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ktempest posted to wiscon October 22 2014, 22:27

WisCon 39 Panel Brainstorming Post - October

We are many, many months out from WisCon and from when we start the active push for panel suggestions. So it seemed like a good time for the first of what will be monthly panel brainstorming posts.

This is a space where anyone can ask for help in crafting the title, description, and other details of a panel they want to submit. Let us know what you need, such as: making a kernel of an idea into a full-fleshed panel, help crafting an effective description, coming up with a punchy title, or finding fellow panelists so you can submit a pre-populated idea.

Anyone may take part. If you're good at descriptions, join in! If you're good with conceptualizing, join in!

It will make discussions easier if you put one panel idea per comment (make as many as you want) and then folks can reply below each in the thread.

There will be a new brainstorming panel each month until panel submissions close. Spread the word :)
davidwake posted to novel_in_90 October 22 2014, 11:49

Day 22. Sound off!

Or Have you done your 15 yarns?

I've just blogged and mentioned Novel-in-90. See http://davidwake.livejournal.com/46662.html or even http://davidwake.wordpress.com/

I've managed exactly 30 y. (That does seem like a complete fix, but it's spot on to the word - wow?!)


     “Maud, you are to persuade Black and Smithie to return,” said Goodwife Mylenweard. “Use witchery if you must.”
     They all stood, gathering their embroidery and knitting, smiling to each other. All these familiar faces doing what they always had, but transplanted from the Mylenweard’s large kitchen to this pokey place.
cszego posted to bakkaphoenix October 21 2014, 21:00


Forget the oncoming November blahs -- Julie E. Czerneda's coming to town!

On Tuesday November 4th, we'll celebrate the launch of Julie's new book A Play Of Shadow. We'll have refreshments on hand, and books, and of course Julie herself. What other kind of Tuesday fun could possibly compare?

Join us here at the store at 6:30, and bring your smile. You're gonna need it.
cszego posted to bakkaphoenix October 21 2014, 18:25


...Time for us to list this week's new books.

Princess Mononoke: The First Story, Hayao Miyazaki
Dragon and the Knight, Robert Sabuda
Chasing Power, Sarah Beth Durst
Sparkers, Eleanor Glewwe
Fish Tails, Sherri S. Tepper
Sorcerer Heir, Cinda Williams Chima
New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, H.P Lovecraft & James McCourt

Trade Paperback
Tyrant: Force of Kings, Christian Cameron
Love like Blood, Marcus Sedgwick
Angels of Death, C.L. Werner
Blythewood, Carol Goodman
Creature Department, Robert Paul Weston
Enchanter Heir, Cinda Williams Chima
First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
davidwake posted to novel_in_90 October 20 2014, 15:37

Day 20. Sound Off!

Appallingly slow and the mouse is paying up.  Keeps highlighting text incorrectly and my keyboard is missing characers.  Still managed 1,006 words on the work-in-progress and joined two bits up.

     “What do I call you?”
     “My name is written here,” it said, pointing at its forehead, “in the one place I cannot see.”
akane42me posted to network_command October 20 2014, 12:01

The MFU50 MiniBang Story of the Day!

MFU50 MiniBang

For the past month, we've enjoyed wonderful new stories by your favorite authors!
We've marvelled at the amazing artwork by our talented illustrators!
We've had so much fun!

Today, October 20th, one last BOOM is ready to BANG!

Come over to mfu50bang and enjoy the final story of the the MFU50 MiniBang!

Breaking Glass by elmey with art by open_channel_d
akane42me posted to network_command October 18 2014, 12:03

The MFU50 MiniBang Story of the Day!

MFU50 MiniBang

Kick back and relax!  Enjoy your Saturday with another explosive story at the MFU50 MiniBang!

24 new stories by your favorite authors!
Amazing artwork by our talented illustrators!
One new story and art per day, until October 20th!

Come over to mfu50bang and see what's up today:

The Mother's Day Affair by kyburg with art by mayamaia
jamiam posted to wiscon October 17 2014, 16:34

What I Did This Summer

For folks who are involved in the Wiscon community and who don't know what's been going on: the Wiscon concom had close to a dozen people resign in the aftermath of the Frenkel harassment ban. Many of them were volunteers in critical jobs, who had been working the con for several decades without any clear understudies or apprentices, doing the work of five or six regular volunteers at what was easily a part-time job level.

The good news is, we've had close to two dozen new people volunteer to join the concom, and they're rapidly filling the vacuum. Wiscon is changing into a more intersectional national/international con that is a lot more community-oriented. And hopefully, safer for everyone.

But there's a lot of institutional knowledge that's at risk for being lost, and several wheels that are going to need re-inventing. And all this during the summer and fall months when the concom is usually on "hiatus". We've still got a long way to go before we can have a Wiscon 39.

EDIT: It's come to my attention that the phrase "aftermath of the Frenkel decision" is being perceived as "people left the concom as a direct result of the permanent ban." Which isn't what happened: The vast majority of people left as a result of the arduous process of rewriting our harassment policy when we discovered it was severely flawed. This process took an extraordinary level of effort on the part of many members of the concom, well in excess of the normal amount of work involved in simply putting on the convention, and several people left as a result of the months-long discussions that happened well in advance of the ban.

I can't state for certain that nobody left as a direct result of the original decision for a conditional ban being overturned in favor of a permanent ban. But most of the people who resigned did so well in advance of the vote, or in the months afterwards. The most common reasons cited were that people found the months of heated and sometimes emotional arguments draining, and they badly needed a break. The people who left the concom included people who originally tried to defend Jim Frenkel and people who argued for the perma-ban.
davidwake posted to novel_in_90 October 16 2014, 13:16

Day 16 Sound Off!

I feel like I'm going glacially at the moment. I managed my morning's 1,000, but 8, but oh, it feels slow. This filling in gaps lark is tedious. On the up side, when I got to the bit where they have to explain a board game, I think I've a got a workable game. None of this, Chasers might as well ignore the Quaffle and go down the pub malarkey.  Anyone ese inveted a game within a novel o similiar?

     “These are eggs,” Maud explained to the doubtful looking hob, “and this is the cuckoo’s egg.”
     “Different colour.”
     “And size, yes. Now I choose a nest, you choose another, then I place the cuckoo’s egg. The others stones go evenly in each nest.”
     “Not very realistic.”

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