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Book recs (2019 AND 2020)

Hi friends, a few of you have asked for the book recs from my presentations in 2019 and 2020. Here they are!

2019 (So Your Watch Is Ended: Epic Fantasy Beyond Game of Thrones, By (Mostly) Ladies)

  • The Poppy War and sequels (R F Kuang)

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N K Jemisin)

  • Crown of Stars series (Kate Elliott)

  • Cold Magic trilogy (Kate Elliott)

  • Range of Ghosts + sequels (Elizabeth Bear)

  • Daevabad Trilogy (S A Chakhraborty) *STICKS THE ENDING*

  • The Tiger's Daughter + sequels (K Arsenault Rivera)

  • The Empire trilogy (Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist)

  • The Curse of Chalion (Lois McMaster Bujold)

  • The Kushiel saga (Jacqueline Carey)

  • Bonus I didn't rec then but which fits in: Realm of Ash (Tasha Suri)

2020 (Books That Embrace Fanfic Feels And/Or Are Straight-up Fanfic):

Trope-tastic fanfic feels:

  • Anything and everything by K J Charles (queer historical romance)

  • The Locked Tomb trilogy (Tamsyn Muir)

  • Bonds of Brass (Emily Skrutskie)

  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected In Water (Zen Cho) (& anything else by her)

  • Unconquerable Sun (Kate Elliott) (I haven't read it yet)

  • The Old Guard (the movie, NOT the comics)

  • Bonus I didn't rec but v good if you're into BDSM/dubcon tropes + interrogation thereof: Docile (K M Szpara)

Actual Fanfic For Real:

  • Angel Mage (Garth Nix)

  • Empress of Forever (Max Gladstone)

  • The Angel of the Crows (Katharine Addison) (I haven't read it yet)

  • Black Sails (the TV show)

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Venues 2020

Friday Brunch: Elements Cafe 11am
-- 144 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay

Friday Drinks: Lulu Bar 3pm
-- 31 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Come as and when you arrive, we'll be here

Friday Dinner: Oaks Noodle House 7pm
-- upstairs at the Oaks Complex, 71-81 Cuba Mall
No bookings here, arrive and be prepared to grab your table, we'll terrify the rest of the clientele before long; newbies be warned, it's the cheapest, cheerfullest place in town, BYO ambience

Saturday/Sunday: Seatoun Village Hall
-- 27 Ventnor Street, Seatoun

Sunday Dinner: Spirit House 6.30pm
-- 1 Park Road, Miramar

Monday Breakfast/Second Breakfast/Brunch: Fidel's Cafe 10am
-- 234 Cuba Street, Te Aro
No bookings here, arrive and be prepared to grab your table, we'll terrify the rest of the clientele before long; we'll also linger a good long while as people drift off to the airport, so expect multiple shifts and come hungry
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Most preliminary of preliminary timetables

Seriously, watch out for falling masonry as I shift stuff around.

Friday

11am: Brunch
-- Elements Cafe, Kilbirnie

3pm: Cocktails
-- Lulu Bar, Courtenay Place

7pm: Dinner
-- Oaks Noodle House, Cuba Mall

Saturday

10am: Doors Open/Set-up of Hall
10.15: House Rules/Safety Briefing
10.30: Drift Compatible Ice Breakers (shihadchick)
11.30: The Untamed/The Historical Context of Xianxia (jocondite and stickmarionette)
1pm NZ, 10am AUS, 7pm CHICAGO: LUNCH AND LIVECHAT
2.30: Dragon Prince (sixth_light)
3pm: That A/B/O Lawsuit: What's up with that?
3.30: Discussion Panel 1 (labellementeuse)
the difference between censorship and making fandom unwelcoming, and what AO3 could do differently/better?
tagging and summaries and what people want from each as readers?
5.30: Vid Show 1 (maudlinrose)
6pm NZ, 3pm AUS: Pizza and Pub Quiz (china_shop or possibly ringer cyphomandra)
7.45: Quick Clean Up
8pm: Doors Close

Sunday

10am: Doors Open
10.30: Nobody Cares About the Sewer Clown (maudlinrose)
11am: Fire Emblem (stickmarionette and aworldinside)
11.45am: Letterkenny (shihadchick)
12.30 NZ, 10.30am AUS, 6.30pm CHICAGO: LUNCH AND LIVECHAT
1.30: 2020 The Year Fanfic Tropes Took Over Mainstream Fiction (sixth_light)
2pm: Witcher TV v. Games (blademistress)
2.30pm: Because That’s What Heroes Do (arysteia)
3.30: Discussion Panel 2 (labellementeuse)
Defend your theses (sixth_light, arysteia)
4.30 NZ, 2.30 AUS, 7.30pm CHICAGO: Sunday Night Vid Show (crowdsourced)
5.30pm: Thorough Tidy Up
6pm: Doors Close

6.30pm: Dinner
-- Spirit House Thai, Miramar

Monday

10am: Brunch
-- Fidel's, Cuba Street
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Virtual Hub 2020

(This is draft 1.0 and will be added to throughout the day as I figure out more details, also as I ask Blade if I’ve got the tech deets right.)

Welcome, friends. You are in our pockets, on our screens, and in our hearts.

This post will serve as the Virtual Hub for online get/together 2020. Bookmark this one, and I’ll keep it updated with changes as they happen. Old hands will know that the scheduled timetable often blows out because we can’t stop talking, but I’ll try to keep the anchor points solid so that you can pop in as and when you want to. Lay in provisions, kick back with an espresso martini (or aperitif of choice), and enjoy. (And please pardon any technical glitches.)

1) What technology do I need? How will it work?

We will be meeting on Zoom. Open it up on your laptop or your tv and you’ll be ready to go. You will be sent a private link, which is the only way to join the stream.

The stream will be view only during presentations, which may be in the form of video or powerpoint type slides, with presenters talking into a microphone. There will not be video of the hall, the presenters, or the general attendees, at this point.

You can interact with what’s going on -- comment, ask questions, just squee -- by tweeting at the community twitter handle @get__together. Note the two underscores, a hark back to the days of livejournal’s lack of dashes, and a horrible name squatter who didn’t even use their journal. :-) The feed will be projected on a second screen so that everyone in the hall can see your tweets, and the extremely online among us will no doubt respond to them.

2) What other interactions/activities will there be?

We’ll flip to two-way at lunchtime so that we can have a good chat and catch up. I’m thinking Saturday will be a general all purpose gossip session and 2020 stitch and bitch, and maybe on Sunday it could be more fandom/con focused. We’ll see how that goes.

Pub quiz will go ahead in all its glory on Saturday night. We’ll be eating pizza and working together in table groups, you will all be one virtual team, and can make yourselves dinner and cocktails in the comfort of your own homes. There will be a two-way invite for this too, so you can hear the questions and the screams of agony. We’ll mute the hall during deliberations though, so you can all collaborate remotely. Answers will go into a gdoc for submission.

Discussion panels will be listen only, unfortunately, as they’re hard enough to moderate in person, let alone with tech issues as well. Tui (labellementeuse) will be modding however, so I will be acting as roving Australian (and Extended Aotearoa) Ambassador, and picking up any questions/comments from twitter.

Vid shows should be able to live stream, but we’ll stick a playlist in the gdrive folder as a back up.

3) Day 1

Anchor Point: 1pm NZ, 10/11am AUS^, 7pm CHICAGO*: LUNCH AND LIVECHAT (90 minutes)
Anchor Point: 6pm NZ, 3pm AUS: Pizza and Pub Quiz (Saturday night)

* Don't forget it's the day before in Chicago. So Friday not Saturday, Saturday not Sunday.
^ Lol, apparently DST kicks in on Sunday, just to further complicate things in Oz.

3b) Day 2

Anchor Point: 12.30pm NZ, 10.30am AUS^, 7.30pm CHICAGO*: LUNCH AND LIVECHAT (60 minutes)
1.30: 2020 The Year Fanfic Tropes Took Over Mainstream Fiction (sixth_light)
2pm: Witcher TV v. Games (blademistress)
2.30pm: Because That’s What Heroes Do (arysteia)
3.30: Discussion Panel 2 (labellementeuse)
Anchor Point: 4.30pm NZ, 2.30pm AUS^, 10.30pm CHICAGO*: Closing Vid Show (Sunday Night)

4) Great! I’m sold! How do I sign up?

Please copy/paste the following mini-template into a comment reply to this post. If you don’t have a surviving livejournal, then anon is fine, just put your user name in the subject line. Don’t stress if Frank the Goat screens your reply, I’ll come through and unscreen everything promptly.

Then go make sure you’re following @get__together, and maybe set up a list column for it in tweetdeck where you can see all replies.
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Unified Theory of Everything Post 2020

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your reckons! I come to use livejournal as an archive repository, not to overwhelm it and crash the robust, Russia dwelling, servers.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY SIGN UP/REGISTRATION/VOLUNTEER/RESTAURANT BOOKING/PIZZA ORDER POST OF 2020. DO EVERYTHING HERE.

There will be a hard cut off of Thursday October 1 to sign up, order pizza, confirm attendance at dinner, pay your subs etc. This is not a drill, if you are habitually late signing up or rsvping for things, do not do that this year. I am not willing to make extra difficulties for essential workers in this year of our trials and tribulations 2020.

There will be an update email going out shortly, and likely another later in the week, and as always up to the minute updates will go out on twitter. There will also be at least one more post here with final confirmation of times, venues, and event timetables.

Please fill out the following form as a top level comment to this post. (You can, of course, converse as you wish in replies to each other.) If you can't log in, just put your public pseud in the subject line. Don't worry about overthinking stuff, it's just rorshach blots and pub quiz fodder. Obviously if your presentation is still evolving you can give a general indication here and add detail later.

Subs are $33, same as always. Bank account details are in the email.

Registration Form 2020

The All and Sundry Section

Public pseud:

Current favourite fandom:

Current OTP (or OT3 etc):

One true undying, always returning, forever fandom and/or OTP:

Fandoms cruelly cast by the wayside:

The best fic of all time is:

The best vid of all time is:

Three characters that represent you in some way (no explanations, let us figure it out):

The First Timers Only Section

I discovered fandom by:

I discovered g/t by:

I am a writer/reader/artist/podficcer/reccer/archivist/lurker etc:

I do the bulk of my fannish activity at x platform(s) and my pseud(s) there is/are:

My favourite tropes are:

My most hated tropes are:

The All Important Volunteering Section

I would like to do a presentation on x and I need 10/20/30 minutes to do it:

My presentation has either huge spoilers or possibly triggers and therefore should run into a lunch break:

I have an idea for an icebreaker game to finally end slash pictionary's fifteen year reign of terror:

I have an idea for something I would like us to discuss and I would like to run the discussion myself:

I have an idea for something I would like us to discuss and I would like it to get into the main panel section(s), run by Tui:

I'm going to kick back and enjoy everyone else's passion this year.

The Arguably Even More Important Food Section

My Hell Pizza order for Saturday night is (please bold or all caps any allergies/intolerances):

It costs this much, which I will add to my subs when I pay those:

For reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture I won’t be staying for the pizza party.

I'm coming to dinner at the Thai place Sunday night, Y/N:

More crudites, more chips, or more biscuits?

Hummus or sour cream dips?

Coke or juice?

I said coke and my preferred version is:

I said juice and I prefer apple/orange/other:

Coffee or tea?

Whole fat, half, or trim milk?
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Timetable (Belated)

Sincere and profuse apologies for the vanishing timetable this morning, it's amazing the damage a three gig powerpoint can do to a laptop set to auto upload to the cloud. *old lady shakes fist at said cloud*

Friday

10am: Brunch
-- Elements Cafe, Kilbirnie

5pm: Cocktails
-- Library Bar, Courtenay Place

7pm: Dinner
-- Oaks Noodle House, Cuba Mall

Saturday

10am: Doors Open/Set-up of Hall
10.15: House Rules/Safety Briefing
10.30: Slash Pictionary -- fifteenth verse, same as the first (shihadchick)
11.30: Killing Eve (blademistress)
12.30: LUNCH
1.30: X-Men - Goodbye to All That (arysteia and stickmarionette)
3.30: Critical Role: Take Two (sixth_light)
4.15: Schitt's Creek (erilyn)
5pm: Guardian (china_shop)
5.30: Good Omens (cross_stitchery)
6pm: Pizza and Pub Quiz -- Tonight we dine in Hell! (china_shop)
7.45: Quick Clean Up
8pm: Doors Close

Sunday

10am: Doors Open
10.15: She-Ra (shihadchick)
10.45: The D and D Renaissance: Was it inevitable? (labellementeuse)
11.15: Russian Murder Princes (jocondite)
11.45: Jennifer's Body at 10 (blademistress)
12noon: So Your Watch Is Ended: Epic Fantasy For The Post-GoT World -- sixth_light
12.30: LUNCH
1.30: Fandom Sampler
-- Lily's Garden (shihadchick)
-- How to use Pinboard (meelie)
-- Fire Emblem Three Houses (aworldinside)
2.30: Charmed (shihadchick)
3.15: ~Let's Call This Second Saturday~ Vidshow (maudlinrose)
3.45: Discussion (labellementeuse)
5pm: Sunday Night Vid Show (meelie)
5.30pm: Thorough Tidy Up
6pm: Doors Close

7pm: Dinner
-- Spirit House Thai, Miramar

Monday

11am: Brunch
-- Fidel's, Cuba Street
dlm - dying sucks and then you work
  • meelie

Vidshow II: get together 2018 (COUGH I'M SORRY COUGH)

LITERALLY A YEAR LATE HERE IT IS
sunday vid show!

everything will be okay

1 - "Guards! Take this primitive to the punishment cells!": Acceptable in the 80's by Carol
Blakes 7

2 - "Congratulations, you have invented a new kind of stupid.": Congratulations by Starlady
Star Wars Prequels

3 - "I've got stamina": The Greatest by bironic Multifandom

4 - "Is this a test?": Brooklyn(Go Hard) by vordeel
Bucky x Steve (MCU)

5 - "Oh where do we begin? The rubble or our sins?": Pompeii by astolat
Star Trek: The Next Generation

6 - "We have all the time in the world. To get it right, to get it right": Avengers Get Ready niyalune

7 - "All I wanted was to break your walls. All you ever did was break me": Wrecking Ball by Jetpack Monkey Charles/Erik, X-Men all media

8 - "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here": Closing Time by trelkez Vale Vividcon (I'm not crying you're crying is how i saved this link)
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Registration 2019

Belated, but hopefully also streamlined, it’s time to register for g/t 2019. Let’s get this show on the road.

1) As with last year, please just make a top level comment to this post rather than an individual post to the community. If you kept your livejournal you can comment logged in, if you've got a dreamwidth you can use open id (but include your lj name if there's any chance I won't recognise it), if you have neither, or you prefer not to log in for any reason, then anon commenting is fine, but please include a pseudonymous tag so I can tell who it is.

2) We will again be having pub quiz and pizza party on Saturday night. Obviously, if you have to head off earlier for any reason it’s all good, but otherwise I was pleased with how smoothly last year’s ordering process went, so we’ll be repeating that. I will order and pay in advance, on Friday 4 October. In the morning, before I go to brunch. This means that signups and payment of subs has a hard close by Thursday 3 October.

Please visit the Hell Pizza website and check out their menu. Please also make a note of the price of your order. Don't worry about factoring in delivery, I'll sort that out. Can I please suggest that you try to order off the menu if you can, as things start to go awry if there are too many substitutions on a giant order. If you have allergies/intolerances please all caps or bold those so I can make them absolutely clear when I go in.

3) Everyone who came last year is on the mailing list, but if you’re bringing along anyone new can they please fill out this google form with contact details (confidential). If you don't want to include a cell number you don't have to, but especially if you don't have a twitter account I can ping it might be useful to be able to text in case of short notice issues.

Registration Template 2019

Don’t overthink these questions. Treat it like word association. It's only for a couple of games on the day. And don’t look back. I love seeing everyone’s answers evolve. Delete/complete snacks and victuals lines as applicable.

First Fandom and/or OTP:

Current Top Fandom and/or OTP:

One True Undying, Always Returning, Forever Fandom and/or OTP:

Fandoms Cruelly Cast by the Wayside:

Writer/Vidder/Reader/Reccer/Podficcer/Artist/Curator/Other/All of the Above?

Favourite Trope:

Most Hated Trope:

If Only One Fic or Vid Survived the Apocalypse It Would Be:

Three Characters That Represent You In Some Way (no explanations, let us figure it out):

More crudites, more chips, or more biscuits?

Hummus or sour cream dips?

Coke or juice?

I said coke and my preferred version is:

I said juice and I prefer apple/orange/other:

I drink water, I'm not a barbarian like you.

Coffee or tea?

Whole fat, half, or trim milk?

My Hell order is (please bold or all caps any allergies/intolerances):

It costs this much, which I will add to my subs when that email goes out:

I haven't worked out my Hell order yet but I was super keen to sign up anyway, and I will totally comment to this comment with an update very soon, and you have my permission to heckle when I don't.

I'm going to bring my own dinner and take my chances on the kitchen.

For reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture I won’t be staying for the pizza party.

ETA: Sharp eyed jocondite noticed that I'd left a reference to a subs post in the rego template. I've edited that out now to refer to the mailing list email which was in fact this year's official invoice and has the bank account details.
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Team work makes the dream work!

It's been forever since a new fandom ate fandom, but I saw plenty of you enjoying plenty of things over the last year. Now is your chance to spread the wisdom, share the wealth, or just plain take advantage of the fact there's no filter on real life to get inside the bunker.

As always, reminiscing about old fandoms is also welcome, whether they've gotten a reboot, you've recently done a rewatch, or you're simply feeling nostalgic for some reason. Got your own version of my Inevitable Smallville Renaissance? (I think stickmarionette and I might be Inevitably X-Men-ing...)

Got a hot topic to discuss? Mod a discussion yourself if you want to, or just brainstorm questions you'd like to see considered. I'll allocate more time if there's a lot people want to cover, though you all know how the timetable tends to buckle by Sunday afternoon.

Fannish taster platters: Over the last couple of years we've had a few cool "mini" pimps, maybe for first timers who've never presented before, or for little tidbits you want to introduce but don't think you can put together a whole presentation on. Please do think seriously about whether your five minutes is going to morph into ten or fifteen, in which case you should snag a proper slot, but if you've got something teeny you want to throw out there without any pressure, then let me know.

Volunteer in comments to this post, or @ or DM me on twitter.

Please also feel free to think outside the box – we've had a few quite different presentations recently, in the form of historical/literary primers, art and audio presentations, monsterfucking polls, etc, all of which were wonderful, and warmly received. The official g/t definition of fannish content is "friends and fellow fans will be interested in seeing/hearing this", so if you're not sure please do ask.

*****

Pictionary -- shihadchick
Pub Quiz -- china_shop
Saturday night vidshow -- maudlinrose
Sunday night vidshow -- meelie
Goodbye to All That (Fox's X-Men) -- arysteia
What does sacrifice/altruism mean in modern superhero movies? -- arysteia
*cough* This really does depend on how busy I am the next few weeks, but I wanna *cough*

Killing Eve -- blademistress
Jennifer's Body at 10 -- blademistress
Good Omens -- cross_stitchery
How to use Pinboard -- meelie tbc
Rasputin Murder Boyfriends -- jocondite
Critical Role: Take Two -- sixth_light
The DnD Renaissance (was it inevitable? ;-p) -- labellementeuse
So Your Watch Is Ended: Epic Fantasy For The Post-GoT World -- sixth_light
She-Ra -- shihadchick
Charmed -- shihadchick
Guardian -- china_shop
Schitt's Creek -- erilyn
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Cutting things close, good thing we're a well oiled machine...

Exactly one month to go, which I was going to panic about, but apparently the record for lateness goes to 2017 where the big post flurry took place only a fortnight out. Well done, 2017 me!

1) Restating for the record, as announced on twitter and to the mailing list earlier in the year, this year's get/together will, of course, be the weekend of October 5 and 6, with Friday 4 and Monday 7 as always for those who can make it/stick around.

2) Another year, another new fannish platform that didn't really take off. No disrespect to pillowfort, but most of us didn't do more than name squat there. On the other hand, I quite like the mailing list, it's been easy for me to use, so once again I'll be sending out wakeup emails and critical reminders, while continuing to use this livejournal as an information repository/hub. The best way to get up to the minute updates is still, of course, the twitter account. Even if you don't use twitter actively, it's worth checking out the g/t feed for up the minute news.

3) Taking signups as top level comments to the registration post seemed to work last year, so we'll stick with that. As always, open ID or (pseudonymously) signed anonymous comments are fine.

4) Everyone seemed to enjoy late night Saturday, vidshows, pub quiz, and pizza, so unless I get feedback to the contrary in short order, assume we're sticking with that. The pizza delivery went almost perfectly last year, so orders will again be finalised and paid for together with your registration and subs.

5) Subs will almost certainly be the same as last year, ie $33. I'm just waiting on the official invoice.

Expect a bunch of informational posts over the next few days, but if you're an old hand you can also expect not much to have changed. :-)