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[personal profile] jhameia asked about my favorite event in 2013 and [personal profile] qian asked about my favorite convention. There's enough overlap here that in my continuing attempts to catch up on this meme I am going to combine them.

My favorite event of 2013 might have been…well, I had some really good events. I really enjoyed going to Portland for Trek in the Park with my sister; I had an amazing time seeing Fall Out Boy and Janelle Monáe in concerts in San Francisco, and ditto for Vienna Teng! I can't pick a favorite concert, really, but maybe it was Janelle Monáe. She's a powerhouse in recordings, but live she's ten thousand times better.

I also went to some good conventions in 2013. I like conventions because the ones that I attend regularly combine people I like and don't get to see often enough with talking about things that I am interested in. For the past few years I've attended three regularly: WisCon, Sirens, and Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits.

2013 was actually the last year that SGMS existed in its current configuration; it's not clear whether the con(terence) will rise again like the phoenix or join the ranks of good things that have ended. I had a really good time at SGMS last year; I always do, and it was lovely to see so many of my friends, but also sad to miss some familiar faces.

My favorite convention is…really hard to choose between WisCon and Sirens, actually! I attended both of them for the first time in 2010, and I really, really like both of them. In some ways, though, I think Sirens is actually my favorite. Tempest Bradford wrote a post about attending Sirens and Geek Girl Con last year that I cannot find but that got at what I like about Sirens: small group of great people who are supportive and who are very committed to discussing and expanding the presence of girls and women in fantasy literature. I described it in 2011 thus: "I've found Sirens to be a welcoming, incisive space in which I've met some wonderful people and had a lot of fantastic discussions." And indeed, I've gotten to know people at Sirens in a way that is more difficult at Wiscon simply because at Wiscon there's so much going on--which is a feature, not a bug, of Wiscon! They are fundamentally different creatures.

If the Sirens Conference sounds like it might be your cup of tea, I encourage you to think about attending! This year it will be held in Skamania, Washington, outside Portland, and the guests of honor are Andrea Hairston, Kendare Blake, and Rosemary Clement-Moore. (The theme is hauntings.) Sadly I will almost certainly not be there, for the first time since 2010, but you should go and have a wonderful time in my place.
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