Who has two pairs of nostrils and won the Popular Choice award at OryCon36’s art show over the weekend? This gal!

Yes, The Teacup Tauntaun was an overwhelming success at the show; people really enjoyed seeing a “real” Tauntaun and reading the little booklet of fan fic that came with her, and while she didn’t get to go home with someone else by the end of the weekend, she did bring back that shiny blue ribbon!

intralimina | Closed Systems, Institutionalized Oppression, & Orycon's Sad Failure to Overcome Ableist Practices

Last year, the science fiction convention Orycon announced a panel on autism (in our world, not in science fiction) that did not include any autistic individuals, though it had plenty of parents. As this is like a LGBTQ panel comprised of straight parents, the Autistic community became obviously troubled. Classic ignorance and ableist tactics ensued. These are already well-documented.

At which point, I thought, gee, if this is coming from a place of ignorance, maybe we can keep it from escalating into anger and ugliness and all end up winning.

I went to the convention site and talked to the directors. We had a civil discussion about civil rights and why the panel had elicited such a negative response from the Autistic community. The panel was cancelled, and I was promised that when planning time came for 2013, the community would be involved.

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I’m going to OryCon tomorrow, as a (homeless) Mysterious Hooded Figure from Night Vale. This is my sign, which is attached to my staff. One side says “Librarians ate my family” and the other side says “Will summon unimaginable horrors for revenge money $$$”

Part of me wanted to have the sign say “for food” rather than “for money,” but I figure a Mysterious Hooded Figure either doesn’t need food or could easily hunt for food (or even train a pet monster to hunt for food for the both of them).

I will get pictures in my full costume later.


I’ve been busy getting ready for OryCon and working on a book manuscript, so I haven’t been adding things to Etsy this week (though you should totally check it out–there were some neat additions last week!)

So instead I’m taking a quick break to offer up some pics of part of my personal skull collection–an Australian cattle dog! It’s from a female dog that died of natural causes, and other than missing one little premolar she’s in excellent condition. You’re welcome to use these pics as artistic reference; just let me know what you use them for. And if you need any other shots, let me know :)

I'll be selling at Orycon 35 this November!

I’ll mention this again when it’s closer to the actual con, but since I’m not going to Kumoricon and I fairly recently got confirmation on this con I wanted to mention it.

I’ll be selling original fantasy/sci-fi prints, keychains, and lots of jewelry!

Orycon is a wonderful Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention held in Portland, OR. It’s a fairly small con (compared to others I’ve been to) and I’ve always enjoyed the amazing costumes and other geekery that takes place there.

I highly recommend it if you haven’t been to it! The game rooms are very fun too, my friends usually hang out there and play all sorts of games inbetween events.

Saturday spawned a mini Homestuck meetup at Orycon! The few, the proud and the awesome.

Random question, why is kankri always cosplayed by the most adorable people? The one in this picture was only 12. I wish I would have gotten a picture of her and her older sister who was running around as Marceline (I think)

Cosplayers: (stillcan'trememberanyonesnameI'msorry)

Humanstuck Vriska: detectivepenis
Femquius: Me!

If you are in one of my cosplay photos and want to be credited, please contact me and I’ll add your info

ahaha OH CHILD

someone at Orycon tried to measure nerd dick with me over my K K Slider shirt by saying Oh it’s Totakeke! instead of KK Slider and when I stared at her informed me it was his JAPANESE (ie “real”) name and I stared at her for another minute like,

and then I said, “I played it in English.” and walked off.

Dunno what shirt I’m going to wear yet tomorrow but I will be there, glamorously running around doing small tech. Actually I’ll wear my Black Mage Supply shirt if I can find it.

My Orycon 36 Schedule

Hey all! I will be in Portland for Orycon this weekend!



1-2pm Publishing Ethics

2pm-2:30pm – MAH READING. I will be reading “She Dances On Knives” unless I decide we need something funny. I’M BRINGING CHOCOLATE.

4-5pm Short stories, Novelettes, Novellas, and the Markets that Love Them



seriously I have no panels. I’m giving a crit at noon, but I’m free otherwise.

***I might escape and go play Ingress just saying

***that’s a filthy lie, I’ll either be studying, freelancing, or reading for Illustrious Feminist SF


11am-noon Giving Effective Readings

1-2pm Women in SF – I may not be on this panel. I had completely forgotten who was all on it and when it as when Wendy was discussing it on Twitter. But yeah, it’s about women in SF and three of us are guys, so if we can find a more appropriate substitute, I will be giving her my spot.

My Orycon 36 Schedule was originally published on Everything I do is SO fucking amazing that sparks are going to shoot out of your eyes.

Night Vale Net at OryCon

Dear |*FNAME*|,

Night Vale Net, Night Vale’s mandatory cable, phone and Internet provider, believes in community outreach. That’s why we’ve sent a representative to OryCon, Oregon’s largest and oldest science fiction and fantasy convention, happening right now in Portland. Yes, Oregon’s a long way from Night Vale, but we appreciate our little town even more when we return from other places and dimensions of existence, don’t we? So if you’re at OryCon, be sure to say hello to NVN Ambassador MeiLin Miranda. If you’re a mandatory subscriber, be sure to ask about a free month of Starz, because…


not at orycon

As a few of you may notice today: I am not at Orycon as planned. I am instead getting ready for another around of emergency eye surgery.

Basically, Dr. Saperstein said there was about 10% chance they’d have to go back in and do more work. Last weekend, I noticed an effect much like a meteor going across the sky, in the upper visual range of my right eye, the one they operated on two and a half weeks ago. I called in and got the on-call doctor, who said these things happen all the time from a million different reasons, and I shouldn’t worry about it.

I called in again on Monday, and was promised a return call by the surgeon’s assistant, but that didn’t happen; then I was too busy on Tuesday and Wednesday due to insurance company insanity (not medical; business and home, and they have also failed to call me back) and then some other day job things which also were kind of crazymaking.

So I finally called back on Thursday and said, “Look, this thing is happening, I don’t like my peripheral vision in my upper right eye, I’m about to go out of town for three days and then my partner has cancer-related surgery, I need it looked at.” And it took a couple of tries, but I got to see the on-call in Bellevue, all the external tests were really apparently quite good, but they dilated my eye and the on-call looked in said “Yep, this looks fine, this looks…” and started dictating numbers.

Pro tip: when the retinal surgeon stops saying fine and starts throwing numbers to the nurse assistant? That’s when something’s not right.

It’s not the previous retinal tear, either. It’s one of the two other areas of latticing (also from physical trauma) which Dr. Saperstien said would eventually fail, so he was going to go ahead and fix them now. Maybe he should’ve left well enough alone there. Or maybe it would’ve failed with the other work. No way for me to know.

Regardless, now another around of emergency surgery. Basically, the last three weeks get re-run. I really wish the on-call had taken me seriously last weekend and/or the office had called me back on Monday like they were supposed to; maybe we could’ve got this patched up on Tuesday, and I’d still have a shot of a reduced schedule at Orycon before Anna’s surgery, and at very least, maybe I wouldn’t be looking at not being able to be with Anna at the hospital during her surgery on Monday.

(This is a real possibility; it depends upon the post-surgical reaction. I just don’t know right now.)

So. This was kind of horrible the first time, but I made the best of it, I think. Honestly, that’s a little harder to do this time around. Hopefully I won’t have to be in a weird head position for weeks. I won’t know until Saturday. Wish me luck; at this point, we really appear to be needing it.

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