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I’ve been cutting back on conventions this year so I can focus on revisions and my pretty new baby.

I’d even decided to skip Wiscon this year, even though it’s in Madison, which means it’s practically in my backyard.

But then I found out my friend Nnedi was going to be Guest of Honor there this year. (Remember Nnedi? I interviewed her for Worldbuilders last year, and talked about her book a couple months ago.) Anyway, getting asked to be GOH at Wiscon is a pretty big deal, and I don’t see Nnedi nearly as much as I’d like, so I decided to go.

Then the people at Locus dropped me an e-mail, asking if I wanted to do an interview. I said, “Sure.” Because Locus is a pretty big deal in the Sci-Fi Fantasy publishing world. And I like doing interviews, especially when they’re in person. I spend enough time typing.

So I meet up with the lovely folks from Locus. The interview is fun. They ask good questions. We hang out. Then they say, “Do you mind if we take some pictures?”

And I’m like, “Sure, if you’re into that sort of thing.”

Then a couple weeks ago, this shows up in the mail:

My first thought? “If I’d known they were going to put me on the cover, I would have gotten a haircut….”

My second thought was, “I’m on the cover of Locus.”

My third thought was, “Shit. This is kind of a big deal. I hope I don’t sound like an idiot…”

Then I open up the magazine and burst out laughing. Here’s what I see:

Why don’t we zoom in on that a little?

Yeah. There you go. You can click that to embiggen it if you want, but you might want to be careful, lest the intensity of my sheer awesome reduce you to a quivering wreck.

For those of you who are curious. My t-shirt says: “My Marxist feminist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.” It’s a very specialized sort of joke, and there really isn’t any point in me explaining it if you don’t get it. Suffice to say that Wiscon is a feminist Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention. It’s the only place I can wear the shirt where people think it’s funny.

Anyway, after I had a good laugh at this picture I was much more relaxed. I get very nervous when people take me too seriously.

I read the interview and was very pleased that I didn’t come off sounding like an idiot. It was a lot more wide-ranging than a lot of the interviews I do, and we talked about some stuff I don’t normally talk about.

If you want a taste of it, there’s a few excerpts over on Locus’ website.

Still revising. One week ’til deadline.


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Wiscon: Part I

I’ve been back from Wiscon for two days, and I’m finally caught up on my sleep and my e-mail.

For those of you who don’t know, Wiscon is a bit of a rarity. It’s a feminist Sci-fi convention.

What does that mean? Several things…

The paneling is slightly different:

When I went to Norwescon, they had a panel titled: “Where Have All the Great Monster Movies Gone?” Wiscon had a panel titled: “The Role of Women and Ethnic Minorities in Stargate.”

There is a lean toward issues of race, class and gender at Wiscon, but it’s just a lean. It’s not the only thing that happens there. Wiscon still has panels on writing good high fantasy, the science of dark matter, and artificial intelligence. The difference is that at Wiscon the AI panel will be more likely to discuss the gender of the AI, and what that implies about society.

The people that attend are slightly different:

At Wiscon you have less of the extreme freaky fans with borderline social dysfunction. This is nice.

However, there is a corresponding rise of Wiscon attendees with graduate degrees. Which, in a way, means they just have a different flavor of social dysfunction.

In practical terms this means that at Wiscon you’ll have fewer people standing too close to you, interrupting you when you speak, or following you around explaining why Squire of Gothosis personally, very important to them. The trade off is that people at Wiscon are more likely to use words like, “hermeneutic,” and “appropriation” and “trope.”

I score this as a point for Wiscon, as I kinda like the word trope.


The activities are slightly different:

There is less filking and yiffing, more discoursing and unpacking of social constructs.

Simply said, at Wiscon, there’s less geeking, and more speaking.

The amount of drinking and hobnobbing at the parties are roughly equal.

You’ll see fewer people in costume at Wiscon. In fact, it wasn’t until the very last day that I saw my requisite catgirl. Costumes are still there, but they tend to be more reserved, or designed along challenging gender rolls. Which is a fancy way of saying that there’s a fair amount of cross-dressing. Though honestly, I saw a fair share of that at Norwescon too.

I’m not saying that I like one scene more than the other. I’m just pointing out the differences. Personally, I just like being around people who are doing what makes them happiest. If you’re a woman who wants to dress up like a Klingon, fine. If you’re a guy who wants to wear a red sequined evening dress, also fine. You want to do both, it’s all cool with me, baby. Get down with your freaky self.

There, now we’re all on the same page about Wiscon. Next post I’ll give y’all the list of surrealness that happened while I was down there….

Stay tuned,


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