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[personal profile] inkstone was brainstorming non-Western media panel ideas for Wiscon 39, and so many people got into the conversation that I was using 3/4 of my allotted characters just to @ them! Ergo, post.

(Also, this makes me so happy!! I am going to sound like such an old fogey, but *shakes cane* I remember the days when we didn't have any anime/manga programming at all and [personal profile] coffeeandink and I had to organize "spontaneous" programming so we could talk about it!

(I was so sad to see I missed panels on Utena and fairy tales in shoujo and was kicking myself for somehow skipping those panels until I realized that was one of the years I didn't make it to Wiscon.

(It has also been really nice seeing younger people in the audience in the past few years; hopefully I will be more encouraging next year and get them on panels too. My goal: having non-Western fannish panels that are not entirely populated by the same six people, myself included, even though I love you all a ton and love hearing what you guys say.)

Anyway, my goal this year is to organize a book club for F. Compo + Hourou Musuko (and/or other works with trans protagonists? Specifically, canonically trans, as opposed to genderbending or crossdressing.), esp. since [personal profile] jiawen has been trying to get a trans people in anime/manga panel for forever. That way even if it doesn't make the cut due to lack of panelists and/or audience members, we can do spontaneous programming. And I really like panels that focus very specifically on one or two works.

Also, AMVs in playlists for the vid party that aren't specifically being "The AMV Playlist"!

Other ideas I vaguely remember from Twitter:
- Bollywood
- Magical girls (and Sailor Moon Crystal!)
- Women in shounen
- AMVs and vids
- Moe
- POC in SFnal music (+ weird over-the-top fantasy CPop music videos?)
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This is my playlist for the Wiscon 38 vid party. Er, and for anyone who was there, I embarrassingly sent the wrong link to the organizers, so this includes the actual link to the Utena vid I was planning on showing...

Next year: more AMV playlists, including playlists that just include AMVs as part of a theme!

General warnings: I think AMVs tend to do much more visual overlays and faster cutting than media vids in general, so I hope I managed to give enough notice re: flashing lights and strobe effects, but not sure! Also, I worry a bit that I underwarned for the vid show because I have a hard time figuring out the line between action movie violence and disturbing violence so I am adding some just in case.

Magical Girls: Sparkles and Subversion
(or: morally ambiguous dark-haired girls and the pink-haired girls who love them)

  1. Hika Yagami - Magical Girls Take a Stand! (multifandom)
    no warnings
    (stream/download | subtitles)


  2. Moezy-chan - Red Star (Sailor Moon)
    Physical warnings: flashing lights and strobe effects
    Psychological warnings: horror imagery
    (stream | subtitles)


  3. WUNETTI Productions - The Utena Symphony, Part II: Rosa Infinita (Shoujo Kakumei Utena)
    Physical warnings: flashing lights and strobe effects
    (stream/download | subtitles)


  4. Chiikaboom - Devil's Game 2.0 (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
    Physical warnings: flashing lights and strobe effects
    Psychological warnings: horror imagery (also I find this series creepy like whoa and have a hard time with scenes in the vid, but I don't know if it's as creepy if you haven't seen the series? Comments?)
    (download | subtitles)


  5. Tidirium Studios - Hold Me Now (Princess Tutu)
    Physical warnings: flashing lights and strobe effects
    (stream/download | subtitles)


Random commentary )

Anyway, I hope people enjoyed, and if anyone wants me to flail at them re: the various series and why you should watch them, I am more than happy to do so! (Except Madoka. Madoka continues to terrify me.)

Back from Wiscon

Wed, May. 29th, 2013 12:03 pm
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I was at Wiscon! I think I go to fewer and fewer panels every year but hang out with more people. This time, I even convinced people to go to parties to find other people! CB laughed so hard when I told him that: "Whoa, you are being social and getting other people to do it too!"

Read more... )

And: Hello everyone I met! Post-Wiscon exchanging of pseuds and whatnot highly welcome!

Also: Anyone want to brainstorm panel ideas in the comments? And do people have AMV recs? Anything is good, no matter how old; I've been out of the loop for a really long time.

Wiscon!

Wed, May. 22nd, 2013 12:39 pm
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I am really not prepared, due to the events of the past few weeks.

Must remember to pack HDMI cable.

Anyway, I will be arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Monday night. Anyone still around for an early Monday dinner? I have made vague flailing attempts at meal planning.

I like texts MUCH more than phone calls (and for some reason, my phone doesn't always ring when people call), and I should have my iPhone with me most of the time, so I'll have access to email and Twitter messages and etc. PM me if you want my number!

Mostly hoping I will appear semi-intelligent on my panels and that there will be no flight delays. *knock on wood*

Reading Wednesday

Wed, May. 1st, 2013 11:02 am
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What I've read: Finished my reread of Dawn for Wiscon \o/! I have various quotes highlighted for things like heteronormativity, consent issues, gender essentialism, slavery analogues, and etc., but I still need to mull over things and synthesize before I have anything particularly good to say. Aside from issues about gender and sexuality, which hopefully will get discussed in depth at the Wiscon panel, I'm really interested in how Butler deals with violence. And I'd like to compare Dawn to other post-apocalyptic books about rebuilding society, since I think many of them fall prey to the "The strongest will survive and this is just and right!" mindset that Butler doesn't necessarily avoid, but does try to complicate. Lilith's relationships with other women aren't explored as much, possibly due to the emphasis on pair bonding and reproduction. Some thoughts on how OSC's Worthing Saga has a section very much like Lilith Awakening various people and having to train them for life on Earth, though possibly I only see similarities because I don't read that much SF and therefore don't know other works with this general theme. Lilith vs. Jason Worthing and how the people they awaken and train react to them is especially informed by the characters' and authors' race and gender, imo.

What I'm reading: Partway through Adulthood Rites! Dawn ended much more abruptly than I had remembered, and there's a big shift between it and Adulthood Rites. So far: more notes on heteronormativity, gender essentialism, and violence, as well as a continuation of Humans as Other. I really want to poke at the idea of the specialness and risk of a Human-born male child.

What I'm reading next: For once, I am fairly certain! If all goes well, I will proceed to Imago.
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Finalized schedules are up, whoo!

The Xenogenesis Panel
Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm
Moderator: Janet M. Lafler, Scott E. Gould, ANONYMOUS, Victoria Janssen, Oyceter

Octavia Butler's groundbreaking Lilith's Brood trilogy (Xenogenesis) explores many issues, in both science and social realms. The exploration of genetic engineering and medical enhancements in sexual and reproductive technology is remarkably prescient. These books also address sexism and racism, among other issues.

(I am really looking forward to this. I should remember to check out more in-depth looks at an author or a work for panels, and I should probably also suggest ones based on anime/manga too.)

Cultural Appropriation: The View From Outside the West
Sat, 4:00–5:15 pm
Moderator: Daniel José Older, Zen Cho, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, Oyceter

Let's discuss cultural appropriation from a more global perspective, from people who belong to non-dominant cultures (i.e., not the US, Canada, Western Europe, or Australia) and cultures for which Western culture is a colonizing influence. From the outside, a culture tends to be perceived as monolithic, whereas from the inside it is usually more fractured. How does this affect our views of cultural appropriation?

(Not actually sure where this one is going to go... Will be interesting to see how the mod wants to define stuff. I was noodling a bit with hyphenates borrowing from sourcelander things.)

Anime & Manga 101
Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm
Moderator: Andrea Horbinski, David Emerson, Jackie Lee, Megan, Oyceter

Do you feel like you might like anime & manga, but feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of titles and some of the terminology? Come to this panel prepared with your storytelling likes/dislikes and a few questions, and allow our panelists to give you advice and recommendations.

(And this is my panel for fun and relaxation! Hopefully me being a few years out of date will not be too detrimental.)
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I blame [personal profile] kate_nepveu. Also, so much love to [personal profile] laceblade for probably doing a lot of the anime/manga panel descriptions and nominating!

Panels I am considering being on )

Apparently, I really want to talk about romances.

Panels I want to attend )

Tenth blogiversary

Fri, Feb. 1st, 2013 11:12 am
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I started my Livejournal ten years ago today, when I was crushingly depressed, in the middle of my senior thesis, and so gray that Buffy was one of the only things that kept me going. I wrote a bit about how reading [livejournal.com profile] valerie_z's LJ got me to start using the word "depression" for what I was feeling, and I wanted an LJ of my own both to talk about my own depression but also to talk about Buffy. I didn't have many expectations, just the hope that a few people would drop by with kind words or Jossverse squee. Vague hopes, really, and even at my most optimistic, I barely touched on just how influential that choice to buy a one-month subscription—I didn't know anyone to get an invite code from—could possibly be.

I don't know what I would have done, those first few years out of undergrad, if I hadn't had my blog, if I hadn't had people talking honestly and openly about therapy and meds, both things that absolutely terrified me. I don't know what I would have done without book recs and squee and people cheering me on when I got my first Real Job, particularly when I knew it was something my parents were not too happy with. I don't know what I would have done without you guys when my first boyfriend broke up with me, the sympathetic comments and treats in the mail and mix tapes (CDs) and phone calls all tangible proof that someone (many someones) out there cared.

This is how I first heard about Wiscon and how I decided to finally go in 2006, how I started to finally take what I had learned of feminism from you all and apply it to my experiences of being Chinese, to so many of the things that had bugged me in college that I couldn't quite put a finger on. This is how I learned to be angry and how I learned to speak up, how I learned that the best friends would listen and disagree and argue and it wouldn't be the end of the of the world, that Geek Social Fallacies were fallacies and not everyone I liked had to like each other. This is where I learned that what I had to say was important too.

I want to focus on this not because of how it changed my politics (because I've written a lot about that), but because of how it changed the way I interacted with people. Learning to say no, to disagree, to draw boundaries, to realize friendships aren't transitive, to trust my own instincts, to believe that I have something to say and something worth saying while also holding open the possibility of being wrong, all of these are things I do imperfectly, but these things have made such a difference to me offline, from grad school to my current relationship with CB to how I now interact with my family.

So much of who I am right now is tied up so tightly with this blog, from experiences both happy and painful to some of the best friends I have. Thanks to everyone who has read and commented, past and present and hopefully future. These collections of words didn't just save my life so many years ago, they've shaped and molded it into something I never could have anticipated, and I'm so glad my tenth blogiversary is happening at a time I'm starting to post more and when so many other people seem to be too.

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  • Sigh, cannot make it to Wiscon after all ;_;. I originally thought I could after getting a refund for taxes, but I just got an invitation to a family friend's wedding on the East Coast. So... there goes that. I am especially sad because I really want to go and support the increased number of anime/manga panels! (And by support, I really mean ramble on about Princess Tutu and Utena...)

  • In other news, California seems to be trying to cram three months worth of winter into April. It has been pouring for the past few weeks, and yesterday brought on a lot of thunder and lightning as well. And! I am almost done assembling all the furniture and whatnot for my kitchen, which means I can soon start doing things like stocking up on the fridge and pantry again.

  • I have started to read again! This is a relief! Now let's see if I can manage to write something up...

  • Also, I caved and am now on Twitter as [twitter.com profile] ActuallyOyceter. Right now it's mostly Echo Bazaar stuff. I think I'm also [tumblr.com profile] oyceter on Tumblr but I don't post and I haven't checked Tumblr for a year.

My Wiscon 35

Tue, Jun. 7th, 2011 05:03 pm
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So far, I only have one panel report up, and it's less a panel report and more a "The panel touched on these things, which got me on a whole 'nother track..."

I'll hopefully post on the "Assimilation and the Immigrant Grandchild" panel, but I'm still trying to figure out how to do so, since a lot of it was the panelists' personal stories. I'm fine posting my own, but I feel extremely weird and skeevy posting the other panelists'.

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Monday )

It was a good, relaxing Wiscon. Some fail, but not FAIL, imo, and I feel like the con is less author-centric than it was when I first started going (2006). There was a lot more fannish programming this year (anime and manga, vids, fanfic, etc.), so I felt less unqualified. It was also really nice being there not feeling like a complete unqualified noob (2006), like Angry Asian Girl (2007), or feeling completely burnt out (2009).
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Why is American fantasy so Eurocentric? If you believe our fantasists, American cities are populated with imported Romanian vampires, Russian werewolves, Celtic faeries, Nordic gods, Germanic witches, and the (very) occasional African god or Arabic djinn, but scarcely a homegrown magical being to be found. In fact, indigenous magical beings abound in the Americas and their stories of magic, wonder and horror are widely told by spoken and written word. North American mythology is rich with magical beings. Do these stories get adequate air time? Is it easier to imagine an Old World teeming with supernatural beings than to visualize a North America enchanted with indigenous mythical beings? Is it difficullt to believe that we live in a naturally magical place? And if we did, what would it look like?
Theodora Goss (mod), Valerie Estelle Frankel, LJ Geoffrion, Andrea D. Hairston, Katherine Mankiller, Georgie L. Schnobrich


This is an assembled summary of what I remember from the panel sans notes; as such, attribution will be very hazy. Please let me know when I get something wrong! I am also inserting a lot of my own commentary in here.

Not a liveblog )

Anyway, that is my massive OT side thought inspired by the panel, and now I want to know where that USian fantasy is. Rec me stuff! [personal profile] coffeeandink mentioned Karen Joy Fowler's Sarah Canary, Louise Erdrich, and Terry Bisson' Fire on the Mountain, as well as Laurie Marks' Elemental Logic series as not a direct take on US history, but as reflecting many themes about colonization. I feel Bernardine Evaristo's Blonde Roots kind of does this, but not as cohesively as I would like. I am not specifically sure what I am looking for, but something about how the mythology of USian history directly results in all the "dark side" narratives, and not just that, but how they are tied together, like how the War of Independence went hand-in-hand with declaring people's (but only some people!) right to property as a freedom, how oppressions are often framed as "unfortunate side effects" when those very oppressions are built right into the US's history.

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Thu, May. 26th, 2011 12:39 pm
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After a lot of annoyance after American canceled my flight, I am in the new terminal at SFO, all checked in and with expensive but at least tasty food. And I am treating myself to Pinkberry for dessert!

I am completely in love with all the outlets + tables they have here.

In Chicago tonight, then Wiscon tomorrow!
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Things about me )

Name stuff: I'm signed up as my username (it's pronounced "oyster" for people who are curious, but I am used to people pronouncing the first "e"). I will respond to "Oyceter," "Oyce" and my legal name and don't have a preference for either. I'm also fine with being introduced as either during the con, although for write-ups or anything more permanent, I would prefer my username or variations thereof (or basically, Things Wot Are Not My Legal Name). Um. I know I have signed up before under legal name and associated the two, but am trying to keep them more separate now.

I will be at:
POC Safer Space
Fri. 5/27 4:30ish-5:30
For random ranting, discussion, squee, bookswapping, or smaller introductions before the big dinner! (I should hopefully have my icon on my badge, as well as some knitting, and, depending, may be ranting very loudly about Wesley Yang and Amy Chua.)

Wiscon POC dinner
Fri. 5/27 5:30 pm

Assimilation and the Immigrant Grandchild
Room 629, Sat. 5/28 1:00–2:15 pm
(May try to do overflow in the POC Safer Space after this, though no promises)

Looking Beyond the Gender Binary in Anime and Manga
Room 634, Sat. 5/28 4:00-5:15 pm

I am completely unorganized and unprepared, so I haven't checked out the schedule outside of these. Parties! Panels! Discussions! Fooding! HALP I CANNOT DECIDE!

I AM SO EXCITED YAY!
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Or: in which I pick everyone's brains here and shamelessly exploit you to seem a bit smarter on my panels.

Assimilation and the Immigrant Grandchild
Room 629, Sat. 5/28 1:00–2:15 pm

M: Mary Anne Mohanraj. Isabel Guzman-Barron, Nnedi Okorafor, Oyceter, Ibi Aanu Zoboi

What is assimilation in the U.S. for those with immigrant narratives and experiences as part of their family stories? How do we define it? Is it inherently oppressive? Inherently xenophobic? Completely necessary? Are the most challenging aspects of a new group’s culture always excised, or do these new cultural ideas stimulate growth and change in our mainstream society? And in what ways does assimilation happen? Join us to recast yourself not as an American, but as the descendant of immigrants. How did your family assimilate? What privileges and powers did you gain? What did your family, and you, lose in the process?

[I am not even sure I should be on this panel, as I am not sure I fit their definition of "immigrant grandchild." As in, my grandparents immigrated from China to Taiwan, my parents immigrated from Taiwan to the US, and then we all moved to Taiwan, and then I moved to the US. On the other hand, wanted to talk about not knowing my own family history due to language differences and my huge problems with identifying as American even though I have the passport.]

Looking Beyond the Gender Binary in Anime and Manga
Room 634, Sat. 5/28 4:00-5:15 pm

M: Andrea Horbinski. Emily Horner, Johanna Eeva, Oyceter, Andy Smith

Sometimes, the media of manga and anime fail hard at handling gender. But sometimes they are amazing. In some series, people pass back and forth between genders (Sailor Moon), or have gender confusion (After School Nightmare). People also seem to cross-dress a lot more frequently than they do in Western SF/F media. Let's talk about examples in anime and manga that look beyond the gender binary in a meaningful way.

[SO EXCITED! SO EXCITED!

[Brainstorming things to look at: Sailor Moon (Sailor Stars, Sailor Uranus?), After School Nightmare, Hourou Musuko (need to watch), Your and My Secret (did not like v. 1), Phantom Dream, Rose of Versailles (need to read/watch), Utena, Princess Knight (need to read), Nataku in X, Lonesome Eden (? is Taiwan manhua), Kanzeon Bosatsu in Saiyuki, probably a lot more stuff I have not thought about...]
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At Wiscon this year, Victor Raymond passed around copies of a letter the nascent Carl Brandon Society wrote to the Wiscon ConCom... on May 27, 1999.

http://carlbrandon.org/wiki/index.php/Founding_Letter

I meant to type this up for the letter's ten-year anniversary, but haven't until now. I'll also upload a PDF version of the letter sometime during the week.

Ten years, people. TEN YEARS.

And POC are still being ogled at and made to feel unwelcome.

Yes, there's been progress, but there still needs to be much more.
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Yay IBARW for making me post, despite it being months late?

Although I had a very positive Wiscon experience this year, it was amidst a lot of fail. I heard and saw Black and South Asian women being mistaken for other Black and South Asian women, fish bowl ogling, and a lot of reports of people asking POC to be their special POC friends ("I have had no prior interaction with you before, but let me waylay you for half an hour to pepper you with questions about proper ally behavior or ask for your permission to do X!"). I personally managed to avoid a lot of fail, I think because a) I limit my panel appearances, b) I only go to panels in which I know and like the panelists, and c) I am antisocial, do not really go to parties, and only talk to people I know and like. Given the shenanigans, I do not think I will be changing my interaction habits in the future.

This works fine for me since I am, as mentioned, antisocial, but seriously. POC should not have to limit all their social interactions at a con just so they can be treated like a normal human being.

With all those caveats in mind, I was so happy to see so many brown faces this year, to make connections with people I've only seen online, to get the chance to talk in person instead of via comments.

One of the highlights of the con for me was being on a panel about Andrea Smith's Conquest with Andrea Hairston and Diantha Day Sprouse and talking with them afterward. First, I'm thankful I got the chance to apologize to Diantha for calling her too angry years ago; I read that now and think "She is so right! Make people with their horrible grabby hands GO AWAY!" But mostly, I cannot emphasize how good it was to talk to women of color from different generations than me about their journeys and their experiences.

The women I grew up with—my mother, my grandmothers, my aunties—gave me many things, but they did not give me the tools to deal with issues of social justice. And although I love them dearly, the models they have to offer aren't very radical. I think it's pretty sad that it took me going to Wiscon, which is mostly white, to find other women of color whom I looked up to as role models, but that's what happened. And I'm grateful that even though the initial connections I made with people were online or at Wiscon, they have been moving offline and outside the con. I'm glad I've been able to talk with more people locally, to have discussions in email and on the phone and in person so I can work through things without having random white passerbys ogling at my mental processes.

I can't even say how much it means for me to finally find these communities of women of color who are committed to social justice, especially in SF/F, which is what I grew up on. So thank you to the women I've gotten to know, the women I sometimes disagree with, the women I don't know, the women who have passed on, to all of you out there creating and critiquing and blogging and talking and being fannish and just being yourselves.

Having your multitude of voices means so much to me, especially as I continue to work on who I want to be and what I want to do.

Wiscon 33: Monday

Mon, May. 25th, 2009 03:00 pm
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I have so much to think about and to say that I don't even know where to begin!

And so, the things that require less brain power on my part:

  • I have been trying to convince an entire host of people to read Marjorie M. Liu and Joey Hill. Liu is the paranormal romance writers with wereleopards and weredolphins (but not together) and psychics and dragons and shapeshifters and Faerie and gargoyles and witches and demons. And when you think that's all Liu can do, she throws in mermaids and someone biting off someone else's nose! Liu's plot theory seems to be that more is more, and on top of that, if you add some extra sprinkles and frosting, it makes everything EVEN BETTER! So: not always comprehensible, but always entertaining, and with lots of mixed-race characters! (This is the Dirk & Steele series. I don't like the Hunter ones so far.)

    Joey Hill's A Witch's Beauty involves a descendant of the sea witch in "The Little Mermaid" with tentacles, an angel, their pure true love, and an apocalypse which is incomprehensible but also contains a zombie dinosaur. It is AWESOME.

  • Alaya Dawn Johnson has a boy-eats-boy story in the upcoming anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns (possibly this is a working title?). Well, since I haven't finished the story yet, I do not know how much actual eating there is, but there is definitely ear nibbling and a wonderful narrative voice.

  • Liz Henry's superpower is simultaneously being on a panel and writing it up. Also, her wheelchair has blinky sparkly lit-up wheels OMG!

  • Somehow, I managed to miss Geoff Ryman doing a keg stand.

  • [livejournal.com profile] hysteriachan, I met [livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina, yay! Thank you for introducing us!

  • Next year, there should be a panel called the Oppression Olympics, where funny and awesome people throw darts at Venn diagrams with intersecting oppressions and make smart comments. There should also be one in which people talk about the most cracktastic things they have read. Or it can just be about talking penises! I am pretty sure there is enough talking penis SFF and people who have actually read it to hold this panel, which is, again, AWESOME.

  • My Sekrit Plan for next year is to actually get anime or manga stuff on the programming.

  • I now know what Liz Henry and [personal profile] sparkymonster's love child looks like, and my life has been vastly improved.

  • Nisi Shawl was awarded the Tiptree (the co-winner could not make it) and Tempest made a speech that made me cry, and Nnedi Okorafor and Mary Anne Mohanraj are guests of honor next year, and things are not perfect, but, oh but, they are changing.

  • I wish I could put [personal profile] deepad on every single panel, because she is amazing and I fangirl her like whoa. And oh, I am meeting so many cool people here, from people I have seen before like [livejournal.com profile] ladyjax and [livejournal.com profile] coniraya and [livejournal.com profile] mystickeeper and [personal profile] littlebutfierce and [livejournal.com profile] jonquil and [livejournal.com profile] veejane and [livejournal.com profile] heyiya and [personal profile] coffeeandink and [personal profile] sparkymonster and [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur and [personal profile] daedala and I did not get to see enough of Cofax or [livejournal.com profile] takumashii or Ivy or [livejournal.com profile] oracne or [livejournal.com profile] oursin or Tempest or Nora or Alaya or Yoon and I got to meet [personal profile] the_future_modernes and [livejournal.com profile] hari_mirchi and [livejournal.com profile] karnythia and [livejournal.com profile] izzybelbooks and Andrea Hairston and Diantha Sprouse and and and and

Wiscon 33: Friday

Fri, May. 22nd, 2009 10:22 pm
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Wow! This is the first time I've been at the beginning of a Gathering on Fridays; usually I get in some time in the afternoon. After a last-minute room switch at the hotel (we were originally on the party floor), I ran to have lunch with [personal profile] littlebutfierce and had tons of fun ranting and whatnot. Then I got my face painted at the Gathering! I feel at first it was me and a whole bunch of six year olds, but soon, other people got theirs done as well. Mine was very sunny/phoenix-y/fiery, and if anyone has pictures, I would love it if you could email it to me... I also was finally only second in line or so to get my hair braided (the line is usually super long), but of course, my hair was too short.

I then checked out zines, met tons of people in the Ravening Orc Hordes/Wild Unicorn Herd/Cabal and white allies, must remember to look up elementary level books with POC for Seaya, bought more than I intended to at the ARC sale and at the dealer's room (Cindy Pon, WHOO), checked out N.K. Jemisin and Alaya Dawn Johnson and Doselle Young and Margaret Robinson's readings, and started a sock. Then the cabal met for dinner. OMG! There are so much of us here! I think there was about 25 at dinner, and definitely several people who didn't make it to dinner. It was awesome to see familiar faces and new faces both.

After that, I finally caught [personal profile] coffeeandink and [personal profile] yhlee.

Oh! I forgot. Yesterday I had deep-fried cheese curds and bacon and macaroni and cheese pizza! And not at the usual mac and cheese pizza place! So there are TWO (2) places in Madison with mac and cheese pizza! I feel this is awesome and they need to get to work on the tuna and corn pizza now.

Oh right. So we talked and got Deepa to the Green Room for her first panel, and then Yoon and I headed over to see [personal profile] jiawen's presentation on being transgendered in Taiwan, which was very interesting. There was a particularly curious mix of the unfamiliar to me (the transgender community) and the familiar (tabloids, Taiwan drinking games, etc.) that was really neat and thought-provoking. I also have lots of links to look up now.

And now, to sleep... farmers' market tomorrow morning, way early so I can head back and check out Deepa's panel before I go to mine.

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Thu, May. 21st, 2009 01:42 pm
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I am at Wiscon, whoo! Unfortunately, the hotel room is not yet ready, so I am camping out on the second floor with Tiny Laptop. Oh Tiny Laptop, how I adore you. However, soon I shall have to move to find a plug...

I was on the same plan from Chicago as [personal profile] sparkymonster and we shared stories of cracktastic paranormal romances on the way from the Madison airport to the hotel. She has now convinced me that I must read book one of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, because I thought the entire series was all about the Psy-Changeling conflict with assassinations and whatnot, but the first book has this AND condo-planning for Changeling societies! I, on the other hand, have been trying to convince people to read Sherry Thomas (I got the newest one yesterday and have already finished) and Joey Hill's cracktastic evil mermaid-angel book. With zombie dinosaurs.

Have already said hi to Timmi and Tempest as well, and now must go off to find power...
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I am so sad the shounen manga panel did not make it to official Wiscon scheduling! But like last year, I am very willing to do impromptu programming.

I want to talk about monstrous bodies and power, the bouncy breast thing, scars and limb loss and ablism, the lack of female protagonists, and stuff like that. Series I have in mind are: Claymore, Bleach, Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist, Pumpkin Scissors, but really, that is only based on what I read.

Tell me if you are interested! Poll and description here.

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