anthimeria: Open book, says "sometimes you reach what's realest by making believe" (Books)
WisCon was awesome, as usual!  The Romance in Spec-Fic/YA panel went really well, and even though I made a few missteps in the How to Ally panel, my fellow panelists saved the day.

I'm so glad I workshopped The Novel at WisCon this year--everyone seemed to like the book and had really good points.  Because the piece is so polished, most of the work I need to do now is big-concept stuff that either I just didn't pay enough attention to when I wrote it originally, or are things that didn't make it through all the changes I made in the last few Big Edits.

This means that while I do have fixes for most everything, there's a lot of time-consuming searching through the whole manuscript for every instance Thing A is mentioned, tweaking it or deciding it doesn't need to be tweaked, and then moving on to the same for Thing B, Thing C, etc.

There were also a few plot points I needed to work out that meant I spent several hours this afternoon yapping with my roommie-and-muse and then writing down my thoughts and counter-thoughts.  I oftentimes don't see good answers to problems until I talk them out with people or until I write down the solution and realize it wouldn't work/is too complicated.

There's a lot more to work on, but I do actually need to get up and go to work tomorrow, so I'm reluctantly putting aside the critiques for the night.

Book rec: finally read Karen Healey's The Shattering--loved it!  Great mystery with enough subtle terrible twists to keep me going.  I love the three main characters and the diverse cast as a whole.  Guardian of the Dead is still my favorite of her books, but I really enjoyed The Shattering.  Check it out if you like YA mystery!
anthimeria: Barbara Gordon, in wheelchair, hand fisted, with the word "Not half beaten yet" (Oracle: Not Beaten)
12 hours of travel, meeting with folks I haven't seen since last year, swimming, and last-minute workshop and panel prep.

Getting up at 8 for the 9am workshop, 3 intense hours of discussion, and then AFTERNOON PANELS ON FRIDAY WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?

Then napping, then dinner and evening panels (LOTS of stuff for my How to Ally panel gleaned from the Reconciliation panel and the No More Missing Stairs panel).

Currently exhausted.  Fic reading and then bed.

Workshop was lovely!
anthimeria: unicorn rampant, first line of Kipling's "The Thousandth Man" (Default)
Greetings!

Brickspace job stuff has been busy, which is both nice and distracting.  I'm slowly getting back into editing Trial, and working on putting together the pieces for whatever the next novel will be.  Must decide if I want to focus on MG or YA . . .

Also been doing some desultory prep for WisCon--I'm on two panels, both Saturday, on romance in spec-fic (specifically YA), and one on being an ally.  They both had good titles that I can't remember right now, *sigh*.

I also submitted the first ~two chapters of The Novel for the writing workshop, so fingers crossed that goes well.

If you're going to WisCon I look forward to seeing you, and if not, hopefully I will have the spoons to make a few con reports whilst I'm there!
anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
My final panel at which I was a panelist (I've been a panelist now!  EEE!) was this morning, on gender in spec-fic, and was . . . not the most interesting or productive panel I was on?  It wasn't bad, it was just--okay, the panel was on gender in spec-fic, and whether we've gone beyond the binary or otherwise messed with gender, what works did so, and how?  And the answer was sort of . . . spec-fic has fallen down on this.  There are many gender possibilities just in the real world, meatspace and digital, and spec-fic is still kind of trapped in the binary.  We ended up talking about the very few works with trans* characters, and a few where women's gender performance was non-normative and yet celebrated (or normative and celebrated as still strong), but we came to the conclusion that as a genre, spec-fic has been resting on the laurels of Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness for like thirty years.

So.  Writers, readers, editors, publishers--this is one of those cases where reality is stranger than our fiction, which is supposed to be strange.  Step up.

On a much more hilarious note, went to Cousin of Sibling of Revenge of Not Another *-ing Race Panel, which was completely, side-splittingly funny.

In non-panel-related news, I have made new friends!  Hi new friends, should you find this blog!

I have been a crazy social butterfly this con (for me, anyway) and am finding that I accumulate more groups and people to hang out with the more years I go to WisCon and/or FogCon.  This is completely awesome and makes me look forward to WisCon next year even more.



anthimeria: Barbara Gordon, in wheelchair, hand fisted, with the word "Not half beaten yet" (Oracle: Not Beaten)
For anyone who wandered over here after the completely kickass Women Who Love Comics panel, and are looking for recs, I shall attempt a list, including a few from audience members and fellow panelists!  And I shall also attempt to ask around and add more comics as the con progresses.

For now, because it's late and I need sleep, my recs for superhero titles to read if you like character relationships done well along with your monster-fighting and reality-hopping:

-Claremont's run on Uncanny X-Men from the early '80s
-Ultimate Spider-Man
-Blue Beetle (v3, with Jaime Reyes)
-Birds of Prey (Gail Simone!!)
-Justice League International

If you have no idea where to get them, check out Hater Free Wednesdays on tumblr for good local comics shops where you can go in with a list and ask the employees for help without fear of comic shop creepers.

PS: All DC titles I recommend are always pre-Reboot.
anthimeria: Woman drawing a sword, the words "Sword and Sorceress XXV" (SS XXV)
Yesterday was AWESOME and the writing workshop was useful as always and I met new people and met back up with people I knew from years before and have accumulated, katamari-style, an extended group to hang out with and chat about panels and writing with.

Also, FIRST PANEL EVER yesterday, the Stop Killing Minority Characters panel, which I think went well (and I have asked for criticism and so far people seem to be saying we did well, but would they really tell one of the panelists if there were issues?  I hope so, this being WisCon, but who knows).  It was fun, anyway, and I got to practice good panelist behavior (face the audience, don't cover your mouth, be succinct and let other people talk) with other panelists who were also awesome.

Plus: on a panel with Nisi Shawl!!  EEE!

The discussion was interesting and the audience was awesome and basically it was a blast.

Then dinner, in which we accumulated our group katamari-style (I'm stealing this phrase, it is awesome) and then more panels and parties and lastly a midnight-to-one panel and then crashing.

This morning I ended up accidentally sleeping through the Spontaneous Writing Contest, which I had signed up for, but at least it was a situation where me not showing up meant someone else could participate in my place.  A morning panel about the whole Author is Dead school of critique and how it works (or doesn't) and how it works with social media, and interesting chatting with part of the katamari-group from last night and the panelists afterward, and also I want to do a follow-up panel next year called "So the Author is a Zombie: Now What?" about fanfic and other fanworks as critique and/or commentary on source material and how fandom and living, available authors interact and influence each other especially in longer-running, serial, and multi-author works like comics, movies and television.  Anyone interested in doing that panel at WisCon next year let me know!

So I breaked for lunch, skipping the journeyman writer's meeting because I am meeting and talking with other writers in the hallway, and now I'm scarfing lunch and writing this basically to keep myself from imploding or exploding.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, see y'all later!
anthimeria: A scary angular outline of a face, the words "Still Watching" (Oracle: Still Watching)
I am SO BEHIND.  I meant to be good and spend the month between Nova Albion and WisCon doing research and re-reading things and checking out any new material that might be interesting and . . . and then there was work, and sending out more Skywatch queries, and working on what might be the next bunch of novels (trying my hand at YA again, even though I haven't finished a YA since The Novel), and basically it didn't happen.

So the next three days are going to be devoted to cramming for panels!  Not the best way, but I'm thankful to have the time.  (And I hope work won't interfere, but since I'm skipping town for a week, they get to have me at their beck and call before and after.)  Then Thursday will be travel, and Friday the Writer's Workshop to kick the con off with a bang (or maybe a whimper, depending!).

Wish me luck.  Once I'm back from WisCon, I'm diving back into Trial for edits (assuming work doesn't eat my life).

If you're coming to the con, I'm doing one panel each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and I'll be around Thursday evening (barring travel issues) and Monday through early afternoon.  Find me and say hi!
anthimeria: A laptop keyboard and the Latin "Quot libros quam breve tempus" (Quot libros)
The story behind my entry in the WisCon writer's workshop is that, due to RL being insane, I didn't register for WisCon before the deadline passed.  Then someone I knew who was going to the workshop mentioned that the pieces hadn't been sent out yet, maybe I could sneak in?  So basically, I am crazy lucky, and submitted my story for the workshop literally the day the pieces were sent out.  Whoo!

Thing is: I hadn't initially planned to be in Madison at 9 am on Friday.  I'd booked a red-eye that arrived in Milwaukee at 6 am.  It's an hour and a half drive between the two cities.

What does this come down to?  Not enough sleep and NO WIGGLE ROOM in my schedule.

But again, fortune smiled (I need to rap on wood or something) and I made it to Madison with enough time to track down a can of coke and a banana (breakfast of champions for the been-up-too-long).  The workshop was, as expected, awesome, and I went out to lunch with people afterward, and then checked into my room and zoned and planned panels for the rest of the weekend.  Hit the Gathering, which was fun (but less fun than last time since I'm by myself this year, and thus depending on randomly meeting up with people I recognize from the workshop, WisCon two years ago, and occasionally FogCon).

A panel on the anti-hero later and then we breaked for dinner--I met up with a local friend, headed back for opening ceremonies (Andrea Hairston is the first-ever GoH of WisCon to also be a Tiptree winner in the same year!  Go her!), where there was tiara-giving and singing.

Break again for my mental health and to consume more caffeine, and then onto the parties!  Hit the Outer Alliance party first, wherein I won a free book!  Kind of incredibly randomly!  But free lesbian steampunk book FTW!

I'm not always great at mingling, especially in a context where I don't know too many people and/or only know them casually, and they're already engaged in conversation, so I wallflowered for a while before running into a few people I knew from the workshop and one from FogCon, so that worked.

Also, got a million compliments on my kickass Black Canary t-shirt.  Love it!

Tomorrow I am hitting the very first panel of the day (8:30-9:45) and then heading out to a wedding elsewhere, sadly meaning I'm missing Saturday of the Con.  But!  Wedding!  Excited!

So I will report back Sunday night.  (Maybe.  If I don't die of exhaustion dancing at Genderfloomp II.)
anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
The story of Sunday at WisCon is below, but basically, I did not get to the place where my laptop was until four in the morning, and needed to get up for a 10 o'clock panel today, so I did not post last night!  Instead, you get the super-concentrated awesomeness of my last two days at WisCon in ONE POST!

Sunday and Monday Panels (and a little more) )

At the end of the day, I can talk about the panels as much as a I want, and it's going to sound dry.  Really, the thing that sets WisCon apart from every other con I've ever been to is the atmosphere.  You're among friends.  Fellow feminists, fellow activists, fellow spec-fic fans, fellow geeks and outsiders.  These people speak our language and feel our pain, even when they screw up and cause pain themselves, as inevitably happens.  They have read (or written!) the books we love.  They share our understanding that media matters, that character matters, that what speculative fiction says matters.

They're also fun!  I have never been to a con as serious or as silly as WisCon.  The formally-dressed audience at the Tiptree Award ceremony last night broke into a song about the winners to the tune of row-row-row your boat!  Panelists decided whether they wanted a fast-zombie apocalypse or a slow-zombie apocalypse!  Earrings were exchanged for haiku, people with pink hair were rampant, and I never felt afraid to go up to someone and talk to them!  Nervous, maybe, but not afraid.  Even when were were talking about privilege and gender and the exhaustion of constant activism, we were teasing each other and digressing and talking about Star Trek characters.

I made friends.  That's never happened before at a con.

I've gotten maybe 17 hours of sleep in the last 92 and I spent most of the time deliriously happy.  People should get to be deliriously happy more often.  It's healing.

anthimeria: Astro City superheroine Flying Fox (Flying Fox)
Day two was just as awesome as day one (and I am just as tired at the end of it)!

Too many wonderful panels at the same time--this morning I wanted to go to Race Basics, Craft of Writing YA, and The Politics of Steampunk, which were all at ten o'clock.  I ended up doing a lot of panel-hopping, starting in one panel and going to another because I couldn't bear to miss it.

This day at WisCon )

Tomorrow I am hauling myself out of bed quite early to attend an 8:30 panel, so I'm going to sleep.  WisCon continues to be one of my favorite cons ever!


ETA: [personal profile] starlady has posted notes on the Politics of Steampunk panel!

anthimeria: Comic book panels (Sequential Art)
PEOPLE, I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS CON.

There's panels about interesting, complicated topics with great discussion and audience participation!  You can walk up to anyone in a badge and start a conversation!  Everyone's friendly and enthusiastic!  We're leaning really, really far to the left and talking about it!  There are panels on everything from Intersectionality in Fandom to Chicks Dig Doctor Who to the Craft of YA Writing to so much more!

And I feel safe at this con.  I've been to a lot of comic cons where my friends and I will be digging through the back issues, and every time some guy--sometimes the guy running the booth!--will comment on the fact that we're girls.  Ooh, girls at a comic con, what will they do?  (I think WisCon's attitude toward oppression in sf/f is rubbing off.  I am okay with this!)  That doesn't happen here.

In equally exciting news, I am meeting lots of fellow spec-fic writers of all stripes!  The workshop went really well this morning, and I met and mingled not just with my group but my friend's, and also the friends of the people in both groups, so as of now I know seven new spec-fic writers well enough to go out for food with them.  And tomorrow at lunch is the Journeyman Writer's meeting, for people with at least one SFWA-qualifying sale, and thanks to S&S, I can go to that!  So I will get to know more aspiring writers!

Friday programming that I did! )

Tomorrow I get to sleep in till 8am!  Then I will lather/rinse/repeat today, hopefully with meeting even more cool people, fellow writers, and awesome audiences.  I need sleep, so I am going to quit rambling and go do that!

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