Welcome to our first ever members from Sweden!
Gordon is just getting over a week of stomach flu and is trying to catch up on e-mail, etc..
We remind people that this blog is for official MW*C announcements. It is not a discussion list.
Again, the best way to contact us is via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Messages sent through Facebook often do not go through, we often do not get the notifications, and messages are often inaccessible or do not provide a direct means of reply.
Thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!
Please also remember, it is too early to mourn. We are not dead, just endangered.
Thanks also to those who have been brainstorming ideas and suggestions. We have always welcomed good, practical, constructive ideas and implement them when appropriate and possible. We are not inflexible or unwilling to try new things, as we have demonstrated over the years (changing hotels, incorporating new fandoms, adding the Game Room, numerous modifications of the hotel reservation process, redesigning the MW*C website, adding a blog, etc.).
Our immediate concern is, of course, to gain enough members so as not to have to cancel or postpone MW*C 38 in the small window we have to avoid huge penalties. Specific ideas on how to do that are needed. Ideas concerning alternate locations, reorganization, etc. are premature at this point.
Members also may not be aware of some of the things we already do.
We have long been willing to exchange program book ads, tables, or at least send flyers to other cons (to reach actual congoers). We have the MW*C website and blog. We are listed on every online con listing we can find, and have long been listed in Asimov’s monthly upcoming con listings. We post in several FB convention and cosplay groups. We have contacted various MSU student organizations. We have gone to what local events we can to promote MW*C, and distributed flyers at local bookstores.
We do social media. We have long had a presence on Facebook (an organization page, event pages each year, more recently a Fan Q page, a Masquerade page, a Fan Fund page, etc.), and, again, post on several FB groups; Programming has long been on Yahoo Groups and Twitter. Obviously, we can’t be on all of them — it seems like a new one pops up every day (if anyone familiar with other social media outlets would like to volunteer, please let us know).
And, of course, shame on those who persist in posting negative comments, dredging up old grudges and complaints, perpetuating the same tired old misrepresentations, and harping on problems long solved. We hope that some such postings are not intentionally malicious, and that those people will realize that such comments only serve to scare away prospective members and hurt everyone who wants MW*C to continue.
We are sorry for any contentiousness, hurt feelings, or offense over the many years we have been doing this, and hope we can all just move forward toward the common goal of revitalizing MW*C. We appreciate the passion and friendship of MW*C members.
Again, thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!
— Lori & Gordon
MW*C 38 Art Show info is now available on the MW*C website (www.mediawestcon.org).
(From Mary Bauer)
The Office of Transformative Works, the most familiar branch of which is AO3’s huge listing of FanFic & Original Fic is asking for our opinions and for volunteers to help save & share more fic. A chance to share your Fannish Knowledge & to help a Library save stories out of controlling government hands, pretty neat, huh?
Oh, and this is a great place to post all your old fanfic that is long out of print, to save it & share it with new generations of readers without printing costs! Take a look at their fic, some really neat old fandom authors & archives have transferred here.
Best of all, it’s the kind of volunteering & sharing opinions, tricks & tips we can do from the comfort of our own homes & some our own schedule (& pisses off all the people who want to censor knowledge & fic)! We may be older & somewhat less mobile than we were in our 20s, but we’re still FEN!
The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website. http://archiveofourown.org/
Last month the OTW’s Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on “What Fanworks Mean to Me” as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we’d like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:
Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you’re not looking for something in particular?
How do you look at fanworks — on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
When do you usually look for fanworks?
Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
If you’re trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?
Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses
The OTW is Recruiting Fanlore Staff, Translators, and Graphic Designers
Published: 2018-02-07 12:52:42 -0500 http://archiveofourown.org/admin_posts/9666
Do you have graphic design experience? Or do you have an interest in fannish history? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for Development & Membership Graphic Designers, Fanlore Staff, and Translators!
We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:
Fanlore Staff – closing Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC
Translation Volunteers – closing Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC
Development & Membership Graphic Design Volunteers – closing Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC
We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.
All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.
If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.
(This is where that link sends you http://www.transformativeworks.org/contact_us/ )
Ramada is removing all the bed risers, and expects to have that done for MW*C 38.
The airport shuttle is complimentary, but they need to have your flight info at least 2 weeks before arrival (no later than Thursday, May 10th).
Cost for shuttle outside a 5 mile radius will be $30 round trip per shuttle load to same destination (not per person), so if you organize trips you can save money.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for 40 years (starting with T’Con in 1978). MediaWest*Con’s focus has shifted and expanded over the years as we try to welcome new interests while retaining an emphasis on media science fiction and fantasy fandom, and we believe this makes us unique among conventions. Our basic format — lots of panels on topics suggested by members and no official guests — is what makes MW*C special to those who look forward to it every year, but it is limiting at the same time. Our intended audience is active fen, those who read and write fanfic, publish fanzines, make fannish videos, create fan art, do costuming, etc., or would like to.
Unfortunately, membership has been slowly declining for years, despite our efforts at promoting the con with limited resources. And as membership declines, costs of putting on the con continue to rise.
We would like MW*C 38 to go on as planned, but it is now at the tipping point. The number of Attending memberships we currently have is well below what we would expect at this point, and at this rate will not be enough to justify holding the con. This trend must be reversed if MediaWest*Con is to continue.
We basically have a month to decide whether or not to cancel without invoking penalties.
MW*C has always been a participatory con, and for MW*C to survive we need your help. Word of mouth is essential; tell old fannish friends who used to attend to come back (or at least get supporting memberships), and newer fannish friends to give us a try and if they want their fandom represented they can suggest panel topics. Talk us up wherever and whenever you can. Remind fannish friends that the convention is what they make of it. If they haven’t been back in years, let them know we no longer have waiting lists for membership or hotel rooms, and single-day passes are an option if they can’t take off a whole weekend. Tell them info is readily available on the MW*C website (www.mediawestcon.org) and blog.
Wear your MW*C T’shirts to other cons and fannish events, and take flyers as well. If you are associated with other conventions, we are willing to trade program book ads or maybe swap tables or at least send flyers.
MW*C has always been what you, the members, make of it. We like to think MW*C members look out for one another and care for one another, and we hope you all will put forth an effort to help MediaWest*Con continue into the future.
If you care about the convention and want to see it thrive, please help!
— Lori & Gordon