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Nisi Shawl
What I want
So a little more about WisCon 35:

I was appalled and flabbergasted by Elizabeth Moon's post. Horrified and puzzled. Surely no one in their right mind could seriously make such statements? I contacted a friend I know who is one of the "troika," the three-in-one con chair position. I told her what was up. I gave her permission to share my contact info with Elizabeth Moon when they spoke. Elizabeth Moon called me and we talked for about half an hour.

Part of my reluctance to go into detail about this conversation, the precipitating post, and what it means, stems from the fact that I am so busy you would not even believe it. I blogged about this some time ago. Since then I have gotten some tasks done, but am woefully behind on others, and have spent several days ill from the stress of trying to keep up. Which of course makes me behinder.

Part of my reluctance to go into detail stems from the fact that Elizabeth Moon will be calling me again, in about a month, when I hope to have the time to go return to the matter more fully. Note that this "teachable moment" is arranged around my schedule. And that it's taking place before the con.

I hope that after our second talk Elizabeth Moon will have things to say to the community at large, and apologies to deliver. And that's not just a rhetorical formula I'm mouthing; based on what she has already said to me privately, I really do actually have hope on that score. I really do.

Meanwhile, I want everyone who was hurt or offended or puzzled or appalled or angered or infuriated or stymied or worried or threatened or in any way negatively affected by Elizabeth Moon's post to attend WisCon 35. Because when I was asked to be a Guest of Honor for that convention, you were the ones I was expecting to see there. And because I want to dance with you, and sing with you, and talk about smart stuff with you, and admire how beautiful we are, and flaunt it!

That's what I want. You do what's right for you, though. I don't always get what I want. I will miss you if you don't attend, but I love you unconditionally.

And peace to the WisCon 35 concom, and to everyone proposing panels on the topic of Islamophobia, but I really do not give a freeze-dried rat's ass about turning the con into an anti-fail teach-in. Especially if it involves 101-level debate. Especially if Muslims and Arabs and recent immigrants and POC are doing the heavy lifting. I am old, dudes, and have seen National Brotherhood Weeks come and go. A celebration is what I am after. Defiance may play a huge role in this celebration, and it may well have important instructional elements, but in its core nature it needs to be joyful.

@ trinker: Bring on the vuvuzelas!

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maevele From: maevele Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a wonderful post. I look forward to celebrating you, and celebrating with you. And if you have some hope and faith that this shit is going to work out, I am behind you 100 percent. You, I trust. This post gave me happy tears. Through this whole clusterfuck, I would occasionally think, "But Nisi is the other Guest of Honor, and her AWESOME can overcome any amount of asshole."

I danced with joy when it was announced you would be GoH, literally. Not quite as enthusiastically as you danced with my toddler at the belly dance party the year you won the Tiptree, but I danced nonetheless.
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I am happy in advance!
matociquala From: matociquala Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

You are one gorgeous fucking human being.

That is all.
gkr From: gkr Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm planning on being there.
_stranger_here From: _stranger_here Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are wonderful, and you give true meaning to the concept of a Guest of Honor.
kate_schaefer From: kate_schaefer Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweetie, you always go above and beyond the call of duty. I am so thrilled and proud to be your friend.

May I make you some dancing clothes? A hat of total glory, perhaps?
nisi_la From: nisi_la Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, yes! A skirt? I have been wondering what I would wear....Pretty please?
From: wrdnrd Date: September 23rd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this, Nisi. It means so much.

And sending you strength to get thru' all the Busy!
haddayr From: haddayr Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this excellent post.
From: gwynnega Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this. I look forward to seeing you at Wiscon.
pantryslut From: pantryslut Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vuvuzelas are exceedingly joyful!
gaudysalamander From: gaudysalamander Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this post.
kimberlywade From: kimberlywade Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
"in its core nature it needs to be joyful"

Thank you for this beautiful statement. I won't be there, but i'm glad you're GoH. You deserve it.
bork From: bork Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this post. I really want to attend next year, but it's up to work schedules.
emilytheslayer From: emilytheslayer Date: September 23rd, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this, it means a lot. Also, you are awesome. I may have watermelon seeds with me at Wiscon. Just because.
boxofdelights From: boxofdelights Date: September 23rd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for finding the time to write this. It is much appreciated. And I look forward to seeing you again at Wiscon!
From: joycemocha Date: September 23rd, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are amazing and full of awesome wonderfulness. thank you for being who you are.
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