How to Discuss Race and Racism Without Acting Like a Complete Jerk, based on my Boskone talk this year, is now up at [livejournal.com profile] fight_derailing.

(I was going to do more link-wrangling for [livejournal.com profile] boskone tonight, but it's late. Tomorrow.)

Many awesome things being auctioned at [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust, including a guest post on my LotR re-read, a signed copy of Chad's book, numerous things highlighted at my Tor.com post from earlier this week, and—and and and—an ARC of CryoBurn, the next Vorkosigan book by Lois McMaster Bujold (to be shipped when available).

More later.

*thud*

Boskone was great. All my programming went well, the bake sale raised more money than I'd hoped, I got to catch up with [livejournal.com profile] prince_eric and spouse, who we haven't seen for far too long, and SteelyKid had a grand time at my mom's.

I've been growing less enthused about Boskone in recent years, partly because I know the usual panelists and program topics a little too well by now—"oh, that could be interesting, but the moderator never shuts up," "I've seen this form of panel before and it never goes anywhere," that kind of thing. But I want to like Boskone, it's very well-run and many of its guests are terrific and it was my first regular con. Being on programming, plus the bake sale, seems to have revived my enthusiasm in a "be the change" way, I guess.

On the other hand, I miss writing up panels here. I posted about the Tolkien panel over on Tor.com, and I'm in the process of turning my notes on "How to Discuss Race and Racism Without Acting Like a Complete Jerk" into an essay, but I don't have substantial notes for any of the others, and while I remember some things, I also have too much else on my plate right now (*cough* [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust! Bidding starts Wednesday!) to just start trying to reconstruct things wholesale.

So, a compromise. If anyone has questions or comments about the other three panels, leave them here and I will do my best to respond in the comments. This will probably take less time, give me a reason to carve out that time, and give me motivation too.

The other panels were: "The Suck Fairy, and Other Horrors of Rereading" (Daniel P. Dern, Jo Walton, Jane Yolen); "Legal Systems in Worldbuilding" (Leah Cypess, Glenn Grant, Ken Schneyer); and "Pathologies of Fannish Culture" (Mary Kay Kare, Laurie Mann, Joe Siclari, Rene Walling).

(Oh yeah, I am doing link roundups at [livejournal.com profile] boskone, but only of posts with substantive discussion of programming or events, which is saving me a lot of time.)

$330 even, which is more than I'd hoped for. Thank you so much everyone who helped—go take a bow over at the official post in [livejournal.com profile] boskone. And I have lots of notes of how to do it even better next year, too, assuming life permits.
Can anyone bring me an empty shoebox or other receptacle suitable for people stuffing donations in? I wanted to have a separate box in case anyone didn't want to disturb me while I was making change for someone else or whatever. Not a big deal, but it would be nice. Thanks.

At Boskone

Feb. 12th, 2010 11:02 pm
Exhausted. Unprepared. Facing two very very full days.

See you Monday, maybe, Internet.

Bake sale next Saturday from 11-4 at Boskone, outside the Galleria in the lower level (the area with the art show, dealer's room, con suite, etc.). If you said you'd bring something, thank you! Please let me know if your food will need anything besides a knife, plate, and fork. And if you're not a con member but are bringing something anyway, thank you extra, and don't worry about getting to me: the con tells me there's not a badge check to where I'll be. Here are directions to the hotel (again, Galleria, lower level).

I will be very busy at Boskone this year, which is good because it's all awesome, except that I don't know that I'll have time to do anything but what's on my schedule, which is a bummer . . .

My schedule: )

I haven't even looked at the rest of the schedule yet, but I'm not sure I should: I've already yearned after another Sunday noon panel, "When The Magic Goes Away," which is just so full of goodness (David Anthony Durham, Rosemary Kirstein, Tom Shippey, Jo Walton, and Jane Yolen!) that if I didn't have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, I'd ditch my own darn panel to see. I think that's as much temptation as is good for me . . .

If you're going to Boskone, mark your calendars: I will be running a bake sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. just outside the con suite. Proceeds will be split between the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council and the Carl Brandon Society (thanks to the gracious permission of the Tiptree Motherboard).

Please let me know if you're interested in bringing or sending something to be sold or helping staff the table (comment or mail knepveu at steelypips dot org). And spread the word!

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