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On My Pilgrimage Soon!

So despite being broke and only having as part-time job I’m still making my annual pilgrimage to WisCon – The Feminist Sci-Fi Conference. A friend of mine calls it visiting the holy land and it is, every year I have great discussions, meet amazing authors,  reconnect with friends that live across the country, have a good party and just relax. After feeling alone in your geekery and politics and the ways they overlap for a year WisCon is like being able to unwind. Don’t get me wrong! It’s not perfect but the asshattery is less powerful and the allies more plentiful in realtime/realspace. It’s feels especially necessary after this last stressful year at school.

I leave in about 30 hours. Sadly this year my friend Jackie, who has been going with me since I started going, won’t be attending this year but my good friend Ivy will be making her second appearance so there’s a boo and a yay. I’m going to be on three separate panels this year:

Men of Color in Media, SciFi, Fantasy, and Horror
The inclusion of Mr. Sulu on the bridge of the Enterprise was hailed as a groundbreaking moment for the portrayal of people of color not just in sci–fi but in popular culture. With Johnny Depp cast as Tonto in the Lone Ranger, remake, how have things changed over the last forty years for men of color? Is it better to have some representation even a Magical Negro, than none at all?

Intersectionality in Fandom                                                                                                       
A more advanced discussion for those ready to work past 101–level panels. A discussion of how disabilities, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other oppressed statuses affect each other. How do we decide which one gets our last remaining spoon?

Nnedi Okorafor’s Genre–Blurring Fiction
Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker are companion novels. Shadow Speaker takes place in Nigeria where the world was simultaneously devastated by nuclear war, and changed by mysterious “peace bombs” which caused spontaneous forests, magical abilities, and shifts in space. Zahrah takes place in an alternate dimension version of Nigeria filled with technology that is partially organic, and special people are born with “dada locks” (which are sort of like dreadlocks, but with vines growing through them). Let’s discuss Nnedi’s genre–blurring blend of science fiction, fantasy, and Nigerian folklore in these and her other works.

They all look pretty interesting right? I’ll do my best to blog as the conference happens!

Quick Post! – Transcript Published

Attending WisCon this year I participated in a conversation (among mostly fans of Color) about RaceFail’09, the ramifications of that, the confluence of race and science fiction and race in general. Portions of the conversation were transcribed (with full permission asked and granted of all participants) and appear in the new international peer-reviewed journal Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 3 (2009). Really good conversation around race and being a fan, check it out if you get the chance:
Pattern recognition: A dialogue on racism in fan communities
Second year of grad school is still kickin’ my ass but hopefully things will slow down after the next couple of weeks and I can get back to blogging more regularly.

General Life Update

I realize I haven’t done a general update on me in quite a while, so here it go:

-I’ve got a pretty good job right now, just general office work, answering phones etc. but I like the hours, most of the people and the environment so it’s going down as a very good thing. Plus it’s in an industry that I might be interested in getting involved in the next few years.

-I will be attending Mills College in the fall to get my MFA in Fiction, they’ve offered me enough aid (Loans and Scholarships) to cover the tuition at least, so this goes down as a very good thing as well.

-Doing more writing lately, but not on the novels that haunt my brain, more on shorter pieces. I’ve set myself a goal of 1,000 words a day and was doing pretty well there for a while but then fell off the wagon. I’m gonna try to hop back on the horse today (I mixed metaphors there but language is fluid and I like it, I’m gonna keep it)

-I’m reading/listening to about 5 books at the current moment and I need to finish at least one of those before I start another.

-29 days before I fly out for WisCon and I’m so excited not only for the panels but to see all the people I connected with last year.

These are the things forefront in my life/mind right now. Now to get back to writing.

Je suis une bunny (meaning quick post!)

Four exciting things have happened in the last few days:

#1 Another professor agreed to write me a letter of recommendation. (Note to self: contact schools)

#2 I was asked to submit an essay to the WisCon anthology. I have an idea on what I want to write but I have to email them my idea and see if it’s okay.

#3 The first teacher who agreed to write me a recommendation caught up with me yesterday and asked if I would read something at this informal reading series he has in his home.

#4 Is a secret for two more days. I’ll post about it on Sat.

So last night I was nervous waiting for the other shoe to drop when I realized that is not the way to live your life. I am going to enjoy this sudden windfall and be happy about the whole thing. So YAY!