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Subcommittee Timeline Information

We tweeted from WisCon's twitter account last week about the timeline for the subcommittee discussing complaints brought against Jim Frenkel. This information was posted in response to a number of questions we had been receiving:

Each harassment subcommittee will produce a public statement after it has concluded.
The Frenkel subcommittee hopes to have a decision by 7/11, private informing of involved parties by 7/15, and a public announcement by 7/18.
Now that the Frenkel subcommittee has established a process for other subcommittees to follow, the Bergmann subcommittee is in the process of being formed, and has not yet started to meet.

Apologies for not posting this to our other 4 social media presences sooner - the social media team was away from the internet over the holiday weekend.

Room poems

Dear Readercongoers: in honor of the Marriott's absurdly renamed rooms, and inspired by sairaali , I give you the small gift of some small poems.

as the lights come on
and the tide ebbs
two rivers
caress Manhattan

Sewing is so old-fashioned.
I have woven this corpse
from strands of protein
and fragments of genes,
carefully following the pattern
from Frankenstein magazine.
Throw the switch!

they said she would never walk again
but it turns out
being a butterfly is pretty great

The worst thing about
these nightmares
is my nagging certainty
that they belong to someone else.
Whose warnings am I getting?
What fears could they conquer
if they only knew
they were afraid?

I'm sorry. Antibiotics do nothing
for bronchitis. The only cure is rest.
Take a long hot lava bath.
Curl up on your hoard
and read a novel. Let your body heal.
And no flying! The cold thin air
will do your lungs no favors.
I know it's hard, but rest. Rest.
In no time at all, you'll be back
to your old self.

no, small child, you cannot fit
the spoon up your nose
no matter how hard you try
but I admire you
for dreaming big

her turret has an excellent view
of the training grounds
the ladies titter as she perches on the sill
and watches the squires spar for hours
she dreams of muscles and sweat
the whack of stick against padding
the cheers and laughter of comrades
a brotherly arm flung around her shoulders
as they stagger their bruises
off to the baths

This parking lot is full of cars.
People drove the cars. Reverse that:
every car means a person. Maybe two or three.
You came by air and rail and road
because we said, "There will be a party
and we hope you can be there." Reverse that:
until you arrived there was no party,
only the hope of one.

He cooked you comfort food.
I took you shopping for baby clothes.
We squeezed your hands
as the doctor said, "Ready?"
Yes. Yes, we are ready. We are.


Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Memberships now: Con or Bust still has lots of free memberships for fans of color/non-white fans to attend Nine Worlds Convention and Loncon 3 in London, England this August. Request them now! See the Upcoming Cons page for more details.

Memberships (and other assistance) later: From August 15-25, Con or Bust will take requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend all upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance.

A full list of cons for which specific assistance has been donated can be found at the Upcoming Cons page, but I wanted to highlight the following additions and important information.

First: World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA) has donated a hotel room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, as well as two banquet tickets. WFC has reached its preliminary membership cap and is in the process of establishing a wait list for memberships, but it is holding two membership spots for Con or Bust attendees. Therefore: (1) the hotel room and banquet tickets will not be available after the August request period; (2) if you’re interested in requesting any Con or Bust assistance to attend WFC, and you do not already have a membership, you should monitor WFC’s website for information on a waiting list.

(Con or Bust also happily accepts donations of transferred memberships from individuals! Email if you have a membership to WFC you can’t use.)

Second: two cons have donated assistance to Con or Bust that can be requested from August 15-25. They are:

  • Arisia, January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is N. K. Jemisin; its Artist Guest of Honor is Lee Moyer; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Colette H. Fozard.

    Arisia has donated two memberships and a hotel room to Con or Bust.

  • FOGcon, March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Its 2015 theme is The Traveler and its Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente.

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

Additional cons have donated assistance that can be requested in August; check the Upcoming Cons page for details. And please spread the word!

I want to apologize to the WisCon 37 co-chairs, Gretchen Treu, Jackie Lee, and Kafryn W. Lieder, and to the WisCon community, both personally and as one of the co-chairs of WisCon 38.

I apologize for not reconsidering allowing Jim Frenkel to attend WisCon 38, after having received Elise Matthesen’s report from the WisCon 37 co-chairs and Lauren Jankowski’s report via email. In retrospect, having specifically solicited our members to make reports when we were ill-equipped to respond to them appropriately was a huge mistake, and I join others in apologizing for it. My hope is that the new Safety procedures, the Member Advocate, and the Harassment Policies Committee will fix this problem for the future.

I also apologize for not working more quickly to establish the Harassment Policies Committee and revise WisCon's procedures and policies for responding to harassment reports. Because of serious personal health issues, I had to step back from active chairing in the fall and winter, which meant that the Harassment Policies Committee fell through the cracks until April, and that is something I personally regret.

Again, I want to express my apologies both personally and as a WisCon 38 co-chair.

-Joanna Lowenstein, WisCon 38 Co-Chair

Jul. 3rd, 2014

Your four year old is "graduating" from preschool. Your fourteen year old is graduating from junior high. Understandably, "graduation fever" is running high in your house.

This preschool graduation ceremony is a relatively recently adopted tradition by said preschool. It is such a recent development, in fact, that it was not in effect when your nine year old attended the same preschool. Your nine year old is finishing up fourth grade, and obviously this is not a milestone grade to be finishing, so there is no graduation ceremony for her this year.

In the lead up to the ceremonies your nine year old spends her time kvetching about how her older sister gets to have a graduation, and her younger sister gets to have a graduation, but she gets nothing. And during her younger sister's cutesy preschool ceremony, she complains bitterly, loudly and at length, about the fact that her younger sister's "graduating class" is getting this ceremony when her own class was not.

How do you deal with your nine year old? Do you

a) Reason with her. Remind her that her sisters are both in milestone years (preschool --> kindergarten; junior high --> senior high), and that there will be years when she herself will be in one of those transition years and her sisters will not - and tell her to stop whining?

b) Discipline her. Mete out some consequence when you return home from the preschool ceremony because she was making a scene and behaving poorly in public - no matter how she feels about what's going on, it's incredibly inappropriate for her to ruin her sister's day with her own poor mood?

c) Pander to her. Organize a little "graduating the fourth grade" party for her and surprise her with it when you get home from the preschool ceremony, thereby rewarding her week worth of complaining and whining and ensuring she learns nothing about fair play, taking turns, and the fact that she cannot and will not always be the center of attention?

Brought to you by a re-run of a late-eighties/early-nineties sitcom which I am watching with gritted teeth because I want to shake the nine year old!!

(edited to include a missing apostrophe!)

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