Nine Worlds Sched and fic recs galore!

It’s nearly time for Nine Worlds 2015! And I’m going to be there! \o/

I’ll be a part of two panels, which are:

OMG WTF: RPF?! Our panel explores real person fiction – Friday 8.30pm – 9.45pm
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We delve into the past and present of real person fiction.
Emily January, Viktoriya, Pensnest, Melissa T.


They used what?”- historical research for fanfiction – Sunday 10.00am – 11.15am, Room 12 (with Fanfic)

Writing fanfiction set in a historical period can involve a great deal of research. (Possibly more than has been done by canon creators, in some cases!) And writing historical AUs can be a great way of unpacking the unspoken prejudices of a modern-day canon. Research can be immensely diverting, it can spark a renewed interest in history, and it can affect the course and content of your story. This panel will discuss how historical AUs open up some canons, and share some of the more interesting facets of their own research into various historical periods.
Panel with Tanya Brown, AL Johnson, Tony Keen, Kari Sperring, Melissa T.

I’m moderating this one! It’s my first time moderating, but I’m sure it’ll go well – just look at my fellow panellists!

So I’m really looking forward to these! I think they’ll both be really fun and I can’t wait!

If you’re also at the con, please do come up and say hi! I’ll probably Instagram outfits, or at least my shoes (I promise, they shall be shiny and unmissable!), or of course I’ll be wearing a name badge!

I was going to bring along fic recs, but then I wasn’t sure if Explicit rated fics would be ok, and also it turns out I have quite a lot, so here they are instead:

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Nine Worlds 2014



Right then, let’s get on this con report thing, shall we? (this incredibly long, rambling con report)

Nine Worlds was on in London from the 8th – 10th August, and I went to it! I was even on panels in it!


I started my holiday on the Monday before, by going camping in Sandringham with my Mum (who went to the con with me! :D). It was great fun, but my legs did end up covered in a metric fuckton of bug bites, which I think left me a little run down.

Anyway, on the Thursday, Mum and I made our way to Heathrow and checked into the Premier Inn there, because we’re fancy as fuck and have moved up from Travelodges. That evening we stayed in and I bleached + dyed my hair purple. Or at least, the top 2/3 of it, since I had neither enough bleach nor enough dye, ahaha. The bleach did unfortunate things to the ends of my hair, so Mum gave it a quick cut, and it actually came out looking rather good! Just in time for Friday, which was the first day of the con.


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Con schedules!

So like I said in my last post, I’m off to a couple of conventions over the next two weeks 🙂 I’ll be at Nine Worlds and also Loncon 3, so if you’re going, let me know! It’d be nice to say hi to people 😀


I’m also going to be on some panels at each (ooh, exciting!):

Nine Worlds:


13.30 – 14.45

Stark Tower Sleepover (Infinite Washing-Up Crisis)

Opening the track by settling into our room and talking superhero domesticity: games, snacks and drinking straight from the coffee pot.

(The website hasn’t updated to say I’m on this? BUT I’M TURNING UP ANYWAY. So. Yeah.)

18.45 – 20.00

Fourth Wall Fandom

Creators of canon are increasingly likely to interact with their fanbase, whether by referencing fannish tropes in the TV show / film / book, or by interacting with fans on social media platforms. This doesn’t always work out well … The panel discuss how creators can learn to love fandom, how fans can engage with creators, and whether creators (fan or pro) should engage with transformations of their work.



18.45 – 20.00

Blurred Lines: boycotting & buying in

What’s a fan to do when the people responsible for a comic you love do things you hate? We try to plumb the ethical minefield of purchase-as-support.



15.15 – 16.30

More-Than-Mild-Peril: beyond sidekicks

Young adults and children in comics: from fridges to firefights, legacy, parents and representation.



And then also Loncon:


11.00 – 12.00

Makeup Design for Costume and Cosplay

Basics of makeup design and application, including some ideas on how to select materials and techniques. Come get some tips on designing the cosmetic component of your look!


12.00 – 13.30

Fan Shaming

Everyone has done it as some point, made a passing comment differentiating ourselves from “those” fans, you know the ones who like My Little Pony or fanfiction or dressing up like a Klingon or being a furry or a fake geek girl or not knowing the name of the director of the 3rd episode of Doctor Who …. Whenever we set ourselves apart from another fan as being somehow better, because what we like or how we practice being a fan are deemed more acceptable, we are engaging in an act of fan shaming. In this session we take a closer look at fan shaming what it is, how to recognise it, how to stop ourselves from doing it, and how to stop others doing it.


(Yes, my Loncon ones are back-to-back! Hopefully I won’t up getting to Fan Shaming with my makeup melting down my face… D=;; )


I’m pretty excited about all of these panels and I really hope they go well!

Nine Worlds Geekfest – now with added comics track!


So last year my Mum and I attended Nine Worlds Geekfest in London. Short story, it was so great! It had a wonderful atmosphere, fantastic topics and lovely people! We got home and pretty much immediately bought our tickets for the 2014 event! 

Lately there have been a couple of announcements – one of them being that this year is going to have a discussion track about comics!

Yeah, you can guess how excited I am! Fantastic convention talking about my favourite things? Hell yeah!

So I got in contact with them and volunteered (which is a big deal for me! I’m not all that shy and retiring when it comes to adding my 2p in panels, but being on one? SO scary)! Having had a couple of emails back and forth with Hazel, I can safely say I am now supremely excited! Talking about comics! In a venue open to discussing problematic aspects! A wide variety of topics! The chance to cull recs from all and sundry!

If you think you’d like to come to a really inclusive con with a huge array of discussion tracks, you should really check out Nine Worlds! It’s in August and takes place in Heathrow 🙂 The website isn’t fully updated to reflect the 2014 con yet, but apparently announcements and such are happening soon!

And if you’re interested in comics, then the organisers have a Tumblr and Twitter. (I’d actually rec their personal Tumblrs too! Both are pretty cool! piratemoggy and alwaysalreadyangry)

(I’d apologise for ending nearly every sentence with a ! but uh, srynotsry)