I'm going to Gaylaxicon this weekend. If you're looking for me, here's where to find me:
Writing Straight (when you’re not)
Friday 4:30 PM Terrace 2
GoH Lyda Morehouse is a lesbian woman who writes straight romance. Beyond forgetting the penis in the occasional sex scene, what sorts of problems do writers like Lyda run into? Is there pressure from Romance editors to adopt a straight “persona” at signings and other publicity events? What about QUILTBAG writers who write children’s books? Maurice Sendak stayed in the closet until he was 80 years old; is that pressure still there?
Haddayr Copley-Woods, Monica Ferris, Naomi Kritzer (m), Lyda Morehouse
Ethics and Art
Friday 6:00 PM Terrace 3
How do ethics affect the artist? We will talk about different ideas and situations, including pricing, copyright infringement, stealing ideas, borrowing themes, payment from art shows, taxes and how we treat each other!
M. Nicholas Almand, Eleanor Arnason, Peri Charlifu (m), Naomi Kritzer, JoSelle Vanderhooft
Minnesota SpecFic Writers
Saturday 9:30 AM Terrace 2
The Twin Cities is home to more than its share of great speculative fiction authors, and we’re glad to have some in attendance.
M. Nicholas Almand, Naomi Kritzer (m), Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan
Remembering the Penis: Queer Women Writing M/M Slash
Saturday 5:00 PM Terrace 2
WHY is so much M/M slash written by queer women (some of whom have literally zero experience with the body parts involved)? What do people get wrong, and how much does it matter? (I mean, no one expects video porn to accurately portray anyone’s sexual experience...) Does this spill over into more mainstream erotica? What is the appeal of dirty, dirty fanfic, anyway?
Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse (m)
Women at Gaylaxicon: Where r u?
Sunday 9:30 AM Terrace 2
Gaylaxicon has a lot more G than L (and even less T) -- pre-registration was about 35% women. What other pieces are missing from the QUILTBAG? How could it be a more inclusive con?
Eleanor Arnason, Carrie Devall, Naomi Kritzer (m), Lyda Morehouse
Writing Across Fandoms
Sunday 11:00 AM Terrace 3
Naomi and Eleanor (unintentionally) wrote Furry stories; Lyda started out writing SF and then switched to paranormal romance; Kyell is best known for his Furry writing but has written outside the genre as well. How often do we think we know our audience, only to find out that our stories had a completely unexpected appeal to other readers? How do you build on this sort of fortuitous cross-fandom appeal?
Eleanor Arnason, Haddayr Copley-Woods (m), Kyell Gold, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse
I signed up for programming, then came up with some items I wanted them to add and suggested/volunteered for them and neglected to say "...but take me off some of this other stuff."
However, I don't remember even volunteering for MN Spec Fic Writers (though obviously I am a Minnesotan spec fic writer) as I have nothing in particular to say about this topic other than "yup, I live in Minnesota, all right. Would you like me to tell you about the spec fic that I write?" so how I wound up moderating it (at 9:30 on Saturday!) I'm really not sure. I don't even usually GO to the inevitable MN Spec Fic Writers panel (every local con holds it; presumably at Armadillocon it's TX Spec Fic writers and at MileHiCon it's CO Spec Fic writers...) so I don't even know what sorts of questions usually get asked. I try to bring a list of questions when I'm going to moderate a panel and depending on how sleepy and slap-happy I am on Saturday morning, these questions may be pretty random.
I will also be carrying signup sheets for people interested in volunteering for Minnesotans United for All Families and attempting to recruit. (I'm not expecting to be particularly successful. On one hand: I bet everyone there supports gay marriage. On the other: as IF a bunch of SF fans want to call up strangers on the phone to talk to them about ANYTHING.) I have now done phone banking four times at two different offices and I can tell you which office has better snacks (St. Paul) and easier parking (St. Paul) and perkier volunteer coordinators (Minneapolis) and better technology (toss-up unless you really prefer a headset to a handset, in which case Minneapolis).