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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
1:54 pm
It's Alive!
The Kickstarter Campaign
to produce
the card game
Is now live.

Buzz is fast and fun, suitable for many ages: an empty-your-hand-first game in the tradition of Uno, with more colors and more surprises!

If you can contribute even as little as $1, please consider it – and please be sure to spread the word to all your friends and family. Thanks!

Here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1422551847/buzz-the-card-game
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
6:52 pm
Fannish room-mates?
Are you looking for a roommate? I'm looking for something either mid-September or October 1st.

I'm a published writer and freelance artist/book designer with sporadic income, but could pay the first six months in advance.

You can see more about my work on my website: http://www.dreamspell.net

I have a lot of books and art/craft stuff and am looking for enough space to set up a studio/workspace.

I also have one cat, a fourteen-year-old altered male, Tigger.

If this all sounds okay, please let me know, and we'll talk.
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
6:13 pm
Friday, March 29th, 2013
11:41 am
Minicon 48 is this weekend
Minicon 48 is this weekend.

Wondering what's going on? The pocket program and an alphabetical list of panels (with descriptions & list of panelists) are available from the programming page. A PDF of the second progress report for the con is also available and has all sorts of useful information about the con. The website has other useful info as well, as does minicon and the Facebook Minicon group and so on.

If you haven't pre-registered for the convention, at-the-door rates are:

- Adult Membership: $60.00
- Student Membership (13–20): $25.00
- Kid Membership (6–12): $15.00
- Children (0–5): Free
- One-day, Friday (Fri. 10am to Sat. 10am): $30.00 — upgrade for $30.00 more
- Two-day, starting Saturday (Sat. 10am to closing): $45.00
- One-day, Sunday (Sun. 10am to closing): $20.00
- Upgrade of Supporting registration to Attending: $40.00
- Transfer of membership: no charge

The single day membership options are a great deal if you have commitments elsewhere and can't make it to the whole con or if you just want to check things out and see if the con is to your liking.

Plan ahead . . .

You can pre-register this weekend for Minicon 49 for just $35. Minicon 49 will be April 18-20, 2014 in Bloomington, MN with Guests of Honor Catherynne Valente, Janny Wurts, and Don Maitz (and possibly others yet to be announced). The $35 rate is available this weekend at Minicon 48 or from the website.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
4:25 pm
Final Day for Minicon Pre-Registration!
According to the most recent Progress Report available here in handy PDF form, Minicon Pre-Registration is open through today - March 5, 2013.

Today is the last day to pre-register for Minicon 48 at the very reasonable rate of $40. Day passes will be available at the convention, but considering that Saturday's day rate is more expensive than the pre-reg full weekend rate, there's just no reason *not* to pre-register while the pre-registering is good.

One may pre-register via paypal on the Minicon website, or via printable PDF registration form and check/money order through the USPS, postmarked today or earlier.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
11:14 am
MnStf Meeting Notice
Cross-posted to the LJ community mnstf

There will be a MnStf Meeting today at the Event Horizon, 1121 Jackson St. NE, rooms 106 and 106A. The meeting will begin with a board meeting at 2:00PM, and will continue until late in the evening.

There will be board games, cards, munchies, and lots of geeky conversation. All are welcome.

If you're new to Minn-StF, you should know that our "meetings" are actually parties. The traditional start time for a Minn-StF meeting is 2pm so assume that start time if a time isn't listed here, but be warned that most people don't show up till 4pm or so unless the "meeting" is a picnic or pool party. We encourage people to bring snacks or drinks to share at the meetings, but that's not required and hosts will provide some food and drink.

For other information about MnStf events, see our monthly organ Einblatt

Edited to add: *Portion of Central Avenue closed in Minneapolis for part of July 21

Two blocks of Central Avenue (Highway 65) in Minneapolis will be closed in both directions between Broadway Street NE and Spring Street NE from 5 a.m. Saturday to 8
a.m. Sunday to repair a pipe under the road. Use an alternate route for those two blocks.

Parking is confusing. Go around to the back of the building on the cobblestone road (Jackson).

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
1:24 pm
Minicon Registration survey is online
The Minicon Pre-Registration head is attempting to reconstruct the database of who has attended Minicon in the past, and to update our information.

If you've ever attended a Minicon, please fill out the survey at http://www.mnstf.org/minicon47/regsurvey.php

Because the survey includes the location, guests and themes of each convention, it's also a good memory jog to help remember which ones you've attended.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
4:08 pm
Minn-StF Pool Party & Kevin Austin's 50th Birthday Party today!
In case you're interested and aren't watching mnstf and/or minicon, there's a End of Summer/Beginning of Fall Minn-StF Pool Party going on right now (Saturday, September 3rd) at the RadSouthSheratonDoubleTree (or Radish Tree) in the usual suite (215). We're also celebrating longtime fan kaustin's 50th birthday (his actual birthday is Sunday).

There's food. There's drink. There are fans. There are games. We may have music later. We expect the party to go all night as Kevin is a proponent of All Night Fandom. So even if you're busy with the State Fair or Renfest or any number of other fun activities, maybe you'll find time to swing by and say "hello" and have some fun.

(We also have registration forms for the Minn-StF Fallcon and for Minicon 47.)

There'll still be a Minn-StF Pool Party sometime this winter, this is just in addition to that one.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm
Darkly Through the Light Waters: Twin Cities Tales -- A Fringe Festival storytelling performance
Local SFF author Michael Merriam (mmerriam) got into MN Fringe Festival off the wait list. We found out Monday! His first performance is Saturday!

Since we didn't have the months of marketing time that most productions had, and he is not listed in the printed program, we are working very hard to get the word out. Please share this with folks.

Darkly Through the Light Waters: Twin Cities Tales
A Fringe Festival storytelling performance by Michael Merriam

There are fantastic stories in the spaces between realities. Storyteller Michael Merriam will reveal a mythic world hidden under the one we perceive, and you will see your Twin Cities in a wondrous new light.
~Follow a blind, middle aged magician as she tries to protect a new friend and potential lover from her half-fae brother.
~Hear the happy tale of a snarky Goth-girl, a snarly Unseelie, a dead body, and the Mississippi River.
~Encounter a soul-devouring monster running afoul of the eccentric patrons of an all-night diner.

Five One-Hour Performances to Choose From:
Saturday, 8/6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8/14 @ 2:30 p.m.

Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Av, Mpls

Single adult tickets are $12
+ $4 festival admission button.

More info and to buy tickets at the Fringe show page:

Facebook event to RSVP and invite others:
Monday, July 4th, 2011
3:53 pm
Two more years of Minicon Masquerades
Following up on my previous post, there are now two more old Minicon Masquerade videos on the web:

http://www.mnstf.org/minicon26/ (1991)
http://www.mnstf.org/minicon30/ (1995)

That's all there will be for the foreseeable future, but if you happen to have any that aren't posted, please let me know!
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
3:18 pm
Out Twin Cities Film Festival
The GLBT film festival running this weekend at St. Anthony Main has a couple of films of interest for the SF community on Saturday afternoon.

You Should Meet My Son! doesn't have any SF themes, but was written and directed by Keith Hartman, author of The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse and the newly released The Buried Sky. The film is a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers her only son is gay and sets out to find him the perfect husband.

In Judas Kiss, a quirk in time and space gives a failed filmmaker the chance to reshape his destiny when he visits his peculiar alma mater. It was directed by J.T. Tepnapa, who co-wrote with Carlos Pedraza, both active teammembers in the production of the onelin Star Trek: Hidden Frontier online series.

Info and full film schedule can be found at:
Sunday, April 17th, 2011
8:02 pm

I am an active member in the geek community and wanted to share that I have just published a science fiction novella that I'm hoping some of you may be interested in. It's called Chasing the Ghost and here is the blurb from the back:

A love that swells to obsession, time travel achieved through unbreakable resolve, genuine intentions jaded by hypocrisy. When a woman is consumed by the compulsion to change the life of her lover, her devotion will defy time itself. She shadows his life as she attempts to eradicate all pain from his existence, not knowing that it his pain that is the very foundation of their relationship. Science fiction, philosophy and a dark, tragic romance haunt in this premiere novella by A. Grams.

You can check it out here, or find it at Common Good Books in Saint Paul in the next week or two!

Thank you!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 16th, 2011
1:08 pm
New Tekumel blog
I started a new blog called "The Eye of Joyful Sitting Amongst Friends", which is about Tekumel, the fantasy setting first published in 1975, immediately after D&D was published.

I've been involved with Tekumel since 1975, when I played in it as my first campaign.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
10:33 pm
Minicon Registration and Hotel Information
The Minicon Registration deadline is fast approaching. Until March 31, the pre-registration rate is only $45, a significant savings over the $60 at the door rate. Here's more information about Minicon Registration.

In addition to the registration deadline, the deadline for the best rate on hotel rooms is also only two days away.

Until March 31, hotel rooms are a mere $89 for either regular rooms or poolside cabanas. After March 31, it will be $94 for regular rooms and $99 for cabanas. There are still a few cabana rooms left for Minicon, but not many. The remaining cabana room occupants will be under no obligation to host a party.

Folks who already have a standard hotel room reservation and would like to swap their room for a cabana room should contact parties at minicon46 dot mnstf dot org within the next day or two.

Folks who don't yet have a room reservation and would like a cabana room should go to the Hotel Site, and book any room at the Minicon rate of $89. After you receive your confirmation number, contact parties at minicon46 dot mnstf dot org as soon as possible.

Folks who would like a regular hotel room should simply reserve a room at the Hotel Site

Any problems with hotel rooms or rates should be reported to hotel at minicon46 dot mnstf dot org These problems are easily fixed, but only if we know about them.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
2:29 pm
Minicon 46 Programming Department Update
Greetings from the Minicon 46 Programming Department! We're moving ahead to scheduling, and we're getting close to "last call" for publishing deadlines.

As of today, we believe that everyone who has signed up for an author reading has been acknowledged. If you requested an author reading spot, you should have at least one email from us that verifies your email was received. If you don't have any such email, please write to us at programming@minicon46.mnstf.org and let us know.

As of today, we believe that everyone who has signed up to be a panelist has been acknowledged. If you volunteered to be a panelist, you should have at least one email from us that verifies your email was received. If you don't have any such email, please write to us at programming@minicon46.mnstf.org and let us know.

If you've not yet written to us and you'd like an author reading, or you'd like to be a panelist, please get your request to us as soon as possible. The list of programming panels is at the Minicon 46 Programming Page.

The following panels could especially use at least one or two more panelists. A few of these may not survive without at least one more panelist. Many of these have enough people to be viable, but would benefit from one or two more points of view.

Arts Vs. Crafts
Steampunk Art
Clever and Creative Photography at Conventions
Gender Roles In Fandom
GLBT Living History
Unemployed and Geeky
BSG Board Game
Recommend an RPG for me
Keeping it Alive
Malazan Recap
Non-Traditional Book Roundtable
Shakespeare In the Bush
C.S. Lewis and Fantasy and Christianity
Time Traveler Conclave
Non-Western Cultures In Fantasy
The End of the Shuttle Program
Annual Doctor Who Panel
Everyday Garden Variety Superheroes
Music and the Mind
SF Rock & Roll
How to Destroy the World
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
10:50 pm
Anime Detour
I hope this allowed I am new to this list let me know if this ok....... My 15 year old got her ticket to anime detour but her best friend waited too long and i hesitate to send her alone if anyone has bought a ticket and no longer can attend i will gladly buy it off you please let me know thanks
Friday, February 25th, 2011
12:26 pm
Marscon Badge?
Can't affford the $60 at the door. Anyone have a badge they won't be using and are looking to sell?
Monday, February 21st, 2011
7:08 pm
Minicon 46 Programming Panelist Request
This year’s Minicon panel suggestions are now online! The list of panels is at the Minicon Programming Wiki.

As always, panels need panelists to make them exciting, engaging and entertaining. To sign up to be a panelist, please send an email to programming@minicon46.mnstf.org List the panels that you are interested in by title. You may also include requests about when you'd like your panels to be scheduled. We will attempt to satisfy as many of those requests as possible, but know that the more specific your request is, the easier it will be to honor.

For example, "Please do not schedule me opposite the Arts vs. Crafts panel," or "Please do not schedule me after 8:00PM on Saturday" is easier to accommodate than "Please do not schedule me opposite any Guest of Honor panels, music performances, or panels about literature."

If you would like to suggest someone else as a panelist, please include their contact information.

Minicon will be April 22-24 at the Sheraton Bloomington hotel. Our Guests of Honor will be John Scalzi and Chas Somdahl. If you haven’t registered yet, you may pre-register for Minicon until March 31. Registration information is at the Minicon Website at the Minicon Registration Webpage.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
11:50 am
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