I Read the Internets – 6/9/07

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Hey there, internets! I missed you!

I had a great time at WisCon 31, though, hanging out with awesome people and enjoying all sorts of fabulous panels and informal conversations. I’ll be doing more write-ups soon, but in the meantime you can read my summaries of two panels I attended over at the Books @ THL blog: “Lifestyles of the Rich and Supernatural” and “Underneath it All.”

After WisCon, I spent several days working intensively on a novel and some other writing projects in California, and now I’m in Utah at a family reunion. I have been checking my email and so on, readers, but I must admit to you that I have not been reading all that many internets.

Next week, I’ll be back to my usual habits, and I should have many varied and interesting internets for you to peruse. This week, I’ve got just a couple things to link – but I think they’re important.

One of the things I was working on in California is the June issue of Cerise, which is online now. Our theme this month is “The Making of a Gamer,” which inspired lots of really interesting content. The gamers among you should go check it out – and also take a look at the submission guidelines, while you’re there!

Shifting from gaming to books – and writers – I heard while I was at WisCon that the Carl Brandon Society has been offered a really great donation matching challenge for their Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund. From the press release on their website:

The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund has been offered a $1500 challenge grant by SciFi, Inc., to be paid after the scholarship has raised matching funds. June 22, Octavia Butler’s birthday, is the deadline.

The scholarship, for those of you who don’t already know about it, is designed to:

…enable writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Octavia got her start. It is meant to cement Octavia’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color.

If you’ve been following some of the recent conversations about lack of representation of people of color in science fiction on the internets (such as those taking place at The Angry Black Woman), and have wanted to do something about it, donating to the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund is one excellent option. And doing it right now – or at least before June 22 – might mean that your donation will be matched, and will go that much farther.

I feel really strongly that this is a worthwhile cause. I just made a donation. I hope that many of my fellow internets readers will want to do the same.

If you haven’t checked out the 14th Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans (which Purtek linked last week) yet, you should definitely do so – there ought to be enough internets there to tide you over until I can return to my usual volume next week.

And to conclude with something that makes me smile, and may amuse many of you, here are links to some pictures of me and several of my awesome feminist pop culture crit blogger friends, dressed up as superheroes for the fancy dress party at WisCon 31 (hint: I’m the one with the Mega-rod):

A group shot with everyone.

Another group shot – Power Girl was off saving the world during this one, I think.

Not seven feet tall, but perhaps big enough. More great WisCon 31 photos can be found here. [pictures no longer available]

See y’all next week!

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