Closing down

I am going to cease posting here on WordPress. It’s been fun, and I’ve enjoyed the time here, but technology marches on.

I’m not deleting the content. That will remain. And, who knows? Perhaps I might resume blogging here in the future.

For now the place to get long-form blog-type thoughts from me is at my newsletter, In Earnest.

http://tinyletter.com/SigridEllis

You can also find me on Twitter, @sigridellis, and on Tumblr, http://sigridellis.tumblr.com/

See you ’round the internets, folks.

Onwards and upwards —

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CONvergence!

I’ll be busy with CONvergence for the rest of the week.

I suspect my social media will be heavily convention oriented; mute now, or mute the hashtag #cvg2016.

If, however, you want to follow me, I’m @sigridellis on Twitter, sigridellis on Tumblr and YouTube, and sigridellis on Instagram.

See you after the con, internets!

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Upcoming CONvergence things to note

My hometown con, CONvergence, is in a week and half. I hope to see many of you there!

As some of you might know, I am working as part of the Invited Participants department this year. I am invested in CVG being a good convention for everyone. I want us to treat you well.

I will say this upfront and openly: CONvergence is an imperfect convention. It is run by people. We all have our own opinions and perceptions, we all have our prejudices and our privilege. We will fuck up.

What keeps me working with-and-for CONvergence all these years is a willingness to acknowledge screw-ups, listen, learn, and make an attempt to do better. I cannot assure you we won’t do something incredibly stupid and racist, misogynist, homophobic, ableist or otherwise asinine. What we will try very hard to do is make it right.

My Twitter is public, @sigridellis. Contact me there if you have an issue and I’ll see how I can help.

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In addition, I’m on some programming this year. You can find me at:

Gone Off the Rails: How to Moderate
Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

Sometimes, you’re on a panel that starts to go wrong: some guy starts talking over all the women in the room or the person who volunteered to moderate the panel turns out to be a blowhard. How do you fix this on the fly? And not be That Guy?
Panelists: John Seavey, Sigrid Ellis (mod), Mark Oshiro, Michael Carus, Stephanie Zvan

Trade Routes
Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm – 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

Most people think of trade routes as means to exchange goods and money. They are also the roads of culture and influence. Let’s talk about the power trade routes have exerted on history and in genre.
Panelists: Bradford Walker, Katie Dahl, Sigrid Ellis (mod), Emma Bull, Michael Carus

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A few other notes:

The Twitter accounts for CVG are @CONvergenceCon for the main con, @CONvergenceLive for live-tweets of panels, photos of the convention, and current immediate events, and @CVG_Reminders for tips about enjoying the convention and remembering to eat meals.

The hashtag for CVG this year is #CVG2016.

See you all June 30th!

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Minicon 51!

Wow!

I got a chance this weekend to go to Minicon! For the first time … Huh, for the first time since The Schism, I think. (If you don’t know what The Schism is, never mind, move along. No need to go into ancient history.)

I had a lovely time!

I went to a number of GoH panels with Seanan McGuire, including a GREAT panel about parasites. (All praise be to Rick, the moderator, who dutifully played the straight man and was the prop in miming parasite infestations.) And I saw Amy McNally play a concert, which is *always* a good use of one’s time.

I met a number of interesting, fun, engaged fans over the course of the convention, and *I am so sorry* I have completely forgotten your names. I am @sigridellis on Twitter, and sigridellis on Tumblr, and PLEASE say hi!

I also got drafted at the last minute to be on a panel about psionic powers in superhero comics, and Seanan and I did NOT set rage-fire to the room or stab anyone, so we win!

In a note of positive change, the panel on being a fan of problematic things was open and supportive and respectful, not defensive and self-excusing, as it was twenty years ago. And while there were some … problematic … folks mired in How Things Used to Be, the folks running the convention were VERY receptive to my few critical observations, and seemed motivated to foster further positive changes where needed.

I had a lovely time. I am not sure I will get back to it anytime soon, because of my work schedule, but I was delighted to see that it is once again a thriving, inviting convention.

Yay Minicon!

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Going dormant

I’m not really sure when/if I’ll be using this blog again. Not for any real reason, merely that I don’t have time/brains for composing longer things at the moment.

Please, *do* follow me on Twitter, @sigridellis, and/or on Tumblr if you appreciate reblogged gifs of cute animals and social justice politics.

See you ’round the internets —

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CONvergence is over for another year

:waves blearily at you all:

Hello!

Another CONvergence has come and gone. Welcome to you new followers. :waves to you in the back, there: Hi!

I had a really nice convention. I saw some friends, chatted with folks I don’t get to see often enough, went to some fum panels, and was on some panels I enjoyed.

The Enthusiastic Consent panel on Thursday evening was fun. I always enjoy giving that panel, whatever the name of it is in a given year. We fielded a few questions, gave some practical advice, and answered any and all queries for “a friend of mine who isn’t here.”

The Beyond Marvel and DC panels was a hoot. I enjoy recommendation panels, especially when the panelists come prepared to talk. We hit the end of the hour and no-one was ready to stop talking, not the panelists or the audience! I do not have the list of recs, sadly. I am hoping some note-takers from the audience will link me to the lists they made.

Podcasts You Should Be Listening To is another panel whose lists I am eagerly awaiting! *I* want to listen to these podcasts! I’ll tweet the link when I find it.

On Saturday night I interviewed Guest of Honor Charlotte Fullerton. We were cross-programmed against the Masquerade, so the crowd was smaller than I expected, but that gave the room an intimate feel. Charlotte was a sheer delight to talk with, and I would have loved to hear more of her stories!

I attended a could great science panels in the mornings, with my son. We saw Jay Gallentine’s presentation discussing Venus in science and science fiction. Jay was really quite funny, and I learned a lot about the Venera program of the Soviets. We also saw a panel on meteorites. Again, I learned a lot — particularly about meteorite fraud and value!

I went to a panel discussing Georgette Heyer. The panelists were all fantastic. However, a member of the audience seemed to be under the impression that they, too, were a panelist. They would not stop chiming in, they answered questions directed to the panel. I held my tongue until the audience member in question turned in her chair to call on another audience member for a question. Then I began tweeting.

Dear audience members. Please. For the love of whatever you hold dear. Please don’t mod the panel from the front row. And please, PLEASE, do not interrupt a Guest of Honor’s on-topic and germane remarks to chime in with how much you agree with said remarks.

I was not pleased.

But, like I said, I had a really good time. I saw lots of folks, I met a few new-to-me people who are nifty, and I am looking forward to next year!

For those who just met me at con, you can follow me on Twitter @sigridellis. I am also on Tumblr as sigridellis. I don’t auto-follow back *anywhere*, but I love to hear from you!

Happy post-con Monday!

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CONvergence is here!

CONvergence starts today!

Yesterday we had the now-annual pre-convention talk with the kids about sexual harassment, assault, and rape. It’s not a fun conversation, certainly. But the week of a four-day party with 6000 of your closest friends seems like a good time to revisit the topic.

Each year we talk a little more specifically, and give more detail strategies for coping with horrible situations. I hope the kids don’t have to use this information.

The odds are that the will need to know this, at some point.

Which is a really, really big downer in the first day of a con, yes, I know!

In more cheering news —

I am on panels! Come listen to me blather! I especially urge you to come the the Enthusiastic Consent panel on Thursday night, and the Charlotte Fullerton interview on Saturday night. Should be fun!

I am also really looking forward to seeing what sorts of choices my kids make at the con this year. They are eyeing the programming with an assessing gaze for the first time. I look forward to hearing their experiences! Zombie Plushies! LARPing! Glitter crafts! All the movies you can sit through!

It should be pretty dang fun.

You can follow me on Twitter, @sigridellis, or, MUTE me if you prefer. :grins:

See you on the flipside!

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