heidi: (Ascendio)
I got home late on Monday afternoon and have been catching up on email, being organizational for Harry's bar mitzvah (omg! six weeks!), looking at everything from Comic Con including the awesome Harry Potter panel that I semi-organized, and Andrew Sims of Mugglecast hosted, and really not suffering much post-con drop because I've been chatting with so many people every minute since, on Tumblr, LJ, FB, Twitter, googlechat and sometimes phone.

I'm working on a playlist of all the awesome videos that people shot, and listening to the two postcasts I participated on: Edition, which was a little silly and recorded in the hotel lobby on Sunday afternoon, and the much more serious Mugglenet Academia on fanfic & transformative works. Download and listen - they were both awesome experiences.

My photos are up over on facebook, and the entire Ascendio flickr pool is at divided into sections here. If you couldn't be there, we'll also have audio recordings online here (and we now have a package of all events which might be of interest to academics, universities, organizations, etc.). Individual sessions will be online shortly.

Now, speaking personally....

This was an awesome event. The entire Senior Staff - Flourish, Gwen, Amy, Femme, Alexa, Mary, Ailene, Dave, Bekki, Mallory, Anastasia, Noe, Zorb - and our awesome team members, including Chris Rankin and Lena Gabrielle and Vicki my saviour, as well as our awesome presenters & guests, plus the IQA and HPA - were brain-blowingly fantastic and seriously, there was nothing that went wrong that couldn't be fixed within about three minutes.

Even the rain the night of NoaTW disappeared quickly!

I...

I don't know what's going to happen next. We all went into this at least a little burned out - but at the moment, I don't know if it's the euphoria from the event itself or what, but...

So there's going to be talk about things beyond 2013 and if you're interested in talking, then let's talk. :D Personally, I won't work with Universal for a long time, if ever, for many reasons, but...

Ellipse.... Ellipse.... Ellipse...

I am ridiculously sad that I can't get to Lubricus, but there is no way I can go out of state between now and The Bar Mitzvah, but I am looking at MistiCon in New Hampshire in May, because I have to be in Philadelphia that Friday afternoon, so I may be able to manage a Thursday night/Friday morning a little further north. And Wincon is still on my agenda, but it entirely depends on Aaron's work schedule, so I won't know until late September. Also, the Vegas SPN con in March!

After Nimbus we didn't know when we'd all see each other again. These days, we know that even if it's not every year, it'll be every so often and sometimes more frequent than that. Fandom is here, fandom is changing and fandom is awesome.

If I didn't see you this weekend, you were missed (and I miss you still). If I did see you and glomp you and drink with you and possibly sing kareoke with you, then I miss you right now.

And I will see you soon.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
1. It's the last few hours to bid on the vid I have up for offer in [livejournal.com profile] livelongmarry.

2. There was a vid posting early this morning - the trailer, vid and mosaic-art-thing I did for [livejournal.com profile] veronamay's amazing [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang fic Better Elsewhere.

We've set up a comm at [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz for anyone who's interested in learning more about and/or attending [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz, since that comm is going to be for news-ish postings by the chairs and committee members. You can join [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz here - we have it set for modded posting, and will allow posts and comments on the comm that (a) eelates to the con (attending, programming, meet-ups, etc) and/or (b) has to do with San Francisco next July, or in general (restaurants, bars, tours, the nearest cheap parking garage, etc), as long as it doesn't meet LJ's "adult content" requirements. Since people from 13 on up are allowed to attend Azkatraz, we're going to keep the comm to "adult concepts".

It's not for general Harry Potter discussion, or the posting of fics, vids, art, graphics, etc that aren't also related to the con (although art and graphics and icons, etc., related to the con are very appreciated!

Over the next week, we'll put a bit of structure on the comm and make it a lot prettier, but we saw so much interest in having a place to just chatter about it already, so we wanted to meet that need asap.

We're also going to replicate the [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz and [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz comms over on Insane Journal and JournalFen sometime this week.

I just need to take a personal moment, though, and note that [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz is the 200th comm that I'm a member of. Some are completely defunct because they dealt with a specific event (like [livejournal.com profile] poa_nyc) and others are old-and-thriving (like [livejournal.com profile] hp_essays) but they're all a part of my LJ life, and it's neat to have this as the 200th among them.
heidi: (travel)
Got home a few hours ago from the wonderful fun of Portus! Got to see so many people (but unfortunately, not everyone I wanted to see :( ), enjoy wonderful programming, drink the most amazing margaritas, watch Voldemort stage-dive, make new friends, talk to Baptists about moral lessons found in Harry Potter while manning the information desk and (squee!) plan for [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz!

You may've already seen mention of it on the journals of our wonderful programming chairs - [livejournal.com profile] nqdonne, [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01 and [livejournal.com profile] flourish - or on [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz itself, but here's the scoop:

Where the mist rolls across San Francisco Bay, from Union Square to Alcatraz, HP Education Fanon, Inc.'s 2009 conference - AZKATRAZ - shakes things up with discussions, panels, insight, debates, fan-creativity, wizard rock, and more!

From July 18 - 21, 2009 at the Parc55 Hotel, join fellow fandomers at HPEF's sixth Harry Potter conference. We'll feature Quidditch, a ball, amazing programming and new programming tracks, including a business and law focus that will include an examination of how the series and the fandom have impacted Silicon Valley business, and vice versa.

Helmed by Interim Chair and outgoing HPEF President [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace (Lee HIllman), with programming chaired by [livejournal.com profile] emmagrant01, Alexa ([livejournal.com profile] nqdonne and Madeline ([livejournal.com profile] flourish), we're looking for volunteers, and you can learn more and sign on at our Volunteers Yahoogroup.

Watch our LiveJournal at [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz (only committee chairs will be comm members, to keep things organized, but we want everyone to watch the LJ to keep up on the news!) or add the RSS feed - MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and more news/update locations are coming soon.

Registration will begin on August 1, 2008 and our CFP is coming soon.


We are definitely looking for volunteers to take on all sorts of roles pre-con and at the con, from graphics creation and management of the various info-posting locations to programming submission vetting, from Quidditch staffing to security. Again, you can learn more about volunteering opportunities at our Volunteers Yahoogroup.

We should have pricing info finalized by the end of this month for the con itself, although we're going to need a little more time to finalize things for the post-Azkatraz bus-trip down to Comic Con that we will hopefully get to take on Wednesday, July 22, 2009. It's an eight hour drive, and can you imagine how much fun it would be on a bus full of fellow HP fans (perhaps with a wrocker with an acoustic guitar providing live entertainment on the ride down)? The SanFran to ComicCon portion is not a 100% sure thing yet, but we're definitely going to try and make it happen!

I'm swamped right now with getting things ready to post for my art and vids for [livejournal.com profile] veronamay's [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang fic, plus unpacking, catching up with the Spouse, getting things organized for Comic Con - (Melissa, Erin and Sue, what are y'all wearing?), etc., but will try to do a full Portus report tomorrow. Especially if I bring my laptop to the Apple store while I wait in line for a new phone - my old pink one is now starting to shock my cheek even when it isn't plugged in. [livejournal.com profile] flourish, did you manage to get one today?
heidi: (travel)
I'm crossposting from [livejournal.com profile] portus_2008:

The Portus staff has had their lips sealed for the last few months (a very hard thing to do!), but we can no longer keep quiet. It is with the utmost pleasure and greatest honor that we divulge our most guarded secret…

Jim Dale, the voice of Harry Potter, will be joining us this July at Portus in Dallas, Texas (July 10 - 13) and we're more excited than a gaggle of Leprechauns at the Quidditch World Cup!

To celebrate, we are offering a special springtime registration discount for Jim Dale fans. Register by March 15th and use the special promotional code WELUVJIM, and you will receive a regular Portus registration for $180. That's a $40 savings! Imagine all the extras you can add on to your registration with savings like that. *
Jim Dale info behind the cut, just in case... )

Mr. Dale will be delighting us with a presentation and Question and Answer session from 9am to 10:30am on Saturday, July 12th followed by two autograph sessions from 11am to noon and again from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The presentation and autograph sessions are free to all Portus attendees, so be sure to register today.
More about two Dale-rific packages behind the cut )

And don't forget - you can get a daypass for either Friday or Saturday and enjoy a day's fun, excitement, discussions and learning at Portus for only $75 - it's $80 on Saturday if you also go to the Ball.
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
For those of you who've already RSVP-ed, please check the invitation for location information!

If you haven't RSVP-ed yet, and you're in the Central Florida area, we'd love to see you on Friday night at Universal Studios for our Infinitus 2010 Kickoff Party at 6:00 PM at (obviously) Universal Studios. If you still need me to send you the evite, just comment here, or email me and I'll send you one. We need people to RSVP by midnight on Thursday (well, 11:59 PM on Thursday) so Universal can have an accurate guest count.

I have to head back to Miami on Saturday afternoon, so I won't make it to the HP Meet-Up Group's event on Saturday night, but maybe in the spring...
heidi: (Nimbus)
Wanted to make sure everyone saw that registration prices for Portus 2008 go up at 12:00AM EST on September 1, 2007. (That means the current price is valid up to 11:59 PM EST on August 31st. Although I wouldn't recommend waiting to the literal last minute...)

It's going to be an amazing event - terrific presenters, Quidditch, a fan-creativity swap-and-sale meet (signup info for that should be coming out next month), lots of wizard rock, a wide range of podcasting events, and more! Click here for more information - and don't forget to check out the Call for Proposals here!
heidi: (Prophecy)
First, gacked from [livejournal.com profile] enelya_oronar:

The Common Room at Prophecy is ‘the place’ to hang out and they are running fan fic readings throughout the day and night. The Common Room will be open 24 hours a day during Prophecy with the more adult rated fics being read late at night.


We are looking for volunteer readers and authors to sign up and share some of their favorite fic with the rest of us! Although the link states the author has to be registered that is no longer the case. We have opened it up - anyone who wants can read but he/she still needs to fill out the form.

Click Here to Get to the Registration Form



Second, crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] hpef_news (where it was posted while I was out of town earlier this month):


[HPEF has] received a bid for an event at the newly announced and already widely anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park at Universal Studios, Orlando Florida, for July 15 -- 18, 2010. The bid team is led by Kari Phillips, who can be contacted at utkari02 @ yahoo.com.

In accordance with our bid procedures, HPEF hereby issues a Call for Bids to request proposals for alternate dates or locations. Anyone interested in submitting a competitive bid for 2010 MUST contact HPEF by June 23, 2007 at hpeducationfanon @ gmail.com, and MUST submit their bid materials no later than midnight Central Time on July 15, 2007, for consideration.

Although Harry’s story reaches its final installment in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” we at HPEF know that the phenomenon JK Rowling brought about in 1997 is far from over, and we eagerly look forward to the next chapter…


Also - here's my presentation info for Prophecy:

Back When Giles was at Hogwarts... – Roundtable

The Harry Potter universe that JK Rowling created has so many attributes from different mythologies and folklores, from werewolves and witches to unicorns and black dogs - and as it's set in our real world, we Muggles find things we recognize, too, like PlayStations and bacon sandwiches. These attributes make it a natural for fanfic writers and fanartists to cross the Harry Potter universe with other fictional universes - we've even seen famous tv shows like Doctor Who cross with the Potter-verse on occasion. In this round-table, attendees are asked to bring two or three pieces of fanfiction, fanart or even published work that crosses over with the Potter-verse, to read, share and discuss as we explore the whys and hows of crossover creativity.


The Monetization of Fandom – Roundtable

This session will be a guided discussion of digital capabilities like Google ads, Amazon.com Associateships, MySpace music sales, fanartist commissions, CafePress stores, Lulu.com printing of PDFs, LiveJournal and FFN paid accounts and the furor surrounding FanLib, and their actual and potential impacts on fan creativity.
heidi: (Default)
Registration is now open for Prophecy 2007, taking place in Toronto, Ontario, from August 2 - 5, 2007. And for one week only, you can register at the same price that was available at Lumos this summer - $125 USD for basic Prophecy 2007 admission, or $175 USD for admission including Welcoming and Leaving Feasts (and yes, you can upgrade from the lower to the pricier if you wish).

At this point, I am hoping to go, but because of everything that happened last month with my sister, I feel like my own wishes need to be deferred to family concerns. So I'm going to register for it, but I can't swear that registering means I'll be there for all of it - of course, I registered for TWH and Lumos, too, and only attended both of them for a single night each, so the same thing may happen next summer.
heidi: (Eloise)
HP Education Fanon, Inc. is thrilled to announce that our website is now live and available at http://hpeducationfanon.org/ for your perusal.

It has a collection of links to past and future events, including [profile] prophecy2007 and, of course, next month's Lumos 2006, and information for those who are interested in bidding on events for 2008 and beyond.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible, and especially those who have contributed to my understanding of server-side includes, so I can edit and update the thing!



Yesterday, before my computer was abruptly and accidentally shut down, I posted to [profile] fiction_alley about our contest where two people can each win one ticket to the August 2 JKR reading in New York City - you can read my original post here or visit the contest page itself here.



And lastly, FictionAlley and HPANA are thrilled to announce that sign-ups are now open for The Creativity Booth at Lumos! If you're registered to attend Lumos, we'd love to have you take a seat in the Creativity Booth, which will be situation in the Vendor Room; you'll be part of the booth staff for a one-hour time-slot, and your fellow attendees will be able to request a drabble, a sketch, a filk, or a bit of meta/debate from you. We have almost 100 slots available for artists, writers and filkers, so we're hoping that a lot of you are able to take an hour and join in the fun!

As some of you remember, we sponsored some of the booths at The Witching Hour, and it was fun for the attendees and the creative people staffing the booths, so we wanted to do it again! (And again, and again, and again!)

ETA: Forgot some spellcast stuff!

The staff of SpellCast is seeking people to fill some positions hidden behind the LJ cut:





And, of course, our SpellCast logo contest is still going on. Learn more here!

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, use your computer's recording equipment and send a voice mail to Skype username "fictionalley" with the following information:

- A brief introduction of yourself.
- How you became interested and involved with the Harry Potter fandom.
- Which position you're interested in and why you'd be the person for the job.

If you are applying for a crew (off-air) position, you can also submit your application to our Skype account using your telephone. The number to call in the United States is 303 800 4342 and in the United Kingdom you can reach us at 0161 408 3427. We ask that all applicants who are applying for cast (on-air) positions not use their telephones but their computer's recording equipment, because via the sound quality suffers via the telephone.

If you have any questions, comments or problems, please don't hesitate to drop us an e-mail at spellcastfa at gmail dot com. Thank you for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon.



Any questions about any of the above? Feel free to ask!
heidi: (Books by Copperbadge)
Pimping this for the HPEF Board:

HP Education Fanon, Inc. (HPEF), the organization behind Nimbus - 2003, The Witching Hour and Lumos, is currently accepting bids for a symposium for 2007. While the HPEF Board will entertain bids for any host city, its preference at this time is a destination in the mainland United States. The successful bid team will need to submit its proposal for an event preferrably in July or August 2007 by March 31, 2006 in order to have sufficient time for organizing. HPEF does not require that any bid plan for an event in July or August 2007, though those particular summer months offer optimal attendance opportunities for most attendees of past HPEF events. As 2007 is the tenth anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, HPEF is particularly interested in observing this milestone with a gathering of HP fans and academics equally dedicated to examination and celebration of this landmark book series.

While HPEF is most interested in bids for events in the Midwest (Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Dallas, etc.), so that we can better serve a part of the country that has not previously hosted an HPEF symposium (those locations being Orlando, Salem and Las Vegas), we will consider any bid team proposing to hold an event in a city possessing the following qualities:

* a hotel or convention center able to accommodate 1000-1500 attendees for panels, presentations and/or workshops, including large keynote presentations and movie screenings

* a city near a significant transportation hub (to keep airfare costs down for attendees)

* one or more hotels within a short walk from the presentation space willing to set aside a significant block of rooms at a reasonable rate for 1000-1500 attendees (if the same hotel is not being used for the presentations)

* facilities priced at a level that will allow HPEF to keep the entry fee as low as possible for attendees while still providing quality accommodations and an appropriate atmosphere

Please write to the HPEF Board of Directors for more information about our bid process: hpeducationfanon@gmail.com

HPEF is also prepared to assist bid teams who may not have a "theme" in mind for a symposium; the HPEF board will be posting several possible ideas for symposium themes on the website, which may either be used by bid teams or inspire bid teams to create their own themes. The theme does not need to be in place before the bid is submitted; HPEF is most interested in seeing a dedicated group of individuals who have the capacity and vision to plan an event that would help HPEF in fulfilling its educational goals. We can offer assistance to an accepted bid team when it comes to theme and other aspects of the event, such as acquiring special guests, and do not wish potential teams to feel stymied if they have not worked out all thematic aspects of the bid prior to submitting it.

If you are interested in putting together a bid team but do not know of others who may be similarly interested, there is a special forum that has been created on the Lumos discussion boards, so that you and others can find each other and begin to plan your bid. Go here and join the discussions!

Background info: HPEF is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Texas, founded in 2002 to promote and produce educational Harry Potter themed symposia on an international scale. HPEF is committed to producing high-quality events that combine a professional and academic focus with the light-hearted spirit of the Harry Potter series for scholar and fan alike. I am an advisory member of the board, after having served as Sposnorship Chair for Nimbus - 2003.

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