been through.) Stevenson's career and commitment are impressive as hell, and he tells these stories with an astounding degree of empathy. Not an easy read, but worth it for me right now.
Also continuing All the Birds in the Sky and Vinegar Girl, which are much more escapist.
What did you recently finish reading?
The New Jim Crow, which I've already mentioned. Probably just as well to read this and the Stevenson book together rather than spread them out.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I have Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, and a few other novels out from the library, will see what I get to. Also sort of feeling the urge to start a (very slow? sporadic? maybe just the good parts?) reread of War and Peace after watching Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.
Fandom: Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Murry/Kate Murry, Meg Murry/Calvin O'Keefe
Characters: Kate Murry, Alex Murry, Sandy Murry, Meg Murry | Meg O'Keefe, Calvin O'Keefe, Charles Wallace Murry
Additional Tags: post-A Wrinkle in Time, Reunion Sex, Married Couple, Feminist Themes, Loneliness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
It had given her such a turn, the night before, when Charles Wallace's unusual guest had talked of the tesseract. Would all the wonders of the universe turn out to be horrors? Nevertheless, she turned from her abandoned hopeless writing back to the electron microscope, deliberately shaking off her brooding reverie to watch the unfolding patterns of the little lives of the sub-microscopic world a while longer.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, a modern version of Taming of the Shrew. I can't really comment on it as an adaptation of Shakespeare because I have never made much progress with Taming (this and The Merchant of Venice are the Shakespeares that go in the "too problematic to enjoy" basket, though I've slogged through Merchant at some point anyway -- but I mostly reverse engineered the plot from 10 Things I Hate about You. This book is kind of doing a rom-commy thing with fake marriage but so far it's most interesting as a take on unusual family dynamics that become habit until you don't realize how messed up they are. Also, Kate's shrewishness mostly seems to come out of a strong aversion to small talk , which resonates with points in my life when I've had a lot of social anxiety and felt alienated from people around me. Prickly people with deep inner lives that struggle to find proper expression is a thing Tyler does well. Not sure how great this meshes with the farcical material but I feel for this Kate a lot.
Continuing with Just Mercy and still need to get to the last bit of The New Jim Crow, planning to continue All the Birds in the Sky after that.
What did you recently finish reading?
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millett. This book is SUPER WEIRD and I liked it a lot. The protagonist has a baby her husband doesn't want then hears voices then leaves the husband with her child and there's a cat and mouse thing with fantasy/horror elements?? CW for stalking and also do not bother with this if you need your fantasy elements explained in a definitive way. I just liked the voice a lot, I don't know.
What do you think you’ll read next? Still working on stuff listed above.
Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:
* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth
( DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )
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