callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
 So. 

Swancon 40. Easter 2015 at the Pan Pacific. 

Convenor: 
Kat Griffiths and Stephen Griffiths (no relation) 
Treasurer: Helen Dufill 
Programmer: Sarah Parker
International Guest of Honour: John Scalzi
National Guest of Honour: Kylie Chan 
Fan Guest of Honour: Anthony Peacey

So many people are involved in running a Swancon, and I want to thank every one for making my year awesome. 

Two years ago a couple of young women said to me "We'd like you on the committee, and we'd like you to be our Prky," which, while a high honour, was already taken by Prky anyway. I said "Actually, I want to program. I have been feeling the calling, and I want to be your programmer." To which they squeed because I believe they hadn't found a victim volunteer yet who wanted it! 

This little con report is, as always, a ramble. Welcome to the perambulations through my half arsed recollections and scattered memories. 

I spent the first two days in a tizzy. I was stressed and ready to leap onto any spot fires with my laptop, phone, and backup plans, but after two days of lugging around my laptop, and not really having anything to do, I had to learn how to relax instead. 

We had one cancelled Panel, and Damian Magee stepped admirably into the spot to cover it with one of two pre-prepared backup panels. Did I mention I was ready? I was also vaguely disappointed that my other back up plan, to show Gallavant if there was time and space never actually eventuated because... there were no other cancellations. 

Every one seemed to be on time for their panels. Every one seemed to know what I wanted, what they needed, and they just did it. Andy Hahn was absolutely tireless in his devotion to the AC equipment, and I stand in awe at his technical knowledge about all things AV. Most people picked up their panelist packs, which meant I met every one face to face, and said hi! 

We only had to change a few items around, but I had developed some rules in advance. I was happy to switch rooms on people, but there was no way I was moving times. If someone was too late for their panel, then thank you for your efforts, but everything and every one was so intensely tied into who was where when, there was no chance I could move things and update people properly. 

Venue changes happened because I had managed to put Guest of Honour stuff into the smaller rooms, which was... well, that was me. :) Ooops. Like I shouted at all couple of hundred people as they walked the twenty metres to the new, larger venue. 'SORRY! MY FAULT!"

So then I spent the next two hours combing through the remaining program and moving three other items, updating livecon, writing the official change sheets, notifying Facebook, and emailing the panelists. I figure that's my punishment, right? :p

I don't really know what else to add to this. I'm still in slow moving recovery mode. Lots of sleeping and quiet video games, crochet, movies. 
:) 

Hmmm, now the ramblier bits I guess LOL 
Thursday I was busy being stressy and super alert for spot fires, so John and I went to bed at a decent enough time. Managed breakfast on Friday morning, lurked ready to pounce on unsuspecting panelists by 9:10, which is 10 minutes later than I was intending and about 30 minutes before reception was ready! 

Friday night I drank a bit. There's a lovely picture of my hands braiding Dave's Cake beard, the hotel stole my wild tea vodka and I chased them down until they gave it back :) I was "hiding" it in their icecream freezer after all! 

Saturday was the masquerade, my friend is running a mobile beauticians' business, and so I was all done up. My eyelashes looked like I had baby birds glued to my eyes, which I didn't mind so much but the contact lenses I was wearing were giving me grief. I was done up like 

Sunday nights are often my favourite night of the con. Every one's sleep deprived, exhausted, funned out, but so determined to party that last night, so this is the night where things get amusing. I visited a few room parties, drank a bottle or two of wine, flirted outrageously for bit (Me, would I do that?), met new people who swear they will always come back, and had far too much fun. 

After the room party got shut down, we went down to the foyer but then Coman was talking about his plans for 2017 and I'm *done* for now, so I said good nights and headed off. 

I didn't cry at closing ceremony, which I thought I would. I felt like I had done the best I could for my committee, and that my program, and I,  ran beautifully. None of my public speaking this con was scripted other than a bunch of PPT slides, and I ran my first ever auction! 

Opening Ceremony
Ooo, I should talk about opening ceremony. Ok. Well, we got approval from WASFF about 9 days before the con started for Welcome to County. I take responsibility for raising this, it went something like "do we have a line for Welcome to Country?" and Helen going "Nope" and I was all "I am sure I saw that in a budget somewhere" and TBH it was probably 2016's budget line, but my awesome Convenor took it to WASFF and asked for it and they said yes! So, by the time we got word we had budget, I started contacting the leads I had been given. 

I had attended a Close the Gap celebration earlier in march that had an awesome Welcome to Country, and I thought Shaun would be awesome for Swancon, and really in fitting with our love affairs with narrative and meaning, however when I emailed my contact, it had a vacation bounce and said she wouldn't be back until 16th of April! Eep! 

So I tried the other details i had been given, ringing them on Thursday and then Friday, and they said they would email me a list but it never arrived, however it turns out the vacation bounce had also sent my email to another person in the department, who sent me the right contact details. 

So, now on the Tuesday before con... and Shaun said he was free, and we sorted out the details, and Swancon had it's first Welcome to Country. 

It's a bit hard to comment on it when you're sitting at the white table behind him but I found it moving and amazing and reaffirming. His story telling abilities and sense of presence were fantastic, and I felt safe in his story telling. And it turns out he knew people in the crowd! he had many people coming up to mention how amazing, how touching, his Welcome to Country had made them feel, and he caught up with some old workmates, and I said if he was free next year on the Thursday of Easter.... 

Which also gave rise to the thought that sometimes we need to invite people into our spaces better, and you know what might be fun? Perhaps we could have an Indigenous Guest of Honour, so we can learn more about some of the spec-fic that's coming out of Indigenous Writers. 

I had almost thirty people tell me how uplifting, amazing and awesome Shaun's Welcome had been, and one person felt uncomfortable in that the Welcome related to a religion, regardless of whether it had been any religion, they did feel the religious tones were unnecessary for a convention opening ceremony. 

I had asked Grant Stone to do the opening ceremony, and he said yes but then he wasn't around at the time, so in the end I opened Swancon. It's never hard doing public speaking at Swancon. Every one there is a friend. 

Coming from my pagan background, it made sense to me that since I had Opened Swancon, I should Close it too. A sacred five days of creation, narrative, genre, passionate people, discussions, personalities, and so much more, it has to be Closed so we can return to our every day selves, and start saving for the next one! 

I didn't cry during the closing ceremony for closing, but I did cry for the Mikey Award, as I always do. I cried many times over the convention, it's my way of downloading too much emotion, and then picking up and carrying on. I don't think I have ever cried so many happy tears though, nor have I ever been so thanked so often for the program. I counted thirty odd people thanking me for the Welcome to Country, and I have had more than that thanking me for the program, people I hold very dear and high in my esteem. 

Changing Communities Panel (in which I waffle for far too long about emotional stuff) 
This was one of my babies. I was so excited when I heard John was coming, for his Ant Army stuff and his activism in changing some of the communities he has been a part of, and I kind of wanted to share some of his experiences and our experiences in trying to help keep our community open and as welcoming as possible. 

It was a little hard, because I was tired and overwrought, and it's something so close to my heart, but the community we have at Swancon is what will always bring people back. I have so many amazing friends and acquaintances from Swancon, and I've always tried hard to make sure that we get to be ourselves, even while we're being a rowdy and contentious lot. 

Swancon really is a rare thing in fandom, I hear this from international visitors, and that lies entirely with the people who come, and the community we have built. We have our problems, but we work on them, and we don't try to pretend that we are anything other than normal people doing the best we can.

A lot of the community change stuff is undercurrent stuff, and from my point of view, it's not so much been anything other than a gentle and continuous reminder to people to be the best we can be. And that's exactly what people do at Swancon. We try to be the best we can. I am so proud of us, all of us. 

Anyway, I'm not so much done in writing this as I got distracted and wandered off. 
:) 
There might be more later. 



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OMG how long has it been since I posted? You all know I only come here when I have time, right?? So.. have been a tad busy.

So, a bit of a run down for those who are curious.

I got a job! I can't remember if I posted here to mention that. I am now working for iiBorg, provisioning telephones and internet at a place near you. This week, i have dreamed about work every night. Last night, I dreamt about connecting phone lines, adsl, being on a headset and being on calls several times. In different dreams. *sigh*

So, my typical day looks a lot like this:

6:10 we get out of bed and I shower while john makes coffee and breakfast. I am having problems with food right now, so I eat as much as I can of one egg and a slice of bacon, and drink my coffee while brushing hair/getting dressed/trying to be presentable. If I have time, I will play about 5 minutes of farmville, but only if someone else has already turned on the PC. I just don't bother if the PC is not already on.

7:00 we drive me to the train, and I catch the train to Subi.

On the train, I check FB and this week, I rang people. Wow, me using the phone! Voluntarily! For longer than five seconds! Wow! I have been driven by desperation - time crunched and half my friends all moving to Melbourne... so yeah. I am learning to use the phone. And learning to use my phone credit LOL

8:10ish I am at work for an 8:30 start. I take calls and do tasks. I get one 15 minute break, one 30 minute lunch, and one 10 minute break. Finish at 5:00 and walk back to the train station and catch the train home. John catches up with me in Perth and we train home together.I check FB and he plays Civilisation.

6:00ish we get home, and on Mondays we still have our Family nights with willowgypsy and leachim. Willow picks up the kids from school and cooks us dinner, so I walk through to door to a loving family, which is just ... *awesome*. Tuesday Mum has the kids and it's just the four of us for dinner, and then Wednesday we have Doctor Who night, and leachim often walks through the door at the same time as we do, or else about ten minutes later. Thursdays it's usually just four of us, and Friday is Daycare day, and every couple of weeks I go out with leachim. Chesh goes to Artifactory most Wednesday nights except for once a month when it's Polymeet night, and I go to Polymeets.

Weekends are often spent trying to catch up. Throwing in Swancon and other stuff, we have been hell busy. Now Swancon is over, I am concentrating on my home life more. I am trying to retrain Vin's sleep habits so he stops getting outof bed five times and not sleeping until 9:30, and we have had some wins there - he is often asleep before 8:00 this week - yay!

He's been having 'sads' which i think have been a combination of a number of factors - lactose buildup when he is intolerant (an experiment gone wrong, really), low iron, sleep deprivation, and the changes going on around here. They are completely terrifying for me. It's sucha struggle, and I struggle with me, and my self, to do the best thing in his interest and mine. I want to scream and shout and make him stop, but I don't want to be that person, so I struggle and just try to be there for him while he's screaming at me to go away. It's a bit of a mess but the severity is dropping, to the point where I think the food and sleep is starting to have a good effect and it's more of a tantrum than a full on emotional storm. I have hopes that there will be no sad this weekend - they seem to happen a lot at five seconds to dinner time on Sunday nights.

The changes with working the re-distribution of my stresses has actually been going really well. There were going to be changes of course, but I was wondering if they would be difficult to incorporate mentally. It is odd and I miss the kids and my old life a lot, but at the same time, I get paid! And I'm not as exhausted as I thought I would be - I still walk outof there with the urge to create and play with colour and write. I just don't have much un-allocated time, and I am getting used to using what un-allocated time I do have. It's only been a couple of months, and it usually takes about 6 for things to really sort itself out. Then I am sure I will get back into editing/writing. It's so awesome to still have the urge, even if I don't get to actually *do* much. Painting my nails is both a creative outlet and some self care that brings me joy. :) I get to play with colours! And buying mini OPIs is my new hobby, and I am rather loving it.

Swancon was really lovely. I wanted a quiet con where I could just enjoy it, and not "work," and that happened. I had some very special moments with all my closest friends, and signed up for programming with John for 2015. Yes, that's how much extra energy one con "off" can give me LOL and I am really excited to be working with the committee.

Oddly enough, now I have no time and no interest in food, I want to have awesome dinner parties again. I want to spend time cooking as an art on the weekends. I made soup and stew yesterday, and have bought a new cooking mag and suggested a dinner party to some friends while imagining the stacked and layered chocolate desserts I could make for every one.

Ok, enough rambling for now. I should go clean something, but I have already done a bit of that... LOL
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Swancon is coming! yay! I am SO OMG EXCITED! more excited than I am about the German Sparkle Party i am going to, and *that* involved a LOT of screaming on chat! 

YAY!

This of course begs the question, and since this year Chesh and I are fan Guests of Honour (OMG yay!)) I can't avoid it LOL...

What would you like me to do for you in panels? What do you want me to talk about, show, learn, explore, do? There's a programming meeting on Sunday which i am hoping to get to - will I see you all there?

Also! Gynaecon stuffs! Let's get some thoughts happening! Maybe we should do a review/retroactive look at the safe spaces panel and what we've done with it, and the shape of it now as to how it was the first few  years? A retrospective on some of the changes Gynaecon has brought Swancon? No big fandom blow ups this year, though we still have a few months to go :)

Talk to me peoples! Now!
:D

Swancon!

Apr. 15th, 2012 10:48 am
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yay Swancon!

This year we were at the Pan Pacific in Perth, and it was lovely. I think some parts of this will be in dot point, and some will be actual paragraphs. Welcome for the ride, peoples!

Thursday
- left home at 11:30, went and got petrol, berocca, then children, then drove to Eaton. Missed correct entry point to Eaton, lost an hour wandering around looking for Eaton Primary. Kids finally deposited, we drove back home, grabbed our stuff, and then headed into the hotel.
- hotel big and shiny. Rooms love. Dumped hand luggage and headed downstairs for a meal before opening ceremony. Real luggage still on it's way!
- Had one glass of wine with dinner. Forgot it had been about 12 weeks since the last full glass of wine. Was drunk by the time the ceremony started, but sobering up rapidly by the time it finished.
- Welcome to First Con panel had a few new people, and lots of helpful friendly people. Yay! Will remember to volunteer for a second run of the panel on the morning of any future gold coin donation days
- Safe Spaces panel was good, nice and quiet. Discussions of boundary setting within concern trolling, and what each parts of that phrase actually meant. Did not scare the new person too much (we hope).
- I can't remember if we went to a room party or what. I am sure it was about midnight we went to bed? Help?

Friday
- 7:00 wasn't sleep (had a terrible night) so gave in, got up, and checked out the pool. It was cold but not frozen.
- 7:15 made it to gym. Started walking.
- 7:30 the gym is looking very full.. and more people were coming in! Eep! Have discovered one of the secrets of swancon - there's a pile of us in the gym at 7:30 am! All we needed was a panel in front of the treadmills and I'd have been happy! LOL
- 10am we made cookies! oo, I must upload those pics so people can see them. Friday was a huge day. We had heaps of kids and heaps of adults come in, have a look around, and feel very comfortable and join us to make aliens and space ships and TARDISes. I would call that panel a success, and I'm happy to do it again in future! Also met a few of the gold coin donation people, which was lovely.
- Free day for me. I spent a lot of it talking, being friendly to puzzled looking strangers, and raving onto to other people who looked interested in my badges about the con, and how it was a gold coin donation day. Friday... was MASSIVE. I do remember Tori and I positioning ourselves so we could have a better view of all the people walking through the door. The line to get in was huge, and I saw heaps of friends who had always been talking about coming in, and yet completely failed to do so...
- Dinner was a bit of an adventure. I finally got the chance to meet Marianne de Pierres, after four years of finagling by Ju. Marianne is a warm and lovely person, so open and such a wonderful listener. She is just amazing, works her ass off, and I had a great time chatting with her, Kendra, Ju, John, and Sharpie. Just a lovely night, though probably the most expensive steak I have ever purchased in my life. :)
- Chatting with Karen and Dave while sucking NAFF votes out of any one standing still long enough for me to pounce. Met Skot - after he gave me $5 and his vote. This may be important for the rest of Friday night.
- Managed to get invited to the same room party by different people, and being unsure if it was the same room party as one group said it was S's party, and the other said it was M's party... eh, it all worked out. I thought they were sharing but wasn't sure, and they were. Awesome room party. Skot spent a lot of time teaching my how to drink Dave Cake's expensive whiskey. He can teach me how to drink whiskey any time! I was quite enchanted! Headed out at about 1ish I think, nicely drunk and highly amused to hit the gastrolyte in the hopes of mitigating my potential hangover.

Saturday
- 9:30 Anne Mccaffrey Panel. I was the first one there! And I managed shower, hair, clothes, and breakfast! Ian Nicholls and Zoe were a delight to work with, and we talked a bit about ourfavourite books and Ian told us some awesome stories about Anne, and how awesome she was, and how sad every one is at her passing.
- Facepainting for kids! Very pleased that people recognised the butterfly. The Princess was a bit harder. I could either a) practice and learn to do this properly or b) actually limit it to aliens, zombies and skeletons, which I have more grounding in. Eh, they were happy. :)
- Gender norms panel was *awesome*. Brandon was *awesome*. Bevan, Marianne, and Elaine were also *awesome*. Excellent panel. More panels like that and I would probably go to more... though that would also require me to find five minutes to read the programme at some point. I honestly was too busy to look! I just tend to focos on getting to/through my own panels and anything else is gravy.
- I think I accidentally fell asleep when I laid down for a minute in my room. I think it was today... It takes me a while to wake up, unfortunately, so I was pretty boring during the fan fund panel.
- 6:00 Fan funds panel. Equal numbers of panelists and audience. Possibly a good thing as I was dead on my feet due to the bad nights sleep I have been having, and I was pretty lacklustre. But Dave did an awesome job talking about his adventures as DUFF delegate, and it made me want to run off and go for GUFF and DUFF... but later. When the kids are older and I can have adventures like that!
- Dinner at the curry house I think? It was good. I drank a few glasses of wine. Not many. Just two. Started drinking at 7pm.
- Masquerade. I drank 2 more glasses of wine.
- Paranormal Romance Panel - it was OK. every one seemed to like it, but ... it was OK.
- Dancing, chatting, masquerade.
- Coman's Bid Party in the open area in front of the family room. Had one glass of the punch, as I was drinking whiskey but desperately thirsty for a bit. I had three shots of whiskey that night, all sipped slowly. Lots of chats and talking about future cons. Emily gave me a shot of her toffee spirits, which was very toffee and very sweet.
- Went to bed around 2:30ish, showered, etc etc, gastrolyte, bed. But it seems that drinking 4 glasses of wine, 3 shots of whiskey, 1 shot of toffee and one cup of punch over about 8 hours is mixing enough that I was sick for about 3 or 4 hours. I had thought that going gently would be OK but it seems I was very wrong. And then there was the WASFF AGM...

Sunday
- WASFF AGM - had news for every one, we've run out of the money. The investment in the expansion of memberships hasn't paid off *enough* to cover the costs we have been running up. So we need to re-evaluate our stance and see what we can do. Things are getting bigger, just not fast enough for us to recoup enough. This year will be exciting. :)
- I took the minutes. I'm pretty happy. It was a quiet, civilised meeting, and was pretty awesome, really. People had lots of suggestions and stuff. I should finalise the minutes before the next meeting LOL
- LAUNCH CEREMONY! I finally get to tell every one ou big secret - JOHN AND I ARE FAN GUESTS OF HONOUR NEXT YEAR!!! YAYAYYYYYYYY1 *cartwheels* Tommo made me cry LOL I thought he'd announce us with something like "And our Fan Guests of Honour are... Sarah and John Parker!" and we'd stand up and say yay! and then sit down, but he read out this really lovely speech about how awesome we are and how much we've done and I'm just crying thinking of it now... I just can't say enough how over-awed and honoured we are. We really, truly, are.
- I think I drifted a lot on Sunday, and maybe even had a nap. And a bath. It was lovely. Refreshed and renewed, I dressed up for the Awards ceremony, at which John won a TIN DUCk! Against what seemed to be HEAPS of people! I swear there were 2 pages of noms for the Best Fan Production. He totally expected to lose... so he was gobsmacked when he won! I was pretty amazed too! Yay John! Now he has to think of somethign else he can do that's creative, cos there's no more cons in his future! (That's what he says... but he's not disallowing volunteering for other cons... just *running* them is going to stop...)
- Sunday was the NAFF party! I had 2 buckets of shots, which were awesome! Due to a wedding in the other section, we had it in the fan lounge. I had my whiskey, people had other stuff, and there were free shots for any one who wanted one. There were snackies and dip and chocolate and cheese and booze! We had heaps of votes and donations, which was really awesome. Had some great chats and catching up with people, which was just wonderful.

I am missing heaps of stuff but I have to go to Mum's for lunch. I'll write up the rest later, as well as insert some stuff that I know happened but just can't remember what *day* or what *time*...

Had such a great con. Seem to have turned respectable though. Need to fix that.... LOL
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I'm on panels! 

And.........

I have my own Kaffeeklatsch! 

Foundlings and orphans
The orphaned baby who grows up to become a master wizard. The lonely farmboy who becomes a powerful Jedi. The last son of the planet Krypton, who assumes the mantle of the world’s greatest hero. Foundlings and orphans form a common and powerful theme in popular culture and fiction around the world, but why? What is the origin of this storytelling theme, and why does it appeal to writers and audiences so much?
Faye Ringel, Sarah Parker, Delia Sherman, Gillian Polack, Mary
Victoria, Mur Lafferty
Friday 1300 Room 211

Very short stories: Writing and reading flash fiction
Flash fiction - a short story lasting only a few hundred words - is perhaps the most misunderstood of prose fiction forms, and potentially one of the hardest to write. What are the challenges of writing flash fiction, and what sorts of stories is it best equipped to tell? Is it possible to write a work of flash fiction that could rival lengthier classics in the field? Can you write quality fiction shorter than this panel description? (Which is 88 words long, by the way, including this sentence.)
Martin Livings, Sarah Parker, Jeff Harris, Amanda Pillar
Friday 1500 Room 217

Sat 1500 Rm 201: Kaffeeklatsche;

Sun 1000 Rm 209: (K) Zombie make-up session; (I have facepaint. Kids beware! Adults beware! KNEE HIGH ZOMBIES COMING AT YA!)

Sun 1100 Rm 209: (K) Surviving the zombie apocalypse;


Come and visit me! Say hello! Come to my kaffeeklatsch! (Please!)

I'm getting so excited!!!


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And we're off!

YAY SWANCON!

I'm on all sorts of things! See you all this weekend!


 

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Natcon webpage has been updated! 

http://conjecture2009.org/

Melbourne

Dec. 1st, 2008 08:34 pm
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I'm trying to sort out where we stayed and looking for details of my last trip to Melbourne.

My heart catches as I see the calendar entry.
And once again I just want to cry.
Sometimes, you never quite get over things, do you.
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Sep. 6th, 2008 06:58 am Meet Traci Harding via [personal profile] drjon and [livejournal.com profile] asimmum  If you aren't heading to Conflux this might be an alternative!

Coming up, Friday October 3 - Monday October 6 2008

Queensland Trazfest 2008 - The Traci Harding Camping Convention - with special guest, Traci Harding!

Location/Venue:
Luther Heights Youth Camp, Coolum, Queensland

Attendance Cost is $160.00. This covers shared dormitory style accommodation and all meals.

For more information visit
the Trazfest Website or their Facebook group. If you're interested, please get in contact as very soon as possible.
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I expect I have got most of you already ... but for those I haven't, come to our con!
:-)

http://wastelandcon.blogspot.com/

Steampunk * Victoriana * Futurism

We're proud to announce WASTELANDS II, AGE OF IRON will be October 18,
and 19th 2008 at the Good Earth Hotel in Perth, WA.

Wastelands II, Age of Iron is a two day convention focusing on the
futures of yesterday, and the glories of tomorrows that never were.
There will be two streams over two days. including workshops, panels,
and presentations. Discounts for people dressed in theme.

Elements covered will include Multimedia, Writing, Graphic Design,
Art, Costuming and other areas. Events included will also cover other
areas of interest not strictly tied to the "core" theme.

Our Guests of Honour is Nick Stathopoulous, multiple award winning,
Hugo-nominated, and Archibald Award Finalist Artist and all round
great guy. He is incredibly talented and one of the most sought after
artists for book covers in Australia.

Our Local Guest of Honour is Alisa Krasnostein. Alisa is the CEO of
Twelfth Planet Press and very active in the small press industry in
Australia. She is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of
Australian Specfic In Focus (ASiF!). Alisa's projects are too numerous
to mention, including a goal to read over 5,000 short stories this
year as well as run her own publishing company.

Fan Guest of Honour is Tommo Eitelhuber. Tommo has been very active in
the fan community, and been endlessly helpful to a number of Swancon
committees. He's also extremely passionate about music and his new
wife.

Current draft program is up and it's just awesome! Please check it
out, and if you would like to present a panel, show off something
interesting, volunteer to be on one of the suggestions, or even just
help out during the con, please let us know! We're getting excited
around here, and we hope to see you there!

Please feel free to cross post, email, talk, or broadcast info on this convention as far and wide as you like!
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Things I want to be there for:

Saturday August 2

2pm – Gillian Polack

Sunday August 3

2pm – Jackie French

And, at the conference I was talking to a lady who was saying her friend writes science fiction... and here she is!

9pm – Maxine McArthur

:-)

I might just hang around the forums and see how things are going that weekend anyway
:-)
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Round two was almost the final round...
Mum tried to ring me as the kids were both unhappy and she had had sad news
We cried during some of the panels
We avoided the sex and violence panels
we came home early
Mum's sad news made me bawl lots and lots
I got a wonderful card from a friend :-)
I'd like to point out that while we left after lunch, we went through seven papers in that time and two social times. Good god.
The papers thing is interesting - it's so much more focused and draining, I think, than the three person panel. We saw some really awesome art and performance stuff yesterday which helped, but spending all this time listening to incredibly complex things is just exhausting, amazing, and inspiring. I felt like I got my money's worth between yesterday and Wednesday already.

DING DING!

Time for round three! This will be the final round regardless! I think we're going the distance!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Conference going well. Will put on kilos by end of it (catering is good!) and speech went well. *happy*
:-)
Got some good questions, which is excellent because I was worried I was painting too idyllic a picture, and my first question was: what goes wrong?
:-)
Awesome

Have caught up on sleep dep a bit. Love slowcooker. *hugs slowcooker*

Too tired still to talk in other than dot points.

DING DING!
Off for round 2 of the conference. Will I last or will it be a knockout??
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Tired. Seedy. Sore in strange places.

Post con feeling.
:-)
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Um...
- Print out stuff for slashcon
- prepare shocking list for slashcon and family
- prepare list of stuff for slashcon
- get clothing and bathroom items ready for slashcon
- empty volvo
- refill volvo with slashcon stuff
- sort out people what I am giving a lift to
- transfer stuff to Eee
- Wander around house looking lost
- Feed children
-Change children
- Wander around looking lost some more

- Put a line through ica_three on whiteboard and ignore next project (speech)
- re-read bits of book
- clean some more
- go to shop and wander around looking lost with two small children
- fill volvo with petrol tomorrow morning
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Open Programming Day
Any time after 5:30pm
Old Shanghai Food Court
Northbridge

16th of May

Come to help with the programme, come to socialize, come for dinner, come to say hi!

BAR-BE-CUE

Apr. 8th, 2008 09:21 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Brace yourself Captain Jack)
Well, Pic-a-nic actually.

We're going! And I want to see all of you there!
:-)

The Swancon Picnic is THIS SUNDAY so move your butts and email Mynxii NOW to say you're all coming and bringing $10 a head for adults.  I am looking forward to catching up with people, maybe some intense discussion, and maybe some light chatting while we rub babies. Also, I will have a receipt book if any one would like to purchase Wasteland II Age of Iron or Femmeconne tickets.

So come along! Email Mynxii now!

Here's her info lifted from her own journal:

Fundraising BBQ
As part of our social and fundraising events this year, Swancon 2009 would like to invite you to a casual BBQ. We'll provide the food, soft drinks and fun activities; all you need is your picnic blanket! This is a family friendly event.
Date Sunday April 13th
Time 1pm
Location Kings Park - Western Power Playground
Cost $10 adults, children under 12 are free
Please register your interest with the committee ASAP including the numbers of adults and children attending; an email address or phone number to contact in case of inclement weather; and any dietary requirements (gluten, nuts, other allergies, vegetarian, vegan etc).

Committee contact would be myself, transcendancing@yahoo.com.au, mobile number is: 0439 354 992 for that day.

Con Report

Apr. 16th, 2007 08:08 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
First, this speech here explains better than I ever could about the Marge Hughes Award, also known as the Mumfan. :-)

I am very very very very honoured to have been thought of for this award. I was completely taken by surprise, and it's one of the highlights of my life. I can't express enough amazement, gratitude, awe, and sheer happiness and support the thought of the award has given me. :-)

Mynxii's Speech which Made Me Cry, and still does just editing it to put it here )

Goodness. *wipes brow*
Now, I suppose I should start from the beginning, and work my way up to the end.

Swancon 2007, not as short a report as I thought. Hey, that rhymes! 2,800 words. )
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Soapy Monkey of Fandom)
BTW, there may be formatting problems because I tried something in LJ and it didn't work so I had to restore this from the word backup I made when finding out word cout.
:-)

Con Report: 2462 Words. Enter Ye At Your Own Risk. )
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Happy)
Swancon 2006 is over. Goodness. I saw very old friends. I saw new friends. I saw many people. It was huge, and it rocked.
:-)
I think Vinnie loved his time there, and I know I loved having him there. Responses to Femmeconne are all brilliant. We have plans...
:-)

Time to do some catching up reading. I'm tired and seedy, the usual for a con. :-)

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