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The Merqueen’s Report: Nebula Awards Weekend, 2018

I will add more pictures in later, editing them in as they get processed. For now, I want to record some of my thoughts and memories from the past weekend and the Nebula Awards conference weekend, before a brand-new weekend … Continue reading

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Where I’ll be at Norwescon, 2018

I have a table in the Writers Alley this year and will be there starting Friday morning. Stop by! I will have books for sale as well as the “Writers Just Fucking Write” keychains. Friday Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction: … Continue reading

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Nattering Social Justice Cook: Time to Fix the Missing Stair

The following is my personal opinion and unconnected to any SFWA activity. I am speaking as a member of the speculative fiction community, one that has been involved in it for a decade and a half now, and one that has watched its internal workings with interest.

I met Monica Valentinelli in 2016 at GenCon. I don’t know her well, but I’m proud to count her as a friend and she is one of the people I have consulted with about issues gamewriters face and what SFWA can do to assist them. She has been a valued bridge-builder, and I trust her judgment. For those who don’t know about the recent events prompting this essay, here is her account of the event as well as some reactions.

Monica is currently being punished for speaking out, with vitriol, suggested boycotts, and more, all for going public about her decision. Forces with an interest in women not speaking out have decided to make her a cautionary tale, particularly since she’s dared to lead to other people, including men, to follow her example.
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Where I’ll Be: Norwescon 2017

Thursday What is a Story? 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 9 Marta Murvosh (M), Cat Rambo, Curtis C. Chen, Nancy Kress, James C. Glass SFWA: What is it, Where is it Going, and Why Should You Care? 6:00pm – 7:00pm … Continue reading

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Say Hi at MidAmeriCon and Get a Special Thank You

I’m prepping frantically for WorldCon, and packing for five days of survival at a convention, including plenty of protein bars and laptop cables. Another part of that is assembling some giveaways. I’ve been clearing out my shelves and I will … Continue reading

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Where I’ll Be: Cat’s MidameriCon Schedule (Worldcon 2016)

Here’s my schedule. I’ll update this as I fill up time. If you want to talk with me, you’ll find earlier in the day better than later; I tend to hit the hotel room for a hot bath with a … Continue reading

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Westercon 2016 Schedule for Cat Rambo

Friday 11am Writer’s Workshop Lincoln Fri Jul 1 11:00:am – 12:00:pm This is a pre-registered event. Potential writers meet with a selection of professionals for constructive feedback regarding recent work. Cat Rambo, Frog Jones, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Lizzy Shannon … Continue reading

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Nebula Conference 2016, Chicago

I write this amid a welter of notes, business cards, and obligations/opportunities acquired over the course of what was, for me, the best Nebula weekend I have ever attended. Part of that was the number of attendees who came up to express their appreciation of the programming, the award ceremony, the events, the overflowing book bags, the volunteers, the Nebulas issue of the Bulletin, the volunteer breakfast, and even with the way that they think SFWA has been going over the course of the last year. That is, to put it mildly, most gratifying, and is among the reasons I returned from Chicago renewed, refreshed, and re-enthused. A little under a year of my two-year presidential term lies behind me; I’m curious to see how much can be achieved in the next year.

Thank you to everyone who attended, both in person or virtually by spreading the word and retweeting. It was a weekend that was full of wonderful community and a chance to connect with new and old friends. There were so many moments that will live in my heart, including:
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Cat’s Schedule: Norwescon 2016

Fri 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 7&8 Catching Readers, Hook, Line, & Sinker Cat Rambo (M), Gregory A. Wilson, Leslie Howle, Jude-Marie Green, Tori Centanni Fri 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Cascade 3&4 The Language of Gender Cat Rambo (M), Jason … Continue reading

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World Fantasy’s Harassment Policy

This morning the question was raised for me as to whether or not SFWA will hold a business meeting at World Fantasy if they do not produce a policy for handling harassment that matches up with the SFWA guidelines. (I myself am not attending WFC this year for reasons that have no connection to any of this; Susan Forest, the current SFWA Secretary, will be running the meeting if it is held.)

There’s been a lot of controversy about the current WFC policy and my understanding is that they are looking at amending it right now. So my answer depends very much on how it’s amended, actually. If the policy doesn’t match up with ours sufficiently to keep SFWA members and their families able to enjoy the convention and participate freely, we may not have the business meeting. That remains to be seen.

The SFWA guidelines, which have been around since 2011, are here. I’m not part of the group that produced them, but I’d like to go through and explain why I find ours adequate in a way the existing WFC policy is not.
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