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The Parade's End read-along friending meme!

As we get ready to kick off our read-along, let's get to know each other a bit better!

This isn't necessary to participate in the read-along. It's just for funsies.

Also, I am totally stealing this idea from the lovely ladies in charge of ljrevival: In order to facilitate low pressure involvement, you can let us know whether or not you will be selectively adding people. Not adding everyone who participates is a-okay!

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oh hi again!

I realize I've not been around in a long, long time, and my last post said I was only keeping this journal in order to participate at ontd_startrek.  But!  I had an awesome idea for a fandom read-along, and I'm trying to spread the word about it!  Please signal boost if you can, and come join me in the joy of reading and/or dreaming about Benedict Cumberbatch's wonderful face.

This will be a fandom-friendly* read-along of the Ford Madox Ford tetralogy, spanning several months, in anticipation of the (as-yet-undated) airing of Parade’s End, written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Susanna White, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

When: The read-along will begin on February 1, 2012. At that time, we’ll publish a schedule guide for each section of the first book.

Why: Because of ~reasons~ obviously. For instance, we love early twentieth-century literature; we’re excited for the upcoming BBC/HBO television adaptation; we love Downton Abbey and want more things like it in our lives.

Where: All over the internet! This read-along will primarily be hosted through nonmodernist and on Twitter (using #ParadesEnd), but we love all the corners of the internet and we want them all to join us! Look for discussion posts on Dreamwidth and Livejournal, and links to content all over the place. Feel free to blog your responses at your own site or the service of your choice — as long as you send them to us, we’ll put the links in our round-ups.

How: Read the books! Post about them! Join our discussions and submit your posts to our linkspams! Livetweet your reading sessions! There’s no right or wrong way to participate.

Get started: First, spread the word! This only works if you all get involved (and corral your friends, enemies, neighbors, and family members to do the same). Follow nonmodernist (or mllesays [lj] if you are not into tumblr) for more updates as we approach the start date. Then acquire a copy of the book and get ready to start reading!


* “fandom-friendly”: we mean that this read-along will be a safe space for fandom-style participation. We recognize and defend your right to create fanworks of any and all kinds, flail over anything and everything, and use as much fandom slang as you desire. While some discussions may get a little academic, others will be shallow and all about the pretty.
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where we're at now

 So, yeah. I've been lurking around my own nearly-abandoned stuff (dw and lj), and I thought maybe it was time to do a life update of sorts.

+ Grad school is slowly murdering me, but in such a way that I love it.  I'm incredibly happy I took this step, but it means so much less time for fun and internet bffs.

+ I also spend a lot of time doing this now.

+ I also also spend a lot of time grant writing for fandom.

+ Lately I've been loving Gossip Girl, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Community, Patrick Stump, and the way that Brendon Urie thinks his dark side is a lady but also maybe it is Ryan Ross.  I may have more thoughts on that last one later.

Your turn!  Tell me what's up with you. I miss all your gorgeous internet faces!
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Sexual assault at Dragon*Con and what we can do

You may or may not have heard about the spate of sexual assaults now coming to light from this year's Dragon*Con. As a regular congoer (and con-lover), I'm saddened and dismayed to hear that this is happening.

It's time for some action.

moonanstars has posted on the dragoncon lj comm suggesting safety volunteers wearing bright colored shirts, easily identifiable, who could assist congoers with safety issues, radio to police and official security, and just generally accompany anyone who felt unsafe (particularly when traveling on the street between the hotels). This is a great idea, and it is being forwarded to the D*C security department and the Convention Operations Director. I urge everyone to also write D*C and support this idea.  You can use the form on this site. Use the drop down menu to specify "Security."  Make sure to mention and link to moonanstars original post.

thatwordgrrl has awesomely been working on spreading the word about the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up project (& Gentleman's Auxiliary). She is currently offering to mail "Back Up!" ribbons for free to anyone who requests them.  Please see this post for the origins of the project and what it means.  I've requested ribbons.  I've also offered to help brainstorm ways to grow the project at D*C.  I am planning on writing to the con organizers with a proposal for full recognition in the official program, on the website, and in meatspace (probably a table to hand out ribbons and flyers).  But this is an open source project, which means we don't need official recognition to get the word out!  If anyone is interested in helping me with this, please let me know.

Additionally, I have reached out to my contact within the D*C organizing structure.  I am told that things are being done.  I can't go into much more detail than that.  I know it's cold comfort, but trust me: the people who organize D*C are aware of this year's sexual assaults, and they are working to make con a safer space next year.

D*C definitely needs a written sexual harassment policy.  Other con policies (and D*C's lack of one) are listed here.  Please write to D*C and encourage them to create a sexual harassment policy for next year's con.  This is one of the best ways to make it clear to all congoers that we will not tolerate sexual harassment or assault. 

Every idea we can come up with, every plan we can set into action, every commitment we can make not to stand by and ignore sexual assault at con, every email we can send asking the organizers to do the same — all of these things can and will help to make con a safer space for us.

I love it too much to give up on it.  I hope those of you who attend feel the same.

Feel free to make suggestions in the comments, leave links to other projects, etc.

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post-con post

Well, hello there.  I just returned from a fantastic Dragon*Con, and like always, it makes me miss everyone.  I'm going to work on catching up with people and posting more and just generally being around, because there are no geeks in Philly that I've met yet, and I miss my geeks a lot.

So!  Tell me some things I have missed, in your life or in fandom!  I want to know!

EDIT:  Ack!  So many things have changed!  You guys have changed names and now there are all these weird choices about FB and Twitter and... and... ACK!  I'm just so confused!
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three weeks!

[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw starts tomorrow, which means I'll be going radio silent on LJ (unless something life altering happens, in which case I'll let you guys know).  Come see me over there — I'll have thinky posts and answers to questions and hopefully a bunch of other stuff.

And if anybody wants a DW invite code, I still have a bunch up for grabs.
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spring will be good to us

Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and happy gorgeous Sunday afternoon to those who don't!

At some point when I have more time, I will tell you about how amazing Easter service was at S.'s Episcopal church.  I loved it.  Then we ate brunch, and now it is time for my midday nap.  After that, Doctor Who with the crew and chili.  This is turning into the best weekend ever.

Also, fics are up at [community profile] good_ficday and the AO3 collection!