May 23rd, 2011

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My WisCon schedule, take 2

Stuff I will certainly be at above the cuts and marked with **, stuff I might be at behind them (generally).

Wow this is a lot.


Arrive mid-day late afternoon. Collect T-shirts from hotel. Collapse in little heap.

(I seem to have been under the mistaken impression that stuff started Thursday when booking my flights. That's okay, this gives me plenty of time for travel snafus, decompressing (oh so necessary), etc.)

Possibly attend 6:00 reception/reading at Room of One's Own Bookstore.


** 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Capitol/Wisconsin: The Gathering

At which I help with Con or Bust's silly SFF Characters of Color Faceoff (go tick some boxes to select the characters who'll be in the bracket), while sneaking peeks at the Clothing Swap and Tiptree Auction Preview.

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** 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: POC Dinner


So many parties! Arrgh!

I will definitely be at the Carl Brandon Society Party (room 629), where we will be selling the aforementioned T-shirts. And at the Live Journal/Social Media Party (room 607)—stickers! Saying hi to other people! And I want to hear about FOGcon (room 611). . . . I guess I'll be skipping the vid party (room 623).


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** 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Conference 4: Vigorous Debate, or Verbal Harassment?

One of the strengths of the SF community is that it's almost always open for discussion and debate. Unfortunately, when discussions get intense, the line between "vigorous debate" and "verbal harassment" can go from blurry to invisible. How can we tell when a discussion has crossed that line? What do we do if we're the one who's crossed it? How can we step in to call back a friend who's crossed it? Let's discuss how to recognize verbal harassment and brainstorm strategies for addressing it within a community where everyone is a friend of a friend.
M: Jess Adams. Andy Best, Michelle Kendall, Kate Nepveu, Maevele Straw

** 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Capitol B: Fanfic 401

This is the serious stuff—it is most certainly NOT a 101 panel! Let's discuss bisexual invisibility, the erasure and/or marginalization of female characters, authorial intent, trigger warnings, underage audiences, and source problems. When does fanfic get it right? When does it get it wrong? This will be a cross-fandom discussion.
M: Florian. Johanna Eeva, Beth Friedman, Kate Nepveu, Nonie B. Rider

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Then I figure I should at least stick my head in at the Tiptree Auction. And I want to go to the Think Galacticon party (room 634); I hope I can fit a book or two in my suitcase to donate to the swap.


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** 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Con or Bust in the POC Safer Space

I'll grab some lunch and hang out in the POC Safer Space during the break; any persons of color/non-white people who have questions or feedback about Con or Bust can stop by then. (Everyone is welcome to ask me about it at any time, too.)

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Back for a third go-round, by popular demand! Writers of color working in F/SF face unique challenges, it's true. But, at the end of the day, being a "person of color" is only one aspect of what makes up our identities as writers. While it's very flattering to asked to be on panels, most of these panels never crack the ceiling of Race 101. With that in mind, wouldn't it be nice for multiple writers of color to sit on a panel that isn't about race at all? Here's our chance to do just that. So, what are we gonna talk about, instead? Practically anything! Presented in game show format, SIBLING OF REVENGE OF NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL brings together writers of color to get their geek on about any number of pop culture topics—none of them race related.
M: K. Tempest Bradford. Amal El-Mohtar, Michelle Kendall, Victor Raymond, LaShawn M. Wanak

As I am reliably informed that it is not to be missed.

** 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Capitol A: FAIL!

Racefail, Open Source Boob Project… so many ways to fail. How do we keep stepping in it? What is it we're stepping in? How can we avoid stepping in it?
M: E. Cabell Hankinson Gathman. Molly Aplet, Florian, Rachael Lininger, Kate Nepveu

** 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Post-FAIL! panel breakout session in POC Safer Space

A breakout session for POC to follow up on the FAIL! panel immediately prior.


GoH speech, 8:30; maybe parties, maybe collapse, maybe stop in the dance party. I leave Monday morning, so we'll see how much I've left in the tank.

And some of these panels are probably going to put aside in favor of "sell T-shirts at the Aqueduct Press table." (What are the dealer's room hours?)

Wow this is a lot.

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