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30 August 2011 @ 11:58 am
Worldcon supporting memberships: well, this is nice :)  
Well it's been almost a week and things seem to have worked out awfully nicely :)

- Thanks to purplefrog26 and kirizal also offering supporting memberships, we had three!

- And three awesome people signed up: scamis, tithenai, and prezzey :) So, you guys, we're getting you all supporting memberships! Er, details about how to be worked out as soon as I have a spoon or two.

Doing this has been eye-opening. I hadn't fully understood how many barriers there are in the way of multiply marginalized people participating in the nominating/voting process; money is very clearly not the only one. Of course financial difficulty doesn't exactly go with tons of leisure time, but also seems from conversations I've had in the last few days that the overall normativity of the field is also a huge barrier.

...Which, okay, is not exactly news. I know it's triggery to be erased and misrepresented, and that it's hard and risky to find work that doesn't do that. And I knew that was a problem for me given all my spoonfails. But I hadn't realized how much my experience was part of a larger problem here.

All of which is to say I'd also like to extend gratitude and admiration to scamis, tithenai, and prezzey for being willing to take this on :)
 
 
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Dash: Agendaspacehawk on August 31st, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Yes! prezzey has told me about books that never even arrived! >_<

A book exchange would be great. Who knows how to set up a website to do that? (We could do it over LJ I suppose.)
Dr. Kvetchrose_lemberg on August 31st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
LJ would be too bulky. There are a few ways this can go: a wordpress blog (better than LJ for categorizing and accessible archivng), a forum, something else I am not thinking about.

I would take this on (website), but between the job, disability/health issues, advocacy for my son, writing, ST, MoC and other projects I am stretched impossibly thin and cannot commit to anything else.

(speaking of, not sure if Shweta even has the spoons to read this... :P

But it could be done, and shouldn't even be that hard. At the same time we could also set up a recommendation depository for the Hugos and Nebulas for people who can vote and are interested in diversity and social justice. I suspect this would greatly help both the voters and the diversity-oriented nominees, and could be done in the same space.

Another thing I thought about are e-readers. Provided post issues do not exist (hah!), we could potentially fundraise to purchase 3 e-readers (such as the nook), and loan them out to current sponsored people, who would then pass them on to next year's sponsored people (provided this continues into next year, but I don't see why not, provided we can fundraise). How to fill up the e-readers is another question.

Perhaps this discussion should move away from Shweta's blog onto some other space, as I am, again, concerned about clogging Shweta's spoons.

Edited at 2011-08-31 04:24 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on August 31st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Really glad this discussion is happening! And it's fine for it to continue here, but yeah I have no spoons to deal with this level of organizing, so it might be more *useful* to have it continue elsewhere...
[ein od milvado]: garfield_ideaprezzey on September 1st, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
OK I've made some blog posts
Done #1
Done #2

Everyone, feel free to continue over at my blog! (Wow, I rushed so much to put this up that I managed to break my comments field, but it should be OK now... let me know if you can't comment.)
[ein od milvado]: garfield_ideaprezzey on August 31st, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I can definitely do the recommendations / lists / etc. on my blog, I love to make lists of everything and I've been thinking of doing this myself anyway (because I don't want to miss anything - I read fast, so that's not an issue once I actually HAVE the stuff I want to read). I can set up a database too if the lists grow really big, and I can host it unless the traffic grows too extreme for my provider - I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon though.

I can also set up a forum, phpbb is very easy to set up and maintain - but in my experience, forums are not a really good idea unless things really get rolling. Even with about, say, 20 people, a forum looks sufficiently deserted that it actually scares away potential contributors.

I think Pocketbook has the most versatile e-readers (I have a hardware reviews column at a Hungarian magazine and I've tried out quite a few e-readers, unfortunately I can't keep them LOL!), but they can get quite pricey. (Also, their Android tablets are crap.) I don't think I really need an ereader, because I have a tablet PC. (It's quite bulky and dates back to the times when tablet PCs were hopelessly niche items, but I like it a lot!) Sure, an e-ink device is better in some respects than something with a LCD screen, but it's not an indispensable thing for me. Not speaking for the others though - I've read lots of books on an old CRT monitor back in the day, so I'm hardly representative ;]

scamis mentioned Angry Robot had ARCs for reviewers, I didn't know that - we should take a look at other publishers too.

I can make a list of things to do later today (G-d willing), and then we can decide who wants to do what, and how, etc. I'm totally OK with lots of traffic to me re this, I'm really enthused about the project and right now I also have the time to spare.