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Dashcon: Where I Draw the Line

First of all, you are officially invited to BallPitCon, where I already have confirmed guests The Ball Pit, Stephen Fry, This American Life, and Martin Freeman, who will be crocheting a square-bottomed necktie while being live-interviewed in the ball pit.  The con fee for entrance is $85, but once you get in the doors, that price raises to $850.

I just need to say that none of this lampooning and fol-de-rol and satire would be remotely necessary if the con hadn’t actually done a bit of damage to people.  Let’s be real here: I love me a ball pit.  I grew up with no dollars and thought a trampoline was the most wonderful invention on God’s green earth (there will be a trampoline at BallPitCon). 

What I mean to say is, I think it’s fun and charming to have a bouncy castle and some balls in a pool, really actually I do.  I wish I had that at my house.  I might buy aforementioned items when I get home, and I was planning to visit the ball pit, in all sober seriousness.  This is NOT ABOUT SNARK.  Never ever ever would I dream of mocking the ball pit, ever, scout’s honor, if the con itself had not done people harm.

Did it do everyone harm? No.  Am I speaking for everyone?  No.  Am I speaking for anyone save myself and my own opinion?  No. Did it do me harm personally? Yes. Am I talking about that fact when I say I am drawing the line? NO.

Am I talking about the fact they withdrew their extremely well-documented offer to pay for my hotel room without doing me the courtesy of informing me that I was now liable for changes, simply assuming that I’m a person who has that sort of skrilla, without so much as a by-the-way text message?

No.

I don’t care that I have to put out for this. I care about the kids–and I mean both everyone under my ripe age of 34 and actual for-serious youngsters–who saved and dreamed and envisioned this con being a place where they could meet some folk from fandom and some folk from Night Vale, presumably without an additional $17,000.00 surcharge.

Where I draw the line is that people were here out of love–love for each other as fans, love for a TV show, love for the ability to create beautiful fanworks and sell them, love for the idea of a gathering about social media and its myriad glories–and not all of them could really afford it (I’ve spoken with several people on this subject), and when you buy something, you’re supposed to get That Thing You Bought.

Does it have to be perfect?  No, it doesn’t.  The bouncy castle can collapse and I will cheerfully stand in it and pretend it’s a shittier version of a tent.  I am not a perfectionist.  Ask my copyeditors.

But when you’re using people’s love of a fandom or a social media site to generate revenue and promising them 3,000-7,000 attendees (no), and Night Vale (no), and paying for fees (this is not just me, I am fine, but no), and the people in question are literally teenagers who are being given false information, and then you won’t step up to the plate and answer questions?  You’re going to hide?  You’re going to make an official statement saying it was PayPal’s fault Night Vale isn’t here?

I am 34 years old, and I feel OK, this weekend has been such a blast with meeting new and interesting people.  But please don’t lie to folks who are young, and will take it to heart.  And don’t have the money to cover the expenses they are now expected to foot.  And don’t have the life experience to shout about it.  Are they helpless?  Absolutely not.  But I am in the position to shrug this off, and I feel terrible for those who can’t.

EDIT as of 12:22 pm:  Now they have said it was a mistake my room and beinggeekchic’s was not covered.  I thank them for this, and I am happy that part of the problem was resolved in a civil and timely manner.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FEARLESS LEADER CURLY FOUR EYES!

Today is Miss Kristina’s birthday.  And she founded, if we do say so ourselves, one heck of a special podcast.  To boot, she is a wonderful lady, and is an epic organizer of spectacular events, and is kind to animals by not eating them, and and is all around generally lovely.  So please wish her many happy returns on this post, because we all love her so!

Here is an electronic gift for her:

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We are absolutely delighted to announce the Baker Street Babes’ 221B Con schedule of appearances and podcast topic!

Sunday at 10:00 am is our live podcast! The topic at hand will be:

Ashley Polasek and Sherlockian Film Since 1900

Ashley Polasek is an “Aca-Sherlockian,” happily living at the crossroads of academia, traditional Sherlockiana, and contemporary fandom. She has spoken about Sherlock Holmes at academic conferences across the US, UK, and continental Europe, and she will graduate with her PhD on adaptations of Sherlock Holmes in July of 2014. She has been published in the Baker Street Journal, and was a speaker at the “Behind the Canonical Screen” conference in Los Angeles in 2012; she will co-edit (with Lyndsay Faye) the conference’s companion volume for the BSI Press. Ashley has been previously interviewed on CNN International and CBS Sunday Morning, and she can be found on Twitter @SherlockPhD.

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The above is a picture of Ashley holding Thank You Carrot, a large gift to the Babes for their charity efforts following the first Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Ball to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.  We can’t wait for the interview and hope you’ll join us!

If you can’t make the podcast, below find our panels!  And if you can’t make a panel, please stop by our table to check out our brand spanking new swag for sale!

Here is a complete (barring last-minute additions) list of the Baker Street Babes’ 221B Con panels, in alphabetical order of BABE:

AMY:

–Live Podcast

–Canon 101

–AU and Crossovers

–From House to Psyche

–Hey, Jude

–Young Sherlock Holmes

LYNDSAY:

–Live Podcast

–Paget, Steele, and Gibson: Illustrators of an Era

The Gods of Gotham Book Club

–Victorian Crime

–How to Podcast

–Baker Street to the Holodeck

SARAH:

–Live Podcast

–Canon 101

–The Hobbit

–Cabin Pressure

TAYLOR:

–Live Podcast

–Cabin Pressure

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THE BAKER STREET BABES WERE NOMINATED FOR A SHORTY AWARD!

And we lost to…um, This American Life is probably the best podcast ever.  So.  We are DEEPLY honored to have been included in such an elite crowd.  Our fellow nominees were also inspiring podcasts and we’re grateful to be thought of in the same category.

Here you see the two New York Babes, @lyndsayfaye and @stardustevangelist, rocking the red carpet and having live reactive emotions to awards won/lost and basically loving every minute of the event.  Thank you to ALL the fans who led us to this opportunity.  Thank you to the organizers and the judges and the open bar and the friendly strangers!  Thank you to every Sherlockian on earth, which is Who Would Have Been Thanked Had We Won.

(But especially to those last folks. <3)

So, How Does One Become A Babe?

“I have a question: How do I become a Baker Street Babe?”

“I would love to become a Baker Street Babe.”

“My misson in life: to be a Baker Street Babe.”

A lot of you have been messaging us with statements like these. Let us get something right straight off the bat: we are very flattered by this.

The bad news is: we don’t have any space on this podcast. We started making the podcast as a group of friends, and while we make our interview subjects “Honorary Babes”, it’s not like that’s some kind of fandom award or title. It’s just the name we picked for our group.

The good news is: if you’re female, if you love Sherlock Holmes (in whatever form), and if you share that love with people around you, then you are already a Baker Street babe. As our tag line says, we’re a group of friends that also happen to be massive Sherlock Holmes fans. We’re not “better” or “worse” than any other Sherlock fan or Holmesian, we’re not some kind of elitist club. We’re a bunch of female Holmesians who like to chat about Sherlock Holmes in front of a microphone. And we love the fandom(s).

So, rather than moping in the corner because you’re not going to be on the podcast, look around you and see if you can find Holmesian/Sherlock friends. Maybe there’s a Holmesian society you can go to. Or start a group of your own! Join a LJ community! Organise or attend a meetup in your area! Watch out for local theatre troupes that put on adaptations of the stories!

The Holmesian world has so much to offer. It’s organised itself in societies and scions for donkey’s years, and the Sherlock fandom is no different. So, it doesn’t matter whether you run a news site, create fanworks, write articles, organise a meetup or a con, hang out with a group of friends to watch the Ritchie movie… whatever you do, if you’re sharing the love of Holmes, you’re one of us.

Dashcon Update

Baker Street Babes beinggeekchic and lyndsayfaye yesterday talked Sherlock Holmes at a Many Lives of Sherlock Holmes panel, a tumblr quiz hosted by us, and a live podcast, concluding all of our officially scheduled events for this convention, which is perhaps for the best. We want to thank all our fabulous audience members for attending and thank emmagrant01 for being such a wonderful guest on the subject of her fanfic and Sherlockian AUs.

In the wake of other, less enjoyable events, we urge everyone to be as safe, sane, and kind to each other as they can while here in Schaumburg.  This includes hotel staff, attendees, etc., and we hope that everyone treats each other with as much respect and consideration as possible, and that you take care of yourselves and get home safely when the con concludes.

Attention fans! The Guy Ritchie Movies are getting an episode of their own! We’re not sure if it’ll be Episode 5 or 6 yet, but we figured we’d let you know!

Have questions or comments about the movies? Whether it be in regards to their adaptation of the canon, lack thereof, or as simply stand-alone movies… we want to know! Love it? Hate it? Can’t wait for Game of Shadows this Christmas? We love answering your questions on air, so please, if you have thoughts, tell ussss!

You can tweet us @BakerStBabes or email us at bakerstreetbabes(at)gmail(dot)come or simply reblog this/ask us!

And thank you SO much for all the kind words about the review, we’re so chuffed and heart-eyed! xx

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BSB Lyndsay got the chance to sit down with the fabulous folks at Audible at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Fest this summer and chatted with them about hero stories, audio books, and the Baker Street Babes podcast.

Episode 4: The Women of Sherlock Holmes has been recorded! Since half of us are in the USA now, we had to get up a bit early (well… for a Saturday!) to record to appease the Brits, but all is well!

The episode is really great… we talk about the canon and BBC Sherlock, extensively about Adler and Sarah (& Molly!) in particular, and look at Victorian women (British & American) as well. It’s a fab one and will be out before August!