I was going to start this with several paragraphs discussing the whole Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy imbroglio over this year’s Hugo awards. Those paragraphs were going to be thoughtful and insightful, with plenty of links for people to follow. I had them written, and then I stopped, looked at them, and decided instead to get right to the point:
If a con invites me to be a guest to speak about Backup Ribbon Project, anti-harassment policies, or safety at cons, it MUST have an anti-harassment policy and code of conduct that is readily accessible online (and yes, I will go looking for it).
Note that this does NOT apply to people bringing/wearing/handing out ribbons at the con. This only applies to having me as a guest at the con.
No policy? No play.
Our inbox has blown up with ribbon requests. Seriously, was somebody talking about us behind our back? Ribbons should land early next week.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! Ribbon requests are filled by the order in which they hit our inbox. However, if you want them for a specific event, please TELL US in your email, so that we can give you a fastpass to the head of the queue. Yes, that includes that little shindig taking place in Atlanta over Labor Day.
In just *48 hours*, our GoFundMe goal was met (with a bit of extra to spare)! Once again, we are amazed and proud of our geeky brethren and sistren who care enough about each other to make us all a little bit safer.
In short — Y’all ROCK!!!
*sniff* Love ya, man!
We have taken another great leap into the wild and wooly world of crowdfunding and have set up a GoFundMe campaign. We are hoping to raise $500 for a start to help cover the costs of ribbons, cards, stickers, and postage. If you also want ribbons, cards, and stickers, please drop us an email.
And…this is the part where we indulge in shameless begging to get y’all to share the link among your friends, family, coworkers, postman, or anybody else you know who might be interested in helping us make the geek community just a bit niftier for everybody.
Insert big, pleading puppy-eyes here (Dammit, there should be some sort of html code to make that happen)!
Ready. Set. GOFUNDME!!
Goodness, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Oh, so much to talk about…
First — if you are planning to be at Gallifrey One over President’s Weekend, Backup Ribbons, cards, and stickers WILL be there. Ask around among those wearing Ribbons.
Second — Because our current stock of Backup Ribbons has all been sent to Gallifrey One, we are currently out. A re-order has been placed, and we expect them to land sometime next week.
Third (and somewhat related to Thing the Second) — We are now gently rattling the donation can to help us cover the costs for Backup Ribbons. You can donate directly via Paypal by clicking the handy button on the right-hand column. As we are an army of 2.5, we have minimal overhead, so all of your donations go directly to covering printing costs for ribbons, cards, and stickers. Suggested donation is $10.
And there you have your three good things, all in one update!
During our fabulous return to Geek Girl Con (more on that later!), we went to a panel about the Unicorn Files project, hosted by a lovely lady we had met the previous year. The concept is to feature female geeks and tell their stories, in an effort to show that there really is no such thing as a Fake Geek Girl.
We went up afterward to say hello, and were greeted with an enthusiastic “You ARE participating? Right???” So after much hemming and hawwing, and several pictures in which we looked like a constipated yak (we really HATE having our picture taken), this was the end result.
We are thrilled to be part of this project and strongly encourage any other female geeks out there to participate. Because yes, we are REAL geek girls, not unicorns!
We have accomplished so much with this project, some of which was beyond our wildest expectations. We got the Wil Wheaton Okie-Dokie Stamp of Approval. We got to help craft an anti-harassment policy for the second biggest Comic-Con in the country. We’ve been interviewed on the radio not once, but twice. Every bit of it has been wonderful.
But there has always been something missing — something we wanted to accomplish, but were not able to. Until now. We will be doing our Geeks Got Your Back panel at our “home con,” LosCon, over Thanksgiving weekend.
It has always made us a bit sad that we could get cons in other cities excited and enthusiastic about what we are trying to do, but we couldn’t get anywhere at home. And when fans elsewhere stared at us in disbelief, we had to explain that in many ways, those who ran LosCon were dinosaurs who refused anything that was new-fangled or had not become a tradition (meaning that it had been done at least three times previously).
This year, however, thanks to the monumental efforts of some of the younger fans, the wheels 0f progress are slowly grinding forward. And we are excited to be part of that progress.
We hope to see those wheels turning just a little bit faster with each successive con.