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akane42me posted to network_command October 18 2014, 12:03

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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.”
davidwake posted to novel_in_90 October 15 2014, 11:34

Day 15 Sound Off!

Just done my morning's thousand by about ten words, but I've seriously slowed down.  I'm having to switch from writing new material to sticking various pieces together.  Always harder.

     “You know of medicines to heal,” the hob asked, “but do you know medicines that kill?”
     Maud thought of the baneful sisterhood, it flared cap so innocent: “There are certain mushrooms and toadstools... why?”
cszego posted to bakkaphoenix October 14 2014, 19:00


Which means a) it's probably raining, and b) we have new books.

You Are Here, Chris Hadfield (with his AMAZING photos!)
Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi
As You Wish, Cary Elwes
Clariel, Garth Nix
Fire In The Blood, Erin M. Evans
Of Bone And Thunder, Chris Evans
Walking Dead: Descent, Robert Kirkman
Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch
Spark, John Twelve Hawks
Otherworld Nights, Kelley Armstrong
Art Of Ooo, Chris McDonell
Spoiled Brats, Simon Rich

Trade Paperback
In Real Life, Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
Dead Set, Richard Kadrey
Doom Of Dragonback, Gav Thorpe
Time Roads, Beth Bernobich
Shovel Ready, Adam Sternbergh
Unsouled, Neal Shusterman
Across A Star-Swept Sea, Diana Peterfreund
Secrets Of Life And Death, Rebecca Alexander
Falling Sky, Rajan Khanna
Transcendental, James Gunn
Explorer #3, Kazu Kibuishi
Burn, Juliana Baggott
davidwake posted to novel_in_90 October 14 2014, 09:41

Day 14 Sound Off!

Just completed my morning's thousand and nearly another five hundred.  I've put two sections a certain way around, but I'm thinking of reversing that.  The bit in the underground cavern is a better ending of the novel.  I do fear I may hit my usual issue of 'A goes before B, which goes before C, but C would be better before A'.

How many people keep a daily journal?  It happens to be the 37th birthday of mine today.


Knotmaster Scullus raged, dancing like a thwarted pixie in a fairy story with his webbed feet pattering madly on the stone floor.

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