Joyousness is mine and so I want to share it with you. I applied for and received a scholarship to attend the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. ICFA is a small, academic kinda science fiction convention held annually in Orlando, FL. Next one is March 17 - 21, 2010, and the topic is "Race and the Fantastic." There will be papers and readings and luncheons. Nalo is one of the Guests of Honor, and the other two are Lawrence Yep and Takayuki Tatsumi. I was invited to attend, sans membership charge, and rashly said yes, though not possessed of airfare, hotel cost, or food dollars.
Then three friends in a row told me about a privately offered scholarship, and I asked for it. And I got it!
According to the people who made the offer (of their private funds), they said controversial things during Race Fail. I don't know what they said, because I went lalalalala during most of both recent RaceFails--not because I think racial issues are unimportant (they matter, and I really know that), but because I dreaded rehashing them in a format that can make even intelligent remarks look whacked out and clueless. So I don't know what the controversy was. I will find out when I meet the scholarship offerers in person. At ICFA.
(If you know what they said, don't try to tell me unless we're sitting down together face-to-face somewhere quiet for a while.)
I will read a story I've written and appear on a panel at ICFA and do my best to get everyone there to sing songs with me, and play guitar or piano or wine glasses or whatever else is handy. I'm betting I'll receive excellent cooperation.