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Gabby Reed
Souvenir Book


The Souvenir Book is WisCon’s gift to the community, featuring profiles of our Guests of Honor, pieces highlighting the work of WisCon’s child-organizations, and essays from community contributors. We now call on our community members to submit their essays of 500 – 1000 words for the WisCon39 Souvenir Book! Previous essay topics have included: an exploration of Working Class Studies, a report on Foolscap 2013/Potlach 22, and an ethnographic intro to WisCon. The only topic requirement for the Souvenir Book’s essays is that they be relevant to the WisCon community. We encourage everyone to submit their work, whether this is your first WisCon or your nearly-40th!



  • Essays should be 500-1000 words
  • Topics both current and historic that are relevant to the WisCon community
  • Authors will be paid $20.00 USD at time of publication
  • All essays or questions should be sent to souvenirbook @wiscon.info (Please use the subject line “WC39 Souvenir Book Submission: [Your Name]”)
  • Please submit essays as .doc or .rtf attachments.

Submit by March 18th, 2015

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Fiction: On the Internet

Jan. 23rd, 2015 11:38 am
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Title: On the Internet
World: robot rights
Word count: 217
Rating: PG-13 for implied horrible things
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday, icing on the cake; [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 6, The Internet has everything.
Notes: This follows The Best Boutiques (locked) and comes before She Has Her Reasons.

“Hey,” said Lola, “your friend is on the Internet.”

“What?” Dylan leaned over the back of the couch to see what she was looking at. “What friend?”

“What friend do you think?” Lola pointed at her smart watch, then zoomed with her fingers so its hologram mode took effect and the screen appeared, large as life, in the air in front of them.

There, along with a few other photos of people he didn’t recognize, was Mo. The photo was a few years old, and clearly taken before whatever trauma she’d just escaped from—but there was yet more hollowness in her eyes, more pain in the twist of her lips, than when he’d last seen her in person, when they were students.

He scanned the text quickly. It described a major company’s neglect, the horror of many people being trapped in a small room for months, the anger when it was finally revealed that they were being kept there, the relief when they were released. Mo was one of them, but she was considered missing.

A lump thickened his throat as he tried to speak. “Don’t tell her we found this, all right?” He checked out the window to make sure Mo and Brooke weren’t back yet. “That would just be the icing on the cake.”

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Chris Wallish
Media & Communications

The subcommittee convened to consider Rose Lemberg’s report of harassment by F.J. Bergmann is beginning to wrap up its work.  Finalizing conclusions and recommendations will yet take several weeks.  The last stage of the process begins with the concom voting on whether to accept the subcommittee’s final report and recommendations.

The subcommittee’s next update will be an announcement when the concom begins voting.

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Selma might be the most absorbing, intense, engaged viewing experience I've had since first watching The Fellowship of the Ring as a teen. I will fight anyone who says shit about this picture; apart from a couple of complaints about the handling of Coretta Scott King, it was flawlessly done. And imo less violent/brutal than it could have been; I felt very safe seeing it on the big screen. It made me feel stronger, not weaker; affirmed, not beaten.
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Reading Wednesday, 1/21/15

Jan. 21st, 2015 05:48 pm
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• What are you currently reading?

I still haven't figured out what to do about my car CD player, so Broken Harbour is on hold. I also owe a post about the ending of Faithful Place and -- let's be real, I owe a lot of posts. Last night I dreamed that I was supposed to be involved in some Wrath of Weddings style regicide but I screwed it up and then my Aunt C, who is literally the kindest most hospitable person I have ever met, was yelling at me for making her late to the after party because I didn't know how to cook a steak correctly. I guess that's not actually reading, I'm just giving you a sense of my head space.

So, reading! I'm intermittently continuing Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which is sort of in the fuckyeahawesomeladies school of popular history -- which has some value but makes me want to yell 'citation please!' a lot. Kinda mad they didn't tell us about the enslaved woman with the photographic memory who worked for/spied on the Davises when I took a deadly dull tour of the White House of the Confederacy some years ago, though. Also, sidebar, whenever I hear someone refer to Jefferson Davis as "Jeff Davis" I think of this guy I knew in high school who had a mullet and who all the girls nonetheless thought was hot, rather than the president of the Confederacy. I don't think his parents named him after the Confederate President, I assume they were just uncreative, but who knows.

I'm also continuing All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. I really like the writing and the point of view character is the sort of isolated, prickly woman with damage in her past that can make a compelling protagonist. Whether you enjoy this may depend on your tolerance for detail about sheep shearing (also trigger warnings for abuse in her backstory, not sure how graphic or sexualized because I haven't gotten that far). But I am liking it.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This is The Novel of the Year, according to a lot of people, and I'm not quite there, though I do think it's a very well-done novel. As I was commenting on Twitter today, I sort of feel like the author was working on a family saga about an aging actor and his ex wives, and someone suggested raising the stakes, and she said FINE I'LL PUT IN AN APOCALYPSE and the editor said, "Do go onnnn." So -- there is a Shakespeare company wandering the wilds of North America performing King Lear, and there's a comic book artist imagining a sad, isolated future, and everything sort of all fit together -- I mean, there's King Lear and there are philosophical lessons from Star Trek: Voyager and the author is very skilled, but I did feel like the story could have been pushed a little further, either to some plot development or some insight that Mandel doesn't quite reach. I don't know, I felt like if this had hit me at the right time or in the right emotional place, it could have been mind blowing, but right now, I feel like I've read better apocalypses, and I've definitely read better meditations on time and the interconnectedness of all things (maybe it's not fair to compare every book to Mrs. Dalloway, but there's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie or A Visit from the Goon Squad in the mix, too. I get the vibe this has a good chance of getting a Hugo nomination, though I don't think I'll put it on my ballot -- it didn't feel sci-fi enough for whatever completely subjective value that has.

I also finished Authority, the second Southern Reach book by Jeff Vandermeer, and immediately checked out Acceptance. I'm digging these but I don't feel like I'll be able to evaluate them until I'm all done.

And I read a graphic novel, The Woods by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas. There's not a show choir, but for some reason this kept making me think of 'Glee in space.' A whole high school gets teleported to another planet and a bunch of misfit kids have to pull together and figure out what's up. I like the art -- great colors by Josan Gonzalez*, interesting faces, creepy monsters -- and I could get on board with more of this. I have NO IDEA where the plot is going, hope it's not something dumb.

*Comic reviewing tip, ALWAYS mention the colorist.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I'm downloading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr right now, and that and Acceptance should keep me busy.

time to settle the score

Jan. 20th, 2015 03:10 pm
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this essay at Alas, A Blog about misogyny and academic models and sociobiology is amazing, and I'm going to have to reread it in a moment when I'm not so stirred up; I was interested and nodding along, and then got to the claim that "Both ignore the scale that involves lying naked next to your husband and listening to him say appalling things about his last-boss-but-one, again, and then watching him pick his nose like an eight-year-old, and realizing you’re going to divorce him, even though at that very moment you have no idea how, and life after marriage is a blank, in your imagination, nothing there at all" - and sighed and settled and said oh yes that's right, I know that -

and then the essayist brought in T.H. White and The Book of Merlyn.

why does everything keep connecting back to that

now I understand

Jan. 20th, 2015 02:48 pm
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[personal profile] anghraine tagged me on tumblr - fifteen things that are making me happy right now:
1. winter is far from over; I have a solid three months of snow left to look forward to
2. the myth-type of Persephone, the rape victim married to her rapist, given a cold power by her trauma and her survival but also fundamentally connected with the renewal of spring. she gets stronger and more dangerous by breaking, and i'm connecting with that
3. soft-aesthetic photos of black men with flowerbeards
4. Jim Kirk's face
5. Lip Gallagher's face
6. Mandy Milkovich's dyejob - so cute! and Debbie's haircut
7. I got to see my best friend and not!sister this week when she came home for her mother's 60th birthday
8. I'm no longer involved in any way shape or form with my ex's endless hopeless drama
9. Jim Kirk genderswaps
10. William Shatner genderswapped is kind of what I look like, except for the eye color
11. Marvel 616 Civil War fix-it fic
12. Cara Loup recently uploaded a bunch of her zine-era Han/Luke to the AO3, and it's glorious - and also imo it's cool to spend time in a SW universe where the PT hadn't been made yet and see what people were doing.
13. Anna ([personal profile] starry_diadem) is publishing some of her amazing Battlestar Galactica 1978 fic as with the serial numbers filed off; her worldbuilding work is tremendous, and also I tracked her down a few years ago after a long break from the fandom by recognizing her very distinctive use of the word "gauche" in fic even after she'd changed pseuds, of which I am unreasonably proud.
14. the water-soluble wax pastels are awesome for coloring my mandalas
15. girl you know i listened to the ESB radio serial again the other night and it is some hot shit; no one else can act at all, but Mark Hamill is there, and he goes pretty hard. the exaggerated-noises style that radio dramas always do work really nicely with the film's plotlines; lots of moaning and heavy breathing and whimpering from Luke, it's all very exciting. also they do the Hoth scene that fanwriters always tackle, with Han and Luke overnight in the shelter. they found the worst voice in the world for Vader tho, which is kind of a problem

WMAF deadline reminder!

Jan. 19th, 2015 11:18 pm
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Just a quick reminder that the deadline for requesting funds from the WisCon Member Assistance Fund is less than a month away (February 15, midnight, PST, to be specific). The fund exists to give financial help to folks that need a little assistance to make it to WisCon. Send your nominations of yourself or someone who you think could use some help to fund@wiscon.info.

More details are here: http://wiscon.info/fund.php
Questions should also go to fund@wiscon.info

Hope to see you in May!

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Jan. 18th, 2015 12:45 pm
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Do I need to write Wild West Succubus Vigilante stuff?

Probably, if this conversation with the irreplaceable Lora is anything to go by:

Lora: Rachel Manija Brown’s LJ cracks me up. her meme question is “most ridiculous plot twists” —
“There are bizarre premises (“I will break every bone in my body because then they’ll grow back stronger and I WILL BE INVINCIBLE”), the sheer weight of ridiculousness in a single book (the bone-breaking book also featured the near-death of the hero’s milk-allergic brother when the hero’s cheating girlfriend ate pizza, then kissed the brother), the sudden intrusion of absurdity into a previously non-bizarre book (two-thirds sensitive exploration of sketchy power dynamics, one third EVIL BALL OF MASKED S&M SMALL PRESS POETS), and unwanted intrusions by the author’s peculiar id (of course the most desirable whores have hooves.) Not to mention Terry Goodkind's infamous evil chicken. How to choose?”

me: ....I... want to know more about the hooved whores
what kind of whores are they?
demon whores?
human whores who just happen to be hooved? Cloven or single-toed?





but I'm sure the answer is not as exciting as the cursed-to-be-a-succubus-cowgirl-who-turns-vigilante I am now imagining

Lora: ahahahah omg that’s an amazing premise

me: and the title! The Best Whores Have Hooves! shit writes itself!

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Jan. 18th, 2015 10:00 pm
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere

Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
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We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.

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Jan. 18th, 2015 08:21 pm
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We are (inevitably) running a little bit late -- the code push will begin in about half an hour or so. We'll update this entry when we're beginning.

This code push contains some rewrites/conversions of various pages on the site, so things will look a little different than what you're used to. The most obvious change will probably be to the Create Entry page -- it's not a redesign, and things will continue to behave the exact same way they have been, they'll just look a little bit different. Do not adjust the horizontal, do not adjust the vertical.

EDIT: Sorry, [staff profile] mark got started before I could update! We are in the middle of pushing now.

Rejected again

Jan. 17th, 2015 03:11 pm
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After 3.5 months. I was among the final round of rejections, because people started reporting acceptances immediately afterward. Which is kind of bittersweet. They said I should send it to their regular magazine, which is a token market. I'll do that, if I can't sell it for more money elsewhere.

So it's back out, currently at the Queers Destroy SF issue of Lightspeed (because it's a different editorial team, and they said they'd read stories LS already rejected). After that, there's one more pro market left.

So if anyone knows about a market that wants a political story about disability and class starring a bisexual dock worker in space, let me know.

Code push on Saturday/Sunday

Jan. 16th, 2015 06:28 pm
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We will be doing a code push this weekend! [staff profile] mark, [staff profile] fu, and I are in New Zealand for Linux Conf AU, so the code push is planned for Sunday, 18 January, at 8PM New Zealand time (GMT +13). (See this in your time zone.) This is Sunday 2AM EST/7AM GMT/Saturday 11PM PDT.

We'll update you again right before we're ready to get started.


Jan. 15th, 2015 01:37 pm
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I started teaching a German 2 class. The school requires 3 students to start a class. I had 3 students (1 continuing from German 1, two new). This week, the continuing student dropped out. One of the new students is moving to Germany in April. There are not enough students to continue on to German 3. So my 2-hour a week job will go to 0 hours in the beginning of March. *sigh*

Makes me feel less guilty about planning to apply to grad school, though.

I got a nice personal rejection on the castle story, which I revised a bit and planned to send in to F&SF during the guest editor issue, but I finally got my VP application story back from an editor who will remain nameless--after 14 months. So I re-read it, tweaked a couple things, and sent it in.

I am waiting on tenterhooks for a response from an anthology I sent another story to. From talk on Codex, the editors are making their final decisions. I don't want to get my hopes up, because I'm pretty much out of pro markets for this story :/ but the submission call was like they wrote it for my story. So. *barfs nervously*

Planning for Shatterdome Atlanta 2015 continues apace. We have a guest. We're discussing other potential guest ideas. We need folks to buy badges!
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Model View Culture editor Shanley Kane is killing it: What advice would you give to your younger self, or to women who are considering a career in technology now?

"I actually don’t have a lot of advice. There’s not a whole lot that you can do to keep your career from being crushed by misogyny. The idea that if we can tell people the right way to act, they will be able avoid all that structural discrimination and aggression—that’s just not the case, based on my experience; so my main advice is basically to do what you can and to take care of yourself."

Reading Wednesday, 1/14/15

Jan. 14th, 2015 09:43 pm
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• What are you currently reading?

Authority by Jeff Vandermeer. This is the sequel to Annihilation, which was interesting to read but rather baffling. Authority takes up where the previous book left off, and makes sense of some things, while making others even weirder. I'm digging it.

I had started Broken Harbour by Tana French, not really gotten far enough in to be sure what I think and now my car CD player has done the thing again where it swallows the CD and won't give it back. I have to take my car in for a state inspection this week and I hope they can at least get the CD out but idk if I should spend money to get the sucker fixed AGAIN (who really needs CD's?) but it will make a difference in my audiobook accessibility and habits. So I DON'T KNOW I'LL FINISH THIS ONE SOME DAY PROBABLY, DON'T TELL ME WHO DID IT. It probably is not going to end up being all about Scorcher Kennedy and Frank Mackey going on benders so I'm not in a huge hurry, though the mystery seems well-constructed.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott. About 4 women during the American Civil War, this is the kind of popular nonfiction where I get sort of annoyed by the way it's framed and presented, but the primary sources it's regurgitating are interesting enough (and I know I'll never read them on my own) so I'll probably keep with it for the sake of having something to play on e audiobook.

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld. I picked this up because it's on the 2015 Tournament of Books List (so are Annihilation and The Paying Guests, but that was just a coincidence.) I deliberately didn't have any idea what it was about when I picked it up, but it's short and the library had it -- it seems to be about a woman who is hiding from her past and working as a sheep farmer, fairly minimalist but interesting so far.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. This is my first Waters, and I really liked the setup with the setting (post-World War I London, a genteel spinster and her mother who have moved down in the world and have to take in lodgers, sexual tension ...) though there's a point where the story takes a turn that I was expecting but ... had hoped would happen in a more unexpected way, I guess. I don't want to say more than that. It's a well-written book and I liked the way things resolved; I'm curious to explore the rest of Waters' work now.

Faithful Place by Tana French. French's crime novels are told in first person, each by a different narrator who appeared as a supporting character in a previous book. Her narrators tend to be various degrees of unreliable, and I am fascinated by the particular ways in which Frank Mackey is unreliable. This book got to a point where I was absolutely thrilled with where it seemed to be going and -- then didn't quite go there. I still liked it a lot, but I wonder about things.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The next Vandermeer? Something else off the Tournament of Books list?

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Jan. 14th, 2015 08:27 pm
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(cont'd from previous thought) I mean, it's my old beef with Virginia Woolf again, isn't it? Her insistence in Room of One's Own that the disruption of women's novels by their sociopolitical rage prevents them, rather than enables them, in reaching aesthetic incandescence. It's the place where I've never been able to get myself to agree with her - because everything she says about the way Charlotte's anger tears through the narrative fabric of Jane Eyre, about the way that Austen holds herself back and prevents the same, I'm on board with. Only, it makes me love Charlotte all the more, and is the major factor in my lack of passion for Austen. I love seeing Charlotte claw through the warp and weft of the literary tradition with the ferocity of her feminist rage, love it.

(there's something to do with Brecht in this thought-stream as well, though I'm not sure I quite have the connection down. It's that I know from long exposure that I respond with heightened affective intensity to the strategies of Brechtianism, the exposure of the mechanisms of the story and its conveyance. I trip hardest of all on that stuff, it makes me feel so much that sometimes it's too much to even deal with. Witness the way I feel about Into the Woods. But I confuse myself once I actually go into Brecht's theoretical writing, because he's talking about using disruption to create affective distance/ the V-effekt, and in me it doesn't work that way at all. Virginia seems to be distanced, alienated, and put-off by Charlotte's proto-Brechtian disruption of formal illusion, just as Brecht's theoretical writing would seem to anticipate. It only makes me fall harder in love.)

the cyborgs have a plan

Jan. 14th, 2015 07:40 pm
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ohhh wow I just had an epiphany about my thing with Star Wars. I was rewatching ESB - it's cool if you start the movie at about the 50-minute mark, which is when Han and Leia are kissing and Vader is discovering that he has a son - and feeling even more impatient with Yoda than usual. Maybe because I'd just been reading afrofuturist theory, but for the first time his chastisement of Luke's looking toward the future rang hollow to me.

Here's the thing: the "philosophical" stuff the Jedi characters say? is what my fucking father is all about. even down to the memetic genealogy of it, the vague eastern spiritualism via white male 60s counterculture. It's what I was brought up to, what I still fundamentally believe but am intent on rebelling against. Daddy chastises me for including anger in my politics, coming from a white-buddhism valuation of peace and inner quiet - and I hear that, I do, but I also hear Audre Lorde enumerating the uses of anger, and her voice is louder to me and more beautiful. After all, dad's also always chastised me for my focus on women's issues; I know that I can't trust him to be my strong ally all the way down. He has his limits.

Why shouldn't Luke Skywalker look to the future? Yoda sounds like Owen Lars. We build a better future than our current shitty present by dreaming it first. And Leia pretty gloriously uses her anger to fuel her rebellion, and I have a problem with anyone who has a problem with that. (i mean tbh i agree with yoda's concern-trolling about luke being reckless, but on reflection i lack confidence that yoda shares my reasons: i worry about bb being a little suicidal, but yoda was planning on eventually sending luke off to commit patricide, i'm not sure his mental health is the guy's first priority.)

the dove is never free

Jan. 12th, 2015 01:48 pm
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In her work on literary empathy, Suzanne Keen observes that, although we associate western leftists with ideas about the importance of literature, in fact when push comes to shove it tends to be western conservatives who articulate arguments about the significance of representation, while leftists end up going, "it's just {a book, cartoons, music, words}, not important, not worth killing over/dying for."

While I do think we tend to err in directly conflating representation with real life, as in conservative arguments against violent video games or shock metal, I'm also increasingly finding that I do think representations are real, important, and a site where we should expect revolutionary conflict to surface, rather than being surprised by it. Representations are sites of epistemological violence, just as unjust incarceration, policing, and economic policies are sites of bodily violence. All the violences, together in systems, are what generate violent responses. Linkages might not be 1:1, because representation can be kinky and sideways and peculiar, but I think we've got to start to know that connections are always present and active.


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The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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