coraa: (jenova your mom)
The Build a World panel is not what you might think from the name. It's not a panel discussing how to build a world, oh no. It's a panel in which the panelists actually do build a world. Out of random parts. With great enthusiasm.

This is how it worked, this year at least: the panelists named categories of things you might want to figure out about your world (specifically, this time, Climate, Atmosphere, Fauna, Conflict Resolution, Flora, Geography, Religion, and, this being Wiscon, Systems of Oppression). The audience threw out suggestions for ideas for each category, ranging from the ordinary (plants are carnivorous!) to the unusual (plants produce sex pollen!) to the truly bizarre (the system of oppression is based on prime-number-related ageism!) Then each panelist picked one from each category, for a total of three per category, and then had to create a world including all of them by riffing and bouncing things off each other.

It was delightful to watch. And then, once the world was built, they (and we) created a musical set in the world!

Since I had my laptop out and was typing madly, I got drafted into being the panel secretary, to write down the notes we came up with. So here they are: the parameters, the Planet of LOLCats, and I Can Has Musical, The Musical!

(I make no promises that this is funny or interesting or even makes sense if you were not at the panel. However, if you were at the panel, here it is! And you should write fanfic about it!)

Moderator: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Panelists: Yoon Ha Lee, Derek Molata, David Levine

yeah, so, that happened! )

(I was taking fast notes and fleshing them out later, so if I messed anything up, or if you remember anything to add, please let me know!)

(Also, since I know a number of attendees were interested in these notes, please feel free to link. ...and if anyone does write metallic multitentacled sex pollen absorptive music battle fanfic set on volcanoes, please, please, please link me to it. :D )
coraa: (carmen sandiego)
This was the panel that I had the most sheer fun at. It was also the panel that was most different than my expectations: I had kind of expected (I'm not sure why) discussion of actual guilty pleasures, but the panel was about why we use the term 'guilty' to refer to pleasures, the difference between guilt and shame, the difference between embarrassment and guilt, and what pleasures actually are harmful and people should feel guilty about.

It was fascinating.

Moderator: Vito Excalibur ([livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur)
Other Panelist: Lesley Hall, Sumana Harihareswara, John O'Neill

...and let me just say that if those four did a panel next year on washing machine repair, I would TOTALLY go. They were that good: funny, smart, thoughtful, funny, well-informed, opinionated, well-spoken, and did I mention funny? Seriously.

Notes behind the cut. People are attributed by initials; Q/C indicates an audience comment or question. As always, transcribed fast and edited only glancingly, misattributions and errors are my own, assume everything outside of quote marks is a paraphrase. This is especially true for this panel, which moved very quickly, with lots of ping-ponging discussion between panelists (which was a good thing).

Panel notes )

The inspiration for the panel came from here and here.
coraa: (girl with book)
And another one. This was a fun way to start the day, although I got in late (spent a lot of time wandering around looking for the Caucus room before I realized I was on the wrong floor) so I missed the introductions. Accordingly, I think I may have messed up the attributions for some of the early quotes, before I figured out which nameplate went with which person. Corrections are welcome.

Mod: Robyn Fleming
Panelists: Neesha Meminger, Katharine Beutner, Emily Horner, Megan ([personal profile] meganbmoore)

Everybody's attributed by initials; 'Q/C' means a question or comment from the audience.

As always, written fast, edited only glancingly, everything is paraphrased unless it's bracketed by quotes, and it's probably best to assume that mistakes are my own and not the panelists'. :)

Notes/Transcript )
coraa: (bookworm)
This isn't a panel report in the standard sense. Instead, since the "Writing the Other: Shout-Outs" panel was basically just people taking about things that worked for them and why, it's a rec list.

The list includes POC characters written by white authors, female characters written by men, disabled characters written by able people, GLBT characters written by straight people, and characters with one religion written by members of another religion. There may be more categories; those were the ones I noted.

The panel was great, smart and funny and interesting. It was moderated by Nisi Shawl and included Karnythia ([livejournal.com profile] karnythia), K. Tempest Bradford, and Moondancer Drake

As always, the notes were written on the fly. I've double-checked many of the spellings I was unsure of, but any remaining misspellings or misattributions are my own.

List beneath the cut. )

If you have any corrections, note them here and I'll fix. And feel free to share the link, of course!
coraa: (bookses)
Live-transcribed and only glancingly edited for posting; assume everything is paraphrased; all errors (and probably any infelicitous phrasings) are my own.

Panel description: What demands of craft are particular to the YA genre? What experiences are YA readers looking for and what pitfalls should writers new to YA avoid?

Moderator: Ellen Klages
Panelists: Karen Elizabeth Healey, Derek Molata, Sharyn November, Sarah B. Prineas

The Craft of Writing YA )
coraa: (bookworm)
(I'm counting yesterday as Day 0, since I checked in and then slept a lot.)

Today, on account of still being on Pacific time, I didn't stagger out of bed until late morning. Once I did, though, I met up with [personal profile] ckd and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for lunch, which was lovely! We discussed the joys of being in an army family, the entertainment value of eccentric relatives, and the ways to get through a wedding without losing your mind. And it was a great way to break myself into the con, meeting with two friendly and interesting people in a more casual environment so I didn't get too overwhelmed. And then, on the way back, [personal profile] rushthatspeaks gave me the scoop on which Gundam series to start with, as a space opera and steampunk fan.

[personal profile] rushthatspeaks: Well, which ones do you know?
[personal profile] coraa: Well, I mostly know of Gundam Wing from when I was in high school, but that was on Cartoon Network with...
[personal profile] rushthatspeaks: ...the awful dub?
[personal profile] coraa: Oh yes. So mostly what I know is that that's the one that's slasheriffic and has the most hilarious emotional trauma.
[personal profile] ckd: *cracks up*

(She recommended Gundam 00 for the space opera and Turn A Gundam for the steampunk-y influence.)

After that the three of us went to the Gathering, where I tagged along after [personal profile] rushthatspeaks. The Gathering is like nothing I've ever quite seen at a con: it's like a meet-and-greet with tons of activities you can take part in at the same time, many of which recall the fun parts of kindergarten. I got a temporary tattoo of a firebird (a bit redundant today, when I'm wearing my firebird t-shirt, but it'll be great tomorrow with my Shinra Electric Power Company t-shirt), made a word-art picture with lots of swirls, voted in the Carl Brandon Society cagematch, saw a lot of people doing fantastic things with fiber art, picked up a couple of ARCs in the Galley Ho! sale, and picked up a faux-fur vest at the clothing swap. (Me: I normally wouldn't get something like this, but it'd be perfect for a Seattle winter and it has kind of a Wolfrider vibe. [personal profile] rushthatspeaks: It does, at that.) (How much do I love being able to say that casually to someone who knows what I mean.)

On the way out, I said hello to [personal profile] meganbmoore again, and then headed into the Dealer's Room. I picked up a pair of [personal profile] elisem earrings, and also some books, including a copy of The Neverending Story in the proper red-and-green coloring. (The ones in italic-and-non have never looked right to me.) I'm sure I'll do more shopping as the week progresses—there was someone selling a gryphon puzzle, for instance, that I am weak to. Plus I'm in a mood where picking up short story collections seems like a good idea, to expose me to new authors.

I took a breather and got dinner, and then went to the LJ party for delicious cake, and the "Goblin Girls and Bedlam Boys" reading. I was particularly taken with Caitlyn Paxson, who had beautiful lyrical works (including a steampunk-esque poem) and was a fantastic reader (writing and reading, not the same skills!), and the beginning of a YA fantasy novel by Ari B. Goelman, set at a Jewish summer camp.

And that's it for today, since I'm about ready to collapse. If I can wake up in time tomorrow, there's "Tarot for Writers;" after that is "The Craft of Writing YA," which is, of course, relevant to my interests. And from there, we'll see!

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