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Readercon Interstitial Arts Exchange!

One of my favorite things about WisCon was Nisi Shawl's Guest of Honor speech. She talked about awesomeness (except I think she called it genius, or maybe magic--it's really all the same thing, I think), and how we should be actively trying to spread as much of it around as possible. She mentioned how in The Last Unicorn, the unicorn's majesty doesn't take away from anyone else, but instead makes everyone around her more majestic and beautiful and awesome. It's not a zero sum game, being awesome. It's a magical compounding wonder. I'm right there with Nisi on that, and one of the things I particularly love about being so deeply immersed in the speculative fiction community is how this tends to manifest all around me on a regular basis.

Here's a recent example:

A couple of weeks ago, csecooney wrote some lyrics for a parody song based on her story, "Oubliette's Egg" (which you can read in Jack o' the Hills). Because I am extremely silly and had GarageBand open already for podcast purposes, I recorded it as an MP3 on the spur of the moment. Then, in the comments, asakiyume made a passing reference to cephalopods in court robes... We all know how much I love a good cephalopod, right? I couldn't resist asking Asakiyume to draw this for me (because, unlike me, she actually can draw), and she promptly returned with this:

Is that not awesome?

So, there on one day we had music, drawings, and stories all intertwined and mutating at a glorious rate. Hurrah!

Now, because I am always on a mission to spread as much silliness and wonder and creativity around as I can, and because I am bound and determined to make Readercon (historically, my terror!con) into something delightful and not anxiety-inducing, I somehow managed to semi-accidentally create an Interstitial Arts Exchange Party for this year.

The idea is that you make something, big or small, fancy or frivolous: a poem, a song, jewelry, cards, whatever (bonus points if it somehow relates to the literary theme of the con). Bring it along to show off or give away or trade with others. Then we all get together on either Friday or Saturday night in my awesome Party Room in the party block of the con hotel, and revel in the awesomeness.

Anita Allen has already promised to bring some photos of the corset she made to go along with tithenai's The Honey Month.

I know Mary Robinette Kowal is going to be wandering around that weekend. Perhaps she will see fit to come and share some of her Shades and Glamour cards with us...

I am not sure what exactly I will bring, but I'll make sure to have some giveawayable things, and some supplies on hand for people to engage in creative endeavors right on the spot.

So, if you're coming to Readercon, please come and add to the creative awesomeness pool! If you're not coming and want to send pictures or MP3s or whatever else my way, I'll happily share them/display them for you. I also plan to take lots of photos on the night, so everyone who can't make it will at least be able to see what it was like. If there are songs and things, I'll work on trying to figure out how to get recordings online for you, too.

Finally, if you are going to the con, would you rather come to this party on Friday or Saturday night?


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Jun. 23rd, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Totally Awesome
I plan on going to ReaderCon, but I don't know if I'll be there Friday or Saturday (money is tight)

I have also printed up the Shades and Glamour character cards on "cover stock" paper and will have them with me.

Oubliette's Song really came out great.

Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Totally Awesome
Ooh, I look forward to meeting you! If you are coming for just one day, will you be around int he evening? Because this is likely going to be an evening affair.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
That was a helluva fun spontaneous mashup of awesome.




Oops. Now I'm thinking my Elvira voice may not have helped. Sorry.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very reassuring... *snerk*

Ooh, I can't wait to make you sign my Jack o' the Hills! I am totally going to save it forever so that when you are the MOST FAMOUS CLAIRE THAT EVAR WAS, I can be like, "Yeah, I totally knew her way back when."
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what type of thing I could bring to this, especially that would survive on the train. I also don't have much preference for the day.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well, small things are totally fine. It doesn't have to be big or fancy. But also, this is part of why there will be stuff on hand to make into other stuff.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're going ahead with this.

If you'd like info on volunteering with Readercon, or if I can help at all with that directionless feeling, please let me know. We're always delighted to put people to work!

EDIT: Also, I strongly suggest scheduling this for Friday night, as Saturday night is when we're having the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza: Special Readercon Edition, an extremely interstitial event, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Edited at 2011-06-23 09:40 pm (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Three years ago when I had never been to a con and I walked in completely unprepared, I was a mess. Now I usually have more direction than I know what to do with. I worked really hard to make that happen, and yay, the work paid off! That said, if you really need an extra volunteer for a few hours, I can probably help out a bit.

Edited to fix a typo, and to say thanks for the tip about the preferred night.

Edited at 2011-06-24 01:38 pm (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that squid is pretty darn awesome.
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)

You would totally fit in at this party, I think. Too bad you are far away.
Jun. 24th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I will be there both nights. I am also more than willing to help with the party logistics in the ways that I can, so let's talk about that at some point.
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Rose Fox suggests Friday as a better night, so I may follow that suggestion.
Jun. 24th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
I'd love to come and could do either night, though not during the Kirk Poland Bad Prose Contest. I'll try to think of something clever to do. Please count me in.
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
That seems like another reason to have it on Friday. Good! I very much look forward to seeing you and your awesome contribution!
Jun. 24th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hope this is a GREAT time, and thank you for putting it on! I will probably not be able to come, but will wish you well from afar.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I will miss you, but I also totally understand, and I accept your well wishes!
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
I'll move heaven and earth to get there for your party. :) In terms of what to bring to share--I have a couple of cool handbuilt ceramic mugs that remind me of one of the characters in my YA Changeling book. Would it be okay to bring that? I only have 2 or 3, though. (and the studio I do ceramics in is closed for the summer :sob:)

Is this like a swap?
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
It would be awesome to bring that! And you can choose whether to give away or keep those for yourself. No pressure either way. I'm so looking forward to seeing you!
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