Safe Spaces Panel
Worked really really well. It did everything I wanted it to do, which was to give people food for thought, awareness of cons as a space which needs protecting and is not inherently safe, and also giving some tools for when people might find themselves in uncomfortable situations.
There's such a depth to this topic that it can go on for years. Keeping it related specifically to specfic issues might be the problem. A huge thanks to my panellists. I am glad it was recorded, and I am eager for it to be available online. I have notes... somewhere... for the book references and stuff... but I am still crawling from the morass of dirty clothing and packing.
:-) Welcome to Your First Con Lunch
Also worked really well, I think. It had 14 attendees, of which we had six new people at, one person who had not been to one in a while, and heaps of old hands, which was a really good mix of people. I was more than confident to make a second table, knowing that heaps of friendly people were accessible on the first table. Next time, with some advertising, I will get a booking for 20. I'll probably also just check to make sure a couple of male fans will come along. I was really glad when leachim
also rocked up. :-) Twittering for Swancon
I think this has great potential but I think I did it badly. I think someone who already twitters and handles the medium would be more successful. As a first attempt, I think I did OK, but since I think the cadence and rhythm needed work. Yes, I am critical of my tweets. I think it has great potential to be done really well, and unfortunately, I think I'm not the one to do it! But check it out, there's heaps of great tweets under #swanco
n. :-) Slashreading
It had problems, and I was toadally toasted. With extra froggy goodness. :-) But I did get to hang out with my writing group, until they scampered off just because it was late! That wasn't late! Late was 3:45 on the sunday night! That was late!
Yes. Need I say more?
Running Your Own Panel
I enjoyed this one! It was great! And yet another panel that was all women! :-) There was also a predominantly female audience, plus Doug (WNLJ), which was great. We all sat around and talked about prep, moderating and moderation, and ideas. Excellent!
Worldcon and ... well, everything, really.
Worldcon panel went well. I was a bit dazed, since it was at 9:00 after a late night... I got up, showered, dressed, and down in 15 minutes... I was pretty happy. I am getting very excited about worldcon. Okay, so I am getting very excited abotu worldcon. especially since I now know I will have friends who can drink as hard and long as me and still be standing. *grin*
Great to meet some new people.
I spent a lot of time feeling touched out, as I think I put a lot of work into some of the stuff right at the beginning of the con. Now I have a better idea of how my energy flows work, I don't think I will end up so touched out quite so quick. Also, i have toadally fuxx0red my knees. I took the stairs as much as I could, but had forgotten that my knees are my weak point. I can stand and walk and do stuff all day, but walking up and down stairs ten or so times in 24 hours meant I was either going to be stuck on one floor, or else stuck in a chair with my legs straight out. I feel a bit uncomfortable about the discussions about the elevator, and don't think I should have to explain about it, but here I am, explaining about it. I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow about what I need to do to recover as fast as possible. :-( I had a great con. I had far too many panel items I wanted to go to. I had far too many I missed. I made it to more than one a day! This means I have made it to more panels this year than probably the last 2 put together. I enjoyed the panels I did. I am sure I did more, but I can't remember LOL
I feel... exhausted. I thought I was completely calm about the farked thing, but I had a moment or two. I expected to get rape threats and death threats, but that was for my feminist views, not for my standing around at a con having fun. I also expected a little more maturity of people posting shit blind to a community. I feel pretty strongly that people forget that Swancon community stuff is for debate, discussion, and angsting by the members, and is a PR mechanism for the convention. I don't have the urge to talk about it much, but I think it's a clear example for why we still need feminism. :-(
I did some gynaecon stuff. We had two Gynaecon panels this year, one on cultural appropriation, and one on Target Women, which was awesome. Plus fred_mouse did the Breastfeeding Panel, plus an improptu clothing party. I think there was another one, but I don't remember, plus three Gynaecon panels in the actual programme, so it was a pretty awesome Gynaecon-along. ten years next year! I will make a cake! Expect a big party!
I fell over and nominated myself for WASFF. It's time I start making a list for the oncoming work. I am very pleased with the committee that were selected, though some one else as treasurer might have been handy. These things happen.
Was awesomecookies. Loved the photo backdrop. Loved the grove with the judges. Loved the parade. Music was a bit loud, but then I was scampering back and forth in kick arse boots trying not to bend my knees. Not bending knees was good!
cheshirenoir won a tinduck! YAY! I am so glad that every one appreciates the cons Chesh has run. he put his heart and soul into them, and we've had some heartbreaking times and some awesome times with them. This con has re-energized Chesh and he is very excited about Kiddie SF Con. Yay! Congrats to every one who won a Tin Duck. they looked awesome this year! I am definitely going to have to move a few books and start an awards shelf. :-)
Big hugs to Mynxii for her special award! How awesome is that?? She deserved it, and I'm very proud to be the one who introduced her to Swancon. Sure, organizing it from the inside out wasn't the original plan (hey, she is cute!) but I am so impressed and proud of her. I cried.
I have more.... but I am scatterbrained and all that. So, more to come later.