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Apologies for the long silence to anyone still reading this journal. Long story short: husband dying + nervous breakdown = not much inclination for fannish blogging.

But I'm doing a lot better now, so am willing to fire this old gal up again. I will post more substantial material, later but here's a summary for now:

Chicago TARDIS - Oh. My. God. Best time at a convention ever - and I'm not just saying that 'cos of Paul McGann. (I was a complete and UTTER goober in his presence. Fortunately, he's used to dealing with fangirls melting into a puddle of goo in his vicinity). The masquerade went beautifully - I think it represented a wonderful cross section of everything that's fab within costumed fandom. I participated in some great panels, one of which - - caused me to a) admit being a kink person to a room of approximately 100 strangers (oops!) and b) laugh up a lung. I'm still going to create the Doctor/Master Angry Sex Facebook fan page, you know...

Gallifrey One - kicked much ass, even if the actors I wanted to see had to cancel (but have now been rescheduled for 2011, hooray!). The Masquerade came off with nary a hitch, mostly thanks to [ profile] iamradar's cool head and generally a lot of patience on [ profile] friendlypinet's and [ profile] strollerman's parts. Apparently the programming director got some good feedback from participants and the audience and I've agreed to do it again, next year. Even if I move to Blighty this summer, I'd make a point of attending Gallifrey One. Also met Louise Page who is an ABSOLUTE SAINT and I'm not saying that just 'cos she gave me swatches from the Mercy Hartigan dress (cue: squealing costumegasm...). She was generally lovely and made the weekend for a lot of us costume-wonks. More about that in a longer entry...

(Oh, yeah, am thinking about moving back to the UK. But it's all very amorphous right now. Suffice it to say that midsummer would be an ideal time, for a variety of reasons, so I need to get cracking on the whole career-changing thing, but that's fodder for the regular journal)

Chicks Dig Time Lords has been released, and I giggled like a schoolgirl every time I signed a copy at Gallifrey. I don't know what the sales have been like, but some very nice reviews have been popping up on the blogosphere and this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, inside. And wondering if I can get in on any follow-up volume... ;)

I attended Time Quest 2, a Tenth Planet event north of London, primarily because it was probably my only chance to see Tom Baker speak. It was awesome. It would have been more awesome if my goddamn IRS refund had posted 48 hours earlier so I could have afforded a photo/autograph (it was one of those events) but, oh well. There was some other awkwardness that occurred - like, my being included in the programming, but not actually scheduled to do anything - but it was nothing insurmountable. I met some really great people, cooed over Nick Briggs' baby (the resemblance is uncanny) and was not threatened with a restraining order by any of the folks I ran into at Gallifrey/Chicago TARDIS. Gotta admit, I'd be a little worried if the same fan popped up at three different conventions, in three very different time-zones, in the course of four months...

It's a bit disconcerting, really. November - March has been absolutely mad for Doctor Who conventioneering, and now I'm staring at a long dry spell until it picks up again, hopefully at the end of the year. (With the possibility of moving to the UK, the fall-season US cons could be out of reach). I feel like I'm suffering a sort of fandom equivalent of jet-lag.

CANNOT WAIT FOR EASTER. Mind you, I've already pre-ordered the first three eps of S5 (or S31, if you like) from the UK. The previews have me squealing in glee and, given my initial doubts about Matt Smith, that's no mean feat...

(And the fans who still can't accept the fact that Change Happens in Doctor Who? Need to get over it. Particularly if this isn't the first regeneration they've sat through. You're allowed to be awkward the first time you deal with it - I wasn't the only wee fan who was deeply dubious about Peter Davison, way back when - but after that, methinks folks should try a little harder to embrace the dynamic nature of the character, rather than whine and complain about wanting "their" Doctor back... But maybe I'm just being intolerant.)

A friend of mine is prodding my brain re: fandom writing, whether I like it or not. Actually, I quite like it. I just hope I can keep up with him as he's a very, very smart dude and I'm slightly in awe. Indeed, I think that when I finally start bashing the keyboard again - in a fanficcy way, I mean - I'll feel like I've made a major step in recovering from Alex's death. Life-changing stress tends to kill the creative impulse, and I'm reaching the point where I'm starting to miss it - the creative impulse, I mean, not the life-changing stress. But enough of that. I save the morbid stuff for my personal journal.
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I have my schedule for Chicago TARDIS.

I guess all my whining about "The Panel Death March" of last year softened [ profile] renn's heart, as I've only two on Friday and then two on Saturday. Heh.

So, feel free to find me/say hello at:

Costuming 101
Sexuality in the Whoniverse
Costuming 210
Chicks Dig Timelords - gettin' pimped in the main ballroom, booyah!

I'm really looking forward to all of them, obviously.

Otherwise, I'll be at the Thursday night social (I paid enough for the turbo registration, I'm going to use the hell out of it!), the Masquerade (duh), the brunch on Sunday and otherwise haunting various writer panels and trying to figure out how to slip my treatment for the post-Harkness Time Agency audio series into Jason Haigh-Ellery's luggage on the sly...
fangrrl_squees: (SQUEE!)

The squee prepatory to Chicago TARDIS is starting to reach epic levels.

I'm very, very happy, actually, to have something to look forward to and to take my mind off Much More Important (And Horrible) Things. I can't wait to see my con-pals again and be generally dorky without fear of embarassment - especially with this whole newfound-sobriety1 thing going on...

Latest development: a particular LJer has suggested that she dress up as the cover girl (now nicknamed Verity) from Chicks Dig Time Lords - and she has since been deafened by the enthusiastic encouragement from various folks - several of them contributors to the book, such as my humble self (Coming, March 2010 from Mad Norwegian Press! Pre-order your copy from Amazon, now! Makes a great, erm... Easter gift!)

Because, you know, Doctor Who is, amongst many other things, about moments of silly whimsy like that. Further squeeings )
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If the universe hadn't been generous beyond words on my behalf several times in the past 12 months, I'd be putting out the begging bowl to raise money for a plane ticket to Chicago TARDIS.

*shakes fist at the heavens*

Curse you, um, generosity!

Wait, that doesn't sound right, at all.

More correctly: curse what little tact and common sense I still have! To pass the hat now, two weeks after a hundred or so folks gave me their hard-earned dosh so that I could apply for citizenship (far more important than going to SF conventions), would be asking to be struck by a bolt of lightning, and rightly so!
fangrrl_squees: (SQUEE!)
...about the money woes currently plaguing Casa Cthulhu, but I am going to move heaven and earth to get to Chicago, this year.

Why? They just added India Fisher to the guest list.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't sorry to see the Eight/Charlie team broken up - it had gone on just a bit longer than it should have, I thought - but seeing India Fisher and Paul McGann at a con together would be more awesome that my little fannish noggin can contemplate. I'm squee'ing quietly as I type this, I assure you.

For what it's worth, I've enjoyed the Six/Charlie teamup more than I anticipated. I thought the characters wouldn't mesh very well, but that have - well, they have in the two stories I've managed to buy.
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If you just want to see the (few) pix I took, go here.

My personal favorites are this one - I don't know what Lisa Bowerman, India Fisher and Laura Doddington are talking about, but they look like they're up to no good - and this one - although I'm damned if I can remember what had just been said that was so funny. Probably something about the catering at Big Finish.

...and the rest of it )
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I fear I might have given the wrong impression with my previous post.

In a masochistic sort of way, I'm rather looking forward to arguing the unpopular side of the downloading debate.

If nothing else, I think my brain could use the workout. The trick will be in keeping my temper, I fear.

In the meantime, let's hope that a power-hiccup last night didn't permanently fry my desktop computer, else creating the materials for the other panels is going to be more difficult than anticipated...
fangrrl_squees: (dw - you're completely mad!)
And I mentioned it on the other journal but not here:

Guess who's on the Ethics of Downloading panel at Chicago TARDIS?


Guess what side of the argument I'm expected (and have agreed) to take?


It's going to be an interesting 45 minutes.

I can't honestly imagine what folks would expect out of the panel by showing up. I'm certainly not expecting that an attendee will suddenly jump up, declare "By Jove! You're right! Stealing content is naughty and wrong! I shall cease forthwith!" - although it would be nice.

In fact, I'll be happy if I don't get anything thrown at me...
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Right then.

Now that the election is sorted, I can turn my mind to more frivolous topics.

Chicago TARDIS. Are you going to be there and are we having a drink?

For a certain half-dozen of you - and you know who you are - it's a given. If you don't mind the drink coming out of my room, rather than the bar, first round's on me. I just don't have the means to support hotel prices but I can get the local liquor store to send a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth. Affordable vodka.


Meanwhile... anyone else?

I'm arriving Thursday night, hitting the evening social (I've paid enough for it!) and - in all likelihood - faceplanting shortly thereafter.

Until I learn what - if any - panels I'm supporting, my schedule is whim only to various guest appearances and, to a lesser degree, autograph sessions. Methinks that grossly expensive reg ticket will prove its worth with the jump-the-autograph-line power...

The costume schedule is tentative, at best. At the moment, I'm thinking Vintage UNIT on Friday, Suzy Costello on Saturday (as two TW cosplayers have agreed to do some pix with me), the Androids of Tara rig for Saturday night (for the masquerade) and either street clothes or whatever the hell feels good on Sunday. Forsooth, this means that something along the lines of fanperson appreciation for late Friday night, or post-con on Sunday (as per last year, *blush*) has not been ruled out.

Because of space constraints and the fact that I've lost almost too much weight to wear it (yay!) the "Femmy Ten" costume is probably staying at home.


Oct. 31st, 2008 12:41 pm
fangrrl_squees: (jm - doing the Ten thing....)

I'm going to be the workmanship judge for the Chicago TARDIS masquerade!

Thanks for getting me in touch with the organizer, [ profile] renn!

(I'd better get cracking on the Androids of Tara rig. Judges must have spiff costumes, oh yes)
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In fine, fannish tradition, I just dropped, er, nine panel ideas on [ profile] renn for Chicago TARDIS.

I doubt they've got room for any of them, but here's what I've suggested:

- Cosplay vs. Costuming? - What's the difference between costuming and cosplaying, and does it really matter? Discussing the differential attitudes between costumer and cosplayers and (I hope) why we're all just having fun together, 'kay?

- Costuming Recreation For Beginners - Where To Start, How To Get Started. A panel for newcomers to Doctor Who costume recreation. Focus on thrifting, techiniques for adjusting existing garments and using easy-to-sew commercial patterns - none of the hardcore advanced stuff.

- Doctor Who Costume Recreation - Going to the Next Level: an intermediate/advanced roundtable discussion of technique and resources for those interested in Doctor Who costume recreation. Please come ready to share techniques you've learned, and resources you've found. This is not a panel for folks who are just learning how to sew.

(and, not as a moderator, but maybe as contributor)

Slash Fanfiction - What's the big deal? No, really. What's the big deal? Why are so many folks compelled to write it? Is it a social comment, a not-very-well-concealed fetish, or what?

Writing Fanfiction - harmless hobby or deadly compulsion? (aka How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love My Muses) - I'm thinking something like a cheerful bitchfest with two dozen other fans who have the fanfic monkey on their back, with some sharing of a) creative techniques and b) coping mechanisms.

Masquerade 101 - What makes for a good masquerade entry and what the judges look for when judging a masquerade entry. Ideally, this panel would occur on Friday afternoon, so that any would-be masq. participants may attend and adjust their plans for Saturday night, accordingly. (I've done similar at BayCon/SiliCon and it's gone down well.)

Girls of The Old School - god knows, there are enough women getting into New Who, but what about us who've been into the show since the "old" days? One part reminiscence, one part MST3K, one part feminist rant. It could be fun... or we could have to put the hotel security on alert.

Female Fandom And What We Have To Say - We're not *all* Ten/Rose 'shippers, thank you very much! (not entirely unrelated to the above. Heh.)

Roleplaying the DW Universe - there are a LOT of games and gamers out there. How do you, as a roleplayer, decide where the lines are between recreation, re-interpretaion and original ideas? Does canon matter? Should it matter? (could be blended with the fanfic topics)
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Last Chicago-related entry for the day, honest.

And this is only of interest if you want to room with me.

Bistromath, hotel-style - UPDATE )

Hotel Luv.

Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:03 pm
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I love staying at hotels. I love their big fluffy towels, their clearly-designed-by-committee theme bars and even the "art" hanging on the walls of the rooms. So, naturally, I've been looking at the website for the hotel hosting Chicago TARDIS.

Given that it's a practically brand-new Westin, I was expecting something fairly shwanky but damn... There's some seriously shiny bits to the place. It makes me wonder if the hotel staff aren't going to be a tiny bit gobsmacked at the sight of several hundred Whovians. Still, I doubt the staff could make me feel half as self-conscious as the staff at the San Francisco Four Seasons, do. They never quite say that they want to scan you with a credit-checking ray before letting you touch anything, but you can see the thought crossing their mind when someone like me, in her army surplus jacket and V&A shoulder bag, slouches into the bar to meet her father for a drink.

*ahem* Back to the Lombard Westin...

Iif the rates currently available on the website are any indication, the CT staff did an amazing job of negotiating the convention rate. Again, damn.

*bounces with happy anticipation*

PS. I’ve confirmed that I do, indeed, have a reservation. I made it so long ago that I couldn’t remember. Meep!
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Chicago TARDIS just added Elisabeth Sladen to their lineup.

So going.

I'm not sure how, right now, but I'm going. Dammit.
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Aside from all of the important reasons for needing a new job, I really must land one soon, 'cos they've added a few more guests to Chicago TARDIS (Gary Russell, Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery) and this makes me even keener on going.


(Yes, I know I haven't had much to say about S4, yet. Honestly? Life's been a bit too wretched for me to focus on writing eps reviews. Ditto fanfic - thank heavens for small mercies, eh?)
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There has been significant progress on the Will Fangrrl Go to Chicago TARDIS? front.

Popster has admitted that, in all likelihood, he'll be out of state for Thanksgiving this year.

I've booked a room at the hotel although, by god, I'm going to need a roomie to make the cost bearable.

Kayak has been primed and cheapie fares are being watched for. As soon as I can find a direct flight for under A Certain Price, I'll book it and look out!


This fills me full of the fanhappiness, even if I have to wait nine months for the event itself. :)

I'm should be working on a whole bunch of other things right now (screenplay, house cleaning, job-hunting...) but, following a minor meltdown at WonderCon today (Whovian fandom, you have spoiled me rotten) I'm going to climb under a big fuzzy blanket with a cup of tea, a bag of Twiglets and some DVD or other.

PS, am halfway through listening to the I, Davros audios, and they rawk, immensely.
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...fares have started opening up for Thanksgiving weekend, already.

If I don't mind having to dash out of the convention a bit early on Sunday - around 6:30PM for an 8:30PM flight - I can wrangle $450 r/t from American or Alaska, which is extremely reasonable, all things considered.

(I've learned my lesson, fly out early on Thursday morning, return late on Sunday night - unless staying until Monday incurs a fare lower than my cost of staying one more night at the hotel. And don't buy from! The only catch to all this is that I'd better pray that my dad decides to spend the holiday with his wife's family in Michigan, rather than expecting me at the table in San Francisco...)

Although, as I prod through the travel sites I could fly out Monday morning for the exact same price, thus leaving Sunday available for further merrymaking - although I don't think my liver or my brain cells would appreciate it. (another lesson: don't buy so much gorram gin!). Hm, it would largely depend on the cost of the hotel, it's relative distance from the airport, number of roomies, etc.


I think I can wait until a hotel is announced - although I'm sure the odds are on O'Hare being more convenient to the location than Midway. I'll just have to hope that ticket prices haven't gone up by an order of maginitude, by then.

(Yes, I know I'm essentially broke, but some things are worth cracking out the credit-card for - such as finagling air-travel on a holiday weekend for less than $500)


Nov. 21st, 2007 12:38 am
fangrrl_squees: (cin - five and ten)
The emergency costume is done! There is no way in hell the prop to go with it will fit in my luggage so, oh well. I'll just have to hope that people will get it without that visual cue. There's no way I can fake it, once I'm on site, alas...

The second attempt for a bit for Crafty TARDIS came out somewhat better. Still not great, but good enough for a show-and-tell/proof of concept and a what the hell did I do wrong? session.

I really hope the TSA guys at SFO don't freak over a) my UNIT jacket (being worn for warmth on the plane and to save room in the suitcase) and b) the sonic screwdriver in my carry-on. Granted, the TSA dudes didn't care that I had said sonic screwdriver and six fountain pens in my carry-on, last time. Maybe I'm a sick sort of person, but I can easily envision the potential damage that could be caused by same... But it's the Thanksgiving holiday and I'm assuming the TSA staff have been bullied into high-paranoia mode by their bosses, so I'm striving to make things as easy as possible - for me.

Now, if I could just find my goddamn tie for the Femmy 10 costume, I'd be all set!
fangrrl_squees: (dw - stfu and gbtw)
Emergency costume is three-quarters done, in that the skirt is completely finished and the shirt almost ditto, but I have to hem the sleeves, determine the finished length of said shirt and put a bunch of fiddly appliqués on the damn thing which I just know it'll take me forever to place them properly.

(guessed what it is, yet? I won't be surprised if you have, I've talked about it, before)

Tomorrow, I start packing, try to salvage the show-and-tell bit I hoped to bring to the Crafty Tardis panel (something went horribly wrong in the final steps, dammit. Educational, yes, but irritating) and, time permitting, see if I can bash out a prop to go with said emergency costume. I'm not going to lie awake at night about that latter, though, as there's a strong possibility that, once completed, I won't have the room to pack it.

And, oh yeah, there's that whole dinner with the family thing that I'm supposed to be getting ready for. If I forget to make carrots, bring some folding chairs, a couple bottles of wine and god knows what else, I'm a dead fangrrl.
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Only of interest if you're in the greater Chicago area over the holiday weekend and maybe not even then )

Meanwhile, I'd somehow failed to notice that Nicholas Briggs is going to be at the con. I was all miffed that he wasn't at the last Gallifrey, so the cake has been iced!


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