I applied, and was accepted, to the one-week Advanced Icelandic Vocabulary and Reading course in charming, cosmopolitan Suðureyri. This involved painstakingly writing out a 100-word personal statement in Icelandic over several days after procrastinating for several weeks. The course is a CEFR B2 level and my powers of expression in Icelandic are nowhere near B2 (neither are my powers of reading, honestly - more a B1+), so naturally I'd expected to be rejected out of hand. Even though I'm sure the main criteria for acceptance are "do you want to improve your reading knowledge of Icelandic in charming, cosmopolitan Suðureyri?" and "do you have 300 Euro that you would like to give us?" (The course fee includes materials, five days of lunch, and transport to and from the airport which is a good twenty minutes away, so really rather reasonable.)
My itinerary looks as follows:
• Flying from Birmingham to Keflavik, a nice short hop in the afternoon.
• Late evening flight the same day from Reykjavik to Akureyri.
• A whole full day in Akureyri. Might do this tour if I'm feeling energetic.
• Then all day on a coach back to Reykjavik - sort of the point of the whole jaunt as it's right across the deserts of the highlands, which I've always wanted to see.
• Evening flight the following day up to the Westfjords for my course. Study; peace, quiet and fresh air; and a hot tub with lovely views of the snowcapped mountains. I even have a private room for this week. Luxury I tell you.
• A week later, back to Reykjavik and a couple of days relaxing there before I fly back to the UK.
I think it looks good! I need to check tomorrow if I've missed any nights in the process of stitching together my itinerary as it's sometimes difficult to keep track of the days of the week...
If it's anything as good as last year's trip it will be very good indeed!
I will be Up North, in the woods, and not online except extremely intermittently. Sometimes texts reach me in the woods, but otherwise email me and I'll read it when I come back.
I'll miss interacting with all of you online, whether you're going to WisCon or not, while I'm gone!
ibid., The Perilous Sea (2014)
At first I was irrationally upset at Sky for not being My Beautiful Enemy because I'd failed to notice how many novels Thomas has published during the past two or three years; then I was irrationally upset with Enemy's prequel, The Hidden Blade, which reached me from libraries before Enemy did, but I'll save that for their post. It turns out that taking the Calibre de-mumblemumble route in order to continue reading past the lib due date has a second benefit: Sky has diegetic endnotes analogous to Bioware computer games' codex entries, snippets of context attributed to story-world writers. OverDrive's Android app doesn't understand the hyperlink; Moon+ Reader does. (OverDrive workaround = go to the Endnotes chapter, then resume reading manually or via bookmark, but Moon+ displays it as a closeable overlay, which is nicer.)
So, Sky on its own terms. ( length--not spoilery beyond setup )
- Imaginary Book Club, Fri, 4:00-5:15 pm in Conference 2. Five panelists discuss books that don't exist, improvising critiques and responses. I proposed this panel a few years ago (you can see video of its debut) and it has continued, which is cool!
- Lighthearted Shorthand Sans Fail, Sat, 8:30-9:45 am in Capitol A. What are your go-to phrasings to avoid sexism, ableism, etc. while getting your point across in casual conversation? I hope to walk out of this with some new vocabulary to replace bad habits.
- Vid Party, Saturday night 9:00 pm-Sun, 3:00 am in room 629. I am premiering a fanvid. Once it's premiered, I'll hit Post on blog posts to announce it publicly as well.
- Call Out Culture II: Follow-up to the Discussion Held at WisCon 38, Sun, 10:00-11:15 am in Senate A. Meta-discussion around discourse in social justice movements. I predict this session will be pretty intense.
- Vid Party Discussion, Sun, 1:00-2:15 pm in Assembly. We will discuss some of the vids shown at the vid party, and fan vids in general. This will be the first time I've engaged in public realtime conversation about fanvids. Before this panel I hope to publish some notes about what I learned from watching several vids that drew from multiple sources (including stills), made a political point, or were otherwise particularly ambitious. I'll probably reference those lessons during the panel.
I also proposed "What Does Feminist Tech Education Look Like?", "Impostor Syndrome Training Exercise", and "Entry Level Discussion Group", but am not a panelist or presenter for those sessions; I bet they'll be interesting, though, and you could do worse than to check them out. You can read Entry Level ahead of time for free online.
I look like the photo to the left. I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation three years prior. I apologize in advance.
If you are good at clothes, consider joining me at the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to help me find pieces that suit me. I'm introducing two old pals to WisCon and spending a lot of time with them (we live in different cities), and they're both white, so I might not be able to come to the People of Color dinner on Friday night. And sadly, The Floomp dance party on Saturday happens during the Vid Party so I probably can't attend that. I did buy a ticket for the Dessert Salon and will attend the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday, and maybe you will be at my table!
Also I am open to doing a small room performance of my half-hour geeky stand-up comedy routine if several people ask for it. I don't know when or where it would be; Monday night would be easiest. Speak up in comments or some other medium if you'd be interested.
[Cross-posted from Cogito, Ergo Sumana]
Learning things! Learning all the time!
( come on, self )
I am sleep-deprived and read the first two books in about six hours today, in between fits of stunned incoherent torpor, and other fits of impatient banging on the keyboard working on the amazing Dwarf Fortress lesbian romance novel idea I came up with sometime in the carnivorous insomniac mists of the past few days. It's about girl-version Cacame Apebald, but it's the future, so the dwarves have mecha and the elves have genetically engineered trees such that they are mean. It is my best silly concept ever and I will definitely finish it well before the fever I apparently have breaks. I'm leaving room for the possibility is that I will instead pass the fuck out in a pile of cat litter during this timeframe, but that's an equally productive course of action.
I'm pretty sure that noise outside is villains and not just a branch so I'm going to go lock myself in my room or some shit.
The older woman sitting in the wheelchair gave me a slow nod, a shallow bow, as we passed each other. I smiled and nodded back.
None of her relatives, speaking to each other in Cantonese, noticed.
I will be on two panels:
Why All the YA Hate? on Saturday @ 10AM
All Things Magical Girl on Sunday @ 10AM.
I'm also planning to be at the POC dinner Friday night & will be hitting up the farmer's market Saturday morning.
If you want to meet up, let me know! If you want to exchange cell numbers to make coordination easier, PM me! I also check twitter religiously so if you want to contact me that way while at the con, my username is incitata. Sending a twitter DM is best for time sensitive things, though.
She dealt her pretty words like blades (522 words) by Naraht
Fandom: Return to Night - Mary Renault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hilary Mansell/Julian Fleming
Characters: Hilary Mansell, Julian Fleming
In which Hilary staves off boredom through flame wars in the pages of medical journals.