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2012 Pegasus Award Winners -
Travel Song - No Hurry, Michelle Dockrey
Gaming Song - I Put My Low Stat - Dr. Mary Carolyn Phillips Crowell
Best Writer/Composer - TIE, Dr. Mary Crowell AND Juanita Coulson
Best Performer - TIE! - Betsy Tinney and Wild Mercy
Best Classic - Tiberius Rising, Rand Bellavia and Adam English
Best Filk Song - Cheshire Kitten, S.J. "Sooj" Tucker

Considering that I voted for one of the ties, clearly my vote made a difference.

OVFF

Oct. 22nd, 2012 10:26 am
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I am sorry to say I am not going to OVFF this year.

There are multiple reasons including, the budget and starting a new job. (No, I won't be making to to Windycon this year either.)

Because I won't be there in person I have sent in my Online Pegasus Ballot If you consider yourself a Filker, and haven't voted yet Today is the last day to vote.
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And this is a post about what I brought home from Chicon

Before the con I shipped a box of books to myself in Chicago to get them signed.
  • Robots: The Recent A.I. (a short story collection) I got signed by Rachel Swirsky, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
MRK's and Cat Valente's Hugo nominated novellas were both in this collection. I was shocked that neither of them won.
  • Ravens In The Library (a short story collection) I got signed by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente, personalized
  • Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, signed
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, signed
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, signed
  • Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire, signed
I also bought in the Dealers Room
  • Guardians of the Keep by Carol Berg, signed
  • Digger Vol. 1 by Ursula Vernon, signed
  • Digger Vol. 6 by Ursula Vernon, signed for a friend
Ursula did win a Hugo for Digger this year

Plus I picked up a number of free books while there
  • A Magic of Twilight by S. L. Farrell, DAW 2008
  • Hidden City by Michelle West, DAW 2007
  • God's War by Kameron Hurley, Night Shade Books 2011
  • The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schaffer, Night Shade Books 2011
  • The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams, Night Shade Books 2011
Plus a download card for
  • Barry's Tale a novella by Lawrence M. Schoen

There was a lot of new filk at this con, I bought 6 CDs
  • Queen of Spindles by Talis Kimberly
  • Hazardous Fiddle by Amy McNally & Friends, debut
  • Third Thyme's the Charm by Three Weird Sisters, debut
  • Ways of Wind and Water by Cheshire Moon, debut
  • Edges by Cathy McManamon
  • Bare Bones by Cathy McManamon, limited release
Many of you won't recognize the name Cathy McManamon. Let me tell you that this may be the first time you heard of her but it probably won't be the last. She has been writing and performing songs for a while, but only discovered filk in the past year. The other name people may not know is Cheshire Moon which is a new band including Lizzie Crowe, Susan Weiner, and Eric Coleman.

In case that wasn't enough shopping I also bought 2 pairs of hand knitted striped knee socks to wear with my kilt.
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Let me be clear. I enjoy conventions, filking makes me happy, I like gaming, but I love WorldCons.

There is so much happening and I get to take part in it with about 5000 other fen. It is for me social saturation, or extreme socializing. I made new friends, I shared new songs, I talked with authors and podcasters, I got books signed, I looked at the moon through a telescope, I spent too much in the Dealer's Room, I picked up some freebies, I played games, I walked quite a bit, I dressed up, I colored with crayons and blew soap-bubbles. I went to panels, readings, concerts, Opening Ceremony, Masquerade, Hugo Ceremony (note: next time remember tissues), and Closing Ceremony.

I'll be talking more about how amazing everything was in more detail later, it was a great Worldcon
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Or maybe even Home from a successful 7Pi-Con

I am rather pleased with how things went.
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7Pi-Con

Be there or be non-circular
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I have now submitted my Pegasus Nominations. Pegasus is an award for excellence in Filking. If you consider yourself a filker you are welcome to nominate.
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I had a marvelous time at ConCertino 2012 this year. I managed a good balance of “Enjoying the Con” and “Working at the Con”

Friday Morning I went grocery shopping for the Consuite with [livejournal.com profile] fiddledragon, then transported the groceries & [livejournal.com profile] orawnzva to the Hotel. From there the hugfest began.

I decided to start the weekend with a couple of traditions. When I first met Mich & Marilisa in 2007, it was early Friday afternoon, before FKO reg had opened, so to pass the time a group of us went out for dessert. I thought sweets before the con is worth being a tradition. The second tradition was the visit to the Burnside Fountain (a.k.a. the Turtle Boy Statue). Seanan enjoyed visiting it in 2006; Brooke went to see it in 2009; so I decided to continue the tradition.

As we were about to leave, the fire alarm went off. This delayed our trip as we tried to decide if we had everything we needed without heading back to the rooms. I took Mich, Marilisa, David, & Socrates in my rental car. Randy & Kira followed in Kira’s Volt. The group seemed sufficiently in awe of the Turtle Boy Statue, and the cupcakes at Sweets in Worcester were a big hit.

Back to the Hotel around 3:30, which gave me time to print up program grids, bring some merch to the Dealer’s room, bring in the soda for consuite and hug lots of people before the start of the con.

Then came the first real hurtle of the con. The hotel was also holding a wedding Friday night (this we knew). What we didn’t know was that with a wedding in the courtyard, the only way to get from the lobby to the con rooms was to walk half way around the hotel. There was a half hour from 6 pm to 6:30 pm (when many of our con attendees were arriving) where I stationed myself in the lobby to direct people around the wedding. After that the wedding ceremony shifted over to a reception, and they let us walk around the edge of the courtyard.

The Con birthday (20 years since the first ConCertino) was well attended (maybe a bit too well attended). While the consuite was a good size for a suite, it was not big enough to handle events being held in there.

The concerts on Friday were great, although I spent a lot the time bouncing from one place to another, so I didn’t see any complete concerts Friday. I often do that at cons, it is my attempt to be everywhere at once so I don’t miss anything. No, it doesn’t work, but I can’t seem to stop myself. I was also acting as gofer to consuite & dealer’s room.

I did go to the Memorial Circle, and I sang “307 Ale” for Alice Washburn. I don’t remember what I sang if anything in Open Filk on Friday night.
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In June of 2006 I attended my first ConCertino, (re)joined the filk community, and signed up on LJ all in the same weekend.

LJ was my first purely social network site (although I did become part of some social networks on gaming sites). Now six years later I'm on LJ, Facebook & +Google. I also read tumblr and twitter occasionally. On LJ I now read 185 journals regularly, and 157 people have chosen to be able to read mine.

Before June 2006, I only went to filk circles/concerts at general cons, and listened to tapes/cs at home. Since then I have attended house circles in 5 states, attended all 3 varieties of NEFilk, I've been to ConFlikt, FKO, GaFilk, & OVFF. This year I was on the concom for ConCertino 2012, I am the filk organizer for 7Pi-Con, and I am President of MASSFILC.

A lot has changed in those six years. Most of it things I never could have predicted.
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We held a con it was awesome,
my heart is full, my brain is tired
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I have been derelict in my duties.

One of the things I have been doing with my time is being the publicity person for ConCertino 2012, the Northeast Filk Music Convention. Yet with all the "publicity" work I have done I haven't talked much about it in my own journal.

Some of you may be wondering "What is a Filk Convention?" I'm so glad you asked (please, just pretend you asked). It is a whole weekend of fannish music.

We will have workshops, we will have a dealer's room,
we will have concerts, (and we are importing talented people for the concerts).
We are bringing in people from England to perform!
We are bringing in people from Canada to perform!
We are bringing in people from Pittsburgh to perform!

ConCertino 2012 is June 29th to July 1st pre-reg is open till June 1st
more info at http://www.concertino.net/
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Well maybe not the worst, but in some ways it was not an easy con this year.
The physical absence of Badger was quite noticeable at times. I missed Badger far more than I thought I would. I definitely got hugs and socializing which I needed last weekend.

Just so this post doesn't sound like a complete downer, let's talk about the Awesome. The concerts by Stranger Ways and Sassafrass were just incredible. How incredible you might ask? Take a look

The Changelings


The events I did make it too were quite good, Red Shift manages to keep being new and entertaining every year (which can be a challenge for that type of satire). The readings I went to were good. Filking went remarkably well. I saw many new faces in the filk room which makes me happy.

I was sorry to miss a couple of things, such as the SF/F poetry reading. Also I never found time to go looking for Christiana Ellis (no relation) to get my copy of Nina Kimberly The Merciless signed.

In spite of the fact that I was not in any way staff of Arisia, I felt like I was still working at the con this year. My jobs:
  • Concertino 2012 Publicity: Bring flyers and manage the fan table on Saturday, and in general talk up Concertino.
  • 7Pi-Con Filk Programming: Talk to certain people about performing at Pi-Con, touch base with Con Chair, and in general talk up Pi-Con.
  • President of MASSFILC: Run the monthly business meeting on Sunday, be a positive role model of filking, and in general talk up MASSFILC.
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I have been spending the past 5 days on face-to-face interaction instead of online, so if you had any big news I probably missed it (With the exception of [livejournal.com profile] little_cinnamon's news, which I had been waiting for).

I had a great time at Arisia and got home safely late last night. I'll be posting about that later.
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Thursday I'm going to "The Sovereign Nation of Gojirawitziev" (which is surrounded by Watertown) to enjoy a house concert by Adam Fromm

Friday I'm going to Alice Washburn's memorial service.

After that is Arisia, I'm occupying the Concertino 2012 fantable for a couple of hours saturday, but other than that I have no specific commitments.

I'll be crashing at the Whitehaus in JP and commuting to various events by public transit.
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I have been avoiding thinking about it, but even I can only stay in denial for so long. It looks like I will not be going to O.V.F.F. this year. With no job, no other income, and dwindling savings I won't be able to afford it this year. That was very hard for me to write.

It will be the first time I have missed it since my first time in 2006. So many friends from other parts of the country, (& other countries) that I won't get to see. I was looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr's concert. I have new songs I was looking forward to singing.

I'm going to miss being there so much, so much...

My Weekend

Sep. 26th, 2011 11:37 pm
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On Saturday I went to the Massfilc meeting.

On Thursday before the meeting I talked to [livejournal.com profile] orawnzva & [livejournal.com profile] fiddledragon to find out if either would need a ride. We decided that orawnzva would go to the first half of the circle, I gave him a ride home. After the business meeting I went to pick up fiddledragon who then went to the second half of the circle. It was good to see each of them.

I sang a few songs, listened to some songs, and during the business meeting I was elected President of Massfilc.
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Such as it was,

but let's focus on the positive.
  • Catt Kingsgrave, backed up on guitar by Adam Fromm, gave a great concert on Friday
  • Heather Dale & Ben Deschamps gave a wonderful concert on Saturday
  • Stranger Ways Version 1.75, with bonus Ben Deschamps, gave a terrific concert on Sunday
  • I saw at least six new faces at various filk/song circles over the course of the weekend.
  • The drum-circle went very well
  • The workshops by Heather & Ben were well attended
  • I got to sing in front of people I don't see often enough
  • The Ellington Room was a good size & shape for filking.
  • I got to see friends grow as performers
  • My friends supported me, so that my filk track at pi-con entertained people
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This weekend I will be at 6Pi-Con in Enfield, CT

The Author Guest of Honor is Jo Walton
The Science Guest of Honor is Dr. Pamela Gay of AstronomyCast
The Guest of Awesome is Trisha Wooldridge

and with Special Musical Guest Heather Dale

there will also be concerts by Catt Kingsgrave and Stranger Ways 2.0

I hope to see you there
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Over the weekend at the MassFilc Song Circle I noticed my previous filk binder was falling appart at the seams, after previously being repaired with packing tape. I decided that I needed a new binder )
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Yesterday was the August Massfilc meeting at Robin & JT's house in Nashua NH. I thought it would be nice having less travel, but I forgot that in NH it would be less highway driving, more 30mph driving, so it took me the same amount time to get there as it would for me to get to Waltham, Ma.

It was great seeing everyone. Thank you to Robin & JT for hosting

I sang

Lady Soul
Gleam
Overland Stage
Light-Ship
I'm going to go back there someday

Then on the drive home I got a flat tire on 93 north, at about midnight.
I drove a mile on the rim to get to the next exit and pulled into a Dunkin' Donuts. I called home to let them know about the flat. I changed the tire to my mini-spare, get on to 101 east, and at exit 2 my mini-spare goes flat.

The tow-truck got me to a garage at 2am, my father picked me up at about 4am, and I got home about 6am

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